Tuesday, January 31, 2012


The happy little chair came to live at my house for the weekend. And turns out that it is NOT the perfect chair. Thank God for Approval. It is beautiful on its own, but does absolutely NOTHING for my room. It makes me very sad.
So, it is going back to the store today, but I would still love your thoughts...

Friday, January 27, 2012

Time Flies

You know what we missed yesterday? The 2 year anniversary of this blog! Two whole years of me rambling about things I want and paint colors and furniture and beverages and Frida.
Well, nobody gets tired of Frida.

She's looking at you.

So lets just say that this is our Anniversary celebration. Yay. I feel like I've been celebrating all week. It has been a great one, at least according to my camera phone.
This is my view from my new project... probably my coolest one to date.

These chairs are in the store, and I am in love with them.

I have started back running/ walking in the earlyearly morning. The weather has been awesome, and the boulevard is almost magical at that time of the day...

I won the lottery at the CoinStar. I really really did. And now I don't have to decide between a plane ticket to Martha's Vineyard and my chair.

Which is being delivered to my house today.
Just to check it out....

Pictures of that later!

Happy Friday and Happy 2 Years!

Do you feel like starting at the beginning? Here's my first post. Wow... how things have changed.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Paper Corral

Lists just work for me. I'm already checking things off my House To Do List Early 2012....
I knew I needed some sort of organization for my desk.. There were papers EVERYWHERE. No rhyme or reason to anything.. But there were no pennies in the budget for new trays... especiailly if I only wanted acrylic, snakeskin or something equally as fab.
That's where the half off $12 (still has price tag on the bottom) Pier One tray that I bought when I lived in Memphis.. 10 years ago.. comes in.

Surely I had a vision with this one.
I have no idea why I bought it,
or why it has made so many moves.

So I borrowed my little snake tray from my bathroom. I need something bigger, but it is just visiting for today.
But this guy is staying put. Just a little priming and sanding plus a few coats of my master bedroom color...

It is perfectly corralling my magazine work.
Plus a stray necklace.

Love a free project.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

"Bunk" Room

Isn't this one of the greatest little spaces? My mother is turning my dad's old office upstairs into a bunk room for the grandchildren.. and of course I am putting my two cents in. Love the idea of each child having his own little hiding space with reading lamps.. and probably their own little television.
Best Grandparents ever, just sayin.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

House List Early 2012

I love a list.
But for some reason, I have been flying by the seat of my pants lately. Without a list... not knowing what to do next. So Not Me.
I'm back though.. with my "House To- Do List Early 2012". Early, as in, by the end of March these things need to be done:

*Finish Office. This includes finding trays to organize my desk, painting and installing the chandelier, Getting artwork just right, and putting casters on my chair.
*Deciding on and purchasing chair for living room or recovering one I have. Have pillows made for sofa. I want that room finished.
*Do something with the guest bath. Something. I haven't nailed that down yet. But that room creeps me out.
*Fix Gas Logs... I haven't enjoyed a fire YET this year. Bummer.
*Get outside cleaned, decluttered, and pretty. Plant something!

Not a lot of stuff, mostly nit- picky details that I haven't found time to do. This is my Accountability check.
Hold me to it!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Crock Pot Friday

I love Fridays. Not because my work week is over, because it's not, but because of lunch.
Friday means lunch on the balcony of TurnRow Books, my happiest spot in town, with two of my favorite and most inspiring women. I look forward to this all week. I feel like I can conquor the world after Friday lunch.

But now I feel like I need a nap because today was Crock Pot Friday....

Crock Pot Cuban Sandwiches to be precise.
With a side of potato salad.
And a beer Diet Coke.

Ahhhh. Happy Friday.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Happy Thoughts

How can you complain
when you have Doe's hot tamales for breakfast?

when your toughest decision on your to-do list is what color to paint this for the office?

when this guy is camped out under your desk?

when all your emails yesterday consisted of planning the girls' trip to Martha's Vineyard this summer?

You just cant.
You Can't Complain.

I woke up in a really good mood this morning... and I'm trying to forget about my broken filling that has to be fixed at the dentist this afternoon.

I'm trying to think happy thoughts.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Go for the Gold!

You know what I love about a day off?
Getting things done.

If you know me at all, you know I can't sit still and a good day is one that I am super productive.
Can't help it.
You should meet my dad.

So after a walk, a hair cut, a Wal Mart run, magazine work, JA work and straightening house...
I got to play with my dear friend.... Spray Paint.
Thanks to two of the stylish women I know, I went with Gold.

And this fabulous table
turned into this fantastic work of art..

Not a huge change,
but enough to make the table look like it should live in my house, right?
A little glam.. A little rustic.
Real Funky.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Starry Night... All day long.

Remember the Sparkle Party that happened in my dining room over Christmas?
I found a way to have it year round....

Have you ever seen such?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Retro Quickie

Mornin'! I'm heading to Greenville today loaded down with ideas and inspiration and my big girl camera. May or May not be swinging by to see my old stomping grounds, the One Block East, get torn down... if I do, I promise I will be leaving with a brick. Or at least some great pictures. So many underage memories...

Leaving you with this fabulous house ... please add new landscaping (I am not a desert girl) and I'll move in tomorrow. Love.

Oh, And these barstools look like they were made to go inside.
Source: etsy.com via MaryNeff on Pinterest

Perfect for my dream kitchen.
Have a great day. I am pumped about mine!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Does that title make you start whistling Guns and Roses? Bet you are now...

Because I am contantly changing my mind and I do not have a limitless budget, no room in my house is completely finished. I think this is because I am always looking for the Perfect piece... I don't want crap just to have it. I am trying to learn to be patient.
Saying that, I have been walking by a chair for weeks at the store, really loving it, but not sure why. Then it hit me that it might just be that perfect chair for my living room.

OK.. It looks a little pink and the photo is blurry, but it really is teal, green, red and gold.
And it is extremely comfortable.
I'm trying to talk the guys into delivering it to the house just to check it out.

Here it is with my red chair.. which will stay in the room.. and my Amanda Stone Talley fabric which will be made into a bolster for the sofa.

Completely worth the wait, don't you think??

Monday, January 9, 2012

Painting Possibilities

My trigger finger has been itching to spray paint something lately. I'm not sure why I have been completely indecisive about colors. I do know that this guy is on my list to be painted..

This is bedside in my guest room, and I love it.
The whole "natural" look is not really me though. I'm thinking more like this...
Source: google.com via MaryNeff on Pinterest

But Red- Orange to really really pop?
Or Mustard to go with that pillow?
I'm leaning toward Mustard and a trip to the paint store.
Spare Time I can borrow?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Update #2: The Evolution of a Light

I've been on the hunt for a light fixture for my dining room for years. Since Labor Day of 2008, to be precise, when I moved in. To start with, the room was rocking a brass number way too high...

Also, I had no idea what I wanted in that room. Seriously.. how many blog posts have I done about chandeliers? So I simply spray painted the fixture black and called it a day.
For a few years. I'm a big fan of patiently waiting for the perfect thing. Most of the time. 

Finally, I bit the bullet.
My sister in law had bought/ found/ acquired a piece years ago that didn't work for her house and passed it on. And it sat in storage until I remembered its potential.

It too needed some paint, but I didn't want the finish too smooth. or too shiny. 
I hand- painted the fixture with matte gold craft paint so a little of the nickel peeked through.
For hours. With a little paint brush.
So worth it though... because I love the way it turned out.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Old Traditions and Modern Art

Around my Junior year in college, I met a girl down the street who really shared my interests. Mainly my interest in the Mississippi Magazine Wedding Register.
For two years, we would rush to Square Books when the issue came in and spend an entire day, maybe two...seriously, school?..... reading and critiquing. Our friends thought we were insane but would lovingly bring us Sonic drinks and laugh with us. When I moved to Memphis and Ellen stayed in Oxford, I would come back to visit just for this occasion. Greenwood and New Orleans is a little longer of a trek to get together.. so we improvise on the phone. For years, we would promise not to read or even look at pictures until we both had the issue in hand. Our weddings have both been in it.. and "our story" has even been mentioned in an issue by the editor. We now juggle homes and jobs and her super cute baby now..but we have a phone date in the near future.
Because this year is a really good one....
Go Blue Shoes!
Love the featured weddings and the new layouts.
And just sayin'.... it also has one of my favorite articles I have written.
If you can peel yourself away from gorgeous weddings,
flip over to page 170 for the home with the perfect mixture of 18th Century French antiques and amazing modern art. Check out that piece over the mantel: Andy Warhol. Seriously.

It took my breath away. Those to the right? Marc Chagalls.
Insane. The home was filled with Dalis, Picassos, and Lichtensteins.. just to name drop a little.  And a fabulous dog named Millie. You would think that it would be priceless and untouchable, but the wonderful family has made it perfectly lived in. I walked around for a while with my mouth open.
I wanted to move in.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Update #1: All but the Kitchen Sink

I was quoted in Leflore Illustrated, our newspaper's quarterly magazine, this past summer about something to do with updating your kitchen on a budget. I mentioned the easy way of just changing out your faucet. Not too expensive, but makes a big impact, right?
Then I realized I was a humongo hypocrite.
Mine looked like this..

Don't be distracted by the pretty flowers.
That faucet is Awful.
So thanks to my lovely grandparents.. I had this installed today!

HUGE difference.
Love the finish AND that pull down sprayer!
One question... do people actually use those soap dispensers?
I never have and find them very strange.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Whoop Whoop!

Dear 2012,
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for showing up. I was completely over 2011. You and I are going to Rock. It. Out.
Mary Neff

Happy New Year to all ya'll! I am spending the first three days of my year deep cleaning, drinking lots of coffee, walking Frida, and treating myself to a spa day. And NOT WORKING. I promise to blog more in the next few days... I have a plumber and an electrician coming to the house tomorrow, so I will have plenty of pictures to post.  Santa was very good to me this year.
I am also working on my goals for this year. They will be fantastic. This is my year.