Friday, August 31, 2012

Frida Friday

Good morning,sunshines! Who else is ready for a long weekend? It has been a long, busy week, and I am looking forward to a few days of total relaxation.
Mississippi Magazine was delivered yesterday, and I am thrilled with the beautiful photographs for my article this issue... Michael Strong is one of my favorite photographers to work with. You can see below the stunning wall of portraits I was enamored with a few weeks ago. Designer Nancy Price dug them out of a warehouse in Buenos Aires for the client.They are absolutely perfect.

Another star of the show? Somebody made his modeling debut...

We are all so proud.
Have a great day today! I hope the "work" part flies by for everybody...

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Willing Fall

So what do you think so far? We are still working on the layout, but my dear blog is getting there. Nothing like a little facelift every now and then, right? I also had an internet issue to deal with, but I am back now in full effect.

And while I know we will have another month or two of hot weather in the Mississippi Delta, this weekend marks the beginning of football season, which means... I'm ready for fall. If we can't dress the part, at least we can enjoy fallish- colors in these spaces..

Source: via Gigi on Pinterest

I LOVE the mustard/ teal combination.. Since I can't wear mustard near my face (I'm a Winter), I am shopping for some skinny cords in that hue. To wear with a teal top. It might be my new fall uniform.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Under Construction

I'm taking a little time to work on my blog- space today. Please be patient; I'll be back soon!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Top 5 Tuesday

I love finishing a project. Thanks for all your sweet comments and emails about the floors. I'm pretty pumped about them too!
Here are 5 more that are making me smile today:

I think I have found a mirror that will work in the guest bath. I want to take out the light fixture and the medicine cabinet and just have a tall skinny mirror. This one could possibly work with a little sprucing up!

Some of my favorite friends came to visit for the weekend. We had a blast.. and even had a minute to pose on a vintage Cadi.

I love love love this dresser. That liquidy finish is beautiful! So many places it could go in this house.  

Of course I need a $700 lamp for my living room. Duh.

And finally, a peek at my new office at John-Richard.
I'm the new Director of Social Media for this fabulous company.
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Monday, August 20, 2012

Paper Bag Floors

I have spoken many times of my hatred for my guest bathroom. I have also spoken of my refusal to spend money on said space since it is rarely used, and I do not believe I would get my money out of a huge renovation.
But, over the last few months, I have been updating and freshening up the space by painting the tile, replacing the toilet and getting a new shower curtain. Things were looking good, but still, that blue gray linoleum floor was haunting me.

Epiphany. I found a cool site from Pinterest showing how a woman "paper bagged" both a counter top and then her floors. Paper mache? Hmmmmm. I can do that.
So on a random Tuesday, I went in search of massive amounts of glue and craft paper. I got a lot of crazy looks as I explained the reasoning, but I had faith. Armed with a mixture of 2:1 Water and Glue and a pile of ripped up peices of brown craft paper, I went to work on the floors.

The process was simple. Soak the paper in the glue water, squeeze out excess, then lay paper on the floor, constantly overlapping the pieces. Note: I made a seperate pile of pieces with straight edges for the perimeter. That made it really easy to just tuck under the molding for a crisp look.

All in all, it took about an hour to get the floor covered. Then patience had to kick in. You have to let this dry completely... overnight at least... until you move forward.

It was dry the next morning, but I waited until after work for the next step: staining.
Using some dark walnut stain I already had, I brushed on and wiped off until the floor was covered. Honestly, this was the longest step and the dry time took about 3 days. But it was well worth the wait to see the final product!

It was almost a cross between leather and stained concrete. The stain took differently in places, but that just adds to the character.
Now to seal it. This is extremely important, especially in a bathroom. I used about 6 coats of polyurathane. I might go back in with more, but I was over it at that point.

What do you think? It survived it's first guests this weekend like a champ. With the amount the room is actually used, I totally believe it has staying power.
And with a total cost of $24, I'm sold.
Mirror and paint/ wallpaper.. and we're calling it a day!

Friday, August 17, 2012

I love Memphis. I loved living there, and I love visiting. 
I also love Elvis Week... So in honor of the King..
Happy Friday in my Blue Suede Shoes.

I will be back Monday with photos of my guest bathroom project. My sleep schedule has been thrown off a bit this week for 8am work time. 5:40 doesn't seem early enough to run and get my house work done... but I refuse to wake up any earlier. Re. Fuse.

"Until we meet again, may God bless you as he has blessed me."  Elvis Presley

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Crash Tested

I've been spending time this week on a deep clean of the house. Really getting the baseboards, under the beds, all those annoying spots that no one wants to do.
I also tried a couple of those tricks on pinterest that you always "pin" but never really get around to...

1. Cleaning the tub with vinegar and Dawn. That's good stuff people. Two things to know: buy a thick spray bottle or let the vinegar cool down before pouring in. I may have melted a flimsy bottle. And open a window. Or five. And all your doors. I cleaned both tubs. Frida and I had to go outside for a while. Regardless, my tubs look brand new.

2. Maybe I was expecting a volcano type eruption, but I wasn't impressed. I am sure it did what it was supposed to do... I use my disposal all the time, and this got rid of a faint lingering smell. So yay.

3. Not too shabby! I just bought new pillows for my bed... I've been on a year long search for the perfect pillow. And possibly found them.
So I threw the guest pillows in there for a few minutes. A. It's Loud. B. It's Loud. But they for sure fluffed up! I covered the two tennis balls in socks first.. I read that somewhere. Do that so the color won't bleed on your pillows.

Ok.. There you go. Tested just for you! Not really... I did these totally selfishly. Go forth at your own risk. And have a happy Thursday!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Stacked Up

I've always loved a good piece of jewelry. But those who have known me for an extended period of time know I basically wear the same pieces every day.
I do have a few random pieces that I love to throw in every now and then to spice up an outfit.. usually a bold necklace or bracelet. I am extremely lucky to have a few designer friends and also to have just gone to market in Atlanta with jewelry on the mind.
That said, I have been trying to organize my personal stash so I can "shop" easily each morning in my dressing room. Necklaces have found homes hanging from mirrors, lamps, and "the cat". Earrings dangle from a cracked Reidel and an oversized vintage goblet.
My bangles? They stacked up just fine on.. a paper towel holder. While I took all of 5 minutes to spray the nickle to a dull gold, it was pretty much an instant hit.

Now I just have room for more!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Top 5 Tuesday

Happy Last Day of my Mini Break! I have run 4 miles, had a nice breakfast and am getting ready to have a massage at the Alluvian Spa.
If that wasnt' enough to make me happy, here are 5 more that are making me smile today:

A bowl of turtle houses. My father sent me another one (don'tthinkabouttheturtle) to add to the collection. I found this bowl at HomeGoods yesterday to originally use for fruit or salad, but it seems like this is a much better option.

Source: via MaryNeff on Pinterest

A kelly green Chippendale screen door. Don't you love the sound of a screen door slamming? Wouldn't you love for it to look like this? Can you believe you can get it at LOWE'S??

My mother and I went for a delicious lunch yesterday in Jackson at Anjou. Not only was the food awesome, this floor was beautiful. From the touch, I think it is a linolium copper tile set in the hardwood. It would seem like a lot going on, but it really worked in the space.

I'm moving lamps around in the house again. We'll see about this, but for now, it's working.

I'm working on a big guest bathroom project that required all of this. Hopefully I will be able to show finished photos by Friday.
Until then, Happy Tuesday!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Outdoor Update

A few weeks ago, I ordered a new supply of oilcloth for my outdoor dining chairs since mine were looking kind of ragged.

It came in very fast, and I started the job of recovering the seats. Until I realized the wood was completely molded. Ugggggg. Gross. It happens though. They have been out in the elements for almost 4 years and just had enough.
It only caused a small delay in the project, since my dad came to the rescue with new seats. So, armed with a cheap foam egg crate from WalMart and my trusty NEW staple gun, I went to work.

And put in place, they make a huge difference!

Now I'm on the look out for end- of- the -season outdoor rug sales. Please let me know!