Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Labels: my life
Monday, November 15, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
That's how long we worked on my cabinets, and I'm tired.
I thought I would share with you some "before" pictures. And some pictures of what we did today...
I can't find the cord to plug the camera into the computer.
And did I mention that I am really tired??
So, once the husband makes it home tomorrow night from his trip, I'll figure out where the cord is, and there will be pictures for everyone to see.
Until then, here's a list of what went down today:
Cabinets and drawers were taken down
Tomorrows fun will include primer, cleaning and sanding of the actual cabinet box faces that are inside, and *possibly* a coat of paint!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I managed to make it out of New Orleans in one piece (somewhat surprisingly, with all of the people that were down there, and the seeming rise in crime), and there have been so many things and ideas I've wanted to post about!
1) They should make computers able to take dictation so you can blog while running (mostly walking) on the treadmill. And they should make them affordable.
2) Canadian House and Home is awesome. Have you seen this month's issue? Chris now has a really good idea of something to get me for Christmas - a subscription (although, if he really wants to, I'd take Sarah Richardson's farmhouse too).
3) I'm getting ready to re-paint our kitchen cabinets and swap out the old rusty, loose, and crooked hardware! What I'm sure will be an interesting time starts tomorrow, so look for "before" pics.
But back to my topic for today:
Has anyone else seen the new Veranda (November/December) issue??
It arrived last week, and so far, is the most "Domino-like" to date. I'm not sure that is the best description for it (because it's definitely higher-end compared to Domino), but it definitely feels more like Dara's at the helm now than before.
Case in point - the cover story, designed by Miles Redd:
I love that green with the blue.
And I love this wallpaper.
But this bedroom had me feeling a little sense of deja vu, even though it's lovely....
I guess Miles is just a big lover of scenic hand-painted mural wallpapers with 4-poster beds.
The whole issue of the new Veranda is good, though, and I'm excited to see them continue on the path they're on.
Tune in tomorrow for the start of "Project: Paint Kitchen Cabinets (so they don't suck as much)". Me, my Dad, and I'm sure a few dogs all mixed up with some white paint and satin nickel hardware!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
2) This is a sneak peek of some things that are coming after Halloween:
P.S. - Go Rangers!!!!!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
office inspiration by Racheltx on Polyvore.com
So, here's the plan (minus the bookshelves which I didn't have a good picture of and am still trying to decide whether or not to keep black, paint white, or some other color).
Dark green walls, white slipcover from Ikea to tie in with the big white desk that is already in the room, side tables in natural stained wood, a big reproduction of a Texas map, accents of silver and chrome, a little bit of plaid, bamboo blinds and seagrass rug...
It's coming together, bit by bit.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
However, I kind of like this hallway. I think because there's really nothing else going on - the plaid is it.
I came across these while pulling some pictures for an inspiration board for our office (yes, we're still slowly slowly working on it - but remember, the tortoise finished the race!).
I know it's such a cliche, but I really do love me some plaid in the fall and winter.
How about you?
Friday, October 15, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Yes, he and the chihuahua tag-teamed a little mouse who was trying to live in a bag of mulch. The mouse put up a little bit of fight, scratching Charlie's nose in the process, but ultimately he didn't win.
You should have seen their faces afterwards. Charlie and JJ just looked so pleased with themselves, so (dare I say it?) proud!
They finally got one. After months of tracking and chasing and barking.
Okay, must get back to work now....
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
That's me, with my two besties - my little sisters.
It wasn't always like that. When we were all about this age, despite my cute angelic smile, I didn't really like them all that much. You know, having to share and stuff...
But now that we're all grown up, how could I resist these two??
Friday, October 8, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Linda, I know you said that there were two different ones that you liked, so email me and let me know which one you want!
Thank you all for entering!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Designed by architect A. Quincy Jones, the house is gorgeous and modern. It's original interior decorator was Billy Haines, and the home still retains lots of original hardware and finishes.
Even more impressive than the Imperial Dishmaster above is the handpainted wallpaper below, which is in the entry and part of the living room. Original?? It was here when Fran Chiles moved out...
So pretty. I love hand painted mural wallpapers. Sersiously, I think you could stick anything in front of them and still end up with a gorgeous room.
Below is another view of the living room, including its Fortuny pendant light and strange and somewhat morbid poster art.
Dining room. Loving the wall-treatment here too, although it's not original. You can see a picture of the original here.
The view from the upstairs dressing room is beautiful. Not a huge fan of the blue chairs or lamp, but again - that backdrop makes almost anything look good.
Fran Chiles was a memeber of the Republican National Committee, and the Chiles' close friends included Ronald and Nancy Reagan who stayed in this room when they came to visit.
That is a Billy Haines' designed elbow chair there by the bed
The study area in Eddie Chiles bedroom. I like the rug and the artwork. The built-in shelves are nice.
The back of the house, showing the pool.
Look good to you? The house is up for sale for only $7 million through Kay Day Real Estate.
*all above pictures by Rob Brinkley, here
Friday, October 1, 2010
Today's giveaway is generously being sponsored by CSN Stores! If you haven't been to their sites yet, you should definitely go check them out - you can spend some serious time there. They have literally everything, I think, from furniture like a platform bed to home accessories, linens, and stuff to stock your kitchen with!
So, what is it that I'm giving away today?
Don't you love all the colors and stripes above??
With Fall and Winter coming up, I could totally see myself all curled up on the sofa, or in my favorite chair, with one of these. They're all cotton, and the weight is perfect to keep you cozy on those chilly nights.
They come in so many different colors and stripe patterns, it's so hard to choose!
Go to their site HERE and look at all the throws, and then come back and leave me a comment with which one is your favorite!
Good luck - and have a great weekend!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
You know how somedays you're just left a little uninspired? With such a plethora of pretty rooms and information out there on all the other blogs, I sometimes feel like I'm just repeating the same things - which is boring!
So, I thought I'd share with you something I've been working on. I've been working on starting up a small home business making dog beds and dog collar covers (because, you know, I have a little knowledge about dogs). I'm nearly ready to get it up and running, so I've been thinking of packaging - tags, bags, labels and cards.
I am kind of liking kraft paper. Cardstock for notes, boxes for the collar covers...
I'll share more about the beds a little later, once I have some more to photograph. But here's a preview:
Another thing I've been up to?? Setting up an awesome GIVEAWAY!
Be sure to check back Friday for all the details.