Saturday, January 29, 2011

There's Just Something...

....about this pic that I CAN'T get out of my head.

{The dining room/entryway, office of the talented Holly Mathis}

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The color, the black & white tiled floor, old weathered table, bamboo blinds, funky floral curtains, soft gray cabinet....I could go on and on - perfection. You know those times where a picture just sticks with you and you can't get it out of your head?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Stylish Award

I'm completely honored and speechless to receive the Stylish Blogger Award from Kelley over at The Polished Pebble. On a side note, Kelley is one hilarious, talented woman that I seriously feel like I know (blogging has that affect on me.) : ) The rules of the game are - List 7 things about yourself and then pass the award on to other stylish bloggers. So here it goes.

1) I'm actually very shy. My husband who ironically is known more as the "shy one" is our social coordinator. I'm a pajamas at home with a fire and a movie kind of girl.

2) I've known what I've wanted to do since I was little. Rearranging my childhood bedroom and the rest of the house was a very normal occurrence at our house. My roommate in college and I figured out that I averaged "space planning" aka rearranging our room once a month our freshman year.

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3) I love the smell of new shoes, a box of erasers and sadly gasoline. Yes, I know, bizarre.

4) I sit and drink a cup of coffee at our coffee shop down the street every morning and I go for a walk every night. It's my prep-time and wind-down time. I feel off without either of those times.

5) I married my Jr. High sweetheart.

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6) I have played field hockey since I was 10 years old. I almost went to University of the Pacific to play.

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7) I truly believe I was born in the wrong decade.

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And now to pass this on to other Stylish Bloggers in no particular order...

Thank you again Kelley!

Monday, January 24, 2011

A Little Sprucing

I've been chipping away at our master bedroom for a while now. I started with the "house plan" that I was going to focus on one room at a time. Well....that sort of went out the window. When I started this blog, one of my very first projects was my master bedroom re-do. While my last post of that was QUITE a while ago, I have been slowly adding to it. Additions and projects went un-posted mainly because of this and this, so I thought I'd do a catch-up post on some of the changes.

Window treatments were not only desperately needed but definitely added the biggest change to this room. Keeping our super-budget in mind, I had to hunt for things that wouldn't break the bank but that would also be of quality.


I went with my favorite look: bamboo, woven blinds layered with simple curtain panels. I did hours and hours of research on the best options for bamboo blinds on a budget. We had two challenges that we faced when it came to bamboo blinds. The first is that our windows are old and therefore are not standard window sizes. The second is that when we gave our house a "face lift" a few years ago we trimmed out all the windows in thick casing that we didn't want to cover up. That meant that we had to go with inside mount blinds. It also means that it ruled out standard, pre-cut blinds that are found in Lowes, HomeDepot, and other stores like that. Going with a custom size meant going with a "custom" price tag. Enter JCPenny. JCPenny was having a sale with 60% off all made-to-measure blinds plus free shipping (I'm sorry I didn't post about that at the time!) A victory lap was made around my entire house - twice. When I put my deposit in for the color sample of the blinds we were going with, the sales woman let me know that an additional 5% would be taken off my order with my receipt present. Another victory lap was made.

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While they are certainly no tortoise shell, bamboo blinds they are perfect for us and where we are in our lives and our budget.

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Another challenge came with the curtain rods. Our master bedroom has an uneven ceiling. This is no complaint as it's actually my favorite feature in the room. The tongue and groove is the original ceiling in the house. I wish it still existed throughout the entire thing, but it's sadly only left in portions of the house.

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Normally I like to hang curtains dropped about 3"-4" from the ceiling, giving height to a room. I had the option to do this with only one window, but it would be off from the rest of the windows. I decided to keep them all at the same height to create almost one continuous line.

The other addition to our room is a hanging pendent light. I searched high and low for the right sized, hanging drum shade. In case any of the rest of you are searching, the answer is Pottery Barn. There are plenty of other large, hanging drum shades but they come with a hefty price tag. I also didn't need anything fancy since the plan was to cover it up anyways. I found a neutral (I change my mind and our bedding A LOT) lattice print fabric.

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It sits in the corner of our room above one of our hand-me-downs from my grandparents. If you've been reading for a little while you know that my grandparents have a passion for mid-century modern furniture as well as Danish teak. Eventually I'd like to replace this chair with an overstuffed, comfy, cozy chair but in the mean time, this works.

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The latest project for the Master Bedroom sprucing I actually finished just last week, so I'm not too far behind on my posting for that one. For those of you that follow Grace, you'll know that she made an amazing find with some blue, ikat fabric. I first posted about it here. But, instead of recovering our desk chairs like I had originally planned(I'll post on that later this week) I decided to go with pillows for our bed instead.

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Great minds must think alike. Check out Grace's latest post.


Here's a look at what our naked windows looked like pre-sprucing.

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I'm off to finish re-upholstering our office chairs! Pics coming soon!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Loving Right Now....

Oy Vey it's been 2 weeks since my last post!! Atlanta was a blast! It was freezing cold, but that was kind of fun for a Southern California girl who doesn't experience as much weather as she sometimes would like to. With that said, I couldn't have been happier to be welcomed home by the heavenly Summer-like weather. I have some fun things to post about coming up here soon - but I haven't quite gotten my pictures together. In the mean time, I just stumbled upon this sweet company and had to share. Meet the Dupps Family.

"Kathy, Rally and their two small children decided to hit the road when the economy bit the dust and relocated to the island paradise of Bali, Indonesia." With his background in architecture and her background in interior design, they created one killer textiles company named KatherineRally.

Their color palette and patterns are tapping in to my Summer craving!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Back to Business

Hello Everyone! It's been a busy week, but in keeping up with my New Year's resolutions (one of them is to be MUCH nicer to my blog and keep up!), I wanted to squeeze a little post in.

We just got back from a heavenly few days away in Mammoth. Mammoth is a little mountain town in Central CA. The house above is not where we were staying - we're more of the 1950's, retro, A-frame, every room leaks and is freezing kinda people (shown below). My grandfather built the house back in the 50's and to say it has a few problems would be an understatement. We like to think it has LOT'S of character!

My mom and I are going to be starting a fun little loft makeover at the house in the next few months. It will be a little while before we get started but I promise to share pics once we start.

In other news - Betsy and I are off to Atlanta next week. We're going to the Atlanta Home & Gift show and we're beyond excited. I'm going to try and sneak a few pics of our fun finds while we're there. Anyone have any suggestions for fun shopping and dining in the Atlanta area??

Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to everyone! I thought I'd kick off the new year with some eye candy from the 2010 Princess Margaret Showhome featured last month (December) in Canadian House & Home. Enjoy!

{I've been seeing more and more black kitchens pop up lately? Am I sensing a new trend?}

{Dining room: Looks like they took some inspiration from the SGG house, no?}

{LOVE these curtains in the master bath!}

{How's THIS for a dressing room!?}

Hopefully everyone is having a successful kick-off to 2011!