Showing posts with label fridays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fridays. Show all posts

Friday, May 30, 2014

Nautical Fun

After such a long, hard winter, we arrived home to find spring has nearly turned into summer around here.  It has been hot and sunny, and I'm loving every minute of it.  By the end of the winter, I was so tired of every single sweater that I own, I was nearly ready to throw them all away and move to Florida (you think I'm kidding).  But thankfully warmer weather arrived just in time to revive us, and now I'm in full-on summer mode.

I think that's why I'm loving this season's hint of nautical that I'm seeing everywhere.  Stripes, navy with gold buttons, crisp white and bright red-- the whole thing is a happy reminder of sandy beaches and boat rides.  Obviously this is one of those trends that works better mixed with less thematic pieces-- you don't want to look like you're dressed as Popeye for a costume party:)  But subtle nods to the maritime look can be fun and fresh-- and finally summery.

Nautical rope shell

These socks are so fresh and cute, I don't even care if they're men's.

And this door knocker!! I would buy a beach house JUST to buy this gorgeous piece of gold awesomeness.



Friday, April 11, 2014

Crazy Week

We have had a hectic week since last Friday. I have had appointments with potential clients, a few flower gigs, and Creative Arts Camp to prep for. Just for fun I always wear a bit of floral when I meeting a new client. 

Here is what my week looked like…..

Happy Friday!


Friday, October 11, 2013

Update on Apartment Decorating

Remember this cute student apartment that my friend, Vivian, asked me to help decorate?  We have had the best time exploring antique shops, furniture stores and second hand places all over town to find the right pieces for her new town house-- and we are nearly finished!  We're waiting for a few more things to come in, and then I'll post lots of before and after photos.

In the meantime, check out are some of our great finds for the apartment.  Our goal was to make the space comfortable and inviting, with a relaxed but still grown-up feel.  We wanted a mix of understatedly elegant pieces, rustic finishes, natural fibers and comfy seating-- and it will all be finished off perfectly with some of Vivian's gorgeous artwork we get to hang all over the place!  

I absolutely fell in love with this English inlaid wood flip top table.  In love.  And thankfully so did Vivian:)  This we are going to use as a front entry/hall table, so it will be the first thing you see when you walk in the door.

Most important purchase of the whole place: the couch!  We spent a lot of time looking at our options for the sofa, and we ended up with this comfortable, understated beige linen one from Colonial Designs here in town.

When we first began the shopping process we didn't really have much of a plan in mind for Vivian's dining room table, and sometimes it pays to keep an open mind.  Walking through a huge antique warehouse stuffed with furniture, this gorgeous table jumped out at both of us, and we couldn't stop thinking about it.  You know, when you find yourself comparing everything else to it?  Once we realized this was THE table, we simply adjusted the rest of the design for the room around it.  Because it's just that gorgeous.

 Across from the sofa we're using a pair of these leather club chairs.  Their smaller profile fits the space perfectly, keeping the sitting area from feeling overcrowded.

These handsome nesting tables will go in between the club chairs, a perfect spot for them to show off the intricate carving from nearly all angles.  I love how different they are-- the carving, the super dark espresso color, those legs!  

 We got a pair of these gold lamps for a steal at a second hand place, and they'll be perfect on either side of the couch.

While some of the older student townhouses have pretty bamboo floors throughout the space, ours only has them upstairs, and in the first floor living area we've got tile.  It's not as pretty (although not hideous, either), but the main problem is how it makes the whole downstairs feel cold and echoey.  So to warm up the space we decided to go with a big natural fiber rug, large enough to cover the entire surface area of the living and dining spaces.  We picked out a gorgeous basket weave design, which will add some pattern and texture to the rug while keeping the neutral, relaxed feel we've been shooting for.

Upstairs in the master bedroom we realized we had enough extra space for a vanity and chair and love the combination of this cane back armchair and the painted table below (the color is a bit washed out in the photo-- it's a pretty pale blue in person).

 We're going for a more feminine feel in the bedroom with light, airy colors and a bit more of a French feel.  For Vivian's bedside lighting we found this gorgeous pair of alabaster lamps with a beautiful soft gray marbled effect.  

When we got stuck and couldn't find the right thing, Vivian discovered these pretty bedside tables on Etsy, which are just perfect for the feel of the bedroom.  Love them.

We searched for ages for a headboard, for a long time thinking of going with something brass-- until we found this guy.  It wasn't being sold as a headboard-- just a mirror-- but it fits the dimensions of the king sized bed perfectly, and how fabulous will it be once we get the base built and it's installed??

Have a great weekend, and happy Friday!



Friday, August 16, 2013

Coming Home

My family and I have been vacationing in the Catskills. We have had some lovely R & R, but the sight of Dahlias reminded me fall is very near.  We are heading back to the city with many thrift shop treasures, and I can't wait to share our upcoming home projects. Not to mention first day of school gear. 

Happy Friday!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Back Home

I just arrived home last night from a fun, busy ten day trip catching up with family and friends.  After a few days in NYC with Mel & co., including the Alt conference at Martha Stewart's fabulous world (-takeover) headquarters, I flew down to North Carolina for a visit with my family in the Blue Ridge mountains.  After living overseas for so many years, which made any trip home a major production, I can't tell you how fun it is to be able to squeeze in a few non jet lagged days with family just for fun!  To me it still feels like a luxury.  

The best part about a trip like this, is that even though I had such a wonderful time and loved every minute of being away, I was still so happy just to be home.  Pulling up to our little house that we've spent so much time and energy and manual labor making our own, I couldn't have been happier.

And that's the way it should be.

Happy Friday!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Balloon Crush

These ballons make me so happy!  I might have to order some before we throw our next birthday party... Even for adults, who wouldn't want a big bunch of these in their honor?

Happy Friday!


Friday, March 15, 2013

Lazy Friday Mornings

Since Jady's job as a minister necessarily means that weekends and work weeks don't follow normal patterns, his day off doesn't fall at a typical time, either.  Friday is our day of sleeping in, lounging around and sitting around sipping coffee by the fire together (because it is still so cold here-- spring, we're ready!!).  I love these mornings, particularly, when no one has to rush off and we can stay in our pajamas until lunch.  

Raleigh has the right idea... We are loving this sunny Friday morning!

Wishing you all a great weekend.


Friday, March 8, 2013

Factory Discounts

This week has been a slow one for me around here, since I've been stuck in bed trying to kick a sinus infection that just refuses to go away (booo).  Thankfully now these antibiotics seem to be kicking in, and today I'm starting to feel a bit more like myself.  On a side note, we went to the allergist yesterday for testing, and I think I may have won the prize at their office- they were seriously impressed.  Apparently I'm violently allergic to all kinds of things!  They even hinted that I might want to do yard work wearing a mask... yikes!  I think I'll pass, but hey, maybe it could be cute;)

Since I have been stuck at home so much recuperating, I've had a little extra time to window shop on the internet (always dangerous), and I'm loving everything the J Crew Factory store has for spring.  I always like J Crew's looks, but I find the Factory store's prices much more accommodating (read: cheaper:)), so I'm always happy when they have things on sale.  Here are some of my favorite picks for spring.

Happy Friday!


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