Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Around the house...

Bookcase with favorite books

A new kitchen vignette with a stocked bar. 

Mixing wedding china with flea market finds. 

Another flea market find.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Design Crush: Barrie Benson

Barrie Benson, a Charlotte based designer is a long time favorite. She has just the right mix of modern and traditional. She always makes a statement with fabulous art. Check out her portfolio.

Sally King Benedict- Barrie knocks it out of the park with show stopping art.
More is More:Tony Duquette- " More is more."
JA Velvet Side Chair- still impressed for the JCPenney line, dying to see it in person.
Monogram Sham- these have been on my wish list forever!
Spoonflower Wallpaper-  domesticate( my favorite designer on Spoonflower) is now designing wallpaper. Reminds me a lot of Albert Hadley's infamous fireworks
Robert Abbey Lamp- classic lamp in my favorite color
 Marrakesh Shag Natural Rug- Currently 50% off with the code ESMA50

Monday, April 22, 2013

Currently Obsessed: Blue & White

Weekend Before and After

Hank got his first hair cut this weekend and we are all having a hard time adjusting. He sort of resembles one of those cats that has no fur. His modeling days may be over...for now.

Small Space Solution: Office

We are working with very limited space.  I am currently working on creating an office in our formal living room. A secretary desk is perfect. It provides storage and desk space, while only taking up a small wall.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Let's see who reads this...

Husband we have an anniversary coming up. 

If you know me really well, the way to my heart is through an ombre eternity band
Maybe 5 year anniversary? I can deal with that. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Weekend Recap: New Camera!

I finally got a new camera after our little mishap in Turks and Caicos. I thought it would be fun to show y'all some new snippets from our house. 

Lots of my favorite things... a fun sketch from a sweet friend, Jo Malone and monograms.  I have moved this fun garland from Furbish all over my house. 

My obsession with nudes continues. 

I feel all sort of crazy for tortoise. The more the merrier. 

Organized chaos on my book shelf. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Weekend Shopping Under $50

Loren Hope Studs: I cannot get enough of Loren Hope's spring studs. I want every color.
Urban Outfitters Reflective Sunglasses: Try the reflective trend for only $14.
Gold Sandals: It is really hard to find a good pair of gold sandals.
Blue and White Dress: This dress looks like the pattern hits in all the right places to create some shape.
Smocked Tie Dye Dress: My inner hippy is craving this smocked dress I saw on Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

It's In the Details: Malachite Doorbells

Yesterday I posted a picture to Instagram of the new doorbell I got in the mail. I mean, who thought of malachite doorbells?

I really need a manicure.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Weekend Recap, Chintz and Big Decisions

This weekend was the first glimpse of spring and we took full advantage.  

 I woke up Saturday morning and Doug had decided to tear down our screened in porch. {Insert panic attack} Some of the wood was starting to rot. The joys of being a homeowner. Not a day goes by that something needs to be fixed.

What happened next was no bueno. My friend Rachel, took my friend Jessica and I to a local consignment store and we came across this...

I debated putting pictures on here because the pictures do not do it justice. Think more chinoiserie/chintz and less Tommy Bahama. I have been slowly redecorating our front living room. Selling off things piece by piece. I left the store feeling like a obsessive, crazy person.  I was so excited...

As soon as I got home I showed Doug. He broke out in laughter.

Then I called my Mom.
" Really? That looks like your grandmother's hand me down."

My friend...
" Pretty. What are you going to recover it in?"

I get it. Not everyone loves chintz. It is hard. It is kooky, but so am I. I am pretty confident and know what I like. What happens when your taste goes against the popular opinion? I think it is easy to second guess yourself.  At the end of the day, you have got to go with your gut and do what you love. If you love it, it never goes out of style.

I think Jenny would approve.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Sofa for Sale

Bernhardt sofa for sale! I have only had it 2 years and it is in perfect condition. We rarely even go in this room, sadly. I am doing some redecorating and finally found another sofa. 
 $900 OBO. If you can get it out of here this week I will be willing to negotiate :)

Just to give you an idea of pricing. Similar sofas are going for almost $3000 on Horchow

Friday, April 5, 2013

Friday 5

Anddddd it is Friday. Here is a round up of my favorite things on the Internet this week.

1. I picked up this Madewell sweater in the store. It is the PERFECT spring sweater. Super light weight and a little baggy to layer.

2.This song has been on repeat.

3.I am in love with this bathroom I saw on Pinterest.

4. Game of Thrones is back. I have a huge girl crush on Khaleesi.

5. Collector vs. hoarder. I have an issue in my house with getting on "kicks". I do not know if our house can hold anymore ginger jars. I decided it is time to move on to Blue Willow china.  

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Monday, April 1, 2013

Weekend Recap

I am a little late posting today. I had the best Easter weekend unfortunately, I got super sick last night and have been recovering all day. I do not think it could have come at a worse time. Think Peeps, deviled eggs and breakfast casserole. What she said...

Prior to my mystery illness we did a little research on paint colors. 
This is one of my favorite houses in Raleigh. I think it has so much character. Doug does not get the appeal. Is it a do or don't?

The pictures are a little blurry. We were literally doing drive bys on Easter Sunday. 

I think we have a winner. I love everything about this house. I think paint is a lot like J Crew clothes. You think if you get the cute clothes you are going to look like the model. I admit sometimes I think if I paint my house, all my troubles will go away. We have a long way to go. 

Saturday I was finally reunited with my BFF who has been gone for 3 weeks. 

And now I am going to go back to sleeping my life away.