The Living Room

This room, from Candice Olsen, is actually the design inspiration for TWO rooms in my house. I plan to do the wall of blue curtains behind my bed. That will be so pretty and will help with warmth and noise reduction. I love the bookcase wall as well. We don’t have a TV in our living room, it’s going to be my office and a library. Those stainless steel trunk/chest of drawers are from Restoration Hardware and cost more than my mortgage so you know they won’t be happening no matter how hard I beg. I do like the idea of a chest in a wall of bookcases to break things up, and you can never have too much storage. My mind is whirling, but at least I have this fab picture for inspiration.

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Decorating Again

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So Whit and I just bought a new bed, and we love it! It’s the first large piece of furniture we ever bought new. When we were searching, we saw this bed

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And we really liked to two tall pedestal nightstands, but we wanted a padded headboard, so we passed. I was convinced we could find or make something similar. So checking out my fave site in the world, Ikea Hackers, I came across these

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We plan to take out the two middle drawers to make a shelf. We will still have the two lower drawers for all our stuff. Better yet, the top opens. I’ll put a power strip in there for all our chargeable stuff! Too cool for school. They’re only $179 each! I keep telling y’all, don’t sleep on Ikea. And Ikea Hackers? Bliss!

This room will be too beautiful when I finish. We’ll have a wall of pale blue pinch-pleated drapes. ($40 a pair at JCP). And the walls will be fern green. Can’t wait to post pics!

Me and My Kitchen

The hubster and I are gradually getting back into decorator mode. It’s taking forever to paint our bathroom, but I’m getting there. My kitchen is battleship gray with tired (poorly painted) white cabinets. (See below). It really needs a gut and replace, but that so isn’t going to happen anytime soon. I want to paint them, but we’ve been debating a color for a while now. I think I’ve found it: RED. I know it sounds crazy, but they really look cool. Red paint is a bit of a pain. It takes a lot of coats to get it opaque, but with proper priming I think we can get a good look. I love that cool rail detail just below them. That would be great for hanging towels, or kitchen hardware. I’m really excited. I’ll keep you posted.

Finished the Den

We finally finished painting the den. We used no VOC paint from Home Depot, it only costs a little more and doesn’t make me sick like regular paint does. Anyway, here’s how the den looked when we bought the house:

And here’s how it looks now:

The color is called Midsummer Gold. I have some left over and I plan to use it in the master bath as well. The first picture is more representative of how it actually looks. I’m not completely finished. I still need to buy lamp shades, a little more pottery for the hearth and I need to have the sofa reupholstered. This is how the sofa looks now:
I found this fabulous fabric at Sirs in Fayetteville TN. Only $10.99 a yard. For chenille!!! Won’t it just pop against the gold walls? I love this sofa, it was a freebie and so big and well-made.

Anthropologie Chair

I want this chair like damn and whoa. Do I want it enough to pay $1300 for it? Uh, that would be no, but wouldn’t it be spectacular in my guest bedroom which I’m doing in taupe, white and black? This would be just the pop of color it needs, along with some coral throw pillows on the bed. Taupe and coral are just so fresh. The shape of the chair is perfect for a bedroom as well. In fact, everything about this chair is perfect, except, of course, the price.

astrid chair, naive tropical – Anthropologie.com.

Bird Mobile

I don’t know if I mentioned this lady’s blog before, but she makes birds, really fabulous birds. Her fabric placement is incredible and I like them very much. I had decided to use her technique to make myself a bunch of “storm crows,” as in my band’s name in  Rock Star, but the other night I was gazing up at the vaulted ceiling in my living room (which is gradually becoming my library) and realized that I need a mobile up there. I can’t imagine anything more fabulous than a storm crow mobile. I’m sketching out some ideas and I’ll share them when I get something together.

I’m inspired, of course, by the library in the picture. I’ve always wanted a person library, but it never occurred to me that it should be more than a place to keep my books. This guy is crazy wealthy and has fabulous stuff, but hey, I’ve traveled, I’ve got cool things too. (Yeah, he has Sputnik and I have homemade crows, but hey, it’s a literary reference, dammit. You can’t take that away from me.) I only need a few more things for my library, but we’ve finally got the furniture placed how we want it. Now we’ve just got to find just a few more pieces. I’m so impatient, but it is coming together beautifully.

More Kitchen Ideas

After a great deal of sturm und drang I finally let the charcoal cabinets go. So now we’re back to our original idea. Cream with chocolate glaze. I’m thinking it’ll look somewhat like this:

Oddly enough for a kitchen that’s 8′ x 25′ we don’t have all that many cabinets. I want to put some stock cabinets on the wall now where we have the armoire since this kitchen doesn’t have a pantry. So we’ll get these and paint them to match the rest. They’re solid oak and only cost $200 a piece.

Also found a really cool fabric that I actually like better than my original bird fabric:

Going with a pale buttery yellow on the walls, but I won’t be able to start on that wallpaper until this fall. I refuse to deal with stripping wallpaper with a steamer when humidity is 90% outside.