Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sneak Peek - Another Bedroom Grows Up




We have been working on this bedroom project for a while.  
Our Darling Daughter has just a few more years under our roof, 
but while she is here, we want to make the most of it.

We have done a lot of designing via emails and photos 
since she is away at college more than she is here.

Some of the basics have been done- 
The pastel pink walls of her childhood
have been painted a more sophisticated SW Jersey Cream, 
a glamorous new bed with an upholstered headboard
 in a wheat colored linen has been installed 
and fresh linens from Pottery Barn have been added.
We were getting there...

And then I found the lamp....


I sent a photo of it, sans shade, to Darling Daughter (DD) 
and she loved it.  
I added the burlap shade from Pottery Barn 
and popped it on her nightstand.
Voila!  
Instant cool.

We are both crazy about these vintage looking spindle style chairs 
that are popping up everywhere,
like this one spotted on Pinterest.



Speaking of crazy, have you seen or read "Gone Girl"?
In the movie, I caught a glimpse of these chairs in the living room.


When I saw the lamp, I knew it would work. 
I found it at Walter Smythe Furniture, 
the same store where I found these twig mirrors last year.
(Hi, Barb K, my ever patient and helpful designer!)
You can read about how this bedroom grew up here.





Here's a peek at DD's new bed, that we also found at Walter Smythe
 (and that I kinda wish was mine)



(Here's what the whole headboard looks like from their website.)



and here are the new linens from Pottery Barn



The velvet damask  throw pillow is from Pier One


and so is this enchanting bird pillow 



and this silky teal throw



We are still searching for the right ceiling fixture and area rug.  
Something fun to do together at Thanksgiving!

I'm so glad DD loves color, too.  
A trendy gray room would never make her happy.

I just have to showoff  share this photo of her hard at work last spring, 
stitching up pillows for her Sorority House!





Here's what she came up with...



She picked the fabrics and mixed the patterns and colors herself
and I could not be more proud.....





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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Musical Prints



Have you ever noticed 
how a decorating project can snowball into other rooms 
and turn your whole house upside down?
No?  Maybe it's just me...

Anyway, while out shopping for a new table and chairs for our recently remodeled kitchen
I came across this print and fell in love.  
It's from Ethan Allen.  Have you been there lately?
Lots of nice things that you will not see anywhere else.





I like the freshness of the colors and the brightness of the print.
And I love the BRASS frame.  
I told you last year that Brass is back in this blog post.
I think I was more hopeful than confident about it then, 
but it sure seems to be true this year!

Here are some close ups of the print.
Please excuse the reflections from the glass.



I think it's gorgeous!


I hung the new print in our dining room where it replaced a darker still life.
Here's what used to hang there.




And here's what it looks like with the new print.



I like how it picks up the red in my transfer ware.




I also took down the pair of vintage botanical prints 
that were hung on either side of the candle holders.




They are signed T.L. Prevost.
So pretty.




They found a new home in my kitchen!

  

I'm still playing with accessories and colors in the kitchen.  
For now, I have gone back to using a mix of pieces that I still love.  
And adding some color to the white palette.




One of the reasons I opted for the paneled back splash instead of tile
is because I like to hang artwork there 
to make it interesting and to cover the mandatory electrical outlets!








Here you can get a peek into the dining room 
and see the new print above the old pie safe.



It's just so much brighter 
and I love the way it looks when you walk in the front door. 

It's Just Grand!




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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Vintage Light Fixture Facelift



Little by little, 
the parts of our new kitchen are coming together.




Last week, I added some art in the back splash area 







and this week I finally found a wall sconce for the dining area!

I needed something to complement the vintage chandelier in the kitchen 





and I found a pair of sconces at The Courtyard in Hinsdale.

They are green, wrought iron fixtures with brass accents.


I thought maybe the color would work, but once I got them home, 
the green looked pretty awful.

So I got out my trusty brass metallic paint and got to work.




They have some nice details that you can see in this close up...




Here it is in brass...



I like it.  
I'm not sure where the second sconce will go, but I have some ideas....


To see how this one would work in the space, 
I banged a nail into the wall right under the old, Handy Andy fixture that's there now!

I just hung the newly painted fixture on the nail, for a an easy look-see 
until I can get the electrician over here to install it.



Here's a peek at the two fixtures on the wall in the dining area.
This dorky picture will probably go viral....

Don't judge.

My new table and chairs should be here any week now.
This old set has served us well, but it's time for the golden oak to go...



The whole table was once the color of the leaves in the center.  
Amazing how much it has faded in the sunlight.
I have the leaves in to see how I like the size - the new table will be about this same size.
I think it will work.

And I have some ideas for the space where that little desk is, on the right.
It's just there now for size and storage.

This corner cabinet used to be on that wall.
I might bring it back in and paint it to match the kitchen cabinets, 
but I want to see the new table and chairs in place first. 
This corner used to be kind of crowded and we are enjoying the open space.




The dining area is part of the kitchen as you can see here.


Much more open without that old corner cabinet, don't you think?
(But, but - I love that corner cabinet.....)


The new chairs will be taller than the old ones 
and will be upholstered in this paisley fabric...



It works with the green of the counter stools







I only ordered four new dining chairs.

I have some skirted Parsons chairs in our study that I can pull in for extra seating.
I had them recovered in the same green fabric.

Now that we're empty nesters, 
I didn't  want to feel lonely sitting down to dinner with Mr.Grand 
at a table with six chairs!
Somehow, four still feels right...

Can't wait til the new table and chairs arrive- 
I'll share them soon!





Linking to:
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