Thursday, December 15, 2011

This past weekend I talked Kit into helping me paint the inside of the front door black. Here it is before ... Photobucket

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I'm very happy with the way it turned out. We used Sherwin Williams High gloss black.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

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I know this is about as boring as watching paint dry but Kit wired an outlet behind the TV for me and I wanted to show how much cleaner and nicer this looks!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Nate Berkus Dining room makeover

I really like this makeover from Nate because everything he used is off the shelf and yet still looks very nice and very Nate!


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Great Giveaway

One of my morning reads La Dolce Vita is hosting a great giveaway on her blog.  Today is the last day to enter to win a pair of fantastic lamps from Circa Lighting and Visual Comfort.  Hurry and enter before midnight tonight!  Good luck!



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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

TV console

Our kitchen/family room is pretty open and it's where everything happens in our house.  Including TV watching.  One reason I've never showed pictures of this wall in the family room  is because it looked like this.  Kit didn't want to go through all the time and effort to run the wiring through the walls until he new I was absolutely sure this is where the TV would stay!  Ha!  I finally convinced him to do it this weekend and it made a huge difference.



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Yes I watch the X Factor!
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Ok so I still have to live with one wire until he adds an outlet behind the TV but isn't this so much better?





It reminds me a little bit of this.  Don't you think?  Come on work with me.

Suzanne Kasler

Suzanne Kasler is one of my favorite designers.  I'm always inspired by her work.  I'm sure everyone is familiar with this Atlanta home she decorated that was published in House Beautiful.





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Well as luck would have it I recently ran across the real estate listing for this house here.  Looking at the real estate photos you get a better feel for the actual layout of the home.  It seems that sometimes real life is much different than a magazine shot.   In the magazine photo there are chairs on either side of the front door with framed art above.  They are gone from the real estate photo.  
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The left side of this room is shown in the magazine with a sofa against the wall and several different sunburst mirrors hanging above it.  I guess I never realized that this is actually one big room.  I always thought this was two different spaces.  The modern art above the fireplace has been replaced with a more traditional piece.
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It's very interesting to see images of the hearth room.  When your looking at the magazine you really have no idea that's even there.
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The dining room looks nearly identical.  The flowers have been replaced with orchids.  In the magazine photo the wood and upholstered chairs are mixed around the dining table.  
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This room looks nearly identical as well.
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In the magazine photos there is a different bed and different art work in this room.  I'm surprised to see that ceiling fan too!!
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I really love the striped walls.  I'm not sure if this is paint or wallpaper but I do think you could achieve the same affect with paint.
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

I've been all about videos lately.  I recently ran across Dana Wolter's blog where she shares tips and inspiration.  I loved this video clip about designing on a budget.  I especially love how she hung the silk panel right in front of her sheer curtains.  Fabulous!!


Monday, October 3, 2011

I love this reveal of Dr. Ruth's apartment from the Nate Berkus show.  Enjoy!


Friday, September 30, 2011

Just wanted to try out the Mouseover How to I learned from The Lettered Cottage.  This is our breakfast room nook during and after construction.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Extension Mirror

Typically I don't show pictures of our Master Bathroom on the blog but I wanted to show our newest addition.  Last time restoration hardware had there bath items on sale I ordered the Lugarno extension mirror.  I wanted this mirror mostly for function but I also really liked the style too.  I'm very happy with it!  


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Monday, September 26, 2011

Entries




Entry ways are an introduction to your home. They are an opportunity to be playful and have a lot of fun. These entries are are some of my favorites.
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All images via pinterest.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Thrifting


Last Friday I spent the day out first going to an estate sale and then stopping by one of my favorite antique stores.  I found all kinds of really good stuff at the estate sale but only came home with an alabaster dish.  I thought I would use it in our powder room to hold soap but it didn't look very good in there so I put it on my nightstand and have been using it to hold jewelry.  


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Antique stores and estate sales are great places to find inexpensive items to display.  I thought I would give you a break down of what I spent on the items on my nightstand.  The mint julep cup and round silver container were $10 each at a local antique store.  The stone box was a gift from my sister.  She brought it back from a mission trip she went on to Brazil when we were in high school.  The clock I bought on clearance from target for $6.  It was part of the Victoria Hagan collection.  And the alabaster dish I bought on Friday for $3.  

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After I left the estate sale I stopped by my favorite antique store.  There I stumbled across what I think is a great find.  There were two crates full of original sketches by Elizabeth Pauline Everitt.  She received a degree from the University of Missouri and taught art in a local school district as well as giving private lessons.  Upon her death her entire collection was donated to the Nelson Art Gallery.  What I've read online is that the museum had no need for her sketch books and threw them away.  A local antique dealer found them in the trash and is selling them for a song.  I felt very lucky to find them too!
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