Friday, February 25, 2011

Think Pink! err Honeysuckle ;)


It's happening. I've got spring fever. It's been in the 40s quite a bit this February, which is oh so unusual for Chicago; and I can't help but dream about sunshine, brightly colored bulbs, beautiful birds a-chirpin', and busting out my perfect for spring more vibrant duds.
Back in December Pantone predicted that Honeysuckle will reign as color of the year for 2011, which excited me beyond belief. I have always loved neutral clothing as much as interiors and adding pops of color here and there through accessories, be it shoes and baubles on me or throw pillows and flowers at Casa Lobo.
In fact, pops of green or pops of pink have always been my faves in interiors. Pinkish/coral lip glosses are always my go-to hues for lip gloss. Nars’ Orgasm blush reminds me of this color quite a bit. But here are some new options to incorporate Honeysuckle into your day to day this Spring.

Anthro's wedding shop

H&M

H&M


Essie Wife goes on via onmorphia




MUFE Lab Shine S24


Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 hour blush in Natural Beauty


Marc Jacobs Little Satchel







DVF Kamala Sandals


Tory Burch



Ivanka Trump Citrinia Sandal

And here are some inspirational pics to incorporate
Honeysuckle into your home!

via Traditional Home


via Elle Decor


via SM Design Happens



via Coastal Living


via ?? Lost this source, if anyone knows where it's from let me know :)



Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Chicago Craigslist Aficionada

Saw this at Jayson Home & Garden not too long ago


Very Brickmaker table-esque...just saw down those legs and voila, a narrow coffee table.
Or keep it as a console. It wouldn't work as a desk at my house. I am too messy. I need more room to throw my papers around.




Restoration Hardware desk


Ballard Design ottomans...Tuck them under a console for extra seating



I am so in love with this vanity below. I want. So BAAAAD. IT'S GORGEOUS!!!!!!





And this french settee makes my heart pitter patter.......





Friday, February 18, 2011

Ebaying art

As I've mentioned, now that we have completed most of the major renovations that this house required, I am in the process of filling up the space, little by little, with things that I love.

I am taking my time. I want to make sure that I really trully love each and every knick knack, piece of art, frame, etc. that I buy. And that's tough.

I've lately become a serial returner because I see something, think it would look perfect in x room, put it there, only realize it looks totally off and wrong, and that I don't actually love it as much as I thought I would. It's a lot of trial and error.

I could go to a big box store and I say "I want to buy that room," but then my house would look like a catalog, not a home where actual people live.

I want the things in our house to have history and/or meaning, to reflect the things and places that we connect with, that make us "us." This is not to say that I don't enjoy going to Pottery Barn, Home Goods, etc. and scoring an adorable frame, bowl, mirror, candle holder, etc. But I try to make sure that not everything I buy is mass produced.

One of the toughest parts of putting together our "home" has been art! I keep finding all these amazing paintings, but alas, I have thigns I have to pay for like school for our kiddos, the mortgage, you know, all that day to day adult stuff. So the ugly B word comes into the picture....BUDGET! ARRGH...

However, said B word has forced me to get creative, so I went to Etsy, and as I shared a couple of weeks ago, there is some beautiful and affordable art on there.

I next turned to ebay, and I didn't come up empty handed! All of the paintings and prints below are under $50. Some of them are even framed. Framing alone would cost a ton even with the handy 40% coupon Michaels provides.

My favorite search on Ebay is "Pre-1800, 1800-1899, 1900-1949, 1950-1969"

There are also some specific ebayers I target like Cornell Gallery and Artsick.















Hope you have fun searching for something new to hang on your walls. Have a fun weekend!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bathroom is finished! :)

Well, not finished, finished. I mean nothing in my house is ever "finished." I am constantly adding, layering, moving things around, but....
the construction part of it is finished!
These pictures aren't that great, but I am still working on getting
my camera cleared out and organizing those pictures on my computer.

I'll post better pictures really soon!

Now on to the even more fun part of accessorizing and adding bathroom art.





















And here is the after of the terrazzo hallway right off the bathroom




And in case you forgot what the "befores" looked like, let me help you out...


Below is what that hallway looked like before



And of course, here is the bathroom before




Monday, February 14, 2011

BHLDN, Anthro's wedding shop. Look out JCrew!

Honey, I love you. Let's get married. Again. Please? Don't worry, I don't need a reception. I just want to wear one of these dresses renew our vows. Please? :)





Ok. Plan B. So girlfriends....Whose next?! Can I help ya plan? Can I help you pick your bridesmaids dresses? Can I be a bridesmaid? (Never thought those words would come out of my mouth...thankyouverymuchAnthro...)

Something tells me my lawyering tactics are not up to the task of getting SOMEONE, ANYONE!! to let me buy one of these dresses. :)






Dear Anthro, you make me weak in the knees.