Thursday, March 31, 2011
So, last Fall we renovated the front of the house.
See here: http://wonderwallinteriors.blogspot.com/2011/01/so-we-bought-ugly-house.html
and here: http://wonderwallinteriors.blogspot.com/2011/01/new-and-improved-although-small-foyer.html
Ok, now that we are all on the same page, as I was saying, last Fall we renovated the front of the house. Before doing so, I had natural woven blinds on the windows. However, when we renovated, we changed out the windows, and the dimensions changed. So, the blinds we had, were not going to work.
We finished back in November and for months, being design ADD as I am sometimes, I couldn't decide what I wanted for window treatments. But I continued to rock out in my living room several nights a week, until, I think February. One evening, a lady came and knocked on my door. "Do you know that EVERYONE can see you dancing through your windows?" I mean obviously, I knew. But until she knocked on my door, and told me, I hadn't cared! I couldn't made a decision about window treatments and had decided to ignore the issue, that was until she knocked.
So, I went to "the google" to find a budget-friendly and pretty option for my windows. I heard JCPenney was having a window treatment sale. We decided to check it out. After pricing out different options, we settled on the Savannah III Roman Shades, which are custom, in "white."
Afterall, the POs had done away with everything that made a bungalow charming... A fireplace ? Who wants that? Beamed dining room ceiling? pfft.... A front porch? For what? Built ins? please.... They were all gone. :( By the time we got ahold of her she had been pillaged.
Many doors were completely warped and/or had layers and layers of paint on them finished off with another layer of varnish!? Also, in each room, there were typically 3 different styles of baseboard all within one room in EACH room. And let me not even get started on the terrazzo. Like I've said, no one, but no one has more terrazzo than us except for maybe the pope.
So yeah, one room or area of the house at a time, we have put in new wood floors, new windows, new doors, new trim, baseboards, new electrical, new plumbing, sister joisted the second floor of our house to make sure our master bedroom didn't fall into the living room, created new closets, and replaced the stairs! It's taking a while, but we keep chucking along, but we still have TONS to do.
Anyway, getting back to the pics... We asked the seller's realtor, but she no longer had the pictures. We settled for pictures we took shortly after we began this charade, which I shared with you here wonderwallinteriors.blogspot.com/2011/01/try-not-to-look-away.html. They were close enough to the onset of insanity.
A week ago, I decided to google our address, and lo and behold, the listing appeared. It was as if God was speaking directly to me, "Ayleen, seriously, what were you thinking?" Well, gee I don't know. Obviously I wasn't like, "oh we can just paint, buy some art, maybe buy some flowers, put junk on trays and voila!" I mean. Look. We had this romantic idea that we would gut one room at a time, weekend warriors, if you will, and make this thing our own. Except this thing was a wild animal. We had no idea what really lurked behind that front door. She was a whole other kiiiiind of crazy.
In any event, I am happy I found these pics online. Sometimes, I am so desperate to finish Casa Lobo and get down to the fun details, that I lose sight of how far we've come.
Below is the living room with the sunroom attached to it. We think that sunroom used to be part of the front porch.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Eastman, however, is most known for his exploration of architectural decay. His monumental prints, which he insists on developing himself, are full of color and unparalleled photographic texture.
Due out in September 2011, Michael Eastman's photos of Cuba that have won international acclaim will be published in a book entitled Havana. I can't wait. Take a look at these images. They send shivers down my spine.
The book designer, Mark Melnick, has started a blog appropriately called The Road to Havana in order to document the process of putting together this soon-to-be work of art, if you care to follow along. I know I will be.
Here is the link: http://the-road-to-havana.com/
Called up for some rezzies, and we were in for my husband's 30th. I know what you're thinking. "Wow, how totally rockstar of you. Barbecue for the big 3-0. Totally lame-o." I know most people go out for a night of imbibing with the goal of topping the night of their 21st birthday, but really peeps. I am a respectable, married lady! Ok, not. But really, we have two midgets running Casa Lobo, which brings us much joy, but is also very exhausting, so cut us some slack! Ok back to the barbecue... They started us off with these!
We then had cheddar and bacon hushpuppies, which were outta control.
Then, I ordered a burger with a side of mac and cheese, hubs ordered half a rack of ribs will collard greens. Everything was delish! For drinks, the husband had a beer, and I ordered a Jefferson's presidential select bourbon, neat. I promise, I am not that hard core. I had to dilute it with a dropper full of distilled water that they brought out to me on a silver platter, which brings me to the service and atmosphere of the restaurant.
The creamy paneling and mouldings, barn wood floors, grasscloth wallpaper, streamlined and very Circa lighting light fixtures, the heavy oil rubbed bronze door hardware, everything was perfect. It was all very "barn chic."
Hung throughout the restaurant were photographs of green, bright American countrysides along windy roads. It was charming. The perfect balance of rustic and refined.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Yesterday, they went live with their fourth issue, and it's nothing short of DIVINE!!!
Chicago blogger, Bailey of Peppermint Bliss, had her home featured in this edition. She has an incredible knack for whimsical, updated, traditional style. The wallpaper, oh the wallpaper! I would hang out all day in that bathroom, if wasn't borderline stalkerish and weird. And the brass elephant in her family room is FABULOSO!
Like I said. Go to there. Rue. Right now. I promise you will pass out. In a good way.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
So, with that said, as I mentioned yesterday, I can't keep myself from dreaming about warmer times and looking at fun, Spring clothes, especially dresses!! Net-a-porter is my go-to site for wardrobe inspiration.
While I normally skew neutral in my clothing picks, every once in a while, I like to buy a totally bright, not very versatile, "make me feel pretty" day dress! All of these below fit the bill.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Ok. So Spring hasn't exactly sprung. Not really. Chicago has been a soggy mess. But still, every now and then, the sullen looking skies turn blue, and I can't help but start dreaming of long, sunny, spring days.
If you know me, you know I normally gravitate to neutrals, even in the Spring. I add color through accessories by adding a completely mismatched purse (like green-I feel it can go with everything and nothing, which is why it works!) or pair of sandals (hello coral espadrilles!). So here are some neutral items that have me sighing for Spring....
Lockwood Hobo, mineral green, JCrew