Sunday, July 31, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

crushing on velvet

It's really rainy and gloomy here today.

I just want to curl up on the couch with some soft, velvet pillows.

Nate Berkus

I like these crushed velvet pillows from TheHomeCentric on etsy.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Meg Braff has me dreaming of Palm Beach

So many beautiful wallpapers! Wondering if these designs will be offered in the form of fabric soon. One can only hope...Here's one of my favorite designs.
"Brighton your pavillion"
I am on a fretwork kick, can ya tell?

martyn lawrence bullard's finished product

Remember we talked about Daisy Fuentes' project with Martyn Lawrence Bullard and his wanting to blow up one of Michael Eastman's photographs of Cuba and put it on the wall behind her piano?

Well, here's the finished product.


Motivational Monday & New things around Casa Lobo

"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!"


I really wanted a cane back settee for our sunroom. Not necessarily being a priority, the budget was slim, so I scoured Craigslist. I found one about 20 minutes away for an unbelievable price as compared to every other settee I had seen on Craigslist. Some things are too good to be true, I guess.

I went to pick it up, and the lady selling was very nice. I sat on it. She sat on it. Alfie sat on it. It seemed sturdy enough for one or two people to sit on, and the low back was perfect for the sun room since my windows come down to about a foot and a half off the floor.

My plan was to just reupholster the seat, possibly with white linen or possibly with some burlap.

I get home, put it in the sun room, someone sits on it, and the back of the seat detaches from the back. I can't tell you how upset I was! arrgghhhhh?!?!?!?!?

In any event, I still like it very much, so this cane back settee is now on "the things to do" cue. Handy husband will be participating in this one.

Have you visited the Serena & Lily Bazaar? Each month, Serena & Lily hold a 1 week sale of one-of-a-kind items from around the globe. Some are vintage, some are not. I bought the painting below at June's bazaar. I had been wanting an abstract, black and white painting for our dining room to frame in a thin gold frame and came upon this one. Now I just have to paint my dining room, and we are getting near to finishing that room. PS sorry for the crooked picture. My 1 year old tugged at my shirt just as I snapped this one.

I also had been wanting some pressed botanicals for the dining room, which, believe it or not I found on Craigslist. That is the silver ice bucket/vase that I bought at the Chicago Antique Market. The white ceramic birds I bought on etsy from Porterhouse Interiors. If you haven't checked them out on etsy, you must. Reasonably priced, and really special vintage items, some of which have been lovingly restored.

I have some more items that have been added to our master, but I will leave that for another post! Stay tuned for the cane back settee repair and re-upholstery!

IKEA 2012 is out!

I have a love-hate relationship with Ikea, but each year when they release their catalog, I like more and more things.

Here are some old standbys

svep handles, looks so deliciously retro

ektorp linen pillow covers, basic, simple, perfect

dold sugar shaker, which I would try to use as a soap dispenser in the baƱo

barometer reading floor lamp

Here's what's new that I am loving.....

svelvik bed

songe mirror

ljusas ysby lamp

kalasa plant pot

gottis serving bowl

fintorp caddy which you can hang off the wall and fill with markers, crayons, pens and pencils in a playroom/office.

dagny throw

dagny rug

byholma baskets

dagny pillow would look fantastic in a creamy, neutral room

Feast your eyes...

Ha! Made ya look ;) I am talking about the set, sillies. This kid is so not my type. Too scrawny. If you know my husband and I IRL, you know I'm for reals.

Anyway, do you watch Royal Pains? My bff turned me onto it last summer. It's a fun, stressfree show to watch, but what has me really, really hooked is the set and all the scenes of all the homes in the Hamptons that they visit on an emergency call. OH MY GAWD....these homes are fabulous. Hank's place is not too shabby either.

I can't remember whether these first few bedroom scenes are part of the house that Hank, the doc, and his brother and business partner, Evan, share, but whatever the case, I love this bedroom. I know, I know, there's a theme. I am not super into themes, especially nautical or beach themes, but, I have to say, I like this one. It's subtle. The ship's wheel sconces, the wave-like wood plaque over the bed, the navy blue headboard, and the painting certainly do give off that ship, nautical feel. BUT I like that the color palette is neutral. It's not the typical red, white and blue palette.

The campaign style furniture, AWESOME.

And that screen or window or whatever it is with that trellis, fretwork, lattice or whatever you want to call it, I am allllll over that...Beautiful.

Did you notice the casual pop of pink? I am such a sucker for a pop of pink....Or Pantone's Honeysuckle color for 2011, which is just a fancy pink.... ;)
Moving on to Hank and Evan's living room. Again very beachy feel without being kitchy beach themed. Lots of neutrals, soft blues...beautiful. I really love that staircase as well.
The fireplace is not my stilo, but I can't say it's ugly. I love that lamp below. Circa has so many lamps that look just like that. On a budget? No fear (me too)...go here. Never thought I would say this, but here goes nothing....JCPenney & Cindy Crawford rock my socks (sometimes).

La cucina....You can't tell from the picture since I took super ghettooo photos of my tv screen, but the kitchen has gray still my heart

Another pic of the living room area. Notice that gorgeous lantern hanging over the landing on the steps?

The bar area, which is just off the living room area. Beautiful abstract painting, which reminds me of Steve Giannetti's artwork. In fact, this whole house reminds me of Brooke Giannetti's style.

And to show you that the house is not the only background in this show that is droolworthy, check out this storefront where the doc and his physician's assistant, Divia, went to visit a patient!! Dreamy.

Brunch in the courtyard at someone else's fantastic looking castle of a house?
Well, if you insist.............I must oblige ;)

And last but certainly not the least, lots of white and lots of ethnic kilim looking pillows. PERFECTION!!!

Hope I've convinced you to watch the show! I may be updating and including more photos as I continue to watch this summer. :)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Some green

Katie Brown's home featured in Country Living via sweetiepiepumpkinnoodle

I want a big fat fern. The more crazy and out of control it looks, the better.
But I have a black thumb. I feel bad taking all those pretties home from the Home Dip to my little shop of horrors, to their final resting place. I can see them all lined up at store, taunting me, showing off their best features, and little do they know their fate when I plop them into my trunk. Don't know what my problem is. Even my succulents look sad, and I've read it's impossible to kill them on my neighbor's blog, Making It Lovely.

So I've been thinking about bringing some green in to my house in other non-lethal ways.
And then I remembered John Derian and decoupage and Kaas Glassworks!

Not into green? pffft...That's ok, I guess. They got camels, too.

one hump

two hump

a lemur even!

and some coral deliciousness that reminds me of Williams Sonoma Home.