Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Touch of Glamour Courtesy of Room and Board

When we moved into our new house one of the pieces I needed right away was a living room sofa. For those of you who know me realize this decision could take months and it did!!!  I could not decide for the longest time, luckily for me my good friend Karen works for Room and Board.  I had originally seen the Hutton when I went to visit Karen at work but was still living downtown and did not need a sofa at that point.  I immediately fell in love with this sofa and wanted it badly but of course when it came time to buy I kept second guessing myself.  In the end I purchased the Hutton and love it for so many reasons.  It is truly a cross between modern and classic, the color is gorgeous (I got it in cloud), it is very comfortable and deep so it's the perfect spot for reading. The hutton comes in four different sizes/styles and 6 colors, I really like the indigo it's such a beautiful peacock color!!!   

***Please excuse the look of the unfinished room as my house is still a work in progress--I plan to post pics of all rooms once they are done :)

Photo of Hutton from Room and Board website
My Unfinished Living Room

Monday, September 28, 2009

Federal Mirrors

My dear friend and author of Admiring Pretty Things Kell turned me on to federal mirrors and now I am crazy about them!!!  I was trying to figure out what to put on either side of our HUGE tv and Kell suggested flanking either side with two federal mirrors.  Then the hunt was on, federal mirrors can be expensive so I turned to ebay to find some on the cheap :)  After a few days I found two that were similar in size and the bidding began.....I scored both for around $28 a piece (pretty good).  Once they arrived Kell suggested I use Kilz spray paint primer to magically turn them white.  One of them we could remove the mirror before spraying and the other we had to tape off.  After only two coats and about 10 mins they were done!!!  No other paint was needed.   After finishing the two for my family room I purchased another smaller one on ebay for Marco's room.  
Here are the easy steps below and finished product, thanks again Kell!!!

Mirror before paint

Kilz Original Primer-Sealer Stainblocker

Federal mirror close up

Family room

Baby one in Marco's room

Friday, September 25, 2009


I think I am going to dedicate Fridays to images I L.O.V.E.!  I spend hours looking through  pictures online, in mags and books sometimes I come across something that makes me want to cry tears of joy. LOL  Love the color on the walls, the mirrored bed, the black and white chair, and oversized artwork.  
Now if I could only talk my husband into a pink bedroom :0

image from Domino

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Fabulous World of Anne Harwell

One of my favorite artists is Anne Harwell, I came across her amazing work on etsy (of course).  I fell in love with her work immediately particularly her room interiors.   Her use of colors is divine and her pieces simply spoke to me.  Recently, I gave my sister-in-law one of Anne's pieces (Courtney's Favorite Things) for her fortieth birthday--I wanted to get her something extra special and thought this fit the bill. I can envision several of these together as a grouping on a wall or one alone in any room of your home.  I WANT them all!!!  Here is just a sampling of her work currently available on etsy.  

Courtney's Favorite Things
Tented Conservatory Print
Porcelain Jar on Pink Canvas
Guinness Tea Table 
Aqua Interior Print

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Amazing finds at Target!!!

I was shocked when I came across these must haves from Target.com.  The prices are amazing and the style is even better.  

Ikat fabric is so hot right now but can be rather pricey, take a look at these darling chairs for only $270!!!  Great for a bedroom accent chair or a pair in a living room.  Click here for chairs

Recently I bought a mirrored side table from target for my living room, great quality very sophisticated and only $99!!!. Also check out this mirrored cinema table, would make a perfect entry table or bedside table. I was dying to use it in my entry but it to wide, no far!!! Click here for side table and here for Cinema Table

My Living Room

Monday, September 21, 2009

Plum Cushion

Want amazing designer pillows for less?  Well, look no further than Plum Cushion on etsy. (Click on Plum Cushion to visit store)  Melanie is amazing to work with and the craftsmanship is perfection!  She has some ready to order or you can work with her to make a custom order just right for you.  Recently she made me some pillows for my family room using Trina Turk indoor/outdoor fabric (totally baby proof) and they turned out FABULOUS!!!  Below are some pillows she currently has available. Thanks Melanie :)

Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon

Kelly Wearstler

Sassari Ikat

My family room pillows below, Trina Turk fabric

Wallpaper OBSESSION.......

Ok, if I could I would wallpaper my whole house, I LOVE it!!!!  The new papers that are available are to DIE for.  I finally decided what paper I am using in my powder room, it only took me 8 mths.  It is by Manuel Canovas and the pattern is Pali in rose :)  It also comes in a fabric which I might do a pillow or two for my living room.  

**Images from Absolutely Beautiful Things and House Beautiful.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A picture says a thousand words or maybe a scarf?

One of my very favorite pieces in my house is a Hermes scarf I had framed and hangs over my fireplace.  I got this idea from my best friend Darby who has several from her mother and grandmother.  I love it for so many reasons, it's truly beautiful, very unique, and can be used anywhere.  They look amazing over mantels, beds, in a hallway--really anywhere.  I plan on passing mine down as a family heirloom, those special family pieces always mean the most! Here are a few pictures of mine hope you enjoy!