Tuesday
Oct162012

Ellie's Bedroom 

Ellie's room is finally done. Yesterday we spent some time adding more storage in her closet to unclutter her space even more. A spot for everything is so my motto. I must say I am so happy the bright green is gone, but I did add tons of color in other ways so Ellie would be happy. As she gets older it will be easy to change out bedding and accessories to fit her ever changing tastes. I used Lulu DK chant wallpaper in beige that bought from One Kings Lane awhile back. The walls were painted Sherwin Williams Dover White.  My big splurge was Ellie's bedding. The duvet is from Serena & Lily. She was head over heels when she saw it. The polka dot pillow cases are Kate Spade found at Home Goods.

I had some left over candle sconces from a job I did so I used them in here to ground the girlie space. Instead of candles I added air plants to keep it safe. The Ellie drawing was done by the fabulous Mandii of Laughter & Snow.

The rug came from Home Goods and it matched the space perfectly. Wish it were bigger, but it is what it is.

Of course I am still love with the Sophie & Lili art and custom mats created by Ellie.

The fabric I received from Shannon of the Designer's Attic. I then recovered the antique chair myself.

This light was bought from a local shop AT HOME while out shopping with Marianne. I love how unintentionally the pattern in the fixture matches the wallpaper.

The books were bought from Barnes & Noble. Every night we read a few chapters of a book. These should keep us busy for quite some time.

The bookshelf was from Home Goods, but was a bright blue. My sweet sister helped me paint it gold. The mirror was from there too and I hung it by a rope myself. The white baskets are Serena & Lily.

The baskets are from Home Goods too. Ha. It seems Home Goods has been having a few goods months.

Let me know if you want any other info. Most things though are things I have collected over the years., but I love tho share!

Wednesday
Oct102012

A Lake House {local home}

If I were a house I would be this one. This one I would say would surely be a perfect fit. The charm is undeniable. She's well loved and slightly worn and wild. I do wish they showed the interiors, but alas they did not. Although I must say I have always said I would buy a home for the garden. This would be a perfect example. Interiors can be quickly changed and made up, but a good garden takes years to look this radiant. This home is on a lake and the Mr. said if I came up with the money then I could buy it. Anyone want to hire me or donate a happy chunk of change?!?!? Ha.

The home is a 3/2 in Blount County. The garden somewhat reminds me of a tiny version of the movie It's Complicated which is a favorite of mine.

As always I am more than happy to get you in touch with the listing agent if you so happen to be looking for a lake house. Although this one I would rather just not share, I am still in search of that extra money.

Tuesday
Oct092012

Painting 

Today I am finlly gettting the house painted!!!! We began in the foyer a few months ago, but with the Mr's work schedule we have yet to finish. So today Polo Painting is coming to my rescue. He did work in a friend's house and did a wonderful job. Prices are great too. If you are a local I highly recommend him and his team, tell them I sent you! Sherwin Williams Creamy will be making an apperance. I will share after photos soon. Can you tell I am so excited?!?!

Monday
Oct082012

Antiques in the Garden {also where I met Bill Ingram}

I have said it before and will say it again, why did I not use our good camera? The IPhone yet fab just does not compare. I did just get the IPhone 5, maybe it will better. Anyhow on Friday I went to the annual Antiques in the Garden show at The Botanical Gardens. This year was a bit different as they had tastemaker booths designed by local masterminds in design and architecture. All in which a have been published over and over. The highlight for me was to meet and chat/gush with Bill Ingram. As you all know he is an all time favorite of mine and have posted his work over and over. He was as kind as can be and did not make me feel a fool when I asked for a photo. His booth was amazing to say the least.

Oh yes, I threw in another pic just so you know how excited I really was and to show off his dapper style.

In Kitty White's booth I saw a plethora of painted fabrics and rugs. The detail was exquisite...

Throughout the show were stunning flower arrangement. This one stood out to me for some reason. Perfect for fall I would say. On the right was Tammy Connor's booth. She had an amazing array of lighting. The custom lighting was beautiful and I managed to snag the one on the right.  It will go in my entry and I will share as soon as it's up. I believe it will add the touch of color that my home needs. She and her team were sweet as can be.

Mary Evelyn Mckee also took the time to chat and was quite kind. The whole booth was quite dazzling but her attention to details was what striked me. You really could purchase the booth as is and move it straight into your home.

Ware M. Porter also had a space move in ready. It was right up my alley. He used color brilliantly without it feeling overwhelming. It was a very young twist on traditional style which you know I adore.

These are just a couple of pieces that stood out to me while meandering around. Are they not divine?

Needless to say I had a wonderful day spent with good girlfriends. Can't wait to see what they come up with next year! Maybe a bloggers take on design, ha. I wish.

Friday
Oct052012

New Pieces for the Dining Area {my home}

I know I have shared on twitter/instagram my new dining room piece, but I can't recall if I had here. If this is a repeat I do apologize. A friend was selling this antique pie case and as soon as I found the dimensions to be perfect for my space I jumped on it. It did come with doors that had punch tin inserts that were well worn. I had full intentions of either changing the tin out for glass or chicken wire, but once the Mr. removed the doors I fell in love. This piece had a few paint splatters from when her home was painted and I lightly sanded them out and coated the whole piece in Restore a Finish in walnut. It gave the richness to the wood that I wanted to restore. Anyhow, here she is in her happy new home...

One of the many reasons this piece was meant for this space was the cabinet below. I desperately needed a place for all the kiddos art supplies. This houses them perfectly.

Did you happen to notice the new rattan chairs also? They sit at the head of the table. I needed to break this space up further from the light color scheme it had going. It was a little too flat for me and the chairs added the extra layer the space needed. The extra two slipcovered parsons now sit against the wall and are pulled in when company is over.

Do you remember the small chalkboard wall that I painted when this room was used as our office? Well, now that it is the dining area again we rarely used the chalkboard wall. I seem to have grown quite a love for cutting boards and have amassed a small collections. I decided to hang a few here with simple twine and coat hooks. I can not tell you how happy this makes me. In the below image you can see how the keeping/dining area is in reference to the kitchen. Our do it ourself painted cabinets have held up quite well by the way!

I hope to share Ellie's room next week! She and I both are so excited with the way it turned out. Have a great weekend!