Saturday, July 21, 2012

Leavin, On A Jet Plane....

Good morning,

I want to apologize for my lofty approach to blogging as of lately. I'm leaving with my beautiful family and good friends tomorrow for Europe for 2 weeks!!!! As exciting as that is, it is also anxiety enducing because I have been working to get everything completed before I go. I hope to get back to reality and regularity once I'm home (which by the way is August 7th). So you will not be seeing or hearing from me until then.

Here are a few snippets of what I hope to see and do and wear LOL! Viva Europe!

I'm sure you gathered that we're going to Italy, Greece and Croatia and many places in the middle. I've never been to Europe, and I'm excited and open to experience all of it. I'll share the pictures and camera rolls when I get back. See you in 2 weeks!!!!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hanging A Mirror On Top Of A Mirror

Good morning,

At times my home and the projects in it are neglected and put off for later. Like the shoe cobbler with no shoes I get too busy, or caught up, or burned out to finish some of the loose ends around here. One of the perks to this situation however is that I "live" with things for a while and may come across unique ways to change them one random day when I get tired of looking at it.

In our new master bathroom that I've posted sneak peeks of here , I've been considering beefing up the mirror which is simply a large clean beveled glass mirror. It looks nice and modern, and it makes the room feel large which is great but I'm now considering hanging 2 new mirrors on top of my existing mirror to add a little more dimension and interest. Maybe I've tipped over the edge of crazy lady, but I'm liking the idea of a mirror hung on a mirror.

Here are a few examples of how this looks.

I think they add a level of va va voom and I especially LOVE venetian style mirrors. I don't want it to make my bathroom feel small or segregated in any way though, and I would have the task of finding the right style and size of mirror, and one that doesn't weigh too much because it would need to be hung on the other mirror with glue.

What do you think? Would you hang a mirror on top of a mirror, or have I lost my marbles? 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Upholstered Beds, Simple Or Funky?

Good morning,

This past weekend I was enjoying my coffee in my bed when my beautiful daughters joined me. As luck would have it and through a series of unfortunate events an entire cup of coffee was spilled down the side of my grey silk upholstered bed!

Well tragic as this may be, I've also had my bed for a few years and though I love it I have also found it challenging to keep clean and mark free. Light silk is not a good option for upholstery! Though I don't think it will happen until after the school year starts, there is an opportunity here to change things up a bit in the bedroom.

I'm a HUGE fan of upholstered beds. In fact they are my favorite kind of bed. The question that I'm asking however is do I go with something simple and neutral so that I can change things around freely style wise, or do I go BIG and all out with a funky print of some sort?

Here are a few examples of these "funky" upholstered beds with the most amazing prints.

What would you do? Go with something basic and simple or take it over the top?

I don't know why, but lately I've been feeling patterns and colors mixed in to things. We'll see what happens next~

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Floor Mirror Vs Floating Mirror In The Foyer

Good morning,

I am a big fan of making every detail in your space count. This starts the minute you enter your home. I am talking about your foyer. You don't need a large space to create an entry, you simply have to designate whatever space you have as your foyer and style it accordingly.

Two ways that you can do this are by adding a large floor mirror behind the console table or by adding a floating mirror on the wall above the table. Mirrors expand any space they are in making it feel large and grand. Whether you have a large entry way to dress up or a small space with only enough room for a shelf you can create something special as the first impression to your home.

For one of my current projects that I'll call "Coastal Chic" we are doing just that. There is an 81"
wall that is the perfect staging ground for this beautiful reclaimed wood console table and this glamorous black lacquer floor mirror.

The mirror stands at an impressive 87" tall x 48 1/2" wide, and the console stands at 71" wide. This is going to REALLY establish the entry way to this home. Once we add some polish and shine through candles and accessories and perhaps throw in a beautiful orchid and table lamps this entry is going to shine. I can't wait to show you!

Here are a few foyers with large floor mirrors behind the console table.

Another way to make an impression in your foyer is through a hanging mirror above your table (such as what I have in my own home). Whether you hang one mirror or a series of them, this is an equally scene stealing way to let your space shine.

Take a look at some of these foyers with hanging mirrors above the console.

(The one above is my home:)
Which do you prefer? A large floor mirror leaning behind your console table, or a mirrors hung above the entry table? 

Either way I think one thing is clear, don't forget that your foyer is the first impression to your home and shouldn't be overlooked. This is your opportunity to create a "wow" moment right when you walk through the door.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

I'm Seeing Spots, Leopard Print Pillows

Good morning,

As it sometimes happens, I am crushing on something for the new office/guest room. Since I had to rush to put it together in a week there will surely changes, but change is the only thing constant in this house!

Right now I REALLLY want a leopard pillow or 2. I'm not referring to the average Joe leopard pillows here, but rather a special kind of leopard pillow with just the right amount of gold, black and hints of white. I also want it to be velvet though I might settle on faux fur if the print is right.

Remember my very eclectic sofa?

Don't you think it needs a bit of safari to up the cool factor?

I plan to add a couple leopard print pillows next to the Ikat and will also change up the throw and accessories on the wicker ottoman. It's a nice room, but it needs a bit of edge. Doesn't every room?

Perhaps something like these will do the trick?
Furbish Studio $75 for 20x20

Unknown, but this is the coolest egg chair EVER! I do mean EVER!
 Arianna Belle $70 for 19x19

Furbish Studio

Top 3: Furbish Studio

Target pillow $25 via The Lennox

Decor Pad

 Unknown, but LOVE

Vintage Scalamandre ($525!) via Etsy .

At this point I'm leaning towards the Arianna Belle set which will contrast and compliment the turquoise Ikat very well. Though I am loyal and love me some Furbish Studio!

What do you think about my animal instincts? Would you try this pattern mix in your own space or is it a bit too funky for your comfort zone?