Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Not Soon Enough

It's about that time. You know, when you see some people open their car door and sand pours out. The time when you've caught your limit and head in for a cold one and the grill...mostly, the time when the sun beats down on you so brutally, but you could really care less because you're kicking it on a beach chair somewhere with an umbrella adorned drink. Summertime. My season. The reason I push thru the cold, ok,  cooler, months. Usually checked out, but pushing thru, none the less. We spent some time at the beach last weekend and I could almost smell the Hawaiian Tropic. Yep, I'd say it's about that time...

I'm so inlove with this. This particular shade of school hallway blue being the backdrop to natural props. If I had any of the Twilight series handy, I could be in that tub for hours. I love the antique looking plumbing and carelessness of the furniture. Love.

A more beach "cottage" style, this traditional set up is still paying tribute to the sea. With it's cool sand and blue color palette and display shelf adorned with various sea baubles.  This is a really gorgeous space. I can see a hint of the carpet and... *swoon*

Yes. Please. No "?" even. We all know that sea grass flooring has a special place in my heart. And how sweet and cheery the little sitting area is. Close your eyes. Imagine laying in that billowy bed listening to the ocean! I. Need. A vacay.

That. Chandelier. Dinner party? With a chandelier like that, why the hell not????? I love the peachy coral whiteness of all of this. The table is propped beautifully. And oh, have I mentioned the chandelier?
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Monday, February 13, 2012


The seconds have passed so quickly and unknowingly, that, before I knew it, I hadn't blogged in nearly a week! What the French? Where have they gone? Life was a little out of sorts last week. But it feels so good to be back to normal. Sipping hot tea on my own couch, watching HGTV in my own bed and being in my own house with my hubs. What was I thinking, when I thought I'd have time to blog everyday? Wishful, thinking, I suppose. Anyhow, I'm back on track and life is good...

You know what else is good? Ticking fabric. I'm gearing up for another living room project (I know) and I think giant ticking pillows are in order...

What I wouldn't give to see the rest of this space...I love how those ticking pillows are so cazh with this frilly furniture. It's looks like my hubby's been laying here. This is how our pillows look at home when he gets up. And I love it. 

Ok, you've got to look really hard at this one, but those barstools are ticking. Finished off with those giants nailheads give it a great rustic look.

I don't know that I could personally commit to it in the bedroom, but I like the look. Especially paired with gilded Paris and grainsacks. And look at that sidetable *lip bite* Yum. The gilded relaxed look so appeals to me. It's actually how my own house is done. Frilly, ornate pieces mixed in with casual laid back industrial stuff. I promise, pics are coming...

Great beach look. Ticking and cane. Zebra pillows? Interesting, but it's working in this space.

Be Inspired.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Let There Be Light

They say where there's smoke, there's fire. I know first hand that isn't always the case, but, more often than not, where there's smoke, there's fire. I'm hoping for some light to soon be shed on some mysterious happenings going on around me, but, it the mean time, I have light fixtures to pick. The outside of my house hsd been painted, finally, and I must admit that it looks, so. Good. Now, the front porch, side of garage and my back deck are getting new fixtures. I know for sure what I am going to do on the porch and by the garage, but, the deck is taking some serious thought. *closing eyes* Close yours, too. Picture lush ferns, a trickling fountain, potted boxwoods and manicured gravel. Overlooking all of that is a bleached deck with a wrought iron scroll table with marble top. Surrounding the table are strapped iron chairs and flanking the table are white slipped host chairs. Ferns hanging from the beams also...And, to light this glorious space.....nothing...

Here's what I'm trowing around in my head....

To me, this would be gorgeous, but expected of me. It's perfection outside of my house, but, I'm just not feeling it for me right now. It's also perfection in this room. With what appears to be bigger furnishing everywhere else, I like that they kept the fixture open and airy. This is a timeless design and really goes in most spaces.

This is a simple French design, but I think it could be so pretty in my outdoors.  I like how it's done in this room with the pedestals of this table, that sea life and buffet. The props do all the hard stuff in this room and the fixture compliments everything beautifully.

I would love to see something this beaded and drapey hanging in my outdoor dining space. Would. Love it. And this is probably what I'll end up with. I love the swankiness it gives to this room. I love how everything in this area looks really nonchalant, but pristine and then, boom, that fixture hits you.
Be inspired.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Console Me...

As the great Holly Golightly would say, "I have a case of the mean reds." And I do. I really do. Well, I suppose "really" isn't necessary. But, you get my point, I'm down. Bummed. Blue...or, red.

I did find familiar comfort in looking thru all of my images for tonight's post. I'm a visual person and when things are aesthetically pleasing, especially interiors, I can't help but get happy, or feel a little better, in my currant situation. 

image via under spanish moss
Crosses, gilt and some religious looking fellow in the background? Yes, yes and yes! I love the way this console is done. Perfectly undone. Dressed up only with a trumeau styled mirror and a lone candelabra. And it's fanciness compliments the primitive area flawlessly.

image via eclectic revisited
This dainty console blends in beautifully with this space. Again, with a smidge of gold. Even though it's plentifully propped, I don't think it argues with the art showcased above it. It bows to it, almost. Ooo, there's my saint again...I also like how petite and bulky mix so well here. From the reclaimed floor to the eclectic mix of styled design, there are so many positive things to say about this room. Kudos to someone...

image via house to home
This is a more simple console. Still beautiful in it's own right. I like the plainness against the dressy wallpaper.  And also the contrast of the black candle sticks. Simply beautiful.
To all of you with a significant other close by, do ma a favor? Give them a big snuggle, ok?

Be inspired!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Stalking West U

Legally. Of course. I know most of you have committed my favorite guilty pleasure. Yes, I'm talking about neighborhood house stalking. You know, when you drive slowly down perfectly manicured streets hoping the occupants of your favorites homes have left curtains pulled back and lights on so that you can catch a glimpse of what's inside...sometimes, it's totally disappointing. Sometimes, it's the dream you imagined...

What I'm about to show you went up for sale in West U last year. I wanted it. Badly. But at $1,375,000, I was a few dollars short of being able to close the deal. Maybe next time...

The front entrance...with is charming landscaping and inviting pergola...

Ok, if I'm being honest with you all, which I always vow to be, the interior design of this place really isn't  my style. But, I like the bones of the space. These old world beams and fixtures are just my thing.

The floor is stained concrete. I personally like a white kitchen, but I could work with this!

The family room off of the kitchen. I love the colors and simple pieces in here. I could maybe see this room filled with my white furniture....maybe....

Those barstools are seriously fantastic!

Master bath. Hmmmmmm...I like...the.....floors. And shelving?

Breakfast space. I really do love the bench idea surrounding the table. I wanted to do this in our townhome.

The patio area between the main and guest houses. I loved that firepit so much I completely changed our firepit plans mid instal to something like this...

all images via
Wow. This was definitely one that I wasn't expecting what I saw, but after only exterior drooling, I was happy to be able to nose around inside. I'm so glad I did this post. I pic by pic talked myself out of the lust I was feeling toward this, please!

Be inspired...

Thursday, February 2, 2012


The first element in group 12 of the period table of elements. And, it looks wicked as home "decor." (I loathe the word "decor", by the way) So, let's say it looks wicked used in home design. I have it as a table top on an industrial base next to my sofa. I'm sure most of you have seen it as fixtures, counters, planters, to name a few...

But, as of late, I'm really liking it on the wall...

Check these babies out...

image via pinterest
In all it's casual Frenchness, this room is sexy. Thanks to that luxe throw across the chaise. I like how there's nothing else on these walls except for that dramatic display. That red floor, eek.

image via decorpad
Just shown in a store, this is still a powerful piece. I like it paired with the little chest of drawers.

image via Haus Design
I can't get enough of this had me at grey sofas. And there sits the zinc, tall and sharp on the mantel.

image via cote de sud
This little piece is petite, but it makes a large impression in the room. Notice the two tone of that daybed. Yum.  And wait, that the Mother herself that I see on the coffee table. Ugh. I love design.
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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Off With Their Head...board?

I like it. I like the ease of it. The nonchalant bravery it gives to the room. I like it. But it's not for me in this house. I'm not going to lie to you. My headboard, is insane. Handed down to me from my self confessed Diva of a grandmother (the epitome of perfection, as far as grandmothers go), and it is, insane. When I inherited it, it was upholstered in blue velvet, and yes, you all know it's frame is gilded gold. But now it's a natural linen, and oh, did I mention, it's insane? But, there's something about the look of a sloppy headboardless bed that gets my heart to beating and makes my knees weak.

What does it do for you?

image via cote de sud
Yes. Please. Not even a question. This room is design perfection. Almost. I never would have thought to pair oversized sconces with such a small overhead piece, until I saw this. And I love how those sconces are really the dressiest things in this space. Those pillows. *insert lustful growl* Ditch that valance and you'd really have something here.
image via decorpad
Ah, the illusion of a headboard. But note the space between the top of the mattress and the mirror. This is a great look. French zen. I'd like to see a rug in here though. Sheepskin? Flokati? 

image via pinterest
Who needs a headboard when you have gorgeous windows like these?? Super cazh bed, super cazh rug, ah, wait, there it is. Gold. Done simply in dainty side pieces. 

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