Inspiration

Dreams Really Do Come True

This post isn’t really going to give you any tips, instead it’s about inspiration. And that patience is a virtue…and not just for Job I swear it has been at least 2 years since I spotted my first Buster chair in the Restoration Hardware catalog.  I’m pretty sure I ripped the page out immediately, and have it stashed in my nightstand table with all of the others items I have coveted, but couldn’t afford.  I’m a sucker for anything tufted, and this beautiful wing-back leather chair with nail-head trim is totally dream worthy.  But, alas, spending $3,500 on a chair isn’t even an option for me…I couldn’t begin to justify it.  I have watched it lovingly through the catalogs, throughout the seasons….and then gasp I could no longer find it on their website.  Eeeek! Not that I would have been convinced to buy it on-line, but I still wanted to look at the pictures. A quick web search later and I learned that RH had replaced my lovelies with their new Churchill Chair.

 

RH Leather Churchill Chair

 

It’s okay, I guess…just not the same.  I guess the universe knew it too, because over the weekend we happened to take a quick trip to the outlet malls, in particular RH and Pottery Barn.  You’ll never guess what they had! I still can hardly believe it myself…2, yes TWO, nutmeg leather buster chairs at 40% below clearance price.  Be still my beating heart.

 

RH Leather Buster Chair

 

Mind you, this was still not an easy purchase for me to pull the trigger on.  I had to think about it a lot while wandering around PB.  In the end, I just couldn’t picture my life with out it…I mean, them. And still, no buyer’s remorse!

 

My Buster Chairs

 

You’ll be happy to know that these are ‘real people’ size chairs too.  Meaning that I, being 6′ tall, can relax comfortably and the cushion actually reaches the back of my knees.  Not an easy feat! Now we need to get rid of some of our CL furniture to make room, and get the right configuration with the Haverty’s sectional I have been keeping my eye on. Fingers crossed for a sale!

 

Chastain Sectional

 

One last look, just for kicks and giggles.

 

Soon to be my Home

~Welcome home Buster~

 

Glamour and Ghouls

I must apologize for my lack of postings in the way of my personal projects.  I have been camera-less since a trip in August, and just haven’t managed to remedy the situation yet.  Soooo…you’ll have to do with one last set of inspirational ideas, before I can get back in the saddle with my own photos.  In light of the new Home Goods store that opened last weekend, I thought I would take a look-see at their website, and found a truly awesome photo montage of a Glam Halloween party. Oxy-moron…right? And now I totally want to do this next year, maybe for a ghouls (girls) only cocktail party. Kim of TomKat Studios did a genius job in mixing glitter, creepy, elegant and spooky all in one.

Great colors, and love the idea that the flowers could possibly be old and creepy, but they still sparkle.

I need to learn how to make the tissue poms that I keep seeing everywhere, because they look darling and would be cheap and easy for any holiday decor.

Always fun to play around with creative fonts, and the contrast of calligraphy and block letters is sweet.  Plus, I need to find me some of those ruffle edge cake platters.

I’ll get some of the few photos up, from our carving party, as thankfully my pal Melanie is never without her camera!  Check our her spooky encounters, and awesome photos from a weekend hike.

Sneak Peak of my mantle…

 

Mantle Preview

 

Moving Up In The World

I love moving! Not many people share my enthusiasm, but I love all of it.  The packing of boxes always helps me purge items that I could never seem to let go of on my own.  If I don’t have the energy to pack it, it shouldn’t make the trip. The actual excuse for exercise in moving box from house to truck, and truck to house. I have moved a lot, and learned that one box at a time is perfectly acceptable…slow and steady wins the race. And the excitement of having a fresh slate and new spaces to be inspired (and stumped) by. My current residence is the longest in my history, of living in one place (except my childhood home). Through my years in college and after I lived in a total of 9 different houses/apartments/dorms, and all of them were so different and created great challenges in my design. Imagine moving from a 780 sf apartment on your own, to a 160 sf bedroom with a roommate.  Talk about your lessons in downsizing and storage options! Well all this is leading up to Little Sister moving into her very first ‘home’. Not a dorm.  Not a sorority house.  Not an apartment (although she had a great one). A house with a yard and individual rooms!

From what I remember, back when we first moved into the house, it can take some time to have enough furniture to fill it.  I know how tempting the desire is, to run out and buy all new furniture and accessories to fill your house…but tread carefully there.  First, make sure you can afford it. Ain’t no deal like a craigslist deal. And second, what’s the rush? Big deal, so a few of your friends may judge you, and when you have company over you may have to use outdoor furniture for dinner (2 Easters in a row at our house!), and it may take a year before you finally cover up the concrete subfloor with your Costco snap-and-click laminate (carpet HAD to go before move-in). I feel like I am still trying to find my sense of style, and by slowly adding pieces over time, I don’t feel the urge to make a complete 180 and design the opposite direction.  I do recollect that each place I have lived, has had a particular ‘theme’.

Dorms – Red Gingham Bedding and yellow accents First year of interior design school…don’t judge me yet.

Friends House – Beachy; blues, greens with white-washed furniture and white bed linens.

Same Friends House, Part II – White bed linens, white-painted furniture with Victoria’s Secret pink striped tissue paper decoupaged on the drawers

First Solo Apartment – Red accessories and still white bed linens Poor college student decor and camping chairs in living room

Sorority House – Country Denim, red check, raffia and very little space

Apartment in Italy – IKEA and luggage

Solo Apartment as College Graduate – Vintage/Retro Kitchen and living area with red appliances, antique table and neutral khaki furniture…tropical bed linens from target. Can you tell it’s still a work in progress?

Buchanan Sofa

Current House – Under negotiation Trying to mix love of french and antiques, with old world and Tuscan style. It might sound easy, but the colors palettes are hard to agree on!

So back to Little Sister, who sent me some key elements that she would like for her bathroom. Great to have a place to start! A waffle weave shower curtain from Target, and Pottery Barn guest towels.  She has a great impressionist piece of artwork also, of a boat on water, so can you tell where this color scheme is headed?

Product Image Home Waffle Weave Shower Curtain - Light BlueGrand Embroidered Washcloth, Dark Porcelain Blue

Learning towards ‘beachy’ colors, there are so many directions one can go.  For example:

Beach Themes

Which direction would you head toward?

Can You Ever Have Too Much Style?

I have learned that everyone has a their own opinion about style.  Which usually means  everyone has an opinion about YOUR style. too.  We are all guilty of this, so don’t feel like the cheese standing alone out there.  When you visit someone’s house, you are secretly taking inventory of some of the great pieces of decor they have.  And silently (remember to be polite) noting things that you would never in a million years want in your home.  I use to be of the notion that I had narrowed down my own style, and now I find myself shocked when something completely out of the ordinary strikes my fancy.  At first, I ignored ideas and pieces that I didn’t think ‘belonged’ in my style zone.  But then I allowed myself to let my style be ever-changing and growing.  Art Deco has always been one of my favorite periods of design, but I am falling in love with French inspired pieces, and love the charming Cottage style.  What’s a girl to do but…have it all!

I was pointed in the direction of a Style Test by Struggling to be Stylish (aren’t we all?) from Ethan Allan. The results of my choices reveal that my style is “Estate”

The verdict is in—your style is Estate. Estate is an eternal American summer. Sporty. Charming. Breezy yet cultivated. A union of antique inspiration and geometric clarity. Civilization in peaceful coexistence with robust outdoor life. In the main house or the guest cottage, effortless elegance.

BINGO! And just to test the accuracy of the results (and see if there were any other neat pictures), I took the test 3 more times.  Same outcome with each run.  It really does accurately depict my style…and in very few words.  I don’t know that I would have been able to describe my tastes to succinctly.

Ethan Allen - Beachwood Room

~love the wall stripes and the chair~

Ethan Allen - Southport Room

~beautiful wall treatment and cabriole legs~

The site gurus also noted that I might like their “Villa” style (of course I do) and took me to even more great ideas.

Romance reinvented. A high-end “decorator” look. Refined without fuss. Serene yet strong. Pedigreed while also modern. Inspired by French and Scandinavian design. A mingling of carved woods. handcrafted artisanship, and the dressmaker detail.

Ethan Allen - Verdigris Room

~elegantly, calming upholstery and natural accessories~

Did your quiz results produce any truths about your style?  Aren’t quizzes fun!