I know I said I found the perfect sofa (read it here), but I changed my mind. Like I often do. I stumbled across this mid century sofa on craigslist and fell in LOVE. I knew it would need to be reupholstered as there are several rips in the fabric. But the price was low enough that even with reupholstery, the total cost will be much less than a new sofa. AND the quality is much better. They just don’t make them like they used to. Wow, that makes me sound old. Oh well, it is my birthday on Sunday! Read more
I LOVE brass bar carts. I’ve bought two in the last month for crazy cheap, even though I didn’t think I had a place for one in my home. My dining room has a wall of built-ins (what I consider to be a butler’s pantry) and we use it as our bar. When I started decorating my new home office (a room we lovingly refer to as The Study), it hit me…I had the perfect spot for a bar cart!
The room is filled with windows and built-in bookcases, except for this small area directly behind my desk.
I can’t tell you how excited I was when M+C asked me to redesign their entryway and living room! They had lots of GREAT vintage furniture and accessories that belonged to M’s grandmother (a successful interior decorator!). Their house was built in 1936 and has beautiful architectural details like a beamed ceiling, built-in bookcases, pocket doors, and a gorgeous fireplace.
The entryway lacked the essentials: a place to sit and put on shoes, hooks for coats and hats, and a rug to catch the dirt from outdoors. Read more →
Last week I stole away to a deserted island with my family. Okay, so maybe it was just Galveston Island. Nonetheless, it was a much needed vacation. We stayed in a lovely home in the historic neighborhood just off The Strand. I know Texas beaches aren’t exactly pretty, but I have really fallen in love with Galveston over the years. One of my favorite things to do is drive down Seawall Blvd with the windows down and just take in the ocean breeze and salty air. Or take a scenic drive thru the neighborhood to look at all the beautiful victorian architecture. I’m blown away by the fact that much of it survived The Great Storm of 1900, not to mention the many hurricanes that followed it.
Let’s face it, most people watch tv. And tv’s aren’t exactly a pretty object in a room. That’s why the the tv console has to be both functional and attractive. My clients M+C needed something large and substantial for their living room tv. I found this credenza on craigslist for $100. The size was perfect, the lines masculine, and it had ample storage (big issue in this space).
I need a new sofa. Don’t get me wrong, I adore my 10 ft., 1960′s vintage sofa with it’s original fabric, curved sectional end and round back cushions. It’s seriously stunning. I found it at Lula B’s in Dallas and fell madly in love. We were house hunting at the time so I had no idea what type of living room I would have. But I just couldn’t get the sofa out of my head. I took my husband to see it and as we debated, the salesman came over to put a hold sign on it (for someone over the phone). I gasped in horror and seeing the look on my face, he offered to sell it to me if I would take it home right then. So we bought it without hesitation. Read more →
Today I’m offering a little insight into my life and reflections from my heart. I’m a busybody and slight workaholic. Since I am still working part time as a hairstylist and taking design clients and a full time mother of three, there is very little down time in my life. And like many of you, when I do actually stop to breathe, I feel guilty about it. It usually takes a holiday (or a slight nervous breakdown) to get me to slow down. I’m hard-wired this way. But as I get older (and busier), my heart longs for a slower pace. Time really does go by so quickly. And I don’t want to miss the little things that are happening around me.
Confession: I am completely obsessed with this panther mosaic art piece! I bought it for $10 at Berry Good Buys (one of my favorite local thrift stores). It’s seriously heavy and I have no idea where I’m going to put it…but I LOVE it. It’s funky and quirky and so completely me. I found the set of six vintage books by O’Henry for $5 at a flea market. Now, it’s probable that I won’t actually read the novels. I love to read but with my crazy life I struggle to find the time. However, with titles like Whirligigs and Options I must say I’m tempted (what?…these titles don’t intrigue you?). My sister Heather is a total bookworm and thinks I’m crazy to buy books that I have no intention of reading. The truth is, whenever I buy vintage books, the titles have to be at least somewhat as interesting as the covers are attractive. Because one of these days my life will slow down and I’ll have the time to read The Trimmed Lamp.
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photo by Kari Crowe Seher
Welcome back to the tour of my master bedroom (you can read part one here). This dresser was passed down from family (aka FREE!). After a few months of living with it’s original wood finish, I decided it just felt out of place in the room. Four coats of white paint later and it’s practical, beautiful and better than new. The turquoise planter was thrifted for $4, the mirror was $3 and the floral print (already framed!) was $5. I almost fell over when I saw it because I loved it so much. The abstract art is from yours truly and the sculpted white ceramic bowl was purchased from a sweet woman at a farmers market for a mere $8. So simple yet so beautiful. Read more →
After two attempts (a big thank you to my photographer Kari for shooting the same space TWICE), I finally have a happy master bedroom. It’s so important for this space to be relaxing, beautiful and sexy all at once. As a parent, I find myself retreating to this room to get away from the chaos of the rest of the house. It’s the first and last thing I see when I get up so it has to invoke energy and peace at the same time — although most of my energy comes from
four one cup of morning coffee.
The room is large so I wanted a darker color on the walls to cozy it up a bit. The navy blue [Valspar--Pitch Cobalt 5010-2] does just that, and the crisp white trim and bedding keep it from feeling dreary. I couldn’t resist the furry white pillows at Garden Ridge for $20 each (knock-off of these fabulous bad boys). They are super playful and fun, and this all-white bed needed something furry to liven it up a little! The patterned pillow was thrifted and the chevron dot pillow was on clearance at Target for a whopping $5. I know, big spender. I made the headboard myself. The materials cost less than $100 and it only took about two hours. I have now made two headboards and I’ve learned a lot about the process…the makings of a great DIY post (on what NOT to do).