Friday, July 29, 2011

Not Much News.

Well... I've been sick most of this week.... blah! Being sick in the summer sucks!

But.... after I made my list of "southern things to frame" I thought of one other thing I could do.... hang my quilt!

Quilts are southern, right? I have a quilt my grandmother started for me, but she didn't get to finish before she passed away. One of my aunts remembered the quilt, dug it out, finished it and gave it to me for my wedding gift. Besides the pearls Jeremy gave me, this is by far my most treasured wedding gift. I almost HATE using it because I don't want anything to happen to it. (I did take it to camp with me 2 weeks ago to sleep under)

But.... with it being pink.... wouldn't it look awesome in my office!?!?

Minus the bedroom + the office....

Sarah Richardson

Did you know I'm obsessed with Sarah Richardson.... I have many of her episodes about her cottage on our DVR... I refuse to delete them... I watch them over and over.....

...... and a word about that bed.... my parents had a brass bed.... I hated that thing. I thought it was so ugly! Now... not so much... they're totally growing on me! I really love the bedding too :-)

I bought a towel bar last night for a whopping $5 at Homegoods! I can't wait to hang it!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Office Decor.....

So, the new office has me a bit stumped. I just don't know where to go from here. The space needs more personality, but I'm afraid terrified of going overboard. You know, I'm the girl who rarely wears pattern, for fear of looking too "busy".

I hope my chairs will be done this week, and I'll be able to swap them for the sofa (which I haven't even purchased fabric for..... better get on that).... I feel like once the seating is done then I don't know what's next. I have a definate vision for the space, but no real direction.

In comes Bryn. I just found Bryn via my friend Aeriel (actually, I'd found her a while back when my friend Dana photographed a home for her.... but I'd forgot about that). I reached out to her for some assistance. We met last week, and she had some great suggestions for the space & how to personalize it, and accessorize. We talked lighting, color, neutrals, ect. I'm SO excited to see this all finally come together in one cohesive style. My style.

Today I've been brainstorming some ways to incorporate "the brand" into my box of an office. First, I'd like to point out that I wanted to keep the fixed elements neutral.... walls, chairs, ect. which I realized is how the blog is.... backgrounds & text are gray & white (as my walls & furniture!) and the color comes in the art & accessories! Anyway.... so things I think my blog & office should reflect ..... Kate Spade, Lilly Pulitzer, J Crew, and all things Southern :-)

Today, Rachel wrote a blog about being southern and it included this photo....

got me thinking.... what else besides bow ties could I frame?? I could incorporate southern things in frames among the photographs I want to showcase!

So, I made a little list of things that could be awesome.....

1. Pinwheels (I snagged a few from Allie & Jamie's Oak Island wedding to display!)
2. A southern saying
3. Seersucker fabric
4. Mason jars

I think I'm going to like the direction this is going! I already purchased a few bowties on ebay to frame :-)

Friday, July 22, 2011


I spent last week at our annual summer camp.... which my 2 nieces got to attend for the 1st time!!!

too bad being away for a week put me MAJORLY behind on all other things....

that wingback chair... yep... still sitting in the same sad state. I hope to have it done by next week! (I took the plunge and ordered a pneumatic staple gun from Amazon yesterday!)  I took the 2 gray armchairs to be reupholstered 2 weeks ago... I hope to have them soon!

Friday, July 8, 2011

The ReStore (and other updates)

Yesterday I made my first trip to a Habitat For Humanity ReStore. Hello mecca. It's like the Goodwill's household section..... on crack. Lots of new things, lots of used things, lots of junk.... ect.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces I spotted (and may go back today to purchase!)

HUGE bolt of fabric.... $30.... may purchase & save for the beach!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Lunchtime Goodwilling.

One of my favorite sports is hitting the Goodwill at lunch :-) I went looking for a chandelier.... but came out pretty good!

Scored a set of lamps for $4 each and a magazine wrack for $6! They'll all look awesome once their painted :-)

Wingback Woes.

After reading tutorial after tutorial I decided I could reupholster my wingback chair.....

well.... ladies & gents.... I'm 4.5 hours into the process.... and I've only removed about 1/2 the fabric from the chair. There are more staples holding that thing together than you could ever imagine.

I confess, I ended up ripping the outside of the "wings" off.... getting up in the curve to remove the staples was just too maddening.

This was taken just before I called it quits at 10PM last night.