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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Loving Lately: Spatterware

Enamel spatterware is a great example of classic Americana.  Like so many women of their generation, great-grandmothers on both sides of my family collected it.  I see it often when I am out "hunting," but admittedly, it reads a bit rustic/ primitive, which isn't really my style.

However, if you look at the design in the abstract, it is actually quite modern and fresh.  I think the reason for its primitive association has to do with the shapes of the pieces as opposed to the pattern itself.  

For instance, these plates and bowls would look so current on a table today.
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On the other hand, the pitchers, coffee pots, etc all seem a bit rustic and old-fashioned.
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Spatterware is made of metal coated with enamel, which I think would be very child-friendly.  We actually don't own a single plastic plate- I just can't stand the thought of opening my cabinet to see a stack of brightly colored plastic tableware, complete with knife marks, gah!  But I'm thinking of purchasing some spatterware as a chic, relatively unbreakable, child-friendly alternative to ceramic/ porcelain.

How cool is this set?  I'm so close to purchasing it- you know I love the red and turquoise colors!
vintage Enamelware Divided Plates and Mugs 2 Sets Red and Turquoise Blue spatterware

I might have to give it a try!  Do you own any spatterware?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Weekend Find- What a Bust!

I've always loved the look of a classical bust in a room, but finding one that isn't too stuffy has always been a challenge.  As such, I've never wanted to invest too much money in a bust, not knowing how it would really work in my home.  

Last week, I spotted this bust at an estate sale.  It is alabaster, not too huge, and I thought the lady is pretty.

Adolfo Cipriani Alabaster Bust

The base had been repaired, so I used that to negotiate a really fair price.  I did notice an etched "A Cipriani" on the back of it, but I didn't even google before buying because the price was right, and I liked her.

Once I got it home, I was glad I had bought it.  As it turns out, Adolfo Cipriani is a well-respected Italian sculptor.  His pieces range from about $2,500 on ebay to over $16,000 on 1st Dibs.  They are collected by fancy collectors, in museums, etc.  What a surprise!  

She is just the right piece to stand guard over my favorite design books.

And she adds height to the other end of the desk, balancing the lamp.  I think I will keep her (for now).  

Have you ever bought something purely for its aesthetic value that ended up being valuable?


Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday Vignette

Brass trunk coffee table.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Rock Stars

I've blogged before about my love for rocks.  By rocks I mean agate, geode, malachite, and of course, any rocks of the gem or gemstone variety.  

From geode lamps (MoS Washington made this one!):


To agate bookends (my easy DIY, giving a pair of Homegoods agate bookends a golden shell, a la Eduardo Garza but on a budget):

To anything malachite (my thrift-store-lamp malachite finial- I bought it for the finial and donated the lamp):

Recently, I spotted these stone doorbell ringers in House Beautiful.  They are mounted in brass and come in malachite, turquoise, lapis, and coral.  Aren't they fabulous?  It is like a little jewel for your front porch!

And if you are in the market for a chic nightlight, how about this agate version?  It comes in a variety of colors and is the perfect way to light up a dark bathroom or hallway at night.
Richard Mishaan Genuine Agate Night Light

Are you loving rocks as much as I am?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

One Room Challenge: The Big Reveal!

It's finally here- time for the final room pics from the One Room Challenge!  To see how the room came together and check out my progress over the course of 6 weeks, click here.  

Just for a quick recap, my starting point for the room was a rug that my granddaddy brought back from overseas years ago.  I layered it over a room-size seagrass rug.  I pulled the red and aqua from the rug and used that as the basis for my color scheme.  


I had the headboards made with inexpensive red linen, piped in natural linen, and I chose a modern Quadrille pattern for the roman shade and pillows.  I trimmed the shade in red grosgrain ribbon.

Sheets are from Serena and Lily, coverlets from Ikea, and the throws are Missoni for Target.  

As you probably can imagine, there is no shortage of brass animals in my house, so I used a few throughout the room including these giraffes.  The aqua glass lamp is a Homegoods steal!

The MCM dresser belonged to my mom when she was a little girl, and the cowboy wall hangings hung in my dad's childhood bedroom.  I added a pair of modern red lamps to the dresser for maximum lighting, since this room does not have an overhead light.

Vintage wooden animals serve as bookends for B's favorite Richard Scarry books.

For art, I framed a large Gray Malin beach photograph to hang on the long wall.  Over each bed hangs an Animal Print Shop animal, a giraffe and zebra.  

This was such a fun project!  I think it will grow with B as he grows up, but it also has some fun touches that make it perfectly enjoyable for a little boy.  The colors make me happy, and I love incorporating meaningful pieces from my family into the design.  That aspect is special to B, too, as he absolutely adores his grandparents.  

Thank you to Katharine Fuchs for taking pictures (when she was sick.  I was sick, too.  We took turns lying down on the beds to rest mid-shoot!)

AND, in the spirit of full disclosure, I have two things to admit:  
1.  I finished the room several weeks ago, since this upcoming baby's arrival made me a bit nervous about timing, finishing, etc.

2.  One of the twin beds has already been relegated to the nursery and replaced by the crib (with no sides, of course, so functionally it is no different from a bed, but to my little guy, it is safe and secure and his special place to sleep).  I also brought his favorite chair and ottoman back in so we have a comfy place to read stories together before bedtime.  One day that won't be important to him (the thought of that breaks my heart!), but for now, I wouldn't trade the prettiest room in the world for our special moments in his room.

A huge thank you to Linda at Calling it Home (formerly My Crafty Home Life) for organizing the One Room Challenge (and inviting me to participate!) and to Jennifer at The Pink Pagoda for designing the logos.  It has been such a pleasure for me to be encouraged and motivated by the other talented ORC participants, and to make some new blog friends as well!

I'm going to do my best to keep up with blogging over the next couple of months, but I know it may be tricky adjusting to becoming a family of 5.  

Be sure to check out the fabulous designs by the other ORC participants here!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Neutral Nursery Sneak Peek!

I made a little more progress on the nursery this weekend!  The clock is ticking- less than a month until the baby is here!  I picked up the glider and ottoman this weekend and am so excited!

I searched forever to find a glider style with an English arm (why are they ALL so large and scrolled?).  It also wasn't easy to find a fabric I loved.  By this point, I know how much wear and tear a glider actually gets (namely spills, leaks, etc, sorry to be gross for all you non-moms), so I wanted a good upholstery fabric, not just the standard cotton duck that looks awful after a month.  

I can't believe I am sticking to such a neutral palette, but so far, I am loving it!  It is a soothing room, and I feel at ease when I walk in.  Let's see if that ease extends to 2am feedings...


Stay tuned for more nursery details and hopefully some REAL photos at some point.  Mine leave a little something to be desired...



Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday Vignette

Sorry for the infrequent posting this week.  It has been one of those weeks!  

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

One Room Challenge: Week 6!

We are almost there!  This 6-week process has absolutely flown by!  This week was fun- accessorizing with art and lighting!  Accessories are the icing on the cake in a room- definitely one of the most enjoyable aspects of decorating for me.

I'll start with the art!

Like many people, I have fallen in love with the modern interpretations of Slim Aarons- style beach photographs that are popping up in galleries, magazines, and on blogs.  Christian Chaize and Maison Gray are both talented modern photographers who take fabulous beach photos.  While it may seem crazy to spend a considerable part of my budget on a photograph for a 3-year old's room, I wanted to get him a piece he can keep forever, take to college, hang over the sofa when he gets married (haha), etc.  After looking and looking, I decided on this piece by Maison Gray.  I love the turquoise and pops of red in the photograph, and it takes me to a happy place every time I look at it.  

Bondi Swimmers

After the photograph arrived, I decided to get it framed at Art Aspects here in Charlotte.  They do a superb job, and for a piece you want to keep for a long time, I highly recommend them.

I went with a glossy white wooden frame (all of their frames are made of solid wood), and after a lot of back and forth, I decided not to mat it.  I think the photograph looks more modern without the mat, especially since the photo is signed and numbered.  They bubble wrapped it for me to bring home.

And up on the wall!  It's hard to tell out of context, but it is quite large (44x32) and almost has the effect of adding another window to the room.  

Since the Maison Gray photograph is a more mature piece, I wanted to add a touch of youthfulness with art as well.  Somehow this cowboy wall hanging that was my dad's when he was a little boy has survived through the (60+) years.  He gave it to me when B was little, and it adds such a meaningful vintage touch to his room.  B loves it especially because "It was granddaddy's when he was a little boy!"

I purchased a pair of Animal Print Shop photos to go over each of the twin beds.  They are so cute and affordable.  I especially love that the photographer, Sharon Montrose, specifies which standard frames will fit each photo.  It makes it so much easier!

B loves the zoo and loves giraffes, so I knew he would love these photos (and he does!  The one change he actually likes!).


I ordered the giraffe

and the zebra.

Thanks to Sharon's trusty advice, I picked up two Ikea Ribba frames- they are the perfect size.  And they look great with the white frame on the Maison Gray photo.

These frames with mats have such a custom look, and I think they were around $20 each.


I'll wait and show them on the wall during next week's big reveal!

And on to lighting...

We don't have an overhead light in this room, so good lamp light is essential.  To go on the MCM nightstand between the beds, I wanted to use a more modern lamp.  I love vintage lighting, but as with anything, it's all about the mix.  If I use a vintage piece of furniture, I like to accessorize it with modern lighting.  Or if I am using vintage lighting, I will place it atop a modern piece of furniture.  

The Caprice Aqua lamp from Arteriors seemed like a good fit.  It's modern, pretty, not too feminine, and the color is perfect.  


I had already contacted Arteriors and was in the process of purchasing when I thought, "Maybe I should just check Homegoods, just in case they have something."  Deep down I was cringing at the thought of spending upwards of $200 on a glass lamp for a 3-year old boy's room.  So I ran over to Homegoods, knowing it was a shot in the dark.

Look what I found.  For $40.

The dimensions and scale were identical to the Arteriors version.  The base was made of textured glass just like the Arteriors version.  It came with a drum shade, just like the Arteriors version.  The brushed chrome finial isn't my favorite, but I will work on that later.


B's long vintage dresser has plenty of room for a pair of lamps, which is perfect since the room does not have overhead lighting.  Safavieh's Evanna lamp is one of my favorite lamps, a classic, affordable gourd-shaped ceramic lamp which comes in a myriad of colors.  Since I had used turquoise for the nightstand lamp, I decided red would be a good choice for the dresser.


After taking some quick measurements, they were just the right size for the dresser, so I ordered a pair.  


And without showing too much of the room, I think they are just right- one on each end of the dresser.  They add a tremendous amount of light to the room.  

We are almost there!  Be sure to check out the progress of the other ORC girls, and stay tuned for the Big Reveal next Wednesday!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Friday Vignette

The perfect sunroom, by Ashley Whittaker.  Isn't the trellis detailing on the walls amazing?  Proof that a beautiful sunroom doesn't have to look like a Lilly Pulitzer ad.

Ashley Whittaker.
via House Beautiful

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Thursday's Cheap and Chic

I flipped through the new Anthropologie catalog the other day, and I loved their new line of beaded clutches! To be honest, it is very rare that I carry a solo clutch instead of a giant tote these days.  But, I do love keeping a small clutch inside my tote to keep the giant pit somewhat organized.

These clutches are affordable and are adorned with the cutest tassel detailing on the zippers!

The flamingo might be my favorite!
Handbeaded Flamingo Clutch

Or if you prefer a fun geometric!
Large Fractal Beaded Pouch

The parrots make me long for warm days ahead!

They are all only $68, which I think is a great price for such a chic little clutch!


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

One Room Challenge- Week 5!

I can't believe we are already into the 5th week of the One Room Challenge!  This week, I tackled the window situation in B's room.  


I had hung his striped nursery curtains in the room when I moved him over to his current room, so the big hardware needed to come down.  After I took it down, the wall had several holes in it from the wall anchors.  I got out my drywall repair kit to fix it up.

Don't tell my mom I *may* have used a silver butter knife to spread the spackle.

It really is easy to patch small holes in drywall.  You just spread the spackle over the holes, filling them in as well as you can, and then wait a few hours for it to dry.

Then you use a fine-grit sandpaper and sand it completely smooth.  The dried spackle will stay in the holes.

Then just touch it up with paint, and your walls are as good as new (although obviously I would avoid hanging something in the patched/ filled area).

So enough of the gritty part- let's talk about the pretty part!

Instead of heavy panels, I had a roman shade made with the Quadrille blue and white fabric.  This fabric was a splurge, but I trimmed it in really inexpensive red grosgrain ribbon.  I love using trim on roman shades when the shades are either a solid fabric or have a small-scale pattern.  

When I am hanging shades for clients, I always engage a professional installer.  But I have watched them do it so many times that I figured we could do it ourselves.  I had the shade made to be mounted all the way up to the molding, to make the ceilings look high, and outside the window frame.  I knew that the window is always mounted in studs, so it was easy to find studs in which to hang it (this is very important, since a roman shade is really functional.  You don't want someone to yank it off the wall!).

My handsome installer got to work with the drill and L brackets, and he had it hung in no time!

Without showing too much of the room...




Stay tuned next week for art and accessories!  We're almost there!!!

Be sure to check out the progress of the other ORC girls this week!




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