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Bon Weekend – under the sea

The antique sea life prints arrived yesterday and they’re lovely. We’re having the Edmund Dulac print framed by a cousin as a wedding gift. She reminded me that we never collected on her offer (it’s been almost three years now), so now we are! Better late than never, eh? I’m glad that I’ll have these to take along for the ride. I’m thinking we’ll be able to do some serious brainstorming.

Bon weekend, I hope it’ll be safe and fabulous!

Houston, we have paint colors

Last week I ran out to pick up more paint swatches and have narrowed them down to these. I’m going back and forth on the blue (I’m not matching the exact color in Photoshop). I tweaked the mint color just a tad but I think we’re ready to go forward with the ceiling (mint) and first layer of blue on the walls.

We also ordered wallpaper samples for mom’s bathroom. I’ll post those when they arrive. I’m glad she’s getting excited about everything!

Bon Weekend – I love sea life

I completely forgot that I snagged this print last week as I was gathering guest room print ideas!

From the Etsy listing:
Edmund Dulac Fairy Tale Paintings
Edmund Dulac, born Edmond Dulac, October 22, 1882 – May 25, 1953, was a French book illustrator prominent during the so called “Golden Age of Illustration”.

Have a safe and fabulous weekend!

Monday, Monday – Vintage Sea Life

I was hoping to post my weekend project of tackling the studio closet, but it’s not finished so it’ll have to wait until either tomorrow or Wednesday. Until then, here is my other new obsession…

I was on a search last week when I stumbled across some antique sea life prints from books and I believe they’ll work just fine in the color scheme I have planned for the guest room. I also ran across the fabric I used in the mood board and it’s bluer than the image I grabbed from Calico Corners, which makes me happy, although I don’t know if I’m going to use it now. I’m starting to see it a lot of places online and now offline and I’m rethinking using it in the room. Of course, that sent me off on another search for something else which I’ll post once I narrow that choice down!

Bon Weekend – Good deals a-go-go

Joss & Main featured several Frederick Ramond lights recently and I jumped at the incredible deals (I mean really incredible), buying two of these brushed brass globes for the guest room. I had an instant crush on them just by looking at the photos and when they arrived today I am head over heels. I went into this relationship knowing that if for some reason they don’t work for their intended purpose, they’ll work somewhere in the house!

Cheers to a safe and fabulous weekend!

{ Photo credit: Joss & Main. }

Delve into 2012

Guest Room
Some time this year I hope we can address the guest room, which is downright pitiful. I’ve been dreaming of this palette for a while now. I’m jonsing for a pop of color upstairs.

{ Unfortunately, I do not have the photo credit for the room in the top of the montage as I saved it a long time ago. The bottom left photo is from desire to inspire and the bottom right is from Canadian House & Home via Creamy Life. Fabric was found on Calico Corners. }

What we’re hoping to accomplish:
Paint the walls using the shadow stripping method like we used in the bedroom. I don’t know right now if we’ll use a stencil, an angular design or go free hand.
DIY headboard.
Louvered door for the closet.
Pelmet box. { Illustration forthcoming! }
Roman shades and drapes.
Finish tables – knobs and mirrored tops.
Seating and console table/dresser.
Ceiling fan.
Lighting – don’t have any clue as to what this will look like yet.

We’ll get to addressing the living room and the master bedroom/bath {mom’s domain} soon!

Delve into 2012 – DIY

When I mentioned in last week’s 2011 review that the breakfast nook was pretty much good to go, I totally forgot to mention this lovely DIY idea for our chairs.

I pinned this upholstered chair tutorial from Apartment Therapy a while back. I love the basic ivory cushions we have on them now, but a pop of green/orange/red on the top with some padding would be utterly delicious!

Delve into 2012

Ok, you can laugh at Michael for that title. Now that I’ve put last year behind me it’s time to look what I hope we can address this year. We’ll start with the…


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This is our kitchen. It’s very nice, very nicely sized, and we have a great time working in it but it’s dark. Really dark. I’m generally not a fan of exposed wood cabinetry, especially in the kitchen. Ok, getting my hands on an antique barrister bookcase and I’ll be singing a different tune. I did a few mock-ups over the summer with a couple different color combinations for the cabinets and island, as well as the addition of white subway tiling. I hadn’t posted any of my ideas as we’ve been working on so many things, but a girl can dream, right?

The upper cabinets and walls are white. The dark grey seems to work best below as it would be pulling a color from the Corian® countertops. We have a piece of marble to fit on the island, which will be painted the same as the lower cabinets.

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We were at one of the Habitat ReStores a couple days back and found a box of tiles for 5¢ a piece. There were only 100 and we haven’t measured the space, but for $5.00 I think we did pretty well. We’re going to look at the other locations to see if on the off chance they’d have another 50 or so, we would know we could make it work!

Mom wasn’t feeling this idea when I showed it to her over the summer so I’m not pushing it at the moment. Then again, it could have been because I also showed her a version with turquoise cabinets…

and all she could think was, “OMG do not want!” Perhaps it’s time to broach the subject again.:)

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