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Glossed over

I get frustrated with myself when certain projects take FOREVER to complete. I tend to have grandiose ideas but lack the follow through. Sometimes I feel it has to do more with not willing to make the commitment when something just doesn’t feel quite right. The guest room has been one of those projects. More specifically… the walls. We’ve chosen the color but I just haven’t been able to commit to the design for the shadow striping. This is the ‘doesn’t feel right’ element of the room. I also know I want a shiny colored ceiling in the room and am going with a minty-sea foam tint. I pulled the above inspiration photos to show Michael what I wanted when I started talking about SHINY. Upon seeing these images and others he was immediately on board, in stead of looking at me like …

During said search I came back to some of the original OMG images (and which I could not find online for some time due to brain hiccoughs) for the color palette. Lacquered walls are so very seductive. Michael is in agreement with me. I started asking myself if having two rooms side by side with similar wall treatments seemed a little redundant and perhaps we should think of another course of action. This same search lead me to the pattern I want to use on the walls, of course! Decisions, decisions, decisions!

We’ve decided which route we’re going to take and I’ve decided to keep it in the can until we’re finished. I’m glad no one is living in the room as it’s going to be a different kind of hot mess for a bit. I had the luxury of having Michael out of town while I went on a taping spree in the bedroom. We’re planning on painting the first ceiling coat on Monday. I so, so, so excited!

Stay tuned…

{ Photo Credits: 1 | 2 | 3 – Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!  | 4 & 5 | 6 }

Go go guest room

Broyhill dresser

I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from moving forward with the larger guest room projects since the one that got away, and to save money for other needs. That ended recently when we found this Broyhill Premier Collection “Emphasis” credenza at a local thrift/consignment shop. It’s in wonderful condition, so much so that I am resisting all urges to paint. There are several pieces/projects in the room slated for painting and my thinking has now shifted to having some wood grain in the room. I am also thinking of adding feet to it, giving it a little ‘lift’.

While I’m at it, perhaps it’s a good time to list what we hope to see done in the room:
– Paint ceiling.
– Paint walls.
– Crown molding.
– Finish the chair we purchased.
– Make pillows.
– Make pelmet.
– Make headboard… unless something awesome finds it’s way to us.
– Make bed skirt.
– Make curtains.
– Lampshade for table lamp.
– Decide if we’re painting the base of the lamp.
– Ceiling fan… this doesn’t have to purchased right away.
– Order louvered closet door. We need to order the one for our room and mom’s room at some point.
– Get our old sofa out and downstairs, and get the credenza upstairs.

Stay tuned!

Inman Park goodies

The Inman Park Festival was absolutely amazing as always! We had a pretty sweet spot and wonderful vendor neighbors. I had some really great response to the pieces I brought, which was a serious creative boost. I also took the opportunity to spend most of the earnings with fellow festival vendors. I’ll have to wait to post some (to share the vendor love) after they’ve been given to their new owners. First up is something I bought for Michael, a jellyfish cast in glass by The Amazing Jellyfish. They had a variety of colors and sizes and I selected the blue because it will most likely live in the guest room. An added bonus with these is that they glow in the dark. Michael is going to build a light stand for them and I’ll post images when he’s finished. We’re also going to do another black light exposure like our vaseline bowl. The other was purchased from a vintage/antiques dealer that sadly doesn’t have a website. I was originally attracted to the booth to ask about an antique perfume bottle and ended up walking away with the paperweight. I think they’ll be perfect together!

Yesterday also marked mine and Michael’s third anniversary! More on that in a few…


{ The bottom prints/frames are actually the same size. My rushed photo op makes them look off. }

I thought a break from gardening posts was in order today. During the bustling activity last week we were able to pick up our sea life prints from McGregor’s Gallery. I scored two more prints since the last post, which are a little larger than the original eight. Kathie, Michael and I went through a lot of mat board combinations until we settled on a palette for the three odd pieces and another palette for the others (I’ll post photos of those soon). Kathie gave us a hell of a deal and did a great job with all the work. We love them!

Speaking of guest room projects, I decided to donate the chair to Goodwill. It had a ton of potential but at this point I’m just adding more projects to my list as well as taking up space we need at the moment. Something will come along or maybe we’ll repurp a chair we already have on hand!

Scott Antique Market

Michael and I had to run back to Atlanta last Thursday. He’s there for a job and I was going to stay a night or two to continue fabric shopping and get in trouble with my girlfriends. Things were going as planned until we were approaching Atlanta and an ad for Scott Antique Market came on the radio and in that instant everything changed. I was told several years ago that Scott was the place for Lakewood Fairgrounds Antique Market refugees to flock when the latter closed in 2006.

I picked up some of the girls and we got there around one and made it through most of the North building on Friday. It’s exhausting seeing so much beauty and awesomeness. We ended up returning late on Saturday as ‘things’ popped up that pushed my departure back a day. We made it about an hour before closing and found our junk/salvage paradise.

I passed by many, many delightful things telling myself that we’d go back until I found these ceramic lobster boxes and could not resist their cuteness. I searched for something similar and found a single box on Ruby Lane.

I could have taken home just about everything from this booth as their prices were very reasonable…

But it was the vintage/antique skep that had me falling out. Michael and I have been dreaming of owning one but we know we’re going to wait quite a bit. It was lovely seeing this one.

This is probably one of my favorite items, a perfume holder and is about four inches in length. I didn’t get a very good photo of the vial extended, but it can be seen here. A tad out of my price range but maybe it will still be there the next time I’m there so I can do it a little more justice.

I am always fascinated by how people use/style animal parts, such as this camel foot ink well and bathing stag.


Aileen added these beauties to her skull collection.


As I was taking their photos the vendor suggested I have a look at the $20K lions. Sadly, I don’t have a space or $40K to take them home with me. I do hope they find a good home some day.

This fella was covering a power box outside.

Here are a few more images. It was hard to keep up as there were so many amazing finds at each turn.

This was an egg laying machine. We all loved the delightfully decrepit chickies and that dad was checking in on everyone.

I’m not sure why I loved these so much but they’re plain awesome.

As I was working on this post I discovered that Lakewood is alive and well on the third weekend of the month in Cumming, Ga. Ah, double the trouble but I’ll have to wait until the Farmer’s Market has closed for the season. Ain’t no way I can make it this weekend!

The one that got away

I’ve been in love with this dresser since it was posted on Design*Sponge. I immediately pinned it to my bedroom board but also dreamt of how it would look in the guest room… in orange. Miraculously, one showed up on Craigslist as part of a bedroom suite. I was willing to take it all just for the dresser and mirror. I had my grubby little hands on it last week when fate and responsibility walked into the room. After managing a situation, I was ready to call the seller at the end of the week to see it was still available. But then I realized that business licenses and insurance for my Farmers Market booth/other events were due this week.

I firmly believe that another one or something else that I will love as equally is out there. I’d rather have my booth!

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!

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