Friday, January 31, 2014

Persian Rugs Are My Bag

This?

Or this?

It was a mental battle to decide which one to get...in the end I picked the first one.
Sweet Jesus how I love it.

The navy greek key pillow was made by Olga Turnage 
from her etsy shop, Elegant Touch.
She makes affordable pillows with high-end fabrics and they're beautiful.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

New Year, New Blog


I find myself inspired by this new year.
Towards the end of 2013 I felt weighed down by my mundane everyday.
Life isn't bad...I love my life, I love being me.
But some days lack newness and moments that inspire me.
I know that's my own doing and I know that's a reality for everyone.
So in this new beginning
I'm working on attitude changes and doing things that get me excited,
even small things.


One thing I've felt more recently is my age, 37.
Not old, but not young either.
Hubs recently hired a man/boy at his work who was born in 1992...what the fuck?
Wasn't 1992 just some years ago?
I can't stop thinking about his new-ness and our old-ness and what it all means...what am I doing with the rest of my life?

I want to re-design the insides of your home.
I want to show you the amazing job I'll do from what I can do in my home.
My friends tease me because I'm always changing and re-arranging and re-purposing and re-painting
 to make my home exactly what I want...an experience.
A way of seeing me and my family and who we are and how we live.

That's what this blog is becoming.
Changes taking place in my house, because it's always evolving, as well as designers or rooms or furniture that's blowing my mind.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Christmas Vacation

Christmas is in full effect at my house.
We put the tree up on Saturday, and I'm embarrassed to tell you the other holiday decorations have been up for a couple weeks.

It all started the weekend I got home from being in Iowa.
I bought a few Christmas things while antiquing and I thought, I'll just keep these out since it's almost time anyway.
Then my brain said to me, maybe I should put up my Santa's since it seems strange to only have a few decorations out.
And Santa's really don't look good without stockings around the fireplace...yada yada yada...vicious cycle...everything's up...Christmas in full effect.

Decorating the tree with the kids is really fun, sort of.
I'm a visual person, I like ornaments spaced just so, I like glass ornaments, I like kids not to touch them, I wish I had velvet roping so I could rope off my tree.
Alas, that's not realistic and kids like to help and it's part of making holiday memories, 
so Hubs tells me.
So I let them put up everything on their own and then I rearrange everything after they've gone to bed that night.
I figure that's their penance for making me put up their homemade preschool ornaments on the tree.

We also watched 'Christmas Vacation' which is a holiday tradition at our house.
Us and every American family.
I realized something while watching this last time.
If I hadn't married Hubs or had kids, I would be just like the yuppie stuck-up neighbor next door to the Griswold's.  
I'd be Margot, aka Elaine from Seinfeld.
I'd judge and watch in horror at the crazy antics of the family who lives next door.
Everything in my house would be white, and clean, and my freezer would never know things like chicken nuggets or frozen waffles.
My pillows would be perfectly karate chopped down the middle and my kitchen cabinets would look just like the ones in 'Sleeping with the Enemy'.

That would be...bad...really terrible.
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Emily Henderson's Curbly Family Makeover

There's nothing quite like 'before and after' pictures to get the creative blood pumping.
New paint, furniture rearranging, a fresh outlook is so transformative in a room, beautifully done here by Emily Henderson.
This is the home of the Curbly family in Minnesota.

Family Room
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Dining Room


Sunroom


Lucky Curbly's.
See more of Emily's pictures and source list here.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Milwaukee for a Weekend

Last month Hubs and I spent a getaway weekend in Milwaukee.
We had a ball roaming about the Third Ward and eating whenever we wanted,
which I know doesn't sound like a luxury but for me it is since most days I eat when my kids are eating...which translates to never when I want.

We stumbled into an art gallery/antique store called Art Asia that was like falling down a rabbit hole of Asian history and awesomeness.
The furniture and art went on and on, my brain could barely process it all.






These Chinese puppets were the most fascinating {horrifying} find in the store.


We also hit the Milwaukee Art Museum.


I was taken by the mystery of this large painting of a family, artist unknown and title unknown.
I love the similarities in their faces.


Pulling these pictures from my camera phone makes me realize I need to carry a real camera.

This weekend I'm heading to Des Moines to visit the amazing Kiki, whom I've mentioned here.
We shall see what shenanigans we come in to.