Sunday, January 31, 2010

So, do you remember...

The find of the century by my husband when we were in NYC this past November? The amazing painting of three dogs and their owner? Well, we FINALLY got it framed! You ready to see how wonderful it looks with a frame?

A frame makes a world of a difference. It just really gives such a finished/polished look.

Finally up on the huge blank wall in our living room.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Random Proper Home Hunts

All Out of Notepad with MagnetAll Out of Notepad with Magnet for $6.95

And when I say random, I really do mean random! A lot of the items come from a petite Parisian department store, McMaster & Storm that I just discovered yesterday so I had to share with you all what I am fancying now (as if the list ever stops growing!).

Plus, I haven't done a post like this in awhile where I dish out any new finds to you all. And another reason for doing a post like this is that I actually got a request from someone, so hopefully these kinds of post won't be far and few between like that have been.

And for all of you folks on the east coast, stay warm and safe!

Porcelain garden stakesPorcelain garden stakes - $6.00 — $7.00

Kerr Votive LanternKerr Votive Lantern - $30.00 — $54.00

After seeing these lanterns, I am literally counting down the days for summer.

Petite French PlatesPetite French Plates for $9.95

This looks like something you'd find in a cafe in Paris, no?

Fleur de Lis Centerpiece BowlFleur de Lis Centerpiece Bowl for $65.00

How gorgeous would paperwhites look in this bowl?

Air Mail EnvelopeAir Mail Envelope
Package of 25 for $4.00

These remind me of one of my favorite movies of all times, Amelie!

Round Scalloped Treat TraysRound Scalloped Treat Trays
30 trays in 3 assorted colors of 10 each for $5.50

Serve cupcakes or bon bons on these bohemian-like treat trays.

Fleur de Sel PorcelainFleur de Sel Porcelain for $9.00 {spoon not included}

Golden Rimmed TagsGolden Rimmed Tags
Set of 12 petite to grande tags for $3.50

Colored Merchandise TagsColored Merchandise Tags
Package of 5 for $1.95

Somehow I think having these kinds of tags around the house is a good idea, esp around birthdays and Christmas.

Peony Floral coastersPeony Floral coasters
Set of 12 for $8.25

Protect your furniture with these colorful coasters. FYI, Peonies are my FAVORITE flowers in the entire world.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Bulletin Board: Ashley Whittaker

Ashley Whittaker Downtown Apartment Foyer

I gotta say that I really love House Beautiful. They provide me with so much information and are always showcasing the best interior designers in the world. And yes, that is where I learned of Ashley Whittaker. They say she is a "neo-traditionalist" which is right up my alley. You can see below that her designs stick to a traditional layout but her choices for colors, fabrics, and textures are quite fresh and modern.

I know, I know what you're thinking. You're probably thinking, didn't she say that her #1 Top Trend to achieve was the Eclectic look? Well, it most definitely is, but I have to think about my husband too when decorating the house and well let's just say he leans much more towards the traditional side. There's obviously NOTHING wrong with that but I do like a little something-something to my decor. And that's exactly what Ashley Whittaker does. She is definitely a designer I will look to for inspiration and hopefully one day one of my rooms can look like something she designed. How great would that be? One of these days...

TGIF everyone!

Ashley Whittaker Upper East Side Apartment Foyer

Ashley Whittaker Summer House

Ashley Whittaker Upper East Side Apartment

Ashley Whittaker Upper East Side Apartment

Ashley Whittaker Upper East Side ApartmentI don't have a kid yet, but if I did this is the kind of room I would want them to have.

Ashley Whittaker Summer House

Ashley Whittaker Summer HouseFlowers make such a difference to tabletops.

Ashley Whittaker Summer House

Ashley Whittaker Summer HouseThis is what I call a perfect summer house dining room.

Ashley Whittaker Summer HouseThat gorgeous dark blue chair with the piping is perfect for our house.

Ashley Whittaker Summer House

Ashley Whittaker Summer House

Ashley Whittaker Summer HouseI never would've thought to get a book shelf in that lovely airy blue. I might have to copy that someday.

Ashley Whittaker Summer House

Ashley Whittaker Summer House

{Photo Credit: Ashley Whittaker Design}

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Bathrooms Get a Makeover

Christina's Painted Powder RoomOur Powder Room which desperately needed some color.
{Calypso, Ralph Lauren Paints}

Okay people, I know I have been a bit neglectful with writing and posting but I had a really good reason. My best friends and I had a girls' weekend since our good friend, Alicia, was visiting from Georgia. We split the time between DC and Annapolis and well, you guys know me, I only clean when I have company over. I also do home improvements when company comes over so I decided to paint the powder room and the guest bathroom before the girls' arrival.

Unfortunately, and I should've thought of this before I started anything in both bathrooms, I do not have any 'Before' shots of either bathrooms so you'll just have to envision how colorless they looked before I attacked them with paint brushes.

The Powder Room
I was overly ambitious in what I wanted to achieve before the girls came over and I'll tell you why. I really wanted some sort of chair rail in there, but alas Home Depot let me down (they don't cut molding for you). I do not own any type of saw let alone a power saw so the chair rail idea had to go out the window until I could get my dad's help on it (he was out of town that whole week).

So without the chair rail, I decided to go ahead and paint the room as if I had the chair rail. I figured I would add it in a few weeks so I might as well paint the room the way it would be with it up there. And so, VoilĂ ! *

The Guest Bathroom
Normally I have an idea of what color I want to have up on the walls in a particular room, but for the guest bathroom I was a bit stuck. But then I went to Pottery Barn a few weeks ago and found the most perfect shower curtain ever. It's the Bethany Shower Curtain and has most of my favorite colors all in this gorgeously feminine palampore design. I knew that I wanted the color of the walls to really play up the shower curtain so I went with a light khaki color.

I would tell you the name of the color, but honestly I don't know what it is. Long story short, it's a custom color from Home Depot and I'd be more than happy to share the formula with you all, just let me know. One thing I can tell you for certain is that I will not be using Glidden paints again. I did use Glidden for this bathroom and although it did turn out alright, I noticed several places where the paint was lifted along with the blue tape that I used and that NEVER happens when I paint. I would recommend Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams, or Ralph Lauren and if not then go with Behr. Behr is great but I can tell a difference with the application of it compared to the other 3.

We moved the mirror that was downstairs above the fireplace up to this bathroom since I didn't like the look of the giant frameless stock mirror that came with the house.

Had to add some artwork in this bathroom since there's a lot of wall space, plus the fuchsia frame really brings out the pinks in the shower curtain.

Now, all I need to do is replace the light fixture and possibly add another towel rack/ring and this room will be 100% done!

*The chair rail will be added at some point this weekend.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Bulletin Board: Life's a Beach

A mosquito net is a must, but along with functionality, it adds softness and that whisper of romance every bedroom needs.{Coastal Living}

It's that time of year again where I am wondering how in the world I am going to make it until the temperatures are an average of at least 70 degrees. Living in Maryland is great, but let me tell ya from Jan 2nd through, oh I'd say around May, is probably the toughest time to get through since there really isn't anything to look forward too and it is just so cold. And that's when I start thinking of the beach and how soon I can get to the hottest one.

Last summer we didn't even get to go to the beach (crazy since we live in Annapolis now) and we are now in complete beach withdrawal. Yes, there are plans to go to the beach this year (not exactly sure when) but I thought even looking at photos of beachy places would make me happy.

TGIF guys, enjoy!

We Love ... bamboo furniturea classic look from Palm Beach to Santa Monica. This vintage set got a face-lift with fresh white paint.{Coastal Living}

In each of the bedrooms, Meg embellished simple white coverlets, shams, and bolster pillows with embroidered trim that lends a little graphic weight to the pieces by outlining their shapes.{Coastal Living}

Meg floated the leaves in glass for a streamlinedand inexpensivework of art over the sink.{Coastal Living}

Woven seagrass and rattan touches throughout add a rustic island flavor.{Coastal Living}

To keep mold and mildew at bay, use durable, even outdoor fabics for indoor rooms frequently exposed to salty, humid air.{Coastal Living}
Reminds me of SATC the movie when they go on Carrie's honeymoon spot.

{Coastal Living}

{Coastal Living}

{Coastal Living}

{House Beautiful}
Light and airy, you'd never wake up on the wrong side of this bed.

{Coastal Living}
Adore the rattan light fixtures and the black trimmed glass doors.

{Elle Decor}

{House Beautiful}

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