Monday, May 30, 2011

Bravo's Million Dollar Decorators

Photo Credit: Picktainment

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! I know I sure did. My jam-packed weekend began with starting the redecorating process of my mom's home office on Saturday (more to come on this), continued with celebrating LWs' birthday by lounging poolside all day Sunday (loved it!), and ended with shopping for my mom's office, followed by a fabulous meal with Steve and his mom yesterday.

Having had such a wonderful weekend, you'd think I would have a serious case of the "Sunday Blues" but honestly I really don't and I'll tell you why. I am super excited (and curious) about tomorrow night's premiere of Bravo's new show, "Million Dollar Decorators." Not that I need another Bravo show to add to my DVR since I watch all of them obsessively, but I believe this one will be THE show that gets top priority in the queue. I mean, who wouldn't want to watch how some of the best interior designers do their job?

Here's a refresher on the interior designers that will be featured in this show. I don't think I need to give a full introduction to Mary McDonald since I wrote a Bulletin Board post on her, but I'll just say that she is hands down one of my favorite designers. As for the others, here is a little taste of their current portfolio.

Tune in at 10pm on Bravo tonight. Who are you most looking forward to watching?

Kathryn Ireland

Kathryn Ireland

Nathan Turner

Nathan Turner

Jeffrey Alan Marks via Elle Decor

Jeffrey Alan Marks via Elle Decor

Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Friday, May 27, 2011

Two Great DIY Projects for Bookcases

Eddie Ross

I heart Eddie Ross. Seriously, this guy is AMAZING. I just saw his most recent post and had to share it with you. I think so many of us struggle to find ways to make store-bought furniture our own (and unique) and this is a great example of how to do just that. This is great timing too since I am having such a hard time finding an inexpensive bookshelf for my mom's home office. I'm thinking this DIY project might just be in the cards. Check out how he turned a Billy bookcase from Ikea into something fresh and fun. I especially like the fabric he chose for this DIY project.

Little Green Notebook

And while I read his post, my memory was jogged from when I had read another amazing blogger's own revamp of a bookshelf. Jenny, from Little Green Notebook, took a somewhat blah bookshelf and turned it into something Dorothy Draper would be proud of. And if you didn't already know, this girl rocks when it comes to DIY projects. Definitely check out her site to see more of her incredible projects.

Happy Friday everyone! Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Decorating Dilemma: Jennifer's Studio Apartment

A model studio apartment in Jennifer's building - hers is very similar to this.

I know I had promised a second post on Wednesday, but honestly the day got the better of me. I have been working on several projects recently, and I just couldn't find the time to squeeze it in. Between learning how to make my own pillows to starting the process of redecorating my mom's home office, I haven't had much time for much else. But that's not to say that I haven't been able to help out a family friend decorate her NYC studio apartment.

Jennifer, a long time family friend, contacted me last week via email asking for some suggestions about furniture for her new studio apartment in Hell's Kitchen. She just graduated from Carnegie Mellon and is starting a new job in the Big Apple. I, of course, got really excited at the thought that she would be living in New York City AND that she wanted my help. Now, I should point out that this isn't a hands-on decorating project like my parents' guest room. Rather, this is more of an e-decorating project since I can't be there to help her.

Keeping in mind a relatively low budget (and quick accessibility), I pulled pieces that I thought would be great for her very modern studio apartment. Because it's such a modern space, I wanted to stick with more modern pieces but still bring in color and warmth. This particular project was a bit difficult for me since I've never really decorated with modern pieces, but I have to tell you that I really like a lot of these pieces and would definitely choose them for myself. I especially like the Saarinen-like table from Ikea and the tripod floor lamp. So how well did I do with modern?

These were some of the major pieces I suggested to Jennifer, but she can obviously add some girlier touches through accessories and linens.

1. Levanger Gold Mirror
2. Harola Dining Chairs
3. Docksta Dining Table
4. Silhouette Nightstand
5. Scroll Headboard
6. Tripod Floor Lamp
7. Niche Dresser
8. Stockholm Easy Chair
9. Karlstad Loveseat
10. Floral Throw Pillow
11. Gold Velvet Pillow
12. Iznik Dhurrie

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pottery Barn, I Like Your Style

I just had to share with you these really great vintage-inspired items from Pottery Barn. While thumbing through their newest Bed & Bath catalog, I saw these and immediately had to write a post about them since I want them all.

What do you guys think?

*Don't worry, I've got another post coming later today.

Framed Antique Bird Prints
Set of 2 for $59.00

I've already got 2 vintage bird prints in our powder room, but I could always use some more.

Striped Hat Boxes
Set of 2 for $59.00

Not sure about the monogramming, but I am LOVING these. I actually just bought a vintage hatbox at the Lucketts Antique Market but can't decide whether to keep it for myself or sell it on my Etsy store...

Monday, May 23, 2011

Lucketts Spring Antique Market


What a great weekend! It was filled with spending time with our families, LOTS of shopping, and it even included our first stay in my parents' new guest room. It doesn't get much better than that folks.

We had been planning to have dinner with Steve's side of the family in Historic Leesburg for some time now and since we rarely get an opportunity to go to Leesburg we figured we'd head out early to do some outlet shopping (Kate Spade was calling my name) before dinner. Well, on the way to the outlets we noticed there was a lot of traffic. Turns out that the Lucketts Spring Antique Market was going on. To say that I felt like an idiot not knowing that this was going on would be an understatement. I instantly remembered that I had forgotten about it last year, but I told myself that I would NOT miss it this time.

And now that I've gone, I won't ever miss it again. This market was SO much fun, and seriously full of amazing things. I kept kicking myself for not cashing more money, but it was probably for the best that I didn't empty my bank account. I told Steve that he was designated photographer since I knew I would be too distracted with all of the goods. And as you can see from the few photos that he took, he was also distracted with all that was there.

When we first walked in, I was totally overwhelmed with where to go first. But then I got over it and had a blast going from vendor to vendor.

Ahh, heaven...

I'm so excited and I just can't hide it.

Wow, I really need to tan my legs.

The best vintage shopping right in front of me with a strawberry-lemonade in hand.


I knew I did this but seeing it in pics is pretty funny. While I pick up one item, I'm eye'ing another. Ha!

Ooh, the one item I was truly torn about. I have never seen a screen like this before, but the $150 price tag kept me away. I probably could've talked them down, but I don't think it would've been low enough for me. Sigh.

After spending hours at the market, I decided to check out the Old Lucketts Store. And I scored big time. That gold mirror in front of me came home with us.

So sad to leave, but it was the perfect time since it started raining. I got my fill, but I can't wait for next year. Did any of you make it out there??

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Cline Rose Designs

It feels like it has been forever and a day since my last post, but that's probably because so many things have happened this week. Wonderful things I might add! I'll start in chronological order. My younger brother got a great job offer (yay!), one of my best friends got engaged (hooray!), and I met with a fabulous interior designer to talk shop. All in all, it has been a great week full of exciting news and I particularly want to share with you the latter bit in fuller detail.

Lately, I've been dabbling with the idea of making a career change into the dazzling world of interior design (bet that wasn't hard to figure). And because I have such good and amazing friends (thank you Maria and LWs!), I was told by said friends to reach out to Joanna of Cline Rose Designs to get more insight into how I could accomplish making a successful career change. We met for drinks and appetizers (spinach dip at Whitlows is to die-for) Thursday night and chatted for a good 2-3 hours. Well, to say that Jo (I'm on a nickname basis now) is absolutely fabulous is just not enough. The girl and I had SO much in common and it was so much fun to talk with someone who feels the exact same way I do about everything, even down to our love of trashy tv shows (oh, Bravo, you've really sucked us in). She is not only a great interior designer (check out her stuff on her site!), but also a great blogger. Her writing is smart, witty, and funny and she's got great things to say when it comes to interior designing.

But getting back to business. I got some really great advice from Jo, and I honestly left our "date" knowing that this potential career change would be the best thing for me. And I'm pretty sure we both left knowing that there are still great things to come from the both of us. With that said, I'll just say for now that we are going to be brainstorming, so keep an eye out for news from the both of us!

Inslee By Design

My good friend, LWs, just sent me to this charming site, Inslee By Design. I've already got the above print in my shopping cart - it'll be perfect in my office!

Monday, May 16, 2011

One Kings Lane Find for the Office

Check out the new chevron stripe vanity tray I got from One Kings Lane for $19! I've been wanting a tray for my desk and although this is a vanity tray, it'll be a great place to house all of my knick-knacks that are currently cluttering my desktop. I also got another one for my mom's home office (coral vanity tray), which is my next design project - I'll have more info on that for you all soon, promise!

If you need an invite, just let me know!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Inslee By Design

Yesterday, my good friend, LWs, sent me to this charming site, Inslee By Design. And I am so glad she did! I must've clicked on every single link on the site because I just couldn't get enough of Inslee's artwork. It's great when you come across new artwork that you really like, but it's even better when the artwork is actually affordable. I've already got the above print in my shopping cart! Below are a few that I think you'll really like too.

Oh, and one more thing I forgot to mention is that Inslee does custom illustrations so contact her about it - I've already reached out to her about it!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Everything I want at Horchow's EVERYTHING Sale!

If I could only get one thing from this sale, it would be this perfect ottoman.
Bevin Tufted Ottoman

Horchow, one of my favorite retailers from which I can't afford anything, is having their EVERYTHING sale starting today. That means everything on their site is 25-30% off! The sale ends May 18th so hurry and put your favorites into your cart asap. I know I am!

Here are a few, okay a lot, of my favorites that I wish I could add to my cart. I think Steve would have a heart attack if I did, so I'll spare him from that. But I can't promise I won't sneak 1 or 2 things into my cart...

The discount code is: HCEVERY

Which one are your favorites?

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