Monday, January 30, 2012

Reminder: Groundhog Sale @ The Design House in Lucketts

Lucketts Design House

I am excited! The big Groundhog Sale going on at The Design House @ the Old Lucketts Store is right around the corner ... this weekend in fact (Feb. 3-5). I'm not entirely sure which day I'm going to head up there, but I'm definitely dragging Steve along in case we need to haul some furniture (I'm hoping to find some pieces for either the nursery or the basement guest room at my parents' house). I've gotten some really cool items at the Old Lucketts Store in the past, so I can't wait to see what goodies they have in store. Make sure you try to get there too!
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Friday, January 27, 2012

Time to Freshen Up!

The Silver Screen Affair

What do you guys think of the updated look?? I couldn't wait until Monday (and neither could Steve) so here is a nod to the old design. Don't get me wrong, I really liked the previous design but I was starting to feel like I needed to simplify the page a bit. It was starting to look really busy, right? Plus, I really missed the scallop design and the old font so I updated the scallop design a bit and went back to the old font. I figured with the new year, it was time to freshen up the blog a bit and get it to where I'm really happy with the design. And nothing is cheerier than a yellow background! Hope you all like it as much as I do!
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Is Spring Here?

Madewell via Bambilulu

We are having the craziest weather here in Annapolis this morning. We've already had a thunderstorm come through and we are expecting more rain later today. With all this rain, it is really starting to feel like Spring. How crazy is that? Don't get me wrong, I like hearing the birds chirping while the sun is shining after a thunderstorm, but it kinda feels like the biggest tease in the world! It makes me think that I can wear my leopard printed smoking slippers along with my leather bomber jacket all the time. But then it gets cold again and I have to bust out the socks, ugh!

Walking Emma this morning made me get so excited for Spring and all that it entails. A sense of renewal, the flowers blooming, the baby coming, and the fashion! I'm going to digress from home decor for a sec only because the Spring fashion this year is something I am really looking forward to. I guess it's because I can't really fit into anything that I want to wear right now so of course I'm thinking about what I'm going to wear once the baby is born. If you know me, you know that this is not a big surprise.

It seems that every designer is going for pops of color and that just makes me SO happy. I'm sick of wearing dark colors. Some of my favorite brands have me drooling for their Spring collection and I thought it only fitting to share with you what I am coveting so very much. Kate Spade and Madewell are just a couple of the brands that I am head-over-heels for. I'm especially loving the periwinkle & white chevron dress from Kate Spade and the trench coat. See anything you fancy?

*On a side note - I'll be making a few changes to the design of this blog but more on that either later today or on Monday. Although, I have a feeling I won't be able to wait that long so expect a few changes by later today! TGIF!

Madewell via Bambilulu

Kate Spade via Babble

Kate Spade via Style Frizz

Fashion Snob-ish

Kate Spade via Fashionologie

Kate Spade via Style Frizz

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

New Store Alert: Circa Who

Ficks Reed Rattan Cabinet

I have to say that I am so glad that I found this store in West Palm Beach, Florida! I recently stumbled upon Circa Who from one of my pins on Pinterest (gotta love that site!) and am in love with all of their merchandise. If I could, I would rent a giant truck and drive down there to buy everything possible this very minute. But that wouldn't be very nice of me now would it? There might be nothing left for anyone else!

Shop owner Tracy Deramus has meticulously found the best-of-the-best in Palm Beach furnishings - she hand-picks every item. I've looked at everything on her site, and all I have to say is that even though I can't afford to buy anything right now, it just makes me so happy to see such amazing pieces. Funny how that works, right? I guess it just makes me happy knowing that pieces like these still exist out there. Which of her pieces are your favs? I would seriously kill to have those basket weave chairs for our deck...

Basket Weave Chairs
With a new coat of paint and cushions, this would be perfect on our deck.

Nardini Tassel Lamps

Lucite Bar Cart
Love lucite and brass together.

Faux Bamboo Garden Seat

Faux Bamboo Pagoda Etagere

Green Chinoiserie Secretary

Scroll Coffee Table
Another piece that I would love to have on our deck.

4 Fretwork Pagoda Chairs

Faux Bamboo Barrel Chair
With an upholstered cushion in a fresh print, this would be a great desk chair.

Pair of Faux Bamboo Lamps
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

UPDATED: Parents' Second Full Bathroom Design Board

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Here is the new and improved design board for my brothers' bathroom at my parents' house! What do you guys think? Forgot what the original design board looked like? Check it out here so you can compare.

Here is a rundown of what we switched out. We changed out the bathroom light fixture since the previous one was a tad too modern. And honestly it looked nothing like the photo provided online once we got it delivered. It was so disappointing because it wasn't what we were expecting. Lesson learned - if you're on a time crunch, always order in advanced so that you've got time to find something else if the original item doesn't work out. In our case, there was no rush but a good lesson learned. This time around, I actually went to Home Depot and found this Hampton Bay one that I thought would be perfect.

The mirror also got switched out to something more classic. My mom was not a fan of the Ikea round mirror that I thought would work out. She really wanted something that had a more prominent frame around it, but I could not find one that I thought would work, so in the end we compromised and decided on this Moen one - frameless yet classic. It's funny, I'm actually glad my mom protested because I prefer this Moen one much more than the Ikea one now.

What I had chosen for artwork seemed like a good idea at first, but then I realized that it might be a tad too girly for my brothers. SO, I found another print that I thought was more appropriate for them. This print of Baltimore City's skyline seems to be perfect since the city is only 20 minutes away from the house and it's where Tim (the older of the two brothers) went to grad school. But instead of the gray, I would choose the "Stone" color that is offered.

And last but not least, I switched out the wastebasket for something a bit softer since there are a lot of straight & geometric lines going on in this bathroom. Plus, this new one adds texture that the other one didn't have. *For some reason, I couldn't find the exact one I purchased from the stores online. But if you really wanted it in the darker shade, you could always spray paint the lighter one in a darker shade.

One of these days we'll have a final install day, which I promise will be soon since I dying to get this bathroom done ASAP. But until then, let me know what you think of this updated design board!
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Online Hunts That'll Take You Away

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All day yesterday, I scoured the net for great finds to use in the rooms that I'm decorating at my parents' house. I found some great items that will definitely work for both the basement guest room and the boys' bathroom, but besides finding items for those rooms, I came across these finds that I think just transport you to either an exotic or beach locale. Places that I would much rather be than here in freezing Maryland.

On another note, I've reworked a few of the items on the design board that I created for my brothers' bathroom. After talking it over with my mom, we decided to keep the light fixture and mirror on the more traditional/classic side - she didn't want to go too modern in the bathroom. We did keep the accessories modern, but for the main pieces we're sticking to the classics. I'll definitely show you the reworked design board tomorrow so you can let me know what you think.
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Friday, January 20, 2012

Let's Do the Tangerine Tango

Body & Soul

I woke up this morning feeling crazy kicks and punches from my little girl, which jumpstarted me right out of bed. In fact, she's still kickboxing as I write this. So, I figured that writing a post on Tangerine Tango, Pantone's Color of the Year, would be appropriate since the color is like a jolt of energy -- similar to what's going on in my stomach at the moment. Plus, with the new year here what better color to get us moving and grooving than Tangerine?

I think when most people think of the orange color family, whether it's in fashion or in the home, they get scared or intimidated. And I totally get it. It's not exactly a color that "goes with everything" and so it takes a bit of effort to know how to use it in your wardrobe or home. BUT, what I don't think people realize is that you don't need to use it all over the place or even paint a wall in Tangerine. Just adding accent pillows here and there in that color family can work wonders for your space. An orange throw to go over your sofa will also do the trick. In my opinion, pops of color are the way to go if you're still a bit hesitant about using Tangerine (or any bold color), since they aren't a huge commitment and can really refresh your space. *You'll see below, but this color goes SO well with blues, yellows, whites, blacks, purples and pinks - lots of different colors!

Some of the spaces below go all out with Tangerine Tango and some just use a table lamp or pillows to freshen the room up. Any way you go about using this modern & fresh color, you'll be happy you did. Trust me, this color exudes happiness. I think of Kate Spade, Diane von Furstenberg, & Jcrew when I see this color and those 3 things make me a very happy girl. Hope this brightens your day!

The At Home Blog in Arkansas


Barbara Gilbert Interiors

Porter Design Company

Eddie Ross



Design Sponge

Midwest Living


French Garden House


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Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Side Note On Side Tables

Bronze Side Table

Ever since we learned of our pregnancy, I've spent most of my time in our living/family room because it's on the same level as the kitchen (the 2nd floor) and has a T.V. in it. Well, since I spend a lot of time in that room, I've started noticing one small addition that could be made to improve the function of the room. In my opinion (Steve doesn't seem to think so), I think the sofa needs a side table on one side (the other side has a floor lamp that is much needed in that area of the room). Especially for when we have company over and the sofa is at full capacity, it would be nice to have a side table on which more drinks can be placed since the coffee table seems to lose surface area fast.

I feel like it's been a while since I've written one of these posts where I list items that I've found that I just really want to share with you, right? Not all of the side tables below will work in our living/family room, but I really like them so they made the list too! Which would you want in your house?

Ginger Blue Side Table

Morocco Accent Table

Ming Lacquered Linen Table

Bella Lucite Cube

Cloverleaf Table

Dipped Side Table

"Lillian" Side Table

"Lawson" Storage Table

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