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Monday, October 27, 2014

Man crates…

has anyone heard of the company Man Crates??  i’ll be honest and say i hadn’t either…they are a company that are gifts for men…the best part??  they come in crates and have to be opened with a crowbar (included)!! 

i showed my hubby the website and he thinks it is very cool…so if your now in the sock & underwear phase of gift giving i strongly suggest checking out Man Crates for your manly man…

i was contacted recently by Man Crates to come up with a Man Cave design board based on one of their gifts…

I chose “The High Roller” 

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and went with a Mid Century/Rat Pack vibe…

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make sure to check them out...there's something for every man

Friday, October 3, 2014

it starts with a quilt…

a huge light bulb went off yesterday when i was pondering what i was going to do with the redo of my old bedroom…my mom’s closest sister is, sadly, suffering from Alzheimer’s…unfortunately it runs on my mom’s side of the family which really scares the crap out of me…but i digress

before my aunt got sick she started quilting…they're not quite my style, but I think my mom will love having a little something of her sisters…

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not exactly sure how i will use this, but it will be the jumping off point for the room…with the right fabrics to make it a little more modern i think it will work great

Monday, September 29, 2014

flashback

while over at my parents i found a couple hidden treasures, of which she is the original owner…not found at a garage/estate sale, ebay, etsy, etc…

                      

the apple doesn’t fall far…

Interior Decoration a to z by Betty Pepis is quite a handy book to have on hand…basically it’s a book of decorating definitions for furniture styles, architectural details, etc…

it even has a definition for corny…“embarrassingly unsophisticated. results from too dedicated devotion to reproducing down to the last itsy-bitsly detail the interiors of our colonial ancestors-forgetting that, in every period, pleople do depart from overly precise patterns of their own time.”

here’s a little swankiness from betty…

(all images found on pinterest)

Betty Pepis Interior Decoration A to Z

1960's living room. Betty Pepis Interior Decoration A to Z

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Betty Pepis

Room from 'Interior Decoration A to Z' by Betty Pepis, 1965. Check out the cantilevered shelving/stairs(?) by the fireplace.

the next book, The Doubleday Book of Interior Decorating by albert kornfeld…

“albert kornfeld was for nine years editor-in-chief of house and garden magazine.  a well-known decorator who planned the interiors of many houses and apartments, he was a founder of the national trust for the preservation of historic american houses.  previously, he was circulation promotion director of r. h. macy & co. and director of publicity and advertising for vogue, house and garden and glamour.”

i’m embarassed to say my oven is the same color…

st.charles kitchens, from the doubleday book on interior decorating published in 1965

now i need to find time to read them…

Thursday, September 25, 2014

hop on over and take a looksie…

a few years ago i started a course in interior design…i finished this summer, just shy of the three year deadline…
so, i’m slowly getting a business started…the hardest part for me is self promotion…fear of rejection…snickers, sneers, etc…general embarrassment…well, it’s time to be a big girl and put all those worries aside…
i’ve been working on a website since the beginning of the year…finally took some good pictures and it is now up and running…
check it out here for yourself…
when you’re done feel free to come back and tell me how much you love it…
even if it’s a lie!!
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

jumping on the banana leaf boat…

i’m not going to lie, i did not jump on board with the banana leaf rage…until now!  i don’t know exactly what image made my heart go pitter patter, but i’m all in…
 
Beverly I Print
Beverly II PrintBeverly III Print
and don’t even get me started on the oversize version…
Exclusive: Tour Margo & Me’s Chic Hollywood Home via @domainehome
let’s look at some other reasons I’ve fallen for the banana leaf…
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Waan je in de jungle met het Martinique Banana Leaf wallpaper van Hinson   | roomed.nl
 
Banana Leaf-Print  Settee
 
i’ve found an extremely affordable alternative to the original…
 TBO Swaying Palms Aloe
not sure where or how will find it’s way into my home but i’ll come up with something…

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Memory lane…

so i have a new project i’ll be starting on soon…my childhood bedroom!!
my parents have been living in their house for give or take 28 years…my room has not been touched…well the paint and wallpaper that is…when i lived there i had quite a few works of art hanging on the walls, Nagel posters to be exact…since i moved out my sister took over my room for a few years and now its become a dumping ground for bad floral arrangements and odds and ends…
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a crib for the youngest grand “baby” that is now 3…
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thank goodness there’s white tile…
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when my parents built this house we got to pick our bedrooms and the wallpaper…yes, wallpaper from top to bottom in every room of this house i tell ya…
i picked this for the bedroom…
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and of course in the 80’s every paper came with a coordinate this way you didn’t have to think outside the box…
the bathroom…
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and my ceiling was a pale, dusty purple…which by the way purple is now my least favorite color…
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Getting my groove back

summer leaves very little free time for creativity…with the kids back in school i think i’m finally settling into a routine…at least that’s what i’m telling myself…
my laundry room has needed a face lift for quite some time…i wanted to go the same color as my kitchen, white because i like the sterile feel, strange i know...but i wanted a little umph in the laundry room…
we have a door that leads to the side yard…i like how jenny painted her interior kitchen door a color
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when you walk into the kitchen you face the door so i figured i couldn’t go wrong with my trusty green…it makes me happy every time i see it…
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love that lucky green!