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Happy Friday!

10 Oct

So far, today has been a very good day.  After lunch with my two beautiful sisters:

I came home to find that all the wallpaper and fabric samples I ordered last week had arrived!  Fun!

Can’t wait to play around with these.

Happy Friday to you too and have a great weekend!

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Time to Decorate…

24 Sep

We are all moved in…except for a few boxes here and there.  I find that unpacking all the little things and getting everything just so is the hardest part and takes me the longest.  It’s the perfectionist in me, I guess…does it look better here, or 2 inches to the left…??

So I won’t show you any pictures of the house just yet.  Instead I will tell you about the lovely time we had in Carlsbad and some of the ideas I have for the new place.

Our weekend away was so nice after a crazy weekend of moving.  The place we stayed, the Pelican Cove Inn, is definitely recommended.  It is in a great location just two blocks from the beach and a few blocks from downtown Carlsbad, and the owner, Nancy, is very hospitable and you can tell takes pride in making sure people enjoy their stay.  The rooms are clean and comfortable and the breakfasts were awesome!

Here I am before one of our walks on the beach:

Not the greatest picture, but there I know a few friends are interested to see how things are progressing with my “baby bump”.

Carlsbad has a beautiful beach, nice restaurants and good shopping.  I definitely recommend visiting if you are in the area.  Not to mention it has the famous Flower Fields (I think these are from March to May) and Legoland (a place I’m sure I’ll be visiting in the not-too-far-future!)

On our way home we stopped in Solana Beach at the Cedros Design District to get some inspiration for our new place.

I’m not into a totally Southwestern/rustic-themed look, but both Jon and I really liked this sofa:

I think if you took it out of its cowboy surroundings, and mixed it up with some modern metal furniture, some wood, a fluffy flokati rug, etc. it could be really cool.  The leather on it was perfectly distressed and it really is a work of art–a $12,000 one.  Oh well, the little leather sofa we’re planning on picking up at IKEA will do just as well, I think.

At Solo, which is a shop I really love, I spotted this pouf which I think just might make the final cut:

I think this will look better with a plain leather sofa anyway!

Unfortunately, it seems quite a few stores are going out of business, and having clearance sales.  Which means good prices.  We need a new spot for our TV or maybe a room divider between the living and dining rooms, and found this sideboard, priced at 50% off:

We also stopped by the antique mall where I fell in love with this table:

I think it’s the colors and the pattern both!  So cute…

We left with plenty of things to consider…I will be working on a “plan” over the next few weeks and can’t wait to share with you what I come up with!  I guess moving into a new place is fun, after all!

Corners of My Home, Part II

7 Apr

The tour of the corners of my home continues today in my office. In a recent post I mentioned I was refreshing it a little, so here are some of the results:

This is the wall above my computer. I just put these little pinboards up recently so they are not full yet. The cards are from various etsy sellers including acajou, kupkup and ashley g. The calendar, from ilee papergoods, was my favorite from etsy this year. I am obsessed with that red Schumacher fabric, and keep thinking of how I might use it somewhere…it would be nice in my living room. Or as wallpaper in my hallway–it also conveniently comes as a wallcovering. Here is a picture with more of the repeat:

Below is one of the corners where I try to always keep flowers:

These sweet peas are from the farmers’ market yesterday. The owl is from etsy seller tangerinechic, and while i love that lamp, which is from IKEA, it is too small in scale and I am still on the hunt for the right one. I have seen a couple of possibilities but if you have any suggestions please feel free to share!

Nearby is my little forest corner:

For a while I had a thing for old advertising thermometers found on ebay. These are two that I like for the colors and subject matter. I also have a thing for tiny deer–if you are ever in Lemon Grove, San Diego, your visit is not complete without a trip to Salmagundi, an art and crafts shop which sells tiny deer, and countless other strangely useful items. The little pinecones came from a nearby park.

This little spot is my nod to the sea:

Living in San Diego, I have to at least acknowledge it! The print is by ashley g. Henri found that amazing sand dollar for me.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this next look at my little home, and the final pictures will be posted later this week!

Corners of My Home, Part I

3 Apr

One of my favorite design blogs is design for mankind. And one of my favorite features is the monthly inspiration e-zine that Erin puts out, which you should download immediately right here.

It is just that–inspiring! I “read” the new issue (I need a new word here, because really it’s all about the pictures, and you don’t read pictures, and “looked at” isn’t quite getting it either. I need a word for “I drank it with my eyes”– “devoured” comes sort of close I guess; any suggestions?), and it was total eye candy (but again, “candy” sort of conveys cheapness. More like “eye 100% RDA”).

Anyway, I really enjoyed the last two issues, but I especially enjoyed this one because the focus is on inspiring areas in peoples’ homes. As someone who thinks about interior design pretty much constantly, getting a glimpse into the creative spaces of others was a real joy! They were all beautiful , but I wanted to share a few that resonate the most with my own style, listed in the order in which they appeared in the e-zine:

This is in Bethany’s home:

What I love about this are the colors and the layering of pattern on pattern. The glimpse of her ingenious jewelry display in the mirror is great and I love the splash of red in the necklace on the lamp. But I think what makes this photo for me is the way the wall actually appears green fading into yellow. The green really sets off the red in an unexpected way. She is one creative lady…she even has an etsy store.

Here is Bridget Pizzo’s dining area:

She is a photographer and stylist, can you tell? You can see more of her work here. There are several things I love about this photo, starting with the colors again; I just love the way citrusy yellow looks against pale gray, and I love how you see the same colors repeated in the next room. It looks so fresh, airy and spacious. In addition, there appears to be a pug in the distance, and if you ask me, pug=success.

This room is in Rachel Saldana’s house:

I love the color, which she mentions is Bird’s Egg by Benjamin Moore, a color I considered for my last project. It’s the most perfect blue, and the trellis pattern looks great with it and her china. Such a peaceful little corner! You can see more of her work and photographs on her blog.

This is the bedroom of Rachel Stuart-Haas:

Again, I am loving these complementary colors. She said she was trying to evoke the feeling of being underwater, with bright creatures floating by…I think she succeeded, don’t you? Also, it reminds me of a room I had once, with the walls glazed the color of a Dali evening sky…

Here is a corner in Monica’s home:

I love the colors (that pale gray and citrus again, mixed with a little pale blue–yum!) and also the texture. It’s a fabulous arrangement. She mentions in the e-zine that she finds all this amazing stuff in the attic of her house! Lucky girl…:) She has a wonderful blog as well.

Here is a corner in Sandra’s home:

The artwork on the top left is her own; isn’t it great? You can see more of it on her website and her blog, where she has some wonderful photographs, too. I love all of the illustrations she has hanging here. Also, this is the color I would love for my bedroom to be next. So dreamy…both she and Monica live in the North, and there is something about that northern light that makes pale, washy colors like this just glow…I wonder if I can recreate the same effect in southern California?

Going through the e-zine and then visiting everyone’s sites just reminded me that there is so much talent out there! I am constantly amazed by my growing list of “must-read” blogs, and flickr contacts, and all the creativity there is to keep on top of! Actually, it’s not even possible to do that, but it’s fun to try. I really encourage you to check out the work of these girls and every person that you can. This is such a fun community to be involved with and such a fun problem to have–more inspiration than you know what to do with!

I was also inspired to share some of the corners of my own home with you. I thought it would be an exercise in looking at my own home in a new way. Also, we *may* be moving soon, so it’s a way to document some of my favorite little areas. There are several little corners of inspiration that I keep, but since this post is getting really long (if you are still reading it!), I will share just a few at a time over a couple of posts.

First, a little corner in my kitchen.

This is a painting I have been working on (I’m ashamed to say) for about a year and a half! It’s a copy of one of my favorite paintings. I found a little postcard with it in the Pompidou, but could never find a print, so I decided to make my own! I love looking at it; now I just need to make time for some painting so I can finish the thing!

Here is another little area in the kitchen:

I love that little doll; she came from a thrift store in Ocean Beach. And of course flowers are always nice to have around.

I will return Monday with a few more for you! Have a great weekend, everyone!