Thursday, June 24, 2010

mood board monday

i'm trying to make friends with photoshop again, and what better way than to pony up to mood board monday over at pewter and sage! (ok so it's technically friday...but i'm going to post this anyway and link up on monday. whatev.) this is my first time to participate in a mood board link party, slash make a mood board at all, so we'll see how she goes...

the challenge this week was to create a bedroom inspired by one of four of bedding options. i chose barbara barry's "poetical" from macy's, which i have long admired. well, like as long as a bedding line for a few months admired.

the first thing that came to mind was to compliment the silhouetted pattern with the addition of some other long-admired bedding: applique monogrammed shams from leontine linens. in choosing my color scheme, i decided to go for gray, white and hot pink, with metallic accents and pops of green. so i give you a teenage girl's room:

1) barbara barry's "poetical" bedding, the inspiration, against a white upholstered headboard.

2) leontine linens "alcott" shams. i die. so hard. also a zebra needlepoint pillow from lilly pulitzer for garnet hill.

3) a pair of serena & lily "parker" x-benches at the foot of the bed, and a pottery barn chenille jute rug underfoot.

4) annie selke home "atlas" side tables (via horchow) as bedside tables.

5) serena & lily "pagoda" lamp on bedside tables

6) pottery barn "ribbon roman shade" on windows

7) "seaside" chest of drawers from well appointed house in gray

8) stray dog designs "camilla" chandelier; i like to mix metallic finishes, as in this chandy with the silver bedside tables.

9) ballard designs "stella" mirror - grand, because every gal needs a full-length mirror

10) and a variety of festive accessories, like this worlds away green zebra wastebasket set via well appointed house, this stray dog designs peacock objet d'art, and an ever-changing inspiration board like this one from kelly green interiors.

i need to birth a girl someday, in order to obtain a license to decorate in pink and green. and play barbies. and smock dresses. like, real bad.

this room could also work for a grown-up if the pink and green were traded for subtler colors, like powder blue and camel.

did you see that? did you see how i changed the colors in photoshop? and added that blurry bamboo mirror thumbnail from horchow? i told you photoshop and i were making friends.

two mood boards for the price of one. ba-da-bing!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

la chaise. FINI!

french. fancy. i know. somehow i am kinda good at french. placed 8th in the state on a high school french test, then managed to place into 300-level college classes on a 7 am exam after a first-week-of-college bender. file this with my numerous other mostly-impractical skills, like being able to twist my tongue into a clover and having a degree in anthropology.

but that's not why you're here.

remember like eleventy years ago when i proclaimed that if little old ladies could upholster than so could i? no? well i did. and then i signed up for an upholstery class at a quasi-local community college in the great state of m'issip. in february. and then for months the chair sat in various states of incompletion. until this past monday night. when i. finished. upholstering. the chair.

do you hear the angels singing and see the rainbow streaking the sky as beams of light break through the clouds? indeed.

hand-me-down chair before (amongst christmas finery):

and, drumroll please, after:

thar she blows in her natural habitat, the back-lit living room:


i also recently made a pair of pillows out of the same upholstery fabric as the chair. by hand, recall. good times. and i caved and let c-fan bring his beloved ginormous leather chair out of storage. and know what? i don't hate it. looks kinda nice with the pillow and throw even. i do, however, want to move the little chest between the chairs (which i love) to another room and replace it with something less brown, to make the arrangement a bit arier. more airy. you know. less brown. and probably hang something reflective and starbursty above the man chair.

what say you about my upholstery skillz? think they'll get more mileage than my knowledge of french pronouns and paleoindian projectile points? god love a liberal arts education.

Monday, June 21, 2010


sunday was our first anniversary. indulge me in a little trip down memory lane, will you?

team stone! one year of marriage!

as captain fantastic's dad likes to say, we're going for two.

two days after our wedding was the 35th anniversary of my parents' marriage in the same cathedral.


same spot! same veil even. except the headpiece was converted into a small clip. obviously.

we marked the occasion on sunday with champagne in the crystal flutes that my parents gifted us for our engagement to use at our wedding

and surprisingly delicious year-old cake

and the big dogs

(the momentousness of the occasion seemed to be lost on them)

and really awesome self-timer photography after failing to blow-dry because of the bisquillion percent humidity and 107 heat index

we'll be taking a quick weekend getaway to celebrate with spa treatments and delicious food in the near future. happy first anniversary, mr. stone! here's to a lifetime :) i love you!

remember the good times at ye olde wedding blog, romancing the stones. and run, don't walk, to book j.malahy photography.

Monday, June 14, 2010

operation bathroom

y'all. our bathroom. is atrocious.

like, i won't even post actual before pictures of it on this blog until we are living in the "after," so that you don't stop being friends with me and refuse to ever come to my house. some of you have experienced it in person. and for that, i am truly sorry.

just imagine, if you will...

pink tile. with sparkly flecks.

painted over. yes, PAINTED. THE TILE. i know. painted over in a shade of army green:

to coordinate with the "stone-look" linoleum tiles that were applied to the floors:

and wait! it gets better! because the other accent color in the linoleum tiles? besides army green and a bluish-gray? is pumpkin orange. which they used for the walls, like so:

are you so jealous of me right now? do you wish you lived at my house? hold on, because i'm not EVEN done yet.

know what happens when you paint over tile? especially tile that will be exposed to moisture? this:

let's talk about how awesome the pink sparkly tile looks peeking through the army green flaking paint all over creation. or not.

that is what the bathroom looked like when i first started dating captain fantastic. and i still married him, if you can believe. (disclaimer: the previous owners were responsible for the atrocity) my first order of business, practically on the day his roommates moved out a few years ago, was to hang a decent shower curtain and paint over the pumpkin orange with a creamy white. and the toilet and pedestal sink are actually lovely white porcelain. so at least there's that. but the tile situation remains.

why have we not just ripped out the tile, you ask? because it will be a project of young house love proportions (click the link to see their diy-reno of the same type of bathroom that took four full weekends to accomplish) and it is the ONLY bathroom in our house. and while i could handle driving to my parents' to take a shower, WHERE am i supposed to PEE in the meantime? hmm?


did i totally burn your retinas with that virtual tour? let me make it up to you by sharing what i hope the bathroom will look like very soon, after i either convince captain fantastic to hire someone to do it real quick-like or move in with my parents for a month while he does it himself (because HE can pee in the back yard).

inspiration photos:

alisberg parker architects via decorpad

lori tippins' bathroom via decorpad

erika of urban grace via decorpad
main components:

white subway tile for the tub/shower - this is fairly certain.

walls will either be tiled with white subway tile or covered with a bead board wainscot. thoughts?

carrera marble for the floor - either hex or basketweave - this will be period-appropriate for the house, but with an updated and luxe edge, methinks. youthinks?

ooooh the irony that something similar was probably either ripped up or is ruined under the linoleum.

i'm still in love with the light gray-blue large-scale paisley shower curtain i got from pottery barn several years ago, so i plan to reuse it. i'd like to do a simple roman shade with ribbon trim for the bathroom's single window like so (these walls are about the shade of the shower curtain):

sconces like these (in silver):

flanking either a rectangular mirror, or something a little funky, like this:

reglazing the bathtub. keeping the potty and pedestal sink. despite the lack of under-sink storage, i think the pedestal works well in the small space. and we do have a large linen closet in the bathroom for our storage needs.

what do you think? beadboard or subway tile? diy or splurge for a professional? can i come stay at your house?

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