Category Archives: Art

Random Things I Am Liking Lately

Hi — thank you for your encouragement yesterday with the One Room Challenge.  It’s time to motivate my husband to start painting!

Here are a few random things that I am liking lately.  Remember these posts from back in the day?

One Kings Lane has so many beautiful and accessible pieces of great art these days, including Michelle Armas, Brittany Bass and Jennifer Latimer, some of my favorite artists.  Check out this sale: In Fine Form.

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{Bester by Michelle Armas}

This is my go-to summer t-shirt this season.  They are so soft, wash well and are the perfect length.  I used to buy Target and Old Navy tees, but found that they shrunk immediately, got stretched out after a couple hours of wear, and were so thin that they were see-through.  I have upgraded this year.  They come in a ton of colors and they are now on sale for $19.99!  If you order online, they run true-to-size (Ms fit me great).

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{J. Crew Vintage Cap-Sleeve Tee}

Have you tried Blue Apron?  Each week they deliver the ingredients for three full meals to your door.  I have been loving it, especially the pre-measured portions and the minimal weekly meal planning.  Of the 9 meals that have been delivered so far, this one was the best!

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{Blue Apron Beef Ramen Noodle Soup with Choy Sum and Enoki Mushrooms}

This bathroom designed by Sherry and John Petersik of Young House Love is seriously perfect.  I love that nothing is “to the trade” and all so accessible to everyone.  I seriously COVET those shower tiles.

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{Photo source and full post HERE}

Have you read this book?  I loved it.  I am trying to whip this stressed-out voice in my head into shape and not let the small stuff constantly derail me.

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And, finally, here is my new fave Tar-jay find for under $20.  He is prominently on display in our family room.  In person, mine is a little more distressed and imperfect.  Kind of like me.  🙂

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{Nate Berkus Tortoise Shell Box, Target}

Happy Friday!  Have a fabulous weekend.  xxoo

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Affordable and Easy DIY Art

Because I set a pretty strict budget for the One Room Challenge, I am going to try and DIY some art for the walls as placeholders until I can afford find the perfect “forever” art for the walls.  I definitely need an impactful, oversized statement piece for over the bed.

My super creative and thrifty friend Alyson, who is also participating in the One Room Challenge, posted last week about framed botanical wrapping paper (so genius).  And I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it.

It got me remembering some beautiful blog posts about framed marbled paper….

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Kristen F. Davis Designs via Little Green Notebook

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Danielle Oakey Interiors

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Centsational Girl

There are some tutorials on how to make marbled paper, but there are some really affordable and gorgeous “pre-made” options out there:

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Paper Mojo $6.15 for 24×36

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Paper Source $6.50 for 20×29

I think these would be beautiful put into simple oversized frames, with or without a mat.

Here are some other easy and affordable ideas I am considering attempting:

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via Flickr

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Style Theories

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the amazing Jamie Meares of i suwannee

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Thrifty Decor Chick

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With Intention

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Kendall Hailey

What do you think?  What is your favorite?  Can I pull this off??

My 2013 Design Resolutions

Ok, 2013, let’s do this!

I try to make design resolutions each year and I am running at about a 50% success rate at keeping all of them.  So, in addition to re-painting and organizing our entire new house (eeep!), here are my 2013 design resolutions:

  1. Use more fabric and mix pattern with confidence.  I am comfortable with a dash of pattern or a pop of color, but I am paralyzed by the selection and price tag of committing to any “custom” fabric selection (like bed skirts, shams, curtain panels or duvet covers).  But, there are a lot of affordable fabrics out there and patterns can be mixed without a huge commitment.  Time to inch outside my comfort zone!  {Design below by Jamie Meares of Furbish — she is the master of mixing pattern and color}furbish
  2. Invest in at least one piece of original art.  Again, I am often paralyzed by the selection and price tag of original art, so I end up buying a bunch of cheap stuff to put on the walls, and when you add it all up, I could have spent $150-300 on a really beautiful, impactful piece of art.  {Gorgeous original painting of the Low Country (one of my favorite spots on earth) by Carol Cerny for sale on Etsy framed for $150}.etsy
  3. Be more deliberate about furniture layout.  In our last house, I felt like we had a lot of “dead space” that could have been used more effectively (hello, our entire living room).  Before just putting furniture where it fits, I want to really examine each room and think hard about the best furniture layout. {I like the layout below with functional seating, table space, storage and flow.}furniture
  4. Add “cubby” built-ins at the back door.  Our new house does not have a coat closet near the back door.  So, everyone comes in and sheds coats, purses, work-out bags, shoes, gloves, scarves, you-name-it, in a trail from the back door into the kitchen.  We really need a space to organize all of our stuff when we walk in the door.  {I like the shoe trays and ceiling detail on these below}. cubby4
  5. Explore bathroom renovation.  My daughter has a half-bath off of her new bedroom, and we have a full hall bathroom shared by 3 of the bedrooms upstairs.  I would love to explore converting the half bathroom into a full bathroom (and only having 2 bedrooms share the hall bathroom).  The logistics of the water and drain may prove to be cost-prohibitive, but I would love to check-out the option. {I love this tub/shower design for a girl’s bathroom.} bathroom14
  6. BLOG MORE!  I am going to try to blog at least once a week in 2013.  I would love to get back to posting 4-5 times a week, but my family and work schedule make that really challenging right now.

So, there you have it.  I tried to be ambitious, but not undertake so much that I would be overwhelmed and get nothing done!

What do you think?  What are your design resolutions for 2013?

HAPPY NEW YEAR, Y’ALL!

P.S. For past design resolution posts, check out 2009, 20102011.  2012 is missing because I was having a baby!  🙂

Bookshelf Styling

Hi!  So, we’ve moved.  And our new house still feels like a the moving van blew up inside of it, but we are slowly making progress.  The “house tours” of the old house are on hiatus because my desktop (where the pics are) is still not set up.  The main cable router was set up in an awkward place and I am still trying to figure out where to put the computer.  So, the laptop and the iPhone camera have been getting a workout!  (Hence the iPhone pics in this post because my “big camera” uploads to the desktop — pesky logistics!)

I took the length of the baby’s nap on Saturday (about an hour and change) to luxuriate in styling the built-in bookshelves in our family room.  There are a lot of tutorials out there on how to style bookshelves, and I followed the general guidelines of one of my favorite design bloggers, Emily A. Clark, as posted about here.  Generally: 1. Start with the books, 2. Arrange vertical/tall pieces, 3. Insert a collection (I skipped this step), 4. Add texture and small accessories, and 5. Rearrange, rearrange, rearrange!

Here is the before:

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I emptied all of the shelves and added clusters of books:

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Then, I added the vertical/taller pieces, then some textured items and smaller accessories.  Finally, I spent the rest of the weekend tweaking and rearranging, and here is where I ended up:

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Here is a close-up of the left side:

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{Do you spy my beloved stack of old Domino mags?  Elle the Elf is guarding them!}

And, here is a closer look at the right side:

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I think it really helped that all of my accessories and books were newly unpacked and hadn’t been put anywhere yet.  I was working with truly a blank slate and nothing had been “earmarked” for a specific spot in the house yet.

Also, I had to restrain myself from filling all of the empty space.  I started “over-accessorizing” and it began feeling cluttered and claustrophobic to me.  I have seen spaces with chock-full bookshelves and it seems to work, but in my own house, I wanted enough breathing room to be able to see and appreciate each piece.  I wanted the arrangement to feel unforced, relaxed and clean.

These bookshelves will always be a work in progress, and that is the fun!  This weekend, I may take down the pinecone wreath and replace it with some art, and add two Christmas wreaths, like this, but probably fresh and green:

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{P.S. I really love this space, but isn’t that random floor lamp on the right side really distracting?  I wish I could photoshop it out.}

Any tips or guidelines for styling a bookshelf for me?  I’m all ears.  I love to hear strategies used by other people to style spaces, especially bookshelves!

Merry merry, y’all!

Random Things I am Liking Lately

Here are some random things on my “making-me-happy” radar screen lately:

Oversized Botanical Prints!  I love the idea of oversized botanical prints like these from Wisteria.  I can’t stop thinking about them.  They would be right at home in my dining room and already come framed….  Yesssssss.

Trader Joe’s (3 Minute!!) Steelcut Oatmeal!  As you can see, I hoard buy this in serious bulk.  I add a splash of milk, a dash of cinnamon and a banana…every morning and I never get tired of it! 

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Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and ConditionerI got a tip on this from one of my favorite bloggers (thanks, Jackie!) and can’t use anything else now.  My hair has never been softer or smoother.  You can find it at the grocery store or Target for as little as $4.99 a bottle.  A serious steal.

Organix Sulfate Free Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo 13-oz..Opens in a new window

Gascon Malbec!  This $12 bottle of yummy goodness can be found at most grocery stores — I have also seen it at Trader Joes and World Market.  I am no wine expert, but I love the hint of mocha in the background. 

Birch Box!  I just got a subscription for my birthday — I can’t  wait to get my first Birch Box.  Let me know if you want an invite!

Instagram!  Are you on Instagram?  Come find me at ada_marie!

Instagram - Fast, beautiful photo sharing for your iPhone

Did I miss anything?  What’s on your radar screen today?

Console Table Styling Inspiration

Happy Friday!  Today I am sharing the inspiration images for the styling of my new console table in my front hall.   I found most of these images on Pinterest and all of them are now found on my Pinterest boards — come follow me!

These first two images are realistically what the hallway console table will probably look like on a day-to-day basis — a catch-all for keys, sunglasses, umbrellas, shoes, and mail.  Both photos share greenery, lamps, leaning art, little bowls, and informal striped rugs.  I like the easy-going, yet thoughtful and edited styling of these spaces a lot:

The following group of images are in a similar vein, but a little more formal.  These hallway consoles use mirrors as their focal point, and are accented with fresh flowers and books or boxes:

This last group of images aren’t hallway consoles, but are styled beautifully:

{This is a console used as an end table in a bedroom.  I love the thoughtful placement of each object and the position of the mint green lamp – just slightly off center.}

{This little table is used as a sofa console.  I love the symmetry of the yellow lamps, the little yellow cabinet pulls and the baskets for storage.}

{If I recall correctly, I believe this image reflects an accent table in a dining room.  I adore the whimsy of the flamingos, the wallpaper, the understated art, and the feminine crystal accessories with the delicate pink flowers.}

There you have it – lots of inspiration!  I can’t wait to get started.  Have a great weekend – see y’all next week!

{Photo Credits: 1. Haven and Home, 2. This website, 3. Jamie Meares (i suwanee), 4. As Is Home, 5. This Website, 6. Jenny Komenda (Little Green Notebook), 7. Interior Designway, 8. Everything Fab, 9.  House of Smiths, 10. Decorista.}

Living Room Update

Thank you all so much for all of your kind comments on yesterday’s post.   You are all so sweet.  They made my week! 

Today, I am sharing recent updates to my living room.  This is a strange room in the front of our house that doesn’t get used much, but hopefully that will change.  When we first moved in, I used it as my office, but after Clare arrived and she spent half of the day downstairs with the baby-sitter, I knew this wasn’t going to work.

{I can’t believe I found this picture!  It’s c.2006 and way pre-blog.  Do you spy the old-school blue blackberry on the right side of the desk?} 

 Since Clare came along, it’s been a “living room” filled with a random assortment of orphan items that didn’t really flow together, including that fair isle rug.  I can’t find a picture of the living room set-up, and didn’t even want to take a “before” shot!  I am hoping to turn it into more of a “Mom Cave”  and use it for reading and chatting on the phone away from the hubbub of the rest of the house.  🙂  Sounds luxurious, right? 

For my birthday in May, my husband got me the gorgeous “Blues Comes Through” print by Alice Dalton Brown pictured below (that I have been coveting for a while and blogged about in August of last year).  The old decor clashed with my beloved print.

Based on what I already have, I am going with a color palate of light blue, yellow, white and seagrass.

So far, I have updated the room with Ballard Designs’ Seagrass Rug and replaced the old pillow covers with the light blue Jute Braid Pillow Covers from Pottery Barn.     

I like how the long, rectangular rug makes the room appear bigger.  The previous rug (a 5 foot circular rug above) made the room appear much smaller. 

I replaced a red/white/green framed Georgia O’Keefe poster with this framed illustration from our family room.  And I already had these pillows from Target (which are ubiquitous in the blog world!) and the throw blanket from West Elm, which was also in the family room.

In the short term, I would like to: 1. replace the dark blue pillows on the long couch with a pair of these:

ONE new 18x18 multi color, red, turquoise, green, gold, ikat, medallion, pillow cover, throw pillow,  decorative pillow SHIPS WITHIN 24 hrs

2. Purchase a small and light coffee table, preferably thrifted, but I also like the look of this one from CB2:

and 3. Style the bookcase with some interesting and fun pieces and books. 

Longer term, I would like to replace the end tables with some that add some  height to either side of the long couch.  I would also love to add a fun chandelier or lantern and some airy, flowy curtain panels. 

I am resisting the strong urge to make this room too beachy or coastal, which would be easy to do given its colors and current elements.  However, I don’t live at the beach or in a coastal town and that decor would NOT match with the rest of the house, so I am staying away from seashells, capiz, coral, etc.!

So what do you think?  Any good ideas for me?

Next up, I will share an update on one of my New Years Design Resolutions!