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New Year’s Resolution Update

Eight months ago, I set out six design resolutions for myself in 2011.  One of many things on my to-do list was a facelift for our entry hall.  As a reminder, here is the BEFORE:

 

And now, still in progress and revealing my brand-spanking-new, shiny lucite console that arrived at my doorstep yesterday, is the ALMOST AFTER:

As you can see, I replaced the unsightly mustard yellow curtain at the end of the hallway with new French doors, changed out the runner and added the currently bare, but still beautiful-to-me, console.

Remember my first attempt at the console?  Although it was too deep and too tall and too clunky for the space, I still miss this glossy gal:

Here is a close-up of the French doors that my husband labored over after some serious nagging encouragement from me.  We ordered the doors from a local outfit that we love – Pleasant’s Hardware.  The doors came primed, but not painted, and they fit a little too perfectly — the doors were so snug that we couldn’t open and close them.  My husband pulled out some magic with a saw and sander and voila!  The knobs are temporary until I can find some that I really love.  We decided on frosted glass to hide this:

Which will likely be on the design resolution list for 2012!  🙂

I have four more months to:

  1. Style the console;
  2. Find a cheap the perfect piece of art for the long bare wall across from the laundry room; and
  3. Maybe paint the back of the front door an interesting color.

Think I can do it?  Stay tuned!

 

 

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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!

{Quick} Lucite Inspiration

Remember this post about pairing this rug:

with this console:

in my front hall?

Well, I started thinking about how I could style the console because there are no outlets on the wall behind where it would sit, so lamps are out.  Plus, because the table is clear, the wires would have been ugly anyway. 

I came across these two images (with no lamps).  I fell in love with the styling.  Notice how the invisible lucite allows the items on the wall behind the console to extend below the tabletop.  Peekaboo!

{Domino Magazine}

{via Style at Home}

I am kicking around mirrors on the wall, a colorful tray with some succulent greenery on the console, and maybe some stools from the thrift store re-upholstered in a fun fabric to sit underneath the table.  What do you think? 

I promise to keep you posted!

Buy This, Not That — Accent Tables

Welcome to the Accent Table edition of Buy This, Not That!  I found some good bargains on almost identical tables — see if you can tell some of them apart! 

LOVE THIS?

gumpsgarden

[Garden Stool, Gumps, $275]

BUY THIS!

wistgardenstool

[Chinese Garden Stool, Wisteria, $129]

LOVE THIS?

cbacrylic

[Vista Console, Crate and Barrel, $599]

BUY THIS!

cb2console

[Peekaboo Clear Console, CB2, $349]

LOVE THIS?

napatable 

[Old Vine Round Side Table, Napa Style, $994]

BUY THIS!

 

cbwoodtable

[Driftwood End Table, Crate and Barrel, $399]

LOVE THIS?

wistconsole2[Treasured Sage Chinese Console, Wisteria, $849]

BUY THIS!

p1console

[Manet Console Table, Pier 1 Imports, $249]

LOVE THIS?

unica

[Alessi Blow Up Table, Unica Home, $399]

BUY THIS!

geotable

[Geo Side Table, West Elm, $199]

LOVE THIS?

wistside

[Venetian Bamboo Leg Table, Wisteria, $399]

BUY THIS!

wistside2

[Venetian Cigarette Table, Wisteria, $199]

LOVE THIS?

westump

[Natural Tree-Stump Side Table (19″), West Elm, $229]

BUY THIS!

pbstump

[Rustic Wood Accent Table (18″), Pottery Barn, $199]

Happy Bargain Hunting!

Buy This, Not That — Home Office Edition!

Welcome to the 6th Edition of Buy This, Not That!  I am re-accessorizing my home office with a new chair, shelves and an inspiration board or two, and found some really great stuff out there for your bill-paying, thank-you-note-writing, internet-surfing haven.  Enjoy!

LOVE THIS?

wshdesk 

[Mason Glass Top Desk, Williams Sonoma Home, $1,250 + $160 shipping = $1,410]

BUY THIS!

wedesk 

[Sawhorse Work Table, West Elm, $449]

OR THIS!

ikeadesk

[Vika Table, Ikea, $109.99]

LOVE THIS?

 

StudioOfficeChair

[Studio Office Chair, CB2, $189.99]

BUY THIS!

tcschair

[Bungee Office Chair, The Container Store, $139]

LOVE THIS WASTEBASKET?

wewate

[Iron Wire Wastebasket, West Elm,  $29]

BUY THIS!

cswaste 

[Masai Wire Wastebasket, Container Store, $12.99]

LOVE THIS?

rhbookends

[Eiffel Tower Bookends, Restoration Hardware, $69.99]

BUY THIS!

ballardbookend

[Eiffel Tower Doorstop & Bookend, Ballard Designs, $14.99 each]

LOVE THIS DESK?

weparsons 

[Parsons Desk with Drawers, West Elm, $329.99 (comes in white too)]

BUY THIS!

overstockdesk

[Student Desk, Overstock, $149.99]

LOVE THIS TALL BOOKCASE?

webookcase

[Rolling Storage, West Elm, $599]

BUY THIS!

ikeabookcase

[Expedit Bookcase, Ikea, $159]

LOVE THIS?

horchowboard

[Personalized Magnetic Bulletin Board, Horchow, $65]

BUY THIS!

TCSboard

[Brocade Magnetic Bulletin Board, Container Store, $39.99]

Happy Bargain Hunting!

Buy This, Not That — Mirrors!

LOVE THIS?

gumpssun

[Argentum Mirror, Gumps, $1,495]

BUY THIS!

horchowsun

[Sunburst Mirror, Horchow, $270 + $70 shipping = $340]

OR THIS!

targetsun[Gold Sunburst Mirror, Target, $69.99]

LOVE THIS?

horchowmirror

[Window Mirror, Horchow, $340]

BUY THIS!

ballardmirror

[Montego Mirror, Ballard Designs, $119]

LOVE THIS?

westelmmirror

[Essex Mirror, West Elm, $299]

BUY THIS!

cb2mirror

[Perspective Mirror, CB2, $149]

LOVE THIS?

vivremirror[Large Shell Mirror, Vivre, $1,250 + $150 shipping = $1,400]

BUY THIS!

wisteriamirror

[Oyster Mirror, Wisteria, $339.15]

LOVE THIS?

anthromirror[Angels and Orbs Mirror, Anthropologie, $648]

BUY THIS!

ballardmirror

[Octagonal Border Mirror, Ballard Designs, $299]

OR THIS!

wmmirror

[Clover Mirror, World Market, $39.99]

LOVE THIS?

horchowvenetian

[Venetian Style Mirror, Horchow, $1,195 +$165 in shipping = $1,360]

BUY THIS!

slmirror[Venetian Mirror, Serena and Lily, $450 + $15 shipping = $465]

OR THIS!

wisteriavenetian[Venetian Glass Mirror, Wisteria, $189]

Happy Bargain Hunting!

More Photos of My New Flame….

You all know about my recent passion for the bright, amber-hued color sandwiched between red and yellow on the color wheel.  Gorgeous orange has been catching my eye all over the place.  I just added two orange picture frames to my spartan mantle and they really pop!  Check out how this color has been striking my fancy lately….

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I am in LOVE!

1. Rattan Floor Screen, Layla Grace

2. Tie Dye Pillow, CB2

3. Moorish Chest, Wisteria

4. Printed Scroll Outdoor Pillow, Williams Sonoma Home

5. Orange Ovals Mug, Starbucks

6. Panton Junior (kids chair), Design Within Reach

7. Classical Symmetry Print, Crate and Barrel

8. Isola Bella Rug, Anthropologie

9. Apostrophe Chair and Ottoman, Urban Outfitters

10. Spiral Rimmed Plate, Crate and Barrel

11. Atlas Tapestry, Urban Outfitters

12. Chihuly Chandelier, Chihuly