Thursday, August 21, 2014

High Five Almost Friday

It's almost the weekend and I have a few moments to pop in. I have been working from home this week on a project for my day job that will make me glad when it's over, and shepherding children to the orthodontist and middle school orientation and H&M for new clothes. Good times. Good, expensive times.... 

Makers & Doers Festival

1. Makers & Doers
If you are in Michigan at the end of September, consider spending a day in the country at the Makers & Doers festival. It's in Davisburg, about an hour from East Lansing, in northern Oakland County. Get an antique appraised on Sunday, raise a glass from the Drunken Goat, practice some yoga, learn to can & preserve, and shop for unique gifts. Visit their website for more information. Oh, and Sarah Macklem of the Yellow Cape Cod will be there! NBD. She provides interior design for real people, like this design board below.

via The Yellow Cape Cod
Isn't that rug fabby?? It's from Home Decorator's Collection and not badly priced. I think my love of rugs probably originated with this story. Rugs are just so magical, aren't they?!

2. Your Organized Space
A mom in my community has a personal organization business (in fact, she is the mom who provided me with a TON of boxes and packing materials last fall for our big move) and she has been sharing client progress on her Facebook page here

It's perfect timing for the rush of back-to-school. She shared images this week of an organized mudroom that includes a bench with shoe storage beneath. I've been eye-ing these from Pottery Barn (neither of which is part of the 40% off entryway event that ends next Wednesday--bummer)

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn
Not that I am 100% sure you could sit on the second one as a bench, but I do love the look.

Susie Bettenhausen

3. Art to Make My Soul Soar
Did you see the Pink Pagoda's post about Susie Bettenhausen's art this week? Including the special 40% off coupon code?!? I am totally in love with the colors this artist uses and her laidback, soulful philosophy about life. Plus, 40% off. I mean, come on! That cannot be beat.

Benjamin Vandiver via Coleen & Company

4. Collab with Coleen
Coleen Rider posted a photo on her IG feed this morning of a room that Benjamin Vandiver designed, using one of her stunning light fixtures. If I had all the money in the world, I'd have lots of her fixtures in my home. She also says that Vandiver is one to watch, which is sort of what I said here. Are you digging the wallpaper, pillow-full banquette, and mid-century chairs? I am. Of course!
Coleen & Company

Natalie Morales on One Kings Lane

5. Girl Crush
Raise your hand if you wish Natalie Morales was your BFF. Have you seen her home in the stylemaker issue of BHG yet? I'm saving the magazine for when my project is done (and maybe wedding thank-yous...Reward system.) Anyway, you can shop her style on One Kings Lane for the next 25 days! Of course, the best stuff always goes quickly so do not procrastinate. 

Natalie Morales on One Kings Lane

Are you not sure what One Kings Lane is yet? It's my favorite flash sale shopping site--when you join through my invitation and make a purchase, I get $15 and then I can get this handy dandy blue tray. :)

One Kings Lane

It costs only $19, although there are some items on their site that cost significantly more like the waterfall pink console Albertina mentioned today. Gah! Gorgeousness!

What do you have planned for your weekend? Fingers crossed that our weekend will include some minor demolition!!! 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Beam Me Up

Life can be a bitch or a beach, and I think a lot of it has to do with the story we tell ourselves. 

We can wallow in the shitty things that happen in life or we can try, try, try to find something positive, something for which to be grateful.

In fact, that idea of re-framing the situation and telling ourselves a story about it was something that I read about on NPR last year. I can't find the link to the story now. But while I was searching through my Facebook profile for it, I stumbled upon hundreds of messages from friends wishing me a happy birthday and congratulating us on our wedding. I saw photos and videos of my kids. There were funny jokes, and there were pictures that reminded me I am part of a community of really nice people. 
Life is good when I take the time to appreciate it. Our society is as addicted to talking about our problems as we are to constantly checking our smart phones. But maybe if we all start telling ourselves the story of how good things are we can rise above the problems? Maybe our zest for living can become a beacon shining out to others on a dark road???

Anyway, enough deep thoughts for after lunch on a Thursday. How about some design inspiration. Yes? Our house has dark beams and white ceilings on the living room level so I've been loving rooms that incorporate this look.

First, there's the home of today's birthday girl Mila Kunis


She has a very open floor plan. 


Does it seem weird that the dining room is not next to the kitchen? I'm sure it makes sense in the space.

Next up is Camille Styles, who has beams all over her house including her bedroom, shown below. 

Camille Styles

Today I saw this kitchen with dark beams, white walls, and blonde flooring. And it's inspiring my thoughts about our kitchen remodel.

Decorpad via Simple Details
And check out Trillium, one of the 2014 Street of Dreams homes designed by Garrison Hullinger.

Garrison Hullinger
Garrison Hullinger

Are you a fan of dark beams and white ceilings yet? What story are you telling yourself about your life??

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wednesday Want-Its

I had the most amazing dream last night about getting three red patterned rugs. They were the wrong size (only 6 feet long) but I was going to layer them. I think one was an animal print, one was a kilim, and one was a traditional pattern. So so so awesome. But I guess you have to love design to get that excited about free rugs.

There was this post on Monday that totally resonated with me. But I guess I'm a dreamer. Who likes stuff. And likes to share my fun finds with others. Because here we are two days later with the Wednesday want-its.


Like this outdoor fireplace. For a minute we were talking about buying one at my house. I found this enclosed version from Bed, Bath & Beyond. I think it would be awesome for sitting around on a chilly fall evening, sipping a glass of Merlot, talking about the day...

By October this book will be available, and I cannot wait! Becky Bloomwood gets my love of shopping.

Sadly, I think we should have planted pumpkin seeds quite awhile ago if we were hoping for a crop this October. Next year, for sure.

via Clean Mama

There IS still time to create this cute homework caddy, though. My kids don't go back to school until after Labor Day. 

These fresh tea towels from Etsy would help me hang onto summer a bit longer. Don't the colors just scream "summer"??

And a turntable to rock all my cares away. Did you know that Amazon has vinyl? I did not.

Anyway, in real life I am so lucky to be blessed by the kindness of friends. I really truly have more than I could ever want. And I hope you do too! :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Kitchen Come-Along

via House Beautiful

This is the image I have set as the background on my desktop this week. I love the stainless steel appliances, and the greyish green of the cabinets is a perennial favorite of mine. 

Loving design like I do, I didn't realize everyone in the world didn't know about wall ovens until I was talking about our current kitchen with some friends from work. This kitchen uses one well. We have a wall oven but it stopped working in late spring. We also do not have a dishwasher. Which has been pretty much an invitation to re-design our kitchen!

Last night my husband and I went on a date in our pajamas to shop the family & friends sale at Sears. We used ebates to get 6% back on our purchase. Cha-ching!

It turns out I am actually somewhat fussy about what I like. Some of the ranges were rejected because the back was curved or I didn't like the handles. Yet, in the end, it really came down to price. I would have loved some swanky wall ovens or a big industrial-looking gas range, but those choices would have cost at least as much as the total budget for appliances. Not only do I not want to go into debt for a new kitchen, I also don't want to use all of the money we have saved.

The appliances won't be delivered for about three weeks, which is fine because we have a lot of work to do in the meantime. Tell me: what are your kitchen must-haves?


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