Friday, February 27, 2015

High Five Over Winter Friday

It's Friday. This week I feel like we have reached a finish line that I need to drag myself across. Do you feel that way too? I have a hunch that it's related to being stuck indoors too much, faced with a landscape that resembles the cold, dead surface of Mars. But, hey the weekend HAS to be better, right??? After all, it's the weekend!

Here are a few things that were exciting enough to share, otherwise known as my Friday High Five.

1. Awesome Art & Nature
I mentioned this in last week's post, too: feelings of awe can prevent disease. What I didn't realize, though, is that there can be many different sources for awe including art, God, and nature (and possibly really pretty rooms??). This is a quick read for a better life.

2. Spring Dress
Ann Taylor
I'm on the hunt for a spring dress or two. Why must it be so hard to find something that is stylish yet respectable? Grrrrr. This perfectly-pastel boiled wool dress is out of stock, which is a major bummer because it would have been a great work/Easter dress. But that dress everyone is talking about? I only see white and gold.

3. Girly Rooms
Redecorating my daughter's room has been forefront in my mind and I'm thrilled by the ideas these three ladies have shared of their own daughter's rooms: Cassie, Bethany, and Kristin.

4. Great Read
Station Eleven looks like a great post-apocalyptic story, set along the shores of Lake Michigan. The Michigan Humanities Council just announced it as their Great Michigan Read for 2015.

5. Best of the Nest

Some of my favorite bloggers are hosting their monthly Best of the Nest series. Check out Kris, Pam, and the rest to see all of the great submissions. I am including my room-switcheroo there, too.

Happy weekend! (Die, winter, die! :)
xoxo ~Carrie

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Symmetry: Chairs

One of the easiest ways to add symmetry to your room design is by adding a pair of something.

I especially like chairs.

A pair of chairs can be a great way to inject some fun pattern in an otherwise neutral room.

La Dolce Vita

Or, a way to add some excitement and interest with color.

A sofa of canary yellow or chartreuse might feel overwhelming, but a pair of chairs in those colors is just right.

via Carla Aston

A pair of chairs can be a great way to inject some luxurious texture like this pair of velvet chairs.


My wished-for-style lately for my own house has been the swivel bucket chair, "the chair that gives you a hug." I love that a pair was used in the Modernism Showhouse in Palm Springs recently!

To create this look in your own room is simple: just buy two instead of one. Easy peasy!

Last night I popped onto our local Craig's List to check out the furniture, and found these beauties.

It was as if the sky opened up and angels sang...

"Beautiful, like new two matching high quality barrel back chairs that swivel 360 degrees. Recently professionally reupholstered and show virtually no wear. Will fit into various decor and are very comfortable. Been in a older, single, non smoking, no pet, persons home. Amazing opportunity to obtain these chairs at a very reasonable price of $150 each or best offer. Must be seen in person to fully appreciate their quality and beauty. Thanks for looking. Can assist with delivery. Please phone call only."


A close-up on the fabric and upholstery.

I'm not a fan of the ruching (a French term which means to gather, ruffle, or pleat) on the back of the seat, which makes it feel a bit dated. But the large scale floral pattern is pretty and I am in love with that teal base color.

How much would you offer for these beauties? Or, do you feel that swivel chairs should be left in the 80s??

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Oscar Spoilers

Did you all get a chance to watch the Oscars? This was the first year in at least a decade that I was really into it, despite not having seen any of the Best Picture nominees (my daughter was rooting for Big Hero 6 in the animation category, and hooray, it won!).

I had to DVR the show, and even at this point--Tuesday morning--we still have not found out who the winners are in the major categories. I am hoping that this was Bradley Cooper's year for Best Actor; he's been nominated for the past three years, and his performance in Silver Linings Playbook was awesome.

Avoiding the news yesterday was a challenge! But it did help with a new resolution to stay offline until I get to the office.

I am more excited than ever, though, to watch movies, despite what this article may have to say about it.

Because there are the muted colors of The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Plus the gorgeous outfit of the woman who won for best costumes, Milena Canonero (on the right). Sequins! Plus red shoes!

The best-supporting acting in Whiplash and Boyhood, both of which look like movies my middle-school-aged son might enjoy, and the speeches by the winners, were pure gold.

The many, many foreign films. Full list of nominees here.

And Birdman, because in this article, it was the film whose d├ęcor most resonated with me.

 It was cited as being a great mix of high and low. Isn't this green sofa stunning?


The Lonely Island/Teagan & Sara performance of "Everything is Awesome" (watch here) was my favorite of the many great musical performances. Tim McGraw looks totally different, doesn't he? I haven't seen the Lady Gaga/Sound of Music tribute yet, but it was one of the few spoilers I read about yesterday.

Finally, did you know that the girl in 50 Shades of Gray is the daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson?? I did not, until the Oscars, but boy does it make me feel old. :)

Do you love rooms inspired by movies? What is your favorite movie based only on the sets or costumes?

Friday, February 20, 2015

High Five Freezing Friday

It is colder today in East Lansing than it is in Anchorage, Alaska. It is colder even than Antarctica. It is FREEZING!!! Perfect for catching up on my reading, otherwise known as the Friday High Five.

1. Oscar Night
I'm not sure that I've seen any of the movies nominated for Best Picture this year, but last weekend I finally watched Silver Linings Playbook, which turned out to be a great movie! If you are looking for a nice family movie I highly recommend Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Keep an eye out for Steph, the girl at the yoga class--she is from my hometown!

Glitter Guide
If you plan to watch the Oscars Sunday night, there is a fun printable and some great party tips on the Glitter Guide here. Domaine has decorating inspiration from this year's nominated films in this article.

2. Inspiration

Recent research shows that living in awe can help prevent diseases including Alzheimers. If you need some inspiration, how about this guy's story?? Then read more about Detroit here.

3. Coffee Table Styling


I've been looking forward to this one! Twelve amazing design bloggers sharing their cocktail table styling secrets. Check out Mary Ann, Emily, Rene, Carla, Karolyn and the rest via the links.

4. Eating Healthy
Martha Stewart Living

I'm going in for a physical later this morning, which has me thinking about how to live healthier. Martha has a day's worth of healthy recipes here that look pretty and tasty!

5. Saying Grace

I shared my design ideas for our dining room yesterday, and this morning found this article extolling the virtue of saying grace before meals.


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