Friday, August 29, 2014

Back to School High Five Friday

Tuesday is the day my kids go back to school, and the college students have taken over returned to our university town. Back-to-school season is upon us!

1. Fall Color
World Market
The pumpkin color of this chair's upholstery is making me feel fired up for fall. It's no longer available online, although the website shows my local World Market does have it in stock, and on sale. To get the look for less, consider some pillows in this color instead. I like this velvety one and this koi/persimmon colorblock option.

2. First Day of School Outfit

For the moms, I should add, since children can put together the most ridiculously mismatched outfit and still look adorable. 

I love how much this Jones New York dress reminds me of a Catholic school girl uniform, and with those bright blue stripes at the bottom! Hail Mary!!
Harper Bazaar
Tory Burch

I also like checking out the accessories from Tory Burch, not because I can afford any of it, but to get an idea of what's current and then try to replicate it with what I have. And can I just say--those crimson flowers in the photo above?! Gorgeous!

3. Recover from Summer

Summer is late nights, BBQ, and lots of sunshine for me so back-to-school is not just time to return to a more structured routine, it's also time to recover. I like these tips from beauty guru Tata Harper on how to get skincare back on track.


4. Shut the Front Door
Our front door always has a wreath on it, and I've been thinking about how to change it to reflect the new season. This giveaway has given me some good ideas. I also like the felt flowers on this one via Shelterness.

via Shelterness
5. A Real Peach

And nothing beats the taste of a real peach--fresh from the Farmers Market. Yum!!!

Do you have big Labor Day plans? I'm wearing all white and taking the kids to a baseball game.
Have a happy, safe holiday!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Growth and Design Dilemmas

I'm nearly finished with a BIG project at work that has tested me mentally. This project has made me work harder than I have in a long time. When I finally realized the discomfort was growth, it helped me to stop resisting and start appreciating the process. And it will result in a better, stronger product.

It also reinforced the idea that I do not want to write a book. Because don't all bloggers turn into authors nowadays?! No, what I really want to do is design rooms. My dream is to help people make their homes reflect a more stylish, functional version of their best self.

After I sent the last project email today, I discovered the Design Dilemma section of Houzz through Twitter (two programs I just really never use and know so little about).

This person wanted help choosing a wall color for her kitchen. I suggested Navajo White by Behr. It's a warm white with a yellowish base that would look great with her beautiful tile backsplash and granite counters.
This person wanted to know if she should add an area rug and maybe paint an accent wall. I said definitely to the area rug and suggested she pick one of the less dominant colors from the area rug for an accent wall behind the TV. I also commented that choosing a rug is like choosing art: it's very personal. You have to pick what you love.

This person wanted to know where to mount their TV. I disagreed with virtually everyone in the universe by saying yes to mounting the TV over the fireplace. It seems high but is actually nice because you recline more when watching. And trust me, folks, I watch some TV. I also disagreed without being disagreeable, and that is an artform I like to think I have nearly perfected.

Have you ever used Houzz for a design dilemma (or, to my blogger friends, solved any)? Want me to help YOU with a design dilemma?? It's what I live for!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dining Room Rambling

The blog has been silent but the power tools have NOT at the Cosy Carolina house!
via Instagram

We replaced the pinch-pleat drapes in our dining area with new wide-slat window blinds. The drapes were good quality but old and had seen better days. In the past, I've gotten my blinds and shades from JCP and been satisfied. However, this time we ordered them from Sweet Blinds on eBay. The price was a teensy bit more than the JCP sale price but the blinds fit our very large windows perfectly since they were custom-made from our measurements. The blinds are inside mounted so much more of the wood paneling on the walls is visible now that the heavy drapes are gone.

via Remodelista

My inspiration for the design of this area is actually a garden shed-turned-office from this former One Room Challenge linking party participant, who also just won Remodelista's Considered Design Award for Best Amateur Designed Office Space! See all of Caitlin's photos here. Isn't the room lovely?! It was one of my favorites in the ORC linkup. The dark gray walls, which look like a chalky black, against the cedar wall, and the vintage rugs layered over concrete totally hooked me. While I have the walls, I've been on the hunt for a perfect rug for this spot for what feels like forever.

My patience for a wool-blend rug with a blue base and red accents that doesn't cost more than the mortgage was finally rewarded with this enchantress. But, bad news strikes again. My husband doesn't like the look of it. Insert super sad face. While I still think this rug is absolutely perfect, it did occur to me that I'm happy we don't always see eye-to-eye on what's beautiful. 

For example, my doppelganger is Claire Forlani, the peevish looking actress who starred with Brad Pitt in Meet Joe Black. Whereas in high school at least, I always pretended to be Emily, the younger sister of actress/model Stephanie Seymour. You may remember her as the beautiful but tragic bride in the video for November Rain when she was Axl Rose's real life girlfriend.

I'm not the only one who had an alias when meeting out-of-town boys. Love, Betti is a treasure shop of antiques from many eras in Old Town Lansing, but the owner is not really named Betti. That's just what she told out-of-town boys when she was a teenager. Anyway, I'm hoping to get over to her shop this week, because rumor has it that she will be closing in September. 

And if that's not a douse of cold November Rain, guess who just finally got picked to do an ice bucket challenge?! You betcha!

So... do you have a doppelganger? My brother's has to be Woody Harrelson (have you watched True Detective yet? So creepy, so good! And have you seen Matthew McConaughey?? Totally agree with Bryan Cranston.) Did you have an alias when meeting out of town boys? Have you done the ice bucket challenge? Talk to me, people! :)

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!!! 


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