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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

bookshelves, again

Yes, I spent another weekend pretending that Cover and Jeff's new house was MY new house...

They are getting a painter to redo the trim and bookshelves in a nice white - so imagine the new color that it'll be in a few weeks...

I don't have a great before picture, (nor a great after picture.. yet to come) but basically it was a huge hodgepodge of all of her books.  A little refined editing out of the ones that I didn't like the spine color (haha), and a shopping trip to get some great new books, and voila!

haha don't you know that the Henry Kissinger book on foreign policy crises was Cover's top pick...

how pretty!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

a velvet persuasion

visiting lil sis this weekend was eye-opening!  who knew her little 2-bedroom townhouse held the masses of treasures that it did to fill a significant portion of the new home!!!

we had a combined Happy Birthday Chris party with a housewarming on Saturday night - and with my mom and aunt unpacking and arranging all week, together with Bernie and Deb's handiness around the house - it looked amazing!

even though they have some great amazing furniture  - jeff and cover are still searching for a few key pieces to fit in with their new decor.  I am trying to convince Cover to get a tufted velvet chaise or settee for the sitting space in their bedroom, or for a sitting area in their massive office.  As much as I'm a huge fan of greige - some color is needed...

the original inspiration, from Lauren Liess of Pure Style Home:

here are some other inspirations:

my good friend Allison's house

oh my I love this one and was extremely sad to find that the $495 pricetag was for a rental... at Bridge Furniture and Props

I'll be on the search for some pillows for myself in the meantime...

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Dumpster diving

I'm not too pretentious to hide my frugality.  I'm always on the hunt for another treasure or good find.  And I found it .. on my street .. literally.  My first DumpsterDive!!  haha but I was too nervous to just take something that's not mine... so I knocked first! And here we have it... in perfect condition, a 6 x 9' jute rug.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

home improvement anxiety

Last weekend I spend 20+ hours between Friday night and Sunday night doing a little DIY weekend... self torture intended initially to encourage and inspire Jimmy to start volunteering to be so proactive as to want to help strip paint. 

it ended up involving wayyyy too much solo time (he got stuck at work conveniently) looking straight up while I fixed cracks, primed, and painted a ceiling, + 3 rooms-worth of flaking paint removal and trim painting, + a staircase update.  what in the world was I thinking, and was it my mother, or maybe my mother-in-law, that I thought I needed to impress?  "were are you going to find your charm without a little crack here and there?" should've been my mantra and I could've avoided all the nonsense.

yes, that is the edge of a moustache left over from our awesome Mexifest stuck on the fridge.  i can't part with it

On to the meat of the subject: our staircase to the basement, which can seem quite daunting..that is, until we added our sick rumble strips!  {grrrrrrr!}  Jimmy's taken measurements for new handrails on either side too.

Piper was more than a little anxious about the new black enemy invaders on her steps though, and each trip to the basement now requires our coaxing from the bottom of the stairs! ha.

 obviously i never obtain tremendous amounts of entertainment from my neurotic 75 pound canine.  i'm not laughing at your five-minute descent into the wonderful world of the basement, Piper, i'm just not that cruel.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

copycat art

followup from my rendezvous with the craft den
i don't make art, i copy it
maybe one day i'll have either a true creative spark or enough money to buy the originals ;)

Heidi Malott

Monday, June 27, 2011

a few little fleurs for you

can you believe i got these at a grocery for just $4.50??  i love love love them and hope they never die.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

mmmm... books

it's no big secret that a stack of good books will perk up a lonely corner or table.  but i really can't pretend to give any sort of design tips as i would really just be subliminally echoing someone else or some other blog i've read in the past.

but of late my already-present book-obsession has taken too a new height.  forget kindles!  phooey! who wants all electronic when you could actually see all the books you've read and reminisce??  or just use them to displace your husband's piles and piles of ugly books...

all my little piles scattered around the house.  i just hate that i've only actually read about half of these books!

now.. as you can see, my husband has almost completely taken over our all-too-functional bookshelves in the office! wow, yes, that is a model of a pelvis up top on display.  he was soooo proud the day he brought that home.

as you may have seen in the previous post - i just went to hotlanta to stay with mary and norah (two adorable sisters who live together and have the cutest apartment!) and visit with angie and drew too...  well norah and mary share the reading obsession with me... see on Goodreads... but norah has taken it to an all new level.  piles and piles of amazon finds below!  constant goodreads updates!  great recommendations!

so in spirit, i bought three new ones myself on amazon the other day - two of the three in hardback to look nice on the shelves i hope to completely take back over one day!  see all my new good ones--  soon to add to the collection: The Book Thief - sure to be a hit

Saturday, June 18, 2011


traveled to Hotlanta to stay with my girls Angela and Mary and while there see Chelsea Handler... (a 'sick' cancellation - very disappointed in her); and happened to be the weekend of Scott's!

 Angela, Mary, *new fiance Drew!*, and myself

had never been before but I racked up - i even secretly went again on my way back to Birmingham on Sunday...

new lamp!

new flower vase!

ahhh! I finally found a fabulous chair to replace my old blue one!
from the trees now blooming in our yard

a little knickknack for the table!
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