Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Holly's Renos

I pretty much never post about other things I see around the internet... I guess I figure there is enough of that going around. However, I had to share about Holly's renos over at In The Fun Lane. Do you guys read her blog? I started reading it years ago, just to see what creative projects she was up to (she's fiercely creative), but more recently she and her dad have been taking on "house flipping" projects up in Canada. She has an amazing eye, and a similar aesthetic to what I love - traditional, with a hint of modern and a touch of crazy ;) (however my crazy is more intense than her's - she mostly sticks to whites and grays!) I believe I already mentioned this, but I am now assisting Christopher (Who built our house and a few others in our neighborhood, which is Reynoldstown incase and of you ATL folks were wondering) with finish selections for his new HUGE project that is in the works. I am basically creating a package of fixtures for clients to select. So, seeing other inspirational projects similar to what I was doing is fun. I'm enjoying expanding my horizons a bit... a little design work here and there is a nice change of pace. 

Anyway, onto Holly's current project, which I love.

The house used to look like this: 

Then they painted it:

 already looking 100 times better! 

And check out the inside...

Dark wood paneling always makes the best "before" picture, doesn't it? Fluorescent lights really seal the deal ;)

they gutted the kitchen and removed some walls.

and also tore out this wood panel wall (though the old wood pass thru details are kind of cool!)

and this is the living room now!

I adore this fireplace.. midcentury modern white painted brick. Exactly what I wish we had. If there is one thing that we both would've added to this house, it's a fireplace. and i LOVE the long bright in the MCM houses.

And, for the kitchen:

freakin love the gray textured subway tile

also love these doors and the trim detail:

This house isn't done, but it's going to be amazing. Holly stages the houses with furniture too, and they seem to sell in record time. Pretty awesome. You can go HERE to check out more of her flips. 

now who wants to go into the flipping business with me?!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Back From Vacation

It seems like I've taken a lot of vacations this summer... but the last one happened last week. I went to the beach four times this year... wow. Fun times, though.

My mom and my stepdad go to Panama City Beach (my family always went there too, since I was a little girl) every October for the entire month. My stepbrother, his wife, his two children and myself always go for a week or so to visit (none of the other family members can ever seem to get off work this time of year). We had a great trip! I am happy to be home and back to work, though. 

I thought I'd share some photos from the trip, before I head out the door to go paint for the day.

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They stay on the 19th floor of the condo... hiiiiiiiigh up! We had two stormy days, and I took this photo on one of them. Reminds me of a Gray Malin photo... in fact, I wish I could get it blown up! It's just an iPhone photo, though. The ocean turned the craziest shades of emerald green and dark blue... really pretty. My sister in law and I sat out on the porch and watched the storm come in -- gorgeous. 

in fact, here's a cool photo of the storm coming in:
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After the big storms left, we went out when it was not raining and did some beach drawing. :) I drew sea creatures and Brailey joined me.

And here's a photo of the pretty ocean on a sunny day...

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insanely gorgeous water - looked like we were in the bahamas. 

After 8 days at the beach (a long time!!), it was nice to get back home on Friday, into the swing of things. I love home. 

Yesterday morning, i took a photo of my new favorite sugar spoons I got off of etsy...

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I love them. 

(it's the little things)

and you know I was happy to see Jordan, Mika and this guy:

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hilarious photo. He was sitting like that yesterday.

west elm picked up our couch a week ago Friday, so we are waiting for the store credit to come in. This has been a crazy long process! :/

Hopefully it comes in soon, so we can order the new couch. We had some friends over Friday evening and it's kind of funny to have no couch.... just lots of chairs. I'm not sure why a couch feels necessary, but it seems weird not to have one. On the upside, Max is really enjoying the new rug, and using it as his large personal bed. ha.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Art In Progress...

I thought I would check in this morning, and show you guys some art that I am working for for a client down in FL. 

First, is this watercolor painting...

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Shades of purple and plum. It's actually wet here - so a little wrinkled. I'll iron it out when I get home, before shipping. It's really large scale, around 50" by 35"--it'll make an impact in the room!  It'll be professionally framed - I can't wait to see it installed. I'll make sure to share the photos here.

The other painting I've been working on for the same client, is this one:

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But, it's been through a few transformations and actually doesn't look like this now! Ha. It's similar, but not exact. I still have to lighten it up a little bit, but I think it's close to being done. It's really big too - 45 by 45". 

You can actually see the first rendition of the purple watercolor color painting in the background here... I did a practice round, and decided I needed to make the circles larger and less tangly. Maybe I'll list that first one on etsy!

Monday, October 13, 2014

West Elm Rug and Coffee Table

I'm down to the beach with family this week, but thought I would check in and show you guys my new coffee table and rug that came in last week, before I left. 

It was a crazy day - after ordering this rug Sept 10, I thought it wasn't going to come in until the end of November. Last Wednesday, it surprisingly came in early. I also ordered the coffee table on Tuesday, from the store. I got a phone call Wednesday that it was in already. So Wednesday was a busy and exciting day. 

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It's the Reeve Midcentury table. I ordered it in-store, because there was a $30 delivery surcharge, plus shipping, so it saved me about $100 to pick up from the store. The only glitch, was that there was a wooden shipping crate around the marble top, which made it really difficult to open the package. I literally was sweating after 45 minutes of trying to pry open the shipping crate. Kind of crazy! I wonder if anyone else has had to deal with this. The employees at the store were surprised to see the crate around it, but said that west elm probably did this as a new way to prevent the marble from being cracked (which was apparently an issue in the past). They should, however (in my opinion), remove the crates before customers pick up the pieces. I was afraid I was going to crack the marble myself, just trying to use a hammer to pry open the shipping crate. And, yes, the hammer was recommended to me by a store employee. Anyway, I finally got it off, assembled the table, and I love it. It's taller than the CB2 acrylic waterfall table we did have (I sold it on Craigslist), so that makes it more comfortable for life.

I really love the rug, too!

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Please ignore the design and pieces in the living room now. Its not terrible, but I am certainly in a transition time with this room! Too many arrows and triangles right now -- I'll remove some of that stuff when I get home from the beach.

It's the Kasbah shag rug in 8x10.  It was apparently backordered, but came in earlier. I noticed that the price jumped up too, since I ordered it. Must be popular! I love how it feels underfoot, and the abstract design on it. I also was choosing carefully, since Max tends to like to chew on rugs. This one doesn't have any nubby characteristics (a max-fav for chewing), or tassels or loose pieces. So far, all he does it lay around on it, like it's one giant bed. It's a little creamier in person, than it seems to be online, but I am ok with it, since we have white-white walls.

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(I love the marble top!)

AND! also exciting: west elm picked up our sofa last Friday, so that we can be refunded and buy a new one. I believe we are going to order this one:

hopefully the sectional part will be extra cozy, and the pillows on this one are nice and firm. 

Yes, our living room is like a west elm showroom right now - I'll fix that with the accessories that I will change out when I get everything in order!