Monday, October 27, 2014

Weekend Recap

How was your weekend? Mine was really great. It was one of those calm, get-a-lot-done weekends -- I loved it. The weather was perfection, too. I got to exercise both Saturday and Sunday outside, and spend lots of time with Max and Mika. 

This time of year, I just want to cook, do little projects around the house and enjoy the weather. This coming weekend will be the Chomp n Stomp here in Cabbagetown, as well as Halloween, so there will be a lot going on. It was nice to be able to hang out around the house a lot this weekend, since next weekend will be busy. Last Friday, we were able to pick up our new sofa from west elm! Full post on that whole process coming soon. I will have a little sneak peek for you guys today, though. We love the new sofa. It's so nice to have a comfy sofa to hang out on in the living room. Before, we found ourselves always hanging out upstairs in our room, since the couch was so uncomfortable downstairs. 

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I picked up this big jar at Pottery Barn on sale over the weekend. I had to go to the mall to get some wallflower plug ins (I love them around fall and Christmastime), and stopped in randomly. I got that fake candle (it looks realer in real life than it does in this photo) at World Market this weekend, too. It has a timer on it, where it will stay on for 5 hours then automatically turn off. If you put it on the timer setting, it comes on at the same time every day. I have it set for about 5:30 and then it goes off at 10:30. So nice! I like it.

I also picked up the baby white pumpkins at Trader Joe's... I always get a few this time of year. They were a little too yellowish, but that's ok.

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here's a peek at the couch! I have since removed that green pillow. (I just had to say that since I don't like it there, haha) Loving it! Of course Max sat on it before we even had it assembled. He's a fan, too.

I made this kale Caesar salad last night, along with some alfredo pasta. The krispy baked chickpeas are to replace the croutons in a traditional Caesar salad (I LOVE caesar salad - I eat it a few times  a week, actually) and make it a little healthier. You have to take the 'skin' off of each chickpea (one can). It took about ten minutes, but they are delicious! A great alternative. I'm looking forward to eating the leftover ones in my salads this week. I made a homemade caesar dressing too (the one in the recipe) and it was really great. Might have to start doing that more often. 

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Here is what it looks like (I never snapped a pic of mine, but this is from Designer Handbags and Dirty Diapers. She makes the best meals and dishes. I have used her recipes several times!)

Like I said before, next weekend is the Chomp n Stomp here in Cabbagetown. It's an annual chili cook off and road race. In reverse order than that ;)

It's always a blast - very crowded. My friend is entering his chili into the cook off and I made him this sign for his booth over the weekend:

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I rolled up my window shades this weekend too - still loving the Roman shades I had made for our bathroom.

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and I found a fiddle leaf fig at Home Depot that is about 6' tall! Yesssss...
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the full grown ones are so pretty. I made a new pot for it over the weekend, don't worry. I'll share that soon.

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!