Friday, October 31, 2008

Top Design!

Anybody else out there lovin' some Top Design? 

I'm not normally a huge fan of reality TV, but I really like Project Runway and it's new little sister, Top Design.

The Projects! The Money! The famous interior designers! 

We are down to only three contestants now-- my favorite out of the 3 is definitely Preston (How is Nathan in the top 3?). Eddie Ross was eliminated this week, and as annoying as he was on the show, I kind of liked him. I mean, he works as a stylist for Martha Stewart, so come on. He was being nailed for being a "one trick pony," but I think it's just that he seems to have a certain style that he sticks to (given it is a very "Martha" look), and most designers do. You like what you like. Plus, he has a cute blog. 

Anyway, I'm kind of jumping on the Top Design bandwagon late, but I plan on watching the episodes that I missed on Hulu.com...I love seeing people like Jonathan Adler, Todd Oldham and Jeff Lewis all together! (How cute is Jonathan Adler in real life? I've been familiar with his work for a while, but never seen him!) Also, I know Kelly Wearstler is on sometimes too, and I can't wait to hear her critiques/see her cute outfits as well. Heaven!


Goodbye, Eddie! 



Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Book of Decorating




I really want this book...anyone want to buy it for me? 



I'm curious to see what's in there...I wonder how timeless the styles will be? domino always seems to be so trendy, but when I look at my magazines from around 2006 or so, I still feel like the styles apply to today's trends and fashions, so I'm curious to see how they will incorporate that into their book. All I know is that I would've loved to had this book to go by in more than one interior design class at Georgia State. Ugh. 


What do you think?



Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wall Decor

I love a good grouping of artwork/photos on the wall. And I'm not talkin' 'bout your basic interior designer placement of two on the right paired with two on the left, spaced by 6 inches. Or the stair step of photos going up to your children's bedrooms' on the wall. No, I'm talking about an artfully displayed grouping of items to fit in with said items' surroundings. 

I've noticed over the past couple of years that more and more designers have started to do "groupings" that complement the area that the pieces are placed, and I really like it. This way, things are not only placed on the wall for people to look at and admire, but they are placed in a way that makes you want to look closer. Here are some examples:


              

          


 
I like how the drawing and small painting in this photo are squeezed in -- so cozy!


And now, for my own wall:



And, just for kicks, I'm giving you the breakdown:

1. artwork from a thrift store. I always rescue artwork from thrift stores because I know that someone put a lot of time and effort into it at some point, so it makes me sad that anyone would give it away for free! Karma points for me. 

2. frame that only holds one photo on the bottom (it's us on our honeymoon, one of the few framed photos in our house), because I like the empty pink space above it (goes with the color scheme)

3. rough (unframed) artwork I made in college in a screenprinting class. It's a transfer of a horse with bright red ink filling the background. I think it says "neigh!" next to it. 

4. a drawing that Jordan's 5-year-old brother made for us. I think it's of their mom's house and them.

5. Another piece of art I made in college. It's a print of two horses that was made from an etching I did in a zinc plate.

6. a nude charcoal drawing from college; life drawing class. My favorite class I took. Ever.

7. the back of an empty frame. The back is more visually appealing to me since it's old and worn. I like it empty, too.

8. a "wing" that I recently got at a shop in Senoia, Georgia. My mommy got it for me. 

9. A framed postcard I did with watercolors. It says something, but it's kind of silly so I hung it upside down. 




Your thoughts? Do you prefer evenly spaced, balanced groupings, or do you like the mish-mash? Do tell!

Response Cards

Most of you know (because most of you were there!) that I drew and designed the invitations/response cards for mine and Jordan's wedding. They are by no means perfect, and there are certainly things that I would've tweaked (if I hadn't been such a procrastinator and done them last minute!), but they turned out lovely and they were a really special, personalized part of our wedding. 

I was so excited every time I received one of our little response postcards back in the mail. Since I hand-drew them, I think people were sometimes a little confused about how to check "yes" or "no", so it made for good entertainment when people would write in little messages or whatever. I have had them sitting in a box since our wedding this past March, but finally dragged them out last night to hang them on the wall so that I can see them all the time!


        



close up!



Also, our bedroom doesn't have a color scheme, per se, so I like how the purple in the "love" stamps matches the purple patterned pillow on our bed:



Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Show Yer Faces!

I have added a couple of new "gadgets" to the ol' blog -- one being the "followers" listing on the right-hand side. 

I talk to people that tell me they read my blog, but never actually comment. So, become a "follower"...you know you want to. I just want to know who's out there! That's all! Humor me! Please!

And, because I never like to post without having at least one picture...

My brother, Andy: 



ahhhhahahahahahahahahahaha!

and because I feel guilty posting a picture of one brother (I just recently found this treasure of a photo, btw) and not the other, here is my baby super-bad-to-the-bone-rockstar-other-brother, David:




ok bye. Next time I'll be more crafty/creative when posting. 



Monday, October 20, 2008

new treasures!

I have been on the hunt for more antique-looking chain for my jewelry pieces lately, so I decided instead of buying it off of the internet, I would get smart and just go to a couple of flea markets and see what I could find...
                            

Wahoo! I haven't been to this place in over a year, but I used to always find little treasures there, so I knew it'd be a good spot to hit. I was especially excited about the letter bracelet, because I can make words or use them for peoples' monograms. So cute! I also looooooove the little banjo and the pipe is a sweet little hairclip!

Also, check out the piece all the way to the left -- yes, that is a dog's head. Ahahahaha! YES! I got all this loot for $12. Score!

Stay tuned for what I make with all this stuff.............



Friday, October 17, 2008

Painting Floors

I'm just dying for someone to commission me to paint their floor.

I've had a few people ask me about it, but no one's really made the commitment (except my creative mom on her porch cement, which I'm excited about!).

Here are some great photos of some homes that have painted floors done juuuuust right, in my humble opinion:








These homes show that you can have painted floors without it being too much. It's almost like tilework or stained hardwoods...but the beauty of it is that it can transform beat-up, mistreated wooden floors into beautiful works of art. Wasn't that sentence poetic of me?



(all photos are from Sunny's Goodtime Paints)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Reupholstering!

I found this disgusting chair on the side of the road across from my house the other day.  I inspected it a little bit, and thought it had a nice look to it and that I may be able to have it reupholstered. After a little research, I found out that it would be at least $400 to have it reupholstered, plus the cost of the fabric. This wasn't the price range I was hoping for, so I decided to tackle the reupholstering myself. 

Now I've recovered furniture a few times in the past, but it always involved using a staple gun to quickly attach fabric to furniture which ultimately results in the fabric pulling, and eventually, coming off. This was not the result I am looking for, so I decided to do a little internet research to figure out how to properly reupholster furniture.

Apparently it involves ripping the old fabric off (I always applied the new fabric on top of the old fabric), reapplying new furniture batting, then cutting pieces of fabric in the shapes of the fabric that you removed and attaching them with furniture tacks or a strong staple gun. 

Here are the pics:

Before:


removing its skin: (gross)



Applying new batting to the chair:



Alllllmost done:



Voila! It's actually not totally done, I still have to fix the bottom right pillow area and the fronts of the arms, but you get the idea. I'll try to remember to post pictures when I have it totally completed.




I probably should've waited until tomorrow to post pictures so that I could get a good picture of it in natural light, but I was anxious to post these. It took a long time to remove all the fabric and apply the new fabric, but it was worth it! 

happiness at home

This is just a photo round up of tidbits in my home that make me happy right now:




our "bar": (until I get a better one?)


this is Andy the Georgia Bulldog: (the little white guy)







and I'll leave you with these two pictures because they're funny:

A) 

I opened the dishwasher to find this - Jordan laid the spoon in like he was going to take a nap in the dishwasher. Who loads dishes like this? weirdo.

B)
 If my Aunt Julie ever reads this blog, I want her to see that I used my Rachael Ray Garbage Bowl as a garbage bowl when making chili the other day!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Website!

Well, things are slowly coming together for my decorative painting business. These things take time, and as I've learned, there is a lot more to do for a baby business than one person can get done in a week! I have huge to-do lists filled with things like "File receipts," "Transfer paint leftovers into smaller containers," "clip samples from magazines"...but for now, those things sit on the back burner while I try to accomplish bigger goals like advertising and website/company identification.

I am commissioning a friend (Jason Travis at jtrav.net) that is a graphic designer to design my website and personal identification for advertising/web and I am oh-so-excited about it! I'm a really picky person when it comes to design, period, much less something that is going to represent my style and look for my personal design business. It's hard being an artist and wanting things to look a certain way, but knowing nothing about graphic design and having rely on someone else to bring your ideas/sketches to life on the web, but if I trust anyone for the job, it's this guy. He's a very talented graphic artist, and I recommend him to everyone needing some creative oomph in their computer life! 

I can't wait for the "unveiling" of my site (I know you all are waiting on pins and needles as well)...

here are sketches I did and gave to Jtrav to work with....





Friday, October 3, 2008

Painting Rugs!

I have finally decided to come around and paint/decorate our dining room and kitchen, and since I am doing that, I have been on a little mini-search the past few weeks for the perfect rug to put in front of our kitchen sink. I see this pattern a lot in design magazines, but for some reason have been unable to find it in any stores. I was thinking about it today, and realized that I could probably create this look on my own, and voila! I did it. I used a rug that I already had from Ikea (I think if you decide to do this, it's best to use a rug with a thicker grade of cloth so that it holds the pattern/spraypaint well) and a can of Rust-Oleum "Espresso" colored spraypaint. The whole thing comes out to being about $10! My pattern wasn't perfect because I didn't have my measuring devices, but I eyeballed it pretty well, I think.

Here is the process/result:








It's exactly what I wanted for way less. I love spraypaint!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Laundry List of Things I make.






I kind of wish that I could focus on something, and be really good at it, and just be done with it. But, no. I have a huge list of things that I like to make, and really, it just keeps growing. I am weighed down with large amounts of crafts supplies, just waiting to be made into something. 

Anyway, here are a couple of little onesies that I made last night for a friend's baby that is due to arrive in November...