There just doesn't seem to be enough time in the day.I had a friend one time say "If I had ONE wish right now it would be that the world would just STOP for a few hours- so I could GET STUFF DONE!" It makes me laugh because.... seriously??? THAT would be your one wish?? But let's admit- we've all felt that way at one point. For me? It's been lately.
Working Hard. Playing Hard.
And trying my best not to melt in this HEAT!
I've spent time on a plane.
Meaning... time to sketch up ideas and rooms. Something I love to do.
And YES the people sitting next to me usually inquire:
"Is that your bedroom, honey?" -woman in window seat
"No ma'am. It's just a room I sort of designed." -me
"Mmm-hmmm....For a SCHOOL PROJECT ??"
(Can't blame her. I look like I'm 18 and travel with my pillow for crying out loud.)
Before I can answer the gruff man from the aisle seat chimes in- "My wife just bought a bed like that.... cost me a freakin' FORTUNE!"
Hmmmm....Well, highschool is a dream. Excuse me while I pull out my neon pink chewing gum and turn up my ipod.
Time in the plane also means: time to look through all my catalogs.!! Seriously guys- they're some great stuff out right now. Here is what I've found:
Slipcovered sofas for DAYS...
Love this! From none other than.... Z Gallerie? Oh yes. Rock ON, Z!!
The Ikea slipcovered sofa (click HERE to read Joni's post on this at Cote de Texas- it's a good one)
I've gotten a lot of emails and comments asking details about projects I post on the blog. I am truly flattered that you ask!! Really, I am. But since my clients pay me to come up with a plan for their home and implement the design I can't share every detail of their project on the blog. That wouldn't be fair to them. It's the tricky part of this business... and blog.
BUT- here's what I will do. Any time I post projects that I've done I will answer the most asked question(MAQ). I've thought about this for a while and it seems like a happy medium.
***The MAQ from my last post was- what is the dark paint color of the cabinets?
Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze.
(It's a great color- I use it often.)
Thanks for understanding and I really, really appreciate your encouraging comments. It means SO much to me!
I'm back... and I finally have some recent projects to share with you.
Today- A kitchen renovation! I especially enjoy these kinds of projects because a) I love kitchens and b) I love knocking out walls. Being able to transform a space by removing/adding walls is fascinating... it keeps me up at night. (in a good way :) ... (if there IS such a thing?)
To hold your attention here's a sneak peek:
This particular client is a super talented wardrobe consultant here in Nashville- Tina Adams from Tina & Rebecca. Tina and I love to discuss the parallels in our jobs... we both assist people in makeovers- whether that's your wardrobe or your living room. She told me in the beginning- "I dress like I decoratemy house: mostly whites and caramels in classic shapes with some subtle modern touches thrown in for good measure. Pops of color here and there. Love vintage."
Now, when a client says this to Tina she thinks: "a fitted white blouse with knockout jewelry," and when she said this to me I immediately thought: "Splurge on the marble countertops- then add rich paint colors and interesting lights."
So we did just that.
(If it came with a sound effect it would be THIS.)
After our first meeting I came up with a rough plan that involved some minor demolition...
<We ended up changing some things that are on this plan but you get the idea>
The main concept was getting rid of the "breakfast room" attached to the kitchen and expanding into that unused space.
before (you can see breakfast room in the back)
Ahhhh.. so much more space!
I snapped this picture shortly after Tina made me the best slice of sourdough bread I've ever had. Her client from Knoxville has nursed/fed this dough for years! I had it toasted with jelly on it... Amazing. I'm going to need to get in touch with this Knoxville client ASAP.
Anyway, back to the kitchen...
I have to admit- my favorite part of the entire renovation was the jewelry light fixtures. (Shocking, I know- Rachel loves light fixtures!?)
I had seen these lights online (new design by Suzanne Kasler for Visual Comfort) but had not seen them in person. Since they were a Kasler design I knew they had to be fabulous so I bit the bullet and ordered two.
Tina and I both squealed when we opened up the box. Then squealed again when they were hung, and ... you get the picture. I'm obsessed with these light fixtures. They add so much to the room- like Tina says: "They're the perfect pair of earrings"... or Steeplechase hats?
I couldn't imagine these lights against any old white ceiling... so we had the ceiling painted Sherwin Williams Magnetic Gray in satin oil finish for a soothing backdrop.
We also tied in a vintage look with the hardware. The egg shaped knobs and the pulls are both in antique brass from Restoration Hardware. Not too shiny, not too dull- a great mix.
We used an existing piece (a flea market find by Tina) for the 'kitchen island'... I like how it adds a feminine touch to the kitchen.
Now it's time for my wardrobe!
To find out more about Tina & Rebecca Wardrobe Consulting check out there great blog!HERE.
Most of the time on this blog I love to talk about pretty, beautiful interiors and how much I love my job (I do). But there are other times when I can't bring myself to talk about table skirts and lamps- and all I want to do is adopt an orphan, save puppies from puppy mills, build a school, feed the homeless, pretty much- change the world. (Sounds like a reasonable side job ??) Because while most people just want to change a few things in their homes, there are plenty of people out there who don't even have one.
I continue to juggle these two worlds (don't we all??) and since there seems to be a lot of NEED going around lately I want to share a few ways to help.
Even though the water has gone down people are still without homes. Their cherished belongings are now a soaking pile of trash in their front yard. And most people have gotten the news that insurance will not cover the damage! They need all the help they can get. Here are a few unique ways to give back:
You can show your support and getting a cool poster! Win/Win. Click HERE to see others.
The first one with the guitar is my favorite- at the bottom it reads "Love your neighbor". Could be a year-round piece of art!
I also just saw over at Style Blueprint that you can actually EAT OUT (TONIGHT ONLY!) in Nashville to support the cause. A huge list of restaurants have agreed to donate 50% of tonight's meals to the Flood Relief! Are you kidding??? (I
Click HERE to read more and get the full list of restaurants. And go EAT!
While we are on the subject of still needing help in a big way...
This upcoming weekend I am helping with a fundraiser one of my dear friends is putting on in Nashville. It is actually a sale. (The magic word around here!) It is a supporting Haitian women and children through a program called Centre Lumiere. This self-help program provides income for hundreds of women, and teaches them about the bible, health, and home ec skills- primarily: sewing. They are given a chance to provide for their families and more importantly- they are given HOPE.
Ever since the earthquake their community has been flooded with refugees. With the increase in orphans the women are caring for 5-10 more people than they normally would. !! Can you imagine 7 more kids showing up at your house one day? ... and then staying?
So needless to say- they, also, need ALL the help they can get. And we can support these women and children by buying some of their beautiful hand made items at the sale. (including pillows, dish towels, aprons, hats, purses, table linens, etc.)
Here is all the info:
So if you are in the Nashville area this weekend please come by!
*If you can't make it to the sale and would like to make a donation to support this cause, you can send donations to: Beth Jones; 5008 Wyoming Avenue, Nashville, TN 37209
Write checks to: "Loving Shepherd Ministries" and write "haiti" in the memo line.
Thank you for listening. Tomorrow I will be back with burlap.
Did I mention I like tojuggle?
for more information on Centre Lumiere in Haiti click here.