This week has been a roller coaster so far. I’ll start with my 3 day blogging absence. Here’s why:
Try typing with this. Not fun, easy or photogenic.
Sunday afternoon, I opened my front door, which weighs around 150 pounds, stepped out side while reaching back to close it when out of nowhere, my bullet of a lab (50 or so pounds) ran, jumped and SLAMMED to door on my finger. I said a really bad word, “flobbersmogginisky,” and watched my finger turn instantly purple and begin to swell and throb like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. Not cool.
There goes my hand modeling career.
Monday, my last little peanut started kindergarten and while I’m excited about his journey as well as some uninterrupted time to devote towards work, I miss him and I’m slightly sad knowing that the next 13 years or our lives are going to be dictated by the public school system.
On a lighter note, I was excited to see Nate Berkus on the Today Show plugging his new show and showing off his Trash to Treasure skills. The only downside was watching Anne Curry try to conduct the interview. HOW does she have this job? Sorry, its been a long week already and I’m feeling a bit snarky. I’d love nothing more than to find some curbside project, break out my sander and spray paint and go to town. The way this week has started though, I’d probably end up sanding my ear off or something. Maybe next week. Enjoy!
I discovered earlier from blogger Gwen McAuely that Marylin Monro’s Brentwood home where she lived after her divorce from play write, Arthur Miller in 1961, was listed for sale in July and appears to be in escrow as of now.
Not to completely plagiarize her post but I was fascinated by the photos of the property. I can’t imagine what it would be like to reside in the home of such an icon who not only lived there, but died there as well. Makes me wonder if there are things that go bump in the night and in my imagination, that would be the only thing to make me sell such a gorgeous and somewhat historical property.
I absolutely LOVE the Spanish/Mediterranean architecture and while I don’t love the current owner’s living room decor, the architecture is fantastic. Can’t you just imagine her entertaining outside by the pool? I find the simplicity of the house a telling choice for her, someone who was searching for warmth and happiness and possibly some simplicity. I’m envious of whoever has their hands on this property. I hope they love it the way she would have had she lived longer.
I’ve spent the past week repackaging my business in an effort to launch a whole new avenue to M.O.D. and I couldn’t be more thrilled. You’ve probably noticed the new logo (still working out the sizing issue I’m having as you can see) but aside from that, I’m pretty much digging it!
I’ve also spent quite a bit of my time over the past several months asking myself who I’m marketing to. When I started this blog last fall, I did it with the intention of promoting the use of what you have, a recycling design concept, so to speak, mainly because we have been hit very hard economically, as so many others reading this have been. Gone are the days of shopping with a large budget, having job after job lined up with talks of others in the works. I have found myself starting over in a new state, a new city and with a whole new clientel with a different design aesthetic. We are the “Nouveau Not So Riche” and while part of this blog was designed to create exposure to my design business I was surprised to find it to be more therapeutic and even more surprised to find a network of extremely talented, creative and interesting bloggers, many of whom I am happy to consider my friends.
So, this week, I came to a decision and formed a plan of action that I am really excited about. In the next few months (hopefully very sooner than later), I’ll be launching a new online store with affordable and unique home accessories, hand made textiles and linens. It will take some time to pull it all together but I’m excited about the possiblities and I’m REALLY excited about my upcoming first official Blog Give Away, which I will be doing next week, so stay tuned!
Lastly, I wanted a piece of advice for those of you with experience in this. I’m considering leaving Blogger and moving over to my website blog, just for the sake of brand consistency. I know it’s not easy to import all of my previous posts from Blogger but it CAN be done. SO, that being said, I have two questions: 1. Does anyone have any experience with this? and B. What are the pros and cons of doing this?
I need something pretty to look at while I’m waiting for this project to move forward. We’re off to an amazing start and really, the hard part is over. Now it’s just a matter of the details so I decided to seek inspiration: from Decor Pad:
I’m totally digging those lanterns and the way the space is divided into living/dining.
The rest of these photos I found have an unintentional theme I may need to work with…
Is there anything sexier on an outdoor living room than billowing draperies? I love the ambiance it creates and I’m thinking its a feature I’m going to NEED to incorporate. What do you think? Anyone have any experience with these?
So, we all know that when contractors tell you something will take three days to plan on 7 and that’s exactly what we did. True to form (and not entirely their fault, I may add), we had patio completion on Tuesday rather than Saturday but whatever, our back yard has kicked off to a great start with some amazingly functional results.
Here’s what we started with (I’ve held off posting this because it just looks so awful!)
Completely dysfunctional patio, so graciously poured by the builder.
Is there anything cooler to a 5 year old little boy than a cement truck showing up in your driveway???
And of course, this whole project made for hours of entertainment…
And today, here’s where we are in the project!
We’ve made some modifications to our plans, first and foremost being that after the patio cover is built this weekend we will be adding planters around the base of the patio to
1. provide an enclosure since the drop is pretty dramatic and
2. to do something with the dirt that is tracked into my house almost hourly now. I seriously end up mopping 2-3 times a day! This is no bueno!
And again, this is the goal…but I forgot to factor in one little design feature we’re working with:
Anyone who’s followed my rantings and ravings for any amount of time knows that I obsess a bit over certain areas of my house, specifically, my kitchen (check!) and my back yard (so sad and desolate looking).
Well, good news party people! Tomorrow is the beginning of the end for my sorry expansive yard and the beginning of outdoor bliss and expanded living space! In anticipation of this, I thought I’d share with you a bit of my vision for our space:
When I first saw this photo in Sunset Magazine, I fell in love (I’ve posted this one before, so that’s probably obvious). I adore the colors and the rustic nature of the textures used and I’ve been so excited about the idea of a fire pit in my back yard, I just thought this was fantastic! So, using this as inspiration, here’s the idea we’re about to commence with:
We are about to demo the little 10×12 concrete slab that the builder so graciously poured for us (so useless) and pour a 36′ x 12′ slab that extends the length of the house, which in turn, gives us a tremendous amount of space to work/live with. With a little stone walk way leading out to the fire pit/conversation area, we should be looking at enjoying some really great evenings complete with marsh mellow roasting and star gazing.
Note: the sand box is really a hot tub that we were given for FREE (the computer program had no hot tub application…go figure) and the patio cover will be fully covered, not open to the elements which will make for much some much looked forward to evenings in the rain while staying dry on the comfy patio!
Eventually, I’ll be adding some of these:
and eventually I’d like to plant an amazing herb garden surrounding the fire pit area:
And of course, add some beautiful stone to the floor of the patio for added texture:
Any way, I’m just excited to get going on it. I’ll be taking pictures of the progress, so stay tuned!
I have a theory that if my mirror looks old and worn with a fantastic patina to it, it will take the focus off of ME when I’m looking into it, thus making me less worried about my own aging reflection.
Just kidding (sort of).
I DO love the look of an aged mirror though, so I’ve set out on a search to find something within my budget.
I’ve been searching the internet for tutorials on this process and I’ve found everything from using Nitric acid (yikes!) to Drano to bleach. Anyone out there have any experience with this because Home Goods has a $49.00 mirror with my name on it if I can do this myself!