I realized last night as I was shutting everything down that exactly ONE year ago yesterday (the 22nd) this little blog of mine was born.
My blog is officially one year and one day old and I’ve loved every moment of it!
Later today, some of my favorite girls are coming over for lunch and we’re doing to discuss the power of blogging and what it can do for your business.
These talented, smart women are business owner who aren’t afraid to strike out and try something new and I LOVE that about them.
So with that, I have some exciting ideas that I’ll work on later today along with photos but right now, I need to get my butternut squash a’roasting for our curried butternut squash soup, open faced turkey sandwiches with Greek salad!
It’s no secret blog land is chomping at the pumpkin flavored bit for the fall season to begin. I’m no exception to this. In fact, today, being the last official day of summer, I’m dedicating this post to all things Autumn thanks to the arrival the latest Pottery Barn catalog:
How fun is this Halloween table scape??
These are ADORABLE!!!
Love this little owl
Time to change out my Apothecary jars!
I LOVE white and silver together and I love that it can be carried from fall into winter so beautifully.
Just the idea of the weather cooling
(It feels slow coming but I have to remember that at least it’s in the high 80′s today and that is considered a cold front for North Texas in September),
I can’t wait for it to become cool enough to start warming the family with meals like this:
As you all know (if you don’t, uh…WHY?), Rue Magazine officially launched yesterday and from page ONE, I was addicted. I loved every photo, every word, even the advertisements had me swooning. Excellent job, ladies. Of course, all the sneak peaks had me frothing at the mouth so it was by no means unrealistic for me to start clicking this photo to that link which led to some site (you know how it works). Next thing I know, I’m drooling over photos by one of the photographers and let’s add a glass of wine in for good measure just so that you know exactly where I’m coming from. My point: I THINK I found the images I’m posting here but after Rue’s launch yesterday, I returned to the site in question and it’s either a completely different site and I’m confused about my source or the site has been re-vamped and these photos have been pulled. Either way, I apologize if I’m crediting the wrong website/photographer with these gorgeous images and if anyone can fill me in, I’d sleep so much better tonight. * be sure to see the update below*
That said, I fell in LOVE at the sight of these:
fabulous light, airy, shiny loft with a dozen of my favorite things.
I could SO live here!
This bedroom makes me so happy inside. I LOVE the linen bedding in contrast with the white leather bed and tufted bench at the end. Those nightstands are fantastically simple and clean and everything about this room is sheer perfection.
Again, I apologize if I’m crediting the wrong photographer and I don’t even know where to search for designer info, so if it’s you, let me know! I’d love to tell you thank you for stirring up my design inspiration juices.
Just like the rest of you, I can’t tell you how excited I get when I get the season’s newest catalog and Restoration Hardware’s is near the top of my list of anticipated arrivals.
And, while the photos and new additions didn’t disappoint, as usual, what I found most interesting was the message from Gary Friedman Chairman & Co-Chief Executive Officer:
“During the collapse of the global economy, we drew inspiration from Picasso’s words and chose not to listen to the conventional wisdom encouraging us to follow the pack and lower quality to reduce prices. Instead, we saw an opportunity to be liberated, abandoning our past to embrace the future, one that has redefined the essence of who we are. No longer mere “retailers” of home furnishings, we are now “curators” of the best historical design the world has to offer.
We’ve destroyed the previous iteration of ourselves, clearing the way to express our brand in a never-before-seen fashion.”
My initial reaction to this statement was mixed.
1.) speaking as someone who has been directly affected by the economic crisis, it felt slightly like a big “screw you if you can’t afford this, you aren’t our market anyway”.
Then, I took a moment to pause and consider that
2.) I’ve said a thousand and a half times to myself, my husband, our friends, trying to encourage us all that these are the times of redefinition. These circumstances are the stuff that innovative thinking is born from and empires are built.
That being said, I loved his closing line:
“Witness what destruction hath wrought”
and I did:
I’m loving the simplistic mono chromatic tones blended with industrial and antique elements. I’m DROOLING over the wall finishes.
Everything feels soothing and nurturing and organic
And at the same time, it feels rich and luxurious.
Did I mention I’m salivating over the wall finishes???
I’m inspired and I’m thinking very carefully about how I want to be defined at the end of all of this…maybe like those walls: weathered but beautiful for it to the point of enviable?
Ok, I’m stretching it there but its not an unproductive aspiration.
My finger injury last week has forced me to take some time off from blogging.
So, this past week I spent some time going back through my design portfolio and I came across some pictures of a remodel I did a few years ago for some wonderful clients in Yorba Linda, California.
The couple had purchased a home in a beautiful hill top location, gorgeous neighborhood. The house had fantastic bones, unfortunately, it was desperately trapped in the 80′s, which just wouldn’t do for the new owners. God bless the 80′s, for they’ve kept me busy over the years!
The master bathroom was certainly, no exception!
Here is the bathroom vanity/shower before we demo’ed
(love that gold shower trim, don’t you?)
And here’s what we ended up with:
The shower was one of my favorites:
And the black glass sinks were to die for:
Here’s what you saw before when you entered the bathroom
(what were people thinking when they used to put carpet in bathrooms???)
After a LOT of careful consideration and reworking the space
we decided to knock out the mirrored closets and the water closet:
And the show stopping element that made me wish it was MY house we were working on started off looking like this (can you say awkward?):
And resulted in the most beautiful relaxing spa like haven:
This wouldn’t be a horrible place to end a long day with a glass of wine, would it?
All in all, the bathroom turned out beautifully and the clients were thrilled.
I’ll have more photos of the rest of the house later…