Month: April 2013

Chandelier Love

  “Help me … help you,  Help me…help you”. Ever see Jerry McGuire where Tom Cruise (Jerry) a sports agent is begging his one and only client Tod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) to help him understand how he can, well help him better? Well this is me about your chandelier. Chances are…you need a new one. Did it come with your house?  Was it part of the builder package?  Did you buy the house 3 years ago and say to yourself this chandelier must be replaced asap and yet you find yourself still with it?  Is it shiny brass?  Was it shiny brass?  Was it popular in the 80’s?  Is it hung flush with the ceiling?  Is it teeny tiny and you have a big dining room?  Is it a ceiling fan?  Is it missing?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, Help me..help you. Retro is only cool if this is your first time around experiencing it.  If your chandelier is in style now for the 2nd go around after 3 decades …

Making Art out of Objects You Love

  I love walking into someone’s house and seeing something unexpected–and I mean that in regards to repurposing objects into art–not the visiting Aunt Matilda straight out of the shower.  I love hearing the story behind the why too.  AND I LOVE THIS FIRE LADDER as a coat hook.  I have had this picture from a magazine for years and years.  I don’t know who to give credit to for it–it is so PERFECT.  I will have one someday.  Thank you to whoever came up with this idea.  Know any Firemen who have a ladder I can have? This is thinking outside the box too.  The picture above and below are from this month’s Redbook (May 2013) featuring Designer Cortney Novogratz about showing off one’s collections. If you like her ideas she has a design book, Home by Novogratz and an HGTV show of the same name. Fun idea.  How about favorite tee shirts from concerts, camps, races, or? Beautiful.   Grandma’s attic or flea market finds, garage sales, architectual artifacts… And lastly, I would …

The Paint Store

I swear to you every word I am about to utter is true.  THIS my friends is why I started to blog—waiting for this very moment.   Now most of the time when truth is stranger than fiction I cannot share it.  It involves other people’s stories—and while their stories might prove to be EXTREMELY ENTERTAINING as it relates to me, it is not my place to divulge.  So family, friends, and clients know that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But today a stranger was involved and all bets are off. Today was an ordinary day.  I went to the paint store.  I wanted to check out their scratch and dent paint—yes that is a real thing.  I get out of the car and walk through the parking lot.  The rest of this story will now just be flashes of images, chaotic and confusing. A woman is walking through the parking lot with a can of paint and a dog.  Why she had a dog with her continues to haunt me.  Was it a …

The Home Purge Game

  I’m having a garage sale in a week.  I hope you all come:)  Garage sales are not my favorite thing to “host” as they always end up being a lot of work for $37.42 not so much profit.  It is, however, motivating my husband to purge.  My 5 year old not so much.  I’m pretty sure he is going to try to buy back every toy that was his.  We’ll be losing money and gaining stuff…isn’t that the opposite of a garage sale? Well our house is all aflutter with “garage sale talk”… “Mom how much do you think I can get for this legless Mario Lego?  Five dollars?”  Clearly they are in for a let down.  That aside let’s talk purging. I’ve got an assignment for you over the weekend.  Take a garbage bag and set the timer for 12 minutes.  Pick EITHER garbage or donate.  DO NOT MULTI-TASK.  It’s EITHER Garbage OR Donate.  For 12 minutes you must try to fill the bag with whichever you chose.  Here is a list of …

Strong Moms Empower

  I learned something new.  It sounds really cliche but I just really got it.  Just because I’m not good at something it doesn’t mean I HAVE to become good at it.  I can take a pass.  It doesn’t mean I am less of a person.  There really is not a report card that we have to ace or some ultimate resume that floats above our heads for all to see. I am not good at many things.  My coordination is lousy–which means I stink at wii, baseball, ballroom dancing and aerobics.  My idea of relaxing is NOT baking, looking at recipes on Pinterest, or cooking.  I LOVE and appreciate beautiful landscaping, but my thumb is, alas, not green.  I’m awful at tracking data in any methodical way.  I could go on, but must we?  It can be fun to make fun of ourselves.  Sometimes we make fun of others.  And sometimes we don’t stop there, we just plain judge. I work with a lot of moms helping them make their houses into something they …

5 Minute Spring Decorating

I am in jail today.  Seven year old has stomach flu.  I’ll leave it at that.  It is a beautiful Spring day here in Virginia.  If you live in a place that is still receiving snow–bookmark me and come back to this one later:)  For my party people who have sunshine and trees starting to bud…this one’s for you.  (Get it?) So as I am sequestered I thought this would be a good time to see if I could bring Spring into my home in 5 minutes or less.  Because that is really all I had.  (I am able to write this post as 7 year old is entranced with TV and I am balancing a bucket and a laptop on my lap…pretty risqué if I do say so myself…what if he or I confuse the laptop for the bucket??  That could be an interesting phone call to Apple…or my husband). Here is what you need: 5 minutes. A vase (mine is from Walmart and cost $2.50). Heavy duty scissors, snips, branch cutter, or regular …

Cottage Love

  I love cottages.  I’ve yet to live anywhere where living in a cottage is an option.  And by cottage I mean this: I googled Cotswold Cottages and found this glorious picture.  It was actually taken in DEARBORN, MICHIGAN–NOT the Cotswolds–this took a little bit of the magic out of it for me but whatever.  It’s Spring and I’m hankering to live in a Spring laden paradise where Hobbits could be my neighbors and bunnies, well, hop, all over, and  crown moldings are indigenous to the house–not builder upgrades. So today for Inspired Style–Cottage Love (cue dwarves singing, harps, flutes, birds etc…) House Beautiful’s contributing editor, Frances Schultz renovated her East Hampton home and documented it throughout several issues of House Beautiful.  You can see it online at housebeautiful.com under “Bee Cottage” or paste this into your browser:  http://www.housebeautiful.com/search/?q=bee+cottage. If you squint you can almost see me walking out the front door…  but why would I leave?? The rug is brilliantly perfect in this room.  The ceiling is glorious.  It’s like a teal midnighty blue …

Making Art Out of the Everyday…or Ode to a Green Purse

I might have gotten a tinge overzealous about the purse I used yesterday for Easter Sunday.  I believe it to be quite beautiful.  It was one of those things I saw that I said to myself– “Self you must have this”.  More on where and whom the creator of it is later. Now my idea is to elevate it to Art for my wall–the purse, that is.  Wait for it–it will be a forthcoming post.  My point is I really LOVE this purse and think it is beautiful and hence it is now ART.  How many clients I have with blank walls who are frozen as to what to hang on them.  ART I SAY!  And they reply with a resounding–“huh?  What do I hang, where do I find it, what should it look like, how do I frame it, how do I hang it?”  I get it.  Many a blank wall I have had.  And let’s face it, who wants to hang (and I actually googled to find a more polite word but none …