Tuesday, February 25, 2014
It turned out ok! I quickly learned I cannot draw straight lines… so instead I just kinda scribble back and forth until a line takes shape. Next, I recreated my living room. Unfortunately, the “Latte” color turned out a lot more pink than beige so the coloring is a bit off… I need to head back to the art store and pick up a proper beige and a lovely gold pen! I think it’s really what the living room sketch is missing.
So yea! So far so good. It was so fun, and soothing, and nice to create something NOT on a screen.
Do any of you draw? Or paint? Or picking up a new hobby just for kicks? I highly recommend it!
Friday, February 21, 2014
Same rules apply:
$50 or best offer
Antique Wooden and Marble Side Table (the birdcage is on)
legs are very wobbly; it’s an antique, marble top not in great condition but really pretty!
$75 or best offer
$100 or best offer
West Elm metal side table
$50 or best offer
Let me know if you’re interested in anything!
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Pre-moving in. Here’s the wall we’re now working with. Right off the entryway…
Here’s a photo shortly after I moved in. Clearly had no direction for what this home would look like. Color, hodgepodge of belongings all over the place… too much stuff for the smaller apartment!
A sassy-meets-classy bar for a ladyplace!
chandelier print | boat print | zebra stripes print | spots print | mirror ball | vertical shelves | Society Social bar cart | Ikea mirror | Lulu and Georgia chair (sold in set of two, other would go at my desk) | leopard velvet pillow | “press for champagne” button | Serena and Lily lighting fixture
Almost entirely small companies, women-run businesses, Etsy shops, and artists which I think is very apropos for a small-business-owner home.
And yes – that is a “PRESS FOR CHAMPAGNE” button. Brilliant.
If it all turns out, it will look something like…
Probably need one more piece to fill in that gap but I was eyeballing dimensions of art here so what’s on the wall isn’t set in stone. Speaking of the wall, note my walls are actually white but look grey in this photo.
So yea! I’m loving this general direction. Sticking with neutrals in the living area and doing color in my bedroom. It works! Can a home have too many gallery walls? Hmm nah… I don’t think so.
Yay! Good plan.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Just like I always wanted!
Like my favorite living room ever (that of one Jenna Lyons).
Well, ok I didn’t really get a new couch. But I had a lot of fun in photoshop the other night.
Playing around with different colors to see what it would be like with say… a delicious green velvet couch?
Or pink to really make it a lady apartment?!
But no… here’s what my place currently looks like.
But I sometimes wonder if it would be better with a much lighter color couch. Softer. More ladylike.
Or dare I say a white couch?
No, Alaina. You have dogs. Don’t be ridiculous.
What say you? Stick with the the dark grey? Or slipcover it? Pottery Barn has some great light options for the Carlisle couch.
Happy weekend all!
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Well the peekaboo shelf arrived faster than a Jimmy John’s sandwich. And it’s perfect! Just what I needed for storage, a place to stow the printer, and some extra surface area (for paperwork and the like).
So I figured I’d snap a few good photos not with a camera phone to better paint the picture of how this space is coming together…
Not entirely sure what I want to do with my desk chair. If I keep it I desperately have to re-cushion and recover the seat. It feels like I’m sitting on a piece of plywood for 10 hours a day. Also not sure I want to keep the pink in the office area or just go completely neutral in these rooms (entry, living, work, and dining). I’m thinking neutral. Also not sure if I want to even attempt to hide the kitchen floor. The tile is pretty grimy… I was thinking a gold speckled hide. Or something soft in color like this one from Lulu and Georgia. But I’m worried it’ll be too many rugs at the point. And I’m not sure how comfortable I’d really be having animal skin. Faux hides exist right? I need to look into that.
That’s all for now, folks!
GET THE LOOK:
Friday, February 7, 2014
That being said, it’s not so much the living/working combo that bothers me so much as the lack of an organized work space. For storage and papers and product and shipping materials and files and office equipment et al. With the addition of a product line, managing part-time editors, and my new printer that’s lived on the floor for the past two months, I need to get my “office” in proper working order. It’s not just me, the ole iMac, and a glass of wine working late nights anymore.
So I’ve made a few small changes in the living space. Drastic to me. Barely noticeable to anyone else.
When I decided to move the desk by the window, I had it far over to the left, practically against the radiator. Notice you can fit an entire pouf between the desk and the end table next to the sofa.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Well, my closets and basement storage are officially overflowing, and I’ve realized, Alaina, it’s time. Let someone else enjoy these gems.
So here I am again selling off some of my belongings. Note I listed the asking price and “or best offer” because I know some of these items are highly sought after and because some of these items might not sell… and I need to eliminate. So after 24 hours (Friday at noon CST), I’ll choose the best offer. I’ll let you know when you email if someone has offered more and if you want to counter.
May the best lady win!