Saturday, April 28, 2012

Very Pinteresting: Stylish Settees

Sitting here on a rainy Saturday afternoon, snuggling with my littlest buddy who's got a fever. He tells me he's "berry, berry hot and cold, too." And "berry sweaty, too." Poor guy.

So I won't launch into one of my long-winded posts. I'll just show you some pretty pictures of one of my favorite pieces of furniture.... the settee. I love the versatility of the settee. Its smaller scale makes it perfect in a living room, bedroom, entry or dining area. I bought a settee for my living room more than 10 years ago, and I love it as much today as I did then.

Here are some settee images I've pinned recently...

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While our big ole sectional is a comfy spot to snuggle with a sickie, these settees are decidedly more stylish.

Hope you're having a happy (and healthy) weekend :)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

This Is For The Birds

Lately I've been feathering my nest with birds.  I've had a few feathered friends around for a while, like these...

and this one, who was decapitated on 3 separate occasions before I finally moved him to the safety of the living room...

And then there are the birds on my tea towel...

A simple collection, just a spattering of the species, but nothing that screams "crazy bird lady lives here!"

But recently I'm finding myself inexplicably drawn to the birds.

I picked up this guy at the consignment store the other day. He caught my fancy, and when can you find an original work of art for 18 bucks? I figured I could spruce up the frame and find a perch for him.

Then I was in the bookstore and spotted this book of audubon prints on clearance.

I've been considering a wall of botanicals, but then I saw this and thought I could switch gears. These are some of my favorite images from the collection...

I've also really been digging bird fabrics lately. This bedroom by designer Lori Tippins is one of my all-time favorites.

I loved the Bennison fabric she used.

Nina Campbell has some amazing fabrics and wall coverings featuring swans...

and parrots...

and other species I cannot be expected to identify because I am not a crazy bird lady!

I love this one, "Birdcage Walk"...

Here's a close-up...

and in another color way...

Is it me or are birds landing everywhere these days? What do you think about decorating with birds? Is it for the birds? Or is what's good for the goose, good for the gander?

P.S. As I was typing up this post, little did I know there was bird carnage taking place in our backyard. Our labrador retriever had gotten her paws on a robin's nest. There is a lone survivor, and my husband is out there trying to rescue it while being dive-bombed by some very angry birds. Oh, the irony!

Sharing at Feathered Nest Fridays

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Wingback Chairs: Take Two

You may recall that I've had a mild obsession with wingback dining chairs lately.

I've been on the hunt for the perfect pair for several months.

From ebay to craigslist to auctions and yard sales...

I've left no stone unturned.

I found ones that were too expensive,

too far away,

too low,

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and too deep.

One day I stopped by my local consignment store to check on a pair I had been watching and waiting for the price to drop. One of them was sold and the other one was still overpriced. So, I looked around some more and that's when I spotted them.

They weren't exactly what I had been envisioning. But I liked them. I liked the price. I liked that they were Ethan Allen. I liked that they were the correct dining height. I liked that I could live with the fabric until I figured out how I wanted to reupholster or slipcover them. 

And, when I finally let go of the idea of the wingback in my mind, I realized the scale of these chairs worked better in my room.

Meet the newest additions to my dining room...

So, there you have it. The wingbacks have landed. Now, I just have to find 8 side chairs. That shouldn't be too hard... ha!

Thank you to all of you who weighed in on the mirror decision. I really appreciate your comments and input. It was so helpful!! I'll be back soon to show you what ends up on the wall. Hang in there :)

Hope you're having a great weekend!!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Mirror Mirror .... Which is the Fairest of Them All?

The painting in the upstairs bathroom is complete and the light fixtures are installed...

The next challenge is to choose a mirror... or two. Previously, we had a very large builder-grade mirror in the space, but I want something more interesting than that.

Here's one option...

Two white mirrors, rather ornate. I like the way the white pops against the navy wall. I kind of like the contrast of the more decorative mirror with the more industrial lighting. But, they may be a bit too overwhelming. Thoughts??

Option 2... You're really going to have to use your imagination with this one. Found this at Home Goods (where else?) and two guys easily loaded it in my minivan for me. When I got home and tried to get it out, I realized it weighed a TON! I nearly killed myself getting it out of the car and across the garage. I kept praying that some good samaritan would stop by and help, but no such luck.

So, the mirror remains in the garage until my husband can rope some poor neighbor into helping him lug it upstairs to the bathroom...

If you hate this option, let me know now. It will save a couple of men from breaking their backs :)

I'd love your opinion on this. I'm a visual person, so I will probably need this second mirror to be held up in place for me to know for sure if I like it.

What do you think? Like either option? Or do you think I should still keep shopping? Perhaps I should go with a more simple white framed mirror?

Can't wait to hear your thoughts!  Thanks!  Happy Friday :)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Bathroom Makeover

Don't be alarmed. This is not another post about our master bathroom remodel.

I'm actually performing a little makeover on one of our upstairs bathrooms.

There was really nothing wrong with this bathroom. It was just rather nondescript, and I thought I'd try to spruce it up without spending a lot of moola. Plus, I've been secretly itching to use navy paint somewhere, and thought it would look great with the white and navy floor tile.

So, I started by removing the wallpaper...

and began painting the walls Benjamin Moore's "Hale Navy."

Did you notice the soffit with the can lights? I called in my handyman to remove the soffit and replace the lighting. Sounds pretty simple and straightforward until they took out the soffit and discovered a pesky pipe  right in the middle of the wall and ceiling venting to the roof of the house.

It couldn't be removed, so we had to come up with a solution to hide it. I asked him to install drywall on an angle, which conceals the pipe and gives the appearance that the roof is simply slanted along that wall. Not sure this was the best solution, but we were leaving for vacation and I had to come up with something fast.

This was the result...

You can see how the wall is slightly angled now.

Now, if I wasn't on a budget with this project, I would have put in these lights...

Oh, I love those lights! But I couldn't justify the expense. So, I searched high and low for a less expensive alternative. And, this is what I found...

And at the very budget-friendly price of $13.99, I couldn't pass it by. Here they are going in...

Hoping to finish up the painting this week. Then I've got some other changes to make to this room. Stay tuned...

Hope you are having a great weekend :)