Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Glass {House} Half Full

I know I have seen this home floating around in blog land for the past couple of weeks but I cannot NOT post about it. It is the epitome of perfection to me!!!

I am absolutely enamored by their use of color even with a completely neutral back drop. This is exactly what I am trying to achieve in my own home and this spread in Elle Decor is just what I needed to see. I love the mix of styles in the living room above. Clean and fresh with the pops of red a fuchsia. I also love the antique breakfront behind the sofa.

The library is by far my favorite part of the house. Once again, neutral, mid century style with fabulous pops of color that add so much coziness to the space. I could spend all day in here reading from the light coming from the floor to ceiling windows.
 Then when I was done reading I would hop over to this desk and get some work done all while looking at the beautiful trees outside.....

Don't you just love that wood grain fabric!? It adds the perfect touch to update the classic armchair for the space.

The kitchen and screened porch were perfectly styled for this shoot. It still looks like people live there and use the space as is.....I love that! Though I do wish my house was this clean.
The mix of both mid-century pieces and a touch of the traditional antique is fantastic and has me wanting to just move in. I love the crisp white Ikea cabinets, concrete counters, cork floors, and board ceilings.

Again, that pop of color with the red Ikea bookshelf and purple pillow on the leather chair. It really helps bring life into the otherwise brown den.

Hmmn....where have I seen this before?

Oh yeah, here......
Nice change. It has been cleaned up, simplified, and the color on that console just seems to pop more. Amazing what different styling can do!!!

And how cute is this kids room!!! The primary color pallet is wonderful but grounded by all the white and olive green. Those are some lucky kids to be living in such a perfectly designed home.

Jay Fielden and his wife Yvonne, with the help of architect Robert Dean, did such a fabulous job restoring this mid-century modern glass house all while keeping it family friendly. Their designer Jesse Carrier also conquered the always difficult task of  designing the home with things the family already owned and received from family members. Such a perfect balance of mid-century, southern traditional from Yvonne's family, and Jay's family heirlooms from Texas.

In one Word........Amazing!

Images: 1-10 Elle Decor, 11 Carrier and Company, 12 Elle Decor

Monday, August 30, 2010

Slammed & Procrastinating

After a crazy busy weekend and an even more crazy busy Monday, I am slammed and way behind on all that is blog, work, house chores.....I could go on.

So, to take my mind off of all these things I am looking at pretty pictures....and showing my true procrastination colors! I am a champion procrastinator.......

Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!!!

This is unfortunately the only time I have to write this quick excuse of a blog post (must get some stashed away for days like this). I will be back tomorrow with actual design content!
See you then.

Images: Atlanta Homes Magazine

Friday, August 27, 2010

Happy Friday & Thanks

So, another week down and two full days of relaxation are ahead of us!!!! Or, at least I hope it will be relaxing for you guys.

I have a busy weekend chock full of family time, and a design presentation on Sunday that I have to wrap up the last little bits on. My dad is in town from VA and my husband and I are keeping him busy. We have the Braves game tonight, they are playing golf tomorrow (which gives me quiet time to finish my project), and if we have time and he isn't tired we may go by the Coke museum tomorrow afternoon! Whew, I am tired just thinking about it all. Then Sunday I have my presentation and after that dinner with my Aunts and Cousins.

If all goes well with the presentation and I don't have to make changes I will show you guys the boards next week. Cross your fingers!!!!

Hope everyone has a great weekend planned, and if you can.....get in some relaxation for me. I never have a problem living vicariously through others when it comes to these kinds of things.

I also wanted to say thanks for all the sweet comments and support I have gotten this week. It's nice to know that I have readers out there even if they are few and far between. Writing this blog has been fun so far and I hope it only gets better from here. I have so many plans in my head and it's great to get comments and feedback from other bloggers and seasoned professionals out there. I truly appreciate it and it definitely keeps me going.

Have a Great One, and see you back here on Monday!

Image: John Bessler via Suzie Beezie

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Beside The Bed

The topic of bedside tables has come up lately in our house and my husband and I have had discussions about what we would want and need in a functional bedside table.

What do you like in a bedside table? Do you prefer a functional surface with lots of storage, or do you just need a lamp, small vase with flowers, and a spot for a glass of water? Or, do you lean more towards one of these?........

Simple and Clean

Large with Open Storage

Small with a Wall Sconce

Small with No light


Mixed Set


Found Objects



Or No Table At All

I personally want my side to be a combination bedside table and vanity so I can kill two birds with one stone.
I also like to read in bed so I have books, magazines, pens, and note paper on my side. So, part of my new table will need to have some storage for that as well. I would really like for everything to be put away when not in use so when we have people over it looks clean and simple.

My husband just wants to make sure he has one drawer and that's about all he had to say. That's really all he needs as he is not a bedside table "junker" like I am. I do however think he needs a chest with multiple drawers so he has a bit more storage for clothes.

So, any thoughts? Does what you have beside the bed already work for you, or are you also in need of a change?

Images: Kendall Wilkinson, Unknown, Domino, Metropolitan Home, Unknown, Unknown, Donna Griffith, House Beautiful, House Beautiful, Andreas Charalambous, Unknown, Design Sponge, Samantha Pynn, Atlanta Homes Magazine

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Must Have

Big Dipper Arc Lamp by CB2

This would do the trick since we have no end tables next to our sofa.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Kitchen Basics - Martha Style

Have you seen this article in the September Martha Stewart Living?
Only in my dreams would I have a kitchen this organized and pulled together!!!!

In the article Martha gives her 50 top kitchen tips and if it's coming from the queen of home, I listen!

We already follow some of the tips in our kitchen like........
#3 Setting up Stations - baking, coffee, etc.
#6 Customizing Storage with dividers, movable shelves etc.
#9 Keeping towels handy by using hooks and rods
#29 Be Savvy with your pantry by grouping like items together
#39 Keep a step ladder in the kitchen
#43 Keep spoons and such stove side........

But, by no means does it look this good!

Yeah, our step ladder is propped against the side of the cabinet. This is a great customized hidden spot!

And of course the be all end all to any fabulously organized kitchen (and I would expect no less from Martha) is to have a place for everything and everything be in its place.

I can only imagine having this much valuable storage to organize all our things to perfection! Our items are no where near as organized and I can honestly say that we have just about ever single item shown above in our kitchen (my husband loves to cook). Someday, in our dream custom kitchen we will have this all happening.

Until then we will do the best with what we've got and use her tips to the best or our abilities. Well, to an extent....I don't think I have it in me to be this organized (it's got to be genetic)!

So, anyone have a kitchen this organized? Care to share and make us all jealous?

Oh, and for all of the rest of us, have no fear, if you don't have the magazine, all the tips can be found here (or at least some of them anyway).

Images: Martha Stewart

Monday, August 23, 2010

Well, Here Goes Nothin'

Have you ever stepped back and taken a close look at what direction you are headed?

I have been going through some very tough introspection these last couple of weeks and have come to the conclusion that changes need to be made....all changes having to do with my inner self. All changes that will prevent me from holding myself back from now on. Do you ever feel like you are the only person holding yourself back? You know when it happens but you still allow it? Well, I have come to the conclusion that this is my problem.

Many things have inspired me lately......like wise bloggers, found information, and heart to hearts with family and friends. Inspiration to let go of the fear and take the plunge!

I started this blog as a way to collect my thoughts on all things design and hone in on my ability to design beautiful spaces. I have been designing commercial spaces for the past seven years and have been wanting to transition to residential design and help people on a more personal basis. Nothing against commercial design, I just feel I have learned all I can at the moment and need a change. Unfortunately since the beginning of the year I have been wading in the shallow end instead of taking a dive. Now is the time to do it, win or loose, fail or succeed.

Okay, whining fest over.....now let the fun begin!!!!!!

Image: Via Mary Ruffle

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Streaming Sunlight

As August quickly slips away I can't help but think of the cooler days ahead (can't wait!) and the changing light of fall.  Fall, where the sun no longer streams into the windows with such intensity. Fall, when the days are shorter and the light is dim.

Because this summer seemed to blow by I have been looking back on all the images I have collected that have that streaming, sunny, summery feel.

I know, I know, I seem to be writing a lot about light, bright, sunny, spaces but I just can't help it. I crave them and don't feel like I have one of my own right now. My home is somewhat dark in feeling and my office cubicle, well I won't even go there! I constantly look at images and love them because of the bright cheery feeling they provide me.

Summer will be gone soon and along with it the intense sun that fills these spaces. At least we are lucky enough to have inspiration images to tide us over till spring and summer roll around next year.

Images: House to Home, Domino, FLOR, Just Be Splendid, Kathryn Ireland, Samantha Pynn, Samantha Pynn, Thomas O'Brien, Elle Decor, Courtney Giles, Betsy Burnham

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