New (Free) Area Rug

What's better than a new rug? A free one! A friend of mine bought this beautiful rug for her home, but decided after a while that it didn't really fit with the room. Now it's mine!

Since painting my living room blue last year, the space hasn't had a suitable rug. I've had some beautiful flat weave rugs, but they aren't really practical for us because our youngest is either in his wheel chair smooshing the rug up with turning wheels or he's getting caught up on the edges scooting around on his bottom. Now I have a rug that stays put and meshes perfectly with the vibe of my living room. I'm a happy mama!









Most recently I had a beautiful rug from Pottery Barn, but the color wasn't right for the space - see the photo below. I've moved that rug to my dining room where it is much happier.




Mustard Midcentury Love Seat Part II

A few months ago I picked up a midcentury love seat from a neighbor on impulse. It used to be a part of a set and its original yellow upholstery is still very much in tact. It's really comfortable as well. For a few months I had it tucked away in my bedroom, not quite knowing what to do with it. But this month I moved it out into our living room. Does it match my brown Craig's List sofa? No. But that's alright. My goal is never that things match, but rather that they play nicely together.










This Green

Why is this green (below) so hard to achieve? This was the color I was thinking about for my studio before I decided to go all black. But I couldn't find the right hue.  Maybe its the wash, the light, the texture... it was just not happening for me. The black turned out beautifully, though. And I'll be revealing the new space on Thursday - so check back!

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Yes, I realize they are different greens, 
but I would have settled for the second color if the first was unattainable. 
But I just couldn't find the right thing. 

Speechless

THIS home is ridiculously beautiful.  What was this space?  A ballroom from a bygone era?  First of all, the crumbling plaster on the walls is so beautiful and the soaring architecture - astounding. But the manner in which the inhabitants have filled this cavernous space is brilliant.  I love all the intimate seating areas, dinning area, books, large scale art that sets off the space, rather than competing with it - all of it is so well done. 










Change is in the Air - Moss Green and Navy

Hello friends.  This week we had a little home repair on our thermostat and it left a big gaping patch of ugliness on one of my living room walls. Instead of orchestrating a small patch job, I'm using this as an excuse to convince my husband that the whole room needs to be overhauled.  Don't laugh - you know you are also guilty of these kinds of tactics.



I'm tired of sea grass gray on the wall.  I want something with a little more saturation and elegance. I also have to be able to use the furniture I have in my home.  Our living room color will have to compliment the rooms that it shares space with - namely our kitchen (dusky French blue) and our dining room (midnight blue - almost black).  So we've narrowed the color down to mossy green for the walls with perhaps some black or midnight blue accent colors on the interior doors.


Here is our living room as it stands today:




And here is a photo of what I would like the room to feel like.
I think the mossy greens, blues, textiles and red accents will work well in my space.



 And here are some other color schemes that speak to me:











Here is the color I'm considering for my living room walls:

Retro Avocado by Behr

Thoughts?
Anyone?
Please?


Very Cool Coffee Tables

If anyone has an extra one of these coffee tables just lying around, please send it on.  These coffee tables below kick all over my little Craigs-lister from 2009.  Just email for my address!

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And on a totally separate note... 

For those of you who have been following along in my weight lost journey via Smaller Sarah, I'm so excited to report that I'm down 36 pounds since June 1st!  I'm almost half way to my goal of losing 75 pounds by June of 2012!  You can't see it, but I'm doing a little victory dance.

A Break in the Weather

After the barrage of 100 degree days we've had this summer in Dallas, the weather finally broke.  For the past few days the evening lows have dropped into the 60's and the mornings have been hovering in the 70's.  Do you know what this means?  First, that there is a merciful God or a higher power who watches over us.  Second, that Autumn is on her way.  Fall is my favorite time of year.  I love the weather, the holidays, the clothes, and most importantly, the quality of light that Fall brings with her.  I'm ready for that slanting, focused light of Autumn to fill my home. 

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The Home as Studio

The photo below of John Lennon and Yoko Ono quietly writing together in a communal space got me thinking about transitional rooms that provide a haven for creative pursuits.  When designing my own home, it is my goal that almost every room be at the ready for a painting project, journal entry, quiet reading or some other creative endeavour.  I love when rooms call out for creative play and thoughtful art. 


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The Piano

Do you live with a piano?  I do.  Although I don't play it everyday, she has a real presence in our home.  She's always calling out for a little face time and reminds me that when I'm ready, I can always sit down at her bench for a chat with the keys.

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"The piano is a monster that screams at you when you touch its teeth."  - Andre Segovia


"No other acoustic instrument can match the piano's expressive range, and no electric instrument can match its mystery." - Kenneth Miller

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"The piano has been drinking, not me."  - Tom Waits

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"My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference." - Harry S. Truman

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"When she started to play, Steinway came down personally
and rubbed his name off the piano." - Bob Hope

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...and here is my little piano tucked away in the corner of my dinning room.

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Traditional Twist

After reading the premier issue of Trad Home last week, I started seeing tradition styles in a new light. I've got lots of traditional furniture speckled throughout my house.  Some of my pieces were hand-me-downs and some were picked up from Craig's List in a flurry to furnish our first apartment.  Even though they aren't my favorite pieces in my home, they serve as the base for all of my other decorating whims.  Here are some rooms with traditional foundations that update their look with modern art, accessories, textures and patterns. 

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Foot Stools, Poofs and Such

I love all the low lying stools, poofs, ottomans, tiny tables and such that I see perched in these living rooms and parlours.  I especially like the look of a traditional coffee table set-up with stools and poofs tucked in to serve as extra seating or movable surfaces for drinks, food or feet. They seem ready to jump in at any moment and lend a helping hand.

via First Sense

via French by Design

via Head Over Heels

via New York Social Diary

via Rather Nice

via Gold Cage

via Desire To Inspire

And finally... I won this amazing necklace and matching earring set yesterday at Art by Karena.  The necklace was designed by Marsha of Splenderosa Jewelry Design.  You can see more of her beautiful designs HERE. Thank you to Karen and Marsha for their I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E. Valentine's Day giveaway! I'm still reeling!

Raw Linen

Linen is hands down my favorite fabric.  I love the texture and feel of this old standard - the more raw and textured the better.  I wear it, I hang it, I eat off of it, I sit on it, I sleep under it - you get the idea.  I even love the wrinkle factor.  Sometimes I iron it out, but mostly I leave it be.  Do you love linen too? 

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Annie Lennox in Blue

I've just finished listening to Annie Lennox's new Christmas Album, A Christmas Cornucopia.  It is marvelous!  Annie has drawn upon her rock and New Wave roots and included lush Moroccan, Arabic and Celtic orchestrations to create this new collection of carols. Annie dubs her voice three, four, sometimes eight times over to achieve an angel choir of Annie Lennoxes.  But these angels are not your typical heavenly choir.  Her take on these carols is ballsy, boastful, and filled with big harmonies.  Another thing I love about the songs on this album is that Annie articulates every word.  I've heard most of these carols a hundred times, but her clarity of speech affords the listener a new look into the story behind the carol.  There is also a new song, written by Annie, at the end of the album called "Universal Child".  I was driving in my car when I heard this song for the first time and I just balled my eyes out (it might be the post partum hormones). "Universal Child" seemed to speak directly to my feelings for my son, Charlie, and the situation we find ourselves in with his health issues.  Its a gorgeous song about love, divinity and what it means to care for a child. Also, I love her album cover.  The blue background inspired me to pull out these dark and dreamy interior photos I had tucked away in my inspiration file. 


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Sara Gilbane

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An act of passion

If, as Coco Chanel once said, "An interior is the natural projection of the soul", then the interiors pictured below are projecting all over the place.  These bursting, jewel toned, heavily textured spaces reveal passion, pleasure, self awareness and true Bohemian soul.  Our homes should be love letters to ourselves and these rooms fit the bill.

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Emile Levy, "The Love Letter" 1872

Marjorie Skouras Design

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Lavender + Gray

I have recently fallen in love with this wintry color combo.  Lavender and gray.  Hydrangea and fog.  Lilac and stone.  Heather and heath.  I love every subtle incarnation of these two colors.  I think that this might be a gorgeous color choice for my master bedroom.  I've already got the gray walls, I just need some lovely lavender bedding.... and a different bed... oh, and some different furniture... and new art... and... and...

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via Angelo : HOME

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via Head Over Heels

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