So, guys, I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is, I finally tallied the results of your votes for which fabric I should use on the pair of cane chairs I found along the side of the road. The image above is clearly a give-a-way that the winner was the black and silver tribal pattern.
The bad news is, in person, the fabric is totally blue cast. I thought that the ground color was white (or cream) in the online photo, but it’s a very muddy powdery silver-blue. Still, in the photo I took above, it’s hard to see it, but it’s there…. lurking beneath the darker grey and black pattern. Don’t fret, however… I have a plan. Continue Reading…
I’ve been on the edge of my seat awaiting a glimpse of the Grandiflora photo shoot I had last week with the amazing Allie Lehman of The Wonder Jam. We had so much fun and it was interesting for me to be on this side of a product shoot. I pre-planned shots I wanted and Allie has such a good eye, that she made magic of the products.
Here are just a few small sneak peeks to get you through until the official site launch on November 11th! In the meantime, if you haven’t already, sign up for our mailing list to receive updates on the launch, insider-only specials, and new item updates!
You can see that even Perry got in on the action. She LOVED Allie and literally wouldn’t leave her side. I may be just a tinch jealous, but who wouldn’t love Allie?
So, it’s only a matter of a couple of weeks now until everything goes live and is available for purchase! Someone pinch me!
This time of year always brings unexpected pop-up parties and dinners – and it’s easy to be prepared! A few added touches can easily switch any regular dinner (regardless of what’s on the menu) into a party you’ll be happy to host.
Repeating any one accent automatically creates a great flow and holds the entire dinner together. When I shop, I always shop for similar type serving pieces (all brass metallic, wood, or white) so that, regardless of what I pull out of my cabinets, it all goes together.
Tips on shelf styling are one of the things that I get the most questions about. In so many styling guides, I use books stacked horizontally to give shelves some variation (like in the above photo). Mixing up the look of books lined up regularly and books used in other ways is a great way to start, but if your collection of coffee table books isn’t extensive, here is a great solution!
Using a plate display stand, just prop up one of your favorite books (facing outward) to show off the gorgeous cover and take up lots of negative space with just one book. The best part about this strategy is that it’s so easy to inject color by doing this. Look at the pop of green I get from facing out my Scandinavian Design book.
This is one of my favorite little tips for you on this Monday!
When fall rolls around each year, I’m so inspired by the change in seasons and the breathtaking colors it brings that I often want to go pretty over-the-top with my fall decorating. Between the uptrending oxblood and fall’s ever popular orange, I just can’t get enough. Although it’s pretty easy to get carried away by the autumnal palette and cozy textures, your home will look a lot more pulled together using a few easy tips for seasonal decorating.
Vintage maps aren’t new on the decor scene, but recently, I’ve been seeing them used as full statement walls, which I LOVE. I’ve seen my fair share of brightly colored walls and designer wallpapers, and although I am quite fond of a lot of those, they may not be for everyone.
Vintage maps do lend a more casual, rustic vibe than a lot of statement walls that I see and in all of my scouring, Wallpapered has the best selection of maps that I’ve seen out there on the interwebs. I think that this is an awesome solution for the biggest home decor question I get from people. Continue Reading…
I don’t know if you guys have ever snatched something off the side of the road, but this was a first for me. A few weeks ago, I was driving home from work and saw a set of four chippendale cane chairs sitting out with someone’s trash. At first I drove by, processing what I’d seen, but then, about 2 miles later, I decided I wanted them. I’d been inspired by the gold cane chair that Carmel had painted, and the image of that entry popped right into my head.
When I pulled into the driveway of the house that had thrown away such beauties, the woman of the house was outside. I walked up and asked her if she’d mind if I took a pair of the set of chairs out of her trash. She seemed so happy that I wanted them. She had kept them for years, hoping to revive them herself, but just didn’t do it.
Well, I’m here to give these girls a new life.
Now, restoring furniture isn’t my favorite thing to do. I enjoy it more than say, sewing, but it takes a lot of patience, and patience is something that I’m working on. Looks like these chairs are just the beauties to give me a little practice.
I know I want to paint the frames gold. Similar to my inspiration, I know the gold will pop right off the navy walls I’m planning in my entry. The seats are a different story. They’re currently (broken) cane, but I have thought about switching them to upholstery to get a little pattern into my life. The whole scheme of my entry will be navy, white, black, and brown (not your average combo, but you’ll see…), so something in a simple black and white is what I’m after – if the gold came doesn’t win out…
There are several different styles in here, I know. Classic, quirky, sweet, and tribal… but I really like all of these fabrics and can image them on a golden frame of cane! I’m leaning heavily toward two (plus the gold cane) so three… but I’m putting this up for a vote.
I will finish this chair in whatever you guys pick out. I repeat – I will go with a reader’s choice on this one! Keep reading to vote for your favorite,Continue Reading…
When sorting through a CB2 catalogue the other night, I spotted a pink couch for just under a grand that was just darling. It quickly got me to thinking about the idea of ‘fashion furniture’ and why we separate it so starkly from fashion clothing.
I see tons of women with shoes and bags – all of which won’t be worn for more than a year or two – that ring in at well over a grand. This season’s booties or ‘it’ bag can quickly make a home in our closets. But why is it that furniture seems to be something we are fixated on needing to use forever.
I love the idea of a pop colored sofa or a really quirky chair, but when it comes to actually putting cash to counter, purchasing a piece that I love right now, I stop short. I ask myself, Continue Reading…
It’s probably no surprise that I have fresh flowers in my house at all times. Working with flowers for weddings and events so often, I just cannot be without a bouquet divvied up around the house. People always comment that keeping blooms around would get expensive, but it doesn’t at all if you follow my plan.
Every other week, I purchase one BIG mixed bouquet from Trader Joe’s (which costs just $9) and another smaller bouquet of just one type of flower (sunflowers in this case). I take the big bouquet apart and make four arrangements. Two small ones (in mini bottles) for the bedside and the bathroom, one medium sized one (in a drinking glass) for my kitchen island, and one larger one (tutorial here) for my entryway.
As you can see, not all of the arrangements have a sunflower, the bathroom arrangement just has some simple greens and a trimming off the mums. The bedside and kitchen bouquets just have one of the sunflowers and then the big arrangement gets the balance sunflowers and the rest of the big bouquet.
Choosing bouquets with mums, flowering greens, sunflowers, peruvian lilies, daisies will ensure that your bouquet lasts almost the full two weeks. If you like more delicate flowers, just ensure to remove any leaves that fall below the water line and change water often (every 3-4 days).
It will seem like you’ve always got fresh flowers sitting around and for the cost of a trip to Starbucks (for two)!
I had a painting commissioned a few years ago for Matt’s birthday to celebrate his two favorite dogs, our Miniature Schnauzer, Perry, and our (now passed) English Mastiff, Zeus. I thought it would be hilarious to have a very serious historic painting rendered with the faces of our two furry children.
The painting sat, rolled in a tube, for a few years because I had no clue how to handle an unwrapped canvas. Then came a long an opportunity for me to test out the custom framing at my local Michaels store. I jumped at the opportunity to have my painting framed. I’d always envisioned it to have a very traditional, almost vintage treatment to go along with the style of the painting (minus the two animals).
I was really happy with how the framing turned out. I would have never thought to do an inner and outer frame with the matting in between, but it was suggested by Rob (my friendly neighborhood framing expert at Michaels) and I love the double strips of gold.
Soon, I’ll have the absolute perfect spot to feature such an ironic work of art. We’ve got changes in the Souder house coming down the pipeline that will make a lovely home for this piece.
Do you love the juxtaposition of serious and humorous? I understand it’s not for everyone!
disclosure: I am being gifted the frame mentioned by the lovely people at Michaels for my honest feedback on their framing service. All expressed opinions are my own.
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