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Fashion or Forever

fashion or forever

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…

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This week’s flowers – four ways

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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.

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fall flowers four ways

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)!

Any tips you use to keep your flowers going?

 

p.s. The pumpkin candle from illume is fantastic – not to spicy, not to sweet, just very pumpkin-y.

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Vintage Oil Painting with Humor

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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).

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michaels framed oil painting

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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Custom Framing for a Vintage Look

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Earlier this year, I wrote a post about kitchen storage and ever since then, I’ve been thinking back to the vintage portrait in this rustic white kitchen.  I really loved the balance between modern rustic and the classical style painting.

Since then, I’ve kept an eye out for vintage style portraits in more modern homes for inspiration for my own home. We have a commissioned painting still rolled up in a tube that I’d given Matty for his birthday two years ago, and I thought this portrait style piece of art was a good place to start.  The framing, however, boggled my mind.  Hence the 2 year wait to do something about it.

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Always a DIYer, I was super hesitant to actually have our piece framed (couldn’t I just do it?) but the rolled up canvas still had me flummoxed. Enough was enough, however, and with the walls of my entry getting a makeover soon, it was high time I bit the bullet and got this taken care of. Enter, custom framing at the Michaels down the street.  I had received so many of those mailers about whatever percent off they were offering that week, but never quite jumped.  I went in last weekend, however, and had the most amazing experience.

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I basically played with all of the stuff for a good hour.  They had a computer program which showed the art on a background of color from various paint suppliers to get a feel for what the mat and frame look like off my (soon to be) very dark walls. You can see the mess I made of the framing department.   Continue Reading…

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A bohemian choice

light and dark

I’m a big fan of the boho influence in everything from interiors to fashion.  Although I definitely take more of a classic approach, there is always a little boho thrown in there.

That aspect is what initially attracted me to both of these rooms.  A mix of cool and comfortable furniture, beautifully colored rugs, and a fair bit of natural elements keeps them cohesive, but there is one very big difference.

Where does your preference lie when it comes to these two boho spaces?  Dark? or Light?

 

photo source: dark, light

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Fall’s Perfect Purples

amethyst to oxblood

This weekend, I bought a beautiful succulent with just a tinge of amethyst on the tips.  It got me thinking about how I’ve seen purple everywhere this season and how many different iterations there are (all that I love).  Although I’ve completed designing my holiday collection for Grandiflora (which I’m ECSTATIC to show you) I’ve already moved to designing my spring collection as well and I’m using a ton of different levels of purple.  I’m really obsessed with all things plum, amethyst, eggplant, wine, and violet at the moment.

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What are your thoughts?  People usually have such strong feelings about purple – one way or the other way.  What’s your way?

 

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Office Space for Two

total office for two people

After the big announcement yesterday of our new home + decor brand, Grandiflora, Matt and I definitely needed a space that was a bit more accommodating for two people.

I loved my office before as well!  I had painted it white, kept the color scheme pretty simple, and had storage and a desk.  Even though I loved it, it was not enough when it comes to managing a few businesses (my husband also owns a lawn mowing business and is the chief information officer for another company as well).  We just needed more workspace and more storage and organization. So, a change was in order. (p.s. if you click on the ‘office before’ link, you can also see some photos before the before).

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office for two

office organization shelving

I actually only purchased 4 things for this room, which made it pretty budget friendly as well – The desk, which was a blueish grey and looked similar to the original one I wanted in my inspiration board, but was 90% cheaper.  Yes, 90%. I got it on final sale at Ikea and it is a good one.  It’s super heavy, well built, and the perfect size.  And, bonus, I got my blue color that I was after. Keep Reading for more pictures and the rest of the sources!  Continue Reading…

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Buy or Diy: Staircase Paint

buy or diy - painted staircase

I’ve had a certain project on my mind recently, and I cannot decide whether to take the plunge and DIY or to just open my pocketbook and splurge on the ‘buy’.

When talking this weekend with one of my best friends, Lacey, we were both in a similar predicament with our staircases.  It seems like such an easier task than the painted herringbone walls I recently did, but really I think it’s much harder.  Painting on stairs is just so much more time consuming because all of the up and down has to be done so carefully.  Also, we don’t have a light in our stairwell making painting hours much reduced (no nights here!).

So I’m really stuck on this one.  On one hand it’s just paint… but on the other hand, what a headache to do it on my own!

Weigh in here – what would you do? Buy? or DIY?

 

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Creepy Crawly Chic

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Something you may not know about me is that I was a science major in college. I spent the early years in all sorts of fun classes where we got to examine, breed, and learn about some creepy creatures. Although these days, 0% of what I do is related to that field, I still hold a vested interested in the beauty of nature.

Insects have become a major trend as of late, their likenesses appearing on upholstery fabric, in art, jewelry, and clothing.  I wrote an entire round up and rundown of the trend (and how to implement into your life)  in my bi-monthly posts that I write for Etsy, but I chose a few favorites to share with you today!

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Creeped out yet?  If not, definitely check out the full post on Etsy today!

Have a great Tuesday, guys!

 

In this post: lacewing art | tea plate | pillow | notecards

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DIY X-Stool

making an x-stool from a director's chair

X-stools come in all shapes and sizes, but you don’t have to stress about finding the right one for your space – just make it!  I used the base of a directors chair that I had sitting in a closet to create this little perch in my entryway and love it!  I had a table runner on hand that I bought just because I liked the metallic natural weave, but had only used probably once, which made for the perfect seat and was quite easy to put together.  The best part is, you could use any fabric you want as long as it’s upholstery weight.  Since mine was already at a 16 inch width, I didn’t have to hem any edges, but that wouldn’t be to difficult either.

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Xstool Tutorial

ONE unscrew the arms from the base of the directors chair and discard.  TWO unscrew the brace that stabilizes the top of the legs and put aside – you’ll reattach this piece later. THREE measure the open width of the base going all of the way around the underside of the horizontal supports. FOUR cut your fabric to width (or just a touch shorter) and wrap it very tightly around the sidebars, cutting a little notch out for the diagonal legs.

Xstool how-to

Xstool process

Staple one side of the fabric to the underneath of the side bars.  Move to the other side and repeat, cutting the notches for the legs and pulling very tightly before stapling.  The, re-attach the braces that you removed in step two.

X stool from a Directors chair

Presto!  You’ve got a brand new stool that folds right up and tucks away when not in use.  I’d make a pair of these and bring them out to flank my coffee table when guests come over!

Will you give it a try?  If you don’t have an old director’s chair sitting around, I’m sure it wouldn’t be a hard thing to find at an end-of-summer garage sale!

If you have a tall director’s chair, try this fun DIY that I did in April!

 

Have a FABULOUS Tuesday, guys!

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