Monday, June 20, 2011

Greek Key Love

I have a  love affair with white, Greek key/Hollywood regency style tables of any sort (credenzas, night stands...you name it). Although I have never found one online in my price range, I still collect images of my favorites with hopes that one day I found one for cheap that needs re-painting, etc. Hopefully I can snag one on Craigslist or in a consignment shop to feed my addiction! The hunt is on:)



Saturday, June 18, 2011

More Baby Pics

I seriously have to restrain myself from posting a million photos of Brendan - here's a few I took against a backdrop of some really cute fabric I ordered on Etsy.



Wednesday, June 15, 2011

NAVY BLUE, CAMEL AND ELEPHANT GRAY - WEAR IT + LIVE IN IT

How to WEAR IT 
A gray fedora with a linen band, structured leather bag and leather belt add just enough sophistication. Chuck Taylor's and cargo shorts balance the look with a relaxed/carefree feel. The embellished navy blue tank and cuff bracelet adds a touch of sparkle and glam.
Camel, Navy and Elephant Gray


J Crew striped tank, $55
Cotton cargo shorts, £20
Converse hi top sneaker, $79
Rampage mini shoulder bag, $88
Linea Pelle leather bangle, $65
Modstrom shawls scarve, €30
Eugenia Kim grey fedora, £150
Buckle belt, $48




How to LIVE IN IT

A dove gray sofa from West Elm pairs with a highly textured, round woven coffee table and a retro navy blue rug. The industrial gray side table balances the look and camel colored walls add additional warmth to the room. The blue surf lamp adds yet another pop of navy blue.
Navy Blue, Camel and Elephant Gray Living Room


Lorimer Sofa - Dove Gray - West Elm, $799
Made Goods Edurne Coffee Table And Ottoman -...
Custom Tinted Benjamin Moore Paint Colors | west elm, $36
Aidan Gray Galvanized Side Table - Aidan-gray-g85 | Candelabra, Inc., $270
Unique Grey Cutler Vase | Accessories | Z Gallerie, $30
Weego Home - Lagoon_Pillow_Navy, $195
chapters.indigo.ca: Pillow - Navy: : Gift & Paper, $35
Sadie Surf Table Lamp, $50
Diamond Camel Pillow, $149
Retro Rings Rug, 8x10', Navy, $599

Guest Blogger Spotlight: Solana's DIY Hemp Pendant Light

I have a special treat for you design fanatics today. I'm honored to have the very talented Solana James from Solo Thais doing a guest blog post for me today! Solana is an amazing designer and DIY'er extraodriaire. If you don't already follow her blog I highly recommend it - Solana's blog is a great read. So, enough from me:) Without further adieu - here is Solana.
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Hi everyone! My name is Solana and I am the creator of the design blog Solo Thais. I started Solo Thais a year ago as a way to catalog the things that inspire me throughout my day. I've been experimenting with DIY projects lately and Erin, of the beautiful blog Graceful Whimsy, has invited me to share some of these projects with you. So here is my latest project, the Hemp Pendant Light, and process on how it all came together!


In April I blogged about DIY pendant light ideas and decided to try one out myself. I chose the Hemp Pendant lights seen on Crafty Nest, and inspired by West Elms Woven Abaca lamps. I followed Heika DeHart's step-by-step instructions and the results were amazing! 

What you'll need: Deflate-able ball from Target ($3), two bottles of clear tacky glue (about $3 each), a spool of hemp string (under $5) and a hanging light cord ($15)

After drawing a circle on the bottom of the ball, I began running the string through the glue and wrapping it around the ball in random patterns avoiding the circle {this is for the opening at the bottom}. The glue quickly covered my hands and started to dry, so I dumped the glue into a container and diluted it with water which made it easier to spread over the string. After using the entire spool of string I let it sit for 3 days to allow all of the layers to dry.

When the glue dried completely, it was time to deflate and removed the ball. I filled it back up with air for the next one {or to bring to the beach}.

Because I watered down the glue, some of the glue spread between the string and dried into small, clear flakes which I had to scrape off.

I had some great suggestions by friends as to what type of bulb I should use. Almost everyone suggested an old-style filament bulb, so I compromised and got a clear round one from Home Depot, and as a backup in case this one became too hot, I grabbed some round compact florescents. So far, my clear bulb seems to be doing just fine.


My new kitchen light!!!





 I love what this light has added to our small kitchen, and I like how it compliments my birch tree painting. The shadows on the wall look like tree branches extending from the branches in the painting and the hemp adds a natural and rustic element to the room.

If anyone is going to try this and would like advice, feel free to contact me...or I'd be happy to make one for you {price to be decided}. 

Thanks for following me throughout this process! 




Saturday, June 11, 2011

Shades of Griege

When it comes to paint colors, I usually prefer colors you can't put your finger on. I painted our sunroom BM Crystalline - it's across between blue, green & gray.  So for the living room, I'm thinking of painting something a little more meaty than beige....across between gray and beige...Griege! The room is West facing so I need to be careful - with windows only on one wall (which happens to be the west facing wall) - this room could get too dark and cave like easily. I'm thinking Farrow & Ball Slipper Satin...but I don't love the price for a gallon. Anyone know if Lowe's can color match Farrow paints? I'm hoping so:) If not, Edgecomb Gray is beautiful too.

Here are some contenders:

Benjamin Moore Coastal Fog


 

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl



Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray



Benjamin Moore Grey Mist



Farrow and Ball Slipper Satin


Benjamin Moore Tapestry Beige

10 Weeks Old

Brendan is 10 weeks old today and growing like a weed! He has started to make the cutest facial expressions, making us laugh constantly. There's nothing better in the world than his smile! We love this little man so much:)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Peach and Gray Wedding

Suddenly I've seen a bunch of visits to my Peach and Gray wedding post from last year. Hopefully everyone isn't freaked out that I can see what pages you visit on my blog! Anyhow, I figured for those who love the colors peach and gray...here's a little eye candy to feast on today. Enjoy!
Gray & Peach Perfection

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

These Rock

Not much makes me happier than traveling and I've always wanted a really awesome world map. I dream of going back to Spain and Paris for a third time...I really can't get enough. I secretly wished Paris was my home for years - until an episode of House Hunters on HGTV ruined by dream. Can you believe a 300 square foot apartment goes for over $500,000 there!

Anyways, my point is I would love to own a beautiful map to remind me of the dreamy places I've been. I'm sure all you design savvy folks have already seen these - but for those who have not...I'd like to introduce you to These are Things. I love this aqua and yellow map and this rust and taupe number as well. These maps are so gorgeous, they're truly pieces of art...and I want one:)



Saturday, June 4, 2011

Affordable Leather Benches

Have I mentioned I love Overstock? Well...I do. I have several rugs from Overstock - since I refuse to pay over $150.00 for a rug this is the almost the only way to go (besides Target which is another great source). I have been really wanting a storage bench or daybed/chaise/settee for my living room and haven't been able to find one in my price range. So, I check Overstock and found these great options. I have scoured the internet and have found nothing that compares price-wise to these. Now I just have to decide which of these benches really should belong to me.

Tufted Storage Ottoman $287.99 (Looks like this one from IVG for $695.00)

















Drake Leather Bench $246.99 (looks a lot like one from Crate and Barrel for $999.00)

Never Boring Gray

Lately, I'm a little gray obsessed. When done right, it is the opposite of boring. I find it calming, chic and so sophisticated. Probably not best for this time of year, but would be stellar for winter or fall. And seriously how awesome is this chevron cake...wow!
Never Boring Gray

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Drum Pendant for Less?

I'm not a fan of the contemporary chandelier in my dining room...a little gift that keeps on giving from the previous owners of my house.

I have been hunting for a drum pendant chandelier with a swap chain since I would have to do some heavy electrical work to center a typical drum pendant over my table. A drum pendant on a chain is hard to come by - but I managed to find a few!

I found this beige drum pendant chandelier on Overstock for only $84.99.










It reminds me a lot of this Jonathan Adler Meurice Pendant that costs over 4 times as much at $430.10!

So, I'm thinking I should go for it and buy the cheaper fixture from Overstock - some of the reviews say the quality isn't great - but for a fraction of the cost of the Adler chandelier - I think I should go for it. I mean...who wants to spend almost $500.00 for a chandelier? Not me.