Well, after 6 weeks away…..we decided to come home over the weekend.
If you have been following my blog since the beginning you may remember that my mom has been battling cancer since 2008. She has dealt with it spreading to the lungs and then the brain back in 2010…..she had surgery the week Harry was born and STILL made it to the hospital for his birth. She is amazing to say the least. Well, after surgeries, radiation, chemo, etc. she has finally decided that she has done all she can do to fight this. So, she is using her time to spend with family and friends and enjoy life. She really is a true inspiration and the weeks I spent in Virginia with her were precious…..and we’ll likely go back as much as we can (and as much as my parents will allow as it was quite “energetic” around the house with my two kiddos in tow) in the months ahead.
Thanks to all of you who flooded my inbox with emails and words of support. Even when I didn’t have the time to personally respond, I appreciated your words and thought more than you know. Please bear with me as I get myself back up to speed here at home. Stacks of mail, appointments with my web designer, overdue trips to the design center for VERY patient clients, etc. and I am feeling slightly overwhelmed. I am hoping that I’ll be back to “normal” by the weekend and will start real blogging again.
Until then, I am going to try to list some new fabrics I got in and focus on the behind the scenes of my business as I am in the middle of changing some things around here. And, of course, I plan enjoy these last weeks of summer with my kiddos who are number one in my book!
I’ll be back soon!
On Monday I showed you the pitiful shape of the built ins in our family room.
Well, that was then and this is now.
I pretty much used whatever we had around the house. My husband scratched his head as I removed all of the covers from his extensive collection of World War II novels. My books, I am afraid are not of the bookshelf variety! I broke a couple of rules too, can you tell?
View from the left….
View from the right….
I’ve got fake peonies mixed in….and I know people feel strongly about this….but I love mine and I can sleep at night I assure you. I also ran out of appropriately sized books and had to throw in a few paperbacks. What are you going to do?
The only “new” items on the shelves are a few new moss balls I whipped up with supplies I had on hand from a previous project.
So, for now at least I feel like we can have friends over for dinner this weekend and not be completely mortified at the state of the shelves. Now on to the living room which has another set of built-ins backed with a not so hot (or professionally done) red paint job!
Oh and P.S. to my husband if you are reading…..this is why I really need that new camera for my birthday!
I have mentioned that we plan to do some remodeling to the downstairs of our 80+ year old home. So, I do not want to do a lot of decorating in advance of what is sure to include a fair bit of demolition. But, we like to entertain and have a few things on the schedule in the next month and I really do not want our guests to see this….
The Maddie G Family Room
I thought posting this pitiful image with a promise of “after” shots might hold me to finding an interim style to tide us over until we have more permanent decor in place. Here are a few inspirational images I’ve found while searching online.
In the image from Cottage and Vine, I love the texture provided by the grasscloth. I also really like the mix of elements from the natural basket to the white ceramic and the glass. The shelves look well done but not overdone!
I love the color in the back of these bookshelves and the use of family photos interspersed. I know we are not supposed to overdo it with photos in the home….but I do love a photo to bring a personal touch into a space.
In the room by Sally Steponkus above, I love that she actually used books to fill the shelves! And, I love how many of the red bindings subtly coordinate with the chairs in the forground.
More color in the background and careful editing. Notice the way the books are stacked in the bottom left. I like the creative placement of the books vs. just lining them up on the shelf.
Finally, for even more inspiration and some “Do’s and Don’ts” hop on over to Dwellers without Decorators who had bookshelf styling on her mind last week as well.
Stay tuned, I vow to do something with my bookshelves this week.
I’ve already let you know that all decorating in our home has ceased due to our impending move. In fact, our house lists the Thursday after Labor Day (need a new home in Northern Virginia anyone?). My living room really never got too far off the ground. I managed to paint, do grass shades and drapes and a sofa. But, that is where it all stopped.
I had intended to do a glass top/metal base cocktail table with some patina and some appropriate end tables and lamps……but never got around to it. This is, by far, the least used room in our home.
Recall, I had been working on a custom rug for the space but just couldn’t get motivated to sit down and review the artist’s renderings and select my colors (maybe this should have told me something). And then, once I learned we were moving, I decided to go with seagrass instead….far cheaper and sure to be used somewhere in our new home.
And then, I finally settled on a wool rug to get the natural look but to achieve a better sense of comfort….in case I want to use it in Maddie’s room or a more family friendly space in the new home. Several weeks ago I picked up our new rug. I think it looks quite nice in this room….rather understated and subdued.
If the rug were going to stay in this room, I’d have had it made larger. But, I wanted maximum flexibility for its new home. The oversized slipper chairs (and probably both end tables) will be on Craigslist soon–like the day our house goes under contract. The chairs, I had to have these while visiting Dallas, of all places, about 9 years ago….and never liked them once they were delivered. Not sure why. The coffee table is a hand me down from when my parents had a place in FL…..It doesn’t fit in this space but it cannot be all bad. I had a woman in my home recently purchasing a mirror I’d sold on Craigslist and she asked me to call her if I decide to sell it!
Here is another view of the room. I love the fabric (Suzanne Rheinstein for Lee Jofa- “Folie Chinoise”) and how it looks with the Conrad shades.
Speaking of hand me downs from my mom. I LOVE this lamp…..and am seriously lobbying her to allow me to take it to Dallas with me. I think it looks so great with my drapes and the color of the sofa! Mom, are you reading?
I hope you have a great weekend. My husband has been in four states for work this week….and got home last night. I am looking forward to some serious family time (mixed in with two toddler birthday parties)! Cannot wait!
It was a whirlwind weekend as I’ve been in Dallas since Thursday visiting preschools and house-hunting. What an exhausting process but thankfully we made some progress in narrowing down our search to a few neighborhoods. And, we have a great realtor so I now feel confident we’ll find a house we love in a great neighborhood….and am thankful we have the time to wait for the perfect place for us! (And, Mom and Amy if you are reading….THANKS again to you both and Dad for watching Maddie for 4 days!!!!!! I know she is a handful!)
Anyways, I came home to stacks of mail and in it was the sample of the wallpaper I want to use in our baby’s nursery. I sampled three colorways, but I am pretty sure this one will be the go….
The color in the image above is way off on my monitor. The background reads an olive color here…..but the background on the actual paper is MUCH lighter. In fact, it is almost a dark cream/very light beige. I love it!
This paper is by Julia Rothman for Hygge & West. It was designed in Brooklyn, NY and screen printed in Chicago, IL. And, it is printed on high quality paper manufactured in the US.
I’ve got to thank the blog world, specifically Urban Grace, for the introducing me to this paper. Designer Laurie Rhoney used this paper in her daughter’s nursery and it was featured on the Urban Grace blog. This picture has been in my inspiration files ever since.
What do you think? I just think it is so sweet used on a nursery ceiling. This paper is my jumping off point, and I will share the various elements as I make progress. My goal is to have everything ready to go so the room can be put together as soon as we make the big move!
I have to apologize for the lack of timely and substantive posts around here this week. We have had a lot going on in our world. I’ve been simultaneously battling a sinus cold and some never-ending nausea while trying to keep on top of work and home…..it’s been a bit much.
But, anyway. I have something to look forward to. Last summer, I stumbled upon the below picture on a little blog (and I am extremely sorry I cannot remember the blog….) kept by a gift store owner. She had customized the below chandelier to match the paint color on her dining room walls.
Something about this whimsical chandelier spoke to me. So, I ordered my own. My dining room walls are painted Benjamin Moore Wedgewood Gray on the walls and Navajo White on the chair rail and all molding. On my chandelier, the branches will be a pewter color, the flowers a cranberry color and the birds’ feathers, painted to match my walls.
I’ll admit the process has been a long one. The chandelier arrived in February with the wrong color glass. I was freaking out until I found my samples and realized it was not my mistake. The blue is the tiny center of the flower…it matches the walls.
The showroom sent a picture last week to confirm the new crystal colors. Much better…..
And, here is a sneak peak of the birds, painted Wedgewood Gray.
The UPS truck is due in this afternoon with my chandelier. My dining room rug is to be delivered and spread next week. I am so excited to see this room finally come together. I will not lie, this chandelier is a bit out there for me. I rarely question my decisions….but until this chandelier is hung and in place, I do not think I’ll exhale fully.
I had better love it….or else Maddie will need a bigger room to house her new chandelier! I’ll be sure to post pictures once it is hung!
In the meantime, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!