Nov 16, 2017

~ new fortuny in the house

This post was supposed to be about my new family room furniture. BUT IT'S STILL NOT HERE. Apparently, a shipping mix up. 

As annoying as that news was, it came with a special delivery that replaced the bad news quite nicely. I had a few cushions covered with a gorgeous orange Fortuny, and this unexpected substitute delivery will certainly tide me over until the highly anticipated family room furniture arrives next week.

I had a sample of this Fortuny Persepolis in bittersweet and gold for what seems like forever before finally ordering.

I don't think it could be prettier with the bullion fringe on my drapery. That fringe was one of my favorite things Richard White ever found. I'm happy to have Richard White, who still helps me with design projects now and then... He also picked out that chair 18 years ago, and was the cheerful and handsome deliverer of these gorgeous cushions!

Since there is a minimum order for Fortuny fabric, I also covered this little side chair I bought a few years ago at an antique show. I've had that little pillow - also designed by Richard White - for 18 years. I can't decide which chair to put it on!

My new family room furniture is supposed to be delivered next Tuesday, but I'm not going to hold my breath. To be honest, as long as I know it's coming, I am happy to wait. Stay tuned...

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Nov 6, 2017

~ link deli

I get emails regularly, asking me about an image or a product from a past post. It makes me so happy to know people are still finding inspiration from a post I can barely remember writing!

Searching on google is one way people find old posts. I also have my blog archive listed in the sidebar chronologically by year and month. But the categories in my side bar are the the most convenient way to access past posts on my blog. I used to use a service called inlinkz to store and organize my posts by category. It was a tedious process to upload the posts and coordinating links, but I loved the idea of people enjoying my old posts, and it was worth it. Inlinkz recently changed hands to linkdeli which just about put me over the edge. It's the same exact idea, just a few different options, and an unexpected headache. (Some of my images didn't transfer, I can't choose a matching font, and the thick white borders are required ~ all of which drive me and my OCD crazy..) 

Anyway, all this inspired me to remind readers to click the categories. 

The categories with links are always in my sidebar, but I am including them below in hopes you might do some exploring. You can click on the category links to get to an entire page of similar posts. For example, if you get excited about an inspired home post, you can see all the inspired homes I have ever posted in one place. If you are looking for some holiday inspiration,  just click on the inspired holiday category for a full page of posts! If you are looking for some color in your life, try clicking the inspired color category!

Always hoping that I might provide some inspiration...

Happy November!

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Nov 3, 2017

~ monogrammed napkins for sale!

Remember these?

I've blogged about these monogrammed napkins many times. The picot edge is my favorite, and I have this style in several colors in my personal collection.

Different monogram, but same picot edge...

I don't know which I love more...  the color napkin with the white edge and monogram, or the white napkin with the color edge and monogram

Carolyne Roehm may have started the viral interest in this particular version of a linen napkin and monogram...

I have received tons of emails about the picot edge napkins, and when I saw the source at NYNOW a few years ago, I wondered why not sell them myself! (Sometimes I have to think about things for a while before following through...)

This vendor also sells beautiful placemats...

Please drop me an email and let me know if you would like to place an order for picot-edged, monogrammed napkins, or any of the placemats you see here. For the napkins, I can email you color options, and rest assured, pretty much any color you can think of is available. I also have options for monograms, although this is my favorite, shown above in several images...

The placemats are 15" square and are priced at $48 each.

The napkins are $38 each, and the monogram is an additional $28 per napkin. I realize this is quite an investment, and I don't have any recommendations on how to make it feel better. Somehow, I push through the pain of ordering, and when they arrive, the feeling is immediately replaced with one of elation. 😬

*The monograms typically take about 8 weeks, but we are quite close to the holiday season, and they are already backed up. The monogrammed napkins would not be ready to ship until at least a couple weeks after Christmas.

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Oct 30, 2017

~ stenciled butler's pantry

Although this project turned out to be more complex than originally planned, I could not be happier about the way it looks! Andy Moore thought at a quick glance, that he could stencil a design in my Butler's Pantry in a day or two. I was thrilled. The wallpaper I was considering was a fortune, and the colors weren't quite right. I showed it to Andy when he was here working on another project, and he thought surely he could give me this same look with stenciling, and do it quickly, saving me time and money by scrapping the wallpaper. 

Let me quickly clarify that although I frequently call Andy Moore my painter, it is not an accurate description. Talented artist/perfectionist is more appropriate, and in this particular instance, mathematician would also be a good choice. The tight corners in this small space were more difficult than expected, and required extensive hand painting. One or two days turned into a week. I felt terrible! Except OMG you guys, I love it so much.

Here's a peek at how gorgeous...

I adore the muted sage green color with the gold center.

Here are the Galbraith & Paul wallpaper samples. The green is too blue, and the tan is not green enough...

Andy cut the stencil, applied two colors - the sage green and the gold - and then hand painted the four white "u" shapes around the center. 

Here is the first stencil shape and color. The color reads grey in some of these photos, but it is a warm green that was custom matched to my drapery fabric.

Here you can see the addition of the gold center and a few with the white "u" shape...

Here are some before photos of the space from an old post. You can see the Butler's Pantry through the arched doorway to the left of the fireplace. I tried to cover up the boring walls and add some color with botanical prints.

I hoped the pattern on the walls would make that arched shape stand out. (Notice the statue in the corner here... I will reference later.)

For years, we lived with these plain walls, and it didn't occur to me to wallpaper or paint. But all of a sudden, I became obsessed with making this small space more special. I really wanted to do a light fixture as well, but the Payer of the Bills said absolutely no to that idea. I pick my battles. 

And here are some updated photos with the stenciling! You can see the blue ceiling in the office... That's another very slow project I am working on.

The statue is missing because it fell over. It isn't ruined, but needs to be re-attached. I have been living with the statue corpse on my living room floor for months. It's on the to-do list. (Insert rolling my eyes so hard emoji)

I couldn't be happier with this outcome. Although we didn't predict the extra days it would take, I am forever grateful to Andy for making sure this, and every project, is finished perfectly. I really appreciate the professionalism and follow through. After I posted a story of the stenciling in progress on Instagram, someone messaged me wanting to know where I got my stencil. She was shocked when I told her my "painter" made the stencil for this project. I feel lucky to have access to such a talented artist! 

Andy Moore Custom Art Services: 402.321.1634 (Omaha, NE)

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Oct 26, 2017

~ around the house

A few things to catch up on...

I finally hung this blue and white platter in the back hall.. I mentioned it way back when I was doing my laundry room. It hung in there for a while, and also in my kitchen over the stove. 

(this is the old laundry room, new laundry room is HERE)

It's a fun surprise to walk in from the garage and see this! It is especially nice considering it sat on my dining room table waiting to be hung for the past 6 months. I'm not sure why it took me so long to follow through with this plan, but it is finally done.

Love it!

Kalanchoes are still totally doing the trick for me in several locations... I especially love them in the fall. 

Love the orange in the green confit pot...

The blue and white Aerin pot shown below, in the kitchen, used to be in the dining room, where the green confit pot is. I love moving containers around the house. They feel new in a different space. I adore the dark orange alstroemeria with the blue!

Here you can see the aptware platter that replaced the blue and white one I hung in the hallway! 

For those of you waiting for a family room update, it's coming soon! The new drapery are hung (shown here) and the new furniture is arriving in the next couple weeks. Will post asap!

More kalanchoe...

Also? We are stenciling the Butler's Pantry! I am very excited about this project. The design was inspired by a Galbraith & Paul wallpaper. The colors weren't quite right on the wallpaper, so we customized the colors, and Andy Moore is stenciling the design! This is the very beginning of the process, and I will report back when finished. Check my Instagram stories for updates! 

I stopped by by my SIL's house the other day, and about died over these hydrangea. You guys, she picked them FROM HER YARD... 

Ok, that's all for now.. I will be anxiously awaiting the family room furniture delivery!

Hope you are having a wonderful fall! 🍁🍁

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