Dec 22, 2014

~ tis the season

Am thrilled to be spending the week with my family! I'll be back next week...

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Dec 18, 2014

~ tft tablescape: december

Since I will not be having a dinner at my house over the holidays, I am thrilled to share the December tablescape a little early...

Got out the Brunschwig & Fils tablecloth I love...
Les Touches

And a few MacKenzie-Childs pieces...

Whole foods had gorgeous white roses and a nice selection of red berries...

My favorite monogram from Walker Valentine ~ Vanessa.

And the new holiday plates from MacKenzie-Childs are darling!

 Sour Santas

Found this darling tree with tangerines on our Kansas City visit - Parrin & Co!

Cheers to a wonderful holiday season!

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Dec 15, 2014

~ laundry room update

LOL. Here's a funny update. It's funny because the original post is dated 8/3/12. And that my friends, was over 2 years ago. There have been no real updates to the laundry room since that post. I have been too busy updating other parts of the house. The laundry room seems to move down the totem pole of priorities when dealing with a budget. I sure do despise budgets :)

So let's take a look at what has just happened in the updating department, shall we? First, if you're interested, here's the original post about updating the laundry room... (here) And here's a pic... Not bad for a before pic!


The hardware was the central focus of the last post about updating the laundry room. It was all about MacKenzie-Childs knobs replacing the existing white ceramic knobs. That never happened. Now I have a new fascination. And it's called wallpaper. 

Can you imagine this gorgeous mosaic wallpaper in the laundry room? 

I'm super obsessed with it in every color...

(here or here)

Except wallpaper is still not in the budget. But I'll tell you what is! KNOBS! Check these bad boys out..

I kept the MacKenzie-Childs knob we brought from our first house.

I love them so much! They add a little punch to the room, but it's really all about preparing for the wallpaper. I may even paint the cabinets! 

As a side note, I decided the parchment MacKenzie-Childs tray that is made of wood, and has caught fire multiple times while cooking, was not a good candidate for over the stove top. 

I brought back the blue and white platter from the laundry room...

I love it! Bonus: It doesn't catch on fire!

Baby steps people. Baby steps...

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Dec 11, 2014

~ slipcover update story

Remember the post about checks? From 8 months ago? And I alluded to the fact that I had another trick up my sleeve involving checks that was going to be happening in my dining room? Well it didn't happen. It didn't happen because I changed my mind three times before making a final decision regarding the dining room slipcovers. (Also referenced in this post about slipcovers.)

It all started with this Pierre Frey fabric...
Les Camees

 I adored the pillows in this image (I think from Carolyne Roehm?) with the cameo fabric highlighted on the front.

Here's a pic of the fabric on a chair...

I had pillows made with a charming check on the back. 

I loved the pillows so much, I wanted the fabric combo in the dining room!  (I do this sometimes.. become so joyful about a particular fabric, I want to put it in every room in my house.)

We had a plan. The check fabric would be the main fabric offering a casualness to the room... with the cameos sewn on top. But I would need double the fabric.. too much!

So we decided to do the cameos on the host chairs only. Smart! Savings! I found this image with the same check in a different color. See what I mean? Casual and smart! 

But then I found this fabric. It's a Timothy Corrigan for Schumacher. And I fell in love! 

My designer/partner in crime, Richard White, thought it was a bit "deco" for me, but I insisted.. this was the fabric. He picked out this darling check to go with.. for a flange.. just a pop... 

I loved it. I shared a sneak peek on instagram! 

But I kept waiting. 
It must not have felt 100% right. I finally decided this fabric was too "deco" for me. (Thank you for putting up with me Richard White!) So we kept thinking and thinking. Finally it dawned on me, as I perused my crazy-bag-o-fabrics, that I had a fabric chosen for somewhere else, and I LOVE it in every color, and it was perfect. 
Brunschwig & Fil

This fabric kept popping up... a sign?

Still casual, but elegant with a touch of fun. 

We decided to do the host chairs in the same Pierre Frey fabric as my drapery - (I believe this is my favorite fabric of all time..) Of course the fabric is discontinued, so I had to do some serious searching and investigative work, but I found just enough! 

And we added in a touch of that same check in a coordinating color.

Perhaps, loyal readers, you noticed these new slipcovers at my Thanksgiving table...

Check out the details on these beautiful slip covers! I love them so much! The check flange is Charm Central.

And that little peek-a-boo check in the pleat...

Flange around the sides, piping along the bottom... 

Same check treatment on the host and hostess chairs...

And if I decide I don't think the fabrics are perfect for a table setting, I slip those slipcovers right off! Here are some old pics without the slipcovers... SO BORING!

Project finished. 

Lesson learned: I'm a slow decorator.

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