Thursday, May 23, 2013

Stargazing: Galaxy Inspired Fabrics

How cool are these space-inspired fabrics from Spoonflower?!? They don't really go with the decor of my apartment, but I am in LOVE. They would look awesome stretched across a canvas via this technique. Looking back at that post makes me realize I quit my DIY art tutorials after doing only one. #oops Hopefully you will forgive me once you scroll through these beauties.









And for those of you who find no interest in the otherworlds, might I entice you with some intergalactic donuts?


Or perhaps a cosmic hamburger?


Bizzy bee today after taking over a week off of work so that's all I've got. Going to pick up this beauty/makeover project tonight! The fabric search begins yet again...

Thursday, May 9, 2013

El Viejo Mexico Handmade Custom Furniture

The dresser I mentioned a few weeks ago has arrived! I would say "finally" but it really didn't take that long.

The best part? It was delivered and installed for FREE. That is a huge plus in my opinion, because furniture shipping/delivery/moving is NOT cheap. And if the piece is super heavy (like this one) it can be a pretty stressful process. It's always nice to have someone else do the heavy lifting for you (pun 100% intended). Two thumbs up for El Viejo Mexico!

The pulls we ended up going with were these for the larger bottom drawers:

and these for the smaller top drawers:

Both sets of drawer pulls are in the "old iron" finish. For a better look, here are some close-ups of how they look on the finished dresser:

I think they turned out really great. I love how the two types of pulls look together and how the darker "old iron" finish mixes with the "antique coffee" colored dresser. Also, we became known at the furniture shop as "the people with the really nice handles" - I'll take it!

As a reminder, this was the inspiration:

Pretty spot on, don't cha think? If you are interested in ordering a custom furniture piece for yourself, I would definitely check them out. It's easiest just to drop by their warehouse  and bring a picture of what you want them to recreate. Anything that is 100% wood is fair game.

After seeing the finished dresser, I'm even more excited to see the piece that I "ordered" last week - my new console! I showed you guys the list of consoles I had narrowed it down to, and ultimately I ended up going with this one (but in a light wood finish):

I can't wait to see the final product. And to give my leopard stools a forever home.

Also, I haven't done any fitness recaps or fitness-related posts in so long. Not sure if y'all care or not, but eventually I'll get back to it when I have something worthwhile to share.

As a start, I'll recap the last few weeks of workouts at least for my own record if nothing else :)

Week of April 8

Monday - 30 minutes HIIT elliptical, Define
Tuesday - 30 minutes cardio (stairmill & elliptical)
Wednesday - Define
Thursday - 45 minutes stairmill, 15 minutes cycle, Define
Friday - None (Austin wedding weekend!)
Saturday - 30 minutes HIIT elliptical
Sunday - None

Week of April 15

Monday - 30 minutes cardio (stairmill & elliptical), Define
Tuesday - 30 minutes HIIT elliptical
Wednesday - 55 minutes various cardio, Define
Thursday - 25 minutes HIIT cycle
Friday - Ran 3 miles, walked 1 mile (bachelorette par-tay weekend!)
Saturday - None
Sunday - None

Week of April 22

Monday - 30 minutes stairmill
Tuesday - 30 minutes HIIT elliptical
Wednesday - Define
Thursday - None
Friday - 30 minutes HIIT elliptical
Saturday - Define
Sunday - None

Week of April 29

Monday - 30 minutes cycle, Define
Tuesday - 30 minutes HIIT elliptical
Wednesday - Define
Thursday - 30 minutes HIIT elliptical
Friday - Ran 3 miles, walked about 2 miles
Saturday - Define
Sunday - None

This weekend I'm off to Hunt/Kerrville, TX for a wedding (hurry up, Friday!), back to Houston for 36 hours, then off to Belize/Lubbock for the next 8 days. Point is, I might be kind of invisible for a while. But hopefully I'll come back with zero moray eel bites (note of advice: don't google "moray eel injuries" right before you go snorkeling) and lots of great pics. In the meantime, let me know if you discover teleportation. With all the traveling I have coming up, I could really use it...

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Joy & Revelry - Have you heard?

As if I don't subscribe to enough "flash sale" shopping sites already (One King's Lane, Joss & Main, Rue La La, Gilt Groupe, etc.), another contender has hit the market. And it's good. My favorite part? The searchability (is that a word?). Not only can you perform "google-esque" (now I know that's not a word) word searches; you can also organize the items by type (i.e. rug, lamp, mirror, etc.). This is the one thing that I think the other sites noted above are missing. Because sometimes I am looking for a specific piece (like a console table) and want to see all of the consoles in all of the different sales - vs. browsing through each sale that may potentially contain a console. Time is mon-ay. Mon-ay to be spent on more home goods from one of these sites!

As you can probably tell from my description above, Joy & Revelry is a home goods discount shopping site. The site's basic premise is that they invite bloggers and designers to curate virtual "shops" each week. These B's & D's are known as "style mavens," and from what I've seen so far their taste is excellent.

Check out a few of my favorite offerings:

Marrakesh Rug - $179 to $999

Barrique Low Stool - $149

Halo Chandelier - $399

Boho Ikat Long Pillow (Set of 2) - $147.50

Hammer Coral - $59

Athens White Lamp - 4399

Gold Studded Stacking Bowls (Set of 3) - $149

Gold Capize Stool - $249

Glass Fishing Floats (Set of 3) - $79

Mahogany Hand-Carved Storage Settee - $299
My one piece of advice: if you are searching for something specific instead of just persuing, use the search bar instead of the "PRODUCTS" category selector (see screenshot below).

For example, by searching "rug" in the search bar, I turned up much more results than I did by selecting "RUGS" under the products categories. I also got inconsistent results using the product category selector, even if my searches were a few minutes apart.

Happy shopping!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Asian Consoles

Oh, hey there. Happy May 1! Sorry it's been a while. Work has been bizzy bizzy, and Felicity isn't going to watch itself.


I'm blogging before work so let's get right to it. A couple weeks ago I did some rearranging around my apartment (what else is new?) and moved the chest that used to serve as a media stand in my den into my breakfast room. The TV that was once in my den is now in my bedroom, which has truly been a life changing transformation. Really helps with the Felicity watching noted above. Watching TV in your bed before bed is 1,000 times better than watching TV in the den. Those 10 or 15 steps from your couch to your bed when your eyes are drooping are just exhausting, don't you agree?

While this rearranging has been a major upgrade for my bedroom and breakfast room, the den is now seriously lacking. I have two chairs that desperately need recovering, a big empty space where the chest/media stand/TV used to be, two leopard stools that are awkwardly sitting in front of a window, and a pair of lamps that used to be on my bedroom dresser now sitting on the floor.

My solution to all of these problems? A console. Well, that and recovering the chairs in a navy velvet ASAP (plans to go look at fabrics tomorrow cross-my-fingers). The console will go where the chest/media stand/TV was before, which will eliminate the empty space. The leopard stools will now have a forever home, underneath said console. And the lamps will sit on top. Magic!

Now I just need to find a console. The perfect size would be between 50 and 70-ish inches long, 14-18 inches deep, and around 30 inches high. This one from Ikea is actually a great size, and it can be DIY upholstered (maybe in linen) or painted in a high gloss (probably not DIY, at least for me). I am leaning towards something wooden though and have found a lot of Asian inspired consoles that i think would look pretty great. I am considering having the guy who made the Restoration Hardware dresser copy one of these. That way I can customize the size (and most likely save some $$$ in the process).

Here are some of my inspirations...


Via houzz

Serena & Lily Pagoda Console



Via 1st Dibs

Serena & Lily Darjeeling Console

Whichever console I end up choosing (if I ever choose one!), I will probably have made in a raw wood stain like the Serene & Lily Pagoda console picture above. In case that sways your decision :)

So, what say you? Which one is your fave? Have one that you like even better than the ones picture above? I am learning towards one of these (won't say which) but can certainly be swayed. Go ahead, peer pressure me!