Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Before & Afters, Giving Cookies to Mice

It's official. I have no more room for furniture in my apartment. I just received my last (tear) completed upholstery project on Saturday and am going to have to find something besides recovering old furniture to absorb my spare time and energy. Oh wait, I already found it. I think I have shared before & afters for all but two or three of my Craig's List upholstery projects (there have been five total), so I figured I would share my two most recent projects today. First up are the two Ming chairs I bought in Houston for $125 or $150 total (I can't remember the exact price):

For reference, a pair of the Ming chairs pictured below retails for $1,900 from 1st Dibs. Granted, these are in better shape than the ones I purchased, but for a more than 90% discount, I'll take the chips and scratches.

I shared the fabrics I was deciding between in this post, and in the end I went with the Trina Turk Carmel Coastline in Jet. I love how they turned out!

The second before & after I have to share is the "Alice & Wonderland" chair as my mom calls it pictured below, which you may remember from this post back in June.

This chair turned into quite the project when I decided to refinish it myself. Now that it's done, I'm glad I DIY'ed it, but I'm honestly not sure I would do it again. WERK, y'all. For this chair, I decided to go with a dark, weathered finish and a chartreuse-ish velvet (Savoy in Spring by Robert Allen). It's definitely bolder and more dramatic than I would normally pick, but I am liking the way it turned out. My bedroom is pretty bland so it could use a little drama.

Under the same philosophy of "If you give a mouse a cookie..." my mind is now turning to other ways to update my room. While I am sitting tight for the moment (and probably should stay tight until I move somewhere more permanent), I have been playing around with updating the art just for fun. I will share more in future posts (probably need to do another post dedicated solely to art I've been eyeing recently anyways), but for now I will share this mock up I made of some crazy colored art that plays on the boldness of the chartreuse in the chair.

I am in LOVE with the colors in the turquoise print in particular. Both prints are copies of paintings by Carla Broekhuizen, which I found on Society 6. I know the mock-up above is pretty B-squad, but it was fun for me to make, and you should be expecting more of them :) Be back soon with some more art and whatever else feels worthy of sharing. Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Domino Is Back...


NEWSFLASH: Just read that the beloved previously R.I.P.-ing decor mag Domino is coming back, sometime "this fall" (ahem, vague), in the form of an e-commerce site with a quarterly print magazine - similar to Rue & Lonny. I will admit that I still prefer hard copy design mags to online (and have a hoard of old Domino issues that I look through from time to time), but I will certainly take internet Domino over no Domino at all.

Until this mysterious release date arrives, check out a few of my favorite Domino images below, and peruse more here.

My first encounter with David Hicks La Fiorentina.

I was IN LOVE with the Polaroid wall when I first saw this image.

The original gallery wall.

Love all the blue & the greek key trim on the pillows.

I think this feature started a trend of white-with-colorful-border bedding.

Fiddle leaf figgies with sisal = LOVE. Yep, I'm good at math.

I'm over the chevron trend but still very much obsessed with this incredible wallpaper.

Love that orange chair - color, style & fabric

Extremely oversized mirror - be still, my heart...

Loving these curiosity inspired curtains - anyone know the fabric?

This isn't entirely my style, but I am loving those suzani curtains and the mini-room coziness.

Spider lamp!

This is the kind of mid-century modern I can get on board with. Love the rug, black floor lamp, ceiling fixture and sheepskin throw. Also, I spy a bebe figgy.


Love the Asian inspiration in this room - visible but not theme-y or cheesy. Reminds me of my own den (blue & white garden stool, Asian console, black lacquer Ming chairs).

Any other Domino lovers out there? Have a favorite room or feature from the images above? I am loving the entryway with the oversized wood mirror.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies


Over the weekend I was in a serious baking mood (this rarely happens). I was also in a serious lazy mood and did not want to go to the store. So, I decided to make cookies based on whatever I had on hand. I also decided to make the cookies healthy so I wouldn't feel bad about eating them all over the course of two days (with a few helpers...).

Feel free to add or delete certain mix-ins if you have something else on hand or if you just don't like raisins, coconut, peanut butter, etc. If you take out the peanut butter, make sure you replace it with almond butter, sun butter, or something similar since the PB is kinda crucial in keeping everything stuck together.

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Makes 12 cookies

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups oatmeal (use gluten-free if you want these cookies to be GF)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup coconut
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pre-heat oven to 350
  • Mix all ingredients using an electric mixer or food processor (I used a food processor since I don't have an electric mixer. If using a food processor, pulse so the ingredients don't get too blended/broken down)
  • Grease a non-stick cookie sheet (I used coconut oil spray)
  • Spoon dough onto the cookie sheet in balls (12 cookies total)
  • Flatten the 12 balls of dough (the cookies wont' flatten out much while cooking)
  • Cook for 10 mins
Enjoy and let me know if you try!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Design Crush: Cathy Echols

Browsing Camille Styles earlier this week I stumbled upon a feature of "dark & moody" living spaces. While my current apartment is more like "tan & colorful", I can certainly see the practical yet glamorous appeal of an inkier palette. In particular, this "black on black" living room designed by Cathy Echols. Imagine my surprise when I clicked through to the original source and discovered that this space was in Houston! And in a building I've been inside! Who woulda thunk it. I never would have thought I could live in a place with black walls in every. single. room. but this high rise has me singing a different tune. Check it out, along with my favorite features, below:

My faves:

  • Little to no fear of spilling (hurrah!)
  • Contrast for days - black vs. white, black vs. metals, black. vs. COLOR
  • Metallics - they take on a whole new level when placed against an all black background
  • Oversized everything - artwork, geodes, statues, vases, lamps...
  • Did I mention GEODES?!?
  • Charcoal gray textiles
  • Canopy bed with actual drapes - close me right in, thankyousomuch (as long as there's a fan inside)
  • Zebra
  • Sisal rugs
  • Asian influence (coffee table, bedroom armoire, trunk under TV)
  • Glass/lucite (accent tables, sphere objets, den & dining room light fixture, coffee table)
  • Monkeys! Just kidding, they freak me out (too much like humans). But I do like the understated painting in the dining room. It's not monkey enough to actually scare me. 

Basically I like everything! If I had to pick and could only take one thing, it would have to be either the Asian trunk or the white geode lamp. Or the massive geode on the coffee table. Geodes for life! Maybe if I crack enough rocks I'll discover one on my own. Worth a shot.

What's your favorite room/furniture/accessory in this space? Could you live somewhere dark & moody or do you prefer light & bright? I think I need two houses so I can have one of each.

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Good Wife = Crack

Almost 4 weeks since my last post. Whoops. Work has been bizzy and when I haven't been working I have been SPEED watching The Good Wife.

Oh. Em. Gee. this show is addicting. Maybe the most addicting show I have ever watched. And that is saying a lot. Does anyone else watch it?! I have yet to find someone who does but have been recommending it like crazy because I need to discuss it. I seriously can't stop. I have 20 days to get through almost two seasons before Season 5 starts, and I really don't think that will be a problem. Even with the 23-episode seasons (gotta love non-premium channels). The show is like a combination of Law & Order and Nashville - there is mystery from the various cases (it's a show about lawyers in Chicago), the fact that it's about lawyers makes me feel smarter just watching it, and there is lots of drama/love triangles/etc. among the characters. And I think every girl will end up having a crush on at least one of the characters. I'm Team Will all the way.

In other news, I am temporarily in a rental car and am loving the XM Radio because I can listen to Alt Nation and feel like I am up to speed on all the cool new music. My new favorite band is Bastille, check 'em out:

And with that I'm off to squeeze in an episode (or seven) of The Good Wife before bed.

I'll see you on the other side (of Season 4). Start watching now!