Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas !

I wanted to wish you all a "Merry Christmas". I hope each of you get what you want . . . time with love ones , good food and laughter. This is the card that we made of Tate. He is making this Christmas extra special.

This is what I got . . . A new concrete top, and sink for my old "vintage " vanity . lol I must truly be French. I never tear anything out, just re-make it. I painted the once stained wood.

I used the same color as the walls, just in a gloss. This is my "go to color", if in doubt . I always use this color from ICI Dulux paints in "Sisal." I have used it time and time again and find it goes with anything.

Notice that I used a grain scoop for my candle holder. I always try to use something old and loved the patina of this piece.

This is the before, taken a few years ago. I changed the accessories awhile back, but continued to be stuck with the 80's mauve sink and counter. I am loving the change. So tell me , did your house get any Christmas gifts this year?

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Forsyth Fabric

Forsyth Fabric's 2010 Best Designs Entries are in . . . Here are my picks. Let the voting begin !

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Show and Tell

1st the show : I wanted to show you guys my early Christmas Present . . . I have looked for a long , long , time, for a new Chandy for my dining room. I even had others looking for me . . . when I found one I liked, I did not want to pay what it cost . . . I found it very difficult to get both the design and price I wanted. I finally decided on this one from Ballards Design. I really like it for the space because it is big , but doesn't take away from the mural . How did I do?

Now for the "Tell" part of this post. I have a "Pet Peeve" about this subject and I have to ask so please do tell me . . . " Have you ever "sketched a design on a napkin?" I hear this all the time, I read it all the time. But for the life of me I can not get myself to believe it ! I have never gone to a design meeting without a pad of paper. I have never sat in on a meeting, that there was not a pad of available paper close at hand. So I have to ask . . . Have you ever ?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Christmas Card . . .

Lace asked me to take a few photos of my favorite subject in hopes of making a great "Christmas" card . This was the winning shot ! Such pure, unfiltered JOY.

BUT this one was pretty cute too . . . it was not easy to pick the best shot.

And just so you don't think I only take photos of Tate . . . a friend asked me to take a few shots of her favorite guys. I would love to have taken this little angel home. . .

I found that older children are not as easy as the babies. This young man was like... "enough already". My tip , for getting a great shot . . . TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES !

Is this what I have to look forward to ? Christmas Card 2016 . . .

Saturday, December 4, 2010

"My" Top Ten Design Elements #7

I want to remind everyone that this is "MY' personal list . . . I do not want to imply that this should be every one's taste and desire for their own space. For me , window treatments should always be SIMPLE . So # 7 on my list is " Simple Window Treatments".

That does not mean simple panels only ! I love these wooden shutters. I love the color ,the texture, that they make a huge impact on the space and I love that they are simple! This space is perfect in every way, for my personal taste.

Sometimes, wooden blinds are the way to go. This is a child's room, the blinds do not fight with the bed , they let the bed be the focal. They are up and out of the way , perfect for a active child at play.

Love the simple window treatments here, not taking away from the great window. Just a little something, but perfectly in the background.

But I also like a little personality. This is simply Perfect . So tell me , what do you like on your windows?