Clay Project - Media Room and Kitchen

Hello all!

Today is the Clay Media Room and Kitchen.  

The eggplant walls in the Media Room, were already chosen and painted when I was brought on, so I thought maybe we could make it cocoon like, and use eggplant velvet drapes to make it feel warm and cozy.  It worked.   The leather sectional sofa was also already chosen, so we just warmed it up with some pillows.  The credenza below the TV is truly a special piece.  It needed to be just right to fit.  I wanted to make sure there was plenty of seating in here for when they are entertaining.  The extra little chairs in front of the windows provide just that. 

The leopard rug, is probably my favorite part of this room.  It adds some much needed panash, right?  It's just such a  unique space, and I love that about it.  That fireplace has my heart.  It's hard to tell in the pics but it's tall.  The TV is obviously the focal point in the room.  But the fireplace is a close second.  As it should be. 

Onto the kitchen.  The kitchen is truly special.  All I needed to do was zhush it up a little.  Hence, the lovely rug.  That sucker is looooong.  But, it really warms the space up and provides a bit of color to this neutral kitchen. 

Another angle.  I won't be using all these shots in my portfolio, but I wanted to give you guys as much to look at as possible.  Even if they aren't perfect pics.  Below, is a lovely little bench area.  We made a cushion out of faux white croc, and the pillows from the leftover fabric from the daybed.  It really is a sweet little nook. 

So, there you have it.  The Clay Project in all it's glory.  Thanks for enjoying all these pics with me.  It was fun to share them finally.  If you have any questions let me know and I will answer them to the best of my ability.  

'Til next time...


Clay Project - Library and Dining Room

Today, I'm going to show you the Clay Project Library, and Dining Room.  First up...Library.  It's a very small space between the Foyer and the Living Room.   But, it was just perfect for a little sitting space to read or relax.  The ceiling is the showstopper here.  It brings a bit of special into a possibly otherwise, bland space.  

The Ming chairs are upholstered in a white, faux ostrich fabric.  We bought two separate sets of chairs and unified them with the upholstery.   The little stump was a 1st Dibs find.  It adds some earthiness to the polished space.  

Above is a view from the Library, into the back of the Living Room, where their piano resides.  It was a true pain to find a bench that was the right dimensions for the piano without being an actual (boring) "piano bench." 

Above is a good shot of the custom window cornices.  They are simple, but still interesting.  They definitely add to the feel of the space.

Ok, so this lady was in the plan from almost the beginning.  She was originally intended for the Living Room where the large mirror is.  However, she was competing for attention with the art over the fireplace and that was a no, no.  Plus, this spot was begging for a statement piece.  So, it all worked out swimmingly.    

Annnnd, that's the Library...next up...Dining Room.

This room was the hardest to photograph.  And I mean hard.  The light was sparse to say the least.  Not many of my shots turned out in here.  I'm still learning to use my DSLR, not to mention Photoshop.  So, don't hate on me too bad.   I'm not a pro.  

The wallpaper is the obvious scene stealer here.  It's so, so lovely.  The homeowner has admitted to now being obsessed with blue and white.  Can't say I blame her. 

The art is from NG Collective Studio.   It's a great source for abstract art. 

 The above, is looking into the kitchen (more to come on that, at a later date.)  Aren't those sconces killer!

The chairs are from Black Rooster and are lovely.  They did however, take an obnoxious amount of time to arrive.  But, once they did, it worked.  

So there you have it.  The Library and Dining Room.  Thanks so much for looking and reading with me.  Hopefully, you like what you see and will come back and hang with me here from time to time.

Next up...the Media Room and Kitchen.  

'Til then... 


Clay Project - Living Room.

Today, is the day kids.  I'm finally sharing the pics of the finished Clay Project Living Room.  I am rejoicing.  Believe me.  This has been a long time coming.  As, I've previously said...this was a three year project (for various reasons.)  But, it's done.  And, frankly, I'm tired of waiting.  If it gets published, great.  If, it doesn't, it doesn't.  I've been sitting on this for too long, and I'm ready to share not only here, but on my site as well. 

I'm going to show you all angles of this room.  It was a bitch to shoot, because it's such a dark home.  It's an adorable little bungalow, but as such, has very little natural light coming in.  AND, I'm not the best at Photoshop.  But, I did the best I could, and they turned out ok, I think.

All of the lighting was already chosen by the architect and in place when I was brought on.  So, I can't take credit for the lighting fixtures.  But, the rest....the rest was all me.  I came into an empty home, and started from scratch.  It was a dream, really.     

The shot above is looking into the lovely dining room with built-ins and the amazing wallpaper we chose.   We got the sofa, ottomans, and chairs (reupholstered) from One Kings Lane.  The daybed was custom made, and covered in fabric by Hollie Cooper Interiors.  It was our take on Kelly Wearstler's "Channels" fabric.  It turned out to be a showstopping piece.  The art, oh the art!!!!  It's by Ashley Woodson Bailey.  It is perfect for this space, and was one of the first things chosen. 

We had this rolled steel console, custom made for the spot just behind the sofa.  The Venini lamps are a favorite of the homeowners.  They add some much needed sparkle to the whole look.  The massive mirror is from Anthropologie. 

Above is a head on shot.  Dark, I know.  But you get a good idea of the layout. 

Another fun angle. 

In this shot you can see the details on the coffee table.  Those obelisks are so cool.  They were found on Chairish.  I love that site for details, and knick knacks.  Below, is an up close and personal shot of the insane zinc urns from 1st Dibs.  They are spectacular, for sure.  They were also, one of the first things found and bought. 

So there you have it.  The Clay Project Living Room is a mystery no more.  As I've said before.  I am infinitely proud of this project.  The clients are thrilled.  I'm thrilled.  All's well that ends well.

Hope you enjoyed it.  Next up...the Dining Room and Library.  

'Til then...


The Living Room - As it is

Today, I'd like to introduce you to our Living Room as it is now.  Warts and all.  As you can see, a LOT of this stuff came from our other home here in KC (the Brookside house) and I've just arranged it and used it differently here.  It's always such a challenge to move and then figure out where you are going to put things when they were originally bought for another space.  Also, I'm just not sure I like the white walls.  I thought it might lighten and brighten, which it does.  But, it's just feeling a little stagnant to me.  Not sure it's me.  What do you think?

Ohhhh, the pink sofa.  It has traveled from KC to Chicago and back.  And, I am over it.  The pink anyway, not the sofa itself.  The plan is to reupholster it.  When, I don't know.  But, at some point, that sucker won't be pink anymore and I will rejoice.  The artwork however, is an absolute favorite of mine.  It's vintage and I bought it for an ungodly cheap amount. So, it will definitely be staying.   Oh, and see if you can count my cats.  That's David there on the sofa.

Here is another angle.  I've got a lot going on...I know.  The chairs were a $20 CL find, and of course will also be reupholstered sometime in the future.  But for now they are, what they are.  Extra places to sit.  I'm also looking for another chair for that corner there in front of the campaign shelf, I think.  I want something modern and clean-lined to offset all the girly antique-i-ness going on.  OH, and the rug will also be going.  What to replace it with, is still up in air, but it's gone when I find the right one.  

As you know, my Ibex table is a prized possession of mine.  So, it will be staying.  It needs a good cleaning, but it will be staying.    

As you can see, this side of the room is a hot mess.  I think I know what I want to do with it, but, I'm still deciding.  There's another shot of the chairs.  Ugh, rough!

So, what do you think?  Don't be too harsh!  Remember, this is a work in progress, and we've got a looong way to go.  It will be slow to progress as well, since reupholstering virtually everything costs a good amount of cash.  So, be patient with me.  I just wanted to show you the starting point.  Where we are now.  Hope you enjoyed this little mini tour.  I did.  ( =

'Til next time...


Home Scenting - My Faves

First off, let me say that none of this is sponsored.  These are 100% my own opinions.

So, I am a massive fan of scenting my home.  It's almost as important as how it looks.  We have cats...several, in fact.  And, of course, I'm always paranoid about how the house smells.  Having a catty smelling home, is not cute.  So, along with doing the poo boxes every day, (Yuck!) I have several options to make my home smell better, handy.  I got to thinking that maybe you all might be interested in my choices.  Hence, this post.  Now, I know everyone has their own preferences when it comes to smells.  But, if you are into woody, and warm.  I'm your gal.  These smells are especially perfect for Fall and Winter.  

1.  Lafco, Feu de Bois  -  this and number 3 are tied for my favorite candle ever.  So good!!!

2.   Diptyque, Patchouli -  I have not had this particular candle, but I want it in a bad way.  

3.  Sydney Hale Co., Woodsmoke and Amber - This candle has such a glorious warm smell it's hard to want to blow it out.  Also, it's a pretty reasonable, as far as luxury candles are concerned.  

4.  Jo Malone, Pomegranate Noir - This is another one I haven't had the pleasure to own, but sounds wonderful.

Next up...incense!

I am an avid incense burner.  My Dad says it smells like the sixties, but I don't care.  I love the feel it gives to my home.  But, it has to be the good stuff, not the stuff you buy at Walmart or even World Market.  There IS a difference.  Let me help you.

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 Number 3 happens to be my personal favorite, right now.  It's also one of the cheaper options here and lasts for about 45 minutes.  It's a little milder than some other incense I have.  So, maybe would be good for a newbie in the world of incense.  

Check out this adorable holder I came across.  Love it.  Perfect for the cones.

Lastly, there are the machine diffusers.  

There are many to choose from.  But, this is the one I chose just recently.  It's called Aera.  It's pretty technologically advanced, because, it links to your smart phone.  Pretty cool, huh?  I get the fragrance Moondance.  It's warm, and earthy.  It's also a little on the softer side...which, is not what I was hoping for, but it just smells so good, I don't want to change.  

So, what is your choice?  What do you use?  Do any of these pique your interest?  Do tell!

'Til next time...


Dewey James and Halloween!

So, I thought, instead of doing something obvious for Halloween, I might just make a bit of a spooky board instead.  Something interesting and possibly a little garish.  Ok, maybe a lot garish.  But, hey, it's Halloween, I'm allowed to explore different looks and feels, right?  This one was a little difficult for me to hash out, though, in all honesty.  It's so far from my normal.  

So, the starting point was the artwork.  Which is by Dewey James.  Most of her work is dark, surreal and/or whimsical all at the same time.  The piece above is aptly named "Out of the Rabbit Hole."  The one below, is actually one that my lovely, (and red headed) Aunt bought for her own home.  Magical, isn't it.   

I made another board for your enjoyment (and mine.)  This one is much more my speed, but still, has a dark feel.  Again, using Dewey James' beautiful work.

So which board do you like better? 

Have a wonderful and safe Halloween!  

'Til next time...


Alicia Savage

Hello all!

Today, I'd like to share an artist I stumbled upon, and really like.  Her name is Alicia Savage.  Her work is ethereal, with a side of quirky.  I dig it.  You can actually purchase her work here (without having to go through a gallery.)  It's special, right?

On another more personal note... we are going through potty training here.  Let's just say it's not going well.  In fact he is flat out refusing to sit on the potty since we've started doing it at home as well as at therapy.  Any helpful tips?  We've tried everything up to and including, begging, bribing, threatening, reasoning, ...seriously everything.  He goes into full melt down when we even mention it here at home. I'm at a loss.  He can do it.  I know, because he does it once we get him to calm down enough to concentrate.  He's just traumatized by it, and so am I.  Any suggestions?  From anyone?  Even if you don't have a kid on the spectrum.  Ugh!  Potty training is the worst.  Can I get an Amen?  

Ok, well, thanks for listening.  Hope you have a wonderful day (and weekend) filled with glitter and unicorns.  

'Til next time...


Chairish...My Faves, Part Two

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So, today I'm giving you my second post about my faves and the glory that is Chairish. The board above is trouble with a capital T.  All sorts of goodies to be found here.  All of which I am tempted to snatch up.  Truth be told, it's been a little hard to share these with you...because, I want them.  For me!  I'm selfish like that.  But, since I can't buy all of them...I sucked it up, and decided to share the bounty.  I'm such a giver.  Haha!  I know, I'm full of it. 

Anyway, hope you like.  And, do tell me if you end up purchasing anything.  I would love to know where these beauties will end up. 

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There are a lot of rugs on Chairish.  In all honesty though, I don't use it all that often to source rugs.  Typically, they can be a little high there.  But, every once in a while you come across a good deal.  Or, something unique and worth the price tag.  

So, art.  Chairish's art is hit and miss (a lot of kitschy vintage art,) although there are still some gems to be had.  They have started this amazing thing called the Chairish Artist Collective.  It's where some of the up and comers in the art world are displaying some of their work.  Pretty cool, really.  All of these are large in scale I believe.  Nothing like a statement piece to make a room. 

1.  I dig how unique this piece by Nicolette C. is.  Simple and yet complex.  

2.  This is by Markus Sisler.  Love the colors.

3Chelsea Fly made this moody abstract and it's anything but boring.  

4.  This piece is by Jason Trotter.  This is actually a piece I recommended to a client for above their sofa.  Very cool.

5Nicole Cohen made this photograph.  My guess is you might already be familiar with her work.  But, this Flamingo print is just too good not to mention!  See more of her work here.

 There you have it.  All my favorites on Chairish right now.  Do you enjoy these types of posts?  If so, let me know and I will continue to make them.

'Til next time...


Chairish...My Faves, Part One

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So, today, I thought I might share with you some of my favorites that I have found over on Chairish. I frequent this site, not only for clients, but for myself as well.  It's second only to 1st Dibs, as far as sourcing sites go, for me.  It (like 1st Dibs) can get a little pricey.  But, you can also find absolute gems for next to nothing if you look and move on it fast enough.  Today is the pillows and furniture.  Enjoy!!!

Above are my furniture picks.   These only scratch the surface of my faves, and I missed a lot.  But, these stood out, to me, either in shape, color, etc. Click on the number for the link...
1.  These chairs are opulent.  They are also almost 6 grand, so ... but that upholstery is just yummy.
 2.  This etagere is such a sweet little piece. 
 3.  Burlwood.  Need I say more?
4. These Fauteuil chairs are glorious, are they not.  Ugh, that color.  If I had the money, these would be mine!
5. Antique Swedish Mora Clock.  I've been coveting one of these forever!  So classic!
6.  Ebony Wicker Egg Chair.  The shape of this chair is just lovely. 
7.  This grey lacquer sideboard is spectacular.  what a statement piece!
8. Green leather and Mohair...need I say more?  Wow!

So, there you go.  I'll be back soon, to give you Part Two!  

'Til then...


For me

So this room...I made for me...for when I get stinking rich. Haha!  A girl can dream, right?  And, I did.  And, this is what I came up with.  I imagine it in a grand, hundred year old house, with 12 foot ceilings and insane trim.  Can you see it?  The walls are a fresh white.  The floor is wood, in a rich walnut stain.  And the ceiling?...the ceiling is covered in Ellie Cashman's "Still Life with Shadows Blue Wallpaper."    You still with me?  

Everything else in the space is based on that wallpaper.  Pulling in the light powder blue of the sofa, with the petal pink of the chairs, and gold....lots of gold.  The window treatments would be simple and clean.  A white taffeta.  Not necessarily practical, but, oh, so, beautiful.  The lamps are a little formal and stuffy, but the black shades keep it modern and new. 

Virtually everything was sourced via 1st Dibs.  Because, that is absolutely, hands down, my favorite site for sourcing.  And, if I became stinking rich...that's exactly where I'd go to furnish my home.  I will say however, that the rug comes from One Kings Lane.  Hide is the only way I could have a white rug in my life.  It's virtually indestructible.  And, withstands cat vomit (and other things) like nothing else.  

As a whole, this room is decidedly feminine, with all the curves, and pastels.  Because, I made it for me.  My husband was like, "No freaking flowers on the ceiling!" with our new home.  He knows me well.  

So, could you live here?  Thoughts?

'Til next time...


Our New "Old" House

 Hey all!  

Today, I thought I might introduce you to our new "old" home.  She was built in 1932.  We moved in a few months ago and are currently settling in.  But this is how the house looked prior to our possession of it.  I'll take you room by room and show you what it used to look like.  And in some cases (not all) what it looked like once it was painted.  There were 3 rooms that needed immediate attention paint-wise.  The Living room, the Dining room, and the Master bedroom.  Below is the Living Room as we first saw it.  Not terrible, but forgettable. 

 As you can see it's a lovely little space.  That fireplace is special, and the windows and french door let in a lot of much needed light.  Below is what I decided to paint it...


This is mid paint job, so the coverage isn't consistent everywhere.  But, you get the idea.  I wanted a crisp, true white, to freshen the room up a bit.  Modernize it.  I think it turned out well.  I'll show you more pics in time.  But, for now...this is what you get.  ( =

Also, as you can see in the second pic, the floors are raw/bare.  As in, they have no finish on them.  That's a whole other story.  And, its a very bad, expensive and depressing one.  So, I won't go into it now.  But, needless to say they finally got refinished.

Below, is the original Dining Room.  I walked in and looked at it like, yup, I can fix this.  Where other people may have been like.  OMG!!!   Yes, that is poop brown in the insets.  Why anyone would paint a dining room that color is beyond me.  It was god-awful. 

 Below, you will see what I chose for the space.  When my husband saw the color on the chip he looked me dead in the eyes and said "It's f@%&ing pink!"  Yup, I painted my dining room "F@%&ing Pink!!!"  Or, more precisely, kind of a dusty mauve color.  I love it.  And after it was up, he did too. 

 This is where you are going to stop seeing the progress shots.  Sorry.  I just haven't gotten any further in the painting process.  Other than the Master, which I sure as hell won't show you (it's a disaster right now,) nothing else has been painted.  I'm living with it 'til I figure it out.

Next up is the Kitchen.  Two things you can say about it is, it's yellow, and it's small.  It also has the original cabinets.  Which made me giddy when I first saw it.  Sure they are a little rickety.  But, they are still gorgeous.  

Here's the other side...

We flip-flopped the refrigerator and the stove/microwave to be where the other was, when we moved in.  It was better for us, and the kitchen.  Looks much better too.  Will have to save a pic of that for another time.  As far as my plans for this little jewel.  It involves black and white.  Surprise, Surprise, I know.  I just looove that scheme so much.  It will be perfect in here if I ever get around to doing it. 

In between the Dining Room and the Kitchen is this darling little Breakfast Nook.  It's yellow too, and tiny.  So much so, that I need to get a table that will actually fit in it.  Notice the little niche' too.  Yeah, those are all over the house.  So sweet.  


So, I have a love/hate thing with the bathroom.   First off, look at that floor.  When I first saw it online, I was beside myself.  It's so cool.  And it still is.  However, I wanted to wallpaper this room.  Well, the whole house really, but it ain't happening.  Why?  Because every single friggin' wall in the house has texture to it.  It's not smooth.  DAMN!!!!!!  I like paint as much as the next girl, but seriously, I was looking forward to doing something special with this space.  I'm still thinking on it, though.  I'll come up with something.   

Last, but not least, is the Master Bedroom.  Oy vey!!!   It looked like it was part of a completely different house.  Like a ski lodge or something.  So. much. WOOD!   Now people, I know this might upset some of you.  But, just remember.  It's my home, and I have a vision.  And, that ain't a ski lodge.  So, I painted it.  All white.  I would have painted the stinking flooring too if it weren't Pergo.  We are going to replace the floor eventually.  But, that's a ways down the road.  

So, there you have it.  Our new "old" home.  It's small, but it's cozy.  And, I love all of the original features that are still in it.  So special.  I have a lot to alter/fix/generally make pretty.   Will you follow along with me?  

'Til next time. 
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