Creative Slump

I’m in a innovative downward spiral that, for the closing week or so, I haven’t been able to show round. It’s atypical for me, as commonly, I am complete of thoughts. In fact, this is every so often wherein the downward spiral stems from. But this time, it’s unique – it’s no longer too many ideas – it is none in any respect.

I was stunned that over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had 50 emails asking me if I was going to be featured in a BHG e-book, because it appears so many bloggers have those beyond few months, after I teased that I couldn’t quite percentage what massive information we had, and that it had something to do with the residence. So, in preference to teasing, I parent why no longer spill the beans, proper? And for you to protect the harmless, I’ll leave names eschew.

Two years in the past, our house turned into published in a local newspaper, or I must say, THE neighborhood newspaper and referred to as "Home of the Month". It turned into a profitable article, with about five snap shots of the house all installation for summer. You may recollect some of the images here on the blog.

The living room then. You’ve probably all heard me lament over buying these chairs a thousand times. I bought them in Texas before moving to this house – and they’re simply too large to arrange (as a group) in the living room. The walls were still Behr Promenade Green, and the rest of the flat spaces a cluttered mess of who knows what. Looking back at this photo, there is so much that I would have changed.

The sunroom then. That giant green sofa (now at a new hopefully loving home) and the old luggage cart piled high with cheap blue and white pottery I bought at TjMaxx. Again – what I would have done differently if I had only knew then what I know now. The dash and albert rug made an impromptu throw for the glaring stain on the arm of the sofa, and the buddha head lamp in the corner (my favorite piece – now broken in a million pieces) contributed to the weighted collapse of the table in the corner the night after this picture was taken. (At least it held out that long!) Looking around the room, it’s good to know that in a house with no central air-conditioning, in the middle of July, you could curl up with not 1, not 2, but 3 throw blankets! To be fair, it did look better when photographed from this angle:

Now, I realize I’m being hard on myself. This room, and the others featured within the article, were given outstanding opinions. In reality, it spurred the interest of a nearby magazine all approximately interior layout, and now, (after giving the newspaper article room to respire) they want to feature our domestic inside the Spring 2012 problem. Excitement ensues, proper? Not a lot.

You see, more than one months ago, I went into an all out frenzy changing paint shades in the house. The inexperienced had afflicted me lengthy sufficient – so I chose a extra neutral, and uber modern grey from Restoration Hardware. It turned into supposed to appear like this:

Restoration Hardware’s graphite gray, a warm sorta brown/gray combo that I thought surely would look great with all the leather and wood – after all, isn’t that what RH is all about? But when I got it home (a mere $192 later) and painted the walls with it, it looked like this:

And though I loved it when it went up – in fact, loved it in the daylight, usually – the room looked more blue than gray, and everything else started to look cheap. Not a good word in my book. So, I fell into a rut then, and decided to go over to the dark side and get rid of all color. New seagrass rugs, white slip covered furniture, even some fancy schmancy DIY trumeau mirror:

Wow, you have in no way seen this photograph before? Well, it’s because from another angle you could see the piles of stuff that littered the house during my mad-max decorating explosion! Here, the partitions are now a soft taupey-griege from Martha Stewart Living known as Ashbark. It reads in a different way right here, towards the grain of the herbal woodwork than for those of you who might have picked it for your private home with white timber. It’s softer, less saturated, however still with great hue so that every so often it looks honey, on occasion it seems gray, from time to time it appears beige – it’s like having the onset of color-blindness round right here!

And while I admit, that I nevertheless love that replicate, and did not hate the concept of the white slipcovered furnishings – it still failed to look right in this house. Now, some of you’re announcing paint the woodwork, and whilst that truly might change the sensation of the room and supply notable ease to my adorning woes, it is not an option. No use in arguing over it – it will just make things worse. (Trust me, I know from enjoy!) Of course, when you consider that cash became seemingly developing on tree’s this summer season (word the sarcasm) I additionally moved my manner into the dining room:

I’ve painted everything on the ground floor, with the exception of the kitchen, this color – and I really do love it. It took forever to get it all done, in fact – I think there are still areas of the foyer that need my attention – but it’s (almost) done. I spent a fortune on a pair of luxurious gray/blue silk 108″ drapes for the lone window in my dining room, and then went about sewing 4 of these tabbed slipcovers in white, and ballet tie chair pads in natural linen over the newly reupholstered (burlap) dining room chairs. Yes – I was trying real hard! But although it made for a pretty picture, it wasn’t right.

I determined that the general sense turned into going too female. Having that vibe within the house turned into like placing a soccer player in a dress. It turned into a laugh to look at, but only for a couple of minutes, earlier than you started to observe that it was absolutely ill-fitting.

So I started gambling musical chairs – shopping for, this time a bit greater thoughtfully, and getting a few superb bargains from my extremely good sponsors!

Here’s some snapshots of the residing room nowadays, completely a piece in progress:

Alright, so, what do you think? Honestly? Remember – this is for a magazine shoot for Spring 2012. I decided to keep some of the white, introduce taupe linen, and firewood in the fireplace. Not quite done there – and  though they’re not here now – there will be plenty of fresh flowers in this room when they come to take pictures on the 26th.

These pictures are large, I know, but I wanted to give you a good view of all the things I’m pointing to … metaphorically. The sofa (Ikea Ektorp) once draped in their white slipcover, is now sitting even prettier thanks to my Comfort-Works linen slipcover custom made to fit it perfectly! More about them, and their amazing company later! The zebra (which has seen better days and needs to be backed) I bought on ebay for less than $300 a couple of years ago is still layered over the seagrass. Here you can tell how beautifully muted the color of the walls are – I love how they just stand back, out of the way – letting everything else shine.

This is an give up desk to a hard and fast that Scott bought long earlier than I met him. The coffee table changed into left (by accident) in Texas. We were the use of it within the basement for storage, but I appreciated the lines of it, and the way it brought the umber tones of the woodwork into the room and rancid the partitions. In the history, my huge brass framed museum prints of Picasso’s Don Quixote take the area of that vintage door that had been there for years. I quite like this appearance, do you? I eliminated the Restoration Hardware sconce from the wall – something Scott now says he had wanted I might subsequently tire of. I must admit that it changed into a chunk awkward.

On top of the table an Asian bowl  – this time not the cheap stuff from TJMaxx, some design books, Silver Ethiopian prayer beads, and a really fun calligraphy brush I bought during our trip to Texas last week. I got it at a great store called Wildflower Organics on S. Lamar in Austin. They have a great store (lots of bedding options) and beautiful vignettes and displays. This was one of two, and I thought it was so unique I had to have it. I thought it had been the only one I’d ever seen – besides of course the other one at the store, but I found one exactly like it used in a Jeffrey Bilhuber room while flipping through ‘Defining Luxury’ yesterday.

Opposite side of the room, and yes, that pillow (made from a luxurious but cost friendly cotton velvet from Calico Corners known as Velluto Espresso  that I can’t get enough of – and used in several other places in the house) has the karate chop. BUT, I did go gentle on it – in case it ever decides to go back to the land of nod, I don’t want it saying nasty things about me! (If this doesn’t make sense – study this humorous blog put up right here !)

A closer look at the corner behind the couch. The lamp is from Target, ridiculously cheap for a pharmacy lamp, and I moved the secretary (initially in the foyer as seen on the Nate Berkus Show!) from the dining room to the living room – and have yet to style it as a working desk. Whether or not it’ll stay there remains to be seen – but for the photoshoot – I think it’s nice. I have dressed it with an antique brass wine bucket filled with hydrangeas (drying) from my garden and the go bottles I make , which are consequently for sale! Email me.

This garden stool, again – not the cheap TJMaxx version – actually came from one of my new sponsors and one of my favorite stores Phil Michael Trading Company . They carry great garden stools at really reasonable prices – and are having a sale right now to welcome Fall. This garden stool is the perfect sidetable here on to the right of the sofa, and I think I like the way it’s styled with a great brass bowl I paid a dollar for at an antique shop 10 years ago, and more hydrangea. I just love that soft green.

Here, a closer view of the secretary now being use as such in the living room. The chair slip will change. Still white to keep it “Spring 2012” but different, and the cushion on the top will change too. My sad attempt is not photo-ready.  That book is a collection of sheet-music by Sullivan&Gilbert, how appropriate right? It has the Pirates of Penzance, all sorts of things – and great art, too! I don’t know how I’ll style this – it’s another thing that has me all “slumped” … any ideas?

If you scroll back up to the picture with the pubsign behind the slipped chair, you’ll see that there’s actually quite a bit of orange in it. To pull that in, I brought up this old primitive step ladder and styled it as a library ladder and side table. What do you think? An old wooden hand-forged bowl is filled with beautiful mercury glass beads, and my antique Chinese parrot is wondering where his mate is … and so am I!

And because I know you’ll be asking … the trumeau mirror I made after being so inspired by Sally Wheat’s family room featured in Houston House & Home. I made every single part of this mirror, and I’m really proud of it. I’m not sure how much Sally paid for hers, and I’d never ask – but I think the $75 I spent to make this one was a good trade, don’t you?

Painting this component required a number of patience, and a ton of paint. Thankfully, I had about 10 one of a kind sunglasses of gray inside the basement from once I became searching for a shade to work in the dwelling room. Oh how on occasion all of it works out for the nice, proper? You can tell (from the candle sconce) that there’s a few gilded surfaces in there, too, and a few old crusty white gesso fashion end inside the creases – which I performed via using paintable caulk. The appliques were cheap, from Lowes, approximately $four.00, the rest of it (sans the sconces which have been a little extra hard to make) is simply layering onto plywood. All in all – it is a assignment with the intention to take you a great weekend to complete – but if I can do it, so are you able to!

And a quick height at the foyer desk and chair. I subsequently fixed this table (the one that had broken from the weight of the crap on pinnacle of it from the newspaper shoot) and styled it with this top notch heavy vintage brass charger, vintage Asian porcelain, and a small bed lamp with a silicone tipped bulb! My favourite! The chair, an old captain chair to our eating room set, now seems a touch french bergere don’t you believe you studied? With arm pads made from a top notch paisley cloth from Calico Corners and a small chocolate and cream take a look at. The axis conceal pillow became an apparent perfect healthy! This is a touch less "Spring 2012" however, I do find it irresistible!

So, there you have it. It’s no longer finished – it’s nowhere near best, and I doubt that it’ll ever make it into a countrywide ebook – however it’s gonna be accurate enough for Buffalo – one way or the opposite! Please, let me recognize what you observed – your remarks is so very valuable!

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