Mar
20

Little Corners

You love your home, right? But what about that hand-me-down sofa you just can’t shake. Or the shabby wall-to-wall carpeting that just isn’t in the budget to replace. We all have areas in our spaces that we’d like to improve upon, but why focus on them? Let’s enjoy the parts that make our hearts go pitter patter. The light fixture in the entryway that you saved up for. Or the chair that’s been passed down in your family for three generations. Yes? YES! Our favorite little corners where you wouldn’t change a thing deserve to be celebrated.

That’s why we’re starting a new feature – Little Corners. Right here, right now and I’m kicking things off with my favorite spots in my own house. If you’re interested in contributing and sharing your favorite corners, please email for details. Let’s focus on the things we’re doing right rather than what we’d like to change!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct
26

NYC Update

 

Today you find me begging for a bit of a reprieve as I settle into my new schedule. Because ya’ll, this new job is fast and furious and about eleven hours a day. That doesn’t leave much time for other activities and I’m sadly behind on both my blog research and fun quota. So instead I thought I’d share a little about what’s been shakin’ since I moved last Saturday.

My street (above) is gorgeous, with slate sidewalks and a park right across the street. Literally. I’m lucky enough to have a drop-off laundry service and dry cleaner right around the corner, along with about a billion delicious restaurants and bodegas. Not to shabby for Kelly! My commute to and from the office is a snappy half hour, and I get to check out the Manhattan skyline as I cross the bridge every day. My office is near beautiful Union Square (and the surrounding stores where I want to shop daily), it’s sunny when I arrive and dark when I leave and there hasn’t been time for much else.

I aim to change all that this weekend. I also aim to catch up on this space here, so for now I thank you for your patience and continued words of congratulations and encouragement. You’re some good eggs.

Oct
05

Fosterhood

 

As much as I’ve grown and changed in 31 years, one thing has remained a constant. My love of animals. Several of my friends foster dogs and cats and, well, it seemed like only a matter of time before I fell into the system as well.

Last Monday I received my first two charges: Sophie and Petunia. One miniature pinscher and one Italian greyhound(?). Both 6-months(ish) old, both with massive ears. Sophie is more timid, but plays a mean rope. Petunia is a hardcore play-all-the-timer, but gives good snuggles too. Both are lovers and being potty trained (a first for me!). This fostering thing is no joke, it is definitely work. I take them outside at least once an hour, break up dog fights, and listen to whines when it’s time for bed and they have to be crated. I don’t think I’d be able to do it if I weren’t working from home right now, that’s for sure. But I know when they go up for adoption in less than two weeks I’m going to feel the biggest sense of accomplishment (and a little sadness) as I send them off to their new homes.

For those of you in Oklahoma City, both Sophie and Petunia (along with 598 other animals) will be up for adoption at Midnight Woofness October 15-16!

Oct
28

Roxy + Peanut + Piper. Oh My.

After three months of feline/canine cohabitation, the kids seem to have adjusted fairly well. They still have all of their eyes, noses and tails so I’m going to go ahead and take that as a good sign. (See Piper’s tail in motion? It. never. stops.)



Oct
27

Welcome: Halloween.

Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday and ever since buying my house last year I love decorating for the season all the more. Most of my decorations are sort of quirky and that’s just how I like it. What kind of decorations did you put up for Halloween this year?

This little guy is made out of a light resin and hangs on my coat closet door right inside the entry way, giving guests a little hello!

I love these little buckets – vellum is stretched behind their eyes and mouths so that when you light a candle inside they look like little jack-o-lanterns. This year they’re hanging out on the counter in my hall bath.

A little tea light fits in a spot behind the tombstone and looks awesome when lit up at night! The apothecary-style candy jar features a ‘Tricks’ label on one side and ‘Treats’ on the other. I always opt for ‘Tricks’!

I love the deeply recessed carvings in these resin pumpkins.

Mini pumpkins all lined up in a row minding their Ps and Qs while a crow watches on.

The 14″ tall witch and scarecrow are packed beanbags while the grinning cat is a vintage-inspired bobblehead.

And of course there’s no way I could neglect the bar cabinet – I picked up this sweet little sign from Target that says ‘Pick your Poison’. So very, very fitting!

Thanks for visiting!

Jul
30

Meet Piper.

Say hello to Piper, the newest member of the family! Roxy and Peanut are slooowly making the adjustment and accepting their canine sister. She’s a spunky little gal who’s extremely lovable and well-behaved. I couldn’t ask for more!

Thanks for all your help with names! I decided to stick with “Piper” for a few reasons. One, she answers to it. And two, that’s what I’d been calling her the entire time so she really had already become “Piper” already.

Today’s her first day in the crate at home while I’m at work. She’s already crate trained, but I’m still a little nervous. Crossing my fingers that she’ll still inside it when I get home after work!

Jul
28

Puppy Love.

If all goes well we’ll be adding a new member to the pet family tonight! After work I’m going to meet this sweet girl who an acquaintance has been fostering for the past week. She’s about two years old, 25 lbs and looks to have a little Jack Russell terrier in her breeding. Right now she’s going by the name of Piper, but I’m toying with the idea of changing it. (She was a stray, so she’s not exactly used to it.) And here’s where you come in…

What should I name her?

I need ideas! Do your best, if I end up going with a name one of you suggested I’ll be sending a little thank you out in the mail.

Jul
06

Welcome Part 8: the Master Suite.

Welcome to the last stop on the tour inside my home: the master suite of course.

My bedside lamps are where the entire color palette began and they remain one of my favorite parts of the room. I once read that every girl should own a matching set of something. Well, these lamps are my something.

My other favorite is the starburst mirror that resides above my headboard. After months of watching and waiting I got a great deal on it!

Curtains are at the top of my Wish List. I’m dying to find some plain linen ones in goldenrod, but they’re proving to be the death of me. So now I’m also beginning to consider either a light gray or teal colored set.

I’m all about white bedding. I’ve covered my down comforter with duvets in the past and it just doesn’t feel the same to me. I believe in a white down comforter always and white sheets when possible. These are 500 thread count Egyptian cotton and have spoiled me like no other. If you’ve never experienced a set I suggest you do so in the very near future – your life will never be the same!

I don’t ever use the top of my dresser and mirror to put on makeup or anything, so it remains fairly uncluttered. The latched box was a gift from a dear friend.

My two dressers have been with me since I was 11. That’s forever. I’m definitely searching out some newer, more modern looking pieces. But my grandparents bought these for me and they’re really quality work, so they’re not headed for Goodwill any time soon.

Just like I inherited my dad’s secretary desk, I also have my mom’s cedar chest. My grandmother bought it for her and my dad when they got married. I’ve considered painting it, but can’t stand the thought of marring such pretty wood.

This is built-in is the focal point of the walk-in closet off of my bedroom. I use its shelves to display hats, clutches, jewelry box and perfumes. The sight of them never fails to make me smile. There are also shelve above the racks on either side where I stash larger purses and shoeboxes.

This is a painting I whipped up a few weeks ago to fill some space on a wall. Silver paint against dark slate gray always looks amazing.

The paint in the master bath is exactly two shades darker than the bedroom walls. I love the oyster shell hue in the bedroom, but wanted to change it up slightly. I’m all about the white in here as well. White seersucker shower curtain, white towels, white rug. The space isn’t all that large, but the use of light colors has definitely helped open it up.

The jewelry I wear most often gets slung across this stand that resembles a tree branch. I also like to keep a few little bowls on the counter for hair clips, lip glosses and my glasses.

I’m actually really impressed with all the storage in the bathroom. I’m a product whore, making lots of space a MUST! To the right of the towel rack is the second walk-in closet. It’s safe to say I’ve never had so much storage in my life!

The only two things that I’d like to do with the bath at the moment are installing a permanent shower rod and replacing the cabinet fixtures with glass knobs. This past weekend we replaced the faucet and it makes such a difference! (Pictures to come)

Cole Six-Drawer DresserMERETE CurtainsAmerock Clear Glass Knob
Brushed Nickel Double Handle Bathroom FaucetSatin Nickel Screw Mount Shower Rod

Jul
02

Welcome Part 7: the Studio.

Having enough space for my own studio and office space was one of the things I was most looking forward to when I moved into my house. Before I was forced to store most of my fun crafty things wherever there was room. Now I love having a little sanctuary where I go and release some creative energy.

This desk is another one of my restoration projects from a few years ago. I bought it at a hotel liquidation sale for $15. It was an awful looking cream color with bright blue crackling and a faux marble laminate top that was peeling up at the edges. I (literally) chiseled the laminate off and painted it this beautiful blood red color. We’ve been happily together ever since!

I love, love, love these shelves. I can’t find better words than that to describe how awesome it is to neatly store everything in it’s own designated cubby. A total lifesaver and the boxes and other things within hold some of my favorite supplies.

I definitely need a new desk chair as this one clearly isn’t meant for sitting on hour upon hour. The comfort level just isn’t there. I’ve seen a few I like, but haven’t managed to commit to one just yet.

To the left of the shelves is an empty corner and window. The plan is to get a comfy chair and lamp to occupy it and give myself a little “Inspiration Corner” of sorts.

I try to keep my desk as cleared off as possible, but that generally doesn’t last for long. I like to store the pens and brushes I use most in cups for easy access.

Part of my K collection gets displayed on top of the shelves along with my framed Breakfast at Tiffany’s movie poster. If you didn’t know, I’m a big Audrey fan and this is one of my all time favorite movies!

Deciding on some sort of inspiration board area was one of my main focuses when thinking about how I wanted this space to be set up. I ended up going with individual cork squares set up in a grid for easy separation of thoughts. In retrospect I would have done six – three over three – instead of four squares.

There are two windows in the room that let in really great amounts of sunlight. I want to get a window covering that won’t shut out the light, but diffuse it instead.

My knock-off Rothko painting. Just a little something I did to take up space on an empty wall for the moment. When I lived in an apartment these shelves sat in my kitchen and held food. Now I’ve re-purposed them as a large magazine rack.

You can’t see the ceiling in any of the photos, but if you could you’d see the generic light fixture dead center. Since this is a creative space where magic is supposed to happen I want to find something really fun to replace it with.

BOLIDEN Chair and FootstoolLILLBERG Rocking Chair
Westmore Casual Chandelier Portfolio Brass & Gold Ceiling Flushmount
BRASA Floor LampAnemone
Marimekko Stilla fabricRipple Leather Office Chair

Next: the Master Bedroom

Jul
01

Welcome Part 6: the Guest Room.

A big part of me cannot even believe that I’m showing you this room. Because right now it’s a junk room. And I didn’t even bother to clean up before taking these photos! But showing you my house is showing you my house. Flaws and all. And this is by far the biggest.

The only thing I’ve done since moving in is painted the walls. Since I didn’t know what exactly I wanted to do as far as decorating this room I went with a neutral. Had it not been a glaringly bright harlot red when I moved in I would have held off, but it literally felt like walking into a red light district every time I opened the door! Yeah, it was that bad. I would normally leave the ceiling white, but the previous owners had done some bad touch-up paintwork with a matte on eggshell paint that stuck out like a sore thumb. It went all the way around the border of the room and needed a fast fix. The thought of repainting once I know what I’m doing has crossed my mind on more than one occasion.

For the time being a coffee table lives here. It’s the table I was using before I got my current one. I love it and have no plans of selling, just hanging onto it for whatever house comes my way later in life. There’s also a stack of boxes full of things I need to either keep or donate. Exciting stuff, right?

This is my dad’s secretary desk from when he was a kid. It sat in our living room for years while I was growing up and now it’s mine! I have nowhere else for it at the moment, so it’s bound to be a fixture in this room no matter how I decorate.

CUBIX bedENGAN bedHEMNES nightstand in white and black
IKEA 365+ BRASA Table LampPICCOLA Gallery LampKAJSA Panel Curtain
KAJSA RAND Panel Curtain

Whatever bed I end up getting has to be simple and un-clunky because this room is fairly small. Same goes for the nightstands. I think something tall and narrow would do the trick nicely. Unless the room pulls some House of Leaves move and gets larger there really isn’t any space for a dresser. I’d like to keep the bedside lamps simple and am even considering something wall mounted to save on space. The one place I’d really like to add something special is the window treatment. I’m really digging these curtain panels for a pretty subtlety.

Next: the Studio