Archive for March, 2011

You’re Killing Me, Smalls!

Lately, I have been green with jealousy.

Green over this lovely 50’s loveseat…

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Why am I jealous?  Well because this love seat was on the LA Craigslist and I live six hours away from there.  Oh and there’s more.  Now, I’m about to kill all those readers in LA, I wrote this post about a month ago and tucked it into my drafts to complete it later.  The items surely are no longer available.  Really, I shouldn’t be posting this post but I’m a bit dried up on ideas and a laziness factor has kicked in.  So, let this serve as inspiration to all you LA dwellers – your Craigslist is out of control good!!

Here are the rest of my finds from a month ago when I put together a little office solely from one day off of LA’s Craigslist.  You are killing me smalls!!

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Awesome lucite and white desk.  And what would go better with white, and green than pink?!  Nothing.

Lighting for the desk –

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Pair of pink lucite lamps for $100.  Ugh!  Unfair!

Now for the desk chair, this beauty for $375

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I want this chair so badly, it hurts.  Apparently this one is still available, check here.

Now this office is going to need some storage, how about some more pink…

With so much color, let’s just add in a jute rug – how about one that is shot next to garbage cans…ha ha.

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Lastly for the pendant light

This is a bit different to have in an office; I’d usually recommend it for a kitchen island but I like the unexpected element of it.  This is still available here.

LA, LA, LA….why do you have to be so close yet so far away?!

March 21, 2011 at 5:30 AM 5 comments

For Japan With Love…

You will not be receiving my usual Happy Friday post tomorrow.  I wanted to participate in the blogger silence day as my small contribution in showing respect for the victims of the devastations in Japan.  If you would like to donate, you can do so here.  To read more about For Japan with Love, go here.

March 17, 2011 at 11:32 PM 1 comment

Artist of the Week: Dallas Shaw

It’s that time of the week again, artist time.  I do wonder how this little series of mine is going down with my readers.  I have to say that I like it and it’s fun for me to do.  I’m always inspired by artists and if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times, art can make your home.  One day, I will take you on a virtual tour of my parents home and you will see how I was literally raised on that notion.

Anyway, I was tickled pink that Ms. Dallas Shaw commented on my blog two days ago.  Wow!  Humbled to say the least.  She is a fabulous artist and it doesn’t hurt that she’s a fashionista.  This girl knows clothes.  She drapes herself in the likes of Lanvin, Karen Walker, Donna Karen, Peter Som and Phillip Lim.  Tres chic.

You can see that fashion plays a major role in her art.  She has collaborated with major designers and clothing brands, such as DKNY, Dace and American Eagle, creating fashion sketches and even vintage wallpaper store displays.

She works in amazingly varied mediums from acrylics on canvas to her own t-shirt line.  I love how her illustrations translate the art of fashion and leave you breathless, craving a life well strut in head to toe avant garde clothing.

If Dallas’ work has you swooning, check out her site here; she also has an ETSY site but appears to be all sold out at the moment.

March 17, 2011 at 5:30 AM 6 comments

That’s Amore

Today’s list of To Do’s are piling on top of each other.  I do love that my business is growing, however, for today, it leaves little time for a blog post.  I wanted to share a kitchen I saw in Elle Decor that had me dreaming of baking bread or making a pizza.  I’d surely be singing, “When the moon hits the sky like a big pizza pie, that’s amore” by Dean Martin.

Isn’t that wood fire pizza oven insane?  I don’t think that would pass code in California – bummer.  Kitchen of Designer Edwina Hunt.

March 16, 2011 at 7:46 AM 3 comments

Awesome Vintage Sofa

I’ve been on the hunt for unique pieces for a few clients and the other day, I came across this fabulous vintage floral armless sofa –

It’s so fresh and vibrant and it may just be the fun piece to get my client’s office going.

I really love the crewel detailing –

To update it a bit, I may take the upholstery off of the legs and lacquer them white and then I would pull out the apricot coloring and make a large lumbar pillow to go across it.

Here were the other items that I suggested for the room….

Two hex garden stools as the coffee table

But change out the shade to a cream one with an apricot or green ribbon along the base of the shade.

This pale blue geometric rug would go nicely with the soft colors of the sofa

Sorry for the small picture, but it would be this bookshelf.

I’m still on the hunt for a unique desk.  I can’t wait to show you pictures as the office comes together.  If you are interested in specific items in this post, e-mail me and I can tell you the sources.  I don’t list sources out of respect to my clients.

March 15, 2011 at 7:51 AM 5 comments

Itty Bitty Bikini Time

Graham and I are heading to Hawaii at the end of this month for a short vacation with his family.  We have both been dreaming of sunshine, sand, mai tais and fresh fish for a while now; it’s what gets us through our work days.  Something I have NOT been dreaming about is having my grotesquely pale skin withstand the harsh elements of florescent lighting and a cramped dressing room to procure a bathing suite that will give me the courage to walk around the beach feeling over exposed.  Good Lord, I don’t want to try on a new bathing suit, but I need one.

Here are some contenders that I can look at from the comfort of my computer.  Dare I actually step foot in any of them?

Okay, so I didn’t just have a child, I’m not twelve and under or fifty and older…why is this one piece so appealing to me?  I love the ruffles.  Do I venture back into the one piece land prematurely?

I also love this one piece – but imagine the tan lines.  Plus, it’s running $218, I wouldn’t even spend that much on a cocktail dress.  Although, if it was flattering, I think I’d fork over the cash and live with the Miss America pagent tan lines.

Loving this onesy.  But it would take me all day just to figure out how to put it on…

What in the what?!

Adorable!  Plus, I could sing the itty bitty micro mini polka dot bikini song all day – that wouldn’t get annoying, would it?

This one may be just the ticket.  I promise there won’t be any before and after bikini shots of me.  De nada.

Counting down the days to be sitting beach side.  Which suit would you pack?

Top four suites available at Anthropologie, bottom suit is J. Crew.  Happy Monday!!

March 14, 2011 at 5:33 AM 6 comments

Happy Friday!!

Happy Friday everyone!!  I can’t wait for my weekend to begin.  I will be attending a fabulous soiree for two of my very best friends’ 30th birthdays.  Let the festivities begin…

Happy birthday, Jill and Katy!!

Also, my brother was written up today in the New York Times (the article got bumped last week)!!  Read the article here or log on to the New York Times and type in “Imwalle” to the search criteria.  It’s an awesome article and it really showcases what a stellar and dedicated teacher and writer he is!  My whole life I have looked up to him and it’s nice to see his students do as well.  His book is also off the hook good.

In news around the house, I had a very fun package arrive from One Kings Lane.  It’s actually my first purchase from them.  A little colorful John Robshaw Jaggery pouf

I love the vibrant color of it.

I would really love to pair this pouf with indigo, like this fabric…

But I am sold, along with the support of all those fabulous comments, that Le Touche will be going on the faux bamboo chairs…

Luckily, I love the John Robshaw pouf so much so when we eventually move to a larger apartment, I’m sure it’ll find its perfect spot.

Happy Friday!!  What will you be up to?

March 11, 2011 at 6:30 AM 7 comments

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