Archive for August, 2011

The New Duds: Apartment Tour

I’ve received e-mails and texts from people saying they want to see the new place, I figure why not give you all a little tour of a bunch of empty rooms.

Welcome to my new home which I love with my whole heart.

First things first you have to walk up some stairs; but once you’re up, I’ll be greeting you with a glass of wine:

Now, that we both have a drink in hand, let’s take a look around.  We’ll begin with the formal living room –

The light fixture in this room is original to the home (pre 1906 earthquake) and it inspired the pale pink on the walls.

Off of that room is the dining room:

Complete with a fireplace – that isn’t working but sure is pretty.

Off of the dining room is the office:

Now lets walk down the hallway of this railroad apartment and see what else is around.

Ah, yes the bathroom.  Wish I had a better picture, but you get the idea for now.

On the opposite side of the hallway is our second bedroom.  It’s tiny so there is not much to see.

Again with the horrible photos – geez louis.  It must be that wine we’re drinking…

Let’s walk down the hallway a little more to the kitchen.

Aint she fab?!  Oooh la la.  I love it. 🙂

Now off of the kitchen is the little breakfast nook, where our bistro chairs will sit.  And behind those shutter doors is a washer/dryer – probably the most beautiful feature in the entire place.

Off of the breakfast nook lies the sun room.  This is where we’ll hang, drink some more wine and chatter.

Off of the sunroom lies the deck.  Mmmm…you smell that?  Burgers!!!  Yummy.

I hope you enjoyed the tour.  Next one will be with actual furniture in it but ya had to get the before first.  Sorry for the horrible I-phone pictures and my terrible composition.  Wowzer.  For the record, we are happy as clams here.  A huge thank you goes out to my mom and Glynnis and Brian for coming up Sunday morning and staying until the evening helping us schlep the remaining items from our old place to our new one.  It’s so nice to be living close to our parents again! 🙂

August 22, 2011 at 8:31 AM 9 comments

She’s At It Again

I’ve written about one of my favorite artist, Irene Wood, here and here.  She is very talented, incredibly creative and has fabulous style.  Well folks, she’s at it again.  She has opened up a new ETSY shop that focuses on bib necklaces that are big, bold and regal but also fabulously lightweight.

Aren’t they just gorgeous?  You can purchase them here at History and Industry on ETSY.  Happy Friday!!  Hope you have a chance to kick up your feet this weekend.  I’m hoping I’ll have a chance to do that as well, but we shall see, as the moving drudges on this Saturday and Sunday.

August 19, 2011 at 8:35 AM 2 comments

Bedroom Changes

I’m sorry for the lack of posting lately.  We are borrowing internet from our neighbors (thank goodness it’s unsecured), while we wait for Comcast to arrive on Saturday.  So, in the meantime, this internet is super duper slowsers. 

For today, I’m only going to show one picture cause of the turtle’s pace and all.  Remember when we used to put up with dial up internet?  Ha ha.

Do you remember this shot from Domino?  This was the one that started my obsession with the Edland Four Poster bed at Ikea.  I can remember when this issue first came out and I was pretty sure that one day I would recreate the bedroom, oh and become that cute girl.  Well, now it seems to be my chance, to at least buy the Edland.  I’ll have my own take on the room and I’m pretty happy with being me at this point in my life.  I know I just bought a headboard off of e-bay but in this new place it looks very puny because we have  high ceilings.  The high ceilings are screaming at me, telling me to sell my headboard and buy the Edland.  BTW, the Edland is only $279, amazing price.  We shall see.  Do any of you own the Edland?  How do you like it?

August 18, 2011 at 8:59 AM 2 comments

It’s a Chair Thing

You see I have a thing about chairs; I see a pretty one and just can’t resist it.  But apparently, it’s turning into a little problem.

Here’s a shot of our new dining room…

Do you have a decor item that you just can’t resist?

And, yes our dining room walls are painted the softest pale pink.  The walls were already painted so the man around the house couldn’t say no and I let out a little squeal of joy when I first spied them.   Oooh, what fun!

There may be a bit of radio silence from me throughout the week until we get comcast in our new place.  We’re about 85% moved over as of 9:00 Sunday night.  Now, on to organizing…

August 15, 2011 at 6:42 AM 3 comments

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday everyone!  What a week for me.  Not only did I start some contract work in staging for a designer whose aesthetic I’ve admired in the pages of major glossy magazines (not sure I can share all that info on who I’m working for, if you’re interested e-mail me), I also started moving to a new apartment slowly every night after my staging work and after my personal client work.  To top all of that off, I accidentally leaked the story about those celebrities I saw last weekend.  I didn’t really realize that word wasn’t out about the two of them.  When I wrote, “you heard it here first” I was actually being sarcastic.  I’m usually the last to find out.  As I said in my original post, I didn’t know if they were dating or friends.  I had senior editors from major gossip magazines calling me asking for the story.  I had thousands of people read my post on Monday.  This wasn’t exactly what I was looking for in my life.  It all actually felt dirty.  I didn’t call any of the editors back and I didn’t dish any details to anyone.  The post has been removed from my site for now and we are back to normal reader numbers. 

After all the hoopla, I was just overwhelmed with the feeling of thankfulness.  I love our little family.  And by our little family, I mean all of you.  My loyal readers.  You are amazing and so incredibly supportive and all I could ever ask for.  Up until this point, I wanted masses of people to read my blog so I could get advertising and maybe even be in an online magazine.  But, when massive amounts of strangers came and a magazine plug opportunity arrived, I realized it wasn’t what I wanted.  I’m happy exactly with the way things are, where I can feel comfortable sharing my story. 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading and commenting and supporting.  You are the best.  I couldn’t be where I am today without you.  I wouldn’t be working my dream job or constantly searching the internet and world for inspiration to post about; you keep my imagination flowing and you keep me constantly thinking.  Thank you for cheering me on.  Without you, I would have quit adding fuel to a tiny spark a long time ago, which is now the fire within that gets me up and rolling each day.

August 12, 2011 at 5:41 AM 14 comments

Bistro Styling

Thank you very much for your kind comments on the bistro chairs!!  I love the look of French bistro chairs; I’m especially fond of them as bar stools.

Tres Chic!  I love the soft look and little pop of color and pattern they bring to a kitchen counter.  If you’re looking for some French Bistro chairs or stools yourself, they are available at TK Collections.  Unfortunately, they are to the trade only and they are pricey.  But, I predict soon they will be available at retail stores.

August 11, 2011 at 8:43 AM Leave a comment

Flea Market Finds

This past Sunday, I went to the Alameda Antique Faire.  I did come away with one great find, but the rest of the day I struck out.

My big finds were these two bistro chairs for our breakfast nook:

I then spent the rest of the time trying to find the best table to go with them; this black industrial crank table was the best fit I could find but they were asking $750 for it!  I walked away sans table.

Even though I didn’t buy these next items, I did find them stylish…

These chairs would be great for a beach house.

I thought this settee was so sweet for a little girls room.

That was everything I came across that caught my eye.  It wasn’t my most fruitful visit.  But, I do love my bistro chairs and they are perfect for our new place!

August 10, 2011 at 8:11 AM 4 comments

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