Tuesday, December 4, 2012

You are finally allowed to see my whole dining room. Here's what WE have done since the wedding.

1. ) MB sanded the table. Thank you MB. It'll get stained dark, haven't picked it yet.

2. ) We bought a set of 6 chairs at Seaboard Studio 123. Awesome.

3. ) We bought an antique Chinoiserie chandelier from Hunt & Gather. It has yet to be painted, I'm waiting until we paint the room. Unsure of the color.

4. ) Decluttering took place and it's now taking place in the red armoir. Sneaky.

I've decorated for Christmas on a budget. See boxwood wreath on mirror and bowl of bulbs from fried Christmas lights. That's all I've done so far in preparation for Christmas! More pictures to come as I get crafty with "found objects".  

The before: 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Stick em up

I use Pinterest as my inspiration board. I had an office in my previous abode, new office is now a multitasker - guest room, closet, storage, dog parlor. So, wall space is limited and I don't want to scare people that come to stay. My virtual musings will just have to stay that way for now. But, if I could build a wall for my ideas to stick to...

It'd be as big as Jenna Lyons of J. Crew.

From Mark Sikes pin-board of Carolina Herrera's real-life pin board. Multi-level pinning going on.
I think I just bent time.

a calm mood-board.

a busy mood-board.

And, this is how my e-mood board is looking as of 3 minutes ago. You've got Christmas present ideas, hair-dos, funnies, dogs, lamps, kitchens, and ha! a mood board - see it with the tape?

Hope y'all had a fabulous Thanksgiving, and happy monday.

Monday, November 12, 2012

I love fur. Dog fur. My pets are my babies. Growing up we always had animals and being an only child, they were my siblings. A neighbor came over one day to find me playing hide and go seek with our golden retriever Buddy. I was hiding. Now that free time is playing hide and go seek with me, I really want to find it and get back to painting. I have painted a few dog portraits in the past and have been studying on how to capture the texture, variations in shade and color of one's beloved pet. A few of mine followed by a few that point and laugh at mine because they're so good.

-  above this line are mine, below this line are others' -


Source: kwronski.com via Adair on Pinterest

Kathryn Wronski

Source: kwronski.com via Adair on Pinterest

and another

Sandi Devenny

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Rachel Rossman

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Jacqueline Cross
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Iain McDonald

Joe Vivilecchia

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Collecting my thoughts

My ADD is set to hyper-mode, I've burnt three bagels this morning trying to make breakfast. Ever feel like you're going in 9 million directions, I literally am going in that many at this moment. The need to organize and straighten comes over me when I feel like my life is too hectic. My house is currently in a state of disarray, so I will show you what I wish it looked like.
Source: ab.weimgs.com via Karen on Pinterest

trays harness junk, it's their job. I use trays in the kitchen to bring together needs - olive oil, vinegar, s&p, sugar a few herbs, maybe a jar filled with most often used utensils.

this is not my tray, I wish it was, I'd probably smell dreamy all the time. But I do have a jewelry/perfume/receipts/spare buttons tray on my dresser. For some reason throwing everything onto a single, liftable surface is more organized than not. A place for everything and everything in its place?

My kitchen tray. Utensils, flowers, salt and pepper, seashells, a tiny blue boat, you know the necessities.

Source: ivillage.com via Adair on Pinterest

I've got 14 to-do lists going at the moment. What do I do? I go out and buy a jar of Mod Podge and try to make a tray. Priorities.

I had a wallpaper sample from Schumacher, so I slapped it on a tray. Next time, I'll read the instructions on how to decopage? I think that's what I was doing.

The white globs are the un-dry Mod Podge. First try, C - for not painting the underside of the wallpaper sample. 

So, you guessed it, I'm back from the 'moon! Here's to house renos, to-do lists and more posts! Cheers!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

sadie + stella

Lindsay of Sadie + Stella invited me to be on her blog for the favorite room feature, go check. I wrote it last week and totally dated myself, the wedding is THIS weekend. Wish me luck!

Here's a peak of my favorite room.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

revamping a sorority house

Years and years and years ago, I was in a sorority. Years and years later, they asked me to revamp the same sorority house that I lived in when I was in college. I'm not that old, I haven't received any social security checks yet, but it was almost a decade ago. So, to say it was a little dated might be a slight understatement.

After paint and trim work.

After grasscloth.


Dining Room.

Sorry, blurry. (*this was pre-paint, pre-trim, pre-carpet)

Lookin sharp.

And I put a little skirt on the sink. The revampage is complete. New post coming up tomorrow, but after that I'll be wedding-ing through the weekend and then off to the 'moon. When I return it's back to normal, aaaahhhh.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Raleigh Designer, heather Garrett on Houzz

take the tour here, use the toggle feature to see all the pictures. Beautifully re-done modern home in Raleigh, NC

Saturday, September 1, 2012


How many is too many?

Source: etsy.com via Adair on Pinterest

cute and inexpensive find on etsy. great gift idea. a pair is $22.95 ?!

no. seriously, how many is TOO many?

more than two at the same meal might be too many.

Source: via Adair on Pinterest


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my soon-to-bee last initial. I bought this, still no wax.



on ze pillow.

put a cork in it. horrid pun.

acrylic, great gift. Laplates.com

via Moon & Lola from Swell Caroline a new online shop&blog I perused through today.