Renovation Respect

March 3rd, 2014

Matt and I are in the process of buying a fixer right now and there is a Story To Be Told about that which I shall save for a later date when it’s all finalized. As a result, our conversation in the evenings over a glass of wine has turned to all things related to tile removal, drywall, electrical work, and plumbing. Romantic isn’t it? I think so.

I’m collecting all kinds of inspiration on the subject and I spied this amazing home renovation over the weekend, it took the owners three years to complete their labor of love. I’m not sure which issue of Country Living this appeared in, I’m a subscriber but I must have missed it in print. It’s one of the most impressive before and afters I’ve seen in a long time, taking this Mississippi historical home from ramshackle to radiant.

country living house before

country living home after

 

 

foyer before

foyer after

 

 

attic before

boys room red and white quilts

 

Read the full renovation story and see more pictures from the transformation here !

..

Google BookmarksBookmark/FavoritesStumbleUponShare

Entertainment Faves + Best of Jan & Feb

March 3rd, 2014

Did you watch the Academy Awards last night? We don’t have cable so I had to wait for the updates and videos online and get snippets via social media, but I love love love Oscar fashion (all those starving stars in beautiful designer gowns!) and Ellen’s Twitter feed cracked me up because she instigates selfies like this (the most retweeted ever) which was amusing because the celebrities, you know, they are “just like us”. And Ellen delivered pizza, awesome.

I decided instead of being productive over the weekend that I would be a complete couch potato and catch up on my entertainment. We watched Gravity  which was good but gave me strange dreams of floating through space, and also 12 Years a Slave and I bawled all the way through, but I’m happy Lupita Nynog’o won Best Supporting Actress (her acceptance speech was so lovely) and that it also totally deserved Best Picture (says the girl who has seen 2 of the 10 nominated films).

I though Chiwetel Ejiofor’s performance in that film was incredible, but I’m also happy Matthew McConaughey won for Best Actor – I secretly fell in love with him 18 years ago when he played Jake Brigance in A Time to Kill and I’ve been a fan ever since, I loved his heartfelt acceptance speech too.

There is always a connection between fashion and interior design, and the Oscars are the height of glamour when every detail is so exquisite. There were so many pale gowns this year, some embellished with sequins or glitz. I love a neutral + sparkle combo in fashion and interiors, these were my favorites.

cate kristin kate gowns

Best Actress Cate in Armani Prive / Kristin Chenoweth in Cavalli / Kate Hudson in Attelier Versace.

meryl jenna portia gowns

Meryl in Lanvin / Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Reem Acra / Portia de Rossi in Naeem Kahn

In the bold category, these were very glamorous.

sandra olga charlize gowns

Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen / Olga Kurylenko in Suzy Amis-Cameron / Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture.

But I think the win for Best Dressed lady award goes to Lupita Nynog’o in her pale blue Prada, it had tiny crystals running down the flowing pleated skirt, so so gorgeous.

lupita nynogo oscar gown

See so much more up close of the red carpet fashion here.

Late Saturday night, I got caught up on House of Cards on Netflix, tell me you are watching this show! Kevin Spacey is perfect in the role of Francis Underwood and it is so good. His cufflink initials are not to be ignored, am I right? 

francis underwood quote

I’m halfway through Season 2 and I can’t stop watching. I appreciate that Netflix releases the entire season at once because I can sit and get completely absorbed and avoid the world without interruption until the end of the last episode, and then shut it off and return to my normal can’t sit still self.

And since I did nothing productive all weekend, here’s a look back on the top projects and posts from January and February when I was not being quite as lazy.

best of jan feb 1

We added some tailored touches to the master bedroom; and a DIY lined shower curtain to the hall bathroom. I released a few winter fabrics in pale hues and neutral colorways, and here is a formula for a fabulous foyer.

best of jan feb 2

We added a weathered gray wood top to a plain IKEA coffee table; and these are ten kitchen trends here to stay, plus how to sew an easy zippered pillow cover. Yes you can mismatch your nightstands; a fantastic dialogue in the comments about vinyl versus laminate plank flooring, also don’t miss this list of sources for affordable rugs.

What have you been watching lately and who do you think was best dressed last night?  .

.

Google BookmarksBookmark/FavoritesStumbleUponShare

BOTB 2.28.14

February 28th, 2014

Hello everyone! We are getting pummeled with rainstorms right now, we need the water but it’s pretty gloomy here which makes for a lot of indoor time. I’m going to try to make it to see at least one of the films up for Best Picture – would you believe I’ve seen 0 out of the 10. Sad but true, I’m woefully behind on my movie watching this year. Which one do you think should we watch and which should win?

In other random news, I’ve been working out at the gym a lot lately and made the mistake of asking Matt to increase the intensity of my leg routine – ordinarily I just hit the machines but yesterday he had me doing these super intense lunges and bar squats with extra weight. He warned me to take it easy and I was like “I got this!” and now I look at my staircase with fear and loathing every time I have to go upstairs because it hurts so bad. Remind me that I should not ask my husband to ever play personal trainer again. Ever.

But it’s time for another Best of the Blogosphere – Amanda and I rounded up our favorite spaces and links like we do every two weeks. You’ll love this beautiful and classic kitchen makeover by Emily Hewett at House Beautiful, don’t miss the before!

kitchen after house beautiful

   

This beautifully organized garage by Dixie Delights is another fantastic makeover, get more details of the transformation at I Heart Organizing.

organized pretty garage i heart organizing

 

Dana at House*Tweaking shares the story of what it took to vault their ceiling, a huge undertaking but just look at the result! 

vaulted ceiling house tweaking

 

Here’s another great “after”: a reclaimed wood fireplace surround by Kristi Murphy, with the help of a contractor, they took theirs from mundane to a fabulous focal point, via Apartment Therapy.

reclaimed wood fireplace makeover

   

Read the rest of this entry »

Google BookmarksBookmark/FavoritesStumbleUponShare