Saturday, November 15, 2014

Musings from my Maison this November...

I decided to clean out my closet as the weather got colder...I found two wool scarves that I don't wear very often...

I recently purchased this wonderful embroidered scarf and wanted to use it as a bed throw but it was too short so...voila...

the ultimate "re purpose" was born...I cut/pinned/sewed (okay I cut and pinned...I had my upholsterer sew) my way to this dreamy new addition to my bedroom...just like we need more layers of clothing in the colder months...so does our furniture!


My side tables are next...come January they are going to get a fun new lacquered color...working on it as we speak...but- in the meantime...found these fab mirrored trays at Target to brighten them up on top!


Across the room all these pink additions are tying nicely into my new gallery wall ...


A bunch of my besties went on a trip to Israel recently and delighted me with this surprise gift upon their return...absolutely love them and THEM! Thanks ladies!!



                                                               
Here I am sporting them... while having some "bun fun" this week....


A new addition are these wonderful Asian stools I found on a recent buying excursion...


I am mixing them in everywhere...they are funky, fresh, and fun...and don't need to "color match" to the rest of the decor...I have one paired here with a lime green garden stool.



I move them all around depending on my mood and where I am sitting...


Talk about fun "pops" of color....



They are also  available now at The Style Shack if you want one or two...;)


Also at Target on the sale rack...I scored this wonderful wood bowl...long in length and style...I accessorized with some marble stones and a green ceramic ball that moves around the house as needed.


I like to see my "go to" necklaces and bracelets every morning in my dressing spaces...it is a pretty and practical visual...I took some glass urns and filled them and layered them up...grouping them on a faux croc teal tray in my bathroom is just sunshine in a jar!


This little lady sits in my office...so I can "spread the jewelry love"....


I also used this tall glass urn to elegantly store my lavender Epsom salts...I am a girl who loves a good soak...so do my muscles after working out (or lifting too many pieces of furniture)...this stuff does the trick...also a great source of getting magnesium into your system too...

btw... this is a great hostess gift or birthday gift for your friends who love their bath time...accessorize with a scoop and a shell and you are good to go....


Recently...before our first frost...I was out on a walk and captured these lovelies...




I also brought my rosemary topiary in for the Winter...please enjoy them now...they are so finicky inside...I am crossing my fingers because I love them so!!!



A recent addition...I found this coral sculpture and layered it into my buffet...


I also brought in a garden stool and made it work in my foyer....



On another note...I just had to share two recent instagrams that made my heart swoon...

just crazy for both pieces.... although I would recover the stool fabric immediately.




I also have to say that when I look at this picture I want to stay in bed all day today...but I am off to do an outdoor holiday styling job with greens and lights at a local restaurant...better bundle up since it's 18 degrees right now...eeks!

 (Merci: Chairishco)


 Have a great weekend! XO Emily









Sunday, November 2, 2014

Black Out! Part Deux!

If you missed Part One of this little dark tale (pun intended) please click here.



As I left you in the last post I was infusing black in my spaces...including a big dose in my living room niches....

As I styled things a bit differently to balance the new black niches...I knew I needed a bigger change... I  DO get a kick out of changing spaces around a lot! 

I didn't like how my soft blue chairs played against the drama of the black...I knew I could do better. I also have a big enough (and long in length) living room that I have always wanted to make into two distinct "parlor" spaces... I was completely inspired by my friend Tica- who did exactly that. Click here to see that post.

However I couldn't get past my "spacial block" when it came to my couch...as I was explaining all this to a clever friend of mine when she stopped by...she suggested a couple of new alternatives. Sometimes a new perspective is all you need! We all get stuck in our own spaces! So very quickly things went from this...



to this...in the course of a few hours last weekend...I was by myself and just went to town!



I put the legs back on my white lacquer table... and split the room in two parts using the table as the divider.


Here's a visual tour of the changes


I kept the black and pink x ottomans on the other side of the room for color balance and seating...


adding the white and black striped cotton dhurrie rug on the side of the room with the black niches tied everything together...


I moved furniture from other parts of the room...


and separated the architectural columns that used to support the coffee table and made two coffee tables with the addition of round glass that I had in my prop room in the basement. The brass tray you see below I kept on my coffee table outside during the Summer and had already put it in storage for the Winter...I quickly found it  and turned it upside down for something different and a little more interesting...



I redid this antique chair and it resided in my bedroom...but I prefer it here. I will find something else for my bedroom....yes- a new hunt is on!


These two chairs were also redone "finds" and they used to reside underneath the sconces by the fireplace. I added two pillows that I had to create a neat little seating area...




On the other side of the room I made another coffee table from the other architectural column, a round glass top and a large round wood tray...





Since we are heading into Winter I brought in my brass log urn from outside and decided it looked just right as a textured element under the table...


 a few more pics...




of course Stella made her way into at least one shot (that little girl knows how to strike a pose)...btw...my leather bench that used to reside in the living room now works so well in the foyer...I love it actually more in that spot and it is practical there as well...but since it is lengthy...I see a tray or some books that I can use to accessorize the center of it..still leaving plenty of room for someone to sit...


I love sitting on this side of the room too...


 Yes..as you can tell...I'm completely crushing on my new space! I love making something brand new with just a little muscle and a just a couple $$ for a few essential new items. It really doesn't take a lot to transform a space! I purchased the striped rug and the round wood tray...everything else I already had....

 I am already thinking what I can do in here during the holidays! Shocking I know...stay tuned!



                                                             XO Emily

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Black Out! Part One....


Sometimes I just have a design "itch" in a particular space that I just keep "scratching"...and my living room niches are a shining example of this syndrome....

I wonder if there is a name for it...hmmm...I will think of a good one! If I am honest with myself I would have to say I'm "scratching" in most of my rooms pretty regularly...lol!





These two niches have gone through so many design phases but nothing has ever said YES! for too long and here I go again...recently I made them into fun little bar areas as you can see here...


I loved the new purpose but not the predictability and softness of the white... I'm getting a little edgier as I age...(there is a joke in there somewhere)...and I have been playing around with black accents in small doses around the house...and toyed for a minute with the idea of painting the french doors black, etc. Then my girlfriend sent me a picture of a black shelving unit and after gathering the courage...I decided that just might be the ticket... and here they are...




BEFORE                                                                                        AFTER

The view in the evening light...



                                                                      BEFORE

   
                                                                      AFTER

I just loved the way everything in the shelves "popped" with the black background but it was quite the dramatic change...and I had to get used to it...



I began redesigning my other areas (like my coffee table) to balance the black...and even though I loved my new black niches...the room still didn't feel exactly right...I sort of opened Pandora's Box if you will...which sometimes happens in design...but always seems to get you to the right end...IN THE END...

One "bestie" and my husband suggested the black was too much...other "besties" loved it and said leave it be...but I still kept scratching...a gal's just gotta work these things out herself  I guess...which frankly is part of the fun for me... design is often like a puzzle!
As part of this tale of black and white....

I was so happy to receive my new white enamel lampshades that I designed long-distance (which is always a gamble). They took two months to make and I LOVE them.



I didn't particularly like the shades that came with the sconces that I installed on either side of the fireplace...this new shade is so fresh and crisp!

    AFTER                                                        BEFORE


I put gold in the inside ...because this gal is crazy for gold anywhere I can get it!


Here is a combo shot of my new Fall mantle and the one pair of the old sconces (as the BEFORE shot)...I found these antlers on ebay..and dried many bouquets of cockscomb this Fall to create this mound of velvety loveliness!



Here is what the new sconce shades look like now in the space! You are also getting a glimpse of Part Two of this post...coming soon to a computer near you!


Until then I will leave you with a close-up of the antithesis of black...my favorite Fall flower!


I hope you're having a great weekend and not eating too much candy! If you want to check out Part Deux click here!
                                                  XO Emily  









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