Monday, August 18, 2014

Beach Ball Bonanza!


I love when creative inspiration strikes...it is one of life's best surprises!


My girlfriend was throwing a pool party for her twin daughters birthday recently...and I was on board to help....


We found these fabulous pink and white beach balls...and put them in mass in the pool as a decorative element....


The wind started creating the most amazing patterns and designs...


The overall graphic impact and color "pop" just got my photographic juices flowing.
I actually became a bit obsessed throughout the party...(shocking I know)!


I took so many pictures...I thought...I need to do something with these images...I LOVE them!


I am planning on producing a coffee table book but in the meantime I created a new gallery in my living room....


The images add just the perfect color accents with the turquoise, white, pink and black....since those are the accent colors in the room...




They are also fresh and modern...


I added a few other images that made sense in the scheme as well...


I added a couple of images to the other side of my "gallery" space...


                                to complete the visual narrative...


Close-up...


I LOVE making my own Art...all the images in these spaces I've created... I also love changing it out again and again as my mood dictates! As we head into Fall looking at these lovely Summery images as the weather turns chillier will make me very happy...
remembering a perfect poolside Summer day celebrating friends and the loveliness of something as simple as floating beach balls.
XO Emily







Friday, August 8, 2014

Making my own fun in my maison!


My living room has undergone so many make-overs throughout the past decade...if walls could talk who knows what this busy room might say! I can't help it- I get bored and need to change things up...a lot! 



My husband jokes that he hopes that I don't trade him in one of these days for someone more "stylish" as well... at least he has a sense of humor about all of the changes!



 I will only share it's most recent history as we discuss my latest "update"....  specifically within the alcoves in the room. Here is an example of how they were "dressed" a few years ago...


The inspiration just keeps coming...and they are an easy, fun thing to change! Here are a few more "before" shots.



I recently painted the alcoves a high gloss white...to brighten things up a bit!



It really all began because of a flea market trip....


I scored two mirrors for $5 each that were found in a dark wood color, then I turned them to gold, then highlighted with a blue wash and then lightened again back to near gold with a tint of blue...can one say ADD..addicted design dork?



I decided to add a few of the shelves back recently...I missed my merchandising space....



I turned each of the top shelves into a stylish bar...



Close- up....



a few more...



Then I had to move on to update my dining room console table...this is one of my fave spots to style all year long! I removed the bar...since it moved to the living room...We aren't even big drinkers in this house- I just love pretty bar ware!

I am still working on this space...I might just leave it as is without the glass decanters..and put pretty votives on the silver trays...


 Speaking of finds...I scored a really fab brass console with thick glass at an estate sale recently. It just needed some TLC which I was happy to provide...


I gilded it up with a brighter gold metallic paint and then it provided the inspiration for a new gallery in my bedroom..


I can't wait to see what "trouble" I can get into next! Have a great weekend!!   
XO Emily
                                  
















Monday, August 4, 2014

Chair Flair!



Happy Monday! As I'm sure you've surmised from my absence these past couple of months... I have been taking a nice long Summer vacation from regular blogging...

Sometimes you just need to recharge the batteries...y'know the drill...



Frankly, I have been spending every free minute outdoors...

After the Winter we had in Chicago this year I decided to limit time spent in front of the computer this Summer...


Recently One Kings Lane contacted me about doing a post featuring a chair "redo" I've done...

I wanted to include their very informative guide on various chair styles as well... you design junkies will find it fun and informative! Click here... One King's Lane Modern Guide to Chairs

So...here is what I tackled recently....




I found this old gem at a flea market- I got so excited to "gild this lily" that I started diving in before taking the BEFORE shot...you can see on the bottom of the left photo the original wood tone of the chair.... I had some fun fabric laying around.... and voila....the reveal...


check out the back of the chair reflected in the mirror...


As you can see I added this fun fabric (also in my stash) on the back of the chair for a little added flair...or as I like to say..."for a little party in the back"!


Here it is now...happily at home in my bedroom.


I love redoing old or new pieces of furniture that deserve a more stylish future! Last year I searched and searched for matching X ottomans. Finally I decided to make my own when my search wasn't fruitful. I found ottomans that looked similar to these at the retailer Home Goods....

Just like these two examples the fabrics didn't match...but it didn't matter because I was changing them up anyway!


 I added matching architectural details to each ottoman, the circles and other moldings, etc.




Then I lacquered each bench in high gloss black enamel and then added one fabulous fabric (if I do say so myself)!


Here is how they look in the space... currently they are each one of my favorite things in my home!




In my next post I will highlight some of the other fun changes I have been making around my maison!

XO Emily



Friday, May 30, 2014

Introducing WhiteSconce.com

My business partner Marika and I are thrilled to participate in the launch of a brand new online consignment store...whitesconce.com


White Sconce


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Meet Brand & Vaughn, the stylish Chicago-based designers behind our featured Brand & Vaughn collection. Whether brass, glass, pink, or orange, their fun and elegant accessories will spruce up your space and brighten your day. Check out our interview with them to find out more about their design inspiration and why they love White Sconce. 

White Sconce is an online curated consignment website for those who delight in home decor and interior design. (Hello! Sign me up!)

They have sourced countless personal collections of antiques, art, modern furnishings and objects'd art to bring a truly unique offering to the online marketplace....we LOVE that!




 We established Brand & Vaughn because we have a delightful addiction for lovely home accessories.... Mademoiselle M and I came together through our mutual love of an elegant home, garden, and of course...a great soiree! We want to extend that love to others through our creative partnership. Our "finds" will hopefully bring "joie de vivre" to anyone who appreciates a similar aesthetic!







Some of our recent finds....




Happy Friday! XO Emily
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