It’s after Labor Day but not quite Fall yet here in the South. While my mind keeps wandering to cozy textiles like Flokati rugs and velvet pillows, I’m still gravitating towards bright fresh colors. It was 95 degrees in Durham today! The perfect weather to shop from air-conditioned comfort. Here are some things that have stopped me in my tracks.
When I was little, there was a closet under the stairway. At the back of the closet, behind the coats and the vacuum cleaner, behind the wrapping paper and extra dishes, there was a little space just big enough for a seven year old girl. In that little space, I plugged in a lamp, cleared the floor, leaned a picture against the wall, and claimed it for my own.
I guess you could say I’ve always liked little spaces that contained only what I needed and nothing more. I often find myself day dreaming about tiny living in my grown up life. I wonder if the folks from Tumbleweed had little rooms under the stairs long ago?
It’s been a while since my last post but let’s not dwell on that and just dive right in, shall we?
I’ve been obsessed with dining room chairs lately! I’m shopping for a client who has a f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s Saarinen-like tulip table paired with chairs she got 20 years ago for $40…(or maybe it was 40 years ago for $20?) The table looks like this one by Knoll:
I told you. It’s fantastic!
I’ve had so much fun searching for possibilities (we’ve got a few on a short list at this point) and I’ve seen so many varieties (some that have nothing to do with the current project) that I thought I would post some pictures. And if by any chance you’ve been looking for new chairs yourself, I’d like to share the most important thing I’ve learned along the way:
Buy the chairs you love. Don’t obsess over matching table and chair sets or even matching chairs to each other if that’s your thing. Traditional table? Yes, you can pair it with modern chairs and vice versa. Modern home? Go for a rustic chair and see how inviting the seating area suddenly becomes.
In other words… ANYTHING GOES.
Here’s something I’ve been meaning to blog about for a while. What do you picture when you think of animal prints?
Or maybe this?
I wanted to see if I could change a few minds here today with some updated ways use animal prints.
My father’s decorating style? I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t argue with me when I say he doesn’t have one.
That said, he’s the guy you want around when you start any home improvement project. He’s my hero in the handyman department. Growing up I took it for granted that when something needed fixing, we didn’t have to call a repair man. Of course now that I have my own house, I often find myself calculating the cost of flying my father in from Vermont vs hiring someone…
Even though my Dad is 796 miles away, he’s often my first line of defense.
He once diagnosed a broken toilet over the phone as I held the receiver above the tank. He’s talked me through a dryer repair long distance. He’s the first one I called when a tree limb crashed through our roof (his advice: “call your insurance company”).
I owe him my courage with tools – he bought me my first tool box and filled it with things I still use in my business every day. He gave me his old drill and showed me how to use it with confidence.
His most recent gift to me was a circular saw. I used it to cut shelves for a gorgeous fixer-upper-cupboard I bought at a local consignment store (another beautiful piece from Classic Treasures!).
Check it out.
So today, I send this small shout out to my dad:
It’s because of you
that I’m kind of a bad-ass
in my tool belt.
Happy Father’s Day!