Friday, July 30, 2010

Living room - one step closer

After taking down our wedding decorations in the living room, we were left with a big empty spot on our mantel, inadequate lighting and insuffient seating.  I stumbled upon a small couch at a consignment store and brought it home, so we are headed in the right direction.  Filling the expansive empty spot above the fireplace will take a little extra funding.

But I have had my heart set on an aged finish mercury glass lamp.  And an affordable one is not easy to find.  However, yesterday I located a product that I think will work nicely.

If all goes as planned, it will have a resting place either (1) on the console table just below the panels on the wall or (2) on the built-in unit to the left of the fireplace in front of the antique mirror.

Keeping my fingers crossed that this $99 from bellacor delivers the style we want to integrate into our home.

Monday, July 26, 2010

More scenes from a wedding

Unbelievably delicious cake from Bella Cibo

June 26, 2010

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Summer is for weddings

Nothing like wedding cake to bring out the smiles.  Tea, Lisa and my beloved Cristy enjoying the celebration festivities for two newlyweds, Stephanie and Michael.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Texture, color, rhythm

As a non-professional novice of home decorating, I'm learning through experience.  Unfortunately.
On the upside, this room has a fairly consistent scheme of colors with which we are very happy and our individual pieces blend well together.

On the downside, I made a purchase last weekend that poses some new challenges.  I have not yet ever owned an item of leather-upholstered furniture this large.  The density of the upholstery and the fact that it is a solid dark color makes the piece seem heavier than it is.  So I lightened it up with a pretty Dash and Albert rug and am happy with this casual look. 

The second challenge is keeping the rug in place over the slippery leather.  I will be headed to Target soon to purchase a non-slip rug pad to place between the couch and rug.  And hopefully that will work.

Friday, July 16, 2010


While we haven't received any actual wedding photos from our talented photographer yet, I'm still craving a glimpse into the wedding we had, and the blur that is all those moments I just can't quite recall.  So for the moment, slices of images pieced together, quilt-style, can help to serve up a dose of bliss.  Hope you like it sweetheart, ILY.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Dinner al fresco

A breezy Saturday evening was the perfect touch for a backyard patio dinner, our trees adorned with twinkling candles to offer an extra special glow.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Upcycled Mexican door

Cristy and I recently finished a project, creating a table to complement the comfy little seating space in our bedroom.

This project was inspired 100% by bloggers. Design bloggers rock!

The original concept from Krisel Keeper's upcycled DIY bench, and the adorable striped rug as a table accessory plus the seagrass rug for the floor from Joni at Cote De Texas.
I purchased the aged wooden door from Adkins Architectural Antiques in Houston and they did a bit of very professional carpentry work for me since the size of the original was larger than I could accommodate in this room.
The raw steel table legs were easy to install from Hairpin Legs.
I know, we need some curtains at the windows. But one thing at a time. ...

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Difficult business, this lamp selection task

The collection of images above, with the exception of the mercury glass lamp, is a fairly accurate depiction of the colors, themes and textures in our bedroom. The themes we are trying to keep in mind when selecting items for our home are beach and romance.

This is not to say that we have piles of driftwood or statues of seagulls on every table. The beach theme relates more to selecting items that are uncomplicated. And the romance is the touch of homemade softness, round shapes and weathered patina.

After having been inspired by locating several gorgeous mercury glass lamps, I had hoped to select one for this room, in particular, the lamp pictured, but am not sure if this exact lamp will complement the existing decor.

So, this is my process, considering the elements, both individually and in combination. We will sleep on it for a while and see.

More pretty lamps

searching for inspiration, by way of lighting, and mercury glass seems to be a good fit.

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