Friday, August 6, 2010

I Wish I Were Here...

Here is a garden I wish I had, instead of the eyesore I do have.  One of these days I'll turn myself into one of those HGTV shows that makeover your hideous outdoor spaces (if my neighbors don't turn me in first).

Mom and I are hitting the garage sales tomorrow to see what bargains we can find and to get some tips for my sale later this Summer. 

Enjoy some peace, quiet and sunshine...wherever you are.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Problem With Home Improvement

Have you ever noticed that when you paint or rehab a room in your house, suddenly every other room in your home appears old, tired and outdated?  I hate that. 

So far I've been forced to update the dining room, the living room, the bathroom (a work in progress - already thinking of changing the walls again).  I have about 9 paint swatches painted on the kitchen walls trying to decide on a color there.  And the bedrooms are not just calling my's like they're screaming so loud I can't think straight.  They want help.  They want to be a new color.  They want to be dressed in new bedding.  They're even demanding art work.  Not sure how they imagine I will pay for all these demands.

In between creating wish lists and putting costs to my big fat ideas, I seek inspiration from beautiful rooms I find courtesy of google images :)

These rooms are exactly what I'd like to achieve...a soft, mostly neutral palette. 

How could you not dream beautiful dreams in these rooms?

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Wishful Thinking

I (very) recently got a part time job at the Restoration Hardware in my neighborhood.  I have been in training this week and as I'm getting to know the merchandise, I'm developing a frighteningly long list of items I can't afford that I want to use my 40% employee discount on. 

Here's what I'm currently enamored of...

These Florentine carved wood candlesticks would be perfect for either end of my mantle.  Specifically either the 18" or 22" would work. 

Among the lamps, I would take any of these for my bedroom...

I imagine one of these Marseilles chalkboards in my kitchen...

The washed silk quilt in ivory for my bed...

This beautiful tufted bench that I bought for a client's bedroom would look great at the end of my bed too ;-).

Here's hoping I can squash and kill the consumerist in me and actually come home with a paycheck ;-).