Monthly Archives: November 2011

Thanksgiving at Home

Husband and I traveled north to my parents’ house to celebrate Thanksgiving this weekend. I think I’m still sideways from the 500 mile drive…and all those calories. Cassius is still recovering, too. He’s about to embark on his 24th hour of continuous sleep.

One of the best parts about spending a holiday at my parents’ house is I get to see my mom’s, always amazing, decorations. I’m convinced that my love of decorating is a genetic code written directly into my DNA by my mom. Forever I will wish that I had photos of all my mom’s holiday decorations…and trust me, no holiday was ever decorated the same way.

Sadly, now that her kids are out of the house and living hundreds of miles away, decorating for the holidays just isn’t the same for my mom. But no matter what, Thanksgiving would not be Thanksgiving without a proper dining table. So here is just a little something she threw together for our Turkey Day dinner this year. Check it out!

Voila!

Hand made by my mom…ribbon, maple leaves, a dried pomegranate and a glue gun.

My dad made that antler candelabra for my mom. He found and gathered all those naturally shed deer antlers.

The chandelier above the table was designed and decorated by my mom, and built and installed by my dad. What a team!

We have a lot to be thankful for this year, and felt fortunate to spend the weekend with family and friends. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday as well.

Tune in next time…I’ve got some fun stuff lined up!

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The Bachelorette Pad

My friend Natalie is embarking on a new phase in her life, and needed a bright and happy place to call home.  She’s one of those people who is dialed into what’s hip and cool around town.  So, when she recently moved into a new apartment I couldn’t wait to visit and see what kinds of hip and cool decor I could soak up.

Her apartment is an upstairs unit of a lovely spanish style house located in an up-and-coming hipster neighborhood just south of Pasadena.  The apartment gets tons of natural light and is brimming with character.  She was skeptical about the chartreuse walls in the beginning, but it’s turned out to be the perfect neutral!

One of the wonderful things about decorating is how therapeutic it can be.  I think we all want to surround ourselves with things that make us happy and feel good, and the process of personalizing a space allows you to do just that.  Natalie’s new home is now filled with things she loves, things that tell a story, and things that make her happy.

Check out her new abode!

That table is a piece from an art installation by Ball-Nogues Studio.  See, cool and hip.

Check out that bird!!  A score at an Anthropologie sale.

That lovely piece of artwork was done by a family friend named Dan Douke.

I can’t get enough of her turquoise chairs!

Look at that gorgeous bed frame!..and I love those dancing skeletons above the bed.

Really cool piece of artwork, huh?

This is Footsie…She is awesome.  And so is that rug!

The perfect partition between the kitchen and laundry room.

Her milagros are so cool!

Not only does Natalie live in a great apartment, but it’s just blocks from the hip and cool gastropub, The York  (one of my favorite L.A. bars) and a handful of super stylish boutiques.  We stopped in at Platform where I instantly fell for these beautiful pit-fired ceramic owls.  They make me happy, and are right at home on our mantel!

Tune in next week for some Thanks from Home…

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Project Bedroom, Part II

Throughout this whole home decorating adventure, I’ve learned that Husband has opinions about our decor.  This of course means we don’t always agree on my ideas for the house.  But I’m learning to look at our disagreements as challenges; decorating puzzles to solve…especially when I lose the battle.  I can see now that concessions are OK; they make our home feel like ours not mine.  Often he just looks at me like, “Are you serious?  You want to do what?”, so it’s probably good that he keeps me on track.  Otherwise, we would probably own a black and white paisley chaise lounge (it would have been awesome!)

One of the first concessions I made when we moved into our place was whether or not to have a TV in our bedroom.  I was really against the idea…and what an eyesore it is!  So, here is my attempt to work the television into our bedroom decor.

Laying in bed…this is what we’ve been looking at.

Husband suggested we hang a collection of artwork like I did in the stairwell, but I saw the image below in my Domino book and immediately knew I wanted to hang a collection of our photos.  We have a computer full of snapshots from our travels that rarely see the light of day, yet make us so happy when we occasionally flip through them.  I’m really not into displaying personal photos around the house (I’d rather display artwork), but I thought if I hung the photos in an art-installation-kind-of-way then it might feel more like art than just a bunch of photos.

My initial inspiration, but a bit too casual for what I ultimately wanted.

Once I had decided to embark on this photo project, I started finding all sorts of other photo projects online that people were doing.  One of my favorites actually comes from a friend I went to college with and his girlfriend.  They’re photographers living in Portland, OR and posted this ridiculously cute video of their photo project on their blog.  Check it out!

I love how Whitney and Dave organized their photos by color, but I had envisioned using all black and white photos in my project.  Alas, another concession…Husband wanted color.  FINE!  Here’s my photo project, in color:

I employed the good ol’ wrapping paper trick again.  I decided to hang the photos horizontally at the same width as the TV to make the wall appear longer.

Lots and lots of IKEA frames.

This is about the time Husband’s words were resonating in my brain…”Are you serious?  You want to do what?”

O-M-G…I will never get these 2 billion frames to hang level.

After my power drill this is my favorite tool!

Measurements were off…Why didn’t I just buy some multi-opening frames from Pottery Barn??

This is it?  This is all I got done in one weekend?  And each one is crooked…nice.

I’ll call this the end of phase 1.  More photos will be hung, and mounting tape will be attached to the back of each frame to keep them straight.

It was an ambitious project, but I’m liking it…and so does Husband!  Unlike Dave and Whitney who did a little dance when they finished their project, I poured myself a stiff cocktail.

Tune in next time for my friend’s Bachelorette Pad…

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