‘Tis the season for house guests…and the need for a quick fix! I have two occasional chairs I purchased at the Long Beach Antique Market that are in need of re-upholstering and refinishing. A year after bringing them home I still haven’t found the “perfect” fabric, nor decided on the “perfect” finish. But the potential embarrassment of having guests see them was looming, so I devised a simple, cheap, and quick fix to disguise them for awhile.
The sheepskin rug and the pillow are from IKEA. And I can finally enter the dining room without being nagged by my unfinished home improvement project!
You might remember my Halloween post from last year when I professed my Halloween decorating woes. After feeling ever so sorry for me, my Artist Mom created an amazing ceramic Halloween mask for me so I can always have a bit of boo in our home this time of year. Take a look!
And despite Husband’s objections, I couldn’t resist bringing out some spiders. This time I situated my spidery looking air plants on them for some added “eek!”
Last night, my dear friend Danica and I threw a We Think You’re Rad party for our girlfriends. We filled Casa de Weekend Decorator with amazing friends, delicious food, strong cocktails and of course some fun decor.
When Husband and I moved into our place almost two years ago(!), my instinct was to entertain only when we finished decorating it. Well, it’s finally crystal clear that continuing on that path will result in no visitors EVER. In fact, that House Warming party? Nope, still hasn’t happened. I’m realizing, though, that our home decor will always be evolving and there is no need to make excuses for why it’s not finished yet. In fact, Margaret Russell, Editor in Chief of Architectural Digest, just touched on this point in the February issue of the magazine. She quotes Nina Griscom who says, “(Her apartment is) complete, but it is not finished, a word I cannot utter when it comes to decorating a home.” And I now see how important it is to have people over while still in the process of decorating. It shows me how people naturally want to use the space, and highlights what is missing or needs to be rearranged. Last night, it was the chandelier over the dining table that is still missing and greatly needed!
Since party decorations were my responsibility, yesterday marked my first trip to the Los Angeles wholesale flower mart. Very exciting! Fresh flowers are essential for any party, so I did dawn patrol and snagged up some great blooms. Here are some photos of the flower arrangements I had a blast putting together:
Good times, Ladies!
Tune in next time for the next project on the horizon…
Husband asked me the other day for my Christmas wish list. I know the truest answer is that I have everything I’ve ever wanted or needed. But the constantly quantifying seven-year-old in me can’t help but launch into a long list of gift-value calculations. I’m still working through the math, so Husband continues to wait for my list. However, I do have a rolling list of items I’d like for the house. I’m calling it my Wishful Thinking List because, well, once Husband sees the price of some of these items he’ll agree it’s an appropriate name. I’ll stick with the holiday theme here and list just seven items, one for each day left until Christmas.
1. Super fun brass legs from Kelly Wearstler. They make me want to go swimming!
2. Limited edition Zag Tray from Up In the Air Somewhere. Love!
3. Eames Molded Plastic Armchair from Room and Board. Our dining table is looking bare with only four chairs.
4. Richard Nixon Throw from Jonathan Adler. This would look fab on our bed…the couch, too!
5. Horchow “Knot” Mirror. I’ve been eyeing this beauty since we moved in.
6. In a perfect world I would replace all our light fixtures with ones from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co., but I’ll settle for this cool Graduate Lamp.
7. Quirky, I know, but charming the heck out of me…Stork Feet Pot Stand from Anthropologie.
I hope you chose wisely when making your Wish List (I mean if I had forgotten to put Guess Jeans on my wish list in the 5th grade, I probably would have died), and don’t be shy about making a Wishful Thinking List. If nothing else, it’s a catalogue of your ideas and inspirations. Merry Christmas!