Friday, July 29, 2011

Wear Your Room

I believe in doing the thing you feel is right. If it looks right, it is right.
                     -Dorothy Draper
That Dorothy sure did know what she was talkin' about! This quote is perfect for design and fashion. People are so often scared to just do what feels right. It's almost like a catch 22 in that we think that what "feels right" is too easy, and that there must be something more. Many times, there isn't. In design and fashion, I challenge you to do what feels right and not question you're own intuition. It's there for a reason, isn't it?
Take a look at these beautiful rooms, compliments of my romantic relationship with Pintrest, and then look at the day and night looks I compiled that have similar design aesthetics.

Stunning headboard upholstery+painted white details

I love everything about this- just need a bold patterned carpet and that canvas to be framed, and this would be mine!

Who wouldn't love to eat breakfast and have homemade OJ here?! Look at those different chairs, beamed ceiling, and rounded door!

My dream bungalow room

Crisp+Clean...I dare you to find something that you don't like!
Have a beautiful and inspiring weekend!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Attn: Atlanta

Being new to the city within the last year, I still find myself getting overwhelmed with all the exciting things there are to do here. Being in the design industry, I find that each day that I'm out I discover new little hidden treasures. These places are not necessarily a secret, but if I've never seen them- they are to me! They range from beautifully landscaped parks, restaurants, and boutiques, to hotels, offices, and bars. So, I've decided to start my posts called "Attn: Atlanta" which will catalogue some of these great places.

When I was first looking to move from Valdosta to Atlanta, I came into the city for a quick interview and met with a friend at the Glenn Hotel for drinks. I had been to this hotel previously for a New Year's Eve celebration the previous year, so I was already familiar with the location in the heart of the downtown Luckie Marietta District. Because it was so chilly then, we weren't able to visit the bar on the roof of the small highrise. But lucky for me, it was warm and beautiful weather during this visit.! The view of the city from this spot (and maybe the Grand Marnier) literally made my decision to move for me. I realized I no longer had a say so, I had to be here.

The Glenn is considered to be a boutique hotel, being that it is on the smallish side with just at 110 rooms and providing personalized accommodation and services/facilities. A boutique hotel is usually luxurious and quite intimate, which is one of the benefits of not going to a typical chain hotel. One thing that also caught my eye about the Glenn was it's claim to being commited to sustainability. Because of their close proximity to public transportation, their revamping of the building that had remained empty for ten years prior to the Glenn's opening, and their use of high-efficiency thermostats and insulated windows, they are making strides to be earth-friendly.  They also boast about their Southern comfort food, sign me up! Although I've yet to try their food, I've heard it's delish! Check out the Glenn's kitchen menu.

Now, on to the important stuff. Design eye candy!

Do you see those rich colors? I spy a rich onyx wall..hands down, my favorite part of the lobby.

Think this:

Oh, baby baby.

Antique key chandy in the lobby

 complete with lush orange drapery, floating nightstands with pendant lighting above (thank the LORD, no tacky lamps), fresh art, crisp white hotel sheeting with orange stripes, a walk-in shower with a sexy glass window into the main room, and plenty of mood lighting

Drum roll please...

The Glenn is an Atlanta spot you shouldn't miss out on. Their excellent service and beautiful interiors will surely have me coming back for more!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

In the Bedroom

So, I was innocently walking around Homegoods with no intention of buying anything about a month ago. I stumbled across these babies, and my whole bedding idea has changed from a nuetral gray and ivory to a stark white and navy scheme. Think crisp, plain white duvet cover and these as euros against my scroll headboard (sorry for the blur!):

Similar to this one...but I ran the stripes vertically

I added a little white shag rug at the end of my bed yesterday to continue the white onto the floor. Not to mention, it's shag and super comfy!

And a random but totally exciting find today on Etsy....two vintage hobnail white milk glass lamps from Tiffin of linwood avenue. They have restored fittings that are a high polished brass and are newly rewired with 8' clear wire. Umm, sign me up- kthanks.  At 12.5" to the top of the socket, they are a little smaller than I'd like. I also had to remember:

1. It's hard to find an actual pair of vintage lamps, especially with such a great shape and in great condition.

2. It's hard to find massive hobnail lamps like I would prefer! All that I have seen lately are fairly small in scale- and I just don't think I can wait it out to find anything taller. A little impatient....guilty as charged. And sometimes with the tall height I like, the lamp's width increases. In this case, I want a lamp with a thin profile so these will work great.

And after contacting the vintage queen herself, Dayka Robinson, for her advice- I was ready to make my purchase!

Here are my beauties before they are on my nightstands in a few short days:

And, then my next mistake was made. I continued to search on Etsy, double oops. I fell in love with these amazing limited edition prints. They are done by Leigh of jkldesigns from pencil, pen & watercolor, and the illustrations are then are digitally edited  I am pretty excited that they will be hanging on my sad, blank wall across from my bed along with some floating white shelves with leaning frames and other assorted accessories.

Aren't these beautiful?

Just got a coupon in the mail for Bed, Bath, and Beyond- and they have some floating shelves and cubes that I've been looking for for a great price. They are not as large as I'd like, but I think they'll do. I also have to spray them white (I think) and I will probably use these paired with some of the longer individual shelves you can buy at IKEA to get my desired look. 

One of the items on my longest shelf will have to be a picture of little Marley. I was watching Adele's music video "Someone Like You (amahhhhhzing song)," and saw a framed photo of her baby Dachshund. After scouring Pintrest... I want a photo of Marley running like this with a nice white mat and thick black frame:

Happy Thursday, ya'll!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Back Again

Well...I see below me that it actually has been two months since I've embarassing! I have been beyond busy, and have let some things that I truly love slip away. So...after a couple months of juggling too many things, vacations, and a surgery- I'm back again.  I have been on autopilot and working 80 hour work weeks with zero weekends to myself, so I've had to make some big changes to my life as of late. I feel like I will finally be settling in and function like a normal human being again! Life is too short, way too short, to be on autopilot. Or just feeling like you're barely getting by- no time for breakfast and coffee, no time for friends, no time for your passions. We just have to try to remember that change is not always a bad thing, although it might be difficult. And once the change you've made is more permanent and real, it will become comfortable yet again.