The story about the bathroom… floor

We have almost finished the upstairs bathroom remodel.  I can’t believe I was initially against remodeling it!  I didn’t want to put any more money into this house, but my husband made me see the light.  Sometimes he has a good idea or two.;)  Let’s start from the ground up, the floor.  I found this great deal on Craig’s List for honey onyx tile and that was the jumping off point.  But I didn’t want to do yellows and browns, I wanted to do yellow, gray and white.  No cream, no brown, white and grey thankyouverymuch.  Here is a shot of the honey onyx on the floor:

glass mosaic tile border

love this honey onyx!

 

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Daisy’s… again

What can I say, I love this store.

Wandered in yesterday to return some Dash and Albert rug samples I had borrowed for a client’s house.  And every time I go in I spy something new.  I had seen this wingback chair previously but I hadn’t yet recognized the genius of it… that my friends is a slipcover!  Let me tell you the problem with nicely upholstered furniture, inevitably stuff gets on it.  No matter what you do, somebody is going to smear their raspberry jam fingers on it, somebody furry is going to jump on it, somebody is going to spill coffee on it… it will happen, trust me.  The beauty of a slipcover is that you throw that baby in the wash when that happens.  Let your kids play XBox while eating pizza in the living room, let the dog jump all over the furniture, let your girlfriends bring their red wine into the living room, hell have a sangria while you are at it.;)  I am having a love affair with the wingback, and I don’t think I had ever seen a slipcovered one.  Love it.

And the bag, gorgeous!  I loves me patterned fabric and tote bags, this one has the most beautiful lining and Barbara says they are practically indestructible.

slipcovered wingback chair

can't decide which I want more, the slipcovered wingback or that amazing bag!

Here is another bag by the same designer, might be too florally for me to carry regularly but it is a great shape and style.

Here is another style of that same bag designer

Love the handles on this bag

Then I spied this bust of Thomas Jefferson and he found his way home with me.  It’s OK, he’s no stranger, I can bring him home.;)

Thomas Jefferson bust

at $22 and change this guy came home with me;)

Have an amazing weekend!

star lanterns

I have wanted one ever since I saw a photo in a mag with one dangling in between 2 vanity mirrors.  Oooh!  Maybe I could hang one over my bathtub!  OK, that is totally going to be in the works although there is a pot light up there, and then there is the whole code business.  Code schmode.

Anyway, I have a client with a totally mod U shaped house that encloses an outside courtyard with a pool in the middle, I love it.  And all around that U is a hallway with every room off the hallway.  So the hallway is a big part of the house and leads you through the house and connects everything.  It needs to have some pizazz.  I am thinking these star lanterns to lead your eye through the hallway, but she is unsure.  I will bring this pic and we shall hang something up there to resemble a lantern to see if we can get an idea what it might look like.  She’ll come around, or I will come up with something else.  The wheels have just begun turning.;)

via http://s-w-design.blogspot.com/

Here is a great source for those lanterns from Domino magazine:

I just need to buy one, right?! Click on the pic for the source.

the joy of treasure hunting

You never know what you are going to find at my favorite trash to treasure source, Urban Ore in Berkeley.  I head there often and come home with great finds.  This week I am helping a friend furnish her new home in the wine country, she is going for cottage chic, light and airy and bright… and I had my eyes open for full and queen sized bed frames.  And looky what I found!

that's real wood there, not resin appliqué molding, not that there is anything wrong with that;)

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Congratulations Daisy’s!

My favorite store for all things home decor, stationary, toiletries, etc. opened a new huge 2nd store location right down the street from me and Scarlett and I stopped by as we heard there might be cupcakes involved.;)  I would buy everything in the store if I could.  Seriously.  Thank goodness going to the store means I have to actually get in the car, otherwise I would be in there every day and the owner Barbara might have to ban me from coming in.

my trusty apprentice

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