Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Reclaiming Snapshots

The world of photography has changed so much in the past ten years. The most compelling change is that EVERYONE is a photographer these days. Access to a camera is unparalleled seeing as every cell phone has a camera and a video and there are tons of options to enhance your pictures (hello Instagram). Pictures are being used in many inventive ways, like these Thank you notes here, but are limited in their long term display. The instant gratification that comes with digital photography means that photos are rarely printed, just sent. If you do print what would you do with the photos? Put it in an album? Stick them on the refrigerator? The gallery wall has been a huge trend and great way to display photos but they tend to showcase "money shots" worthy of a frame and prime wall position. Which is why these photo displays are so refreshing - I wish I had thought of these top two displays with the giant frames.
 And the enormous blown up photo as wallpaper is so clever!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Nursery of the Week: Yee-haw

You know we have a fondness for a western/cowboy themed nursery! The take-away ideas from this nursery include the star light fixtures that are reminiscent of a sheriffs badge, the galvanized metal drape box and the wood paneling. We did something similar here - it's a great way to customize a room and add interest. To save on the cost the owners of this room choose to just do one wall.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Still loving lucite?

I appreciate all these unexpected uses for lucite, like the handrails in this stairway.
The Clear crib - still a winner
Cheeky :)

Friday, February 24, 2012

For Your Consideration

This headboard?

                     Hoping to see one these dresses on the red carpet this weekend for the Oscars.

 Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh-one of these guys will be joining the extended family soon. How do you choose from those faces? The guy on the far left is killing me!

Can't stop listening to this song - Somebody that I used to know by Goyte. Have you heard it? Are you equally obsessed - it's a little Peter Gabriel-esque. Fair warning, the video is offbeat hipster-ish.

Copy Cat! Sophia Bush has the same Falling Whistles necklace as me, gaw! These necklaces represent a really great cause, mine was a Christmas present.

And because it's Friday. A reminder to parents careful what you say in front of the children - they are listening and what they relay is warped version of your story.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

White Kitchens: Part Two

 Its a classic. It was in, It was out. It's IN again and has been for a long time. Sometimes white gets a bad rap that it is boring. Take a look - there all these are similar but have a different look. This top one with the subway tile to the ceiling - so cool.

 Bead board on the back splash, hood and ceiling - why not?
 The sliding barn door makes the perfect door for a pantry.
 This is pretty glam and traditional until you get another shot and see the black, mega buck stove.

 The ceilings, the french doors the window over the sink, oh my.
 Marble back splash to the ceiling - lordy.
 I spy... a map as the back splash above the stove.
 All kinds of awesome
 Light fixtures here (below) add drama

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Les Bon Temps Roule

 Happy Fat Tuesday y'all!!! Have you ever been to Mardi Gras? Here, let me help you with your itinerary. Warning: This won't include extended stops on Bourbon Street.
Par example: King Cake - testing several variations
Who Dat? Taking in some music.
 Searching for rare, VINTAGE Mardi Gras beads, originals made in 1930s from Czech glass.

 Stopping by to view Amanda Talley's work in person.

 A roll in the beds and quick nap to test drive the luxurious and famed Leontine Linens

 Strolling through the French Quarter
 Food = very important.
 Everyone is talking about Cochon a James Beard winning restaurant. Go there and tell us if it is as good as they say.
 Checking out antiques on Magazine and Royal Streets.

And you know what would be the most exciting? Seeing the Mardi Gras Indians. The costumes are mind blowing and to get an upcloseandpersonal gander at all that beading and feathers - my goodness! The whole point of their outfits is to outdo one another.