Farrow & Ball "Lotus"
So, I don't have kids... as you may well know... but I've heard it said "when kids are really quiet you have to wonder what they are up to". Annmarie sent me this photo over the weekend.
Can we all take a moment to "gasp" for Annmarie (who is also in the middle of a kitchen renovation)? I almost threw up my coffee on Saturday morning when I opened her email with that photo.
It reminds me of when poor Carolina's son got into a permanent marker and drew on her sofa... here.
Anyone else have a horror-story?
Went home at lunch to pay this nice gentleman for his work... and spent a few minutes stroking the walls in the pantry. He probably thinks I'm a little weird... but I am... so that's okay.
I grilled a couple of hot dogs and over lunch he shared tricks of the trade (while I took notes and photos).
Next on the agenda: replace the fluorescent light.
I am tempted to paper all the walls of my house... I am in love. I need to plant a money tree ASAP. My framing guy came out and quoted my shadow box frames this morning... $2,605 for 15, and that was a 40% discount. I didn't know whether to cry or go into cardiac arrest.
Raoul Textiles are gorgeous, I sent Courtney home with a couple samples... one of which was the fabric on the sofa below. (it's Amijao linen #909B82, for fellow tradespeople who might be interested)
I love the repetition of the same fabric on the draperies. Love the grasscloth too. (my grasscloth is going in my pantry on Friday!) I also like the frames over the sofa. This image is from Elle Decor, July/August 2007, photographed by Pieter Estersohn.
I've been stewing over how to frame the antique scrapbook of match books I scored at the Kane County Flea Market. I have a few frame samples and a million mats I'm sorting through, and was leaning towards a deep frame so I could have some relief and a shadowbox affect so you could see the cool depth and crunchiness of not only the matches themselves, but also the pages of the tattered old scrapbook ($$$$$$). But looking at that image above I wonder if I shouldn't just go with a classic (plain jane) metal frame ($) and white mat (oh the decisions). I would usually never go with a metal frame... but it works there. But they have grasscloth on the walls, which is a nice soft element, and what they have framed has hardly any color.
Okay, enough thinking out loud.
[I have just one rule - only one paper allowed per residence... so choose wisely!]**
and paper is lonely without good lighting... so I'm gonna pair up what I like... and I hope you like!
for your make-up / dressing area vanity space / powder bath:
for your swanky dining room:
for your home office:
for your daughter's room:
for your son's room:
for your guest bedroom:
for your design library (books floor to ceiling, but behind your chesterfield sofa this + that):
for a manly library:
for your living room:
(A.D.D side note: I'm obsessing over Ikat lately, wait til you see the Dedar bronze metallic chocolate ikat fabric I am using on a headboard... mmmmmm)
for your sunroom:
(Another ADD side note: I'm not really into ceiling fans, prefer not to have them, but they make sense for a sunroom... so, I comply)
and last, but not least... for my friend Elizabeth's guest bathroom, which truth be known sparked this post:
where her tiles are vintage jadeite and white (i adore)... I suggested this O&L paper discovered on D*S when they featured the San Fran candy shop Miette...
her light is already perfect... looks like this one
**: sometimes my rule of "one paper per residence" can be broken, but exceptions to this rule are rare and must be approved by me.