Archive for July, 2010
Wisteria sent me a lovely little email today telling me to check out their sale section. And they have a few things that I would love to have, but certainly don’t need. (Especially since we just committed to a visit to Wyoming to stay with friends.) Therefore, I feel like I absolutely must share these with you. Hopefully you’ll benefit from my inability to purchase these goodies for myself.
Lord knows that I’m a sucker for kitschy dishtowels. You can buy these HERE.
I have some vintage French linen sacks already, but this is a good reminder to myself to remember to sew them into pillow covers, stat. You can buy these HERE.
These military insignia pillows are adorable. (Although personally, I would NEVER suggest styling with all four of them at once. Remember that editing is key. Mix one with the french linen pillows above, and this pillow from West Elm…and that would be a sofa makeover that I could live with!)
Happy sale shopping!
I’m intrigued. I’ll admit it. The jury is out on whether or not I’d actually style my own home with any of these though. I’ve got to hand it to the people at REcreate, they’ve taken crafty furniture to the next level though. See all their upholstery here.
As promised, here is the story of us ripping out our old Forsythia bush. First, let me preface this story by saying that I’m not normally a fan of getting rid of old-growth plant life. However sometimes shrubbery, if left un-tended, can grow so large as to hide your best asset – the curb appeal of your house! Well, this Forsythia bush was doing just that very thing.
In this photo, I’d actually already begun trimming by the time Nick came by and remembered to snap a “before” photo. So this isn’t quite as large as it originally was…but you get the idea. We’d read some articles online about how difficult it could be to get one out of the ground…and even though it was an all day job, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it’d be.
First, we trimmed the exterior growth as much as we could with electric hedgetrimmers. Then, we used a Corona Steel handled lopper from Lowes to cut all the branches. We purchased a lopper that could cut limbs up to 3″ thick. We DEFINITELY needed one of that size. It also came in handy later when we were trying to snip big pieces of root. (The 3″ version doesn’t appear to be available on Lowe’s website, but was available in store.)
Once we’d cut away almost all of the branches, leaving just enough sticking out of the ground to use as leverage to rock the base of the bush, we began to run the water hose slowly over each root base to soak the ground (without making it muddy). Definitely don’t flood the ground too fast, or you’ll just make a huge mess and end up with a ton of mud everywhere. (NOTE: Forsythia bushes send out runner roots fairly close to the surface….and tend to have multiple root clusters. Ours had about 6 root clusters with two big main ones.)
After really soaking the ground, we were able to dig up the roots using two different types of pick-axe, a hatchet, and the aforementioned loppers. After several hours of digging, ripping, tearing, rocking the root base, and clipping bits here and there…we were finally able to free all the pieces.
After all that work, we were ready for a beer to cool down!
And don’t worry…we’re not planning on leaving a huge hole. We’re actually going to most likely plant a Crape Myrtle tree in it’s place. We like the idea of having something there…just not something that takes up so much visual space and hides the house. I’ll update with what we put in it’s place.
This Etsy seller (BeatUpCreations) takes antique china and serveware and updates them from Granny to modern-day hipster wall art. This would make a cute (and inexpensive) wall decor statement. Fun for a small bathroom, hallway, or adding to a larger collection of art for a bit of humor. My favorite is this one of R2-D2.
See more whimsical pieces (including a zombie family portrait) at her Etsy shop HERE.
About 5 years ago I had the joy of visiting Paris. On that very brief visit, I was told that I MUST stop in to see Deyrolle while I was there. For those of you that have never visited, it’s a natural science “Cabinet of Curiosities” shop started in 1831 that is filled to the brim with taxidermy, etymological specimens, shells and coral, beautiful instructional charts, classrooms, etc…and all displayed with a nod to whimsy. (This is evident from the first moment you look in the window and see an antelope dressed in gardening clothes.) Unfortunately, I had other appointments to attend to while I was there, but I literally could have stayed in Deyrolle for the entire day. It left me feeling sad to leave because I wanted to explore every nook and cranny of this incredible place, and felt as if I’d only scratched the surface.
Fast forward a few years, and I heard that Deyrolle had experienced a terrible fire and most of it had burned. Thankfully the owners and volunteers were able to save a great number of specimens…and today the shop has been rebuilt.
In 2009 Assouline Publishing released a book of photographs by Laurent Bochet called 1000 degrees Celsius that captured the remains of what happened after the fire. It’s a captivating book that I would recommend to anyone who loves animals and the spirit of survival. The portraits section at the end is my favorite part for it’s vitality against the blackened walls of the shop. It features volunteers posing with specimens that survived the fire from Deyrolle. My favorite quote from that section is, “Amid all this carbon, they [the specimens] had never looked as much like survivors. We gathered them together so that they could rub each other, nuzzle each other – a kiss.”
I’ll admit it. I have a thing for the True Blood series / Sookie Stackhouse novels. (They’re a guilty pleasure and Alexander Skarsgard is cute.) And in the same vein, I switched on my inner adolescent girl and read all of the Twilight novels. (I’m seriously ashamed to admit this.) Well tonight, my gal pals and I went out to suffer through Eclipse. (You’d think that with the amount of money they’re making on those films, they could cough up some money for decent hair and makeup…at LEAST!) At any rate, all of this hoopla over the Twilight “saga” got me to thinking about Etsy. Specifically, I began to wonder if those crafty sellers there had begun to make Twilight-themed home decor. Why did I even bother to ask? Of COURSE they did…
Hip, modern bedroom? Check. Wall mural of a vampire / werewolf confrontation? Check.
I do like his hair in this image in spite of myself. But sleeping on this pillow is not something I could ever do.
How very…threesome of you?
I hope the owner of this room would never actually put other people’s faces on their wall. It’s altogether weird.
“Hey Grandma, can you hook me a heart rug that is ‘inspired’ by Edward and Bella’s love?”
Does anyone else think it’s weird to have the switch in the middle of his chest? Oh, and the release date of the movie? So strange…
I don’t think I’ll be able to look at houndstooth the same way again…
The title of this listing includes “Boudoir chic.” ‘Nuff said.
This looks like a Manhattan loft. With Twilight quote emblazoned in plastic over the chic, tufted headboard. I’d say a study in highbrow meets lowbrow, no?
Wow. A bedazzled Twilight fan. Perfect for the heatwave going on in Philadelphia at the moment…I wonder if little bits of glitter would get blown into your face?
The chunky painted fingers on this glass are my favorite part. The idea of drinking wine out of this glass is not my favorite part however…
Okay, so if any of you or someone you know are creating a room around the movie Twilight (or vampires/werewolves in general), then you absolutely MUST send me a picture. I just must see this decorating style “in the wild.”
In looking through last week’s NY Times House & Garden section, the biggest thing that struck me about this story (besides how cute the cottage is in general), is the extreme difference in this couple’s actual house (decorated “man-style”) and the wife’s little Victorian cottage escape up the hill. She accurately describes their marriage as a tale of two cities. When you see these pics, you definitely understand what she means! (In my head, I’m hearing Paula Abdul’s “Opposites Attract” playing right now.)
The couple’s trailer that they live in together.
The wife’s little Victorian cottage escape on the other side of their yard. It doesn’t have a kitchen or a bathroom.
The inside of their trailer. Decorated in the husband’s “man-cave” style.
All white cottage style.
Thankfully, Nick and I have very smiliar style. I don’t know that I’d be able to be as patient as this lovely little lady with the trailer living situation. I find it to be very visually interesting in a photograph, but not something I could live in on a regular basis. Read the entire article here. It’s very interesting and worth the click!
On our long holiday weekend, we spent a lot of time out in the garden doing weed control, grass resurrection, and shrub removal. Plus there was nice downtime at the end for a PBR or two. (I’ll be doing a separate post on the removal of our huge forsythia bush with instructions for anyone else who may have the same situation.)
(Bought this copper container last year from Target. It’s from their Smith & Hawken collection. I’ve been waiting all winter to use it!)
(We went to our local Lowes garden center and bought some beautiful plants for the copper pot, that will hopefully be able to survive this heatwave. Included are a Dracena, trailing Vincus, Indian Summer Coleus, Torenia, and Dusty Miller.)
(And for the first time ever, we’ve been watering each day to try and save our beautiful plants and grass. They’re struggling at the moment. Thankfully we have a very small yard or I don’t know that I’d want to water.)
It has been a relaxing weekend so far. (You can see Nigel chilling out through the open window on the back of our sofa. It’s definitely been lazy dog days of summer for our two bark-monsters.) Thankfully the weekend isn’t over yet though… we have today off as well. Woohoo! Who doesn’t love a three day weekend?!
There’s not much that makes me laugh more than frightening interior pictures of a house listed for sale. Hooked on Houses does a great job showcasing these, in fact. However, the following house isn’t terribly decorated so much as the images have been photoshopped to the point of looking like a Disney cartoon. It doesn’t help that the house’s style is “castle.” Every girl who dreams of being a princess, can now have her dream home. For only $2.67 million.
Check out all the pics at Huffington Post. Oh, and while you’re laughing…don’t forget to have a Happy Fourth of July weekend!!