Ok, I’m having a major indecisive moment (not surprising), and I can’t seem to commit to a new lighting fixture for my living room/dining room. I’m over thinking it, and I may have just reached the point where I need to walk away and let someone else choose. The six here are what I’ve managed to narrow it down to. I thought for sure I’d be picking one from my fave Schoolhouse Electric, but then I found a few others that I like too….ahhhhh – which do you think will look best in my living room? The walls are being painted a warm grey, the ceilings are rather high, and there is natural brick exposed nearby. This particular fixture will be hanging nearly over the dining table (but not perfectly centered which makes me shy away from the pendants a little??) What do you think?
With all the chatter about the newest Gatsby movie, I can’t help but want to revisit the book. Being a big fan of the novel, I’m having a difficult time buying into this uber modern Baz Luhrmann version. I’ve heard mixed reviews, and the one’s that have surprised me come from critics who thought they’d hate the film, but walked away from the screen impressed and surprised. Part of me wants to give it a chance, and allow myself to be pleasantly surprised too, but to be honest, I’ve never really enjoyed Luhrmann’s style, and I’m afraid he could ruin my interpretation of the book.
I’ve always been such a visual person, so naturally when I read a novel every place has a landscape, every face has characteristics (I think I subconsciously fill in the details left out by the author). I need to be able to picture every detail as the story unfolds. For this reason, cover art has always been hugely important when choosing an edition. Similar to how I shop for wine by the label (bad habit), I pick my books by the cover, and continuously refer back to it as I make my way through the story. My first time reading Gatsby I read the version above, the classic painting by Francis Cugat, which was commissioned before the book was completed, and was beloved by Fitzgerald – so much so that it’s been said he wrote it into the book.
The second time I read the story I read the edition above (on the bottom right). What a different experience….maybe it was the cover art, maybe it’s the nature of years past in-between readings. Who knows – probably both. Of all the covers I found in my search (here, here, and here), right now I’m liking the one above (on the bottom left). I think I’d like to have that one in my collection. Is it strange to collect multiple copies of the same book just for the cover art? I don’t think so, but I also collect milk bottle caps.
Happy Friday! I can’t say why, but some weeks just feel long, and for me, this was a very long week. I’m looking forward to at least one free day this weekend to finish up a new outdoor project. This one is pretty simple, but finding the time has been a struggle. I’m building a light canopy for my back deck. There’s so many ways to go about this, but I’ve decided to build a wire frame for the lights to hang over. I’m far from finished, but I thought it would be good to share in two posts, so consider this post phase one. The materials are simple….3 ten foot wooden posts (the height is important), 60 ft. of 3/32 gauge galvanized wire, 6 wire clamp sets, and 6 snap clips. I bought it all at the hardware store for under $60. The idea is to anchor the tall posts to my existing fence to give the canopy structure height (I’m short, but tall people will hit their heads on the lights if the posts are too low). Each post has an eye hook at the top, and a reciprocal eye hook has been anchored to the house on the opposite side of the deck. I’m building three strands of wire to connect each post to the hooks on the house. To build the wire pieces I’ve used these interesting clamps that pinch the wire around a metal ring to create a secure loop – who designs these things? I love discovering solutions like these…so clever. From there I attach a snap clip to each end of the wire. So far – the most difficult seems to be measuring the wire pieces to make sure they will be taught when clipped to the post and house. I’ll probably have trouble getting this right (exact measurements aren’t my thing). The end result should be a three row wire canopy ready for lights to be strung. I’ve bought commercial grade outdoor lights that can hold a full sized bulb. I like the effect of the larger lights (instead of the christmas light strands). Now everyone cross their fingers for me. I’ll post the outcome next week. Have a great weekend!
All the blooming flowers and this DIY project, has inspired my next home improvement project: pressed flowers in frames. While my home is very much perfect in many ways, I do have a slightly long list of little improvements I love to start tackling – get a bigger table, paint that piece of furniture, buy new curtains, find a way to hide all my messes and (finally) decorate my walls.
Finally feeling motivated and inspired, I decided to start with this project because I can do it slowly, perfect for my indecisive brain, and I love that it will be something personal. Although I would love to get a flower press like this one from Terrain, Martha Stewart has approved the phone book method, so… phone book it is.
I’m still debating whether I want to do one big piece or several smaller frames. Thoughts? I do know that I want the overall look to be bold, bright and vibrant; with lots of greens, yellows, oranges, purples and reds. I do know that the more organic and rustic the look, the better.
The above images are my inspiration for this project, but I know I will be spending lots of time looking at flowergirlnyc.tumblr.com for more inspiration.
This post was meant for yesterday, but after a very long work day, I needed to unwind, and Ben treated me to dinner out. It was a fun surprise, and after a tasty dinner and a few drinks, I couldn’t muster the energy to finish up this post. So, alas, here it is a day late. It’s the first of a new series I’m writing, all about color mood boards featuring some of my favorite pins from pinterest coupled with some suggestions for interior paint colors. The first installment is all about grey (I’ve been thinking about painting my living room and bathroom grey in the coming months).
Grey is such a versatile neutral. It can be warm or cool, it blends effortlessly with other neutrals, or creates a perfect base for bold colors (think neon). I sifted through some amazing images on pinterest for color inspiration. The grey soft serve ice cream is memorizing (what do you think it tastes like?), and grey lab puppies, wow!! These four Benjamin Moore colors are just perfect. I’m loving the smoked truffle!
I’m guilty of never using a case for my i-phone. I just haven’t really found one I like, plus – I’m not a huge fan of all the nooks they create for potential dirt to gather. It’s just a thing. These cases by Csera may change my ways. I love the wood print combined with the bright colors and graphic shapes. I’m leaning toward the one on the top left. That wood grain print is my fave. Another factor drawing me in is the very reasonable price of $20. I may just give it a go.
I’ve always thought dutch doors were found in barns, until I stumbled upon a pinterest image with this amazing yellow door (above), half open, letting in the fresh air, and it certainly wasn’t a barn. It was someone’s house. What a great idea! The dog can’t get out, but the spring and summer air could flow into the house (which I’m in desperate need of these days). It would be interesting to somehow screen off the top portion too, keep summer bugs out. I need to look into this further…I think I need a half screened dutch door to replace my boor front door. As long as it keeps the cold out in the winter, I can’t see any reason not to cut my door in half.
Kristina Sostarko and Jason Odd are the creative team behind the Australian studio Inaluxe. It’s kind of amazing how their work is so well suited to my taste. I love their color choices, the shapes, and the canvas like textures…These are just a few of their prints available for sale (and at very reasonable prices!). In reading their ‘about us’ section, it’s rather striking how similar their likes are to my own. They have a dog, they like collecting vintage objects, furniture, books and music. Plus, they’re avid gardeners. If I wasn’t told, I might think this came from my bio….fitting that I’m so drawn to their work.
Today’s post started out as post on paper-cut art, which I will still do, but I loved Eiko Ojala’s work so much that I decided to do a post just on him. The skill which it takes to create such work, is incredibly impressive, making it easy to admire his work. I love how lighthearted of most of his work is and how it just puts me in a good mood.