New Toy: La Brass Lamp

No time to post today, but I had to show off my newest lamp.  It is gold, of course, and will go perfect with my etagere.  
{via the Modern Owl}
Things are slowly coming together in my living room and I can’t wait to share!

Happy Monday!


So Little Time

so many new online Shelter mags (or new to me-whatev.)  This weekend I ran into a definite goodie, Adore Home.  I am loving the color in this home by Claudia Stephenson.  The pops of fuchsia are calling my name.

And this bedroom is what I am all about currently, soft pastels, fuchsia, a little leopard with a furry throw.  So calming but interesting at the same time.{via}

Did you spot that Prada-Marfa sign?  This has special significance to me.  My girlfriends and I will be taking a trip there sometime soon.  I hear it’s amazing.

I am now contemplating the idea of diying the clever art piece.  Maybe.

Go and take a gander, and let me know what you think.


Big Statement Chandeliers and Kid Rock

I am back!  Nola was so much fun!  I’ll share some pictures later in the week.  Before then, I have to tell you the bizarre highlight of the trip…antiquing with Kid Rock.  No joke.

I’ll explain. Since I love old things, I knew I wanted to devote a day to Magazine Street which is known for the abundance of antique stores.  I walked into an upscale store called Bush Antiques and while gawking at a brass bed, in strolls Kid Rock with his bodyguard and entourage.  What is really ironic is that a few days ago at MLB lecture/book signing, one of the projects that the designer to celebrities showed happened to be Kid Rock’s newest home.  Mr Bullard talked about one design meeting that was held in Kid Rock’s kitchen, complete with a stripper pole and a group of gogo dancers.  So naturally, I wanted to go up to Kid Rock and casually say, “I saw your house.”  But that would have been really creepy, right?  So I turned chicken and just followed him for a minute and then walked out.  I wish I would have stayed in the store a bit longer to see what he purchased.  Nonetheless, I sorta feel like I brushed elbows with celebrities last week, and I guess I literally did.

Yeah, it was weird.

But back to real life.  I have been thinking of my chandelier problem.  And I found some nice examples of large pendants that make a big statement.

Observe below:


I love how this one above has a teeny-tiny tabletop with that enormous crystal chandelier.  It has a bit of an Alice in Wonderland feel, in a good way.

I think this one is even bigger than the Saarinen table below. Lovely.

So I feel better about the whole over scaled chandelier thing.  It’s better to be noticed than not, right?  Oh and I found this picture below while searching this subject and I am in love.  I lurve the modern acrylic box that houses the very traditional chandelier.  Hmm, maybe when I get tired of my bamboo chandie, I may do this to change up the look.  It would be an awesome diy.{via}

You know, I always thought I would be a crazy, star struck person if i ever ran into a celebrity.  But I am glad that I wasn’t.  How about you, care to share any run-ins with celebs?

A Recap with a Small Rant

First, a bit of a recap on yesterday’s lecture…

Mr. Bullard was great.  He was charismatic and gave a speech that was full of wit.  He presented projects of his most famous clients such as Cher, Cheryl Tiggs, Ellen Pompeo, Kid Rock, Cristina Aguilera, Ozzy and Sharon Osborne, & most recently Sir Elton John.  It was interesting to hear tidbits about these celebrities and their design decisions.  Like this picture below:

Can you believe that this is where Ozzy Osborne, the prince of Darkness, sleeps!?  So girly and lavender. Obviously, Sharon O. wears the decorating pants in that family.

And then he went on to talk about Cher’s most recent house. She was coming out of her ‘gothic’ stage and was in a Buddhist stage.  Here is her very ‘Buddhist’ bedroom, living room:

{images via Lawrence Martin Bullard}

In retrospect, what I saw as a common thread through his designs, is a worldly aesthetic.  He is a well traveled man-much like his clients, and his work reflects this.  Martin’s designs are very much, Architectural Digest material, removed from common folk, strictly for the elite.

And now a bit of a personal rant regarding my feelings on this…  I generally do not like faux-tuscan, mocktorian, or anything stylistically/period faux.  In the richest part of my city there are many McMansions that are built to look like French Chateaus, English Castles, Spanish Villas, etc. and I detest these.  I would love a Tuscan home in Tuscany but it just seems wrong here.  It is not the size or grandeur that I am opposed to, but rather the fact that it is not original. Sure, they are beautiful, but what it boils down to is that I am a purist. I much prefer all the renovated 30’s colonial homes that are truly regional.  Probably because this part of the world is the land of developers where historical buildings are torn down and replaced with something fake.  It is so sad that historical value is not appreciated here. So my feelings on this subject are quite strong.

But I digress.

Back to the lecture, Mr. Martyn also shared his ‘rags to riches’ story which I so enjoyed.  He started as an actor and won a small part where he befriended a producer and his wife.  The group all ended up  at Bullard’s place.  The producer and wife were impressed with Martin’s humble flea-market decorated home and offered the actor his fist decorating gig.  Immediately after that small job, he landed another decorating job where he was called to be an emergency wedding decorator after the original wedding planner had a sudden death.  He was given a gratitude invite to this wedding where he sat next to Cheryl Tiggs.  She would be his big break.  A rookie, never formally trained decorator, would land 6 magazine covers and named designer to watch due to that first celebrity project.

Amazing story.  I have to admit that I sat there thinking of my own career wondering when that ‘break’ will come.  In due time, I suppose, I just have to keep on truckin.’  I do not aspire to be a celebrity designer or to design exclusively for the uber-wealthy.  I love the idea that design can be attained by anyone, no matter what their class status. Modest budgets require more creativity and that is so me.

So I will continue to enjoy Mr. Bullard on season 2 of Million Dollar Decorators, and wonder, how the hec can a doorknob cost 30G’s!?  He is a riot.

On a silly note, I almost bought his book.  Almost. But decided to pick up a cheaper copy on eBay.  I would have loved to have posted a personal pic of the two of us and have him sign the book “To Daawlin…”

from {vignette} to {outfit}

Last week I posted this dreamy outfit.  I soon realized after posting that I knew why I gravitated so much to the fashion ensemble.  It  reminds me so much of my vanity vignette.  All the same elements are there, slightly modern, a little vintage, and subtle girly.  Yes that is me alright.

Vanity project posted here.

Oh my Chandie

I have been on the lookout for a faux bamboo, pagoda style chandelier for some time.  I have stalked Craigslist, eBay, and estate sales with no luck.  If you are not familiar with this style of light fixtures, here are some gorgeous examples:

{All chandies via}{via Lonny}
{via House Beautiful}{via House Beautiful}

These beauties go for 500+ dollars on eBay.  That is insane and totally out of my budget. This weekend, I hit the jackpot and here is my uber-lucky inexpensive find:

It is huge, measuring 31″ in diameter!  The man who sold it to me told me that it belonged to his late mother.  The great lady had a decorator pick it out for her house in the early 70’s.  She took it with her from house to house and loved it so.  How sweet to know that someone treasured it as much as I will.
But now, I have a new dilemma.  It s huge, as I stated before.
Should I:
a. Hoard it until I purchase a home with a larger dining space or…
b. Use it its large glory and break proportion/scale rules and use it in my small dining space?  Rules are made to be broken, right!?
Decisions, decisions….
I will keep you posted.
So what do you think?  A or B?  What would you do?

Martyn Lawrence Bullard: International Designer of the Year

…well that was last year.

Nonetheless, i just got news that the most flamboyant character of Million Dollar Decorators, will be speaking in Houston.  I am just dying to hear him say, “Daawling…”  I wonder if he is as colorful in person as he is on TV.

So if you are in the industry and would like to come, sign up, space is limited.  I will be sitting front row, with camera in hand…I know, I am such a dork.

See more here.

Playing with my Etagere

If you didn’t know any better, that kinda sounds naughty, huh?

After  coveting a gold etagere for what seemed like forever, I finally have one.  I am still working on the styling.  I would like to add vertical placed books with brass bookends and find a taller piece of sculpture to replace the Domino Book of Decorating on a stand.  But overall, I love the way that I can collect things and display them on this with the piece still looking light and non-cluttered.  Plus it fills an entire wall which can be costly to fill with art.

Oh and it is still super gloomy over here. It poured on the birthday party this past weekend. It turned out better than I thought and I got to spend time with some people who I don’t see enough. Good times.