Tuesday, July 30

Bedroom: Josef Frank AGAIN...and again until I gets my precious

O and I are in the process of pimping our little house out again. Pimp my closet is happening this month, we are going to use Elfa, and we are designing it this week. Tomorrow I get to go pick out carpet for it (I like plush, soft caret for the closet, but mostly I am too lazy to deal with installing wood if you must know.) Just wait until you see the before and after, its epic. That closet is a disgrace.



Next up is changing the wall color...again. I want something lighter and clearer, but stark white doesn't really look good in there. I have been sampling like a mo fo. You know what I keep dreaming about thought? Josef Frank curtains...Its all I can see in there. Of course the idea came years ago when I saw this "Outfit to Room" feature in Domino. I can't find a better picture, anyone got one? This is what I am imagining: no pleating, but probably lined. Uh! I wanna hump those curtains so bad.




 This has long been on of my favorites, but I can't spell it so don't ask. I call it Green Bird White Out.



 Navigare has long been a cute one for me. But I am partial to Manhattan personally.




The brown one is Hawaii in brown. I wanted the sofa that Anthropologie made in that fabric sooo bad. I think I may have had a hissy fit over it. I couldn't afford it then, and I have been looking for one on eBay or Craigers since then...to no avail. Whoe Is Me!




The one with the colorful, large tropical fruit sex is called Brazil. I like this one too. A lot. Like more than I should like fruit sex. I think the bathroom one is Hawaii though. 

I am also super drawn to the green on white patterned one. But here is the issue I have with that one: Ikea had a similar fabric a few years ago and some friends used it as curtains. Yes, its pretty, but I don't want to be reminded of Ikea ya'll.



I also love Vegetable Tree. What do you think?

Thursday, July 25

Thank goodness for today

Today is a day to be thankful of progress and drive in the midst of it all. When you can't see too far ahead but you go forward anyway.


Sometimes O and I (especially O regarding his business) have a hard time realizing how much we have evolved. We are strivers, always pushing and the need to be more, better, faster, smarter never lets up does it? I mean, the more you get, the more you need. It's more important than anything to me to stop and look back and smile and feel content for just a moment. Then wipe that smile off my face and get to work like a fucking boss.

What do you see when you look back?

Monday, July 22

Laundry Room Remodel!

I have been meaning to show you guys our laundry room for a while now. You are riveted, I can tell. You mean the place you clean your dirty underwear? Yes please, let me seeee.

Laundry room just out of site...
Remember when we remodeled our kitchen? Well, we had to wait for a little while before we could finish the laundry room because we were out o monay. To me, the kitchen was not truly completed until the laundry was all finished up. Mostly because it was such an eye sore, especially the hot water heater, just sitting there like a troll. Ugh.

Laundry room when we first saw the home in 2009. The whole house was painted "hot urine."  As you can see, it was just a pass through to the outside with a door that closed it off form the kitchen. I hated that because I wanted to see out to the back yard from the kitchen.

Scott, our contractor's rear. Sorry Scott. Here he is installing our "new" front load washer and dryers. Say hello to the hot water heater troll.

What we did:

1. Replaced our old washer dryer with front loaders (that we bought for a few hundo off of my sis, thanks Linette!) We added a deep wooden counter top from Ikea to create a work surface.

2. Put up a wall between the "utility" or hot water troll/recycling/yard-shit area and the food/laundry areas. Installed shelving with under-mount lighting (which we never use, really). Added doors to hide the laundry when not in use. Its all painted BM Grant Beige, like the kitchen. Same hardware as kitchen too.

Notice the door. It was the original front door to our home. Now we have this one. 
This is what it usually looks like around here. We have a heavy duty storm door,. We also painted the shed a dark green so that it wouldn't stand out when we had the door open, now it just blends into the background.  We love those doors btw.
3. Created a top storage area with pull out shallow drawers for storing things we really hardly use, like the pot O bought for making spinach that is so huge, it hovers over two burners on our stove. Sweet.

4. We recycle, so we needed something that would fit into a very small, read: shallow space. Enter Amazon. But, because we buy so much from Amazon, we needed two containers to hold all of that cardboard and such. So we just stack them. Classy, but it fits and we can close the door and pretend we are all neat and stuff.

How it looks when the doors are closed. I love the hardware (notice we never altered the previous door jam, lazy).

The space is layed out so that we can open the left door, and get to everything we usually need. But we have to open the whole thing to wash clothes, or get to things on the right side. Notice the lighting, sweet. Also, the wooden counter is un-finished due to impatience. 

5. We removed the ceiling flush pendant that was originally in the room, b/c due to the built out laundry area it was no longer centered. Plus, I hate overhead lighting. Instead we went for over door sconces.

6. The rug is from Flor. To my mind, this room is begging for a beautiful, bright rug like this one. But reality is a soggy dog with muddy feet and spilled tomato sauce with a side of yard shit. Thus.

The whole glorious shebang. This is what it actually looks like, right now. No preppy styling for you to be jealous of how neat and beautiful my life is. I can get to everything I need, and I love having my vases up there, all nice and ready for me to grab. 

The only part I am not showing you is the very top, with the pull out storage drawers. But you can guess what those are like. There is a ladder that fits perfectly in between the hot water heater and the dividing wall that we use to get up there. There you have it. I have been on a huge nesting surge lately, and I cleaned it the hell out recently, so its all pared down to only what we actually use. Ahhh, feels good. Our local Good Will is bursting with our stuff.

Tuesday, July 16

Wild, Natural, Free linen Smock

I love this top! Print screen printed, designed by Lena Corwin.
Wild, Natural, Free Smock, linen, very limited edition, totally beautiful.
More & Co.




Monday, July 15

Totokealo Jewelry Sale Ya'll

I really love Totokealo, have I mentioned that before. Yes, duh. I also love jewelry, and right now they have some truly unique pieces on sale. Lets explore shall we? I am going to buy some of this stuff, its too good to pass up. Plus its so lazy time.



1. All for the Mountain Reina Escalera cuff. Bronze with Moonstone. 276.00usd.
138.00

2. Unearthen Pendulum Necklace, Lepidolite/Copper. 320usd.
160.00

3. Unearthen Double Ring, Rainbow Bronze 200usd.

4. Faux/Real Sunkiss Support System Double Bracelet, Rose Gold/Silver/Black. 220usd. 

5. INTIQ Tres Lunas Necklace, Wood/Bronze 168.00usd.

Tuesday, July 9

Southern Creatives Social Society




Remember when I said it would be fun if we got some people together in Atlanta to chat about being awesome artists and stuff? Well here is is folks. The image above is a flyer, so drag it onto your desktop and post it anywhere you like, if you want to be cool that is.

Some thoughts:

1. I struggled with the name. I wanted something that harkens back to the old suffragette ladies gatherings, in the old fashioned sounding name. But in the end I decided to take the word ladies out all together.

2. Some folks I spoke to said it should be all women, others said to mix it up. Here is what I want: honestly, a feminine energy is what I am visualizing. But, I don't want to run anyone off. Plus it made the name really long to have "ladies" in it. Also, see photo of man on roller-skates, its inclusive right?

3. Thats right, The Livingston. I chose a public spot b/c its easier for everyone involved. Its a beautiful, very Atlanta place that feels special and it feels good to be in there on account of it being so pretty. Also, its pretty centrally located, and with free valet parking, one less thing to worry about. Buy your own drinks and food, duh.

4. "Lets get together to chat..." I figured we can just see who comes,  and have a nice time being a part of something cool. I am not going to be giving speeches or anything ya'll, cue eye roll.

5. I want this group to be about business owners, or business dreamers in the arts to exchange ideas and make valuable connections, vent and chat and gossip. Designers, artists, illustrators, makers of any kind, photographers, sewers, knitters, potters...you get the picture.


Who:    You
What:   First ever Southern Creative Social Society meet-up (happy hour)
When:  Thursday, August 1st, 6:30pm-?
Where: The Livingston in the Georgian Terrace Hotel

Any questions?

Bermuda Biangle Print


Its here! Bermuda Biangle is a print. Small all the way up to huge (48x60 inches).

*You can still use "thatswhatshesaid" to get 15% off of prints.
*What do you think of my "in progress" new website?
*Jane's wedding went off without a hitch. Even my toast, which I was crazy nervous about. Why? Well, because I curse like a sailor when I am nervous. Normally I curse like a pirate.

Monday, July 8

Myrtle

I started, somehow, who knows how. Anyway, I started following Myrtle on instagram and I think shop owner Whitney is adorbs so I was happy to see the new look book she has been working on.


Earrings!




Gotta love that LA light. Also scarf: cool.

Wednesday, July 3

Just because



Back when babies were badasses.

Tuesday, July 2

Keep your pants on

Yesterday was a day that totally didn't count, as far as I am concerned. I couldn't sleep for some reason, and just wandered around the house all night until around 5am when I finally got tired. Awesome. I won't bore you with my current medical (or spiritual or whatever, cuz docs all say nothing is wrong with me) issues. So yesterday went by in a haze of fuzziness, and puttering around the house. I never got around to talking about our happy hour meetup of creative ladies, and I never got around to work of any kind at all. Today is also slow, so just know that I will let you know about our meet-up/happy hour soon. I am thinking August 1st, sound good?



I have a really deep urge to nest recently, and I haven't felt this since probably 2011, when we did all of our remodeling. I guess I needed to recover. I am itching to move rooms, paint, remodel bathrooms, install new closets... I think that I am imaging us as parents more often, now that I am ready to begin the process. I can't help myself but make lists and start setting dates for goals to be accomplished regarding our home, its how I roll. I am working from home today, and its kind of nostalgic. I used to work from home every day and so did O. We had fun taking coffee breaks together and just chatting in our offices. Our lives are so much more hectic now by far, but thats how life goes man, gotta keep evolving. Its just nice to chill for a bit. I have so much chatter in my brain! Shut up brain. Have I mentioned that I am just dying to re-do both of our bathrooms?

Thinking about this today.

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