Home of a Who Dat

Having grown up in Mississippi and lived in New Orleans during our Super Bowl season, you can say I’m a pretty big Saints fan.  In general I love all things football – fall weather, outdoor tailgating, cheering in the dome, and beer & chicken wings at your local bar.

As I’m writing this I’m sporting my Storyville classic Fleur de Lis tee at my local DC coffee shop.  If you are a tee shirt and pencil skirt girl such as myself, Storyville is a great source for all sorts of fun and quirky shirts.  Where else can you find your very own red beans & rice or Brad Pitt for Mayor tee?

Anywhoo, back to the task at hand.  This week I decided to kick off football season right by designing my own little football den with quirky vintage Saints memorabilia and cozy seats to snuggle into for kick off.  I love the dark walls that are shown in this image.  You can also add wooden picture frame mouldings and cover with a flat, dark latex paint to create a plaster effect.

Restoration Hardware does a fantastic job with their leather furniture and other than their recent love for extremely over-scaled objects, they get it right about 95% of the time.  This is a great image to use as inspiration for furniture suitable for any football fan.

Combine all of this with a bit of that Danish modern flair shown here.

And you get a room fit for any Saints fan – well, at least this Saints fan.

1.  Obviously you need a place for your TV, and this Danish modern secretary makes a great home for it.  Remove the two shelves and let your TV sit inside this area.  At $1450 it makes a perfect modified entertainment center.

2 & 3.  Vintage football memorabilia is so much more fun than a huge poster of Drew Brees (no offense Drew).  Check out these few options here, here, and here that you can cluster on a blank wall.

4.  The main event.  The sofa.  This cushy tufted leather sofa is a great place to curl up for kick off.  It’s not inexpensive but definitely worth it, and you know how I feel about Make An Offer options.  I think leather is always a good choice as it will take the wear of me jumping up and down screaming at the TV.  $5900

5.  These are a bit overused, but I still love the vintage carts as coffee tables.  Here’s a great option with fun stenciling on the side.  It’s a great place for you to serve your beer cheese dip and homemade chicken wings.  Unhealthy, yes I know.  $725

6.  Antique Persian Rugs are my favorite.  If it was up to me I would have these in every room of my house.  They go with every design style and warm up any room.  This little guy is from the same dealer where I got my rug, and I had a good experience.  It was a great price and they were very easy to deal with.  5×8 for $447.

7.  I don’t know if the stripe reminds me of rugby or what, but I thought this lounge chair was a perfect fit.  From the Danish Mafia bids start for this guy at $795.

8.  And finally to contrast with the simple lines of the chair, this little vintage pub table provides a great little resting place for your half-time cocktail.  $499 from Etsy.

For a few more vintage pieces, check out these options.  The bobblehead doll and recent Saints victory are probably self explanatory, but the center option is this Saints medallion from 1970 framed intaglio style.  How cute is that?  I don’t know any wife that would complain about that type of football art.

7 1/2 hours until kick off.  You better get to shopping!  Who Dat!

My Best Friend’s Closet

Thirty years ago today, the person who has made me laugh the longest and the hardest in my entire life was brought into the world.  Lucky me!  This is the girl that I have to thank for my love of chocolate anything, my first hangover, my adorable god child, and of course, my first flea market trip.

For her birthday I styled her favorite room in her honor.  Her closet.  A girl who is always two pairs of shoes ahead of Anthropologie, I took her love of something old and made it into her own something new.  Having personally organized her 53 pairs of tights, I have first hand knowledge of her need for space. With a little help from the internet, I have selected some items that she can add into a spare bedroom and recycle into her own walk-in closet.

Being one of the few people I know that still has a love for wallpaper, I chose this selection of vintage fashion ads.  I know, I know.  Who cares what is on the wall of your closet?  I do. It’s little details like this that add an extra bit of flair to your home.  You’re also more likely to stay in there and hang up the 10 outfits that didn’t work if you enjoy being in your closet.

A closet doesn’t have space for a lot of furniture, so check out these functional finds that I’ve used to incorporate her style into her own little dressing room.

1.  The Mercantile & Factory section of eBay is one of my favorite sections.  There are so many great vintage pieces that can be upcycled into furniture or millwork for your home. Instead of building in custom shelving, this old store display is perfect for folded clothing, jewelry, accessories, and really anything else that you can fit in here.  Buy it now for $5200 (eek!  I know, but it’s huge) or make an offer.  You never know!

2.  This vintage French inspired chandelier contrasts nicely with the simple lines of the store display.  It allows the chandelier to be the jewelry of the room.  Bidding starts at $350.

3.  Maybe not everyone is as obsessed with hats as me, but since she has a decent vintage collection, I just grabbed this expandable hat rack for $10 from Etsy.  Depending upon how many you need, you can do a grouping or just have the one.

4 & 5.  Instead of getting a typical dressing table, I combined this desk and vintage vanity mirror both from Etsy.  Combined price of $177.

6.  Yes you can use a typical vanity stool, but I like the idea of the industrial step stool which is also versatile to use to get to top shelves of the closet.  Two for the price of one at $45.

7 & 8.  Vintage Dressmakers Forms!  Oh how I love you.  Yes, I suppose these are for decoration, but you can also use them to hang necklaces, pins, layout tomorrow’s outfit and anything else you can think of.  Find these two here and here.  Etsy – $310  eBay – Bidding starts at $49.99

9.  She lives in an old house with old wood floors, so to finish off the look of this room, I chose this very feminine Aubusson rug.  The traditional elements tie in the chandelier and also contrast with some of the more industrial/mercantile pieces.  8×10  $1220

For hanging clothes I suggest galvanized plumbing pipe hung from the ceiling or vintage garment racks similar to the style below.  Also, for jewelry, these antique letter press drawers are great wall racks.

I think that’s it folks. Some of the items are a bit more expensive than what I tend to look for on an average day, but she is my best friend, and hey, you only turn 30 once!  Happy Birthday SGH!

From Hollywood With Love

Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.  -Marilyn Monroe

Some might call it over the top, but in my opinion the style of Hollywood in the 30’s makes a perfect setting for any bedroom. Mix it up with a little bit of L.A.’s mid-century pieces, and you have an eclecticly modern room in which to lay your head every night. Pulling inspiration from some of the hottest designers of the last few years and one of the most influential designers of the 20th century, I’ve compiled images to get you ready for your bedroom renovation.  

Clockwise starting from top left:  Jonathan Adler – Other Projects; Jonathan Adler – Private Residence NYC; Adore Cherie; Dorothy Draper

Usually when I design it starts from an inspirational piece. I found this bed on eBay and fell in love with it. A bit different, I realize, but how great would this be lacquered? Honestly, I like it as is, but I think it has so many possibilities.

I love how the headboard curves around the nightstands. I think it fits perfectly with these Hollywood styled discoveries.

1.  Check out these great Moroccan designed lanterns. I’ve paired two similar styles together. These can easily be turned into functioning lights or can just be hung as decoration. Bids start at $49.95 per lamp.

2.  The bed. Bidding starts at $349.99, and this is definitely a good one to watch. The bedding is a mixture of selections from Etsy. The two Euro shams are from a bead artist in New Delhi. She uses great colors and geometric patterns. Also, listed these are 16×16, but she does custom sizes on request. The boudoir pillow can be found here. The bedspread is an image I found on a website. This look can easily be achieved with a simple white duvet cover, some fabric paint, and a stencil.

3.  This fantastic pair of blue enamel lamps blend in with the pillow and also give a good pop of color on the nightstands. I wouldn’t do wooden or metal lamps with this bed. A ceramic or enamel color is definitely best. $349 for the pair.

4.  I’m not sure if it can get any more Hollywood than screen printed movie stars on your seat back. A bit cliche, yes, but also lots of fun. These unique and glamorous finds are from a furniture manufacturer in Turkey on Etsy. $955 per chair including shipping to the US.

5.  What better way to balance out the color of the bed than with a black and white zebra hide rug? You can get the authentic zebra hide here which honestly tends to creep me out, or you can go with a stamped cow hide at a much lower price.  See here.

6.  Most Hollywood Regency rooms would insert a mirrored dresser at this point, but to tone it down a bit, I chose this Mid-Century piece. I like the lines and it’s also a really good price. There’s also a good amount of tabletop room for other great accessories which are key to this style of design. $750.

7.  In deep contrast with the dresser, I’ve chosen this fun mirror from Etsy. The color ties in with the bed and also offers a pop of color in that corner. It’s hard to argue with this little guy at $148.

Accessories for this room can be found here, here, here, and here.

You probably can’t get enough accessories in this room, but at least you have an idea of some styles to start with.

 Have a great week!

English Breakfast Tea Nook

White Walls.  White Floors.  White Ceilings.  An institution, you say?  Of course not.

Your new dining room.

As trends move away from china cabinets, chippendale chairs, and a table for twelve, we begin to look for dining furniture that blends into our living spaces.  As innovative as the invention of the t.v. tray was, I have a strong belief in the separation of spaghetti and How I Met Your Mother.

Keeping the room light and airy creates the illusion of a large space but will also allow you to create cozy areas using furniture and accessories to visually divide it up.  Who doesn’t love the idea of a library/dining nook?  Lucky enough to have a record collection? Even better.  Not ready to commit to refinishing your old wood floors, try whitewashing! The banquette is a no-brainer.  Raise your hand if you don’t secretly wish your friend will grab the chair when you sit down for a long dinner together.  I thought so.  

Clockwise starting top left:  Apartment Therapy; Technic Turntables; Philip Gorrivan; Wooden Floor StrippersRoom Polish

If your kitchen opens into your living/dining area, here are some great ideas for millwork, artwork, and storage solutions.  I love the idea of open cabinetry, but I should really brush up on my organizational skills.

Adjoining kitchen concepts all courtesy of Elle Decor.

And finally…

The finds!

1.  If you aren’t lucky enough to have built in millwork shelving, here is an option from Etsy made with recycled wood and steel.  If you don’t have a large collection of books or records, it is also a great alternative to the traditional china cabinet.  $700

2.  I fell in love with this vintage green leather sofa – perfect banquette – from England on Ebay.  Unfortunately, the international shipping makes this more of a splurge-worthy item, but in my opinion, so worth it.  $812 before shipping.

3.  This is a great deal on a tiered, vintage chandelier (plastic crystal, shh) from Ebay.  These are best found in small local antique/resale stores or estate sales.  $309.50         No j-box for a light fixture?  Try this option from the MoMA Store.  Use your own vintage family pictures.

4.  To make a banquette with arms a bit easier to maneuver, a trestle farm table is best.  This Amish antique is a great example of the style to keep an eye out for.  This listing also has an option to “Make an Offer.”  It never hurts to try to get a $450 table for $300.

5-7.  Vintage medical stools are all the rage now, but how great is this collection?  My suggestion – keep lines similar on fancier versions and contrast with the simple shop style.  Another great reason for stools is the versatility.  These can always be pulled into the living area for game night with friends.  Trivial Pursuit anyone?   Options 5, 6, 7.                 5 – $150; 6 – $115; 7 – $180

8.  The silver lining to the takeover of big box pharmacies, is the recent flood of vintage pharmacy furniture into the market.  Here is a perfect example.  This antique Rexall apothecary cabinet makes a unique sideboard for any dining room.  Complete with the old medicine labels, this piece is a great find for any room of your house.  $495

And the grand total is…

$3211.50 – the cost of a dining table and single chair from Restoration Hardware.

Happy Hunting!