Thursday, May 26, 2011

My New Favorite Haunt AKA You Will Die

I stumbled into an amazing place last weekend down in the design district of Dallas. If you're ever in the area, you must go to there. It's an amazing wonderland of vintage shops, the kind of street you can just park and walk door to door spending your life's fortune.

I stumbled into this place called Antiques Moderne. It didn't look like much from the outside (most places on this street don't) but I immediately became overwhelmed by all the awesomeness. I will get a picture next time as words cannot accurately describe it. 20,000 square feet of Mid-century and Hollywood Regency deliciousness. The place was so packed that the workers had to move things around so you could walk. My kind of place.

Of course, most of these pieces are authentic so this isn't what I would call a thrift by any means.

I spent some time chatting with the owner about the store. He says the stuff comes in just as fast as it moves out. They have a huge inventory turnover. He has people all over the country scouting pieces for him. Wouldn't that be an amazing job?

A lot of items with sold tags on them he had just gotten in the day before. And of course they will ship anywhere.

I forgot to ask if they do layaway. Hopefully they do, I wouldn't mind investing in something good.

Now quick like a bunny go sign up for their weekly emails full of new product. You can thank me later!


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Considering the Following...



Also these...

Going to look at all of them today. The guy said he'd "consider" letting me do lay away.

Also trying to convince my friend to purchase these...

the chairs that is. Only $125 each.

And this...

It's only $35! I say cut a mirror for the top antique the shit out of it, gold leaf up the back. Done and done. She is closing on a mid century house in a week so she obviously must have these!


Hope your weekend is going swimmingly!


Thursday, May 19, 2011

House Tour: My Mom's Greenhouse

So many of you gushed over my mom's amazing greenhouse so now I have the full tour for you!

The bones of the greenhouse is actually and old pole barn that was destroyed in a tornado shortly after my parents bought the property. Luckily that was the only thing destroyed!

The many pieces of the greenhouse have been collected from various yard sales, dumpsters and salvage yards. It was slowly pieced together over the course of a few years.

Here is a close up of the table built around the central pole. The various tiles have been collected during my parents many excursions that I like to refer to as "Hippy Trips". A hippy trip is basically what it sounds like. Back when my mom and step dad still worked as teachers (they are retired now) they used their long summers to take road trips. My step dad had a VW camper bus that was as old as I am (RIP bus!). They would just start packing one day during the summer and inform me they would be leaving soon. The conversation would go something like this;

Me: So when are you leaving?
Mom: Oh, maybe thursday, maybe wednesday, maybe another day.
Me: Where are you going to?
Mom: North
Me: North where? 
Mom: I think North east, yes easterly.
Me: When are you coming back?
Mom: Hmmm a few weeks.

Then off they would go! Lucky ducks. Now that they are retired they actually do this kind of thing less. I guess they don't feel the need to escape from the city now that they live in the country instead of in Houston.

My mom goes in here everyday and waters the plants. She even has heaters set up for the winter. It's soooo nice to go in here during the winter. It's all warm and smells so fresh and green.

There are even little fish in here!

This is their vegetable garden to the right of the greenhouse.

An old stove they found on their property. Wouldn't it be awesome to refurbish it?!

The beautiful ridge where my brother got married and where they hope to build their house someday. This really shows how big their property is, a total of 26 acres, the road to get here isn't even paved!

Hope you enjoyed!


Monday, May 16, 2011

Currently Obsessed With: Angie Hranowsky

I must be slow because apparently every one and their mother has known how awesome Angie is for some time now where I have not. I first became intrigued with her after seeing a sneak peek of her home on Design Sponge.

Her living room is totally the inspiration for my living room. It's just so, perfect.

Also, it's a mid-century home. Which is on my list "dream home wants".

Then I saw this home she designed in the most recent issue of Lonny and I was reminded all over again why she is so awesome.

Surely, it's a personal preference sort of thing. Her style is just

The bright colors and mix of patterns has that first bohemian vibe with a bit of glam that I'm going for in my own home.

Also, the girl really loves purple and...I LOVE purple!

Plus all the Madeleine Weinrib rugs, I would KILL for one, KILL (spiders).

Angie, can we be friends?!

All images courtesy of Angie Hranowsky and Lonny.


Friday, May 13, 2011

Keep Looking Up!

I often find that my favorite rooms have that little something extra. That little detail or finishing touch that makes you gush and think "Now this is a beautiful room!". For our bedroom, I'm hoping to have that little something extra on my ceiling! The options for this are so abundant and each has its own charm.

Of course I say these things even though I have yet to even pick out a wall color! But a girl can still dream and gather her hearts desires on the interwebs.

                                                                 Source: via Brandi on Pinterest

Our ceiling has a raised section in the center that has so much potential. I really like the idea of coming in from the edges with a design like this.

                                                                Source: via Brandi on Pinterest

Then again, I could focus on the center. Butterflies aren't my thing but something radiating out would be so awesome. I picture getting just a shade lighter and more glossy than the ceiling paint to make this perfect.

                                                                      Source: via Brandi on Pinterest

But then there is something to be said for going with an all over stencil or wallpaper. Wallpaper is not in the budget for me but I like the idea of a stencil.


Or I could go with the best of both worlds and do something on the sides AND the center. Yes, yes I like this. Although this person made this design with his freaking fingers! I'm not that talented!

Or I could keep it simple and go with a solid color. But then the question would be should that color be contrasting or complimentary? Oh decisions, decisions...maybe I'll just focus on the wall color for now. Our bedroom has become a veritable smorgasbord of paint swatches and I don't even feel like I'm close. My plan of action is to make my headboard, get it the room and then see what I'm feeling. Hopefully then the solution will magically present itself. Yeah right...

What would you do?

Happy Weekend!


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

My Black + White House

In my perfect dream world I have many houses. Each one a different style of architecture and decor. Black and white decor would surely be on this list, perhaps in a pied-a-tier in some major metropolitan city. This sleek and buttoned up decor is surely a departure from my normal style but still infused in small ways through out my home. After all, any room can use a little black and white!


Of course every one of my homes, no matter the style, would have beautiful molding and built-ins galore.


Touches of gold for a little sophistication.


I think Nicole's, from Sketch42, bedroom would work quite nicely in my fabulous apartment/flat. This place could be in a country where they call them flats perhaps...

                                                                   Source: via Jenny on Pinterest


What kind of houses do you dream of?

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Guest Posting on All Things Bright and Beautiful!

Find me today over at the lovely blog, All Things Bright and Beautiful! I was thrilled when Aubrey asked me to participate in her series about what makes your house a home.

Check out what makes my house a home here! Happy Wednesday!