August 5, 2011

Reality Bites

by Shelly

Do most people assume that interior designers live in pristine, perfectly furnished homes with no clutter? I know that I assume that about some of the designers I admire.   I mean, come on, look at the rooms they create for their clients!  They must have their homes decorated with furnishings that have been carefully edited down to the tinniest detail.  Right?  Um, wrong…very, very wrong!  Well at least it is for me at the moment.  We are still waiting for built ins to be finished and installed, closet doors to come in, furniture to be delivered …. umm….ordered and general mess to be put away and boxes finally unpacked!

It WILL happen!

At least this is what I keep telling myself everyday as I stare at the areas of our home that need to be paid attention to.

Our kitchen in its current state.  Yes, those are slats of wood holding up our breakfast bar. Yes, I have the corbels that are to be installed in their place. But, um….we screwed up.  We were suppose to install them BEFORE the granite. Yes, I do know this, but that’s what happens when you try to fully gut and remodel a house in 6 weeks.  Things slip through the cracks.  But they’re getting painted on Monday and will be installed by the end of next week.  THE BRIGHT SIDE….we got our pendent lights up and I LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!!!  They remind me of little tin man heads with hats.  Next I need to narrow down what I want to do for bar stools.  Since the dining room is just to the left of this area AND right behind the sofa in the family room, I need to do something that will not be too busy and will coordinate with the dining chairs.

Oh yes, look how lovely it is!  GAG!  This was our breakfast area set in the old house.  (The slipcovers are off two chairs because I have a 4 year old who loves to slop when she eats. They’re freshly laundered.)  We sold our much more formal dining to the new owners.  I’m having a lovely trestle table made as I write this.  Crossing my fingers it will come next week!  I was going to do Kooba wicker chairs with slipcovered wingchairs at the ends.  BUT NOW…I’m considering this….

{New England Home}

{India Hicks}

Directors chairs!  I’ve grown quite attached to the idea. I love the banana republic feel of them, which tends to be the look I lean towards.  And what’s even better is the price!  I’ve seen them for as low as two for $128.00!!!!!  GET OUTTA TOWN!  I only need four and if I get sick of them I can fold them up and store them until we need them for parties.

Go back to the picture of my dining room and you’ll notice another thing in desperate need of attention….the french doors!  I did bamboo shades on the other windows, but here I think some linen panels would look best and soften all the hard lines in the room.  I was going to do a white linen until I fell in love with a blue stripe linen by Schumacher.

It’s sheer, but that’s ok.  I’m not looking to darken the room with them at all. Just soften the window and filter the light in the late afternoon. And if they fade I think they’ll still look really pretty! Downfall though is that this fabric IS NOT cheap.  So, I’m not jumping on this idea just yet.  But boy, would it look great next to my blue damask chairs and blue and white pottery!

Then there is this mess.

Don’t you just love how that big ol’ flat screen is teetering on that tiny little table? We’re waiting for our louvered built in to be finished any day now.  Once that goes in we can finally put away all the clutter and boxes in this room!  Since my desk is now just to the left of this picture, you probably can only imagine how MUCH clutter there is. No, I did not photograph that area…it’s THAT bad folks!

Once the built in goes in I will then focus on purchasing a new sofa for this room that fits the space better AND is slipcovered in linen.  We bought the current sofa in the room just before we had our little one. It’s only four years old and falling apart rapidly.  But I will say…THANK GOD for microfiber fabric.  It’s seen its fair share of baby vomit, formula, dog slobber, and red wine.  It all came out by the way.

But in the midst of all these projects and mess there are little bits of happiness….

Like my faux clam shell newly filled with succulents that I whipped up last weekend!  Such an easy project and it will keep me from spending so many $$$ on flowers to grace the table.  We’re in budget mode people!

Hope you all have a relaxing weekend!  We have a concert in the park, San Onofre beach day, cocktail party with friends and a Huey Lewis and the News concert at the fair this weekend!  Packed…but fun!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

sally August 6, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Love the new kitchen! I have that same India Hicks photo saved to my computer too. Also love the succulents and clam shell. Sally


Jessie August 16, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I love those pendants in your kitchen!


Jen Johnson August 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm

I’ve never considered succulents as centerpieces, but it’s a genius idea!!! I need to look into doing that! : )


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