5.17.2017

LIVING in the living room

I love the changes I made in our living room but I also love that since the changes we are using the space more.

There is nothing better than peeking in and seeing my son lounged out on the new sofa or a laptop sitting on the coffee table.  I find myself migrating to the cozy leather club with my mug of coffee next to me each morning to enjoy the space and check emails.

A quick recap for anyone joining in late to the redo party.

About a year ago I realized that our living room had enjoyed it's time with the pale greens and blues and that almost nine years had passed since we had moved into this home.  

I was ready and it was time!

I stared by searching for a new rug.  The room is about 23 x 25 so I needed something large but I didn't have a large budget.  I love the one I found and the color that it instantly brought into the space.  It's a rectangle so I focused the seating area around it.



I found a more modern shape with the new navy tufted sofa.  I am a mixer....I have no problem mixing in styles if I love the piece.  I think too many people get caught up in rules when creating a space.  I am more focused on scale, color and texture.

I focused on separate seating areas.  I like to make sure that no matter where you plunk down in the space there is a table or stool to put your glass (or mug).

The pair of navy and cream buffalo wing back chairs I had reupholstered about 2 years ago bring an element of fun to the space.  We are not a formal family and I wanted the largest room in the house to be useable and family friendly.

I kept the loveseat in the mix since it had a clean, modern line and the mushroom color acts as a neutral with all the blues.


I saw the herringbone pattern on the top of this wood coffee table and was DONE!  And how lucky that my sisal cubes fit perfectly underneath?! 


I am a big fan of trays.  Meet our clicker and match box tray. 



I had picked up the 2 metal topped stools at Target a few years ago when I spied them on sale and knew that I would find a space for them.  I am a big fan of mixing up the metals in a room.  It adds another element of texture and clean, bright color.  

The leather club chair was purchased YEARS ago at Lillian August but it was brought into the mix again and it still remains one of my favs!




I FINALLY pulled the trigger on a Mary Gregory for my home.  I sell them in my shop and love so many of them.  In this picture it looks small but its 42" wide and it fills the space between the 2 windows beautifully.

I found this vintage wood caddy at Seymour Antiques Center and have it sitting on top of a vintage African cloth.  
I hope to get the mud cloth properly upholstered onto this bench but in the meantime I have it simply laying over the top.



I scored this round side table at Home Goods and like the wood and metal mix on top of the rug and next to the navy velvet.


I use books to prop up ANYTHING!  And fill the void when styling ANYTHING!  They look neat, offer color options and are cheap!

Below I used them to add a pop of color to the computer table and to boost the lantern up a bit since the scale of the lamp was BIG....sitting on the table alone the lantern was lost.



I like the unexpected mix of the acrylic arm chairs with the distressed pedestal table that doubles as a desk.  Recognize the round table?  It used to be our dining room table and I switch it and the vintage wood rectangle table back and forth.


Below, in the far right corner is a cabinet that houses our television components and so that remained with the redo.  

And on top of the component cabinet I group my non-flowering orchids on a vintage enamel tray.  En masse they don't seem as sad.  And they do re-bloom!













5.02.2017

INSTAGRAM....the proof is in the pudding!

As a small biz owner I am always looking for unique (read cost effective) ways to get the word out about No. 299.  

On a regular basis I get new merchandise into the store and I want people to see it....yes, it's that great!  ;)

About a year ago my kids helped me set up an account on Instagram and I have not looked back. 

Hands down it has been my best promotional vehicle to date.  I would say that at least twice a week customers come into the store and say...."I saw your Instagram post" and it's music to my ears.

Before I realized the power of Insta I used it to feed and fuel my creative side.  Think about it...how amazing is it to be able to spend 5 (ok, maybe its more like 20) minutes each morning to see all sorts of creative images?  Speaking as a visual person this is close to as good as seeing the real deal...let's say an 8 out of 10.  

You can pick and choose what you want to see, get rid of the ones that just aren't doing it for you, learn from those you follow about new creative geniuses and then follow them...the options are endless.

I used to feel this way about shelter publications...you know House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Country Living, Coastal Living, Domino, even the local Fairfield County magazines.  Having been in the PR biz in my last life I was promgrammed to subscrdibe to them all and when they arrived in my mail basket it was SO exciting.  I couldn't wait to have a quiet moment to leaf thru it and be filled up wtih all that creative goodness.

Don't get me wrong, I still love leafing thru the home magazines but now with Instagram I get a dose of that every morning.  

Earlier this week I headed up to bed with the latest Elle Decor which had been patiently waiting for me in my mail basket and flipping thru I was drawn to the article about designers who had grown to substantial fame strictly from their use of Instagram.  Hey if Trump can become president why can't suzie Q from anywhere, USA become a sought after interior designer?



I loved reading about the normal people like you and me who used Instagram to create a name and a following and have had major success with it.  

So I am not alone.  

The other aspect I LOVE about Instagram is the kindness of those that I follow.  These people (a lot of women) are incredibley supportive of others and kind.  

We all realize KINDNESS MATTERS and that we won't get anywhere without the help of others.  

And that part makes me love it that much more!  

Some of my recent posts...








When I comment on someones feed inevitably they send back a sweet love note or emoji saying thanks for taking the time to notice and write.  It's kinda common sense....someone pays you a compliment you say thank you.... but these days that is not always a given.  

So if you haven't already....join the creative and kind revolution.  You won't be sorry!