Category Archives: Styles

A Baby Shower of Pink, Toile, & Love

 

Close up of cookies

Mina and I met in middle school.  I knew we’d be best friends when, in 8th grade,  we both agreed that the best way to present our archeology assignment to the class was to rap it.

Not that I hear the term “Carbon-14 Dating” often, but when I do… I smile.   Continue reading

A Southern Mirror

The Federalist mirror above the bed gives this room character and interest. ~from Domainehome

The Federalist mirror above the bed gives this room character and interest. ~from Domainehome

It has been said that the South is more real than other parts of the country. It’s because the South has lived through more.

We’ve dined on our region’s delicacies like grits, dumplings, and gravy, but we’ve also eaten our fair share of crow. We are continuing to evolve and change from our dark, lean Post-Antebellum years, and we’ve still got a long way to go…  but there is something wonderful about the pluralism of a past.  The merging of the high and the low gives us, and our homes, character. Continue reading

Perspective in Design and Life

In design, perspective can create depth. The same is true about life. The depth of a matter cannot be fully appreciated and measured until you see things from different points of view. Continue reading

Hall of Mirrors

 

Using four large, gold mirrors, we opened up the room and created something interesting on an otherwise large blank wall.

Using four large, gold mirrors, we opened up the room and created something interesting on an otherwise large blank wall.

In the 1600’s mirrors were very expensive, one of the most expensive things to own. That made Louis XVI’s Hall of Mirrors in Versailles even MORE of an impressive statement. It is 239.5 feet long and boasts over 357 mirrors. Using mirrors in decorating, in my opinion, is an absolute MUST. They reflect light, open up the space, and can add an elegant touch to every room.  Continue reading

Friday Favorites: Make Your Dorm Room a Home

Making your dorm room a home.

Making your dorm room a home.

Some of my favorite students ever are graduating next week and beginning college life. For most of them, this new chapter will involve a dorm or apartment (and most importantly, it will involve decorating it! :)). It got me thinking about my freshman dorm. For two months, I lived with a vampire; and this was in 2001 before vampires looked like Rob Pattinson.

She decorated her side of the room with fake cobwebs from which plastic spiders dangled, and a 6ft tall styrofoam cutout of Dracula. A small, black coffin adorned her dresser holding her removable fangs. I could write a whole paragraph about her “beauty” routine which involved dyeing her hair a new color (like green or purple) every other day. One night she even ripped down the “Bid Day” Sorority decorations from our door and proceeded to call me “the blonde bimbo” to her friend. I pretended to be asleep. Needless to say, our dorm room was a study in contrasts. Continue reading

Friday Favorites: Faux Flowers and Foo Dogs

Two of my favorite things are faux flowers and foo dogs. What are yours?

Two of my favorite things are faux flowers and foo dogs. What are yours?

Somewhere I read that a woman said she’d rather have roses on her table than diamonds around her neck. I’d definitely rather have the diamonds around my neck (and preferably a neck that had both vertebral arteries working, but that’s another prayer.) 🙂 However, flowers are still one of my favorite things… flowers and stories.  Continue reading

[master bath] Wallpaper on Trial

Gold Dot Decals as Wallpaper from The Lovely Wall Co.

Gold Dot Decals as Wallpaper from The Lovely Wall Co.

Wallpaper is serious. It contributes to a woman’s increasing insanity in the short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper.” It even plays a role in Oscar Wilde’s last words, “This wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. Either it goes or I do.” I love wallpaper, but it is quite a commitment. Continue reading