Friday, August 31, 2012

Around Town

School has started and I have a bit more free time.  I spent the day shopping Tuesday.  These brass giraffes are what I brought home.  I found them at a consignment store for a song and couldn't resist.  I'm looking for a chest to put in my family room, and it will need some accessorizing.  I recently redid the room for One Room Challenge, and added some brass accessories and brass drapery rods and rings.  The mother giraffe is roughly 9x9, so the pair will be helpful in having the brass balance on the wall that hasn't been completed with the other side of the room that is finished.

My sister and I visited Dallas Market Center.  One of our favorite showrooms carries Visual Comfort.  I wasn't thinking about taking photos until I saw this chandelier.

Then I spotted this one.

What do you think?  I think it's gorgeous and such a far cry from my kind of boring and very traditional crystal chandelier.  I've been wanting to liven things up a bit and this would do that without being too much for my Colonial Revival house to handle.

Then we went to Again and Again.  I've posted about that before.  I can't go there without wanting lots of amazingness.  This mirror is one of them.  

And this mirror is another.  I would paint it any number of high gloss paint colors.  What color do you see on it?

I love these chairs, and someone else does, too.

There's no place in my house for these etageres, but aren't they amazing?

These were the prettiest things I saw Tuesday.  Do you see anything you like?  

Happy Friday!



Thursday, August 30, 2012

Little Black Door


Are you a Little Black Door reader?  Elizabeth has some serious DIY skills that I have to respect and envy.  The photo above shows one of so many creative DIYs she's done and shared.  I think this one is my favorite.  She used wrapping paper to make decorative panels on either side of her bed.  You can read about that DIY here.  I'm guest posting for her today while she's off enjoying the sun and sand.  Please come visit me at Little Black Door.  I'm sharing some interesting fabric source information, and I'd love to see you there!



Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Burnham Design




























All photos via Burnham Design

So, are you loving all of this as much as I am?  Burnham Design, based in LA, is amazing.  I love the eclectic mix and the addition of Chinoiserie isn't hurting either.  What are your thoughts?



Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Interior Designer Kathleen DiPaolo's House Tour

Kathleen is one of my sweetest, friendliest, most encouraging customers.  She's also an amazing interior designer based in California.  She's purchased prints and stationery.  I've gotten to know her through Etsy, blogging, (she has an incredible blog called Pacific Family Homes) and through Pinterest.  She sent me a customer photo a week or so ago, and I asked her to send me any other photos she had on hand and convenient.  I told her I wanted to use the customer photo in a feature of her work.  What she did was send these fantastic photos of her house and provide a narrative.  I am so grateful, and excited to share her gorgeous, colorful Chinoiserie filled house!  Enjoy!

This is my living room. I have a vintage bamboo lamps on the right and left. The one on the left was in my living room as a child:-) The other is an Etsy purchase- vintage 60s made in Italy. I wish you could see the gigantic coffee table with my china man in the center. Very cute guy!  The elephant pillows (short lumbars on the sofa) and the yellow tiger pillows were from a trip to Thailand where I visited the Jim Thompson stores and outlets. I collect impressionist paintings and am always searching the consignments stores and Etsy for some finds. I just add them to the walls!  The mantel is a beam from a Wisconsin barn.

This is my gigantic dining room. Haha!! I love the bamboo sea grass wallpaper and my crazy capiz ball I found in a shell store, where it wasn’t for sale:) The China man has come along with me for a long ride. It has been in my office and three homes. The screen on the left actually used to me in my office and then was my headboard in my last house. The dining table and chairs are very, very old.



This is my master. Love my China Seas wallpaper and green pagoda bookcase.
This is the other view of my bedroom. My headboard, skirt and window treatments are also made of fabric I LUGGED back from Thailand after a visit to the Jim Thompson outlet. Sooo funny losing circulation in all my fingers:)


This is my son Christopher’s room. He loves his hanging bed and the hang out space underneath. It needs a new comforter but that is another day!





Short break from Kathleen's tour.  I told her I would take the photo above and the next two from her blog.  She recently featured them in a post about HGTV coming to her house for filming of a new series called ChildStyle with Rebecca Woolf.  They used this room that Kathleen designed for her daughter.


Her daughter's name is Posy, and she must be jumping up and down excited that her room will be on HGTV.  Kathleen's post about the crew filming at her house is very interesting.  See it here.  Now, back to Kathleen.

This is my son Christopher’s room. He loves his hanging bed and the hang out space underneath. It needs a new comforter but that is another day!


This is my boys’ bathroom. These are used nautical maps that I bought for nothing and had my wallpaper guy put them up.



Here is my bath. I still have plans, but I had the vanity made and had mirror put in the doors to invite more light in there. Help! Light, please come in and make my bathroom feel larger!! Haha!

The elephant (Pink Pagoda print) keeps the little Chinese men around the mirror company!!  I got those hand towels in Thailand where I last rode an elephant. Haha:-).  It's my ode to the elephant!




The two images above are of Kathleen's bathroom in her last house.  It was featured in this month's Better Homes and Gardens.  You can read about it in her post here.

Kathleen is very, very busy.  She's working on multiple houses now and already has a fantastic portfolio.
Be sure to check out her website, Pacific Family Homes.  Thanks so much, Kathleen, for sharing your beautiful house!




Monday, August 27, 2012

Blue and White Monday with Design Chic

How exciting to have the lovely Beth and Kristy, from Design Chic, here!  Everything on their blog is divine, as is the gorgeousness they are sharing today.

We were so thrilled when Jennifer asked us to be a part of her series "Blue and White Monday." This timeless color combination is one of our favorites -- just like The Pink Pagoda! We absolutely adore Jennifer's beautiful blog, flawless taste and eye for design. Thank you so much for having us, Jennifer!
Blue and white. It isn't only for porcelain. We adore the classic color combination anywhere, but especially by the sea.
Burcu Avsar Photography
A pop of blue in a neutral palette adds life and depth. Aren't those round pillows so much fun?
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Blue and white may be what we think of little boys, but the pale, soothing palette is a perfect choice for little girls as well!
Cathy Kincaid Design


One of the best things about a blue and white color scheme is that everything doesn't have to match exactly. As long as they blend, incorporating a range of blues makes a stunning statement.
Phoebe Howard Design
Just a touch of blue in an otherwise white room is one of our favorite ways to achieve that spa-like feel.
Phoebe Howard Design
What an incredibly relaxing place to lounge!
Suzanne Kasler Design
This kitchen could be even more delicious than the food that comes out of it.

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This adorable child's bath is perfect for kiddos, but, when they are all grown up, the blue sink will still be beautiful.
Robert A.M. Stern
Blue water and white decor... A favorite blue and white!
Coastal Living

The blue and white palette from the sand and water continues seamlessly onto the front porch, creating a soothing sitting spot.


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Ahhh... The ultimate blue and white. A sparkling sea and a rocky shore!

Thanks again so much for having us today, Jennifer! We loved being with you and your readers.

Kristy and Beth, I appreciate your being here so much!  Thank you for sharing your beautiful taste with us, and inspiring our Monday!


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