Thursday, June 16, 2016

Craigslist Bargains Around the Country

I love taking a look at Craigslist to see what unique and interesting things are out there for a bargain. While I usually only look in Buffalo, sometimes it's a little fun to see what people around the country have offered up to the world from the depths of their basements and garages. Let's take a look:

In Dallas, this Aidan Gray Mirror is only $100! And the thing is HUGE! 51" tall, 33" wide. A steal, given that the retail price on this piece is over $800.

I can totally see that mirror above this chest, only $80 in New Orleans, which the ad says was once a prop piece at a Ralph Lauren store.
In Rancho Bernardo, California these chairs are only $60 for all 4! They remind me so much of the John Robshaw German silver leafed dining chairs here:
If you were crafty, you could totally copy the look of this chair with some silver leaf and new fabric. Plop two of those on either side of the RL prop dresser, with the mirror above, and you have a lovely foyer vignette for $240! (Not including the gas to drive across the country!) Roll with me on the fantasy, people!
In other news, Cross Bottle Guy now has jewelry! Yep, pieces are forthcoming, but you can peek in at what's online so far here:

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Colorful Bedroom


The room was created by the massively talented Chicago designer, Summer Thonton, and you can see the whole house as part of her portfolio, here. The whole house is filled with bright, bold color, and is a refreshing departure from the scads of photos in shelter mags and on the internet of all white rooms (my own included!)
And while color is something she clearly excels at, she can do muted just as well. Check out this waiting room at a chic dental office:

Makes me want to get my teeth cleaned! Check out her website! You'll love it!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Cross Bottle Guy Sale


We are clearing the shelves over at Cross Bottle Guy to make way for some beautiful new treasures currently in progress at the studio! For a limited time only, we are offering up to 40% off everything in stock! Yes, EVERYTHING!
This lovely bottle, once $68.00 plus shipping, is now just $40 plus shipping! 

This beauty was $139 plus shipping. Now just $83.50 plus shipping!

This gem is one of our favorites, and was priced at $60 plus shipping, now only $40 plus shipping!

This shell creation, once $90 plus shipping now just $50 plus shipping!
This HUGE piece is on sale too! Once $395, you can steal this for just $250 plus shipping!
All of the current 12 bottles, which include crystal crosses, metal crosses, shells, and shell/crystal combinations are red lined for this limited time sale, so if you're in the market for a beautiful handmade piece of art, pop over to Cross Bottle Guy, and take a look around! 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Once Upon a Time with Sally Wheat

My friend Joni, over at Cote de Texas wrote several blog stories about a house she loved in her Houston neighborhood, owned by Sally Wheat. Over the course of 2-3 years, she showed transitions in Sally's home as she moved from look to look. Each look was gorgeous, unique, and showcased the variety of ways one room could be decorated, sometimes by changing as little as the art.

I've always been a fan of Joni's work, and after being introduced to Sally via Joni, I became a huge fan of Sally's, too! The formal living room of her home, in particular, has always provided a wealth of inspiration. And as I move around the apartment, now sort of empty with things selling off piece by piece, I remember a version of Sally's living room I liked the most, and I think I might end up using it as a MAJOR inspiration room as I shift decorations here.

I thought, like with my post on Windsor Smith, to do a look back at Sally's transformations, in the best order I could muster. Special thanks to Joni Webb for supplying these original images on her beautiful blog.

In 2008, Joni posted these pictures of Sally's living room on her blog, after first meeting Sally and touring her Houston, Texas home:

It's not a large room, and has a peculiar layout with windows on two of the four walls, and a large opening to the center hall. A few months after this picture was taken, the seagrass that was on order arrived and went down:
In August of 2009, Joni went back to Sally's home and the living room had made a stunning change. This version is the one that inspired me then, and continues to inspire me now.

In fact, this is how the room looked when it was featured in Houston House & Home magazine:
Later, in 2012, Joni went back to Sally's house. This time she had really switched things up! The whole house had a different feel, and there were even a few photos that Sally had taken prior to Joni getting there of the progress in the décor that she had made up to that point:

A better view of the French settee, upholstered in hemp. Here you start to see the shift that Sally makes, mixing modern and antiques.
And then the furniture made a big shift! The settee left, as did the chairs. The tables, art, and even the cowhide changed. Wish I lived in Houston and could have purchased that settee from Sally. It's exactly what I'm looking for ... but I digress. Let us move on and see more awesomeness.

This was the version that was published when Sally was featured in a different magazine, Modern Luxury Interiors - Texas.
This youthful and playful moment then changed again, Sally changes things around more than I do!

After this time, Sally built a beautiful website for her interior design firm, and began uploading beautiful photography of her home and the homes she was decorating, with much of the photography by Houston photographer, Laurie Perez. The room changed a bit, with new chairs and matching side tables flanking the sofa:
Just 10 weeks ago, Sally was selling the Mongolian fur stools on her instagram account. Seems like there might be yet another change in the midst! While I love Sally's work - and invite you to check out all of her house and the rooms that she has created in other Houston area homes, my favorite living room look of Sally's was definitely the version featured in Houston House & Home. That settee was lovely - and while I'm ever inspired by her, I wish I could pick up that room, and plop it down inside of my apartment, right now. How about you? Which of these looks is your favorite?
To see more of Sally's House you can read Joni's original posts here:

Friday, May 13, 2016

Before and After: Windsor Smith

Who didn't see this room by Windsor Smith blasted on the cover of magazines, the halls of pinterest, and just about every interior design blog known to man?

Her beautiful living room, painted pink, and filled with beautifully custom upholstered furniture with the most amazing frames. The room was delightful, with it's pretty pink walls and exuberant, colorful upholstery. But as with most interior designers, the bug for change sets in and begins to eat away. Before we get into where she went, and how I think she got there, let's take a look at this rooms many "Pink" phases.

The room is actually considered the dining room in her home, though she had never used it as a dining room until the house was double booked for separate magazines. Publication is the greatest compliment that an interior designer can receive. It's also how major players like Windsor Smith get the next whale of a client to spend fortunes in their own homes. So smart Windsor, who had been asked by Western Interiors Magazine for a feature while simultaneously promising her entire house feature to House Beautiful (which ended up the cover) styled the room (and painted it pink) to create a dining room story. This one in fact:

The magazine feature. The best way to compare this room and it's many incarnations is the view point of that gorgeous window:

Ah, yes! Here we go. Quite different from the House Beautiful cover feature that soon followed it:

The room itself had many different versions, as Windsor added art and accessories she found, and furniture was moved from place to place.
Now however, the pink is gone, as is the vibrant hues in the upholstery and pillows. Windsor tucked it all away in favor of this:

You can see that a few things have stayed: the chest and mirror, and a few pieces of the more muted art. But the furniture has taken a departure, and though it's the same in this photo, the chandelier changes.
Some not so often seen style shots of the new living room include the bar, and a settee:

It's not the first time we've seen Windsor use these pieces though, which maybe was her impetus for making a change. Let's take one more look at the new space:

And now this one from the Greystone Bedroom Windsor did in 2008 ...

Sofa looks a little familiar, doesn't it? The bed from that room was the bed from Windsor's own master bedroom.
And those chairs came from Veranda's Brentwood Showhouse, thereafter purchased by Gwyneth Paltrow, called House of Windsor:

They were a part of this beautiful space:
But it's not the only room of the house that experienced a change. In fact, what has undergone more change than the pink room is the formal living room that precedes it. What's really interesting is seeing the transition of the whole house - the space as a whole and how it all plays together:
Does that mirror in the living room look familiar? Windsor used it over the fireplace in the family room of the concept house. Here you can sort of tell how the house is planned, and where the location of the pink room once was. Right off of Windsor's beautiful gray and white marble tiled foyer, is a formal sunken living room with book cases, seen to the left of this instagram photo. And simply because it's lovely - here's the foyer:

And once more, the view into the living room:

This room is so different moment to moment, that I have no real idea what it looks like in the present. But it's been quite fun rewinding through its many looks. Here's the best I could do with chronological order:
From the House Beautiful shoot in 2009, showcasing her fabric "Riad" from Kravet:
A big change, featured in Veranda January 2012, you can see from the picture below that the walls in the once pink room have been changed:
The mirror reflecting the entry door seems to be a staple, even if the mirror changes. The architecture of the room never changes. But the furniture play is quite fun. Here, in the beginning, the sofa from the pink room sits facing the room's fireplace.
And looking in from the entry way, two slipcovered chairs (which make an appearance over and over again) with two zebra hid covered ottomans sit in front of the built in bookcases.
And then today:



Which was your favorite?