Posted on July 30, 2013
I went to Homearama last year on a Saturday and it was stupid hot and crowded, this year I went on a Tuesday and let me tell you that it was so much better. Not only was it less crowded, it was also in the evening and I felt like I could relax and breath and enjoy the houses. I do hate however that the concessions don’t take debit cards because I really would have loved an ice cold sprite, but really, it’s fine. Anyway, I went with my sister Allison, it was part of sister day before she headed back to college.
I didn’t look at all the houses, and the ones I did look at, I went in looking at the décor and some minor designs, but overall, I did not look at how the house was built or any of the cool amenities. I pretty much just wanted to see interior design. I took some pictures of my favorite little design moments in each house, and some of my not so faves.
This is one of my biggest not so fave moments. This driveway drives me crazy. I see what they were trying to accomplish with it’s aged rustic look, but it seriously looks like dinosaur skin.
I think framing fabrics is such a good idea for filling up a blank wall. Fabrics are pretty inexpensive compared to art, and if you chose the right one, with large pattern and a focal point (or enough interest to keep the viewer interested), then it’s perfect. I’m not sure if this is IKAT fabric, or a watercolor rendering of fabric, but either way I really love it. I also think it’s important to have two and not just one.
These jugs are a fun twist on mason jars, and I’m really getting bored of mason jars. You can paint them, tie stuff around them, paint the inside to change the color, and even make lights out of them. We get it. I am not downing anyone who has mason jars, I have some too and even used them in my wedding, but all I’m saying is that If I saw mason jars at Homearama I would have been very disappointed. This grouping of three jugs brings the same personality as mason jars with its rustic farm life simple feel, but done in a more finished way. Totally hate the art in the background though.
and of course I love anything with an animal face on my kitchenware. I really do.
This was the first thing I saw when I entered the house, and I loved that they chose wallpaper because it gave the house that much more impact. I have been looking at so much wallpaper lately because I am wanting to use it in my small bathroom, but it takes me forever to decide on the perfect one.
no I hate generic trees, it seems like an afterthought to me. Not trees, but this particular tree just bothers me. It reminds me of a hotel.
again, generic bedding. I could walk into any place like JCpenny or Dillards and this is exactly what I would find. Nothing is wrong with those places, but when I go to Homearama I want to see something I don’t usually see.
House # 3
I went to this house first actually, because a girl I went to high school with (we actually had art class together one year I believe) was one of the interior designers for this house. Her name is Lauren Harp and her business is Lady of The House Interiors. http://ladyofthehouseinteriors.blogspot.com/ . I get so excited when people from high school pursue their dreams. Like she totally started her own interior design business and that’s a risk in itself that obviously paid off because here she is decorating for Homearama. Thousands of people are now going to see her name and hopefully that brings her a ton of business. so good.
I want this chair, with it’s branch like bones and the luxurious yet playful fabric.
SO, I was totally planning on painting a huge butterfly for my master bedroom. Then, I walk in and see this. and I’m like “omg they copied my idea”. and Allison is like “no they didn’t” and I’m like “yeah girl I know”. But, I decided maybe I should go a different route for the master bedroom now. I loved this room though. Butterflies done in a scientific, factual and even masculine presentation opposed to Lisa Frank looking. But at the same time it’s still a butterfly, so it automatically brings whimsy and wonder to the room.
Gold simple frames with tons of white space from the matte board are the best.
Some lady came up to me and my sister as we were admiring this huge driftwood circular mirror, and she’s like, “you guys cool totally make that yourselves just go to homedepot.com and it gives you directions.” I just may do that, thank you for the advice.
How cool and different is this?
Right next to the front door is this wonderful fountain, I think on my house it would look weird, but maybe a house an old Victorian house on Bardstown road could pull it off.
I saw this horse in most of the houses, but only in this house was he wearing ray-bans!
Here is an awesome idea that I saw on Pinterest once, but now in person. It is to hang the shower rod up towards the ceiling so that the shower curtain is elongated. Just like you would do with curtains. The only problem with this would be that your shower curtains would probably need to be custom made. I am not 100% sure, but I am pretty sure. Unless you didn’t want them to reach the floor.
And here is another great idea. The window in my master bedroom is just like this one, arched at the top. I am constantly trying to find inexpensive solutions for window treatments. Having two separate panels and rods framing the window is such a good idea. This is the type of stuff I like to see here. However, my only concern is that it is not practical. The sun comes in and wakes me up at six am, so without any way to close these curtains, I’m just not sure.
How wonderful is this horse pillow? It says “I love horses, but I don’t own a horse farm”
hate these bright random assorted orbs
I always say this, but I love gold bamboo furniture, in moderation of course. and I especially love it as a bar cart.
Here are two images that are great, both using the same fabrics, yet placed in different parts of the house. Talk about unifying the house.
Sister day at Homearama what!!!
Little landscapes with nice frames I can’t get enough of.
THESE FLOORS!!! in the master bathroom of this house are amazing. Herringbone pattern. yes!
What a cute little family of white pears.
This room was beautifully designed. I have rarely ever seen vintage swim suits framed. Maybe like one time in one place that I have no idea where, but it was basically a refreshing new idea. That brings to the question, what else can you frame to add interest to a room? Even if this was not a vintage swim suit, the shape alone is interesting enough to hold my attention.
more wallpaper, not for me, but definitely beautiful.
These stupid round metallic shish kabobs were so frustrating!! Why would someone put something so modern and bright in a garden area where it should be soft and pretty? Do they even have a purpose?! So Zenon!!
These porthole mirrors made me want to go home and Google porthole mirrors. So I did. They key is to have them in groupings of three or five. Maybe a pair of two would look okay if they were on top of each other instead of next to. Either way, this is a great statement piece. It’s not artwork technically, but it also doesn’t look like a complete afterthought of “oh a blank wall, what should I randomly put here?”.
peacocks are so last year
I think this chair should be the head of the table in an Alice in Wonderland dinner party. It’s oversized and awesome. not for my house, but for someone else.
ughh again, artwork as an afterthought. what are these random squares and why is there no personality here?
This I love, not this exact design, but the idea of hanging tapestries as art, or even hanging rugs as art.
annndd they are also selling white bejeweled jeans in the closet.
Lastly, this crazy fancy port-a-potty.
To summarize this blog post:
1. Don’t go to Homearama on a weekend, go on a weekday,
2. Chose art that reflects your personality or that is interesting for you and your guests to look at
3. Homearama should take debit cards at the concessions
Posted on July 26, 2013
I used to think living in Kentucky was super lame. But then I went to Murray State for college and realized how awesome it is. Basically this song sums up how I feel about Kentucky and my memories from college and pretty much everyone who doesn’t live here should be jealous that they don’t. You should obviously travel around though and see the world, I’m just saying it’s a nice place to live.
This weeks theme is I heart Kentucky. Horses, rustic, wrought iron, barn wood, blue grass, and gardens.
1. Equestrian Hardware, Pottery Barn, $24
2. Large Horse, Jonathan Adler, $425. This is for you KDawg. A friend for your white horse.
4. Bourbon Barrel Stool, Jason Cohen, $230
5. French Laundry Home Standing Horse Pillow, on Horchow, $150. No I won’t pay 150!! but it’s an awesome pillow, but silhouettes are so easy you could just use fabric paint and make it yourself.
6. Horse Shoe and Spur Coat Rack, Wayfair, $25. Yes. But only if every other item in my house did not look like this.
7. I heart Kentucky Art Print, By Hunter and Smile on Etsy, $25
8. Herb Spoons, by DaisyChestnut on Etsy, $50. I love these, would be so cute for the herb garden that I don’t have.
9. Bass Art Print by FredFisher on Etsy, $65. Maybe a grouping of four different fish above an entry way table. Maybe even the entry way table has the hardware from #1. Endless possibilities!
Kentucky Anthem By Craig Russel Band
Here in Kentucky I’m doin’ fine
The best kind of women and corncob moonshine
Not sayin yall yankees aint got it good
Wouldn’t leave the bluegrass if I could
Cause I’ve got Kentucky
Don’t get me wrong
We’ve got responsibilities
Tedin’ to my THC in the backyard
As far as the eye can see
Though I wished I could have been here back in the day
With a horse to drive just bein’ alive on the trail with Jessie James
Here in Kentucky I’m doin fine
Reputations inbred but I don’t mind
Paradise on earth with no shoes to wear
Might not see tomorrow but I really don’t care
Cause I’ve got Kentucky, yeah
Posted on July 22, 2013
It’s raining, and I don’t have any clean clothes, so although I really wanted to go to a thrift store or peddlers mall this week, I decided to just peddle around on craigslist. Plus, I’m going to be working on the master bedroom soon so I have been spending a ton of time on craigslist anyway searching for things. All of the listings below are recent listings and most are within the Louisville area, and all within a quick drive.
West Elm Bistro Table, $175, http://louisville.craigslist.org/fuo/3934911427.html
Super cute. I always prefer a round table over a rectangle or square table because everyone is equal at round tables. There is no head of the table, and everyone can equally see the people they are eating with. This table is really light in color so it would fit perfectly in a small kitchen, the light color would really make it look like it’s not taking up as much space as it really is.
Mid Century Cedar Chest, $180, http://louisville.craigslist.org/fuo/3930119908.html
Mid century is like all the rage these days. I personally am not that obsessed with it, but I can understand why people are. Just look at the the simplicity of the design, and the lack of oriental details and frills. This piece would fit perfectly in a guys house.
Unique Foot Stool,$80, http://louisville.craigslist.org/fuo/3901861587.html
I may not be obsessed with mid century furniture, but I am obsessed with x-frame benches. They are always so expensive though. I believe x-benches like to sit next to an identical x-bench. So, when I see one at a reasonable price, I always get kind of disappointed if it doesn’t come with a mate.
Hall Bench With Storage, $100, http://louisville.craigslist.org/fuo/3952010966.html
Benches in entry ways are all over Pinterest right now, I see it every single day. So for $100 I think this is a pretty good deal. It’s sort of a clean slate for your foyer. You could really decorate the bench any way you want. You could put cute little wicker boxes underneath, a coat rack, hooks for purses and coats, a bulletin board for family notes, and so on and so on.
Pottery Barn Rattan Tables, $ 60 each, http://louisville.craigslist.org/fuo/3939566263.html
I want these so bad, I love the bamboo rattan look, just not in brownish natural color. I prefer it white or black and painted with super high gloss to give it a wet lacquered look. Someone should buy these.
Unique Wooden Chair, $500 ,http://louisville.craigslist.org/fuo/3950142337.html
Not for me, but maybe for someone.
FarmHouse Table, $560, http://louisville.craigslist.org/fuo/3926213524.html
One of the many pet peeves I have on craigslist is when people post things that are un-true. For example, I searched “Anthropologie Furniture” and this listing came up. I had to read further that it’s not actually from Anthropologie, it just is in a similar style. Well if I wanted to search for “furniture that looks like it could maybe be from Anthropologie but actually isn’t”, then I would have. However, I do like the table and think it’s very reasonable priced.
Z gallerie jett Desk http://louisville.craigslist.org/fuo/3917645056.html $400
How awesome does this look? I feel like if I worked from home I would like to work on this desk. I would change the knobs to something else but other than that I love it.
Curtain Panels http://cincinnati.craigslist.org/for/3913965520.html $70
Antique Love Seat http://cincinnati.craigslist.org/for/3913965520.html $75
$75 is a really good price for such a pretty piece of furniture. The color is kind of blah but with cute pillows it could be the cutest little seating area ever.
Pink Wingback Chair $65 http://louisville.craigslist.org/fuo/3949306609.html
This chair makes me want to sit in it and put on cute makeup, do my hair, and go out on a fancy date.
Crate and Barrel Leaning Shelf, $75, http://louisville.craigslist.org/fuo/3927773828.html
UGHH, so this is one item that I was searching for to put in my master bedroom. Except for I want two of these shelves to put side by side, not one.
Almost got this, I hate the knobs they look so “i love the country and barns and rustic”, I would definitely need to change them. But, the $45 price made me feel like something was wrong with the dresser. It’s probably fine. I may still contact them.
French Provincial Dresser $75 http://louisville.craigslist.org/fuo/3949137703.html
I kind of love it and hate it. New knobs because it looks too shabby chic and I hate that look because I think it’s an excuse to have a bunch of crap painted white in your house and painting mistakes are welcome because hey, it’s just “shabby chic”. no. In the right place this could be beautiful, like a girls nursery, or some room that is not full of this type of furniture.
Ikea yellow night stands, $50, http://louisville.craigslist.org/fuo/3940805194.html
Stylish upcycled dresser, $255, http://louisville.craigslist.org/fuo/3944024448.html
I love the color, but hate the white drawer pulls. The white cheapens in. I’m so stuck up.
“Stunning Dresser” 250 http://louisville.craigslist.org/fuo/3903470121.html
“White Abstract Foot Stool” http://louisville.craigslist.org/fuo/3925594413.html $15
Mid Century Coffee Table $150 http://louisville.craigslist.org/fuo/3935736255.html
I know this was listed as “coffee table” but I think it would be awesome as a media console table.
Posted on July 21, 2013
Really, the only thing I did for this deck was help mike take measurements, give some input on what the shape should be, and paint a really cute flower pot to sit on the deck when it’s finished, and sat inside and looked pretty while Mike and his dad worked 10 hour days in the blazing summer heat. SO, all the thanks go to Mikes dad and to Mike and his super awesome friends and two brothers. none to me. Mostly mikes dad though. He knows everything about building a deck, even has a fancy book about decks and everything.
Here is a before pic:
The concrete landing before:
Removing the concrete:
Hole Auger-ing the ground, 30 inches down:
Concrete forming tubes, then pouring the concrete in
Making sure everything is centered and even:
What our drive way looked like for a couple weeks:
Beams to support the deck:
Inserting joists, Hi Jeff!
spacing out deck boards across the joists
A Fancy over hang. For you know, contrast and interest and depth and all that:
Continuing to cut the boards:
Almost done spacing:
Putting up railing:
How pretty is my pink basket flower pot?
Pretty much finished:
I’ll update it with better finished pics later this summer when I make it all cute and pretty as if im having some fancy dinner party or something.
Posted on July 18, 2013
This weeks theme is “The figure”. Objects for home with figurative details, body parts, and subtle nods to the body and people in general. Or sometimes not subtle at all.
1. Oil Painting by Josh Bronaugh. Josh is one of the very few people that continue to pursue painting even after graduating college. I’m not sure of the exact percentage, but I did read somewhere that a very low percentage of people stop making art after college (me being one of them, I pretty much just do arts and crafts and decorate, but I don’t actually make cohesive paintings or anything.) ugh such a statistic. But anyway, I love his paintings, and especially the one in the grouping above. I also love this painting here, which happens to be of me but I swear that’s not why I love it.
2. Bathing Girl Tea Set, Dutch By Design (this set was designed by Esther Horchner), $ £39.95.
3. Goldtop Porcelin Milk Bottle, Shan Annabelle Vall (London), $35. Doesn’t this remind you of a curvy family getting their photo taken? Except they all are in the form of milk bottles.
4. Mr. and Mrs. Muse Brass Place Card Holder (lips and mustache), Jonathan Adler, $98
5. Cameo Wall Hanging, Horchow, $80 each
6.Muse Candle, Jonathan Adler for Horchow.com, $62.40
7. Dolly Face Egg Cup, Birdie and Wood, $7.25 UK. This is super cute, however, I would not use an egg cup in my kitchen, or anywhere in my life. An egg cup is used to serve a boiled egg, and many people actually collect egg cups. If I were an egg cup collector, or a rich person who would want to serve one egg to each of my guests, then this would be something I would be interested in. But Im’ not, so no. It would be cute as a tea cup though.
8. The Rise And Fall Palmistry Pillow, Urban Outfitters, $34.
9. Spots and Scribbles Tea Towel, Leif, $16.
Posted on July 11, 2013
You know, because this week was Mike’s birthday.
He doesn’t always dress this trashy, we just had a birthday party/fourth of July party for him. so yeah.
This weeks theme is “Birthday”. Bright colors, balloons, festive patterns, happy, frills, confetti.
1. Confetti Rug, WovenGround, $99-619
2. Tag Cups, Generate (unique, modern, global design), $29. These are super cute, although I don’t really know if I would pay $29 dollars for something no one would see. Because I’m pretty sure these are for just baking. Maybe if you were having a dinner party and wanted to serve souffle’s and served them in these cute dishes that you baked them in, then they would be worth getting.
3. Balloons Textiles, By Leah Bartholomew. Would be so cute in a girls room framed as artwork.
4. Trussed Pot, Anthropologie. of course I will take ten of these.
5. Set of Four Mini Happy Spoons, BonTon.com, $15.
6. Balloon Lamp, By Kyouei Design, $2940 JPY, I have no idea what the conversion is.
7. Monsieur Set of Four prints, By Blancucha on Etsy, $75. Also a very cute inexpensive piece of art for a kids room. I like that black is used, it makes it a little edgy and trendy which is awesome because no one wants super baby-ish artwork in a kids room. Unless you do.
8. Numberic Pillow, Home Decorators, $44.
9. Confetti Stemless Wine Glasses set of four, by Twinkkets on Etsy, $40.
Posted on July 6, 2013
I haven’t been to the Peddlers Mall in weeks!! Finally I got a chance to go today, just me and my little guy. We went to the Middle Town Peddlers Mall, the one I always say is the best. Because it is. Which by the way when you bring a baby to the peddlers mall you have to put their carrier in a cart (unless you are super strong or crazy and want to carry it around with you). But anyway, with all those cramped little booths I had to leave the cart (with Ari) in the aisle. My eyes were constantly watching him even though he was literally like two feet away. But still, People kept looking at me as if I didn’t know my own baby was left in the aisle. Move along people!
I found lots of furniture though, and bought none of it!
An ugly Cedar Chest for $98.99. But, with a little love, new fabric, bright paint, and new hardware, this could be super awesome for a bench at the end of the bed. I really want to buy it, why do I always want to buy things but don’t? ugh I should have!
I may have posted this before, but maybe not. I definitely have seen this here before. It’s the Old Man Winter Wooden Chair for $165. Definitely a conversation piece, or for a child a scary piece of furniture that they never want to go near.
Uh yes, I want these tacky green summer chairs so I can sit on my new deck (that is almost finished!), and drink sweet tea and imagine that I’m in Florida. These totally look like they should be at a a condo in Florida. Both tacky chairs AND the cushions AND that glass table, only $89.99. And actually, without that weird green color that looks like it needs pink flamingo cushions sitting in it, it wouldn’t be that tacky. So for three cans of spray paint you could have a cute little table set for like less than $110.
This piece below is really interesting. I would really like it much better if those two drawers weren’t awkwardly attached to the dresser. I almost think it would look really cool with the recessed areas painted white. Or the whole thing painted white. Or none, omg I don’t even know anymore.
I just don’t understand why Mike wouldn’t let me get these chairs. I texted him right away with this picture and price, and he was basically like, “no they are ugly”. whatever. I mean I know they are kind of dated, but for $65 for the whole set of 8 its a steal! These chairs are more durable than anything you could buy right now at target. Plus, you could totally just spray paint them, and then have 8 friends over for a bonfire.
This couch was awesome, not only because it had navy and white stripes, but also because it was in really great condition. Only $129. I really do want this couch but have no where to put it. Please someone go buy it so I can come visit it. I wish my sister and her friends would buy it for their new house. I bet they don’t though! I’ll come visit anyway.
Ahh, this type of thing drives me crazy! Unless you do this smashed up plates thing on something that does not need to be a flat surface, then it doesn’t work! Tell me why someone would think it would be okay to have a rough edgy and even dangerous crafty thing on top of a table. Save this for back splash, or I don’t know, even the outside of your fire place. But not here. If you are into having things you want to sit on a flat table actually be wobbly, then you should go get it and also forget that I offended you. I don’t know the price because it’s so annoying to me that I don’t care.
I thought this could be a cool piece to live outside, you know, to set all your burgers and condiments.
Behind that weird naked boy is this cool island inspired bamboo chair, not sure what you would use it for thought. $18
This was my favorite furniture find today. Like a western movie. I hate western movies, but still. I really want this bench/love seat. I want it more than the other things in this post that I said I wanted. This time I really mean it. I imagine this piece in a bright white hallway with tall ceilings and large charcoal drawings framed with slim lined frames and tons of matte board. It would add such an eclectic traveled touch to the space. I don’t even have that type of hallway so I don’t even know why I still want it. I’m living in some fantasy world I guess. $255.
While these Carved Elephant Tusks aren’t for me, I think they could be for someone. $70 each.
Hollywood Regency-ish furniture. I always love black and gold. $55
and something similar with just a little more oriental flare $39.99
I wish I could think of a way to close this post, but I really can’t right now.
Lauren Dahl is the founder and creative force behind The Dahl House, a weekly blog for design lovin’ mamas, homemakers, and small biz lovers. Art teacher + freelance writer by day, wife/mom always. I believe in circle time, expensive chocolate, good folks, the power of prayer, and creating a well designed live-able home.
Mama to Ari, my wild two year old boy, to Maxwell, my newborn, and wife to Mike. They all always seems to be starving.