Thursday, April 9, 2015

Loving the Rustic Glam Trend

As I mentioned, I've been on a mad organizing (and, inadvertently, redecorating) spree.  Since most of our focus was on the wedding over the last 2+ years, we've really neglected our house to do list and I'm excited to get back to focusing on it going forward.  We're in this weird place where we're deciding whether it makes sense to sell our house and move on, or continue pouring money into our current house and stay for the long(er) haul.  I lean towards the former and the hubs towards the latter, but either way I'm itching to do some house related things so I'm proceeding as best I can using as little money as possible while we decide.

The inspiration that has been driving my recent efforts is what I like to call the "rustic glam" look.  Mirrored pieces mixed with rustic wood, more modern items pieced together with items that exude character and history, California chic meets European sensibility and tons of texture and mixed metals are calling my name!

This look is more difficult to pull together than it would seem, though, so I'm slowly but surely wrapping my head around getting the look without spending too much or having it come across as hodge podge.  I think the key is having at least 2-3 "hits" of each variety (modern, glam, rustic, etc.) so everything has something play off of but also something to relate to, and having a neutral backdrop to provide the eye a chance to rest.  Here are some images that have been inspiring me:

Mirrored Buffet, Transitional, entrance/foyer, Buckingham Interiors

Neutral living room
via - couldn't find original source, but please share if you know!
 Gorgeous no?  Stay tuned to see how I am trying to achieve this look in our home!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hello Again!

Where does the time go?  Just when I was getting into the blogging thing, life takes a huge turn and then all of a sudden it's almost two years later!

So much has happened since my last post that I wish I would have blogged about it so I could remember it all!  Many changes at work (more aptly put, mass upheaval), some good and bad, but a lot more responsibility came my way and some great travel opportunities to Asia and Europe took a lot of my attention.  Lots of vacations as well - to Ecuador, Thailand, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Turkey and the Maldives - tied me up the times I wasn't traveling for work.  Oh yeah, and the wedding that pretty much sums up my whole 2014! Phew!

But, I'm back.  I've been kind of itching to do something new and different and thinking this could be the creative outlet I originally intended it to be once again.  No promises on posting frequency, topics, projects, etc., just more of an ongoing musing/tracker/online diary to help me organize my thoughts and ideas and keep track of my life.  Hopefully someone is still reading along ;)

Monday, May 6, 2013

New Patio Plans

Life has been hectic over the last few months, but I'm glad there's some normalcy returning to our lives.  Part of that normalcy is more house work - we have grand plans for phase 1 of our backyard renovations this year and it is all very exciting.  As we iron out the nitty gritty on the bigger (not so glamorous) parts of the project (like fence, patio and shed work) my head is spinning with the more fun details that will help make the space feel like an extension of our home.  Here's an idea of where I hope to take our backyard over the coming weeks/months!  I'll be back with some before and progress pictures soon!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Santa Baby...

...I've been an awful good girl...

Holiday Wish List

What's on your holiday wish list this year?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Chez Nous

I'm totally anti Christmas this year, but Esposito decided he wanted to decorate so decorate we did.  Here's a peak of how we brought the festive to our house:

garland, ornaments, apothecary jars and a cloche adorn the dining room

i like my trees to sparkle (with - literally - 1000 lights)

vignettes even made it to the ornaments - a bird and his birdhouse

the stockings were hung with care... and greenery and candles and framed NOEL

sticks in a vase make the perfect card hanging spot... now if only we'd start receiving cards...

a welcome wreath lights up the foyer

my first ever attempt at a seasonal planter... or the planter in general

esposito even got on the roof and hung lights ... only took 4 years and 11 months

it is so pretty to look at all together, i must say
It's feeling mighty festive around these parts.  How do you decorate for the holidays?