Thursday, May 19, 2011

Royal Designer

Just when you thought news about the Royal couple was fading off, I go and bring them up again.  I apologize.  When I heard that they were going to be spending their first couple years living in the country, I admit I got very curious as to what their house is like.  Aren't Royals supposed to live in Palaces?  Well after some digging around, I found the name of the designer hired to give their farmhouse a contemporary twist.  His name is Kenneth Bordewick and he is a Beverly Hills designer in the U.S.  His website boasts many important clients and his style is definitely over the top.  Would you say fit for a queen?

{all images from Kenneth Bordewick Interior Designs}

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Purdy Please!

I'll take one of these please!  

Selling on Craigslist

I don't consider myself an expert, by any means, on reselling things on Craigslist but I have definitely sold my share.  I like to try and do the whole "one thing in, one thing out" rule.  It's also a great way to make a little money to put towards re-decorating which is exactly what I'm doing.  I sold this ugly oversized, overstuffed chair today which I wish I could claim was my husbands before we got married, but it wasn't.  What was I thinking!?  This led me to put together a post of hints I have learned along the way to sell successfully on Craigslist.

  • Take Good Pics
    • As a buyer, I don't even look at posts without pictures.  I have found it is very important to include a good picture of exactly what you are selling.
  • Include Measurements
    • If you're selling furniture make sure to include height, depth and width.
  • Price Right
    • Do your research and see what similar items are listed for.
  • Be Safe!
    • Schedule viewings and pickups when someone else is home with you.
  • Clean it Up
    • Whether its dusting a coffee table or vacuuming a sofa, clean it.  It may make you a little more money.
  • Beware of Spammers
    • I have learned that some people will respond to your ad only to get your email address when you respond back so that they can then spam you.  Usually these people will be very vague in their correspondence or may even be asking about the wrong listing.  Also, of course don't respond to people asking if they can pay with money order.

Sorry for the wordy post but I hope this helps!  Feel free to leave more suggestions if you have them.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Birthday Weekend

So yes it was my birthday Friday and it may or may not be my last year of my twenties, *sniff*.  I'll get over it.  My hubby surprised me with a horseback riding lesson Friday afternoon and wow! was it a great time.  I took lessons as a kid but never owned a horse and have always wanted to pick back up the hobby.  My husband has put back together one too many faces from horseback riding accidents so I never thought he would encourage it but he's a good one and he supports me in anything I do.  (He did say that I now have to let him go skydiving!)  I already have another lesson planned for Wednesday and this time I will take pics!

Since said husband worked a 24 hour shift this weekend, I kept myself busy by trying to hunt down the perfect chair to re-do.  I'm looking for something mid century with clean lines that I can reupholster.   There is lots of options on ebay but I have yet to pull the trigger.  I'd show you what I have my eye on but ebay doesn't seem to let me save the images?? Anyways my search also led me to my first thrift store adventure. They didn't have a whole lot of furniture but still some pretties none the less.

How cute is this chair!  Love the tufting.

 Don't believe it was milk glass as it had no stamp on the bottom but would still make a very cute vase.

Would look pretty on a dresser with perfumes.

Would have bought these pretty tumblers but the set only contained 3.  Hard to tell with the poor picture but it was a pretty silver etching on the glass.

**All pics were taken with my blackberry.  Lesson learned, next time bring a camera.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Blogger Blues?

Hmm, trying to figure out what is going on with blogger.  Somehow my post about the pendant lights was removed.  Anyone have any ideas as to what is the problem with Blogger?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Pendant Lights

It must seem like I talk about HGTV a lot but I really get a lot of inspiration from their various shows.  I was watching a rerun of Dear Genevieve the other day and she was on the hunt for an appropriate light for the clients dining room.  She ultimately decided on a handmade pendant light made by a woman I assumed was in the New York area as her show films in NYC.  After various google searches I tracked down the maker of the light. Turns out her name is Sarah Foote from Brooklyn.  She has been making one of a kind lights for 10 years and they are absolutely gorgeous!  Go check out her website, to see some of the awesomeness! 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

House arrest

My allergies have been so terrible around these parts that I have practically confined myself to my apartment.  Allergy medicine makes me a walking zombie so I elect to suffer instead.  The pollen count is so high that my black car has a distinctive greenish tint.   For now I'll have to settle for looking at flowers via a computer screen.

{all images via my pinterest}