Tuesday, August 24, 2010

a lovely home: workspace wall colors

I have been second-guessing my original decision to paint the wall panels in the soon-to-be workspace multiple colors. I think that's a good thing...
I have also been thinking I don't want to go with a pink space. I feel like I'm being disloyal! Blues and greens are just appealing to me so much more at this point. I'm going to paint all three pieces the same color so it will look closer to an installed wall.
I wanted this space for me, but I also want it to feel grown-up and sophisticated. Here are a few color choices I have in mind:

I'm really leaning toward the last one, above. I am planning on going to our Sherwin Williams store and seeing if they have any mis-tints the are close to the color I want so I can save a few buckaroos.
So, what color do you like?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

lovely parties: pancake feast

A while back I mentioned that we would be hosting a house-warming complete with a pancake feast! Well, we did and I have the photos to prove it!

In line for pancakes!

Friends in the kitchen!

A crowded (and happy) living room!

That's me cheesin' it up!
*And notice my ridiculously decked-out pancake! Bananas, whip cream, chocolate chips, chocolate syrup...yumm

Devouring the goods!


Our great friend, Paul!

And, of course, the pretty girl enjoying her very own pancake!

We made 2 boxes of pancake mix and had no left-overs! I think we ended up squeezing about 16 people in our little home, but it was absolutely lovely! We provided toppings galore, including bananas, berries, whip cream, peanut butter, chocolate chips, chocolate syrup and classic maple syrup. I was impressed with the many combinations our friends came up with for a delicious pancake! We also made lots and lots of coffee and had plenty or orange juice.
Now I'm just looking forward to an excuse to do this again. And I'm salivating just thinking about it...

Thursday, August 19, 2010

a lovely wardrobe: modcloth

Lately I have been spending way too much time online looking at clothes I can't have. It is a bit ridiculous, but I can't help it! One of my favorite online shops is ModCloth. It is fairly affordable, super trendy, and they get new items everyday. Anyway, here is a little outfit I put together from my wishlist!

sweet disposition dress $47.99, devoted fallow-ing boot $44.99, mocha in the morning cardigan $29.99, young victoria necklace $24.99

Okay, now that I have that out of my system, no more online window shopping! It's GRE studying for me!

Be lovely, all!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I made my own color palette!

So, I realize this is super lame, but it was fun! And, I like that I figured out how to do this. It is a copy-cat of the features on Color-Collective, but now that I know how the chick does it and how fun it is, I'll probably do it all the time! Like, a nauseating amount of times. I know that usually just one palette is featured, but it was really tricky for me to pick just 5 colors from this photo (from Ruche), so I made 1 palette for each stack of books! heehee =)

What do you think?!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

a lovely home: dresser renovation

Phew! 2 posts today, I am on a roll (or maybe I am just incredibly bored)! As I mentioned in the last blog, I am planning on repurposing an old dresser that was left in our basement by a previous owner. I'm not sure who it belongs to, so I am hoping that the "Finders Keepers" law applies to this situation. I am planning on painting the outside and inside because the inside of the dresser has a moth-ball-like smell. Also, I love the hardware knobs available from Anthropologie, so I will definitely be using a pair or 2 of those! My hubby and I have narrowed down the many color pallets I had picked out to just 4. We like each one and I have found lovely knobs for each pallet. Here they are:
So, here is where you come in: using the numbers in the corner of each palette, vote for your favorite! The primary color (the one in the top of each palette) would be the outside of the dresser, the second color in the palette would be the inside, and the bottom color would be the color of the knob. The voting poll is to the left of the post. Enjoy and be lovely!

a lovely home: workspace colors

After a bit of a hiatus, I am back to the blogging world! Many of the external obligations that were weighing me down have been taken care of and now I finally feel free to work on my workspace and sewing projects again! It's a great feeling. So, I have been preparing to paint-the best part! I have been given 3 wooden panels from a friend's closing shop, and I plan to paint them and put them on the wall frame as a kind of faux wall. Each panel is about 3 feet long, and tall enough to go from floor to ceiling. I would like to have the option to paint both sides of each panel (totaling 6 different surfaces to paint) that way I can pick which colors I want to show at any given moment. But, I don't think I want to use each color, I feel it could get too busy. Here is the lay out I have in mind.

So then, when I turned all 3 to the other side, it would look like this...

And I could do any combination of the 3, like this, for example:

I like that I can have variety, or at least the option for variety. The paint colors are all from Sherwin Williams. The light pink is Pink Moment (SW 6857), the hotter pink is Eros Pink (SW 6860), the green is Humorous Green (SW 6918), and the blue is Waterfall (SW 6750). The black that I have pictured is what I have planned for chalkboard paint. I think it would be really great and productive in an office space and I have wanted an excuse to use chalkboard paint for a very long time. Also, while browsing, I found that magnetic paint is now available. I doubt I'll get any for this project, but isn't that a great idea?!

Coming up: I am planning on re-purposing an old dresser that we found in our basement. It is in need of some new paint, and some new knob-pulls. Don't worry, the ideas are brewing!