23:09 – Here’s a sneak peek of what I’m currently working on! The final results will be revealed sometime in February…
10:25 – As I just posted on Facebook, I think I’m starting to get into Shabby Chic, and I’m not entirely sure how I feel about that. I know that typically what comes to mind when one mentions the words “shabby chic” is something along these lines of decor:
Though I’ll never fully embrace such a frilly, girly style as seen above I am convinced that there something very warm and inviting about slipcovered furniture and rescued treasures filling a home. What I’m beginning to like is what I’ll call “modern shabby chic.” Lots of white casual slipcovers, distressed furniture, mismatched dining accouterments, but not so many frills, lace, and needlepoint peonies. I’m picturing something more along these lines:
Anyone else think that this look is making a comeback but with an appreciated freshness?
16:51 – Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh. I’m hyperventilating over here. Lawrdy me oh my, look what I stumbled upon this evening! Remember this amazingly cozy apartment that we all instantly fell in love with? (Two words: sleeping nook.) Well I found MORE pictures of the place and the close ups are even more fabulously than the craptastic ones from Craigslist!
Ahhhh! I want to know where I get into schools! And I want to know if I’ll be going to Boston with Martin and I want this apartment so bad! Please please please, by some random freak of nature incident let this place be available when we need it! (And please please please let me get into a Beantown school!)
For reference here is what I first saw on Craigslist:
10:28 – Boo hoo hooo, this is such a terrible waste of beauty that it makes my heart hurt.
Which is why I love what is shown below so much. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? By definition we have a cultural society because we posses the ability to pass information down from generation to generation. We learn and derive our new ideas from the lessons and mistakes or successes of those who precede us. I enjoy my architecture to be the same way, I can’t enough of the juxtaposition of the old and new construction! I, II, III, IV
*I am going to push myself to make this blog focus a little more strongly on architecture, and that decision is based on two things, one, that I really have a passion for good architecture, and two, I’ve begun to wonder what this blog will look like once I transition into life as a M.ARCH grad student.
I profess this love for architecture but then my Google Reader has hundreds of interior decor blogs and about 10 architecture blogs. I find it difficult to find arch blogs that I enjoy reading because so many of them are about bubble domes, or Japanese houses with one window and one door, or they are about super techie gadgets that I don’t really care about. On the other hand, interior design blogs that feature architecture always show extremely conservative traditional architecture. I can’t seem to find the happy medium blogs by people who love modern architecture but also old, worn, patinaed interior decor. So if I can’t find it, I figure, why not create it? Finding pictures of pretty living rooms is much easier though, it will take a lot more effort on my part to scour the internet for the projects that feature modern arch/old interiors at the same time.
15:07 – Want to know what I can’t hardly wait for? To live in a city where people dress like this:
13:43 – Here’s another tale of a cheapskate (me)! For as long as I can remember Martin and I have been using a nightstand as our foyer table. Sometimes it was the pretty wood one given to me in high school and other times it was the one I trash picked and repainted (three times). The problem with using a nightstand as a foyer table was that it was hideously out of proportion for that particular spot. It drove me NUTS!!! Since I’m not sure exactly what I want in the long run, I was hesitant to spend the money on a random table just to fill the space. But now that the house is going to be put for sale (are you sick of hearing about this yet?) I really wanted the first impression of our home to be a good one. The wimpy disproportioned foyer table was like a thorn in my side.
So I brainstormed…looked on Craigslist…and visited Goodwill…but couldn’t find anything. Then one day while in the shower (does this happen to anyone else?) I had the best of ideas!!! Our third bedroom has been used as a craft room and I had bought a $14.00 round wood table at Goodwill more than a year ago to sew and create on. Since it came with a middle leaf I figured I’d probably be able to separate the table into two separate pieces, and that’s just what I did! A little left over paint that I had in the garage, some sand paper, and two L brackets later I had myself a “new” and free foyer table! And one that was proportioned correctly to the space to boot!
(I wish I had a better “before” photo, but imagine this half of a black table with its other side attached.)
12:32 – There were a few rooms in our house that I never really bothered to decorate myself, having a housemate will cause that ya know, but now that I’ve been getting ready to put the house on the market I needed to stage and fill those rooms, and as inexpensively as possible. Our guest room was one of those rooms! I pieced together the decor from what I had around the house that coordinated but the bed was needing just a little more drama to pull it all together. And I knew exactly what I needed, Euro pillows, the ones that are 26″ x 26″ and commonly pretty darn expensive. Knowing full well that our next place probably won’t have a guest room I didn’t want to invest too much money in this room so I did a bit of brainstorming and came up with an idea! I was going to piece together two standard sized bed pillows, and below (the big orange velvet ones) is what I came up with!
I thought it would be nice to put together a quick set of DIY instructions because it really was a simple project that yielded great results. I apologize for the not-so-great quality photos but they get the job done.
STEP 1: With one of your pillows, cut the pillowcase and the batting inside in half. Remove batting for now. STEP 2: Open up the top seam on one of your other and still intact bed pillows. Remove batting out of that pillow as well and reserve for later. STEP 3: Sew raw edges of the cut in half pillowcase to the raw edges of the top open seam of the full sized pillowcase. This definitely doesn’t have to be pretty, no one is ever going to see it. Make sure to leave a large enough hole to re-stuff your pillow. STEP 4: Using the batting you’ve taken out, re-stuff the pillow. You should be stuffing it with the batting from one full sized pillow and the one of the pieces of batting that you cut in half. Once the pillow is stuffed, stitch the opening closed, again this does not have to be pretty sewing, just get the job done.
STEP 5: Repeat with remaining full sized pillow and the second half sized pillow. STEP 6: Take pictures of your little dog that thinks you’re making these pillows just for her. This will totally re-convince you that you do indeed have the cutest dogs in the world.
STEP 7: Iron and cut out your fabric for the pillowcases. STEP 8: Sew each pillowcase, making sure again to leave a hole to stuff the pillowcase with the pillow. When you are finished with that you’ll have a raw seam as seen above, blind stitch these closed and voila! You have just made two, very inexpensive, euro pillows….or floor pillows, dog beds, seat cushion…or whatever other creative use you can come up with! It would also be very easy and pretty to add trim around the edges but for these I just left them plain.
Here are the finished pillows in their home!
If anyone needs clarification or has any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
9:19 – For the past couple of weeks my entire existence has been wrapped up in getting our house ready to put on the market. Though I love our charming little house, I can’t help but dreaming of our next place (a rental, whew) and I’m thinking someplace cozy, compact, and with a loft!