Monday, October 31, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Mantel update

Thanks for the feedback on my mantel-scape post.  I finally got around to playing around a little more. 

Before (simple and uncluttered for summer):


After 1 (incorporating my grandmother's painting and some Fall elements - this is the version I blogged about - seeking advice on how to achieve a better balance):


After 2 (with a wheat-filled vase on the left side, pinecones to fill in the voids, and a wonderfully lumpy pumpkin we found at the pumpkin patch):


After 3 (testing out a leaf arrangement and scattered leaves):


After 4 (finally, settled on the wheat arrangement and scattered leaves):


And a few gratuitous detail shots at the various stages:




What do you think?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

More etsy pillow love: lopamudra home decor

I found this pillow on etsy by LopaMudra when searching for the Brooklyn living room design plan that I recently posted.  I can't get over these great patterns and the fantastic beadwork offered at such reasonable prices! 





Monday, October 24, 2011

Around town

During our gorgeous fall weekend, I took my four year old on a double-decker bus tour around town. She has been talking about this for ages, and we had a great day together! A few snapshots of our beautiful capitol...












Thursday, October 20, 2011

Busy bee!

Sorry for the light posting this week - work has been keeping me busy!!

Betsy Burnham
Looking forward to getting some rest - and finding time for design!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Out and about: Jonathan Adler boutique

Last weekend in NYC, I had a chance to check out Jonathan Adler's Madison Avenue boutique.  I've always loved his "happy chic" style (and, oh my - check out his line at HSN - there are some serious clearance deals right now, like an 32-piece dinnerware set for under $30!).  Some snapshots from my tour around the shop.









And just a little black/brass entry door eye candy that I passed on my walk...


Happy Monday!

Friday, October 14, 2011

etsy spotlight: sukan pillows

In my search for pillows for the design plan in yesterday's post, I stumbled upon etsy seller, sukan handmade design.  Wow - what a great resource for beautiful, unique pillows that could really give a room an eclectic/collected feel!  Check out some of my favorites (of course, starting with the pillow I selected for the design plan)...








Thursday, October 13, 2011

Design Plan: Brooklyn Living Room

A few weeks ago, I previewed the living room of my good friends in Brooklyn - who are looking to spruce up their space with pillows, color and texture (these are the same friends with the "Brooklyn bohemian bedroom").  I'm so happy to have found the time to put the finishing touches on a design plan for them! This room has fabulous bones... classic furniture, a smashing rug and beautiful views.  I had so much fun picking out accessories for this space and rounding up some cobalt blue accents to punctuate the neutral/black/red color scheme.  I hope they like it!



Pillows on sofa:
lopamudrahomedecor via etsy
West Elm Totem Pillow Cover
Koko Company Magic Hand Pillow

Pillows on red chairs:
Room & Board Tree Pillow
Jonathan Adler Tramp Pillow

Pillow/throw on off-white chair:
sukan via etsy
West Elm Chunky Tassel Throw

On the floor:
West Elm Honeycomb Floor Cushion
Overstock Royal Blue Pouf

Tabletop accessories:
CB2 Rubberwood Tree Set
Capri Blue Jar Candle
Z Gallerie Porcelain Birds

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

More entry/foyer decisions made...

Still not sure exactly when our contractors are starting on the front door project, but I'm at least making progress on getting all the pieces ordered and amassed!

After re-measuring the ceiling height in our foyer, I decided a flush-mount would be our safest bet, even if we can have the fixture centered (I had hoped to use a semi-flush if the fixture is centered, since door clearance would no longer be an issue).  I just don't want my tall friends to have to duck when they come in our house!

I opted for the Robert Abbey Chase Flushmount

And, although I was originally thinking of using a lion knocker, we ultimately chose a simpler design.  I love the scale and weight of this ring knocker from Restoration Hardware - and the price was hard to beat at $35!

Restoration Hardware

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Another sweet surprise!

We got home yesterday evening from a great weekend with family in NY, and I was surprised (by my husband) with this...

Megan Auman
What a coincidence!!  It arrived at our house on Friday- the same day as my post about the designer!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Crafty Bastards: Favorite Vendor - Megan Auman

My favorite stop at the Crafty Bastards fair in Adams Morgan last weekend was Megan Auman's booth.  I just love the simple leaf shapes and the edgy look of the black steel on her perfect everyday necklaces.  Short, long, multi-stranded... they're all gorgeous!