Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Just Dreaming

Now that the hand painted wall paper is well under way, I have allowed myself to dream a little about what our bedroom could look like.....if I can buy a few new things!

Here's what I'm dreaming of...

It's calm, serene, and an elegant place of refuge...

The clean lines and elegant hardware of this Niche dresser from West Elm has held my attention and made me drool for over a year now! It's timeless and I know it's well made. It's a little late to ask Santa isn't it? I guess there's always next year....boooo!

AND I'm already tired of the suzanni headboard that I did last spring! I'm ridiculous! I figure a neutral linen headboard with nail head trim would be the perfect neutral backdrop for easily changed patterned pillows and bedding. It's so much less work to change a few pillows than to recover a headboard every year! 

I'm also liking purples with the blue walls and might throw in a few touches...

pillow by Ivie Made on Etsy

Just a touch of color among some lux neutrals would be dreamy!

Thanks for stopping by and dreaming a little dream with me!

Saturday, December 24, 2011


Merry Christmas everyone!!!

It's Christmas Eve and I'm in my PJ's and I am NOT getting out of them!!

But it's ok.....you see, a few years ago, when my daughter was a teeny tiny baby, I accidentally started a new tradition by showing up at my Mom and Dad's house in my pajamas. I was tired and my clothes didn't fit after just having a baby, you know what I mean fellow Mommies, so I decided that dressing up just to go over to my Mom and Dad's house to eat and open presents was the stupidest thing ever!! 

Everyone made fun of me and my pink plaid pants and cable knit slippers....."Nice pants!" and "Gee, don't get all fancy just for us Kelle"....it went on, but after everyone ate too much and their pants were all too tight, and I was all comfy, I didn't hesitate to say "Who's laughin now suckas??" (yeah I'm real classy like that)

The moral of the story:  it's now a requirement to wear pajamas on Christmas Eve, the more ridiculous the better, or you're not welcome at Chuck and Denise's house!

Some Ralphie pajamas might be taking it a little far...

BUT I will take that leg lamp!!

ALL of these from Victoria's Secret fit the bill....

How about a union suit.....

I love this combo with plaid shorts!!

and I just need these....or else....

My next move towards a new tradition is ordering pizza. You know some years you wish you could ditch all the cooking and skip the task of cleaning it all up!!

Do you have any silly traditions? AND do I dare ask what you would change if you could??

Saturday, December 17, 2011


The sun finally came out and shined it's pretty face on us for a little bit the other day! 

That means I finally had the opportunity to take better pics of my hand painted Moroccan Marrakesh trellis wallpaper....

Here's a recap of this project for those who missed my first post.....last year!!

I found the template for the design on Emily Jones' website: Jones Design Company. You can download the template HERE.

You trace the template many MANY many times. Until you feel your eyes crossing and you have visions of Moroccan tiles dancing around your head. Yep. It drives you a little crazy!

BUT you will eventually have a wall covered in some fabulous Marrakesh! 

Only 1.5 walls to go and I'll be able to say "Hoooooooray!! I'm done!! AND I'm NEVER doing that to myself ever again!!!"

Until then....wish me patience :) 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Happiness Project

It's #1 on the New York Times best seller list and I happened to pick up a copy a few weeks ago at the airport while waiting for a flight to Vegas. Why would I? Honestly, I don't know. Maybe the cover is pretty, or maybe it's because I know I can be happier, or maybe because I just like to learn about myself and life. It doesn't matter. What does matter is that it's a great book and it's making me get stuff done!!

The Author, Gretchen Rubin, lists her own 12 Commandments that she lives by, and one of those commandments is "Do what ought to be done". Nothing gets in the way of happiness like nagging tasks that hang around in the back of your head and make you feel guilty for not finishing them! 

It's like those unfinished tasks are the blocks at the base of a pyramid. Everyday life gives you plenty of blocks to deal with and if you have too many blocks already started at the base of the pyramid then you're that much closer to that block at the top that is gonna send you over the edge! Once you're there....it's just too late! Before you even realize what's going on, you've already bit everyone's heads off and eaten an entire bag of cheetos!!! That does not equal happiness!!

One such nagging task of mine was this:

the hand painted design for the walls in our bedroom (and unpainted trim)....it's been a year!! Probably more than a year!! Every day I wake up and this project is staring me in the FACE, taunting me!!! NOT a good way to start a happy day!! So, I made the decision to just do what ought to be done!

It took about two days, and an entire bag of cheetos, but I finished this wall!!! 

Here is a crappy picture:

There just isn't any natural light this week! It's gloomy times ten! I'm going to do another post of our room once the walls are completely finished and once there is some sunlight. I need some portfolio worthy shots! 

I still have the wall behind our bed to complete, but now that I've got the process down, it should be a snap!  I've gotta keep the momentum going even if the wall to be finished is behind the bed and won't be staring me in the face every morning.

Speaking of nagging tasks, remember this unfinished project....???

It was another task in the back of my head driving me crazy!

So, I finally put together my own version of a dry erase board. It's a frame from Goodwill that I sprayed white and a piece of plain white mat board with black ribbon to create the columns. The mat board is behind glass and I just use window markers to write down all the projects.  

It feels awesome to check items off the list!! 

I had an empty space at the end of the board...and then my daughter started hanging up her artwork in this very lovely spot. Sometimes she adds the perfect touch!

Another thing checked off the list and one less nagging task bringing me down!! 

There are a few more tasks on the list at the moment but the most exciting ones for me are:

The vine that needs to be turned into a lamp......

like this....

AND the fabulous chair that needs it's legs and a pretty skirt....

I'm so over this hanky look already and I'm wanting a simple box pleated skirt.  It will make for a timeless classic that can be spiffed up with a hanky pillow or some other "easily removable and changeable" accessory.

I have my work cut out for me! 

If you are wondering about this Happiness Project, I say buy the book! It never hurts to try to be happier, although, I will admit that much like dieting and exercising, it is always harder to actually apply the knowledge, but people are always saying that everything worth doing is probably going to be hard.

I'll keep you all posted on my progress and if you want to learn more about The Happiness Project, the author has a great blog. Just click : The Happiness Project

Friday, December 9, 2011

Get Your Holiday Frock On!!!

You know what's perfect for lots of Holiday eating and drinking???

A moo-moo!!! 
Think of all the room you'll have to stuff in some extra pie and ice cream!! They're genius!!! They hide your full tummy and expose your skinny parts!!

Some people refer to moo-moo's as hostess gowns. I don't care what you call them, I just know I'm making me one! 

You can get yourself one of these at Society Social....

Or you can make one in a snap! McCalls has a very similar pattern...number 5855 to be exact...but you probably don't even need one if you're a handy sewer. I will also be making a shorter version for summer time!! You'll have to stay tuned for that! 

And I need a pair of these....

 or these.....
From Zara

You can even change out the belt when ever you feel like it!!

Also from Zara

and then you need a super bling-y hostess ring!!! I want ALL of these!!! From HERE.....HINT HINT!!!

sometimes you gotta spell it out for them!! 

Then I need one of these...

from J.Crew.

AND I would take ANY of these...

also from J.Crew.

AND a clutch of course....

AND last but not least, I'm gonna load myself up one of these....

....BRING it Holidays!! I'm ready!!

What are you gonna wear??

Monday, December 5, 2011

My Kind of Tree!!

I confess. 

I was NOT in the mood to decorate for the Holidays this year. For some reason I just couldn't get into it and I refuse to do things that I'm just not feeling because I know that whatever I'm attempting to work on, just won't come out right.

And then the leopard print ribbon happened!! 

I was at Steins standing near the ribbon with my daughter and my Mom while they happily and excitedly looked at holiday decor. I was bored.....and then the leopard ribbon said to me, "Psssst!! Kelle....wouldn't I be a fun and sassy touch for your boring tree???"

"Hmmmm.....depends on how much you cost. What kind of a deal are we talkin?"

It said "I'm 20% off and I'm already on CLEARANCE!!" 

"Say WHAAAT?!?"

I looked around as if there would be a sudden swarm of leopard print ribbon lovers and hurriedly swept up three rolls!! They were only $4.50 for a 10ft roll!!

I think I'm one step closer to my dream tree!!!

Barbie really knows how to decorate a tree! Why not pull out some of your fancy shoes from the closet and use them as ornaments?!? You might think that's just totally insane, but you know what?? Barbie would.

I love the combo with my hand painted Indian ornaments

Especially with this pink one!

I'm not showing the whole tree because I can't find our tree skirt AND because my daughter keeps "decorating" the lower half of the tree! :) I just found one of her headbands on a branch this morning....no one knows what could be next! Maybe some real Barbies that will most likely be naked or wearing their clothes backwards.

So there you have it....a Kelle Dame kind of tree! All I need now are some more Barbie ornaments, some vintage pink ornaments, and some pearly white lights and maybe some fancy old spoons and chandelier crystals!! Now I'm getting in the spirit!!

Were you feeling the Holiday decorating "meh's" or were you more than excited?

I'll keep you posted if I have any other conversations with ribbon or other craft supplies.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hidden Talent is Not So Hidden

The best part about what I do is getting to meet some really interesting and talented people.

Sometimes,  I am aware of a person's hobby or career but I never really get to see exactly what they do. Other times, I do get to see what they do......and I am pleasantly surprised........
....amazed even....

Meet my friend Duke. 

.... a local artist that has recently won my affections.
His real name is Richard Kruse, but everyone calls him Duke.

I met Duke one Tuesday evening while working at ArtWorks in downtown Kenosha. Tuesday evenings are pretty important to Duke. Not only because he might run into me and I might giggle at him, but because it's the night he gets together with other local friends and artists for figuring drawing class in the basement studio gallery at ArtWorks.

My favorite piece by the Duke.....

It's the colors, the shadows, the way her hair is blowing. I can almost smell the summer air.

The funny thing is, even though Duke has been around for 88 years and coming to ArtWorks for figure drawing classes for over 3 years, not many people were aware of his tremendous body of work, and not many people outside of his own family were aware of how magnificent his work really is.

That all changed last month after Duke had a solo showing at the ArtWorks gallery. The show featured the majority of his entire life's work including paintings, drawing, prints, and sculptures.

Duke paints in such a way that at first glance you would swear they are done in pastels.

This piece titled "Black Bear" immediately brought to mind the last issue of Elle Decor.....it would look amazing anywhere, but especially in an environment such as this....

 I love the contrast and the shadows in these two pieces!


Another piece I am dying for.....

The red sweater and the red fingernails....so me!

One piece that sold very quickly......

It's his sassy humor that gets me!

Love the colors in his prints.....

A lino print titled, "Lost in Thought" also sold.

And the pieces my husband and I purchased from the show.....

"A Polish Princess"


"Love That Tie!!" because I'm such a sucker for bow ties! This piece will find it's home in my front living room that will hopefully look similar to this one by the time I'm finished with it.........

I would love to own more pieces and someday I most certainly will.

I hope all of these pieces find a beautiful home and I hope I can help at least a couple of them find new homes with my clients! It was a little baffling to us all that such a great artist has been right under our nose!!

I hope I have inspired you to go in search of the hidden talent in your neck of the woods!