Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Little Progress...

We have made a little progress with the message center....

Last Thursday night, I came home from working on the frame shop and the Mr. and the little Miss were hanging this up for me!! I thought it would take weeks for the Mr. to get around to hanging it!!

The Mr. even started putting the mail in it!! Miracles do happen! 

Don't let me fool you....I'm actually the one that keeps forgetting to use it! I'm still plopping the mail down on the kitchen counter...then only minutes later, after I forget that I'm the one that just plopped down the mail, I get all upset at this "lazy person" who doesn't remember to put things away!!! I'm ridiculous!!

I'm still undecided on the design for the background (thinking black stripes or a suzanni pattern) and I'm still looking for a calendar that fits the bill. A removable, nice looking, dry erase version, will probably win. 

Now, I just have to find the perfect one!

I'm hoping to get this all finished up this week! 

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!! I can't even believe it's Tuesday!! Even more, I can't even believe it's warm outside!!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Update: Ikea Hack

Some inspiration for my Ikea hack...

image via Traditional Home


above from Anthropologie

Is it bad when the hardware costs more than the furniture ??

Simple and elegant from Restoration Hardware.

Not bad from Urban Outfitters.

The more simple, the better. The fancy ones that cost more, could work on the first drawer, and more simple and inexpensive ones could work on the other two drawers. 

We'll see. I'm STILL working on these, but I can't stop myself from dreaming about the hardware.

Hope you're all having a fabulous weekend!! Next week, I will have more to share on the message center and the Ikea hacks!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Here's some Wednesday randomness...

I LOVED this living space in the last issue of House Beautiful....

By Markham Roberts Design. 

The herringbone walls, leather and canvas pendant, the old brick fireplace with the crisp white surround, the deep chartreuse on the George Smith chaise, the in-laid tray atop the tailored ottoman, and did I even mention the tortoise shell mirror frame???? Gasp!!

I never tire of tortoise!! It always brings about fond memories of...

my first boyfriend. The REAL superman!! 

This space is also the perfect balance of masculine and feminine. Each masculine detail is perfectly balanced with a silky, plush, and elegantly feminine detail. I would never tire of such a rich setting with pops of chartreuse! Couldn't you spend hours reading in this room?

In other news, my message center is coming along. My hubby even built me a mail sorter out of the plywood scraps!!! I based my design off of one from PB that costs over $45! 

So far, the running total for the message center is $66. That includes the large frame, the plywood backing, and the mail sorter. 

The supervisor helped me prime and paint the backing...

Now I'm deciding what the other sections will include and what the design for the backing will be. The options are endless!! 

Happy Wednesday!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

One BIG reno...

I have been helping my in-laws with the renovations of their entire first floor. This project includes the front entry, the kitchen, the powder room, and the family room. It's the largest budget and the largest project in my portfolio so far. 

It has been a tremendous help that my MIL is the queen of organization! Yes, she is even miles ahead of me!!

She has really orchestrated this whole thing and I've been "supervising" the design decisions. 

I thought you would all enjoy seeing some of the progress in the kitchen. This was the kitchen before everything went bye bye...

Notice the linoleum.

All gone!! Now it's time for the new to come in!!

They went with solid maple cabinets that have a white canvas glaze. Hmmm...they sure do look an awful lot like my new cabinets.

You can kind of see the new hardwood floors along the edges. 

I love complete overhauls! This is all I have for now...just wait till you see the rest!!

Next, some progress will be made in the powder room! 

Hope you're all having a great week!

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Good Stuff

A little while back, I made a decision to start giving myself "the good stuff". The "good stuff" is not just limited to items, but people and connections too. 

What brought this about: One night, while going through all my stuff in preparation for my yearly garage sale, I realized that most of my clothes and shoes were cheap,"quick fix" purchases, that didn't even keep me excited for more than 5 minutes. 

You know what I'm talking about right??

This is the perfect scenario that took me a good 10 years to figure out: 

I used to go to Old Navy (still do) all the time, because they have the great deals and discounts and perks for cardholders. Then, after getting anything and everything I wanted there, without taking into consideration the quality or lasting pleasure of my purchases, I would meander on over to J.Crew and Banana Republic, where I would most certainly find a beautifully classic piece that costs WAY more than my other impulse purchases. Their stuff usually costs more because it's NOT made of polyester, but a nice linen or super 100's wool!!! You know the difference...polyester feels a bit like "meh" and super 100's wool, feels like butta!!!

Anyway, I would then get irritated with myself for spending all my money on pieces that were "ok" and easy on my wallet, instead of holding out for the good stuff. 

Not Anymore!

This girl finally got some smarts! 

It also helps that an awesome new consignment shop just opened up in downtown Kenosha!!! 

It's called Coco's Attique and it's completely fabulous!!

That would be Coco sitting so pretty on that fabulous chair! She lovingly greets each customer that walks through the door.

The owners, Sherry and Pat, are sweet and genuine, and so fun to hang out with!!! Their motto, "every woman deserves great clothing" And they are SO right!!! Consignment shops make those wise, great quality purchases, even more possible! They also keep fellow consignors rotating their clothes and sharing the "good stuff" with everyone else. 

Here's a thought that my "green" husband would appreciate, "consignment shops save gas!!" 
In order to have access to all the designers and brand names that you'll find in one consignment shop, you would have to travel to many different places, thereby spending money on gas, instead of fabulous things!! 
It's remedial, really.

Here a couple of my purchases....

The perfect little black dress!!
It was sitting there, waiting just for me!!! It was under $30!!

Very Audrey isn't it? I could wear this little lady every day!! The official KD uniform if you will!

A unique skirt by Aquarius that cost $16!! 

The other thing about shopping at consignment shops is that it feels more like treasure hunting! I find myself more willing to take risks and more willing to buy things that I otherwise wouldn't because of the "find" factor.

The moral of the story: If you're in the Kenosha area...stop in and go hunting! Sherry and Pat are fun gals and Coco will love to say hi! 

If you're not in the area, then find a consignment shop near you and support a local. You may even be able to put some of your things on consignment and make a few bucks. 

Most importantly, hold out for the good stuff! Not just good clothes and shoes, but the good stuff in every area of your life! Good people, good food, good times. You deserve it. If you don't make it a priority, no one else will.

Sunday, May 22, 2011


I'm sure you all remember my painted wallpaper...

I was working on this wall again the other night and I somehow messed up my tracing! Before I noticed that I was getting off track, it was too late.  My pencil lines do not erase, so guess who is repainting the wall now??

Starting over. Well, not entirely, but practically. 

This project has certainly been an exercise in patience, persistence, and determination!

At least one wall is done!!

I promise I won't give up and hopefully it will get done this century. 
In fact, I'm off to work on it right now!! Wish me luck!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

It's Like Tiffany's

It's all for a place where me and things go together. A storefront of sorts, that expresses my design aesthetic and provides a common ground for the other lovers of "home" out there. 

You know, like Miss Audrey and Tiffany's.

Holly Golightly: You know those days when you get the mean reds? 

Paul Varjack: The mean reds, you mean like the blues?

Holly Golightly: No. The blues are because you're getting fat and maybe it's been raining too long, you're just sad that's all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you're afraid and you don't know what you're afraid of.  Do you ever get that feeling? 

Paul Varjack: Sure.

Holly Golightly: Well, when I get it the only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany's. Calms me down right away.  The quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could ever happen to you there, not with those kind men in their nice suits, and that lovely smell of silver and alligator wallets.  If I could find a real-life place that'd make me feel like Tiffany's, then - then I'd buy some furniture and give the cat a name. 

It could be a consignment spot, an online store, who even knows, but it's creation is necessary. Sharing my passions is what keeps me as light as a souffle. Being limited to the internet is rather isolating. Nothing quite compares to experiencing the excitement when a customer finds something that they really love. Sometimes, it's like they have found their Tiffany's.

My friend Tori has successfully created her Tiffany's and the people who "get it" feel the connection right away.  It's indescribable.  I know that most customers won't get it, but for the few who do, it's worth it. 

Now if only patience and I could be friends!! 

Thank you for all of your love and support! The blog world is what started this whole dream and the support of all your kind souls is what makes me feel that it's possible.

Monday, May 16, 2011

For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. 
For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. 
For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it. 
~ Ivan Panin

I'm gearing up for some new things because I can't NOT do them anymore....I'm just not quite sure how they're gonna happen.....so I'll be looking a lot like Miss Audrey in that first image for awhile. Let's hope that I won't create any permanent furls in my brow!! 

P.S. I need some fabulous ear plugs!!

found this on the Mimi + Meg blog, HERE

Thank you all for your love and support!! You're the BEST!!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Famous Ikea Hacks

You all have seen them explode over blog land...

the famous Rast dresser hack jobs...

image via Design Sponge

image via AubreyandLindsay.blogspot.com

This dresser could easily be another hack...I'm not sure if it is....

image via Centsational Girl

image via LiveLikeYou Dorothy Draper Design

It shouldn't come as a surprise that I will be creating my own version. 2 of them.

You see, I need more storage in my fabulous Audrey room for all of my supplies, but I still need the room to look like a guest bedroom.

While the pedestal tables are beautiful, they just aren't functional. The Ikea dressers are a perfect fit because they are actually "ok" quality (solid wood but with a flimsy backing) and can be customized to my liking. The total cost for two completed dressers will be somewhere around $90. 

I'm not sure who started this whole Ikea hack thing, but I love them for their genius! I wouldn't have thought of this on my own. In fact, I'm nearly certain that I would have gone down a much more complicated road that would have involved purchasing more supplies and inhaling more fumes than necessary.

I can't wait to get started on them!! They're in my basement waiting...

Friday, May 13, 2011

Update: What's a Girl To Do...

I'm on quite the black door kick, aren't I??

Here's a little before and after....

Just this one little change has made a big difference and the black doors seem like they were always meant to be.

 There are many more changes to come, but thought I would share the one small thing we've accomplished. Well, almost accomplished...they need another coat.

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!! 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Mr. Eddie Ross

I love the simple and elegant ways of Mr. Eddie Ross....


These special objects are perfectly on display instead of stashed away....

I love ALL this pink!!! WHERE is the client that loves this pink as much as I do???

Who woulda thunk to put the silverware on top of the book??? Eddie that's who!! This idea would have only come to me by accident.

This space is the perfect combination of masculine and feminine. The likes of both can certainly live here happily ever after! 

I found these images to be incredibly inspiring and now I'm craving some special things to incorporate into someones space in such an elegant, classic fashion. Thanks Eddie!! 
You can check out his site HERE

Hope you're all having a fabulous week! 

Monday, May 9, 2011

Message Centers

Happy Monday!!

After being spoiled rotten all weekend, I'm not so sure that I'm ready for it to be Monday. 
I hope you all had a beautious Mother's Day!!! 

One of my gifts (which still isn't done, but that's ok) was a message center for our kitchen. 

So far, I have the frame and the design, now I'm just waiting for the hubby to put in the plywood. He has a deadline to meet or else I will be outsourcing his job!

Here are my inspiration images:

image via PB Teen

image via Apartmentherapy

image via Pottery Barn

Here's where it's gonna go....

on the side of the pantry cabinet. Usually there would be a decorative end panel attached the cabinet, but we saved a few dollars on our kitchen reno by leaving it out. Now I can do something completely custom that will function in more ways than just one.

I want it to look clean and organized and to flow with the rest of the hallway. 

I will be breaking it up into three different parts. 

1. A French Bulletin Board for anything pretty and inspiring or random...

like a crayon that might warn the family of my mood for the day...this particular day was unmellow yellow...we were renovating....long story..

2. A calendar since I never know what day it is!!

image via Martha Stewart.com

3. A place for charts to keep track of the little ladies potty training progress. 

While this is cute...it's just not working for me. You know how I like to complicate things!

I can't wait to get it finished!!! 

Hope you're all getting a good start to the week!