Monday, August 18, 2014

Cremone Bolts, Pom-poms, and Monogrammed Everything!

The top three things that are going to be used in abundance in the new house....
..just because they make me giddy.
Like a little girl with new sparkly shoes kind of giddy!

Since the main topic of this blog for the next year or so will be about building a house, and the things you should do and should NOT do, I think it is important to focus on the things that are definite DO'S.
Not just relating to the building process, but to the decorating process as well.

My DO list is pretty long.....

1. DO hardwood floors instead of carpet.
 Carpeting in the new house will be kept to a minimum. Mostly because I just can't stand it.
I could probably tolerate some leopard print like this Glen Eden wool carpeting:

I even like the Antelope version:

I think I can hear my Mother cringing.

2. DO try to find interesting hardware instead of using all the same throughout the house.
It's how to achieve a look that is personal and filled with character right off the bat.

I'm collecting as I go to flea markets and vintage shops.

3. DO dream about your future pretties.

It's all in the details and it's never too early to start daydreaming or collecting them.
They can make the unexpected hurdles and bumps in the road much easier to deal with.

Take a look at the hardware on the cabinets below:

image via Amber Interior Design:
That zebra/tiger backdrop is sooo gonna happen!

That mean looking hardware is called a Cremone Bolt.

I know, I was like, "Cre-ah-mone-what-ah?? THAT is what those things are called?!?!"

I was walking around describing them as those long rods that when you turn the knob it makes that cool click-y sound and the rods go up and down. No one knew what I was talking about.

Well, I am going to retrace my pre-Cremone education days and tell some people what's up.

It'll go a little like this:

"I would like to see your selection of Cremone Bolts. You know, that classic element of French architecture, which gets it's name from the fact that it was created in the Cremone region of Northern Italy in the 18th Century."

They'll be all "Day-um! You can have these for freezeez, girl!"

That's how it will go down.

Anyway, be prepared to see some Cremone bolts. Like all over the place.

Another little pretty that I am very much looking forward to is pom-poms....

even some BIG pom-poms.....

Last February we went to New Orleans and  I spent a little too much money on some pom-pom napkins....

just cuz. I couldn't help it!

I would even put them on my sun hat...

Expect to see pom-poms on most of the new drapes...

My seamstress, Momma O, is gonna be up to her nose in pom-poms all winter!

Even Bailey's new bed can have pom-poms!!

I found a headboard just like that one at the flea this year for $15! I can't even wait to paint it!

 4. DO Monogram some things for the new house!
As a little gift to yourself that you can open on move in day.

Especially gold or silver metallic monograms!

Mark and Graham is one of my favorite places to get monogrammed goods.
Their packaging is superb and I have been known to reuse their boxes as decor.
Packaging is a huge selling point for me....I am such a gullible consumer!

Now don't be surprised when you come to the new house and see pom-poms, cheetah print, and monograms all over the place. I warned you.


  1. Love anything monogrammed and every room needs just a little animal! Love all your ideas!!

  2. I like the idea of giving yourself a monogrammed gift (I have given the monogrammed linen napkins as a gift from Mark and Graham before). AND I put pomp poms on my daughter's curtains…nice touch. Thanks for the education on Cremone bolts -- LOVE, better build them into the budget asap. :)

  3. Love the pom-poms on the drapes :)


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