Posted by: Pam | April 10, 2009

Anticipation

I may have big news coming tomorrow, but I don’t want to jinx it. It involves an early trip to Leesburg and lots of chippy paint.

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Posted by: Pam | April 10, 2009

On the Shopping List: Vintage Watering Cans

Since the sun is finally shining and DC is in full bloom, I’m feeling inspired to test out my green thumb.  While looking through fabulous container gardening ideas on the Better Homes & Gardens web site, I made a new addition to my running mental shopping checklist – vintage watering cans.

Photos like this one

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…and this one

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…got me thinking how lovely a vintage watering can would look at the foot of my porch with sweet petunias spilling out of the top.  And of course, I’d need to buy a second watering can to actually use!

I also fell in love with this idea for a basket garden.  After all, you can never have enough wicker baskets around the house!

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Posted by: Pam | April 9, 2009

Upcoming Outings

Three things I’m excited about in the near future:

1)  Georgetown Flea Market (Apr. 19)

Although I’ve lived in D.C. for two-plus years, I’ve still never been to the Georgetown Flea Market.  Crazy, I know.  That’s why I have it on my calendar for this month!

2)  Georgetown House Tour (Apr. 25)

I am excited to have the privilege of serving as a volunteer docent at this year’s Georgetown House Tour.  Eleven of the neighborhood’s most beautiful homes will be open to the public to benefit St. John’s Episcopal Church.  Also, and even more exciting, the twelfth house on this year’s tour will be the DC Design House.  Local designers, including one of my personal favorites – Sally Steponkus, will outfit the St. John’s rectory for our viewing pleasure.  Although pictures won’t be permitted on the tour, expect a photo-free recap post at the end of the month.

3)  Lucketts Store’s 10th Annual Spring Antique Market (May 30-31)

I’ve heard great things about Lucketts Store, an antiques goldmine that’s just a quick drive from Washington, D.C.  Their annual antique market, which draws 100+ vendors and all their fabulous wares, just happens to fall on my birthday.  Happy birthday to me!

If you’re going to be at any of these fun events as well, drop me a line!  Happy shopping!

Posted by: Pam | April 8, 2009

The Living Room: My Master Plan

Since posting about my TV unit/mantel plan, Hubby has been entertaining his co-workers with updates on my schemes for the living room.  (Yes, a few sketches have even been scribbled down and tucked in his pocket to use as visual aids.)

As it stands right now, the couch in our living room is situated to grant equal focus to the TV and the fireplace, which are on walls opposite one another.  However, with the couch in this spot, we’ve effectively cut off access to our beautiful bay windows and the dining nook.  Here are the changes I’m envisioning to open the space:

  • Build TV unit/mantelpiece.  (Obviously.)  This will be placed in front of the existing fireplace, which we’ve yet to touch in our 8+ months of living here. 
  • Move the couch and side table to the wall that currently houses the TV.  This will open access to the dining nook.  (Yay!)
  • Replace the Expedit cubbies currently next to our fireplace with a buffet w/hutch.  After all the wedding gifts of  china and serveware, we’re in desperate need of stylish storage.
  • Find a small sideboard or low bookcase to tuck in the empty nook at the base of the stairs.  I’m leaning towards something like this cabinet from Ballard Designs.

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(I hope to have photos of our space up soon.  In  the meantime, just writing out this list should help to motivate me!)

Posted by: Pam | April 7, 2009

One Kings Lane

I’d heard about sites like Gilt Groupe and Rue-la-la for the web-savvy fashionista hunting down a deal. I’m even a member of Shop it to Me myself. (I always look forward to my twice weekly e-mails of beautiful Ann Taylor skirts and J. Crew dresses, all marked-down and ready for me to purchase on my lunch break!)

However, when I read about One Kings Lane, I tapped into a type of e-sclusive retailer I didn’t realize even existed. Founders Susan Feldman and Alison Gelb Pincus have taken the invitation-only online sales site and moved it into the realm of interior design.

From their “About Us” page:

One Kings Lane is an invitation-required, online shopping destination featuring world-renowned home decor brands at exclusive prices (up to 70% off retail). From furniture to flatware, linens to lamps, One Kings Lane offers members privileged access to home furnishings of the highest quality at incredible value.

In addition to amazing deals, our members receive tips and inspiration from celebrated interior designers, event planners, chefs, and other industry experts.

Right now I’m digging the Archipelago candle sets (leaning towards Pear Blossom for spring) and am looking forward the Ann Gish linens set to hit the sales floor tomorrow. If you want to log-in, even just to see the “tips and inspiration,” feel free to use my e-mail address – pamelahughes08@gmail.com – as the member who referred you.

Happy shopping!

Posted by: Pam | April 6, 2009

A Case of the Mondays

I should be working right now.  What am I doing instead, you ask?  Why, drawing mock-ups of my TV cabinet/mantel project, reading blogs and taking online design quizzes, of course!  (Yes, I suppose I have a case of the Mondays.)

 

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If you’re also struggling to keep from watching the seconds tick, here’s a fun, easy style quiz brought to us from our friends across the pond at MyDeco.  Just click through a series of photos, choosing your favorite on each page, wait for the computer to do its magic, and check out your results.   I was really happy with mine, as well as really inspired by the photos themselves.  I haven’t spent much time playing with the site’s other tools, like a mood board builder and an inspiration gallery, but I have a feeling this site may provide me with entertainment for many Mondays to come.

Posted by: Pam | April 6, 2009

The Great TV Debate

Everyone – okay almost everyone has one – a bulky, dark box that when on, brings light, laughter and entertainment.  But what about when it’s off?  A blank TV can suck the energy from the room and draw the eye away from other fabulous focal points, like a stunning light fixture or an elegant mantel.

But what if the elegant mantel were paired with the dark TV?  No, I’m not talking about the dreaded TV-over-the-fireplace look.  I mean what if you framed the television with a gorgeous mantelpiece, a la Kelly Giesen?

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Although the post has received some serious negative feedback, the above Apartment Therapy post has started the wheels turning in my head.  I’m eyeing my own flatscreen and the fabulous mantels available on DC’s Craigslist, wondering if it would be possible to mount a mantel to a flea market cabinet, creating a TV unit that is both beautiful and moveable.  (As much as we love it, Hubby and I can’t stay in this rented apartment forever!)

P.S.  For more delightful interior inspiration, check out Kelly’s design web site.  Divine!

Posted by: Pam | April 6, 2009

Lazy Sunday

{As a rowhouse renter, I have a serious case of porch envy.}
{As a rowhouse apartment renter, I have a serious case of porch envy.}
Posted by: Pam | April 2, 2009

My Style – Condensed

I am truly a sucker for online quizzes, and the decorating style quiz at sproost did not disappoint.  After a quick, fun “love” vs. “hate” analysis of a series of photos, the computer-machine did its thing and spit out the following results:

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I think the results turned out fairly accurately; the sample photo looks much much the way I would like my living room to look in an ideal world.  The creams and greys and that leggy coffee table – divine.

If you take the quiz, I’d love to know how your results turn out and whether they’re as spot-on as mine!

Posted by: Pam | April 2, 2009

Well Hello

Welcome home!  Well, at least welcome to my online home. 

After years of reading shelter blogs religiously and filing away inspirational photos and ideas, I figure it’s time to throw my own hat in the ring.  After all, the ideas I’ve been tucking away have been collecting virtual dust and the undecorated corners of my apartment have been housing dust bunnies of their own.  Perhaps sharing my own progress on making my house a home will keep me more accountable.

As a bit of background, I live in a lovely apartment in Washington, DC’s Capitol Hill neighborhood with my wonderful husband and our furball of joy – a 7-year-old rat terrier.  We currently rent, so all of my decorating strategies have to be landlord-friendly, however, he’s a great landlord who’s been open to my painting and hammering many, many holes in the wall thus far.   My decorating preferences lean toward cottage style and flea market finds, though you probably wouldn’t guess it from the living room full of “transitional” IKEA furnishings that have somehow become more and more permanent in my living room.

The rest, I suppose, I will let unfold.  Enjoy!

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