Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Foyer Lamp...Ideas?

Since I don't have an Ikea nearby, whenever I go visit my mom in NJ I stop in and pick up whatever strikes me.  During my last trip I bought this map print:

It's the Premiar and I liked it because it's always good to have a map around and plus it was huge and modern and I really liked the colors (real reason for purchase).

I need a lamp to go with it for the foyer table.  I found these all from Crate and Barrel.  Which one should I go with?






 Then there are these pretty milk glass lamps from Pottery Barn:

or some more PB lamps:


This is what I'm leaning towards:

Maybe I should go for a pop of color.   What do you think?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Ugly Betty...So Pretty

I am officially obsessed with Ugly Betty.....the tv show. 
 Photo credit:  American Broadcasting Station

I know I missed the boat with watching it when it was on but I have now seen almost all 84 episodes in a matter of 2 weeks.  I have to get to the end.  My laundry is really piling up!

The set is gorgeous!  Take a peek:

The light blue with the orange and white is just incredible.  Not to mention the beautiful orange chairs.  I know there is a designer out there who knows the name of those chairs.  They are delicious as is the entire room!

This is my favorite set.  It's Wilhelmina's Slater's office.

Oh my!  I could just stare at this all day long.  I love the black chandelier and the commanding off-white office chair behind the glass desk with the white chairs in front of the desk.  And don't get me started on that lounge chair.  And that pop of orange with the phone!  If I sat down on that lounge, I would never want to get up!  Such a clean, modern, yet warm space.  Bravo!

I am especially enamored by a lamp in Willie's office.  You can see it in this shot:

The lamp is on the right.  It has a blue shade and a genie type white glossy base.  When I saw it I knew I had to try to find something similar for my bedroom.

A couple of days ago, something miraculous happened.  I was reading copy cat chic and a similar table lamp was posted for sale via Joss and Main.  I flew over to Joss and Main to pick up my table lamp, but alas, they were sold out.  BUT.....they still had this floor lamp available:

I know it's not an exact replica of Wilhelmina's blue shaded floor lamp, but it's pretty darn close.  The whole idea is to capture the look.  So I now have this lamp.  Again, this is the set lamp:

Photo credit:  ABC

My lamp is still sitting in its box, but I plan on setting it up and showing it soon.  

By the way, that Vanessa Williams (she plays Whilhelmina Slater on Ugly Betty) is as gorgeous as her office!

Off to finish the series!  It is Sunday, after all.  

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Family Room Makeover

I am going to post the details and cost of the kitchen renovation soon.  Promise.

Here are some before and afters of the family room makeover.  There is still lots to do in here
but at least this is a start.  I started with this mood board generously posted on Young House Love.

The walls were yellow and the painted brick and built ins were an off white.  They looked dirty to me.

Here's another angle.

And the view from the kitchen below.  I had an old school TV.  It was so darn heavy and huge.  I was so glad to have it taken away.  My hub wanted to put it somewhere else but I had the TV guys haul it out of there!  It was great to have it out of the house especially when the replacement is so much sleeker.

Okay, so again, this is the before:

And the after:

The bar area before:

And a much whiter and brighter after:

And some more afters.  Please don't mind the little woopie cushion.
 I still have to put something above the TV.  I'm thinking of a white shelf and a couple of white vases or picture frames.

I still have lots to do in here.  That multi colored lamp is gone and I have a blank wall to deal with.  I sold the brown couches on craigslist. 

This is what I basically did:

1. I painted the brick and built ins a crisper white.

2. Changed the hardware on the cabinet doors

3. Painted the ceiling white, the walls BM Ashen Tan and the backs of the book cases BM Beach Glass

4. New white slip covered sectional, new ottoman and new jute rug on top of the wall to wall

5. Painted the cabinets in the bar area and installed hardware to match the built ins

6. The sleek TV and stand.

There's still work to do in here, like lamps, what to put above the TV, and I'm not completely in love with the mirrors on the mantel.  Should I put two of these on the mantel instead?  Or should I plant them above the TV?  Suggestions are always welcome!

Thanks for looking!