Archive | May, 2011

Drawn from Memory

26 May

I did this drawing quickly one evening recently. I was reliving how fantastic it was seeing Cherry Jones in Mrs. Warren’s Profession in October (I’ve gushed about it previously.), and I felt the need to create a visual memory of it. Besides the brilliant acting, I was entranced by the gorgeous costumes. This was one of my favorites.

If you want to see some more behind-the-scenes images of the production of the play, go here. I loved seeing how Cherry got into the many layers of her period dresses, applied her stage makeup, and put on those phenomenal wigs and hats!


A Little Master Update

25 May

One of the things on the master bedroom to-do list (mentioned at the bottom of this post) was to find matching white lamps to replace the mismatched set on our bedside tables.

And I did. I purchased two of these milk glass lamps in white. I love milk glass—the translucent quality of the glass, the colors, the delicacy—so I was naturally drawn to these. They provide a much-needed contrast to the dark wood and straight lines of the furniture and the crimson bedding. (By the way, I was keeping it real in these photos. This is normally how our bedside tables look with books, keys, remotes, and an alarm clock in full view.)

Here’s a couple close-ups. The lamp shade is a great shape and material too.

I was in no way compensated for this review. I generally like the product I purchased and wanted to share my fab find.

Birmingham City Guide

24 May

I recently wrote a city guide for Design Sponge highlighting Birmingham’s best restaurants, coffee shops, home stores, historical sites, and a variety of other spots. You can check it out here, and then come for a visit, y’all!

New Etsy Shop

20 May

Since getting married, I’ve rebranded my illustration business and moved my etsy shop to a new location. I went from this:

to this:

I’ve added a number of prints that haven’t previously been available, including prints of the Eiffel Tower, Odd Man Out, and A Baker’s Kitchen, so please do stop by and take a look.

You can also see some samples of my work, including some custom pieces, on my Portfolio page.

The Search Has Ended

19 May

Like clothes, I often get a particular idea in my head of what I want for home-related things, and then the search ensues. Y’all can relate, yes?

For the past two years (maybe longer—this might sound a tad familiar), I’ve been on the hunt for seat cushions for the kitchen chairs. I didn’t have anything really specific in mind, just a general set of criteria. I wanted affordable seat cushions with a white background (not cream, ivory, or off-white, but white) with a graphic pattern in greens, yellows, and maybe some blues and reds, and nothing floral. That doesn’t seem that hard, right? Well, clearly I was wrong. And even though I really didn’t want to make these seat cushions into a sewing project, I looked for fabric too, and nothing felt quite right.

Enter World Market. I’d searched there numerous times before but then saw these:

They were close to what I had in mind and fulfilled a number of the criteria I’d set out at the beginning of the search. I debated back and forth about whether to buy them since they weren’t quite right and then bit the bullet because I am very particular, and I realized at the rate I was going, we might not ever get seat cushions. So here they are.

I really like them. They’re not exactly what I’d envisioned, but I rarely ever find a duplicate of the imaginary image. I’m considering this case closed.

While I was at World Market, I also saw this rug for $8.99 (which doesn’t appear to be sold online).

I’d recently been thinking that the existing one in the kitchen (on the left below) might need to be replaced since it was looking a little tired, so I got it. Really easy. Done.

So that search is over too, and it really never even began, which is fine with me.

Master Bedroom

17 May

Like the guest room, this room started out with beige walls that needed some repair work and another set of the collapsible white plastic closet doors that were used throughout the house. When these images were taken, we’d already started to patch the walls and were in the process of installing crown molding.

We painted the newly installed crown molding and the rest of the trim in Valspar’s Bistro White in semigloss and painted the walls a gorgeous grayish blue (Behr’s Blue Fox in a flat finish). This was the result:

Following the paint, Ty built a bed and bought a bedspread and shams in his favorite shade of red (crimson), and I made a few throw pillows. We also brought in a rug that Ty’s uncle brought him from Afghanistan—gorgeous. Smoky particularly likes it.

Um, so that was probably a tad obnoxious, but so it goes. This is what the room looked like.

Then, we replaced the miniblinds with 1-inch white faux wood blinds and added white curtains, a dresser, and mismatched night stands and lamps, which got us to this:

I have more plans for this room, and at the top of the list is buying a closet door (it’s on the to-do list), get matching white bedside lamps (since the night stands are mismatched, I feel like we need some symmetry somewhere), buy a full-length mirror to replace the temporary gold mirror leaning against the wall, and figure out some art for above the dresser. I have some ideas in my head of what I want for all of those things, so some updates will hopefully be coming in the near future.

I’m Back

15 May

Here’s the scoop: The reason for my two-week hiatus was because I got married! One day after the royal wedding, we said our own, less-publicized I dos, and then we went on a lovely honeymoon to New England where we proceeded to eat lots of lobster and ice cream and just have a wonderful, relaxing time.

We flew into Boston and did a driving tour through Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, and finally back to Boston. We got to see this part of the country in all it’s spring-green (and sometimes gray) glory. These are some of my favorite pictures from our trip.

We’re back in Birmingham and back to our routines and work-related deadlines. It’s nice to be home.