September 30, 2007
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September 21, 2007
You might be thinking, well if you move your office to the guest room, won't the kitchen go to waste? One of the reasons, aside from the fact that I don't cook (I can, but choose not to), is that there is virtually NO counter space. My current desk is actually a five-foot long stainless steel commercial prep counter. I am using a barstool as a chair, which after a little while isn't terribly comfortable. So moving the computer, printer and all associated technology will free up the counter space for other things, like prep work and cooking.
I've gotten some excellent suggestions. My limitation, as I mentioned to Cote de Texas, is that to get anything upstairs in my house is a major chore and I usually have to hire someone to help. So, for the time-being, I got a top and legs from Ikea. It's a quick fix, so I can get back to having a functional kitchen. As they say, you've got to live in your house for a while and then decide how things should work.
September 19, 2007
There are lots of great mirrored pieces available these days at places ranging from JC Penney to ABC Carpet and Home and Horchow Collection. You should be sure to use mirrored furniture sparingly, as an accent. More than one or two pieces and your room will look like like a fun house. Be prepared to clean the mirrors often if it's in a high traffic area, like a hallway.
Visually, mirrored furniture is light and bright. A small side table with a collection on top would be a great accent. A mirrored hall table would add light to a hallway. Mirrored furniture is evocative of a deco look or glamorous 40's Hollywood. If you're not comfortable having a table or chest that's mirrored, start with a Venetian mirror over an existing piece. Also, be careful not to overdo it!
September 17, 2007
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September 11, 2007
LeAnn Rimes, the singer who had her first hit at age 13, had designed this and maybe other rooms in her house. I applaud her for that undertaking, but I am left to wonder what's up with the pillows! If you look carefully, there are pillows on almost the entire surface of both sofas, with barely room to sit. They're all chopped in the middle, too. And then there are the pillows on the floor. Not big poofy sitting pillows either. I can't imagine just plunking down on those!
This room adjoins the kitchen, so I am sure that it's a sitting room. But when you want to sit on the facing sofas, do you have to throw all of those pillows on the floor with the others? I need someone to explain this to me. Any helpers?
September 10, 2007
September 6, 2007
There is a great colour-scope on-line that explains why you might like one colour over another. I bought a few little Kolo photo albums and gave them to my hosts and the wedding couple as presents. I had taken photos all weekend and assembled them into these mini 2.5 x 2.5 inch books.
September 5, 2007
When I was travelling to Paris on a regular basis, I would always try and visit the amazing marché aux puces or flea markets. Some flea markets here in the US have a bad name as a place to get rid of stolen goods, or sell multiples of white tube socks. I have been to flea markets in London and Rome, as well as some of the really fun ones in Los Angeles but I love the French ones the most.