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Boys, Dogs, & Pillows

Friday, March 30, 2012

Can anyone guess what is wrong with this picture?  Most days our family room looks like this.  Well, minus the umbrella.  Someone who thinks he is clever put that there.  In the early morning hours, my husband and I go to the gym.  Before we leave we "flip the pillows" to keep our dog off of the couch.  After the gym comes a flurry of activities which doesn't end until the evening.  So all this to say, this is my reality.  Reality posts are good from time to time aren't they?

In other news, I moved the pillows from the kitchen banquette to the living room and love the way they pop against the inky blue pillows ( from Radiance From Ruins).  Why did I not do this sooner?  You gotta love a free update.

Do you have plans this weekend?  My husband comes home today and we plan to spend time outside in the garden enjoying this pretty spring weather.  Gosh I've missed that man!  Have a great weekend!

A Master Retreat

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Meet my client.  He prefers furniture over dog beds.  And who could blame him?

Seriously, this is a master bedroom that I recently finished a mood board for.  My client actually discovered me on Pinterest, then saw my add with Living Social.  It turns out that we live in the same neighborhood.  Talk about small world.  I really enjoyed getting to know her and planning the new look for the master bedroom.  She likes a beachy vibe, but wanted to inject color - specifically coral.  The room was reading very cool to me so I recommended a few things to balance it all.  And, yes, I kept our four-legged friend in mind in the plan.

My client was considering getting rid of the bed (brass).  I talked her down from the bridge because it is such a cool bed.  The brass finish adds warmth which is needed in this room.  Please overlook the pillows.  We were playing around with scale, etc. when I snapped this picture.  The bedding is the pintuck duvet that we all know and love from West Elm.  The plan is to layer in some pillows in natural linen and the multicolor suzani.

The current night stands are dwarfed by the king size bed.  By getting rid of the large sofa and chair on the opposite side of the room and replacing it with a chaise lounge - there will be more room for larger night stands.  The lamps are a warm neutral instead of the glass lamps that were there originally.  The mirrors are going to be hung opposite from a wall of windows and will bring in more light.  And lastly, the custom window shades will be made in a natural damask and trimmed with coral ribbon.

My client liked the plan and is going forward with it.  I cannot wait to see it all come together!

Shopping For Lighting on-Line

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I often receive emails asking about sources for lighting on my client mood boards.  This may come as a surprise, but I make most of my lighting selections on-line.  Not to bash, but lighting showrooms in our area often feature outdated styles and offer little inspiration.  Additionally, looking through endless lighting catalogs is a real time killer.  Shopping on-line is quick (usually) & easy.  By the way, this post is completely non-sponsored.

Many of the sites I use make searching easy.  You can sort by lighting type, finish, price, etc. and quickly receive many options.  I needed a pair of drum shade pendants for a foyer and found the one above from Bellacor.

I recently finished a mood board for a boy's bathroom.  I was looking for something classic with a modern edge and found this at Shades of Light (one of my favorite lighting sources).

 Cottage and Vine

One of the most frequently asked questions on my blog other than, "what color is your door?" is about the drum shades in our kitchen.  My apologies to those of you who have been reading my blog for a while.  They are from Uttermost and you can find them here.

I also use Overstock, Amazon, and many others.  Now it is your turn, what is your go-to lighting source?

Moody Mornings

Thursday, March 22, 2012

It feels like spring has sprung here in North Carolina.  The foggy mornings turn into beautiful days.  Everything looks so green.

My week has been busy so I am taking off until next week.  Have a great weekend!

Framed Placemats

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

In case you missed it...

Here is what Emily did with the placemats she won from my giveaway.  Aren't they cute framed?  Emily was afraid that they would get destroyed on the table so she framed them.  By the way, she has three kids with two on the way.  Good call Emily ;) and thanks for the shout out!

If you like those placemats, you can find more right here.  

The Family Tree

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Several years ago for Mother's Day, we gave Mom a genealogy fan chart that I purchased from Martha Stewart.  Mom has done countless hours of research and has traced her heritage back many generations.  Later, for her birthday, I commissioned a calligraphy artist to print the names onto the chart and had the chart professionally framed.  Of course there are many more names to add now.  So many that the chart would almost be full.  But Mom has enjoyed it and I love seeing this in her family room.

There are so many great options for displaying genealogy.


I thought this was a clever way to display "his" and "hers" side by side and am tempted to do this very thing myself.  You can print your own chart here.

Here is another variation from Martha.

I really like this tree and the bold, graphic punch it gives this space.

If you prefer something a little more modern, this is a fun version from 71 Toes.

Have you created a family tree?  This is definitely going on my ever growing list of things to do.

A Client's Bathroom

Monday, March 19, 2012

A client of mine recently asked for my help with a master bedroom/bathroom update.  She was concerned about the location of the toilet - as in, it is visible from the bedroom and it is very close to the shower.  She considered flipping the toilet and sink, but the expense of moving it alone AND the additional tile work seemed risky.  So we came up with a plan b.

My initial thoughts were to lighten up the space with paint, artwork, and a new vanity.  Here is the plan I created for the room.

The plan is to add beadboard and moulding to the bottom portion of the wall.  This will give the room a clean foundation and plenty of space between the tile and new wall color.  I plan to use the same wall color in the bedroom and bathroom tying the two rooms together.  The new 45" vanity will fit nicely in the space leaving a bit of room on each side.  The vanity will be much more functional than the built in that was there.  The new mirror and sconces will replace the wall to wall mirror.  I am hoping the white background of the beadboard and the colorful artwork will draw the attention away from the toilet.

I cannot wait to see this plan come together!

P.S.  My toilet is even closer to the shower ;).

Mom's Garden

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

 Yesterday, client work took me to my home town and of course I made sure that it included a visit with Mom.  Now this might mean we are a complete "snore", but when we get together, it is imperative that we stroll through the garden to check for new blooms/growth.

This blush color is one of my absolute favorite camellias.  I could plan an entire room around this flower.

Flowering quince is one of my favorite cutting flowers.  I love seeing a single branch in a plain glass vase.  Stunning.

Does anyone remember this boxwood wreath from Christmas?  It is just as green now as it was then.  Mom plans to leave it up all year and I love how it looks in her foyer.

I plan to take off the rest of the week to catch up on client projects.  See you next week.

Remember That Masculine Office?

Friday, March 9, 2012

When I mentioned last week that I was working on a masculine office space for someone near and dear to me, a couple of you guessed who the space is for.  My husband recently took a new job allowing him to work from home and we are over the moon excited to have him here!  He filled out one of my client questionnaires because I really do want this to be his space.

In the questionnaire, he stated that he would like for his office to be warm and cozy and to include a gallery wall with family photos.

We sampled a couple of grays that we already had on hand and also tried Sherwin Williams Intellectual Gray.  Intellectual Gray won hands down over the others.

We are also in the early stages of creating a collected gallery wall.  We might replace a few of the images with more current ones and add many more to fill in the wall.  So be prepared to this change a few times.

I have always loved this image from Martha Stewart and will most likely re-work the symmetrical look that we have now with something more like this.

If you are new to my blog, the pillows came from my wonderful sponsor, Fabulous But Frugal where you will find designer pillows for less.  They even take custom orders so be sure to add them to your pillow resource list.

Monday, I ordered this pouf from Joss & Main for my office. It arrived Wednesday - talk about fast - and I am just trying it out here in Rick's office.  Even though I like the quirky vibe it adds to the Queen Ann loveseat, I think I will have to claim this one for myself!

Have a great weekend and as always, thank you for taking the time to stop by Cottage and Vine!

A Stainless Steel Island Bargain

Thursday, March 8, 2012

I really love the industrial look of a stainless steel island and have often wondered if we could squeeze one into our kitchen.  I don't think is an option so for now I can dream...

 Decor Pad

If any of you do have space in your kitchen, you might want to check out this deal on a food prep table at Costco that I saw yesterday.  By the way, Costco is not a Cottage and Vine sponsor.  Of course we would gladly accept payment in the form of Parmesan bagels if they offered ;).  Sorry about the crappy phone picture and the fact that the table is up on a shelf. 

Flour Storage & DIY Labels

Monday, March 5, 2012

Have I told you how much we enjoy bread and bread making?  We do.  And, as a result, the flour has taken over the pantry.  I have always loved seeing canisters marching down a kitchen counter holding every day ingredients.  So several months ago I scored some inexpensive glass canisters at Walmart to house our flour supply.  The problem was that several of the flours looked the same and labels were needed.

Here is what I did...

I used the freebooter script font, font size 120.  If you need help downloading/installing this or any font, go here

I printed my labels onto these label sheets so that I could cut them to the size needed.

Now our flour is easily accessible and labeled. 

Happy Friday!!!

Friday, March 2, 2012

This week has flown by!  As the saying goes, times flies when you're having fun - and I have definitely been having fun this week.  Yesterday, it was so warm that we were able to open the windows and doors and let the fresh air fill the house.  I am ready for spring and I think the flowers in our garden are too.

Have a great weekend lovelies!

The Homies

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Yesterday, a little bird informed me that Cottage and Vine has been nominated for the best home design blog on Apartment Therapy.  To say I am honored would be a huge understatement.  Have you checked the list?  Lots of my blogging friends are there too.  Hurry on over and you just might find your new favorite blog.  Be warned, the list is looong.

P.S.  Thank you little bird ;)

Out and About...

The other day I popped into one of my favorite local stores, Summerhouse, to inquire about a sectional for a client.  By the way, do any of you own a Lee sectional?  Would love to get your feedback.  One of the things I love most about Summerhouse is the constantly changing vignettes.  I hope you can overlook the phone pictures, but I wanted to share a couple of the pictures I took.

I fell in love with this pair of lamps.  They would satisfy my recent pink cravings in a big way.  Did you notice the peonies?  Gorge.

 I must have gone by this wall display ten times just to study the arrangement.  The sunburst mirror and sconces are perfection.  I also love the tonal paint detail on the chest.

I have always loved Chippendale butler's tray tables.  This one painted orange really adds a fun zip to a very traditional piece.  Adding the castors was a nice touch as well.

One more thing....our local Costco has the space saving hangers 35 for $10.  I bought two boxes and they are perfect in the new closet.  This, by far is the best deal on hangers I have found.

That's all for now kiddos...
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