Friday, July 18, 2014

Living Room Tales

It's been a while since I've shown any real shots of the living room. The last time I mentioned it, I was asking you guys what you though about my art options. But, if you follow me on Instagram, you'd know that I not only made a decision, but I, also, ruined the first installation of it. I managed to get a new photo printed and the hubs helped me install it, only for it to be crooked and wrinkled. It was at that point when I decided to let well enough alone.

You've seen my DIY fabric and reupholstered chairs, glimpses of my gallery wall and other little vignettes around the room, but I thought it was high time to give you guys a few more details. So, without further adieu...

One day, I will be able to send these vintage chairs to an upholster. I'd love to see them shine as bright as they did in their glory days. The dingy magenta velvet does them no justice. 

 This photograph, inspite of it's flaws, is one of my favorite projects to date. It's a photo of me from my wedding day that I edited in PicMonkey and had blown up at FedEx Office. The total cost of the enlargement was about $120, and if you add the cost of the frame, which was about $50 (on sale at a deep discount at I.O. Metro), this wasn't the cheapest DIY I'd ever done. But, considering other pieces of artwork this size, it really isn't that bad.

This room is a loooooong way from finished. I need to address the corner to the right of the sofa (see above). It's a total junk corner right now. I'd like to switch out the current rug for something different, like a Moroccan shag. The empty space above my fireplace needs to be addressed. I'm thinking a DIY African JuJu hat may be in my near future. And things like new drapes and pillows wouldn't hurt.

So, that's where we are for now. Be sure to stick with me as this place evolves.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Haven 2014 Recap

Haven Conference 2013

My Haven expericence started with a 6.5 hour drive from Memphis to Atlanta. Not a horrible drive, but totally boring since I was alone.

After 6 hours, my destination was in my sights!

And not three minutes after this photo was taken, I ran into total stand-still traffic. Apparently, there was a 6 car pile up that had completely blocked all four lanes. I said a prayer for those involved and quickly got off on the next available exit to try another route.

I made it to registration without further incident and collected my name badge and conference bag.

It was then a mad dash to my hotel to get changed and back in time for the 1st Timers Meet Up. I had gotten a text from my blog bestie, Shavonda of A Home Full of Color, to let me know that she and a few other girls were meeting up in her hotel room before heading down to the meet-up, so I headed straight there.

Upon arrival, I met Shavonda, Brandi of Don't Desturb this Groove, Darnetha of ChippaSunshine, and Katrina of Chic Little House. I have no photos of this portion of the story and for a few reasons: 1. It was my first time meeting everyone in person. 2. I was super nervous 3. After meeting everyone, the laughter and conversations totally took over so picking up my phone to take photos wasn't even thought about! 

After an hour of chatter, we realized that we were totally late (!) for the meet-up, but were making perfect timing for the opening mixer. We headed down to the lobby where we were then swimming in a sea of blogger excitement. To tell you the truth, it was incredibling over-whelming. To look around and see faces that you recognize of blog celebrities like Mandi of Vintage Revivals and Kirsten of 6th Street Design School was one thing, but to take in the sheer number of people that were there and then realize how many blogs are out in the web-i-verse that you don't even know about...totally mind blowing!

After calming down just a bit, my mind nearly exploded when up walks my favorite jewelry designer/blogger/daily inspiration, Lakeitha Duncan of Wrist Soiree! You've seen me sporting her pieces either here or on Instagram for a long time, now, and to see and meet her in person was nothing short of what I expected it to be. She's warm, down to earth and sweet and funny as hell! If we lived any closer, I swear we'd hang out every day! Our boys would be best friend and we'd have girls' night every Thursday. I kid you not, I love her that much! Not to mention, she had provided each person of the group a little arm candy to sport for the night.

Amelia Bracelets in Crystal & Black

The next morning, we started bright and early with breakfast and a little Chip Wade of HGTV's Elbow Room!

From left: Me, Talana, Katrina & Brandi

Me & Shavonda
And even more Wrist Soiree!

Emerald Leather Tassel Bracelet with Crystal Amelia Bracelet

My first session was with Ryobi Tools and Kreg. As a lover of both brands, I couldn't pass this one up. And I'm so glad I didn't because I walked away with one of Ryobi's Cordless Narrow Crown Stapler!

the look of a winner, no?
The rest of the morning was spent visiting various vendors, participating in giveaways and contests, and chatting with new people.

I was totally eyeing the Kreg Project Kit.

Home Depot's Bright Ideas DIY Booth
Photo by Ursula Carmona of Home Made by Carmona

That afternoon, I made it to a session called High End DIY, taught by Kirsten of 6th Street Design School, Courtney of A Thoughtful Place, and Danielle of Danielle Oakey Interiors. The class was packed to copacity, but we all walked away with some great information.

Kirsten of 6th Street Design School
The next day included more sessions, more vendor visits & more chatting with fellow bloggers. This is also the day that I was without my charger and couldn't take any photos!!! I did get one of the girls to send me this shot that we took after the most awesome lunch together.

Thanks, Brandi, for this candid shot!
Top: Katrina, Brandi, Erin & Darnetha; Bottom: Me & Dayka Robinson (she deserves her own seperate post!)
That night, however, I got all dressed up with my phone fully charged, and headed to the closing cocktail party. There, I was able to leave with two of my favorite pics.

Me with Mandi (Vintage Revivals)
Me with Shavonda
I can't tell you how incredibly deeply these ladies have affected my and my decision to be a part of this blogging world. Mandi, with her sheer wealth of creativity and drive to be different every day is who reminds me to continue to dive deeply into what inspires me and in turn, create and share those the things that I concoct with all of you!

And Shavonda. Her sweet spirit was like that of a bumble bee that floated from flower to flower through the conference, depositing her incredible personality upon others, so they could never forget her. She reminds me that there is always a person behind the story, the tutorial, and the amazing pictures; and that it takes people to make them matter. The human element is what makes blogging the amazing thing that it is. I'll remember this forever as I continue and improve upon my little corner of the web-i-verse.

Haven was a God send. A get-away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A learning experience that, hopefully, all of my readers will be grateful for as my blog improves. And a cornerstone, forever marked in my heart, for it is where I met some of the most incredible people I've ever known. I know that I will have them in my lives forever. And for that, I'm forever grateful.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Haven 2014!

Hey dolls!

Haven Maven

I'm back from the Haven Conference and feeling more motivated than ever! If you weren't lucky enough to be a part of the events, be sure to check out the following hashtags on Instagram to see all that you missed!


I'll be back tomorrow with my recap of the conference and later this week with updates on my place and more!

Happy Monday!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Black Bedrooms

Hey! It's been forever. Welcome back!

If you've been following along on Instagram, you know that I've been ridiculously busy with a client project. We're finally winding down the final details, and prepping for the photoshoot next week! In the meantime, since I finally have time, I wanted to stop in and share some of the inspiration behind the project. First up: black bedrooms.

These beautiful spaces gave me just the kick in the but that I needed to fling me out of my (and my client's) comfort zones. The black walls are bold and moody, but also comforting and classic. Take a look.

Love the oversized mirror over the dark moody walls

Black Walls in Bedroom. Colorful throw

Black headboard wall

Black And White Bedroom That Inspire | DigsDigs

Black walls - AB Chao

Dark Wall Design

Black Walls and Blush finishes

Little Green Notebook: Black Walls in Our Bedroom

Black Walls and gold frames

Little Green Notebook: Black Walls in Our Bedroom

Big Black Bedroom

Black Bedroom, white bedding. crystal chandy

See what I mean? Armed with this group as inspiration (and backup), I can't go wrong!

What do you guys think? Would you ever go bold with black?
all photos via my "Black Bedrooms" Pinterest board...are you following me?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Art for the Living Room

Things are slow moving in the living room, but I had an epiphany last night about something that's been bothering me...

...the big blank space above my sofa!

I've been searching non stop for the right piece, but it's been sooooo haaaaard finding something that 1. I actually like 2. I like enough to hang in my house 3. is square 4. will fit in with the rest of the art 5. relates to the hubs and me 6. will give off the vibe that cool, artsy, forward-thinking people live here! That's not too much to ask, is it?

I have come across several pieces that fit most of the criteria, but not all. Here are some that I found, but either, can't afford, isn't the right shape, or am not brave enough to hang for all of my visitors to see.
Impression via I.O. Metro

Barrell of a Gun via here

Adiddas via Nicole Cohen

Flamingos via Nicole Cohen

Stacks by Nicole Cohen
Close-Up of Gun Being Fired via here
Although, all of the above are too expensive or not the right shape, I was doing pretty well on the cool content. So, as I said earlier, I had an epiphany...and came up with these.





 So will you do me a favor, and tell me in the comments below, which of the five (1,2,3,4, or 5) is your favorite? Which do you think I should blow up and put on display?