Archives for March 2013

Splattered & Zipped | New Slipcovers

Rental season has officially started, and my amazing helpers and I refreshed the cottage just in time.  My muy multi-talented friend Cynthia, our fabulous housekeeper, and I worked non-stop (seemingly)–spring cleaning, potting new plants, touch-up painting, a whole new master bedroom that I’ll share soon, and a new pair of slipcovers.

Homemade style.

A professional fabricated the slipcovers, but the pattern was all hand splattered with love at home:


Can more fun be had in a garage with a dropcloth after dinner?  No.

And who says a zipper should be hidden?  This time, not me.


I think the slipcovers add a little spunk to the peace of the cottage…pretty much one of my favorite places to be. It wasn’t all work and no play–artsy veggie types need to refuel and it was a great excuse to go to Plant and initiate Cynthia–pretty much one of my favorite places to eat.  And then it was deep-thoughts under the late-night stars in the hot tub–pretty much one of my favorite places to sit and do nothing.

And you?  You are pretty much one of my favorite readers to visit.

Loft Tour | Bathroom

It is hard to believe we bought the loft two years ago this month and I’ve barely given you the details.  I’ve been shy, but having it published in Atlanta Magazine last month does make a girl less bashful.  So how about I show you around?  Today I give you the bathroom.  This…IMG_5307

…used to look like this:


At first I thought I wanted to do fat horizontal black and white stripes, but I ultimately went with the more subtle black marble pinstripe–an airier choice.  And, sheesh, yes, that’s my toilet.  Actually, my husband has a friend who thinks women don’t poop–we’ll go with that story.


Did you see it there in the first photo?  The smokin’ neon pink sink faucet?


I was having trouble finding fixtures I liked for this bathroom, nothing seemed right; and I lamented this fact to Chris, the one-man-show who remodeled the loft.  “If you are looking for something industrial, I can put some pipes together for you.”  Okay!  The next day he brought over this copper and brass configuration.  Yes!  I loved it but didn’t love the copper with the brass.  Hmm, so I took it to my local powder coating company and asked them if they could paint the copper and mask the brass.  “Yes,ma’am,” they said quizzically as I selected neon pink from their paint chip wall.


I love it in this otherwise neutral bathroom.  However, I have traded some convenience for this look–let’s just say the ease of turning it on and off is somewhere between your modern Moen and Laura going outside with a bucket to the water pump.  Something like that.  It’s also in the shower. Next to a pre-existing yellow concrete pillar.


The sconces are Circa Lighting, found at Habitat for Humanity Restore for a steal.  I love them!  The globe pendant was $17 at an vintage store, stored in my basement for a couple years.  It doesn’t show in the photo, but it has a cool retro scallop pattern.


Chris made the oak-wrapped cabinet topped with the same black marble mosaic.  With the dark grout I don’t have to worry about stains and it was less expensive than a stone slab.  Plus it works well with the waterfall effect of the stained oak.  The knobs are from Anthropologie.


You’ve seen my toliet, so here is my vintage TP holder.  I bought this yellow and clear acrylic holder in 2008 and kept it hidden away until I found the perfect place for it…here.

IMG_5340 Chris did an amazing job on this bathroom!  I adore it to pieces.

Take the full loft tour:

The Loft Bedroom

The Loft Living & Dining

The Loft Before

The Loft Bunkroom

Cut It Out

These aquatic beauties charmed me at Su Gologone last summer.  They hang on a garden wall by the pool.


I have to say that I am a sucker for wood cutouts.  As far as 2-dimensional art goes, a painting is great and all, but when you want to get all kooky and such, cutting out a shape (other than a square or rectangle, of course) is just the stuff for something different.  I’m guessing the appeal to me is the resemblance to signage.  Maybe?

What would my studio be without Judy above the sofa?  She wouldn’t be the same on a 4×4′ canvas, right?  I love her.


In the home studio, the raw wood cloud cutouts offer a negative effect.


I took the clouds to the loft studio in December for the Atlanta Magazine photo shoot in case we wanted to use them…now I don’t want them to leave.  But I also miss them at home.  I guess I need to cut some more.


Cutouts are also easy and fun for parties.  I did these for our kids’ joint farm party almost 6 years ago–while I was 7 months pregnant, oh man.  Sometimes I get a wild hair.


Very, very pregnant and swollen.  The two cows…


Last summer I enlisted the help of the two older kiddos to paint the cutout for my son’s Summer Olympics birthday party (a super fun theme with lots of possibilities, by the way).  They had fun decorating it…


…and it turned out to be a cute board for our rocket-launch shot put competition.  I think it is easy for us as mothers to want to fine tune party decorations ourselves (read:  be total bossy OCD perfectionistic dictators, ahem, I know from experience), but the truth is that the kids love being involved, take pride in their work, and love knowing their work is “nice enough” to be used.IMG_0902

And this one goes waaaaay back 9 years to my son’s Hawaiian 1st birthday party–a photo taken after everyone had eaten (sorry).  The little roast pig was attached to a box that was filled with pigs-in-a-blanket–cuter and much more appetizing than a real roasted pig, eww.


You know I love me some retro.  The images in these circle cutouts are from a vintage children’s church songbook–on a fun re-do I worked on at our church 7 years ago.jesus

Wood cutouts were actually a popular item when I had my little art & design business for children way back when.  Those were always fun for me–goodtimes.

Well, I hope you all have a fun weekend!  I have finally wandered into Downton Abbey–finished the first season this week, yes.  So hopefully I will partake a bit of season two this weekend.  Yep, you all were right:  it’s soooo good.