Archives for January 2016

Flit and Flutter | A Butterfly

Wood cut-outs have a special place in my beating heart.  I’ve written about some I’ve made (or seen) before, and I have ventured my love of ribbon painting from canvas to wood in our guest bedroom–and I’m anxious to try more!

Then the need arose within me to make a butterfly cutout–no doubt inspired by Chassie Post’s butterfly room as seen in Domino years ago on that classic Schumacher wallpaper.

I gave a little peek on my Instagram of the butterfly in progress, but now it is finally done and flitting about the house to show you some ways in which you might need a butterfly at your home.  Like above the sofa, but don’t hang it crooked like me:
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Above a chest or console in an entry or hallway:
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Above your bed:

Okay, the bedroom was a stretch–I just propped it on the bed because it wouldn’t fit anywhere.  I better not show this pic to my daughter or she may find it hard to sleep for fear of the giant lepidopteran snuggling in on her pillows and possibly devouring her.

This one may go live above the bed at the cottage:www.tphblog.comI think this butterfly needs to be aged and distressed a bit while my husband thinks it could be brighter.  But that’s the cool thing, butterfly art can be as various as there are flutterflies.  Don’t you think you need one?  Of all the colors and shapes and patterns, there’s one for you, darlin’!  Let me know if I can make you one!

New Entry Hall Wallpaper

It’s trippy, a little crazy, it may be a labyrinth with no end; however…we love it!  Miles Redd’s Deconstructed Stripe in black by Schumacher set just the right scene in the front entry hall.

I haven’t decorated the space yet, mainly because I feel like I don’t have the right pieces yet.  It is a bit difficult to photograph, but in person it has the delicate hand-drawn look I was after (and even contemplated doing myself, like a lunatic!).

  I’ll hang the paintings soon when I gather the nerve to nail into the wallpaper. (This particular painting needs to be reworked anyway.)

So these are just photos of the wallpaper layer and nothing else.  I feel like a blue cabinet or, eek, maybe red, or mint needs to fill the hall…I don’t know!
www.tphblog.comwww.tphblog.comI love seeing it peek through the kitchen doorway. I love about the wallpaper application is it is a traditional decorating element in a traditional entry hall done in an untraditional print.  I hope I can keep that dialogue going with the rest of the layers.  See you on in Instagram in the meantime!

Master Bedroom Progress

If there is one thing our bedroom can brag about, it would be its great bones.  But that’s it.  The furniture is mismatched.  The bedside tables are inadequate.  There are no lamps by which to read in bed.  It is unfinished, that’s all.  I got as far as a rug and a bedside table sketch before homeschool resumed.  But after two years of this situation, I’m ready to get this love nest fluffed and styled.

But I have to say, even with all its furniture shortcomings, it is the best master bedroom we’ve had in our 19-year marriage.  So points scored already.

We have an amazing view out the large window that is relaxing to gaze at while in bed–always changing with the time of day.  Foggy mornings, striking sunsets.  The windows are framed in linen from Gray Line, whose swatch matched well with our Benjamin Moore White Dove paint in the rest of the house but turned out to be more cream when hung en masse.  I don’t have cream in the rest of the house so this kinda bothers me somedays.  However, I do love our walls of drapes–it is so cozy when drawn at

The sofa is a vintage find–I love its shape and upholstered feet.  Fabric still needs to be determined–but, really, I’m not entirely convinced it will go in this spot.  There really isn’t enough room between the window and the bed to put seating plus a table or ottoman or bench, and I’m not sure I like the idea of a floating sofa without some kind of furniture companion.  Everyone needs a friend.  I’ve tried two chairs here, and it was a tight squeeze with them angled.

(Sometimes when I’m typing all these furniture musings, I’m all like, what I am I doing??  People are dying out there and I’m dissecting my bedroom?  It can feel ridiculous.  Oh well, let’s carry on…)

Our bed is 10 years old.  It’s been good to us.  But it is one amorous night away of collapsing on us with a weak corner–not worth reupholstering.

I finally made a decision and ordered this bed at the end of the year:restoration hardware

It is the Grayson bed from Restoration Hardware in their indigo velvet.  I knew I wanted either the sofa or bed in blue, and doing it on the bed to have the contrast against the gray walls made sense to me.  It will be delivered sometime in March (patience, Angela).

My original thoughts for the bedside table were inspired by this check-out counter I saw at the Joe’s Jeans outlet store.

www.tphblog.comI drew my own interpretation for a one-drawer bedside table.  Pretty cool, right?FullSizeRender

But lately I’ve been so impatient I just want it ready to be delivered.  So I’ve been looking online for ready-mades.  I found these on One Kings Lane:

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Same idea really, but sadly they are too small for our space.

Then I thought I found the one!  This beauty by Sabin Furniture that I found at Dixon Rye here in Atlanta.  (Please visit this gorgeous store if you are in the Atlanta area.)sabin furniture

In love!  But, right before I placed the order, I realized that these cabinets with its undulating front painted white would resemble the drapery in the room.  I was devastated with this realization!  (Devastation being relative to furniture selection not tragic life events, just so we’re clear.)  With the bedside tables being the only casegoods in the room, they cannot look like the drapery–at least that is not the look I’m after.  I have shopped online and by foot for an option without success so I think custom is the way to go.  So, back to the beginning again and pursuing the drawing above.

Lamps, additional color, pillows, art/mirrors will come later.  Just ordering the bed at this point feels like a win!  I’m not sure which color/s I want to add, but I keep going back to blush or lilac.  Hmm.

Finally, here is the view from the bedroom to the bathroom.

I recently found the little slipper chair at Restoration Hardware outlet–I love its structured silhouette.  The sweet table is from Home Goods.  It has a red top that I will paint

One step at a time in this decorating process.

Bathroom paint, BM White Dove.

Bedroom paint and bathroom cabinets, BM Cumulus Cloud

Oh!  The wallpaper that is going up this week is so trippy!  I LOVE it.  I posted a peek of it on my instagram.  Hopefully next week I can show you the finished product!