A Summer Sabbatical (Plus Loft Update)

Hi, friends, I’ve decided to take a break from blogging for the summer.  Truth is, this spring kicked my hiney and I don’t want to be exhausted for all the fun stuff we have planned for the summer.  The idea of not posting here for a couple months gives me the sadface, but I think what will turn that pesky frown upside down is a good summer frolic.  I’m so excited about summer school, some delightful voyages, and the loft studio.  I find myself rushing through the loft design process; and, really, I just want to enjoy the ride.  I might be tempted to post occasionally because we’re doing some hopefully cool and successful experiments in the space–how could I not share?  So if you want, you can subscribe to TPH up there in the right corner or add TPH to your reader, then you won’t miss any posts that I sneak in.  Until then, here is a peek at what I’ve FINALLY decided on for the space–after many sleepless nights and changing my mind many-a-time.

Gray, white, black, and brass make up the base of the loft.  I’m trying to maintain a palatable balance between masculine and frou-frou–because you know I’m totally resisting going all out girlie.  Concrete floors, painted white brick, white plank paneling, charcoal stained oak, some warm gray marble…can you guess where the pink paint chip is going–the air ducts!  That Circa Lighting brass sconce is from Habitat for Humanity’s Restore–at a very un-Circa price.

On top of the neutrals comes the color.  I completely changed my color direction when I found this fabric remnant at Whistle Stop Antiques in North Carolina.  Love.  At.  First.  Sight.  The roses are a glorious citron color.  A pair of those Circa sconces go in the kitchen (thank you, Restore!).

I’m awaiting fabric swatches for the Salvation Army sofa.  I’m having major commitment issues here.  I want something light but know it will get so dirty and I can’t handle that.  Give me dirty I can’t see, I guess.  Some black and white nubby candidates will give me the option to switch up the color with pillows, we’ll see.  Also, it will go against a wall that I plan to repaint on whim…like my own little display window.

Remember when I was going to paint this cabinet Q*bert style?  A fabulous idea, but the one-use stencil would cost almost $300–yeah, that is too much to spend and still possibly screw the whole thing up.  Then my husband and I actually had a 30-minute conversation about how I could still achieve the look without the stencil.  Then I decided to take it to the loft, but Q*bert will compete with the other stuff planned.  Plan B is inspired from a ceiling.  You’ll know it when you see it.

The color for the kitchen table remains undecided.  But here it is all primed.

Oh, the pretty, pretty rose chandie.  She will hang in the oak-paneled bedroom–a very simple room.  Inspired by my favorite mattress ad.

We need to give our appendage-less lady a name.  Any suggestions?  She will sit on the yellow chest baring her chest…although here she displays a modicum of decency.  (Psst, but I can still see your ladyparts.)

Remember my studio chair? Pam of My Happy California suggested that I try painting the chair instead of recovering.  A brilliant idea!  I figure I have nothing to lose to try paint before I pay to have it recovered.  It’s just gonna get covered in paint anyway.  Thank you, Pam!

My very talented bro, seen here with his adorable and attentive niece, showed me how he will make the six 24×30″ light fixtures that will hang in the space.  This is one of the experiments of which I referenced–I know he will do great, it’s what I do with the fixture when he is done.  Saying my prayers!

Then there is the 6×9′ bunkroom in which I need to fit three twin beds.  That room has been every which way possible, one option even included a slide; but I’ve reigned myself in and I think I have a good solution that will still offer fun nook-and-cranniness for the little ones and a good night’s sleep.  Also, the kids will help me with a sculpture that will cover the whole wall in the bunkroom–see, I told you summer school will be fun!

So, my dears, I’ll miss you, but the summer is always over before you know it anyway so I’ll see you soon.  (Save for a little cheat post every now and then.)  Farewell!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


  1. I for one cannot wait to see the progress as I am so excited by the elements you have shown. very exciting!

    Art by Karena

    Come and enter my New Giveaway from Serena & Lily! You will love it!

  2. Have a wonderful summer sabatical! I cannot wait to see all of your projects…they sound fabulous! Angei xo

  3. We will miss truly but you are busy woman, wow. Enjoy your family and your new loft! I look forward to seeing what wonderful things you accomplish. Take some time for yourself and your art :) this summer.

  4. Sad face…I will miss checking in with you regularly. But, I know you have so much to accomplish this summer. The loft has shown such exciting possiblilities! Please call me when you are at the cabin so we can cram some thrifting/lunching in!

  5. Oh I will miss your updates!! But I look forward to seeing all the wonderful things you do during the Summer. I have you in my google reader, so I will be checking on your little cheat posts! Happy Lofting!!

  6. Awe, I hope you have a wonderful summer! You will definitely be missed around here. Don’t get any bright ideas about taking the fall off too. :o) Have fun getting your loft decorated. Can’t wait to see pictures when you return. xoxo, Cristi

    PS – I’m going to email you pictures of your rocker later on. It looks awesome with its new slipcover. I’m so happy with the way it turned out!!!

  7. It’s going to be amazing! So is this close to home or far enough away that you’ll all need to spend the night? Can’t wait to hear more about it.

    Miss you this summer!

  8. I will miss reading your funny and spunky posts, but I totally understand. Last summer I barely blogged at all – having my kiddos around full-time seemed to zap my time and energy. I might be having a bloggy break too. Who knows. Can’t wait to see the finished loft and see occasional updates from you! Take care, Angela, and happy summer to you and your family!!!

  9. Thank goodness you aren’t recovering that studio chair. I’m sure you were just joshing us.

    I cruised by The-Painted-Loft Metro HQ this morning and wondered what was happening, thanks for the update.

  10. Peggy says:

    Knowing you, there will be a post now and then. Also knowing you, you will fill up the summer hours at a rapid pace. Enjoy. We go around only once.

  11. How about ‘Chrumersger’ for the lady? XO

  12. Hi! Wanted to let you know that I just passed on the One Lovely Blog Award to you.


    I know you are taking a summer break so don’t feel the need to repost or anything. Just wanted you to know. Talk to you soon. -c

  13. Hello,
    Nice collection and good decoration too. I am a interior decorator and enjoyed see the pictures. Keep it up.

  14. Wow – you have some fabulous projects on the go!! Great pieces.

  15. Ah I’m going to miss you Angela- have a fabulous break!! And PS, so many things in this post make me crazy- first and foremost, your artwork- can’t say how much I love it- please god sell prints one day! And that fabric, absolute and utter perfection- adore.

  16. Karen Tyner says:

    You could call armless/legless, headless wonder- Trunk-ata or Trunkella (or Trun-kated). Enjoy your break. Will watch for spots from time to time!

  17. Karen Tyner says:

    You could call armless/legless, headless wonder- Trunk-ata or Trunkella (or Trun-kate). Enjoy your break. Will watch for spots from time to time!

  18. Angela!! I’ve been so slammed with work I’ve not been able to make my normal favorite blog rounds!! How nice that you’re taking a break. Blogging can be all consuming can’t it? Hope you’re enjoying the summer and hopefully post here and there! Looks like some really nice pieces…

  19. I’ve been away to long…I love the ideas you’ve displayed!
    Enjoy your summer and your designing!

    Rene’ xo

  20. Oh gosh…can’t wait to see the green couch in her Sunday best…I am sure you will gussy her up real nice!

  21. We stumbled over here coming from a different page and thought I might check things out.
    I like what I see so now i am following you.
    Look forward to looking over your web page yet again.

  22. mosquito repellent bracelets says:

    Terrific paintings! That will be the type of details that are meant to be shared around the net. Shame on the seek for no longer positioning this publish higher! Come on over and consult with my website . Thank you =)

Speak Your Mind