It’s a Girl! | Nursery

What are you doing in four weeks?  Well, my dear real-life friend Darlene of Fieldstone Hill Design will be having a baby girl.  Oh, jealousy, I can’t help but envy all the newborn snuggles and sweet cheek-to-cheeks in her near future.  Sleepless nights…it just doesn’t seem to matter with the third baby.

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She has invited designers to dream up fantasy girl nurseries that she has posted throughout her pregnancy–all beautiful ones, take a look.  And she took a chance and invited me to participate!  But she had to lay some ground rules for me knowing my penchant for painting internal organs and decorating with bare body parts:  ”no intestines but nudity is okay.”  Well, I didn’t want to flirt with controversy so I avoided any semblance of either, but there are aviary parts.Screen shot 2013-08-08 at 7.08.58 AM

And there is a sweet mural.

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I couldn’t help myself on the mural, thinking back to my little business of designing nurseries and painting murals in Houston.  That was a happy job.

Hop on over to Darlene’s and see the complete room that I dreamed up for her little soprano.  Darlene wrote some super sweet stuff about the writer of TPH, which has me thinking surely she has me confused with someone else (thank you, thank you!)  And, thank you, friend, for inviting me to contribute!  I can’t wait to meet your sweet girl!


In other news, I figured out the laundry room layout so that I’m happy…and it has a sink!  Thank you all for leaving your thoughts on the idea of a laundry sink–I agree with you!  I’m sure I won’t regret it.  And thank you to patient Darlene, who has a million-and-one nesting things to do, for fielding my late night emails and frantic texts about the laundry spatial problems–you are the best!  I’ll share the plan soon.

Cottage Bedroom Redo | Art & Bed

The art for the cottage bedroom redo is moving along…faster than I thought, so that is good.  The painting to go over the bath tub is almost finished.


My apologies to real landscape painters.  I wanted the painting to be mainly sky–something kinda dreamy for tub soaking.

The other little painting is a collage piece made from strips I cut from an old survey left in the house when we bought it.  This is it in the beginning…I’m still wrestling with it, and when I triumph over it (I hope), I’ll share photos.


After I finish this post, I will work on my little watercolors while the kids and I watch The Christmas Carol…a little late, but whatever.

Now, prepare your eyes.  This is the bed I ordered from Overstock.  I will take the bedding, uh, in a different direction.

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The prelude to this story is sad.  I found the most gorgeous vintage brass bed on Craigslist (in king, so rare), but I couldn’t fit it in my car and by the time I found wheels that could, I lost that puppy (I know, Master Craigslisters, I did so many things wrong here).  It wasn’t a good week.

For the bed, I had ruled out wood (too much on floor and ceiling) and painted wood (too many painted pieces in the room).  And, ick, an upholstered bed would look nice and soft but would be totally grody in a rental.  Metal seemed like the perfect solution.  So I was completely crestfallen to lose this brass bed, and new was too expensive for the budget.  But this bed from Overstock had great reviews and the price was right.  I ordered knowing that I will need to apply some kind of decorative finish–probably soft black.  We’ll unpack it this weekend, and I’ll get to work.  I’ll let you know!

But it would be so fun in a bright color–did you see the bed painted green by Grace of A Storied Style?2013-01-08_0016

I’ll save the rug for the fabric post.  I hope to procure the fabric today!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Happy 2013!

Well, it looks like the party has gotten started early.  Wishing you all a safe and happy start to the new year!

Alys Beach

You know you want to rent a beach house here.

Or, build your own–there are still plenty of lots available.

How about right on the beach?

Funk soul brother, check it out now:  Alys Beach, Florida.

Rejuvenation Lighting

Have you received a Rejuvenation catalog in the mail before?  The lighting is heavy on period styling, but the last catalog that arrived intrigued me with its “fixtures come in your choice of finish options,” especially now that I am hot on the search for either pendant or wall lights in the sink area of our kitchen.

George is promising with 12 finish options and 123 shade options–yeah, 123!  I love the cobalt shade the George is shown with, but I also fancy the white:

And the all brass:

The orange shade would be so tempting if only the shade interior were also orange or brass instead of nickel:


Black is available, too–of course, 123 shades!

The fun thing about the website is that you can try on all the lampshades for size.  Pour yourself a drink and you’ve got yourself a party at your computer monitor.  Xeroxing your bum is optional.

Rejuvenation also has their version of this popular wall mount, Reed–a new classic, don’t you think?

Do you like the Danner?  It is a little too large for the space, maybe, but I think it is so charming.

I have some decisions to make!

I have made this decision for the table, however:

Restoration Hardware’s Polyhedron–on clearance.  I’ll either leave it as is or paint it up.  Three sizes are available.  (But I secretly want it above the bed at the loft…there may be a game of musical light fixtures in my near future!)


Before I go, some thanks are in order.  Thank you to these lovely bloggers for mentioning The Painted House recently:

Nichole at Parlour | DIY Fabric

Shelly at ModHomeEc | DIY Fabric

Nester at Nesting Place | DIY Art & Blogger Furniture Swap


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