Sunday, May 17, 2015

Venetian Mirrors.....Gotta Love Em!!!!!

Connie and I wanted the feel of her bedroom to flow into her bathroom.
As I had shown you, we had hung a Venetian mirror over her dressing table.
She purchased it from Restoration hardware, which has a nice selection from which to choose.
Those guys should be paying me for all the advertising I'm doing for them.....
I had found the little ballroom chair on 1st Dibs.
It was part of a set of 4.
They had really pretty detailing.
They had really delicate legs, just like Connie's!!!!!
Even the back was pretty.....
JUST LIKE CONNIE!!!!!
Well we didn't need 4.
At first I thought we only needed 1, but as it turned out, 
i was wrong!!!!!
We needed one for her bathroom too.
Soooooo.....
the nice man from 1st Dibs was willing to break up the set into two pairs.

But first I had to find a mirror.
Below is another pretty one that is available from Restoration Hardware.
Connie had her handy man hang it over the sink,
 SO I DIDN'T HAVE TO!!!
The old light had been one of those horrible bathroom lights hanging over the sheet mirror that was hanging over the sink.
What is it with builders and these big plain sheets of mirror.
AND THEN THEY GO AND HANG A STRIP LIGHT WITH BARE BULBS OVER IT!!!!!
NOT PRETTY!!!!!
So, Connie replaced it with a pair of sconces with plain shades....
tres chic!!
Of course I had to change the cabinet knobs to something more appropriate for this new look.
I found some crystal ones on eBay,
Well, at this point Connie was whining requesting that I find something to hang on the walls that would work with the big beautiful mirror.
I had remembered seeing some mirrored famed botanicals on Ballard Design's website.
Orchids In Mirror Frame Art
Connie couldn't believe how clever I was to have found them.
I couldn't believe it either!!!!!
She purchased 4, two to go alongside the large mirror, and two for over the toilet.
I don't really know the reason for the ones over the toilet.
Only women use this bathroom, so no one is standing and staring at the wall.
(These are just some musings of mine when I have nothing else to think about....)
Then we placed the other little chair at the bathroom vanity.....
and the room was done.
At least for now....
I want to add a valence for over the window.
But that's for next fall when the Florida "season" begins.

On that note,
Latah, Gatah
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Finishing Up Connie's Bedroom, (maybe....)

OK klass,
today we will attempt to finish showing Connie's bedroom.
However.....
Since I am now up in Massachusetts.....
you guys know that in the fall when I go back to Flerida, I will be tweaking and twerking this room a little more.
The small white table between the two club chairs is from Connie's old beach house.
 But we wanted something that had a little sparkle and sophistication that fit in with the glamour of this sumptuous space. 
We went shopping at our go to place in Jupiter Fl, Pineapples and Palms, and found just what we needed.
It's a beautiful little acrylic table with a regency Hollywood flavor. 
It sparkles!!!!!
It works well with all the mirrors in the room, as it adds its own type of glimmer.
To the left of the chairs was a wall that needed some attention.
The previous owners of this house had placed a matching chest of drawers on that wall, but I didn't want to do that.
No No No No.....
I wanted something with a taller profile.
Something that could be a dust collector!!!!!!!
After all, what's a Betsy room without a collection of something or other?????
I wanted tons of mercury glass!!!!!
Mercury glass would just go so well in a room with mirrors and silver.
We just needed a place to put it.
So I said to Connie.....
"Connie, we need a place to put lots of mercury glass. WE NEED SHELVES!!!!!"
SOOOOOOO.......
I started looking around for an etegere.
I wanted one with some shape other than just a rectangle.
Sooooooo....
I did what I always do when I'm working hard.....
I placed my @$$ on a comfy chair and grabbed my iPad mini
(because my regular size iPad would be too heavy, and I am a delicate flower.)
and I started to comb the internet.
WELL!!!!!
I found just what I was looking for, and it was within a half hour of where I lived!!!!!
What did I ever do before the internet?????
WHAT DID I EVER DO BEFORE MY iPad?????
I tracked down an old beat up Regency Hollywood metal and glass etegere in a not so great gold finish.
I figured it would be just dandy in white.
Connie bought it, and before I even had a change to scratch my head
 (or any other places on my body...), 
she had it painted a high gloss white.
It's the perfect size for her bedroom corner, and now we have the fun of filling it up with dust catchers!!!!!
But we don't be carin' bout none of that!!!!!
 WE DON'T DUST!!!!!
On that note,
Latah, Gatah

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Big Beautiful Antique Prints

Since Connie's bedroom was LARGE,
and her ceilings were HIGH....
the artwork had to be scaled accordingly.
To give you a better idea of how large the framed prints in the picture above are.....
look at my drawing below.
That stick figure to the right is me, I always draw myself into a picture for scale, 'cuz I knows how highs I is.
5'-6"
(I've lost a little weight in the picture below....)
Below is a shot of the room before we started hanging any stuff on the walls.
Connie and I found these beautiful antique hand tinted prints in a local antique store.
The frames are antiqued mirror, adding some more sparkle to the room.
We girls do like our bits of glitz and glam!

The awkward wall was behind the TV.
I didn't want artwork stuck behind it, as it would be hidden.
What to do.....
what to do.....

Sooooo....
I hung one picture over the set, using the black hole of the TV to fill in the bottom. 
But the corner still looked bare, and unfinished.
So I said to Connie.....
"Connie!!!!! Lets do here, what I did in my very own bedroom!!!!!
(below is a picture of my very own bedroom!!!!!)
Let's stick a tall vase in the corner with flowers that bush out and fill in the gap!!!!
So, I hit eBay with a vengeance.....surfing the web as the two of us lounged around her bedroom in her lounging chairs!!!
And I found this beautiful sterling silver trumpet vase.
(My vase is just plate.)
(Connie is fancier than me.) 
So now the walls on both sides of the door looked balanced.
The scale of these prints is one of the reasons I wanted to go so large on the dressing table mirror.
I felt it needed to have more visual weight than the prints, as I was creating a delineated "area" in the room. 
THIS IS WHERE YOU SIT TO GET PRETTY!!!!!
Just in case I was being too subtle.

On that note,
Latah, Gatah
(I be back in Massachusetts)
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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Every Woman Needs a Pretty Vanity in Her Bedroom!!!!!!!

                     I know it's been ages since I wrote, but I am a very important person,
 and I have other things to do.......
Like reading 
watching TV
eating.
You know, the essential activities of a wonderful and talented and fabulous designer.
I met with Josh, my partner in crime.....
and we have gone over my fabric patterns, 
choosing ones that relate to each other, 
as he wants it to look like a collection rather than a bunch of random sh&t thrown together.
Since my look has always been a bunch of random sh&t thrown together, 
this was a new experience for me!!!!!

anyway.....
Today I am going to grace you guys with another pithy post.
or....
PP
as I like to call them.
Which is better than sh&t.
(in my opinion)
(which is the only one that matters, as this is my blog, and I am the queen in this universe.)
(so there.)

Let's continue with Connie's bedroom.
To the left of this vignette, we (Connie) had placed a mirrored table that I had originally thought  could work as her desk.
She didn't like it where it went on the floorplan, so she stuck it in the corner, thinking she may not use it at all.
It is mirrored and small scale, as I needed something narrow along the wall parallel to her bed.
I chose this from a picture in a catelog.
 Well, my philosophy in life is.....
if something looks skimpy,
JUST THROW MORE SH&T AROUND IT!!!!!
I told her I wanted to make a dressing table out of it by hanging a mirror over it.
Connie trusted me.
You'd think she'd have learned by now, but she does.
Soooooo.
I looked on the Restoration Hardware website and fond this mirror.
 18Th C. Venetian Glass Beveled Mirrors
It's their 18th C. Venetian Glass Beveled Mirror.
I thought it was just the ticket.
It was 
very large!!!!!
Sooooo.
We placed the table against the wall where I wanted it to go and I had Connie find me some blue painters tape, and I taped the size of the mirror over the table.
IT LOOKED LIKE IT WOULD WORK!!!
So she ordered it, and here are the pictures.
It's actually a little wider than the table, but by the time I had added the accessories, it looked just hokey dorrie.
We need to find the appropriate accessories, but that will be for next year, or today, as we are going junking antiquing.
I love the circle details of this mirror, and it genuinely looks old.
 As you can so, it needed to be a narrow table, as it was the by the main access to the room.
It looks pretty from the doorway.

We have been adding mirrored and silver accents to the room, I want it all creamy and silvery and glittery.
I found these two clear perfume bottles on eBay.
Added a mercury glass vase with some daisies.....
The chair we had been using was from the living room.
I wanted a smaller scale so it was less apt to block entering the room.
We found a pair on 1st Dibs.
It can tuck right under the table.
It's what I call a ballroom chair.

Connie and I are looking for an old piece of something beat up to place in the corner where this table had been.
I have been looking for a small etagere that can be used to hold her mercury glass collection.
Some more silver sparkle!!!!!
I found an old beat up faux bamboo metal one that we will spray paint white.
It has glass shelves and is the right size for the space.
When I say 
"We will spray paint white."
I mean that the great guy that she has to help do handy stuff around her house will spray paint it white.
Or he will have someone else spray paint it white.
Or before I know it.....
next year, I will be painting it white.
WHAT I DO KNOW IS.....
CONNIE WON'T BE SPRAY PAINTIN' NOTHIN'!!!!!

On that note,
Later Gater

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Monday, March 30, 2015

More on Connie's Bedroom.....

Before I get to today's post.....
let me just say.....
I AM SO SICK OF WHITE IN DECORATING I COULD JUST PUKE!!!!!
Wait.....
Let me clarify.....
I have done a white living room and sunroom for Connie.
Maybe that's why I'm over white.
Been there, 
Done that.
I have white slipcovers in my own living room.
THEY WILL BE CHANGED WHEN MY FABRIC LINE COMES OUT.
I need to figure out a pattern to work in that room.
NO PRESSURE.....
OY, I've just told the world.
WHAT IF I CAN'T DESIGN SOMETHING THAT LOOKS GOOD?????
Well.
now I have to.
Connie's white living room is lovely
(if I do say so myself).
She wanted serine, she wanted peaceful, she wanted white.
So that's what she got.
And it works.
BUT I AM DONE WITH WHITE.
Give me your huddled masses yearning for color.
That's where my heart is.
I should write a book on color......
wait, I ALREADY DID!!!!! look to the right, look to the right, look to the right....
OK, I'm just being goofy, but I gots some caffeine coursing through my veins and I am flying right now.....

anyway.....

on to today's post.
Let us return to Connie's bedroom.

At the foot of the bed are a pair of big comfy club chairs.
Connie and I have spent hours in those chairs, combing through our iPads, looking for things on eBay and First Dibs.
This is a shot of the room in transition.
The mirrored table moved.
The white table was temporary, 
and nothing was on the walls.
To decorate the room, we started with the colors in the rug.
It came with the house, and Connie loved the colors so that's what we worked with.
It's a woven loop pile called a Wilton.
According to Bloomsburg Carpets
  1. Wilton carpets are pile carpets whereby the pile is formed by inserting wires in the pile warps of the carpet. After extraction of the wires the pile is looped (in case straight wires have been used) or cut (in case cutting wires are used).
weave

The Wilton Weave construction is the most versatile & unique weave structure.
Wilton carpets are capable of 'all cut', 'all loop' or a combination of the two textures.
Because the yarn is buried on the back and only lifted when a specific color is needed, it gives the wilton product more body, resilience, and great quality.

So,
now you know as much as I do about Wilton carpets.

We lucked out and found fabrics that matched the rug perfectly.
Can you believe it?????
How great is that!!!!!
The solid green linen is what we used to outline the draperies.
I still need to get new pillows for the chairs.
The ones that are being used now are from Connie's old bedroom color scheme.
(I just saw that we need to steam the skirts on the chairs.....)

This was her old bedroom.
I designed and made the needlepoint. 
no
I won't make one for you, so don't ask.
The view out Connie's old bedroom was of the ocean.
I love the new view even more.
I find that looking out at lush green pretty things makes me feel all happy inside.
Soooooo.....
The saying 
"A Happy Wife is a Happy Life"
should be changed to.....
"A Happy Decorator is a Happy Connie"
'cuz her new house makes me feel all happy inside,
even if she does have a white living room.

On that note,
Later, Gator
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