Saturday, November 19, 2016

My Line is Up!!!!!

BIG NEWS FELLOW CAMPERS!!!!!
after 3.5 years and more hours than my @$$ wants to think about
(if my @$$ could think)
on Friday November 18, 2016 at 10:23 AM my fabric line was finally hung up and ready for sale!!!!!!!!!
This is how the fabrics are displayed at design centers, so decorators can see a full length of fabric.
(and yes, for those of you who asked, this is only available to the trade....sorry)
I have finished the website.
Here is the link: 
it is at: 
 betsytextiles.com
or betsyfabrics.com
or betsyspeert.com
or elizabethspeert.com
but
betsy.com was taken.
I tried to reach the woman who owns it, to ask to buy it, but she hasn't returned my email.
I can't understand way someone wouldn't want to have an email conversation with me!!!???!!!
Maybe I'll email her again.
She'll think I'm one of those crazy internet stalkers.
Or you guys could email her!!!!!!!

Sooooooo
To recap.......
I worked my butt off to get these fabrics ready for the spring launch 
(ha)
(we made the fall.......)
That's when I met with Josh to make the final colorway choices and lay out how the wings and waterfalls would hang in the Design Center.
We had a real meeting of grownups!!!!!
There were 4 of us in total.
3 grownups and Josh.
We used the floor of my living room as a large conference table to lay out the fabrics.
Anyway, last Friday, I went into Boston to the design center to work on making up the first batch of samples.
I worked with Jessica in the samples department.
We had to staple 870 labels onto 870 samples.
That is 
870 #$% times using a stapler.
As you can see, Jessica is lovely.
She claims her hands were fine after all that stapling.
well.....
I AM OLD AND MY HANDS WERE SHOT TO $%&#
and don't get me started on my shoulders.
Here they are tucked all cozy in their boxes.

Before the wings were hung, Josh spread the waterfalls out on a table in the showroom.
These will be pinned to the wings to show all the colors for each pattern.
Before we could get them all installed, someone walked off with one of these. I am hoping that means that they will be placing an order, as I had to sew up a new waterfall and add the labels to the back.
I was not happy.
I had a workroom make all the samples and waterfalls and wings, so luckily I had the skills to quickly redo this.
But this means that folks like my stuff!!!!!
We are already getting low on some of the samples and the fabrics were just put up.
I may have created a monster.
We may have to reorder more samples soon.
Which means more stapling........

When I tell my dad about this, he keeps asking if I've sold anything yet.
Good point.
But it has to be for sale before it can be sold.
SO.
Now it is for sale.

Josh thinks in a couple of years I may have to hire some people.
I don't want to.
He will have to handle that.
I am too old for this #$%.
Be careful what you wish for.

Besides all my bitching.
I am thrilled beyond words!!!
Well.....
maybe not beyond words.
I never seem at a loss for words.
They fall from my lips like pearls.....
or cherries.....
or road apples......

on that note,
Latah, Gatah
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Sunday, November 6, 2016

My Fabric Line is Almost Ready!!!!!!!

Before I get to today's post about my fabric line.....
just a quick comment about some of the most recent comments to my blog.
Some of you guys got annoyed (angry, pissed off, offended, enraged, ......) because I dared to go off topic from decorating and voice an opinion.

WELL LADIES (and the occasional gentleman) 

This is a blog, not a magazine article.
It is my blog.
This is where I get to spout off.
For those of you who have been following my ramblings for some time, you know that once or twice a year I find something that really fries my goat, and I vent.
That's what blogs are for.
They are personal expressions.
If some of you don't like it, 
NO ONE IS MAKING YOU READ THIS.
There will be no test.
It' very simple, just don't read me.
I don't get paid for this.
I still do it because I have been asked to.
I started writing this after my last book deal was canceled due to the collapse of the decorating book publishing industry.
But since I started my fabric line, I am very
BUSY AGAIN!!!!!!!!!
Designing fabric is a full time job.
Plus I now am designing my own website!!!!!!!
This is because Traditional Home Magazine is featuring my fabrics in the February/March issue, and I realized I better have a website.
So now I am obsessed with designing the website.
It's really fun.
So if any of you are trying to make your own website, I am using the Square Space service.
I spent a couple of days watching YouTube tutorials and now I am just like a pro.
(sort of)
(not really)
The site should be up and running within the next month or year.
(see how I did that????)
(The year ends in 2 months!!!!!)

Sooooooooo
my fabrics!!!!!
We have FINALLY gotten the wings and waterfalls so we can hang them up at the Boston Design Center.
We have had all the samples shipped, so this week I will go into Boston and help attach my labels to all the samples.

After 3 1/2 years this project is going live ladies!!!!!
Here's a shot of my living room as we were figuring how to hang the samples in the showroom.
This room was like this for 6 months.
I used it as a reference as I designed the next collection.
Here's a close up of some of the fabrics.
This pattern is called Small Diamond Batik.
Because
 it is small
diamond shaped
and looks like batik......
I am very imaginative with my names.
It also comes in medium and large!!!!!
Because it is medium and large!!!!!
Don't get excited, but here it is in the medium size.....
I have worked on these fabrics in colorways so that they will work together.
I have been collaborating with a person in his early 40's, so was only allowed one cabbage rose pattern.
I love this bouquet.
It's called Gypsy Bouquet.
I have custom colored it for my living room and am doing it in a scale that is twice as large as the one shown.
My collaborator, who will remain anonymous (Josh) won't let me do it that way in the collection.
He say's it's "Old Lady Fabric".
What I said to him, can't be printed here.

On that note,
Latah, Gatah 
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Saturday, October 1, 2016

A Non Political Post

This is not a post to support either candidate......
for president.....
BUT
why does Donald Trump make comments about women's weight when 
HE COULD STAND TO LOOSE A GOOD 60 %*& POUNDS HIMSELF?????
This is not just in response to the last uproar about the beauty queen, but his ongoing commentary about women's looks.
I am so sick of men feeling they can comment on women's appearance's 
when they are far from runway models.
As a woman who is always battling my tendency to attract adipose tissue, 
I am sensitive to fat shaming.
Men on the other hand are blithely, obliviously, happily content with their less than stellar shapes.
He looks like he's been carrying extra poundage around for at least a few decades.
Can you imagine a woman with this kind of a figure making fat comments about another woman?
For that matter, can you imagine any public female figure making comments about another woman's weight?????????
I am always battling my weight.
Right now I am winning.
Next year, or month, or week or day that may change.
For women like me.....
WE DON'T NEED NO #$% GUY TO TELL US WHEN WE HAVE SOME EXTRA PADDING!!!!!
We know every crevice of our bodies.
We know every extra ounce.
We are our most brutal critics.
(unless we are within the cross hairs of Trumps fat shaming radar)
This is like one big drunken fraternity party where the cool boys make fun of the "dogs".
I didn't like that part of college, and I don't like this part of the presidential race.
I wish we would just stick to the issues,
like:
LIFE AND DEATH!!!!!!! 
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Friday, September 2, 2016

All Right All Ready, I'll Write A Post

I'm sorry, sorta, I know I haven't written for a million years, and some of you have been kind enough to email me to see if I'm OK.
(or to nughe me) nudge 
I don't know how to spell nughe, and auto correct doesn't know either.
Or it doesn't know what I'm trying to write.
I'm going with the first scenario..... 
I flunked spelling in third grade, and it's only gone down hill since then.
EVERY REPORT CARD the teachers mentioned my abisomal spelling.
Now I can't spell abisomal.
Oy Vey.
Let's pretend I'm doing this for comedic effect!!!!!!!
It's nudge!!!!It's NUDGE!!!!! my brain just unlocked!!!!!
spellcheck is useless when your spelling is so far off that no one has a clue what you mean.
Anyway.....
My brother suggested that I just write a post telling everyone that I am busy as hell, and that I will post in a year or two.....
but that seemed mean,
soooooooo.......
today I will show you guys my new slipcovers.
I briefly showed them to you last fall, but today I've taken better photos.
This is my TV/Family/Eating/Reading/Napping room.
The slipcovers are made of a 100% cotton fabric that the slipcover guy prewashed for me so they wouldn't shrink when I washed them.
The prewashing also took the shine off the chintz which I love much more.
The name of the fabric is Althea, and it is one of the Lee Jofa signature patterns.
Even though
the wallpaper has been discontinued and the chintz has been discontinued.
It is still available in linen.
I was lucky to get the last of the cotton.
I freaked out and bought all the remaining yardage.
62 yards.
All mine.
ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!
My family room used to look like this.

I also changed the rug.
I had had a cotton woven plaid rug from Pottery Barn, that was wearing out and getting a lot of holes in it.
So I decided to spend the money and buy a woolen striped rug from Stark in green and natural that has the appearance of jute.
It will wear like iron, and it is also the small rug in my kitchen area.
I had two made for my kitchen, the extra one is stored in my basement for future use when I destroy the current one.
Below is my view in the morning when I read the paper on my iPad and drink my tea.
It looks out on my little terrace.
The chair to the right and below is my super duper TV watching chair.
I turn the ottoman the long way, and it makes it feel like a chaise.
Betsy's rule # 1374
When one is watching TV, it is important to be in as lazy a position as possible.
To help with my lack of effort to have a lack of effort, I use a lumbar pillow to support my back, so my back won't need to support itself.
I needlepointed this pillow around the time of my 40th birthday, when my Mom 
(after my begging)
allowed me  to take the family name of Klee as my middle name.
I had no middle name, and it was very hard to have a good looking monogram with just two initials.
(Actually, for the record, for accuracy, she didn't make me beg at all.)
(When I tell my father this story he gets that look he gets on his face when he thinks I'm out of my mind.)
(Now that I think about that, he gets that look a lot.......)
I just love the way a room looks with lots of the same pattern.
I find it very cozy.
I also love slipcovers with gathered skirts.
But the skirts have to be a loose gather, not tight because that's too much fabric and looks too prissy to my eye.
I've had this chair since 1986. I remember when I bought it.
It first looked like this.
oy vey
I thought I had a picture of this chair straight on, but all you can see in this shot is the back of the arm.
This was my living room in Watertown in 1986.
This was a  photo shoot for the Boston Globe Magazine that Eric Roth shot.
Then the chair had another life as a greeny.
Some of the bobbles on the fringe are missing due to my brothers cat, but we don't want to point any fingers......
you know who you are.....

On the back of sofas and chairs I like to hang throws.
This accomplishes two things.
1) when you get cold, you can snuggle up!!!!!!!!!
2) it keeps the back from getting dirty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I got the one above from Pottery Barn, last year.
I gave some thought to whether or not I was going to do contrast welting.
I usually do, but in this case I felt that the look I wanted was one of smooshiness, not crispness.
These are very important design terms that I just made up, so take notes 'cuz there will be a quiz.

I'll let you know when that is.
I am grading on a curve.
So you better hope that there are no smarties in the class, especially ones that can spell.

on that note,
Latah,
Gatah

P.S. I'm am balls to the wall working on my fabric.
We're hanging the line this month in the Boston Design Center in Studio 534.
I am a good way into designing my next collection.
Josh, my partner in crime, wants me to crank out at least one a year.

As for those of you who have asked after my parents, my Dad turned 101 in May and my Mom is 95, so they are just ticking right along. Thank you for your thoughts.
Once again,
Latah, Gatah
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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Choosing A New Coffee Table For Connie

SOOOOOOOOOOO.....
I sorta let the cat out of the bag in my last post.
I wanted to save showing you guys Connie's new coffee table for the sun room.....
BUT
I needed to show an overall view of the room.
Soooooooo.....
I kinda hoped you wouldn't notice that the table had changed.......
Did anyone?????
We had been using her old table from her previous beach house to tide us over until we could find one that was just right for this space.
Tradition Home Magazine
Above is how it looked in her old home on the ocean.
below is how it looked as a temporary stand in while we hunted for a replacement.
It is a beautiful table, but Connie wanted to go for a less rustic country look in her new home.
SOOOOOO.....
Chris, her hubby, got to take this table to his sitting area in his storage-garage space where he restores vintage cars in his spare time.
Now that the old man is retired.....
He's got lots of spare time.....
Don't tell him I called him old....
oops, he reads this blog!!!!!
SOOOOOOO.......
Connie and I were on the hunt.
It's one of our favorite things to do.
Of course, lunch is always involved because we are now of the age of 
"Ladies who lunch!!!!!"
It's not as much fun as it used to be, because as I've aged.....
now I can't eat half of what's on the menu.
Anyway, what could be better???
Antiquing and food?????
SOOOOOOOO.....
We were in the store that had the fabuloso chest that Connie got that I talked about in my last post.
And I was walking around mumbling to Connie about my vision for what the coffee table should look like.
I said I wanted it to be metal.
I said it would be great if it looked like an old garden table.
I said that we had to be patient and to keep looking until we found the just right oh my god this is it coffee table for her sun room.
WELL!!!!!
The proprietor of the store, whose name shall be a secret, 
(it's Susan)
was a big fat eavesdropper and over heard my whispered mumblings.
OK, maybe I have a loud voice.
My family tells me I have a very loud voice.
My friends seem to be of the same opinion.
Look.....
when you are the youngest of 5 $%# kids, you have to pipe up
 or no one will pay attention to you.

Anyway, she seemed to have overheard my comments to Connie.
She said she may have just what we wanted.
She brought me over to the magic table
 (also known as her sales counter)
and opened up her magic binder of inventory.
MUSIC PLAYED
BELLS CHIMED
ANGLES SANG
there in the pages of her book was exactly what I had imagined in my warped little mind.
SOOOOOO.....
Connie bought it.
The End.

No, wait, I'm not done.
So here are the pictures of the table, as it now sits in the sun room in Connie and Chris's new home.
You can see that the table was made out of an antique garden gate from France.
We have ordered a new chair that matches the sofa, and the seagrass chair, which was from the old house by the sea, is going to Chris's garage.
Wonderful legs were created and added to the frame that holds the gate.
The beautiful brackets that were incorporated into the leg design reflect the scrolls of the gate.
Here's a top view of the table. 
I can't believe that I voiced what my design concept was.....
and the shop proprietor whipped it out of thin air!!!!!
So the last thing to add was the draperies which have since been installed.
I wasn't there when they went up.
So Connie took a couple of pictures.
However, Connie's pictures are sorta crappy, so I will take my own next fall when I am back down in Florida
Don't tell Connie I called her pictures crappy.
(oops, she reads this blog!)

On that note....
Latah, Gatah
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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Furniture Placement in Front of a Screen

OK KAMPERS!!!!!
We're back for another segment of....
"let's trash Betsy's design"
AKA
"we don't like what you did over there in that section of that there room....."
In case you're wondering what in the hell I'm referring to, 
( to what I am referring????? 
In conversational writing,
 does ending the sentence in a preposition matter?????)
anyway....
check out some of the comments on my last post.
A few of you guys were not amused by the way Connie and I arranged the bookshelves in her living room.
They felt that they should only have been used for books.
They didn't like that I had covered the bindings.....
SO
I am now going to refer to those shelves as display shelves.
DOES THAT MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY?????
To me,
the most important aspect of designing a room is
MAKING THE CLIENT HAPPY IN HER HOME!!!!!

I think I have now used up all my bold letters, so let's get on to the new subject matter for today.

Off Connie's living room is her sun room.
I've been showing you pictures as we've progressed in working on this space and it is coming along nicely.
At least, Connie, Chris and I think so.
Connie's husband Chris, really has very little to do with the design, but he walks through the rooms while we are working, and he always has a smile on his face.
When we go shopping for furniture for the house, we don't take him with us for a couple of reasons.
1) He has no patience.
2) He would have a stroke if he saw the prices.

To bring you up to speed on the progression of the room, lets go back to the beginning.
At one end of the space is a set of double doors that lead directly into Connie's bedroom.
There is another doorway into the master suite hallway that allows each bedroom more privacy, so Connie wanted to close off this entrance.
I didn't like the doors at the end, as it made the sunroom feel like just a big long hallway with 7 doorways off it.
Two into the living room, one into the hallway, one into the family room and two to outdoors.
The door into the bedroom make seven.
Just too many.
          Well, I got rid of the sucker!!!!
I had a screen made to cover the doors.
Now the problem was that Connie hated the way the screen looked.
sheesh....
no pleasing some people.
If she's not careful, I'll start charging her for my services again.
I told her....
(here come some more bold letters, sorry about that.....)
I WASN'T DONE YET!!!!!
Every time I came over to the house, she had a different arrangement of furniture in front of the screen.
She started looking for a chest to go in front of it.
I TOLD her that we needed something tall, maybe a tall pair of antique chairs??
She kept looking at low chests of drawers.
Then one day, Connie and I were out shopping, we were looking for something to go in front of the screen, but we were having no luck.
So we ended up spending my money for a change.
She really seemed to be enjoying seeing me reach for my charge card.
We were in a shop with a lot of absolutely wonderful fake plants.
I went a little crazy.
You guys know how I love fake flowers.
I bought two pots and two agapanthus that looked so real that I first thought they were.
If you don't know what they look like.....
I stole this image from google
Anyway.....,
I'm wandering around the shop in a daze of euphoric delirium, when I stumble upon this absolutely gorgeous chest of drawers.
It's a Gustavian travel chest.
If you look at the side, you can see it's in several pieces.
Two boxes that fit on the base.
The sides have a beautifully painted motif
 (for me, it helps to show which is the top piece.....).
Drool worthy.
Knockout.
bowled over.
It was the opposite of cheap.
But there would never, ever, ever, ever be anything as perfect as this @#$ chest
 to place in front of the folding screen in Connie's sunroom.
I remember some pleading going on that afternoon.
It may have been me.
Possibly...

Connie Caved!!!!!
We both loved it.
She had fun playing around with what she had in the house, to find something that was as wonderful to set on its top.
Connie and Chris sold their home in Vermont this past year.
They sold it furnished, but kept some of their favorite things to bring down to Flerida.
This marionette horse was one of Connie's cherished pieces.
The white geraniums that I plunked in the cream stoneware pot, are from the same store as the chest.
These were supposed to be for me, but they got stuck in Connie's house.
So she ordered a couple more.
Here's a side by side of the low table in contrast to a taller piece in front of the screen.
Now we just need to add some little tables or objects next to the chairs to set drinks, and this end of the room is done.
Here's a side by side of Before Betsy, and After Betsy.
Or 
BB and AB
On that note, 
Latah, Gatah
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