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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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Touch of Glam for my Friend Connie

OK KLASS.....
Let's continue looking at the miracles I wrought in Connie's bedroom.
(I am so modest.....)
Connie's biggest goal in her new home is to create a feeling of peace and calm.
Her bedroom is all white and cream and soft bluey green.
We went for a Hollywood Glam feel because I am a star Connie is a star.
We chose an upholstered bed covered in a soft cream linen that has nickle nail head trim.
The soft white of the bed against the painted green walls is lovely.
We needed to find new lamps, as the ones in the picture below are from her old bedroom.
We wanted more "glammy" lamps.
Flanking the bed are two contemporary night stands in white lacquer.
They could fit right into a 1940's movie set.
To find a pair of lamps, 
Connie and I went to a very high end retailer that is renowned for its classy offerings.
HOME GOODS.....
We found ONE lamp.
We needed TWO.
Soooooo
the nice lady at the checkout line called around to neighboring stores and found another to match the one we had snagged.
Connie went racing up the state of Flerida to buy the second one and still get back home in time to go out for dinner.
The scheduling down heah in Flerida is very tight, 
what between shopping and going out to lunch and dinner.
It's exhausting.
The lamp is made of solid crystal pieces stacked up in a column on a nickel base.
They are beautiful.
Unfortunately, they are clear, and don't show up well in the photographs.
As we all know.....
it's not about how things look in real life.....
but about how they look in the pictures!!!!!
However, 
Connie doesn't care about the pictures, she loves the lamps and won't exchange them.
The bed has some really pretty detailing.
The nickle nail heads set the tone that made me want to use lots of mirror and glass.
As I showed you in my last post, 
I brought this detail up onto the valances of the draperies.
Some of you had voiced concern when I mentioned that we would be going for a more modern look.
Have no fear, my rooms always end up having tons of old stuff.
(No, that's not in reference to Connie and Chris.....)

I got up and started writing this before I even made my morning cuppa tea,
So I will end here and go bang around in my kitchen.
Have a good day....
Later Gator
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Connie's New Bedroom!!!!

OK you guys.....
I am sitting at my computer and ready to write my next post.
So pour yourself a cuppa joe
 (or tea) (or glass of wine)
 and sit down for a good (in my opinion) read.
Last year in the early spring, I had started writing about helping my buddy Connie with her new Flerida home.
If you want to catch up on those posts.....
click here
and here
and here
and here
and here
and here
and here

OK, now that your memory is all refreshed.....
which room should I start with?????
Let's go with the Master Bedroom.
When we first saw this room, it looked like this with the previous owners furniture and window treatments.


They had installed screens and blackout shades that rolled down with the use of a remote control.
They are VERY convenient, but the big boxes over the windows and door were eyesores.
Some of you had suggested a solution that I had already thought up, so when you see how I treated this problem.....
I THOUGHT IT UP ALL BY MYSELF.
You just happen to be as brilliant as I am.
I tend to think with a pencil and paper.
So I got the dimensions from one of Connie's helpers,
 (since I was back up in Massachusetts)
and I drew up a design for my workroom in Florida to follow.
If you're wondering what that squiggly stick figure is to the right, in the drawings.....
THAT'S MEEEEEE!!!!!
I always draw myself into my elevations, so I get a sense of scale.
As you can see, I've lost some weight. 
Since I wasn't in Florida, 
there was some confusion about the draperies.
I mean.....
I only drew a picture and wrote out in mind numbingly picky detail how they should be made.
But this is Florida, 
so's you gots to roll with the punches.
HOWEVER.....
the workroom made everything right in the end, and that's all that matters.
I originally wanted the buttons to be nickel, to match the nailhead trim on the bed, but the workroom didn't think that they could find any.
So,
I changed the buttons to be a contrast fabric, like the cuff on the edge of the valance, 
and then....
LOW AND BEHOLD.....
they showed up as nickle.
I wanted a scalloped edge on the tiebacks.
And a contrast lower edge.
And a mophead welting cord on the top edge.
Two outa three ain't bad in Flerida.
For those of you confused out there in blogland.....
a mophead cord is a thin welting cord, 
like you would see in a mophead.
(I wonder why they call it mophead cord??????)
 I felt the best way to handle the bay window was unifying it with a large valance outside the bay.
This was the way the previous owners had done it, and I approve!!!!
Sooooo....
lets's do a comparison of the way it was before Connie bought the house, 
and the way it is now.
That wooden box holding the mechanics of the roll down shade and screen is completely hidden.
YOU'D NEVER KNOW IT WAS THERE!!!!!!
However, 
the roll down screen is really wonderful.
Check it out, here it is down.
You have to be careful not to walk through it, because it is almost invisible, so Connie puts an ottoman in front of it as a reminder.
She is sooooo smaht!!!!!

I'm in Florida right now, sooooo
on that note,
Later, Gator
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Monday, February 16, 2015

That's a Lot of #$% Snow!!!!!!!

I had to take time from my fabric designing......
to show you guys who aren't in New England just what all the hoopla is about.
Now, remember.....
This time last week I was surrounded by palm trees and balmy weather.
This is what the view from my house was Saturday morning, BEFORE the most recent dumping of 12" of this white crap.
The first picture is the view from my front door.
Notice how there aren't any footprints in the snow down the path?????
That's because I was staying inside!!!!
You can see that the snow is piled up against the glass of my storm door.

Let me show you the view from my family room.
That's right, ladies and gentlemen.....
THAT'S ALL SNOW!!!!!
This isn't some mound that was thrown there during shoveling.
THAT'S JUST SNOW, PUT THERE BY MOTHER NATURE.
Here ya go, 
look out the other side of the room.
That's the view towards the sliding doors in my dining room.
below is the view looking at my neighbors 6 foot high fence that is sitting on an 18" high stone retaining wall.
Soooooo.....
if you do the math correctly,
that makes the top of the fence 7.5 feet high.
This is when I'm really really really really glad that I moved into a condominium.
My dentists office just called to see if I wanted to reschedule my appointment.
Lots of folks can't get out yet
BUT I'M ALL CLEARED OUT so I have to go to the dentist.......
@#$%
Not my favorite thing to do.

On a completely different note.
The woman who designed my blog emailed me and accused me of bullying her.
I was very careful not to include her name in my rant.
I felt that my blog post was just a consumer's response to what I perceived to be a bad service.
So I have a question for the class.

Was my last post a case of bullying?
I didn't even name her name.

Please leave your comments in the comments section.
'Cuz, that's why it's called the comments section!

On that note,
Latah, Gatah

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Betsy's Rant #1762

People who don't live up to their word drive me 
nuts!!!!!
I'm not going to mention any names.....
but
I paid a blog designer for a blog design, 
'cuz
that's what blog designers are supposed to do.....
After lots of back and forth, I finally got her to do what I wanted.
She was not the easiest to work with, and she did some strange stuff.....
like posting the new design before we had it all worked out.
Soooooo.....
while it was under design, it could be seen.
That's like going to a party, and having the hairdresser do a foil wrap for your color right there in the middle of the host's living room.
I was not amused.
But I kept my calm, and worked with her till it was what I wanted.
She kept some of the images of the fonts used, in her Photobucket account.
She wouldn't let me have them.
She wanted control of them.
I asked her what would happen if she let her account lapse???????
She assured me that that would NEVER HAPPEN!!!!!

Soooooooo.....
Guess what happened!!!!!!
Can you guess?????
Give it a try.....
THAT'S RIGHT!!!!!
SHE LET IT LAPSE!!!!!
So,
everywhere that there was a word, such as the menu at the top of the blog,
and my links to twitter and Facebook and Pinterest
WAS REPLACED BY A PHOTOBUCKET ICON

Soooooo.....
I had a line of these marching across my blog just below my header.
And then they were sprinkled throughout my side bar.

Amy, from Maison Decor, called me a few days ago to alert me to this situation.
She had used the same designer, and her blog had the same problem.
When we clicked on over to the designers website.....
GUESS WHAT SHE HAD POSTED!!!!!
Can you guess?????
Her blog design business is on hiatus until further notice.
Sooooo
Amy wrote her an email, writing to the contact address she had listed,
and of course SHE DIDN'T RESPOND.
Sooooooo.....
today I replaced the Photobucket icons with the best I could do using Blogger's template.
IT LOOKS CRAPPY,
 but at least my navigation menu at the top of my blog is visible again.
I Googled how to add buttons for following through Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest.
I feel very smart for following how to do it.
So I did it.
BUT IT LOOKS CRAPPY.

I need to find a new blog designer.
If anyone knows one that they like, please leave a comment.
I'm sure that some of my readers have used the same designer that I did, and have experienced the same issue.

Sooooooo
after not writing for a few weeks,
what do I do?????
Do I write about design?????
NO I DON'T.
I just use you guys for a venting platform.
I NEEDED TO VENT MY SPLEEN!!!!!

Whew,
well, now I feel better.
I'm back in Massachusetts, and the snow is halfway up my windows.
(while I was gone, one of my bookshelves gave way.....)
I left Flerida yesterday.
why why why why why???????
I know my parents appreciate my return,
but...
JEESH!!!!!

On that note,
Latah, Gatah

(she even screwed up my signature)
See?????
It's the cursed Photobucket icon.
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

More Stuff for Kris!!!

I KNOW, I KNOW.....
It's been a couple of weeks since I posted, 
leaving you guys with a cliff hanger.....
But I am back to remedy that situation!!!!!

When last we met.....
I was telling you about framing some artwork for Kris's guest room.
I was talking about reframing this pair of needlepoint pictures.

 As you can see, the frames were pretty beat up.
The black didn't work in the grouping we were creating.
They needed to be reinvented.
I liked the old gold liner behind the black, so we decided to keep that.
Sooooooo.....
Kris and I took a trip to our local high falutin' custom framing shop in Cambridge Massachusetts.
When you step through the doors, you're inundated with a cornucopia of fabuloso frames.
 Walls and walls of the things.....
 We had a really wonderful woman help us choose frames and mats.
We spread everything out on the table and went to work.
When I concentrate.....
I tend to get tunnel vision...
and I don't watch where I'm going.....
 Notice this stack of pictures leaning against the desk??????? 
 WELL, I DIDN'T!!!!!
I had a framing accident.
on my leg!!!!!
(the above picture was taken, after all the blood was cleaned up.)
The medic was called in,
this place was fully stocked for idiots JUST LIKE ME!!!!!
Anyway,
after the blood was cleaned up and the lawsuit was filed.....
Kris and I got back to the serious act of choosing frames.
We started with the little oils she found on eBay.

The difference between custom and stock frames, is the corners are made to order.
 The stock isn't just cut as needed and mitered.
Aren't they pretty?????
Soooooo.....
that's what we were looking for, for Kris.
 I wanted the look of an old 1930's style frame.
See the way the old frame from the 20's she already had looked?
It had a beautiful custom corner.
So, that was our goal.
The scariest part of the experience wasn't all the blood that was shed by yours truly.....
it was when Kris had to bring out her check book.....

 Not to be forgotten....
but any good frame shop has a dog that comes to work with the owner.....
as you can see, he's an important part of the design process,

Here are the pictures after their redo.
 Don't they look like old frames?????



We laid them out on the bed, to see how we wanted to hang them.
NOW IT WAS TIME TO ATTACK THE WALL!!!!
One down....(or should I say up????)
 Two....
Since this was where the door swung open, we had to make sure it looked OK when the door was open!!!!
I liked the way the new frames worked together.
On to the next side.....

 All up!
What a #$% pain in the @$$
It is so much fun to hang a bunch of stuff on the wall!!!!!
 Now my clutter loving heart is sooooo happy!!!!!
Here's a side by side for comparison.....
I know some haters out there are going to prefer it with just the one picture.
BUT.....
that's the beauty of each of us having our own houses.
We can do whatever the #$% we want.....
(if our hubby's don't complain too loudly.)

On that note,
(I'm in Flerida....so let me just say....)
Later, Gator!!!
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