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Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Thank you for the shout out AT.

It’s official. I’m resourceful.

Also, check out that #1 House Tour featured on the left sidebar. Congrats Gen! It’s also official that we got style.

In progress

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Well, it’s been awhile (5 months! WTF) since I mentioned the fleshy pink bathroom of ill repute. Progress has been made, but not enough to warrant a full scale reveal.






So to recap:

-Paint! We painted…awhile ago.
-Patched holes/fixed plaster! LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS.
-Replaced cabinet handle hardware (although I’m not in love with it – anyone have a recommendations?)
-Installed an Ikea mirror.
-Fixed the shower plumbing

Still to do:

-Install shower curtain track
-Buy a shower curtain
-Install new lighting
-Install long shelf under mirror
-Hang art
-Paint and fix door (maybe get new door hardware?)
-Figure out where to hang towels (get towel hangers, oh and maybe some nice towels for once)
-Get rug
-Caulk shower (again)
-Buy porcelain plates for electrical outlets and such

So, in conclusion – we will continue to just smash lipstick all over this pig.

Stupid pink bathroom. Pink is my least favorite color, even trumping orange. At least I haven’t terrified you with an in depth tour of the other bathroom


Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

The readers spoke and I listened. The art in the dining and living room got the old switch-a-roo.

The mantel vignette in the living room is one of those things that will probably change shortly. It all depends on when I find awesome things, that perfect piece of art or sculpture can be elusive when your thrifty.

While my vintage art collection can be a bit disconcerting to some folks (or squares as I’d like to call them) the right piece of art gives a room a hella lot of charm and loads of quirk. An art collection can speak volumes about its owner and is one of those things that can be sourced and purchased over time and at any budget. Plus art makes a bland space EXPLODE with style.

You really don’t need a ton of cash to start collecting. I’ve never paid over $40 for a piece of art. Most of my collection was picked up at thrift stores (mainly), flea markets, garage sales and occasionally ebay. I also trade art with friends or sometimes make my own – even if it is a knock-off.

When in doubt buy original paintings, not giclee prints (or the bane of my existence) those crappy ink jet prints on canvas. Silkscreens, lithographs (well any printmaking for that matter) and drawings are all fabulous and have a great texture and that rich handmade quality.

Full disclosure; my background, ie. education, employment, ect. is in visual art. That’s probably why I dig modernism and wanna collect, collect, collect – especially when it comes to paintings, furniture, ceramics, blah blah blah. I like art. I like design. I like pretty pretty things. I am an aesthetic junkie and total art whore.

Art really seals the deal when it comes to taking your decor to that next elusive level. Real art (be it vintage, on etsy, or from a real life fancy gallery – hooray galleries!) is pretty easy to find and buy. So NO ONE has an excuse to buy that goddamn Audrey Hepburn fake painting at Ikea.