I just read a wonderful article on British designer Faye Toogood in the weeks NY Times Style Magazine. I just fell in love with her style! She has such a great eye and I found myself staring and analyzing every photograph of her home.
These chairs are amazing. Love the sconces. I want to redo our fireplaces with slate like this above pic...
This kitchen is sooooo cool! I love the huge quirky knobs!!
She manages to achieve the perfect balance between minimalism and "things" (some may say clutter?!) I love that it's not trendy and the color palette is perfection in my opinion! It's definitely more of an artists home and not for everyone but I simply LOVE it!! What do you think? Check out the link and a video tour HERE.
I would say the people living in my hood get a little more creative when it comes to their Halloween decor than most... I love the DIY style most bring and it's almost a competition of who comes up with the wackiest! Here's just a few snaps I took while walking the other day...
Every year this house puts crows, moss and branches on the front of their house. It's so simple yet so spoooooky!!
Nothing like some crazy decapitated heads hanging down!
This one below is just so simple and classic.
We bought a parachute off ebay (don't even ask...) and decided to string it in the tree at the park, Clouet Gardens across from our house. We attached a skeleton to it like the skeleton parachuted down and died in the tree! AAAhhhhhh trust me, it is funny!
Here's Hubs and I with my 2 aunts & my uncle. My uncle loves to dress in drag any chance he gets! He walks better in 4" heels than I ever could.
We also tried something new this year at our park, Clouet Gardens. We had a movie night Halloween with a crafts hour as well. We thought mayb 20 - 30 people would show up and boy were we shocked! We had over 100 people come out!! It was great. There are so many kids in the neighborhood that were playing in the park. I'm glad it was such a hit and now we can really get planning on something great for next Halloween.
Here's a snap of the movie, Beetlejuice. The screen is about 14' x 12' so it's pretty big! Unfortunately it rained halfway through the movie so we had to call it a night :(
The artist threaded pink thread onto the bristles and matched the thread with pink paint for the brush. (I'm assuming that's what they did, I didn't ask!) Also, terribly sorry but no artist credit for it :( I just snapped the picture without thinking.
Now for a tiny rant about Second Saturday - for all you NOLA locals who enjoy art - I urge you all to check out the Second Saturday art walk!! It's every second Saturday of the month and about 10 - 15 galleries mostly on St. Claude Avenue (Marigny/Bywater area) exhibit new shows.
It's a lot of fun and a very cool scene! Think free wine, food trucks, hipsters everywhere... It reminds me of my NYC days in a way... when moving back to NOLA I was worried I would miss the art and culture that NYC had to offer and it's nice to have this monthly event to inspire me. A lot of the original art is very affordable so perfect for people just starting to collect art. We have bought a few pieces.
Some outdoor art at another gallery. We were trying to look like a rock band album cover... failed miserably. (you see the creepy guy between us?! haaha we were going for Stevie Nicks esque?!!!)
Anyways - GO TO SECOND SATURDAY for some local cultcha dawlin's!!!!
Yep! I'm thrilled to share with y'all that there's a little Baby Boo set to arrive February 25th! Only fitting we would have a due date hovering around Mardi Gras ;) We are super excited and I'm adjusting mentally and physically to this crazy guy growing and kicking me all day! Yeah, IT'S A BOY too!!
Here's his cute little face...
Knock on wood, I only really had about 2 weeks of nausea but have been eating carbs like a BOSS!! I'm trying to work out a lot to counter to massive carb intake ;) Luckily my energy level is higher now than before the pregnancy! Before I get too excited about that - let's see how I feel in the third trimester though ;)
5 months pregnant!
And of course we must discuss his nursery! I dug up a floor plan - it was drawn before the rental was in place but you get a good idea of the wacky layout.
Since this house is over 150 years old and had 3 total additions, it's kind of like a puzzle with room after room after room that can all function as either bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms... even kitchens ;) Yeah, Baby Boo is getting our rental kitchen as his bedroom!
If you look at the floor plan, the rental is at the upper right, the living room, bedroom, bath, and kitchen. We are putting in a 36" wall where that hall is that leads to the kitchen. So the rental will now just be those 2 rooms with a bathroom. Since it's a vacation rental and most people don't even use the kitchen. We are putting in a mini fridge and basic kitchen needs - so it's more like a hotel room.
Don't worry, the "kitchen" was originally a bedroom so it doesn't feel like a kitchen. This was our cheap DIY $800 kitchen we outfitted in the rental! All the appliances and counters will be sold.
The room is pretty small, 10' x 8' so I'll have to keep it pretty simple. I've already found my two inspiration pics for the future state of this room:
I love this vintage looking crib painted a soft gold. I'll probably be too lazy to do that and just buy a simple Ikea crib. But I like the simplicity of this room. Love the wall color too! I already have a great little armoire that my aunt gave me that is adorable. She used it when my cousin was a baby.
Above is my other inspiration pic. I'm considering a large sisal rug with a zebra hide down for a more eclectic look.
The paint color debate is between Farrow & Ball Hague Blue or Farrow & Balls Black/Blue:
I'm going to get samples of each and test them out. The Black Blue is the color of the above nursery. I love the richness to it and it's a little riskier than Hague Blue. The room is TINY so I would paint out everything in the color. The window frame, baseboards, molding, etc. Not sure what I'll do with ceiling yet though...
This room is so not even ready for any design yet though! It's still a kitchen!! I think we're going to convert it in late November/early December. We keep booking it so it keeps pushing the reno date but I need that MONEY baby!!
OK, there ya have it! The beginning of the nursery design and the wonderful news of another baby set to hit the Bywater ;) (we're having a little baby boom here in the hood)
What do you think of the paint colors? It's hard to have an opinion from a screen shot of color, they never look the same as in person...