Thursday, October 31, 2013

Cool Art

I saw this art piece at Antenna Gallery last month during the monthly Second Saturday and thought it was really cool. Simple but I loved it.

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!!!! 

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

We're Expecting a Baby Boo!!

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:

Hague Blue
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...

Monday, October 7, 2013

Boo's in Southern Living!!?! WHAAAT!?

Yeahhhhh..... WHAT?! I was thrilled to see that an article featuring my lovely little neighborhood included yours truly! Be sure to pick up the October issue of Southern Living - there's a great article on the Bywater neighborhood and a cute little snippet on "The Mover and Shaker" - Boo Hazard! Ha! 

This year has been filled with wonderful surprises and goals I wanted to fulfill... many random things going on that I'm thrilled to check off my "bucket list". Granted, my bucket list never included being included in a magazine article but honey I'll take it! Can't wait to share with y'all all the rest going on!! :)

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