The living room is now almost complete. There's the art to finish. I have 2 Ikea frames that I am in love with. You can see one hanging in the background of this shot.
I have a great idea of how to fill them. It's a secret, though. You'll find out soon enough.
And The Winner Is
It's acryllic, yet it fulfills my lustful desire for a piece of lucite furniture, which is outside of our price range.
Thanks to another generous family member, I will also fulfill my lustful desire for a piece of mirrored furniture. I snapped up this awesome mirrored side table from West Elm.
Now all that's left is art and a new lamp. Thanks to everyone who helped make this living room possible. We really appreciate it!
Mariska was a Hungarian-American who started out as a clothing designer and then became an embroidery artist. The Georgia Museum of Art is currently showing a retrospective of her work as both a fashion designer and artist and I wish I could go. It's the first showing of her work in nearly 40 years.
Whip Up blogged about another inspiring textile artist named Tilleke Schwarz whose work reminds me of Mariska's in that it is eclectic and free with an understanding of a total mastery of embroidery stitches. Poetic license. Love it.
I found this awesome Mack truck bulldog hood ornament ashtray:
As well as these golden birds (which the mister calls Angry Chickens):
The still life's in the background are also Goodwill scores. Yes, that is a pencil hanging from a string in the one on the left.
Oh My Cavalier
I lucked out and found this great curtain panel at my local Goodwill the other day. I'm thinking of making pillows for my new sofa with it. A chartreuse velvet as a backing to the pillow would be yummy.
Old and New Favorites
Pop Ink offers great paper.
Lavish candles from Joya, couldn't find an image, but a photo could never describe how divine these candles smell...
The Akhassa line of body care, inspired by Thai ingedients, these products are luxurious and unique. The Black Pepper bath oil is my favorite.
La Compagnie de Provence Marseille is a French line that uses pure ingredients and has fresh, clean and elegant packaging.
Seattle company Rosanna can always be relied upon to produce vibrant and functional pieces.
Thanks to Megan at Not Martha for turning me on to this book.
New Blue Kitchen Curtains
File This Under "Cool Idea"
This is how Purl in Soho displays their new fabrics. I love this idea and may have to steal it for our bedroom. Or at least for my craft room in a future (larger than 700 square foot) house.
My Quest for the Perfect Cocktail Table
My first inclination was a modern glass topped table, a la Noguchi:
Then, I remembered that Ruby won't always fit in the Baby Bjorn and will eventually start to walk and that a glass table isn't really condusive to toddlerhood.
So, then I turned my covetous gaze towards the Eames plywood table:
This one is still in the running, although, I'm not 100% sold on it. Not sure why exactly becasue it's perfect in many ways: round edges, light wood, mid century modern look, and I could find an affordable replica somewhere. But it's not quite a slam dunk for me yet.
My new direction is to take it a little ecletic with this beauty from Tonic Home:
I love the Chinese Chippendale look and the punch of red on the top. Not sure the mister is sold on this idea. Not sure I am either.
Maybe we need a darker table, since the rest of the pieces are light. I found this one last night and the price is right. It's from Overstock.com, an unlikely source.
I'm just not sure which direction to go. I'm hoping once the furniture comes all will be revealed...