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Chandelier Envy

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Alia from Sweetshorn Vintage writes about her latest object of affection, the chandelier…

I bought a vintage red glass chandelier similar to this one at a thrift store last summer.

chandelier home depot redDue to the fact that I don’t have a boudoir-esque dressing room in my house it has been stashed in a guest room until we buy a place where it can be hung more permanently.  I’ve been shopping around to have it rewired and found it will cost $200.

That doesn’t seem like much if you have a $1000 piece but mine was only $40.  Plus, I found the chandelier pictured above for only $179 at Home Depot that is ready to hang.

So I have major chandelier envy. It seemed like a passing trend having been printed on everything from dish towels to wall decals, but I’ve always wanted one in my home.

This jade green beauty from Tavern on the Green being auctioned off this month now that the legendary NYC restaurant has closed its doors.  It is amazing!


This cloud chandelier by design house Fusion Z is so stunning I can’t imagine having a room worthy of its opulence.

chandelier Cloud_Chandelier by fusion Z

My tacky side (about 94% of me) wants this disco ball by Front Design (found via Curbly).

chandelier frontdesignviacurbly

This capiz shell lotus lamp by Graham and Green is so soft it would be amazing in my bedroom.

chandelier graham and green lotus

and what is Sarah’s pick for a game changing chandelier…the arctic pear available at Ochre.

chandelier arctic pear


Indiana Project: Demolition

Last week we introduced you to the Indiana project.  After a week of demolition this is what some of the house looks like now.

Original kitchen



Kitchen now



Downstairs bath & hallway

downstairs hallway

and now…


akward built in dresser in master bedroom

master bedroom

The dresser has been removed and wall will be patched. The dresser was removed to create more space for placement of the toilet in the half bath.

built-in dresser

Closet in the master bedroom has been cleared out to become a half bath accessed in the living room

master bedroom closet

new 1/2 bath

There is still at least another week and half of interior demo.  What’s on the demo docket for this week:

  • Demo upstairs bath & walls
  • Clear out water damaged trim and window framing in upstairs bedroom on right
  • Remove free standing closet in upstairs bedroom on right
  • Discard upstairs a/c window units
  • Demo closet wall in upstairs bedroom on left to create one big closet with doorway in the middle
  • Electrician will begin stripping out knob & tube wiring where exposed
  • Remove unneeded doors and store in the basement
  • Remove all cornices
  • Take unwanted appliances to Habitat for Humanity store

Indiana Project: Introduction

I’d like everybody to meet the Indiana house. This is my family’s newest full scale renovation project.

465 E.Indiana

The Indiana house was built in 1920 and is slightly over 1,600 sq ft of living space.  The house sits on a huge lot considering it is inside the Southern Pines city limits.

The lot measures .63 acresand provides a lot of privacy.


Rear exterior

Because the house will require so much work I think it will be best to go room by room.

Demolition begins today but don’t worry we’ve got plenty of before pictures, you can view some at TEOT’s flickr page now.

Catch the full story, including the final interior and exterior reveals here.


It’s A Beautiful Butterfly

Clearly I’ve read The Very Hungry Caterpillar way too many times to DC (hence the title of this post).

I love when you find those home transformations where the beginning structure is a 1950s ranch or as some call it a post war box and it turns in to a Craftsman style cottage or bungalow.

Example given…

ranch before Fine Homebuilding

And then…

ranch after Fine Homebuilding

images via Fine Homebuilding

Some of  architect Ross Chapin’s fine work,

ranch before Ross Chapin

and after…

ranch after Ross Chapin


Etsy Seller of The Week: Helen Dardik

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Alia from Sweetshorn Vintage has written this installment of Etsy Seller of the Week.

dardik 2

I have a major design crush on my online friend Helen Dardik.  Her bright and colorful works are cheerful without being too cutesy.  Her colorful prints are featured in her adorable (not to mention affordable) Etsy shop.  Her drool-worthy home tour on Design Sponge revealed a sunny decor I would love to recreate in my home.

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dardik 6

I am in love with her design aesthetic and it has me planning my future nursery already!  Check out her blog to see her illustrations and pattern design.  Her website also features sweet handmade toys that adults and children alike would love.

dardik 1

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dardik 3


The Rental

My family and I are working on a cottage in Southern Pines, NC. We plan to locate tenants for this property. It will be on the rental market by the end of this month.

We did some slight revamping and had to do some significant repair to the plumbing, kitchen, new windows and a bathroom upstairs. We purchased it at the beginning of December and experienced some setbacks mostly because we couldn’t all agree on whether or not to gut the kitchen. We ended up emptying it out.

This view looks in to the kitchen from a bathroom, the sunroom/laundry area in the back.


I snapped a few other pictures just for fun. We’ll take a look at the whole place once it’s done. Below is the exposed lath after cabinets and dilapidated beadboard are removed. Despite the raw quality of the lath, the color is a warm honey color, it will be covered over once again.


The linoleum underneath the cabinets


Vintage seeded glass in the downstairs bathroom, the old blue tile will stay for now.

downstairs bath

Here’s a little reminder about our TEOT’s Flickr page which has an abundance of images for your design-related pleasure as well as images concerning this project, past and future projects.



I Did It All For The…Nooks

A nook can be a place for napping or reading, gossiping, inappropriate disclosure of emotions, contemplation of the final frontier etc.

I have a nook in my house, its in the guest bedroom of all places. It is in desperate need of attention. Right now my nook is naked. My nook has no custom upholstered cushion or pillows or a cozy throw draped over it. My nook doesn’t even have a temporary chaise cushion from Pier 1. Shame, shame.

I ran across a boat load of nooks on Desire to Inspire and a couple of other places a couple of months back. Here are a few,

nook Australia house

An Australian House via Desire to Inspire


via Apartment Therapy


nook the selby

The Selby via Desire to Inspire

nook window seat cottage living

image via Cottage Living

nook window seat Domino

image via Domino

napping nook

House Beautiful via Desire to Inspire


image via The Pretty Goods, p.s. I love the moravian star light fixture that you can barely see in the frame

stair alcove, nook

Fantastic use of the space beneath a stairwell that would normally go unused. I can’t say that I agree with the number of pillows and the colors but this is a great idea.

image via Apartment Therapy


Massimo Vitali

I need this really I do, seems exactly what I’ve been searching for.

Massimi Vitali Cagliari Blue Recta

Several reproductions of Massimo Vitali‘s work were recently on sale at One Kings Lane. The one above being one of the works that was for sale.

Massimo Vitali was born in Italy in 1944, he began the Beach Series in 1995.  Vitali’s work is collected in various museums and galleries around the world.  There are also some private collectors you may have heard of; Elton John, Cameron Diaz, Courtney Cox and Sasha Cohen to name a few.

Shortly after seeing some of the beach panorama prints for sale on One Kings Lane, I saw this in Lonny…then I pounded my fist on the desk and mumbled– where’s that extra $800.00 when I need it? DC doesn’t need to go to daycare for a month and 1/2 right?

lonny mag beach photo


Kicking it Modern in Wine Country

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If you’re thinking about going to Sonoma County any time soon stopping in Healdsburg, CA is a solid decision.  While you’re considering lodging, you might want to take a look at the Healdsburg Modern Cottages.

I love the lodging alternatives to hotels that seem to be popping up everywhere.

Healdsburg decks

healdsburg 2


healdsburg pool

healdsburg 4

Ranging from $250-$500 per night based on time of year.  There are four cottages on the property that can be rented separately or you can rent the entire property.