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Make It Happen

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If you liked this breakfast nook from Domino and think you might like to translate this look in to your own home,

Breakfast nook Domino

You’ll want to get started with the Eldridge pendant at Ballard Designs, $199

Eldridge pendant Ballard Designs


Lee Kleinhelter: Moving on Up

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Lee Kleinhelter is one of my favorite designers and is also the owner of a home furnishings store called Pieces in Atlanta.  Pieces is incredible and Kleinhelter’s designs are incredible. Maybe these images will jog your memory,

lee kleinhelter firepit

Kleinhelter bedroom Cottage Living

Kleinhelter living room

The condo is an interesting switch from the homes that were featured in Cottage Living, a change that Kleinhelter’s discusses in the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine article. I’m always thrilled to see Kleinhelter’s work and catch a glimpse of Pieces online when I can.

Here’s the family’s new spot in the Sovereign high rise,

Kleinhelter condo living room

Lee is pictured above looking pretty freakin’ glamorous at 34 weeks pregnant

Kleinhelter condo living room2

Kleinhelter dining rm

The mirror in Kleinhelter’s dining area reminded me of the lattice mirror panels Jenny at Little Green Notebook posted about last week.

Kleinhelter condo bedroom

Kleinhelter condo armoire

The Hermes blanket shows up on the chair and on the bed. This baby has a way of popping up everywhere, its quickly becoming an iconic accessory but certainly a luxury at $2400.00.

Kleinhelter condo nursery

Kleinhelter condo shelves

Kleinhelter condo terrace


Rita Konig Writes Inside Out

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Thanks to the blog Apartment #412 I discovered that Rita Konig (former Domino staffer) writes a regular column called Inside Out for the New York Times T Magazine.

Perhaps I’m behind…but I’m not any longer. In fact, I’m almost totally caught up because I spent a chunk of time today going through all of Ms. Konig’s posts.

Here are a few topics covered,

Rita’s sofa redo

Konig sofa

The completion of a bachelor’s study

Konig study

Tabletop vignettes

Konig vignette


What’s Next

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vintage skier

Well this weekend North Carolina and Virginia will brace itself for a winter storm that should ruin any plans to go to the 10 estate sales that seem to be happening here where I live. I think that means better deals doesn’t it? 

I’m not sure what Betsy’s plans are for the weekend but she lives in LA soooo I’m thinking she’s probably got something cooked up.

Next week I’ve got a bathroom remodel for you and more rebuilding on the Indiana project and probably some other juicy stuff.

Check ya’ later.

 image via On the Snow



Ceramic Tile Jackpot at Overstock

I can’t wait to get the room measurements for the bathrooms at the Indiana project because I got pretty excited when I finally decided to browse the tile selection at Overstock.

penny rounds, basketweave, hexagons, glass mosaics and subway–all the usual suspects and all at Overstock.

Here are some of my picks,

tile white subway

With the white subway tiles above you could replicate some of a Martha Stewart KB Home design

KB Kitchen

tile white penny rounds

Anna at Door Sixteen is a big fan of the penny rounds, as am I

door sixteen bath

photo by Anna Dorfman, Door Sixteen

Penny Tile in Master Bath

Sarah’s bathroom, photo by Betsy

tile white basketweave

Basket weave tiles are a huge hit, this is simpler than what Rambling Renovators used in their remodel but you get the idea

tile bath Rambling Renovators


I’m really liking this for a bathroom but it is a strikingly similar concept to this kitchen that was featured in House Beautiful, design by Joan Schindler

tile floor pattern House Beautiful

tile bone porcelain

tile stone mosaic

tile river stone

If you don’t want to break the budget and make the whole bath floor pebbles, you could always have an accent spot

bath-tile mat

tile neutral hex

And last but not least… one of my design crushes, Jessica Helgerson used hexagonal tiles similar to the ones shown above in one of her bath designs.

Jessica Helgerson bath2


Indiana Project: Framing

Rearranging, restructuring and reframing–all things going on at the Indiana project this week.  We met our interior demolition goal last week meaning–we finished demo in one week with the exception of the screened porch that will be framed in to become the laundry/mudroom.

A surprising and very positive discovery was made last week. We pulled a portion of the vinyl siding off and discovered cedar shakes underneath! This is fantastic for the budget and the appearance of the house.  It is painted a boring gray color but that can be fixed.  For some reason I didn’t think to take a picture of this discovery but I’ll get one up.

Where we are now…

left bedroom

Before-Two separate closets in an upstairs bedroom

closet upstairs bedroom left

After-Two closets become one, the little door in the middle will be the access door for HVAC duct

upstairs bath

Before-Upstairs bath

upstairs bath

After-The upstairs bath has been completely gutted. The original construction of the floor joists was not ample to handle the load it was carrying.

downstairs hallway

Before-Downstairs hallway, entrance in to master bedroom

Downstairs hallway

After- new doorway to master bedroom, bathroom door and door to extra room downstairs eliminated

master bedroom

Before-Looking towards front windows in master bedroom

new master bath

After-Standing in new master bath, looking through future walk-in closet to front windows in master bedroom

upstairs hallway

Before-Looking towards upstairs hall closet/attic space

reading nook upstairs

After-This area upstairs used to be an awkward attic closet. In the future it will house built in bookshelves and cabinet storage. The space will hopefully be large enough to accommodate a reading chair.

upstairs bedroom right dormer

Before-Dormer in upstairs bedroom

upstairs bedroom right dormer

After-Two tiny closets were on either side of this window. Neither one could hold adult clothing. The dormer and the closets were demolished. The window will be eliminated and it will become a larger closet.



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Anybody else think this would be perfection in a nursery or little girl’s room? I know what you’re gonna say, “I want that for my dining room”

norm 06 fixture

the Norm 06, Scandinavian Design Center, small $59.11


Design Sixx on Bravo

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The book Downtown Chic has been on my book radar for several months now.

sixx downtown chic cover

The Novogratz family has also been on the radar because of this gem of a summer house in South Egremont, Massachussets which has been featured in numerous places including New England Home.

Sixx Summer

The Novogratz duo (+7) popped back in to my mind again when I was viewing the fantastic selection of design books at The Paris Market in Savannah.

The Paris Market book table

image via Fine Things and Big Dreams

And it seemed to be really following me around after I read Lauren’s nice little review of the book at Pure Style Home.

I thumbed through the book and read the first two pages at The Paris Market last Thursday. After reading the first few sentences I knew I needed it. The gist, two people meet in North Carolina while the girl is in college, they move to Manhattan so boy can be stock broker and girl can pursue acting and fast forward…they marry, have seven children and begin flipping house–big houses.  By the way if you’re reading this Cortney & Robert–I’d love to have a copy!

So I did some digging about the Novogratz family and Sixx Design because I don’t have the book yet. And I found out that they have been busy moving themselves in a slightly different direction as a result of the housing slump.  Currently, that direction includes signing the whole fam up with Ford Modeling Agency and getting a deal with Bravo to do a reality series called Design Sixx.  I can’t find an exact start date but Bravo’s release statement said it would begin this month.

One of the episodes promises footage of a cab ride with Cortney as she goes in to labor with her seventh child, plus they’re gonna flip houses, occassionally party like rock stars and raise seven children.  La vie boheme.

Sixx Novogratz group shot NY Times

Also interesting is the NY Times article called, Branding The Family.

*****Update*****: According to the New York Social Diary, the show’s name has changed to 9 x Design and it will air this Spring.


Get Ya’ Shop On

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Jamie at i suwannee played blogger hostess and gathered some of our favorite bloggers together for a round table on what to buy at Overstock.  Betsy and I were invited to put our two cents in.  Head on over to i suwannee to see the picks, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you can find at the “O”.

By the way, have those commercials ever bothered anyone else?


Jamie put together the montage above, links to products can be found at i suwannee

Jenny from Little Green Notebook made some great rug picks, it didn’t take very long before I was pretty cracked out in the rug section on Overstock.  And one of my favorite blogger/new mama/designers Erika from Urban Grace made some picks too.

Thanks for inviting us to play Jamie.


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