Thursday, June 30, 2011

Gallery Wall For Thought

Apartment Therapy

A certain human in my life has expressed continual interest in starting a gallery wall in their hallway. I think it's a rather precious idea and a great way to start a little collection of sorts.


Consider this my gentle advice to those interested in starting a gallery wall and to this specific human.

Mary McDonald

There are a few ways you can approach your gallery wall. You can collect an assortment of frames in all shapes, sizes and colors. You could do a gallery wall in all the same size, shape and color. OR you could mix things up and fall somewhere in between.

Mary McDonald

I love the bold simplicity of all of the black frames and black and white images against the blue backdrop.

PS I Love This

I also love the sophisticated mix of gold and black frames here.

Domino, Tori Mellot

I coveted this image when it was first released from Domino. I remember wanting to try to recreate Tori Mellott's apartment not only in my brain particles, but in my apartment particles. I love how objects, mirrors and picture frames were mixed on this wall.

And lastly, I love this crazed clutter.

For those of you wanting to start a little summer project, Aaron Brothers is having their penny sale. Buy one item, get one of equal or lesser price for a penny. That's $0.01. That's practically free, people. 

My own photo from the SF Elle Decor Showhouse

As I'm sure most of you know, custom framing is out of the world expensive. Especially for the good stuff too. Sometimes, you just can't help it because your piece is such a strange size and shape. To you my friend I say, "yo wrong fo dat." Notice in the picture above how different the mats are. It's much more affordable to purchase a frame larger than your artwork and to get a custom mat to fit your frame and your piece. Your gallery wall will end up looking expensive and custom. Put that in your brain and smoke it.

Friday, June 17, 2011

The (Un)Science of Kitchen Cabinetry


I must say. It takes a very compulsive and enviable human to have open shelving in their kitchen. As much as I enjoy cooking away in my shiny All-Clads, as soon as those suckers are dry, I want to shove them behind closed doors and not think about what they look like. I do, however, sincerely appreciate open shelving and the ease and casualness of the whole sitch-ew-ation.


Are you enjoying?


Just imagine that dust and dirt don't exist.


Either that or you had magical fairy ladies dust your dishes whence you slumber.


And that your children and pets styled your dishes for you.


So you could just sit in your kitchen and enjoy.


Easy. Breezy. Beautiful. Cupboardless girls.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Mid-Week Inspirational Pep Talk

So, I'm sure you've noticed my blatant absence. I'm also sure that you think I'm a fair weathered blogger at this point.  While I just might be, I have a good excuse this time. I've officially started my new gig at Boxwood (which I heart until the end of time) as of last week. I'm not really one for change (ask me the last time I dared get a new hairstyle) so this past week has been a bit daunting to me. I'm trying to adapt, get my personal life in order and make as much room as physically possible in my brain particles to soak in new information. What better way to encourage me to say, "Lauren, you can do it!" than to watch this little munchkin? No better way.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Watson Wednesdays: Picasso Pup

This past Friday man friend and I wandered over to Pinot's Palette and indulged in a little painting and drinking. Will got me this treat for my birthday and it couldn't have been more perfect. I have been wanting to get a painting of Watson done (don't act like your disgusted and/or shocked) for a while now and it was even more special that I was the one that was going to do the painting!

When we got there this is what was staring back at me. How could I perfect such perfection? Watson as nature had intended. Beautiful. I'm done. That was easy. Now I can just booze.

Then we get our instructions. "Start painting the background". Ummm... ok? That's helpful. Luckily I came in with a general idea of what I wanted.

Then we get our second instructions. "Ok, start painting the animal". Miraculously it ended up looking like a chewabacca-ier version of Watson. Which I happen to appreciate.

Please excuse my foul appearance. I'm going to attribute it to me being "really into my art".

So we left with two very different looking paintings. Will's looks like a horrifying image that is certain to make children cry if they saw it walking to the kitchen for a glass of water in the middle of the night. Mine looked like he was about to jump out of the painting, pull out a light saber and give Han Solo a high five. All in all, it was a great time and if you live in Houston you should try this place out.

I think he's pleased with his likeness. 

I'm thinking I'll need to bring it to work with me at Boxwood Interiors. That's my way of telling you yesterday was my first day of work. SMILES FOR EVERYONE!
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