Friday, April 29, 2011

West University Home Tour - Sally Wheat Edition

Ladies and gents, exciting news awaits. The 2011 West University Home Tour here in Houston (This Sunday, May 1st from 1:00-5:00) features the one and only Sally Wheat's darling abode. Even more exciting is that Sally was kind enough to ask if I wanted to show off her goods and serve as a docent on the tour. Um, duh.


If you haven't previously seen photos of Sally's home, head on over to Cote de Texas where Joni explores her home for the first time and then again after a transformation


PHOTO VIA COTE DE TEXAS

Sally is truly a woman after my own heart. As an interiors maven and a true "semi-designed lifer", Sally is constantly trying new things in her home and evolving day in and day out.  All of her rooms manage looking flawlessly styled and thoughtfully crafted.

Today, we're going to study the evolution of her living room. I find these four particular photos very intriguing because you can see an obvious evolution from classic French/Belgium to modern day POW but each look maintains classic elegance with a modern twist.

PHOTO VIA COTE DE TEXAS

Sally's "first" publicized living room featured four armchairs instead of a classic sofa or settee setup. I really liked this look and imagined that it created an intimate conversation area.

PHOTO VIA SALLY WHEAT


Sally's darling "second" publicized living area was this precious variety. Here, Sally's modern edge starts to take shape. The white calf skin rug and use of Kelly Wearstler's Trellis fabric on the chairs is a tantalizing modern edge from the belgium linen and neutral backdrop.


PHOTO VIA SALLY WHEAT


Living area "tres" (is this the right order, Sally? Correct me if I'm wrong.) really starts to take shape and is a stark contrast to the previous living area. She uses bold, black accents and is playing with contrast and scale. A lucite table and deer print pillow really do it for me here. A delish transformation indeed. Notice Sally has used the same drapery for the last three looks.


PHOTO VIA COTE DE TEXAS


Last but not least, Sally's latest living quarters. Clearly the biggest transformation, she still maintains a neutral palette but adds pops of color in pillows, accent furniture and artwork. Here Sally has opted for a bright white linen drape and adds her new favourite (favourite with a "u" because the royal wedding is today) material, python on the coffee tables.


What makes all of these very different rooms work? Well, besides Sally's sheer genius and talent extraordinaire, she bases all of these looks off of one key element (and my personal fave): SYMMETRY. Ah, yes. Dear ole' symmetry. Does a body goooood.


One thing is for sure, I cannot WAIT to see this babe in person and get down and dirty in the details. I'll be bunked up in her son's room talking about wonderous finery so please come say "hey!" from 1:00-3:00 this Sunday. For information about tickets or the other houses on the tour, visit here.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Royal Wedding Invitation Do Over


I know you're probably sick of hearing about this royal wedding business -- so am I. However, I needed to discuss something that has been haunting me for some time. Kate and William's foul wedding invitation. I, as I'm sure most other graphic designers worldwide were, am disgusted by their plain Jane approach. I mean, is it even letterpressed? Foil stamped? Nothing about it screams, "hey, I'm about to be a princess and I'm BOSS."

Here are some options I would have hoped popped up in royal mailboxes for the formal occasion:

DEVERIL

GRACELYN VINTAGE

CALLIGRAPHY MONOGRAM

SABION

BURSTEL

And because it's really precious (and I'm jealous that I won't be throwing a party at 4:00 am on a Friday) this royal wedding watching party from Romeo + Jules is tickling my fancy pants.

ROMEO + JULES

So, what do you say? Are you as equally insulted with their invitation choice?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Low Country Lounging

I left you all. Hanging, wanting more, wondering if I was still alive. Here I am friends! I've been down in Savannah for what was a very overdue and spectacular weekend of relaxation. I told myself that I was going to blog everyday and keep tantalizing you with magical images of fancy. But alas, I completely checked out from the world. By doing so, I managed to snap some fantastic images of God's great earth. 











Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Watson Wednesdays: Literally NOTHING To Report

I was hoping to give you lovelies a hilarious update of Watson's latest frock today. Instead, I give you this before and after shot:


That's right. I give you nothing. Because for some CRUEL reason no groomer in the greater Houston area seems remotely interested in grooming my poor, hot and uncomfortable dog. I mean, it's in the 90's here people. Look how he pants and whimpers for lesser locks.

Groomer #1 cancelled on me 5 minutes before my appointment on Monday because their groomer was having "car trouble". Sounds like a "you issue" to me as far as I'm concerned. Today, groomer #2 happily accepted my sweet pooch for a groom. Upon calling to check in, groomer #2 alerts me that she's "sick" and is "going home" but "don't worry, he got a bath". And can you believe the satanic beast tried charging me for it?! Again, another "you issue".

Which brings me to my point of this post. This is the life of a dog owner. Right now, it's the life of a dog owner who wants to verbally accost the next human who does me (or Watson) wrong, but generally the life is relatively uneventful. Do you really like Watson Wednesdays? Do you wake up on Wednesday mornings giddy as all hell and hope to bajeez that I deliver the Watson Wednesdays of your dreams? If so, I'll continue on but I'm hard pressed for content, dear readers. Will you all hate me if I made Watson Wednesdays a Facebook thing?

Tell me your thoughts, emotions and wildest dreams for Watson and his Wednesdays. He needs his ego stroked a little bit right now.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Merchandising Maven: Suzanne Kasler

I have always been a big fan of designers who get their merchandising minds in motion and offer us up a bit of themselves in our home lives. Suzanne Kasler is one of those super merchandising mavens who has got me squirming and worming for more loveliness. 

SUZANNE KASLER FOR HICKORY CHAIR

ALEXANDRA SIDE CHAIR

ASHEWORTH CAMPAIGN DESK

CANTRELL CHAIR

EMORY SKIRTED SOFA

LORING COCKTAIL TABLE

MONTPELIER COCKTAIL TABLE

TUXEDO BAR CABINET


SUZANNE KASLER FOR SAFAVIEH


JAGUAR

ATHENE

ATHENE AQUA/GOLD

SUZANNE KASLER FOR VISUAL COMFORT (via Circa Lighting)


MORRIS HANGING LANTERN

QUATREFOIL FLOOR LAMP

THORNTON TABLE LAMP


SUZANNE KASLER FOR SOICHER MARIN


OVERSIZED GARDEN PLAN

OVERSIZED HORSE BITS & SHOES

TEXTILE DESIGNS

TEXTILE DESIGNS

TEXTILE DESIGNS

I was so excited to have discovered these textile design prints! I found them MONTHS back on the NYPL Digital Gallery and refer back to them frequently for pattern inspiration and have actually thought about framing them. Suzy Q beat me to the punch.





SUZANNE KASLER FOR BALLARD DESIGNS
(AKA the only Suzanne Kasler I can afford)

SUZANNE KASLER SUNBURST MIRROR

SUZANNE KASLER SUNBURST MIRROR

SUZANNE KASLER SUNBURST MIRROR

ATELIER ANTLERS

There you have it. Suzanne Kasler from Ballard to Soicher. Isn't she fantastic? Skip on over to her website to check out what her wizardry can do to a room. Magical wizardry.


What bit of Kasler are you dying to take home?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Bad Day Turned Bold


I had a particularly terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day today and indulged in a little retail therapy to soothe my woes. While I was sharing the news of my fresh loot with Mackenzie of Mackenzie Pages, she informed me that only my favorite sandal stud, Jack Rogers, came out with sandal jellies. Could this be true?! It is. It is indeed. Gone are the days of ruining my leather Jack Rogers at the pool. Yes sirs. I think I need that black pair up there. Oh yes I do.

Which color would you get?

I'm off to Kansas City again this weekend. This time for a wild and rockin' bachelorette party. So fair readers, I must get my beauty sleep (but not so much that I look better than the bride to be -- what a bad bridesmaid I would be!) so I will be bright eyed and bushy tailed.

Happy spring weekend to you!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Bedroom Wars: Pick the Chairs REMATCH

I wish I could tell you who won the Bedroom Wars Pick the Chairs challenge, but I can't. You silly readers couldn't make up your minds. 27% of you liked the Annie chair and 27% of you liked the Roman chair. How indecisive you crazy kids can be! There are two things you did agree on though. You want COLOR and you want to shop at High Fashion Home.

I'm offering up a REMATCH today. Pick your poison.

1. Annie Chair - High Fashion Home
2. Roman Chair - High Fashion Home



No ties this time people, I won't have any of it.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Watson Wednesdays: Giveaway Winner

Thanks to everyone for entering and showing your creative ideas for the little rug that could. After creating an intense Excel spreadsheet and choosing a random number (gracias, random.org) the winner is....


Alaina won for her tweet but she also shared where she would put the rug...


Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself said...


Awesome rug and it looks fantastic in your home! I could definitely use this at my front door OR in front of my kitchen sink... hmm decisions, decisions...

And because this comment almost made vanilla jello pudding fly out my nose, I thought I would share it with all of you fine folks.



Ty said...


Well first... this rug is pretty retro, and I think I deserve it the most! I am one of your top male followers and would feel honored to have one of your stylish sections for my home! but there we come to a problem... I am currently homeless, but if I would choose to put this amazing piece of rug at the foot of my bed! but until then I will tie it to the back of my SUV and I will offer magic carpet rides to all of the lovely semidesignedlife fans anytime they would like!!!
-pick me

There you are readers. Someone give the kid a little carpet and all of you are welcome to free magic carpet rides anytime you want. And on that note, happy Watson Wednesday to you!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Banishing the Bachelor

Remember here when I was certifiably insane and I thought I would have say in the decor of my dear manfriend's home? 

Photo courtesy of the previous owners who thankfully (for Will) took the pink pillows with them.

What was I expecting? Well, obviously to be able to have free reign on all color choices, furniture decisions, accessorizing galore. I've totally done all of that. Falsies. Instead, the man has somehow drugged me and convinced me to paint two bedrooms, one ceiling and rip up a tropical monster tree in the backyard that took all weekend. I really had lovely manly visions for his little man home...

masculine bathroom traditional bathroom
John Dransfield & Geoffrey Ross 

Edwina Hunt

Simon Upton

Max Sinsteden

Max Sinsteden

Mark Badgley and James Mischka

See? Tasty and masculine.

Alas, I've given up on "The Playhouse" as I so lovingly called it. Do you know why? DO YOU? Because there is always that one PAINFUL thing staring back at you that you just cannot convince them to get rid of...


Yes, Vigo. Vigo from Ghostbusters II. A HUGE terrifying image of Vigo that does nothing other than haunt my life and disturb my soul. So, you see, I've lost my lust to play in the playhouse. I'll let the man believe that Vigo is a "statement piece" and in the meantime, I'll keep dreaming of what could have been.


PLEASE share what heinous "statement piece" your significant other cherishes. 
Make me feel better. 
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