Thursday, August 30, 2012

Art Love: Jennifer Latimer & Gilded Mint

Mod Undercurrent

I have a huge art crush on Jennifer Latimer. Like, crazy, wow, I want to lock you up in the basement and make you paint for me all day, kind of crush. Thankfully, her art is accessible enough that I'm not going to have to resort to crazy people tendencies.

I purchased two 11" x 14" canvases from the Mod Undercurrent series (above) and can't wait to get them! The Mr. and I typically don't agree on our idea of art, but he actually liked this series. Wam, bam, thank you ma'am, I'll take two please.

Banff Cascades Garden Spring Series

Gold is a common theme in all of her work. Is that a joke? Gold is a common theme in my life. She's my art soul mate.

An Eye For Formality

And she has lots of pretty blues that make my heart happy. I would love to commission a piece from this series above for the living room in the new house. As you may remember, navy makes my heart squeeze.

Ellie Saab

And for all the fashionista, girlie girls in the world, many of her series are inspired by couture fashion lines. The gorgeous painting below was inspired by the Spring Ellie Saab collection.

Ellie Saab Collection

Makes me really love a little pink.

Missoni & Chanel

 And this pretty princess is inspired by Missoni and Chanel.

Chanel Camellia

 What girl wouldn't love a little Chanel camellia framed in her closet or dressing room? I would. Especially if that means I have a closet with wall space or a dressing room.

Jennifer Latimer

Jennifer is as cute as a button and lives in Charleston, SC. A true southern belle! If you live in the Charleston area, she is available for personal meetings for commissions or you can shoot photos of your space and she can collaborate on a custom piece for you if you live far away.

So, go give her a little love and visit her website, her Etsy shop, her blog, and her Pinterest!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Registering Anxiety

I almost had a full fledged panic attack yesterday. I didn't think that would be possible in one of my most favoritest of favorite stores, but being surrounded by all things china, stemware, linens, and the like, my brain shut down and I couldn't process. I've been giving a lot of thought to registering and I just don't know how I'm going to do it. I've already ripped off the band-aid and registered for kitchen gadgets, but that was painfully easy since it was more of like a "fill-in-the-blanks" of registering. This whole, "pick whatever your little heart desires" part is what has me almost in hives. So I ask, how can you commit to a china pattern and stemware you'll be living with for the rest of your life?!

OK, OK, I'm sure you're all, "whoa, this chick can't commit to a bread plate but she's committing to some guy for the rest of her life?!" Well, the guy was super easy because he's charming, witty, hilarious, and he kisses my forehead and tells me he likes me. No bread plate has ever made me laugh or blush, so how am I supposed to pick one?!

Especially when I want to have dinner parties that look like this...

Style Me Pretty

But then the next weekend, I'm like, I want to be like this...


And then the next weekend (my, I'm very busy!) I want to 'scape my table à la this...

Sitting in a Tree

So how am I supposed to pick just one? Especially when my idea of a plate party looks like this...


And I'm guessing his idea of a rockin' time resembles something a little more woodland creatured...

Michael C. Fina

Don't even get me started on linens. That's really where my brain turned into mush. 

I find it incredibly entertaining that I can so easily determine what bedding, furniture, and drapes our clients need, but I find it numbingly painful to decide what interior goodness I want.

So, tell me, what DO I want? Do I go bold or beige? I'm serious. I need guidance here. Talk me down off of my registry ledge, hug me, and tell me it's all going to be OK, then hand me a glass of wine in a glass that I can't decide if I like or not. Waaaaaah!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Communal Kitchen Table

Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

Now that I have a clear-ish idea in my mind about our living room, I'm obviously dreaming about the next big demo project in the house. We're way far out from even thinking logistics about renovating the kitchen but it's definitely something I get butterflies just thinking about. Out of every room in the house, the kitchen/dining combo is the most inefficient space and it makes my heart sad.

Photography by Emily Jenkins Followill

The dining room and the kitchen are separated by a half wall of lower kitchen cabinets which leaves both the kitchen and dining room teensy bitty. Since the room is already connected and deemed a casual eating space, I'm breaking down that evil wall between the two and marrying the two in a beautiful matrimonial ceremony that I can't wait to attend. I'm going to be the flower girl AND the officiant.

Windsor Smith

I want to pull a Windsor Smith and incorporate a loooong (8+ chairs) table down the center of my kitchen and call it a day. Is it a kitchen or a dining room? It's a kitching room. Or a dinchen. Whatever I end up calling it, I know I'm going to like her.

Windsor Smith

And I know I'm going to need some sort marble, clapboard, black french door, fancy light fixture goodness all up in that business.

Tommy Smythe

And maybe I want to throw in a little herringbone for giggles.

Windsor Smith

But mostly, I just want to be as cool as Windsor. Isn't that what we all strive for each day?

Thursday, August 9, 2012

La Dolce Vita: Anatomy of a Home - Laundry Room

I'm over at La Dolce Vita again today talking about all things laundry.

I need serious recommendations, people. I will be shopping for a new washer and dryer this weekend and besides Consumer Reports, I have no clue what I'm doing. I've heard I need to go with LG or Whirlpool. Would you not do front loaders? I feel like I need them in my life. Maybe that will satisfy my urge for getting another dog...HELP!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A Pink Rebuttal

I'm sure some of you are familiar with my harsh stance on the color pink from last year. Well, I'm here to say that my opinion has changed. EGHAST! I think it's kind of like when your taste buds changed. But my brain tastes changed. Mostly just in the form of a particular hue of pink, blush. What transformed this harsh criticism of the girliest of girly colors? Blush wedding gowns, that's what.



When I stepped into these two lovelies, my heart pitter pattered and I began to think, pink ain't so bad. And I look gooooood. I ultimately decided against both of these gowns and opted for ivory even though my gown does come in blush. Too bold a move for this deep rooted traditionalist.

I have, however decided to incorporate the gorgeous hue into other aspects of the day.

Pam Scott

Elizabeth Messina


Sheri Bodell
Am I a huge hypocrite? Would you be way braver than me and wear a blush wedding gown? I'm kind of jelly of you if you're that cool.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A Quest With Color

The man and I are starting our brief build-out next month and I have color on the brain. I work with the incredible collection of Farrow & Ball colors each and every day and can tell you 100% what I think you should paint your house. So why is this question of color on my brain? Because I'm an indecisive tard that can't commit, that's why.

Our inspiration for our built-ins in the living room look something like this minus the amazing high ceilings:

Pereira Associates via Lonny Magazine

I love the blue tones of the built-ins but don't think I can commit. This is by no means our forever home and we will probably only be in the house for another five years or so. Would people buy blue? I'm not so convinced. I do, however love the duo-tone of the built ins and can absolutely hop on board that choo choo train.

I'm thinking about the color scheme on these doors...

Steven Gambrel

Those doors are pretty killer. 

I will probably use Pavilion Gray or Lamp Room Gray as the base color.

Pavilion Gray

Lamp Room Gray

These are gross representations of what the colors really looks like. Come into Boxwood and pick up a color card for real color representation.

Then the highlight color would either be Cornforth White or Strong White.

Cornforth White

Strong White

Again, not accurate depictions.

Whatever lighter color I choose, either Cornforth or Strong White, will become my ceiling and wall color. Except, my ceiling will be flossy and glossy like this girl:

Eric Hyman and Max Mutchnick for Elle Decor

Since our space is itty bitty, teeny weeny, it will really help reflect the little natural light we get in the space.

So, there it is. Are you going to think I'm a huge LOOZ for following the white/gray brick road? Or will you be all, "whoa, Lauren, you're supes cool for that glossy ceiling and duo-tone built-in sitch!" Please say the latter.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

A Talk About "Fitness"

Let's talk fitness. One of the grossest things I think I could ever talk about. I know most of you probably aren't familiar with my physique or my workout routines. Well, I have no workout routine. My friends regularly make fun of me when I even mention the idea of signing up for a gym membership or going for a "jog". I can say that I've been blessed with a freakishly high metabolism especially considering my love affair with cheeseburgers. However, I realize that metabolism of mine will quickly come to a halt and I need to start thinking about caring for my body for the long haul. Not to mention, I have to wear one of these in 14 short months...

This is NOT my dress despite it's obvious beauty.

So, the time has come for me to torture myself and sign up for a real "body defining" experience instead of taking Watson for a walk around the block and calling it a day. Friends, I walked into a torture chamber yesterday. Where they could have just gassed me and I would have been happy to be put out of my misery. This is the torture chamber I speak of...

Define Body & Mind

Define is a mixture of Pilates, yoga, barre work, and core strengthening. Define. What an appropriate term. I mean, for those who have something to "define". It was depressingly apparent that I don't have a single muscle in my body to actually "define". I shook, I sweat, I bit my lip, and almost passed out.

So, while my body is actually growing real, live muscles inside me for the first time in 26 years, I'm going to stick with it. Because if I can look like some of those toned skinny minnies (show offs, if you ask me) for my wedding, then I guess I'll grin and bear it. And, I need to prove to my "friends" that I can do it. My "friends" who have in the past given me cocktail napkins that say, "when I say the word exercise, I rinse my mouth out with chocolate" and friends who make comments on my facebook status about going to Define like, "you're working out?" Well, "friends", I'll show you!
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