Hope you all had a good weekend!
Last week went at a break neck pace for me, so it was perfect to end it by joining a bunch of ten year old boys for a game of paintball yesterday! Crawling in the mud, hiding in the woods, dodging paint bullets at a beautiful old Virginia horse country farm does wonders to stress! I highly recommend it!
Do you ever feel like your house will never be done? Either it’s a room that still looks bad, or items missing that keep it from looking right? While I do believe homes should absolutely evolve over time, it causes a big problem when you’re in the design business. Another shoot took place at the house, which had me scurrying again to get some things completed.
But I really think I’m getting closer to the finish line…
The curtains are now in!! Margarita did a great job sewing the large panels. It’s a faux citron colored silk with big wide black ribbon.
Hanging anything in the living room with it’s double height ceilings is always a bit difficult. And it’s always the tallest person who has to do it…me. You have to climb fairly high on a latter. A lot of times I feel adding curtains to a room is like adding hair on a person. It makes a huge difference!!
Jenny helped with the curtain pins. Something she pointed out they don’t teach you in design school!
I’m using the existing curtains rods which have a gilded wood finish. I always think the best curtains have a pinch pleat top. I really dislike most of the retail/catalog curtains you can buy because they have a straight flat top and it’s never as elegant, and the curtains never hang as well.
That’s why I’m adding already made Marmalade Design curtain to LiveLikeYou with pinch pleat top!
Have to show you a quick picture.
It’s a white linen curtain with black silk border along the sides, that I think would look great in any room. It comes in three different heights and double width as well.
It was night time when we got to hanging these curtains, and the colors really are not done justice in this flash picture!
In the day time it looks fantastic – will show you as soon as it’s all done.
Jose hung the “Dorothy Draper” mirror. In the reflection you can see the old chandelier which will also eventually be exchanged. I want something mid century or a sixties glam chandelier.
Jose and his friend also hung a diamond print mirror next to the piano. It is super heavy it takes two strong men to even lift.
Here is a quick snapshot. It’s supposed to reflect the black and white wallpaper on the other side of room. Check out the wilted roses…. can you believe I forgot to put water in the vase?? Just too much going on lately…
I’m looking for just the perfect cool big urn to go on here to make it right.
The foyer is pretty much done. The zebra felt cowhide is another item that’s going on the site. The felt backing on the zebra gives it a more finished look which I like.
I got these foo dogs for a client. We all were in love!! I had to get a pair for the foyer.
The bedroom…it’s still a bit of a mess. I need a couch for the end of the bed, I need new bedside tables, new lamps. I got these vintage Italian nightstands last week, that I’m redesigning.
It’s maybe difficult to see my drawing, but that’s the design I’m having painted on it, and I’m of course changing the color. The inside will be a surprise!
And finally the best part of last week.
My adorable mother arrived from Sweden.
It’s the best part of the year when she comes to visit!