I got so caught up in the big screen adaptation of Great Expectations that I almost missed the made-for-tv version happening April 1. Bring it, Masterpiece!
Another eerily beautiful Miss Havisham, this time played by Gillian Anderson. I've never watched X-Files, but I thought she was good in The House of Mirth, so I have high hopes. Oh, and hello to the pretty boy playing Pip.
J.Crew Colorblock Stripe Boatneck Tee-I wasn't crazy about spending $45 on a t-shirt, but I was hooked on the pretty pink glow it reflects on your face. I wore this to update my driver's license and I took my best pic ever (which means I looked less crazy).
Schick neon pink razors make shaving my legs a little more fun.
Our house was built in 1900, and the closets are all placed in the corners of the bedrooms with space to hang like...five things. This is pretty standard for homes of this age, so I was thrilled that I could have a walk-in closet thanks to a small room upstairs with a cabinet.
This is my current wish list for updating the closet:
1. I would love for the cabinet to be stained or painted black, like in the inspiration pics above.
2. We live in the South, and as such almost every room in the house has a ceiling fan. I could go on a whole diatribe about ceiling fans, but I'll spare you. I'm hoping to replace the fan in this room with a sparkly chandelier.
3. A full-length mirror that I did not buy from the dollar store. Though they always make me look 10 pounds thinner, which is hard to turn down.
4. While our house escaped a lot of the destruction that can come from being converted into a duplex (and then back into a single family), there are still many cheap fixes that we have to repair. Like painting wood the same color as...wood. So we need to strip the brown paint off the floor and look for a soft rug to stand on while dressing.
5. I'm planning on painting the walls white, but nude pink paint samples have been trying to work their way into the inspiration folder.
6. The closet is the only place that we are thinking about painting the wood trim white. I'm not going to make a decision until I paint the walls and finish the cabinet.
We've had boxes of paint laying in the hallway causing a constant reminder of how much work we still have to do in the house. We finally got tired of stepping over them to get out the front door and attacked the foyer and front living room this weekend.
Our inspiration for color choices came from many visits to art museums. I knew that I wanted dark, moody walls that would make seafoam greens and creamy pinks less precious, just like in my favorite oil paintings. To get started, we ordered samples of Black Blue, Drawing Room Blue, Hague Blue, and Down Pipe from Farrow & Ball.
I had Drawing Room Blue or Hague Blue marked for the foyer. Drawing Room Blue looked like a rich navy in pictures, but it turned out almost violet on our wall and was quickly eliminated. Hague Blue was beautiful but still too much color. I had Black Blue in mind for the dining room, but we knew immediately it was exactly what we wanted for the foyer. It's like Japanese indigo fabric overdyed with black and emerald green pigments. If that makes any sense.
Benjamin Moore's Kendall Charcoal had been high on the list for the living room, but it is now swathed in Farrow & Ball's Down Pipe. It was the wildcard color and it turned out to be my husband's favorite. It's so hard to describe because it is such a dense grey with shades of blue or green depending on the light.
I'm still narrowing down the perfect dark color for the dining room, but don't fear, there will be light. The rest of the house will most likely have white walls.
There have been some fantastic blog videos floating around the last couple of weeks. Check out what is going on over at Tales of Endearment—where Natalie shows you how she puts her daily outfits together for fashion week, Emily of Into the Gloss shows you her makeup routine, and Garance Dore captures nuances from the fashion shows in her Pardon My Frence series.
We are just now starting to unpack our madness, and most things are right where the moving guys left them two weeks ago. I've had some things in storage for several years, so it's been like Christmas opening the boxes and rediscovering lost treasures. The light was so beautiful today that I though I would snap a few pics so you could see the chaos that we are living in right now.
The white dishes were bought about four years ago from Anthropologie. The white chandelier is from West Elm (also about four years ago). I found the Paul McCobb set at a vintage store for $100 because one chair has a bad leg.
We still need to remove the old wallpaper in this room and take up the laminate floor that they put down over top of the original wood. *bangs head*
We have six fireplaces, including one in the foyer. Thrifted desk lamp that I think is from the 30's with a great Art Deco design. At one point I thought about painting it, but I'll probably just leave it alone. What do you guys think?
A lot of crazy going on in this room, but I haven't had the energy to tackle it yet besides using it as an unloading zone. The vintage sofa is getting new fabric (something I'm hoping to tackle myself) and probably going upstairs into the guest room. I found it at a thrift stores years ago for $20.
The floor-to-ceiling cabinet in the old library that I'm converting to a walk in closet. One of the selling points of the house for me;) I may have squealed for about 10 minutes.
Our vintage headboard in a lovely king size, I'm guessing from the 50's or 60's? It's been in storage forever and now we are getting it restained and reupholstered (it will remain tufted). The vintage white glass lamps were found at Goodwill.