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I’m a Working Girl (Not that Kind)

I’ve been told that Beyonce has the same hours in a day as me, but I think she must have a secret twin. Or more likely a farm of mini Beyonce clones waiting in incubators for the next concert/video/diaper change. Check her dance moves for deja vu glitches in the matrix.

In the meantime, I’ve decided to stop apologizing for my light posts and just pretend that no time has elapsed. Because we are good friends and that’s how our relationship works — smooth and easy as Beyonce’s cheeks (both sets). Here’s what’s happening in the elaborately choreographed video of my life.

If you are following me on instagram (and why wouldn’t you be???) you know that I recently completed this super sexy conference room for a client in California:

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BAM! It is glamazing. Art is by the fabulous and very talented Meredith Pardue, the inlaid brass credenza is by Emporium Home, and the chairs are classic Saarinen numbers in black iris wool that my client insisted on… she was so right. She’s an artist herself so she has great eyeballs. I’m hoping to see this in person and tour the rest of the office that we worked on. Many thanks to my sweet client for providing this lovely photograph.

Meanwhile, project Mid Mod is moving right along with its bad self. We finally decided on this huge enormous gargantuan Berber rug for their living room:

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It even comes with a tiny human! Prepare your eyes for a whole lotta psychedelic upholstery up in here. I want to move into this house so very badly.

We stalled out a hair while choosing fabric for the Milo Baughman sectional I found at a consignment store:

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To keep the pink Moroccan party front and center we’re painting the wall Galapagos Turquoise and going with 40 (million) yards of WHITE fabric on the sofa. In a house with red wine, a dog, and an adorable eight year old. Suffice it to say I am being very very picky about the fabric quality and cleanability factor.

Speaking of said eight year old, how cute is it that she bid on and won this six foot tall bronze giraffe at auction all by herself? I mean… that kid is going to own Christie’s by the time she turns 18. She’s a star.

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And speaking of fabulous auction items, a new client scored this incredible Mazzega chandelier the very same day:

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This particular client is quite the character. When I walked into her house, every single thing was beige. Every. Single. Thing. Initially I wasn’t sure why she wanted to hire me, but she is so funny and charming and down for everything and I seriously love her to pieces. My vision for this home is neo traditional and sophisticated, but with some signature weirdo items and fantastic paint colors sprinkled throughout. High hopes.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, crazy wallpaper law office got put on hold because a new baby got in the way. Those babies! Always putting a wrench in the works with their cute little faces and stinky baby feet. Is it wrong that a (very small) part of me wants another one? Don’t tell Ben. Anyway, the office is close to completion but we had to get started pronto on the nursery, because BABY!!!

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It’s going to be good. I love people who love wallpaper.

Oh hey, here’s a quickie pic of a completed bathroom I did for a client with a sweet vintage bungalow in a lovely hood:

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The task was to gut the room but put it back in such a way that it felt classic and period appropriate. We’re slowly working our way through the house, so hopefully I’ll be able to shoot the whole shebang early next year.

And I finally got around to shooting this living room I finished last year for a young couple who are also having a baby… I’m working on their baby boho nursery right now. Because BABY!

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And that is the end of my recent client project updates. I have several more soon to be completed projects but I’m holding out for finished shots to share. I can share that this happened:

DIFFA

Why yes, I did participate in Diffa’s Picnic by Design event benefiting AIDS services of Austin. I was so flattered to be invited to design a table alongside some of Austin’s best and brightest designers… not really sure how I ended up there, but I don’t think I embarrassed myself too terribly. Many thanks to Jake and Kasey Holt for the photography, and to Gillian Bryce Fine Art for donating the most insane geometric objects that took my table from 18th century painting to David Bowie in Labyrinth. Dance magic dance!

Ok, now that I have recounted my entire summer of projects (not really) and everyone is asleep I think I can stop. Tomorrow I am off for Round Top Part Deux with the fabulous and sassy Sarah Stacey. Stay tuned for tales of our hijinx, including mimosa popsicles, denuded wallets, and oodles of purchases that will amaze you. No, really. I bought this last week:

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Milo Baughman? Sonneman? Lightolier? Whatever it is, it’s even bigger than my “baby.” Wait til I show you the giant Memphis teapot I nabbed. Apparently I have scale issues.

Now I’m going to make like Beyonce and do 20 things at once while wearing fishnets and six inch heels.

Life is good.

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Mellow Yellow

Today marks the second visit of the cleaning lady, and I’m pretty sure she’s going to mutiny when she sees how dirty this place has gotten in two weeks. Little does she know that my cat attracts leaves like velcro and paint in the sink is a state of being over here. But she might also notice that since the last time she was here, new curtains were boughten and the bedroom has been painted and my shelves for the front room are back, sporting a fresh coat of glossy paint.

Good things. Things that will appear in pictures soon. I promise.

Some bad things might have happened, too. Things like our fancy marble dining table arrived cracked down the middle. And I didn’t order enough wallpaper for the baby’s room. And I’m 99% sure I didn’t order enough wallpaper for the powder room, either… did someone say wallpaper calculator? Who? Wha?

I don’t know — maybe it’s the fact that I’m dead tired and HUGE, but I just don’t care anymore.

That’s why they call me mellow yellow…

today.

Tomorrow I will assuredly have a nervous breakdown since I’ve been with Ike all day all summer with no school, plus his birthday party is this Saturday and I haven’t prepped AT ALL.

Oh and the baby will be here in a month.

Mellow yellow, dudes.

Mellow.

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Double Sickness

I have a full blown case of the achy sniffles. All of my bones feel like glass, which is somewhat apropos since I intend to spend the entire miserable day parked in front of my computer searching for a light fixture like this:

kalmar ice glass chandelier

As you may recall from this weirdo post I am mildly obsessed with Mazzega, Vistosi, and of course Kalmar, chandeliers. I may or may not already own a vintage lucite (ok, plastic) version that I picked up for a song, but there’s something about real glass that always sings its sweet siren song to my wallet.

Let me know if you come across one that costs less than an international adoption. I’m too capricious for that kind of commitment.

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