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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:

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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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Round Top Roundup Spring 2011

Now is the time when you sit through a bunch of grainy pictures I took last weekend and then you golf clap for us — a trio of dehydrated bargain hunters willing to brave the dusty Texas fields in hope of discovering hidden treasure. Unfortunately, we picked the last day of the market to shop, so let’s just say the glint of golden goodness was rare. However we did meet a lot of vendors desperate to lighten their loads before packing up and heading home, thus we did not go home empty handed. And in between wheeling and dealing Karly art directed me take a few pictures here and there, so to thank her you can throw your hands in the air and wave ‘em around like you just don’t care. Let’s do this.

Straight off the bat Karly scored this giant vintage anatomical chart for a whopping $35. Some little hussy was huffy because K got to it first, so picking it up later in the day as she stood by and watched her precious go home in the hands of another lover was awkward.

I really wanted to buy this vintage tole chandelier for the Inlaws’ new house, but then I remembered, oh yeah… it’s not my house. Dammit.

Don’t you wish your girlfriend was hot like me? Dontcha?

Sigh.

Karly and I both spied the Dad pillow from across the proverbial room, but we were not so impressed by Mom.

We forced our Chinese friend Diana to buy this huge mirror because we’re racist like that, but it will fit perfectly in her entryway. Also, it was FIFTY FIVE dollars. Five – Five. Vintage 60s from a Palm Springs estate. We don’t see a lot of stuff like it around these here Texassy parts, y’all.

This is what we normally see around these here parts. I’ll give you a few moments to reflect on the full situation.

Love love love these ginormous Buddha heads. Love.

My megolamania appeared in full force, as I was mostly attracted to very large things. And obviously the giraffes and I have a mini affair brewing.

This hand hooked rug was large and in charge. I really like the colors.

Ok, so every year these dudes have a baby head display, but I felt that they really stepped up their game with the addition of creepy troll man .

Karly bought this bamboo lamp for $7 whole dolla billz. Despite her oft repeated mantra of “No more brass, no more horses,” she also bought some brass door pulls with horse heads that I forgot to take pictures of. Duh me.

She also talked me into buying this vintage Persian brass milking stool for $35. Ike thinks it’s his new drum, but Karly suggested we use it as a kid stool for later on. I’m hoping “later” will be about 10 years from now, since I am nearly apoplectic at the thought of Ike having access to the counters.

That’s it for this year’s tour of the dustbowl that is the Round Top antiques market, where you can buy leggings with bell bottomed ruffles sewn onto the legs.

I think you know why I didn’t take a picture of those.

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I’m Riding the Thrift Train to Flossytown

Last week I flipped the thrift switch, and now I’m an unstoppable bargain buying machine. Vintage ikat and paisley tablecloths, overgrown 70’s floral needlepoints, a crazy musical cakeplate, and 5000 ceramic pieces later, I show no signs of slowing down — which is handy since Round Top is tomorrow. (Will Karly buy another coffee table, or won’t she? Tune in next week to find out…) My latest find has left me with a bit of buyer’s remorse, not unlike the time I bought this.

Let’s see what y’all think of my latest purchase:

A vintage Milo Baughman brass based barrel chair in lipstick red. Homegirl still has her Thayer Coggin manufacturer labels intact. And she swivels and rocks. Tease.

But what the hell am I going to do with this thing? Although I love the color — despite pledging my allegiance to the black and white stars and stripes forever — the upholstery has seen better days and probably needs to be redone. And wouldn’t it look amazing in this?

But since this fabric is $150/yd, I’m thinking no. Dammit.

Of course what I really wish I could do is upholster it in a vintage Jack Lenor Larsen fabric.

Did I say I was afraid of color? Well, If someone gave me a bolt of Larsen fabric, I wouldn’t bat a lash — I swear I would redecorate my entire house around one of his crazy psychedelic prints.

But back to the real world, and the most pressing question: do I keep this chair for which I have no available space and no real need, this chair which needs a $400-500 upholstery job, or do I sell it and make a little cash for… more thrift purchases (duh).

Sleepy eyes sure likes it.

In fact, since I brought little miss hot stuff home, Ike and the cat have fought for space on her bountiful seat — sometimes to deleterious effect. Ike and the chair are a little worse for wear. The cat, however, is doing just fine.

Keep or sell, people? Help me out.

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Round Top Roundup: Spring 2010

Hot on the heels of SXSW comes another Texas sized festival — the Round Top antiques fair. Neither Karly nor I were sure we could make it this year, but hooray! Fortune prevailed. On Saturday morning we said good bye to the menfolk (who were not disappointed in the slightest about being left behind), grabbed our pal Diana, gorged ourselves on sugary cream cheese kolaches, and then headed out in search of treasure.

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After hours and hours of weaving from booth to booth, Karly and I both scored a few items, but nothing big this year. Sadly, Diana went home empty handed, which is oddly easy to do at Round Top. There is so much stuff there that it’s easy to get glazed over and just shut down. I’m still mighty tired from all the walking in the heat, so this post is gonna be short on words, but no need to worry: I went a little berzerker with the old point and shoot this year, so it will be crazy long on images. Enjoy!

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Stuff I almost bought:

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round top antiques fair

Pair of what look to be Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates chairs upholstered in houndstooth fabric for $375. Cool, but pricey, and I have no place for them right now.

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Brass swan faucet that Karly spied for $75, and large painting for $200. I may kick myself for not getting that faucet, but I just don’t have a place for it right now, plus it needs refinishing. The painting was done in 1930 and has an awesome old money feel, but it was damaged and the douchey seller wouldn’t come down. His loss.

Stuff we bought:

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Huge revolutionary drummer boy painting for Ike’s room for $45. SCORE!

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Karly got these Seven Deadly Sins dessert plates for practically nothing.

I also bought a big white globe swag lamp for over the kitchen sink, but I forgot to take a picture of it. Hopefully The Hunny can wire it up soon and I’ll capture it in situ, along with my “new” shelves that I’ve been threatening to post for months.

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Here we are near the end of the day. Karly has on her sessy face, and I look like a kid that got caught playing with daddy’s creepy Kaiser hat. We had an awesome time, but I am glad to be at home on the couch, in the air conditioning.

Happy Monday, dudes!

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Things I’m Looking Forward To

Other than the eminent guest bathroom remodel that we discussed yesterday, there are a few things on the horizon that have my heart going pitter pat.  Let’s get right to this

1. Bravo’s new show 9 by Design.  Ok, so the name is as cheesy as it could possibly be but I’m looking forward to watching this family of, yes, nine, run around Manhattan buying up vacant lots and old pawn shops to build and design new spaces.  I flipped through the couple’s design site and, sure a few of the spaces are a little cheesy now, but keeping in mind that they are a few years old, they were spot on at the time of the build.  I watched Brovo’s 30 minute preview dealie-dad a few weeks ago and all I can say is that they were putting in custom painted wood floors from some artist in the Netherlands, so this is not a show I will be mad at.

2. Metallic edible food spray.  Now I can make the 5 foot, 10 tiered gold layer cake of my dreams.  Enough said.

3.  Round Top.  I was actually pretty sure that I wasn’t going to be able to make the Round Top Flea Market this time around due to a hellish work schedule and a few different travel plans, but, luckily, I’ve carved out some time at the last minute and will be cruising the fields and eating BBQ sandwiches THIS WEEKEND.  Holla!

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