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add a pop of color

I just recently joined Pinterest. I know I am way behind but I don’t know how people have time to keep up with all of these new social sites popping up. It is hard enough doing a few blog posts a week, twitter and facebook, plus running Simon+Kabuki and our corporate design company, EandI Design, now I need to add Pinterest and still try to be the greatest mom and wife at home. Yikes that is a shit load to do!! I keep a constant running of lists of what to do today. I am sure at some point my head will just explode and my family will have to make do with my life insurance. Must remember to pay life insurance. Anyhoo… Today I wanted to do a post on adding pops of color to your house and life so that you can make it through the dreary winter and I thought it would be great to test out on Pinterest. Right now in northern California we are suffering with 65-70 degree sunny skies but I know that the rainy days are coming. So instead of shooting yourself when you’ve spent the 5th consecutive day inside just add a pop of green or magenta to brighten the day! I logged onto my Pinterest account and started pinning a board called Pops of Color. Here are the results. I am not quite sure how the whole thing works yet, like how do I share it on my blog? But I am sure if I spend enough countless hours on there it will come to me. If you have any...

throw a vintage holiday party

  What’s not to love about the holidays – traffic, people fighting over the last Tickle Me Elmo doll, Grandma’s fruitcake, Uncle Joe’s drunken slurring – I digress. I love the holidays and can’t wait each year for them to arrive. Almost everyone will host family or friends during the holidays so why not make it a vintage holiday to remember. It’s easy to set the tone of the event with a great invitation mailed to all of your guests (no evites for this one). Picking the right invitation will help with the theme and color scheme. Adding food, decor and music is a lot easier with a theme. We used our vintage invitation above as our inspiration, it can be found at KodakGallery. You can use this invite for any festive holiday party, Christmas or New Years. Here are some tips to make sure your party goes off with a bang: 1. Add elegance to your soiree with a little glitter and shine, but keep it “vintage” with some weathered materials like galvanized metal or mercury glass. Try using a soft burlap runner on your food table with delicate candles. 2. Gather pinecones and spray paint them silver and gold–they don’t need to be perfect, the natural color coming through looks more aged. 3. Instead of a classic red and green color scheme, try a palette that includes browns and eggshell. 4. Use blank paper wine glass charms and write down reindeer names or holiday words like “peace,” “noel,” and “happy holidays” so your guests will know which glass belongs to them. 5. Use fringed burlap as a...

huesday: DIY with paint

I’ve been in the DIY mood lately and dig anything that has to do with paint. If feels good to do a project yourself, but I want to see speedy results. I lose patience if a project takes more than 2 days. I live in an Eichler that we’ve furnished with both old and new pieces, so this cabinet was sure to fit in. I got this 1940s cabinet from my Grandma’s house last year and immediately knew what I wanted to do to it. You guessed it — paint. You can find spray paint in so many fun colors that the possibilities are endless! I picked a bright lime green, called my dad for last minute spray painting tips and off I went.     The inside was a bit rusty, but the body of the cabinet was in great shape and didn’t need much attention. I did minor sanding to smooth out a few rough patches and then got to work. I removed the handles so they’d stay their pretty chrome finish, but left the interior hooks in place. The truth is the screws were rusted over on the hooks and it would have taken more strength that I had to remove them. I did a coat of primer on the exterior to ensure a smooth surface. Dry time on spray paint is great, as you only need to wait an hour to do your next coat. It took 2 coats of spray paint (3.5 cans) and she was as good as new! I found cute polka dot shelf liner at Target and she was ready to...

diy: Nesting cupcakes for easter

I definitely don’t consider myself a super fabulous baker– except for my chocolate chip cookie dough, which is better than sex – but I always give it my best effort. Okay, I lied. I often give baking minimal effort because why would I knock myself out when I could make something out of a box and decorate it really extra cute and still get “oohs” and “aahs” from my grateful recipients? These Easter-y egg nest cupcakes are a breeze to make and if you’re an overachiever you could bake everything from scratch, and if you’re way too busy you could buy the cupcakes or muffins already baked and just decorate them and take full credit when people tell you how fabulous they are. I made an awful video to show you how to do the frosting so it looks like a nest.   And don’t forget about the presentation, if you don’t have your own cupcake holder, check out this paper version from Martha Stewart and Target has a cute version too.  ...

dyi: what do I do with this?

Have you ever been at a garage sale and thought that rocking chair would be cool if it wasn’t for the hideous fabric, and how would I change that? Or hey that bag of basket grass is really sparkly but I don’t know what to do with it. That happens to me all the time. (Not the basket grass so much) I call this step one: drive away, turn around, drive back and buy the object of curiosity. Step two: put object in garage and contemplate it’s future. Step two can last a long time (much to my husbands horror). Then after a while, if the inspiration hasn’t hit yet on what to do with this object but you still like it, then do step three (it’s a short step program): hit the DYI resources! On my computer, I have bookmarked some really cool sites that are a wealth of information. These are my go-to websites for fun, inspiration and for saving my marriage (not really). diyideas.com: this site is also a magazine called “do it yourself” to peruse if you don’t have internet access (in a plane on the runway before take-off is the only thing that comes to mind). This site is just fun. thenateshow.com: one of Oprah’s favorite guys. His site has tips on everything from refinishing kitchen cabinets to how to take pictures that won’t make you look fat. I love his philosophy that a a home should be comfortable, individual and thoughtful. If I had a dream personal home decorator that would be Nate (and not just because he’s cute) (well, maybe). designspongeonline.com: I...

DIY: a dramatic entrance

Being a semi-shy person growing up, I always tried to avoid making dramatic entrances and would rather scope out the situation first and kinda sneak in. Much to my dismay, as an adult I have not been so successful. My dramatic entrances involve these situtations: “OMG-shit I am late! again!”, or the embarrassing “sorry coffee patrons I have to pee really bad so I am going to drag my kid and his meltdown all the way through the store to the bathroom”, or the dreaded  late walk of shame up the long stairs into the lecture room, during a test, whilst dropping and shattering my phone into a million pieces. Oh the drama! If anyone has a portable hole I can crawl in as necessary I will take it! So, as part of my midlife crisis I decided to embrace my inevitable attention getting drama and apply it to my surroundings. I recently bought a new house and I wanted to spruce up the boring entryway. It needed some, “drama” so to speak. Hello dramatic entrances! (without the added mortification). Adding bright wall color to an otherwise dull entryway was really daunting. I usually go for muted and neutral colors for rooms. My inspiration was to do something no one would expect of me. There were all these wonderful fun color choices, but what is more dramatic than red? I chose a dark terra cotta red to compliment the room next to it which is painted a light olive green color. If remodeling is out of the question, painting is the easiest, quickest way to make dull space feel new....

friday favorites: indoor swings

My seven year old daughter (budding designer) was sketching ideas for her “Big Bedroom Re-Do 2011”. Nevermind that it has only been a year that we last decorated it. She drew a puffy chair hanging from the ceiling and told me it was a swing and pretty please can she have it in her room and it would help her sit and read more (good try). Indoor swing? No way. I pictured a seven year old propelling about and breaking everything within legs reach. I thought about it more and decided it would be so fun to have a swing in MY bedroom. Adults need a little more fun in our lives, right? The kid in me woke up and I thought of all the DIY possibilities and it made me giddy. Of course I would let the kids no where near it. It’s for me.  I was so excited when I saw the great collection of indoor swings Apartment Therapy has up on their site. Now, which one do I want… Needless to say my daughter and I are still negotiating the Big Room Re-Do. We now have an adorable (grounded) Papasan chair in the...