Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Mixing lamps in a room

Once again, shopping at home (in the attic) came to the rescue!

In searching for lamps for our great room, I found a pair we have used before that are darkened brass and have lovely silk, pleated shades.

Still needing a third lamp, I began checking stores.

A single lamp caught my attention as I was walking through Marshall's/Homegoods. I had a feeling it would be perfect in the space, so brought it home to verify.

Everything was great, except the shade  did not look great in the same room with the silk, pleated shades that were already on the other two lamps.

MySouthernHome2014 photo

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Updating - a story of before and after

Regular readers might remember the post about purchasing furniture with the future in mind. November 15, 2016

Our original table served us well. After over 30 years, I still love the the back of these chairs. The uniqueness of the design fascinates me!  (The photo was taken after new paint and flooring. No art has been hung yet.) 

BEFORE
MySouthernHome2014 photo

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Antiques, "new"-tiques, "dear"-tiques

When walking through the Charleston private homes that graciously allowed visitors to peak inside during the annual Festival of Homes and Gardens, my eyes gravitated to something I already loved. Isn't that the way we are?  We are drawn to the familiar.

For example, when we're interested in a specific car, we see all the others just like it as we drive through town.

Before visiting any of the homes, we had to make a stop at the Shops of Historic Charleston Foundation to secure our tickets. This small shop was filled with beautiful Charleston memorabilia; classic pieces of Canton ware, pineapple decor, and more. The beautiful shop is as far from the typical souvenir store as you might get. These were beautiful items that would actually be used in home decor, instead of the typical trinkets and t-shirts.

MySouthernHome2014 photo

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A work in progress...

After scavenging resale shops, antique stores, off price stores, Hobby Lobby, and other local haunts, I finally gathered a collection of blue and white transferware that reminds me of the pieces in some of the stunning china cabinets in Charleston, SC homes.

I still have art to hang; plus tweaking will always be a pass-time as I decide to move things around. But at least the dining room finally looks like someone has tried to use design principles to create a room with a plan.

Since our goal was to create a room that has the character of a home in the early days of Charleston or New Orleans, we used furniture that was created to remind people of that time period.

MySouthernHome2014 photo

Monday, July 10, 2017

Houston ASID showcase home 2017

The first weekend open and I've already visited this 10,000 SF home twice. It is a refreshing beauty after the overload of dark spaces in some previous show homes. Adding the inlaw suite and barn, there is a total of 14,000 SF, as advertised by the ASID.

The tour boasts 30 distinct spaces designed by multiple designers. To tour the house, tickets can be purchased online, at the door, or from various design firms involved in the showcase.

MySouthernHome2014 photo of ASID 2017 showcase home