Moroccan Wedding Blanket Pillows

I can’t keep these a secret any longer! I bought them last month and am totally smitten by them… ImageImage

Moroccan wedding blanket pillows. For $80. From Pottery Barn. Of course they styled them pretty boringly, so they don’t make a big splash on the website, or in the store, but put these with a pop of color or lots of great textured neutrals and POW! Even throw them on the floor for a glass of wine by the fire! Great quality and well worth it, especially if you consider how much custom making these out of a vintage wedding blanket would cost. (We’re talking big money.)

ImageHere they are in situ. Sparkle & shine.

In other news, I painted our bedroom lavender and added some global flair (i.e. a vintage sari throw, ikat bolsters, sheepskin rugs etc.) Now I feel like I’m at the Red Sea! (errrr Lavender Sea… and it seems as though Mike got Lavender Sea sick as soon as he walked in, so it won’t be here to stay, but it was fun while it lasted!) Such a timely change considering Pantone’s color of the year 2014: Radiant Orchid. See? We’re cool! (Mike: So can I keep it?)

Magical Midcentury Screens

If I ever have to go to (interior designer) therapy over these beauties, I think I can pinpoint the beginning of my infatuation to Auntie Mame. Aren’t they simply “top draaawerrr?!”- Gloria. (The ghastly b***h in the fur.)Imageimage via T.B.D.

When searching for some screens for a bedroom redo, I came across Crestview Doors & Millwork via retro renovation. Here’s my favorite design, The Morocco used as media doors.ImageThe same lady used a dark stain on a pair and hung them as doors to her wetbar! Super cool. (A bit of bad news..price increase as of July 15, 2013 from $213 per panel to over $1215. Waaah!)

No matter! Acurio Latticeworks has some great midcentury designs as well for a fraction of the price. These can be used in so many places! Happy screen scheming!

Mama Likes

mama likes 4-18-131. Bow-Dacious flats for $55-65 clams! also here. If size  9   6 is sold out it’s because I bought them! (oops that 6 got turned upside down.) 2. Schiaparelli Pink Nars lipstick. 3. Mod Cloth number for a day at the park. 4. Who doesn’t need a wicker and pink patent champagne carrier for their next picnic everyday life?! 5. I bought these orange soda meringues convinced I wouldn’t eat them because they were a weird flavor. Guess what, I did. Hello delicious! 6. Sassy sellular slipcover.

DIY Cornice Box

To make your room look like a party around the clock, try spicing things up with a custom cornice/ pelmet/ lambrequin/ valance. (I’m going to stick with calling it a cornice because I feel the least nerdy saying that word, and it seems the most proper fit to me.)

Let’s get one thing straight…I do DIY’s out of sheer impatience. Most of the time after I finish up a project , I think (whilst wiping sweat off brow), “mmm…I should paid someone to do that!” Nevertheless, I am going to share this DIY because it added so much at a relatively low cost, well, if you don’t count your time as money! An evening and a morning spent slaving over this in plank position and voila!Image

(Still a work in progress, I ran out of time to put the backing on.)

What you’ll need: Double drapery rod, foam core (or plywood), serrated knife (or jigsaw), corner hardware (if using plywood), batting, staple gun, hot glue gun, heavy duty tape, trim, pair of ikea Lenda curtains (or fabric and a sewing machine).

First, you’ll need to install a double drapery rod. I’d say at least 11-12″ above the top of your window/ door. (I had this project in mind when we moved in 2 years ago so the second rod in the double rod set had been hanging unused for this long!)

Second, decide on a shape. I wanted a kind of genie bottle/ tent-like vibe so I went with this tessellation, although I considered a crenelated shape long and hard. At first I wanted it to be a proper valance and just hang there looking cute, but the box on the side sure makes it extra special. (Also, by doing a box I didn’t have to exercise my rusty sewing skills by sewing a hem around a curly shape!)

Some inspo for your decision maker…

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(images via Pinterest)

Then, measure the length of your window to the outside of your drapery rod (without outer rod finial) and make a template on cardboard. Afterwards, trace it onto either foamcore or plywood. (For the plywood you’ll need a jigsaw and hardware to mount, down the road I’ll probably take this route!) Image

Next, I cut out the shape with a serrated knife. This worked way better/ more precisely than an exacto for me. Just don’t come crying to me when you stab yourself in the leg. Also, cut out two strips that measure the height of your design and the depth of your drapery rod to the wall (+ thickness of foam core) for the box sides.

Next, using heavy duty tape tape one of your box corners on. I know, kind of jenky, but it works!

Then, cut the loops off of the pair of curtains and cut yourself a pair of drapery pockets, by using the large seam in between the loops and the body of the curtain. (“Tube worms” as I was calling them. As in, “Where did my tube worms go?!”)

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Lay out either the remaining curtain or your fabric, and place a layer of batting on top. Then go to town snipping and either staple gunning or hot glue gunning your fabric.ImageImageImage

(I actually built another one after this one for a photo shoot using only hot glue and it worked like a charm!) After I had finished the length and the box side, I hot glued both the top and bottom seams of the tube worms to the length of the back of the cornice. Afterwards, I slid my drapery rod in there, attached the other box side and covered it with fabric and batting. Finally I hot glued on some tassels, hung her up and made myself a bloody mary.

Eventually I’ll have the strength to glue on a lining, so all the junk on the back is concealed, perhaps in a fun color? But for now she’s being rather good to me…

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The End.

Happy Chic at Happy Prices

Happy Chic at Happy Prices

Do we all already know that Johnny Adler paired up with JCP to offer the laymen his signature style for a little less chedda?! It’s available online now, in stores later this spring! Mmm (knuckle bite) those chartreuse curtains might … Continue reading

Irresistible Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

I love to cook. Probably because there’s no exact science to it, you can just mix flavors that you think would taste good together and cook until it looks good and ready. And most of all because all the while you can have (a) glass(es) of wine and frenchie crooners keep you company.

But, I’m not the biggest baking fan, aside from cobblers (tongue and ice cream emojis here), because it requires too much reading and exact measuring, and that’s hard to do while your drinking! I kidd. Ok this is turning into a needlepoint pillow.

I winged these cookies for bachelor night and am now enjoying the last two, as the hobbits would say, at “second breakfast.”  There’s nothing groundbreaking or creative about these, they’re just SO good, skinny girls ate the whole plate. I am aptly naming them Irresistible Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies (and they’re not half bad for you, in a cookie manner of speaking…)

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(*Enlarged to show texture.)

Irresistible Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe:

1/2 C. Peanut Butter (Choose a real nutty one like Laura Scudder’s or a freshly crunched whole foods peanut butter, none of the skippy crap.)

1/2 C. Sugar

1/2 C. Tightly Packed brown sugar

1 Tbs. Vanilla extract

1/3 C. Earth Balance (Butter)

1 Egg

1/2 C. Whole wheat flour

1/4 t. Baking Soda

3/4 C. Rolled Oats

1. Preheat oven to 350. Cream together wet ingredients, earth balance and sugars. Sprinkle in Dry ingredients. Mix.

2. Eat handfuls of dough out of mixer.

3. Roll remaining dough into 1 1/2″ balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets.

4. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until they are fluffy and golden.

5. Remove from oven and press down on tops of cookies in an “X.”

Watch The Bachelor, or have second breakfast and consume.

Makes about 18-24 cookies. (Serves about 3.)

Black Kitchens

(This post has nothing to do with soul food.)

I am very happy to be starting work on a Hollywood hills home built in the 1950s. This stuff is my jam. (Bonus that the client is the second nicest man in the world.) We want the interiors to fit with the midcentury style of the house, but have a fresh to death edge. What better to suit a swanky bachelor pad than a saucy black kitchen?

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Nothing.

(You can bet there wont be so much china in there, but there will most definitely be a wine fridge!)

(Images via Pinterest)

Getting Real

Frankly, my lack of posts was due to feeling quite sad and uninspired while on the jury of a murder trial and the mass murder that ensued on Friday. Also, little Daisy Love is struck with cancer for the 3rd (4th?) time last week and that makes my heart hurt. While it has been encouraging to learn hope even in the midst of suffering, I can’t help but sympathize with some fellow bloggers on how posting vapid things about “stuffs” seems ill-fitting given the somber climate. While I know posting pretty things, rooms, foods etc. is fun and is not all there is to life, putting the things that I wrack my brain over down on virtual paper is a wonderful creative outlet. I’m sure I’ll get back to posting colorful things that inspire in due time, but to get back into the swing of things, I’ll just post what’s going on in the now. 

I drove a friend to the airport yesterday am. Needless to say, she missed her flight. So after rebooking a flight for 10:40 pm, I dragged her to do some shopping: discount shopping. Where I found this big beauty:Image

$199, baby.

Even though I had resolved to stay away from more bamboo, I couldn’t help myself, given the price tag on most facsimiles. Oh yes, he would be mine. 

And he was. For 40 minutes. In my Mr. Toad mania I didn’t really consider how I was going to get that bad boy home. Because, “Hello!,” that thing is tall as a human. After stuffing the thing every which way into the back seat, trunk, front seat(?) and getting it lodged in there several times with little promise of extracting it, considering renting a UHaul, almost hollering at guys in trucks to deliver it for me and madly texting friends with Priuses, I realized my defeat. (Monkeys never learn. “Maybe. I. Can. Get. All. The. Marbles. Out. Of. The. Jar. With. One. Grab. This. Time.” Nope, stupid monkey, your hand’s still going to get stuck in the jar.) It was not meant to be. I didn’t even want the thing anymore after being so disgusted with my greed. Buying things for myself when I should be buying things for others. So it went back to the store where I got to witness a crazy white lady go TO TOWN on an innocent holiday shopper for “cutting” her in line. The LA Christmas spirit y’all! #whyiwillneverworkretailagain.

(Moral of this story, if you are Mrs. SUV get thee to a Homegoods and get yourself this mirror.)