Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I Need a Mantle

And a rose garden.

Monday, October 26, 2009



I've followed abchao's flickr stream and great decor ideas for like 3 years (I found her through television without pity, which used to be a regular website of mine). All of the sudden I see her stuff popping up everywhere.



I want her house, and her before/after bedroom, real bad. And I tried to paint a piece of furniture the same color she used for her bedroom. It did NOT turn out that dark.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Wow.

I grew up camping. Clearly it has become a lot more fashionable.

Bandanas, sturdy shoes, and a New Kids on the Block sleeping bag won't cut it anymore.

I want to dress up like this immediately and go camping. Let's go.


Believe it or not, these are actually from a teen vogue shoot.

I'm pretty sure these models have never been camping in real life.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

i like the feeling when you check into a hotel room and first open the door.
it's not really personal. they make beds for everyone, and give everyone a key.
everyone gets the little soap. and plastic wrapped cups.
but they feel like yours. somehow its exciting.

i like my own bed even more. and the feeling when i walk into my room
and slide between the sheets
not scratchy. or dirty from someone i don't know

i like beds.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I don't look around on Etsy very much. While it is amazing, I find it overwhelming. So unless I'm specifically directed to a link, I rarely browse. Tonight I decided to take a chance and look for some vintage fabric, and I stumbled upon this amazing shop - Vintage Stew.

I want everything in this shop - everything. Rompers! Maxi dresses! Sheaths! Yay!



home improvement

Last year I bought this little stand from some antique dealers in St. Louis. It lives by my door and is a catch-all where I put my keys and wallet. The black doesn't go with any of the dark woods in my humble abode, so I finally decided to paint it. The color advertised, "Down Pipe", was supposed to be a dark slate gray-blue.


Before.....




After. Much lighter than I thought, but I like it alot. I let some of the black peep through for a "weathered" look. I don't think painting is really my strong suit.


Saturday, October 17, 2009

I'm going to need to add a few extra bucks to my grocery budget each week. I just can't do fake flowers.

Friday, October 16, 2009

this is a lovely tumblr site. the tumblr layout has been growing on me lately.

Thursday, October 15, 2009


frido kahlo
my birthday card from libby
love you

Some days are just one step at a time days.
It's been raining for like a week now. I love rain. But a little sun would be nice too.

image via the amazing k

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

22/24


Almost all my pics came out from my most recent 2 rolls of Diana film. I couldn't believe. Some a bit blurry, but that adds to the Diana intrigue. A few more~

Monday, October 12, 2009

faux j. crew shoot






I need to do more of these with my sisters in law. They are so photogenic and will put up with me while I fiddle with camera settings and composition.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

finished product

Living room....Imagine the old tv in place of the plasma. And nothing else.
New Ikea clips for mini-gallery on the wall.


and......


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

before and after

Boring wall in my living room before. It was like this for a full year. I hate compromising and I knew what I wanted to get.
Awesome antique tile mirror. I found a company that makes these from salvaged tin ceiling tiles while I was at a flea market in New York 3 years ago. I've coveted them forever and finally bought 2 this fall.

Tada! New bookshelf, antique glass lamps and blue vase. My mom put this together over the weekend for me. Excuse the flash and terrible lighting; I do get good natural lighting in my room but the sun had set already.

Mirror detail. See more amazing this like this here


The lamps were unbelievably $5 each at a flea market, and the vase was $3.50 - I almost cried when I found them. I'm on a quest for shades today.





Saturday, October 10, 2009

so much to say

So many fun things happening. My mom was here for a 5 day visit and brought me this beautiful hand crocheted afghan for my birthday.



I love it. My mom also put together a new bookshelf for me, bought me a kitchen cart, and totally reorganized my kitchen. I also had some antique mirrors hung by my apartment maintenance peeps (they were so heavy, I didn't have the hardware to do it myself). And I finally did my mini-gallery wall with Ikea frames that my mom brought me. Many posts to come....including a little photo shoot with my sisters in law.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

dress up





(via)

I need more dresses like this. Why am I still stuck on summer clothes when fall is in full swing?

Monday, October 5, 2009

double exposed




I keep forgetting to wind my Diana after each shot. About half the roll came out. I'm shooting for 3/4 next time.
more

Saturday, October 3, 2009

autumn days

Lazy Saturday. The next three weekends will be packed, so I'm relishing this now. Drove into the city to visit Val and go to 2 farmer's markets. I took a whole roll of film on my Diana - we'll see how they turn out. Stay tuned. Tomorrow: fall foliage shoot with Mer in Forest Park.

Loving my new cardigan. Old Navy, of all places. I just want to live in it.

Friday, October 2, 2009

So I really don't want a big wedding. After becoming somewhat of a wedding expert this year through attending many weddings, I've determined that a small ceremony on a tropical beach somewhere is the way to go for me. Just family, I show up wearing something white, a luxurious hotel feeds us, and I enjoy my honeymoon. No details, no hassles, no drama.
BUT. if..........I decide differently, I pretty much want to copy this wedding. Every single detail.
OnceWed, via Jo