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Lately…..

A few snapshots of life around here…..

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My favorite thing about spring is spring flowers and how cheerful they make the house feel. I was so pleased to be quoted and to have this photo published over at Country Living (as well as Veranda and Elle Decor)…..

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I’ve also been spending a little time in the kitchen. (Emphasis on the little.) This quinoa and Tuscan kale salad is my favorite lunch these days. (I know. The two most annoying ingredients in the world right now but it’s really good, I promise.) Recipe here.

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When we get the rare lazy Sunday morning at home, challah French toast is a favorite. I like this simple recipe.

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I saw this yesterday and think that may have sealed the deal on Project Laundry Room…..

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I also think it’s time to admit I have a zebra problem…..

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For more daily goings-on, you can follow me on Instagram (@FromTheRightBank) or Twitter (@FromTheRightBnk).

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Zebra Wallpaper + Gold Ceiling Are Happening in Project Hallway

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It seems like all I’ve been talking about lately is Project Hallway and well, that’s probably because that is all I’ve been talking about. Usually I’m thinking about a million projects at once but I’ve been singularly focused on the hallway for some reason. It’s actually a much more productive way to work but I think it can get a little boring for you (and me) after a while. Well, it’s about to get a lot more exciting because decisions have been made! Very fun decisions, too, I might add.

First, I’ve decided on the wallpaper. Scalamandre Zebras! In orange! I’m so excited I can’t! stop! using! exclamation! points!

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I have been wanting to use this wallpaper forever, and I mean forever, but haven’t had the right occasion. I thought I was finally going to use it in blue or red for the WC in the master bathroom (another project) but when I saw the orange in person, I literally gasped. The shade of orange is just perfect – it’s that beautiful Hermès orange which is a little warmer and lighter than in this photo – and as many papers as I saw, nothing compared to it. Along with the fact that orange is what I call one of my house colors and that I’ve never seen the orange colorway used anywhere, it was a done deal. It had to go in the hall.

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This paper is a really popular choice for powder rooms…..

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and I love how Lauren used it in her hallway:

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but I haven’t seen it in orange anywhere. If you have, please let me know. I’d love to see!

Okay, so with a wallpaper that was not within the intended color palette, I had to reconsider the blue ceiling idea. (I did say I was only 99% sure!) The blue could have worked but when I put the wallpaper sample up on the wall…..

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I knew exactly what needed to happen. Gold. It was one of those instances when I just knew. And while we’re on the topic, let me say this is generally how decorate – by gut and instinct. I’m not one for rules and formulas. I think they have their place and are helpful for a lot of people but it’s just not my approach.

Anyway, here are some examples of what I envision:

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Looking at the wallpaper on the wall, I had a vision of a gold ceiling and that was that. Of course it’s not always that simple and clearcut but I love it when it is!

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I was really pleased with this idea but then immediately started to regret it because I thought a gold ceiling would entail gold leafing or finding the perfect gold wallpaper or something else more complicated. But then I came across…..

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Ralph Lauren Regent Metallic Paint. Metallic paints are tricky but this line seemed to have good reviews across the board. (I read a lot of reviews.) I called their customer service number to find a local retailer because very few places carry RL paints these days and they gave me the contact for the one shop here. (If you’re local, Paint Unlimited – no website). I went by and picked up some gold swatches then narrowed it down to these two colors:

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Golden Candlesticks on the left and Parlor Gold on the right. I chose Parlor Gold in the end because it was lighter and since paint tends to look darker on ceilings, I think it will work better.

Lastly, the built-in will be painted white. I considered a different color but there is plenty going on with the wallpaper and ceiling so white it will be. I’ve also been looking for the perfect lights to install against the gold ceiling and possibly a runner of some sort.

So that’s it. The makings of my dream hallway. And I promise this will be the last time you hear about Project Hallway until the reveal! Thank goodness.

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Kitchen Office Update + a $250 Lighting Giveaway

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Having lived in as many homes as I have, the one thing I’ve learned is that it takes time to fine tune your spaces to fit your lifestyle. Take our kitchen office for instance. When we bought the house, it was described in the listing as the Bill Paying Station. The thought of a dedicated space just to pay bills was really amusing to me on so many levels.

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After I stopped rolling my eyes, I thought since I have it, I might as well make the most of it. So I basically thought of it as the Kitchen Office and decorated accordingly. But it always looked and felt forced to me – like it had to be a certain way because it was in the kitchen. Well, more and more I’m throwing out the should’s in favor of doing what works for how we live. So I thought about what we really used the space for and the main things were recharging all our gadgets, dropping off keys and mail when we came in, housing all my cookbooks and yes, paying the occasional bill that can’t be done online(!) So I reorganized to accommodate these things and got rid of anything superfluous.

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I also freed up a shelf for my calendars and notebooks so I can jot things down as they come up, made the cookbooks easier to access and brought in some things I want to see everyday like photos, fresh flowers and travel souvenirs. Even with just these little changes, it works and feels so much better now. I’m especially loving this wall of mementos. It’s just a start; I have plenty more things to add!

Everything else has stayed the same. I’m still loving thepink Milo Baughman chair:

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Frenchie bookends:

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and Tord Boontje light:

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And speaking of lights…..

It’s giveaway time!

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I needed a desk lamp for this space and the sleek Pixo task lamp from Lamps.com was perfect.

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I just love how minimalist it is. It takes up virtually no space and just blends right in. It can move over 900 degrees in several directions and the LED lights casts a really nice warm glow that you can dim. It even has a USB port in its base for charging all your devices.

 

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Lamps.com is giving one lucky reader a Pixo lamp in Glow which is a vibrant, almost neon yellow-green color ($256.71 value). It’s a fun color that will brighten up a desk or bedside and its minimalist style will work with just about any style of room.

To enter for a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. Leave an additional comment if you post about the giveaway on Twitter or Facebook. A winner will be chosen at random and announced here next Wednesday, February 19. Open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!

***This giveaway is now closed.***

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Reveal of The Wet Bar (Or, My Boldest Project to Date)

It’s still only January so I probably shouldn’t say this because I don’t want to jinx anything but….. 2014 is shaping up to be the year I finally do the things-I’ve-been-wanting-to-do-forever-around-the-house.

There’s the foyer, the laundry room (preparations are underway!) and this past weekend, I tackled the wet bar:

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As many of you know, I’ve been wanting to do something with this space for-evah. To refresh your memory, here is what it looked like before:

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and looking the other way:

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I really wanted to do something bold here, to experiment and to not have it look like anything I’d seen before but I just couldn’t commit to any of my many ideas.

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Then a couple of weeks ago, I stumbled on this wallpaper at Lowe’s and thought, “Now this is interesting…..” It’s by a company called Sunworthy SuperVinyl – such an unglamorous name! – but hey, when something is good, it’s good whether it comes from the hardware store or the design center. In fact, if you’re experimenting like I was doing here, designer wallpaper seems kind of wasteful. You can play around with a much clearer conscience when the paper costs under $45 for a double roll! (That’s right!) Oh, and it’s scrubbable which is very practical for a wet bar. Weirdly, there’s no name for this pattern but here’s the label:

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It says vinyl but it really doesn’t look it. There’s just a very subtle sheen and texture.

Anyway, when I first started thinking about this space ages ago, I was just going to paper the walls. But then, as you may remember, I started thinking about doing some sort of paint treatment on both the walls and cabinets. And I guess that idea stuck with me because as soon as I saw this wallpaper I could envision the whole space covered in it and I couldn’t get started fast enough!

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I normally like to leave wallpapering to the professionals but because this was not your standard wallpapering job and I wasn’t even sure how I wanted it executed, I decided to do it myself – with the help of my very handy (and very patient) husband, that is – and figure it out as I went along.

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It took a good part of a day with the doors and drawers being the trickiest part. I need to clean some of them up but all in all I think they turned out okay. I also have plenty of paper left so I can also re-do them down the road if necessary. (I got three double rolls and used about two and a half.)

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Oh and in case you’re wondering that sconce is from Currey & Co. which originally had a gold finish that I had painted white at one point and just repainted with some gold/brass craft paint. (I know. I should have left it alone to begin with.)

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My number one goal with this space was for it to not be boring and I think I accomplished that. It’s so satisfying when a project turns out as well or better than I had pictured in my head. I’m quite proud of this idea, if I do say so myself!

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Another Foyer Makeover

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Remember this sideboard that was in the dining room in our last house? Since we were gifted the dining room furniture we’re currently using, the poor thing has just been floating around this house without a purpose. I had been wanting to try it out in the foyer for a while and this weekend, we hauled it in there.

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That, of course, meant the entire space ended up getting a little makeover.

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I brought out the good old zebra rug (also in our last dining room), a chair from this dining room and some accessories I already had.

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I love seeing all these souvenirs from different trips when I pass through here…..

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….. vase from Peru, metal roses from Argentina, miniature Indian painting, sketch from Italy and gold candle from Brazil.

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If you’re wondering where the Chinoiserie chairs went, they’ve gone up to a guest room. Things are happening there too. Updates to come…..

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