Happy Independence Day!

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Happy 4th of July!!! I hope you have a fun and safe weekend. I’m on my way to California to visit family and friends – so look for lots of palm trees, mouthwatering food and swimming pools in my Instagrams! See you when I get back!

(Photo by Virgil Bunao via Domaine)

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Lately: Waiting on Kitchen Island Lights, Searching for a New Dresser, Filming for HLN, and a Pilgrimage to Fallingwater

Good morning! Here are a bunch of little things to catch you up on around here.

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First, it turned out that those Circa lights I wanted for over the kitchen island comes in metal as well as paper so that settled it! I’m so happy with my choice but not so much with the wait time. I ordered them two months ago and it’s going to be another  three weeks. At this point, I’ve waited so long, what’s another three weeks, right? Ugh.

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Next, I’ve been looking for a new dresser for my dressing room. You may remember I have the good ol’ Malm one in there from Ikea and while it has served me well, it’s starting to fall apart and it’s time for an upgrade. I also want to give the room a little makeover while I’m at it. Shocking, I know.

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As for style, I want something either Gustavian or Regency-like (like the two above) so in other words, something fairly feminine. I say “like” because I want a new piece (I’ve seen too many less than pleasant antique and vintage dressers in my day). It also needs to be low, wide, with at least 6 drawers and preferably white or close to white for the new look I have in mind for the whole room.

Horchow’s Phoebe is the closest one I could find that meets all of my requirements…..

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and it happens to be on sale through today. (Pressure, pressure!) I don’t know about the quality though so if anyone has any experience to share about furniture from Horchow, please share!

The second closest one is the Bernhardt Auberge…..

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It’s not white but I do love this color so I could be persuaded. But I’m also not sure about the shape on the top. The style is right on though.

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but I’d need a different finish (or paint it).

For a Regency style, I’m really liking Salon from Bernhardt…..

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I think I’m leaning toward this one the most. So what do you think? Have you seen anything else that might fit the bill?

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Next, my shoot with HLN went really well. We filmed it with Lynn Berry, the new anchor of HLN Weekend Express and she, as well as the producer and the entire crew, could not have been nicer! They were so patient with me. (Who knew it was so hard to speak when cameras are on you?!) But they were just so easy to work with, it was a great experience. There were three camera men and so much equipment – it was fascinating to see how much goes into even such a short segment. I was really happy with how the project and space turned out too. As soon as I find out when it will air, I’ll be sure to let you know!

And this past weekend, I got to check an item off of my bucket list and I’m still reveling in the experience…..

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Fallingwater! Being there in person was so beyond what I had imagined, it’s hard for me to describe. I remember reading about it and studying photos and drawings of it in architectural history class but nothing can really prepare you for how the house feels and how it interacts with the setting. Let me just share a few of the bazillion photos I took…..

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Being there made me 1) really miss my modern house; and 2) want to design and build my own house someday. (The husband may regret ever going on this trip!)

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We stayed the weekend in Pittsburgh and it turned out to be a delightful surprise. We went to the symphony, stumbled on a jazz festival, ate well and visited the Andy Warhol Museum (which I had also been wanting to see). Pittsburgh is a very walkable city (my favorite kind) with a lot going for it. More people should visit!

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Some Changes in the Dining Room

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It wasn’t planned but the dining room got a little facelift this weekend. Nothing drastic (it all probably looks the same to you) but it’s different enough to appease my design ADD. It all started very innocently with wanting to incorporate one new painting into the dining room art wall.

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(The table set for a dinner party this weekend.)

I had also been wanting to try out the farmhouse table from the kitchen in here and this weekend was finally the time because we were having a dinner party and it’s much longer than the table that was in here.

Of course that meant the chairs got swapped out too.

And while we were at it, why not the sideboard?

And why not add that new mirror too?

So I took one painting down, then another, then the entire wall, moved some furniture in, others out, pulled up the rug and the next thing I know, the dining room looked like this…..

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A disaster.

But then I put it all back together…..

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and it’s working for me…..

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Let’s see for how long!

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The dinner party was a lot of fun with great food (if I do say so myself!) but the highlight had to be Nigella’s No Churn Coffee Ice Cream. I made it for the first time and OMG I may never buy ice cream again. I don’t have a huge sweet tooth but I do love ice cream in the summer and I can see making a whole host of other flavors using the same idea. It is the most delicious ice cream I think I have ever had and it really is no churn – no ice cream maker needed! Go make yourself some this very minute. You can thank me later…..

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Some Recent Acquisitions, Purchases, Gifts and Bartered Items…..

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I want to thank everyone who came out to support our first ever Designer Stock Exchange this past weekend and also those who helped get the word out about the event. We really appreciate it! A special thanks to my good friend Angela (The Painted House) for lending a hand and especially with hanging all of my art. Tall friends come in so handy!

The event was a great success and while it was completely exhausting, we had a great time. It was like a weekend-long party with just an all around fun group of peeps. Aside from all the work, a lot of this sort of thing took place throughout the weekend too…..

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We’re already looking forward to organizing the next event!

My one personal goal for the weekend was to not buy more than I sold. I barely achieved that goal because we all ended up buying and trading with each other and just giving stuff to one another too. Let me show you some of my loot.

From my co-organizer and vintage collector extraordinaire Brendon Frasier, I bought this pair of awesome marble obelisks. I never met an obelisk I didn’t like. We also made a trade for this malachite-looking tray.

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Then my pal Sherry (Design Indulgence) gave me this beautiful painting. The style is so me, isn’t it? I need to incorporate it into my art wall in the dining room STAT. My other co-organizer Elle Cantrell (whom I want to adopt) gave me the adorable pineapple and Erin Giglia gave me the awesome scalloped brass tray. Thanks again, girls! I got the sweet faux bamboo bookstand from Dara (Details Atlanta) after I fought Brendon for it. I hadn’t met Erin or Dara before the event and now we’re all one big happy family.

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Elsewhere in town, I was busy sourcing items for the HLN shoot this week and I came across this Serge Roche-esque number at HomeGoods…..

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Do I need it? Of course not. But how could I pass up this oh-so Albert Hadley mirror? So here it is hanging out in the guest room for now.

And hanging out in the kitchen waiting to be installed is this…..

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It’s the Delta Trinsic in Champagne Bronze color and it’s exactly the style I wanted in the color I wanted. Once again, an FTRB reader came through for me. A big, huge thanks to LC who suggested this model on my post a couple of months back. I really appreciate it!!

And last but not least, Brazilliance is finally in the house!!!!!

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So it’s basically like Christmas around here. There’s probably more but that’s all I can see around me at the moment because with so much going on, it’s chaos in our house. I think I need to block out the entire weekend for a top to bottom cleaning. Or I may just sleep for two days straight. Yeah, that sounds better.

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Designer Stock Exchange This Weekend + Winner of the HomeGoods Giveaway

*You may have received an unfinished post yesterday via email or your reader. That was due to a scheduling mishap. Sorry!*

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Oh, you should have seen my house the past week, guys. I say you should have but I’m not actually going to show you any photos because you would be horrified. I turned it upside down and had stuff everywhere to get ready for Designer Stock Exchange and it was madness, I tell you. The whole time I kept thinking I’m never buying anything again. Yeah, right. But I did think it. Well, after many, many days, everything is finally sorted and ready to go on the truck tomorrow and I can’t wait! This is some of what I will have for sale and there is plenty more from all the vendors on DSE’s FacebookTwitter and Instagram if you want a peek at what will be on offer.

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We’re kicking off the event with a preview reception tomorrow night (you are all welcome!) and we’ll be selling through the weekend so I hope to see you there! We’ll be at the very back section of Westside Market.

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Moving on to Organizing in Style…..Thank you first of all for all of the nice comments on my linen closets. I have to say it feels so good to have them neat and tidy! And to help you get started on your own organization projects, here are the five winners of HomeGoods gift cards!

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101. Krista W.
121. Elizabeth T.
33. Elena
49. Rachel

Congratulations! You will be contacted today for your mailing addresses. Thank you all for entering and to HomeGoods for the fantastic giveaway!

Okay, that’s it for me today. If you make it to Designer Stock Exchange this weekend, please be sure to say hello!

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