Tuesday, November 16, 2010

If you have a little MOXY, then try this!

Urban Dictionary defines MOXY: n. When someone has guts...they have moxy.
I have a darling and most lovely friend named Lindsay. She has a love and quite a collection of pretty things and is very creative (www.lindsayletters.com). When she, and her now hubby, got engaged, she asked if I would help pull her house together (i.e. decorate). I was a bit thrilled and mostly intimidated, but the finished project is definitely Lindsay and full of moxy.

Here is the kitchen...

Lindsay's hubby found this table (in very sad shape), so we painted it Blackberry, which went beautifully with the wall paint, Frolic.  Moxy needs to be neutralized (i.e. white cabinets in Greek Villa)...to give those darling eyes a rest.

With the accents of ice blue scattered about and red here and there, this kitchen is one of my favorites.
If your still wondering if you have moxy, begin on a smaller scale. Go ahead and paint that chair, bench or desk. It's OK to paint wood...it gives it a new, fresh life (I promise).

Here are some colors with moxy...Direct Green, Briny, Chartreuse, Forsynthia.

I would love to see before and afters!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Take a Risk and Be Pleasantly Surprised!

When I saw the ad for this chair on Craigslist (this will be a common disclaimer) I got all excited on the inside. I know some of you get that feeling, too. You know that feeling that you have to "pop" on something, but may not know why. This happens often. If I ignore it and don't go for it...the result is utter disappointment (e.g. I fret over it and go back to buy it only to find it GONE). I then have to trust that the item in question landed in a loving home.

Anyway, when these pair of chairs were up for sale, I had to jump on it. It was like I couldn't deal if these didn't land in my home immediately. Some people don't get it...they don't understand the wild color. But what can I say, when I placed them as the host chairs to my dining table...well it all just felt right.

Bright orange and a little tattered, but brillant nonetheless - $40 for the pair.

I'm blogging!

I love a good deal. I love things that have some architecture...you know that vibe that says that an item has some craftsmanship...not that look of being mass produced. Lately, I've been combing Craigslist. When I say "combing" what I mean is that I look to it at least 10 times a day. Here are some items I've found that I've incorporated into my living room.
1960's Black Vinyl Chair & Ottoman in excellent condition ($90)
Mid-Century Design - I love love love the swoop arm ($60)
My little conversation area with a white table from Target and decorative storage box from Pier One.
The art is my family along with the kids framed artwork. That's Honest Abe behind the black chair done by my son, Grae (7). The lamp is from TJMaxx. The coral pillow is from Pottery Barn and the bluish graphic pillow is from Marshalls. That small item on the floor...well that is a Tinkertoy. :o)