Friday, November 30, 2012

TJ Martell - my "15 minutes"!

What an amazing, unbelievable experience I had being fortunate enough to be a participant in the TJ Martell Foundation's 37th Annual Awards Gala in New York City last month.  The TJ Martell Foundation is the music industry's largest foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding the cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS.  The foundation sources and supports early stage research projects aimed at developing more effective clinical treatments for patients which otherwise might not be funded.  I do encourage you to learn more about the foundation.  It is very cool and the cause is something that is near and dear to me and my husband Brian.

Homegirl donated a decorating consultation up for auction and I was in awe to see my silent auction item plaque next to a Carrie Underwood concert tickets/meet and greet and tickets to the Steven Colbert Show and being at the same minimum bid as them!  Seriously WOW! :)   I was really nervous no one would bid, but they did and I am so excited to be able to do something for this great cause.  Among the other supporters at the event were, Russell Simmons, Randy Jackson (yo dawg!), Little Big Town, Susan Lucchi, Regis Philbin, and Woody Allen.  To be among their company and especially on the red carpet still to this day seems unreal!  To see their pics on the red carpet "too", you can go to Facebook and search for TJ Martell Foundation under photo gallery, or on Pintrest or just Google it.  

Switching gears a little bit, I must admit that walking the red carpet was a little scary!  To prep for it was seriously funny considering that I am not a girly girl at all.  I hardly ever wear makeup, high heels or  jewelry all which are a requirement for that occasion!!!

My "coach" was my fashion guru sister-in-law Michelle Malik who gave me the lowdown on the "entire look" - all the way down to the color nail polish on my toes!  It was a texting, calling, email frenzy between the two of us because she lives in Columbus, Ohio.  While I was at the mall she was on the phone and on the internet finding my selections and giving me her approval.  The best was her telling me to get a pair of shoes that little to my surprise I was holding in my hands!!!  To my credit I did pick the dress and the designer of the dress ROCKS!  It is a Trina Turk and Michelle was very impressed.  She sent me information on the designer and an article where she was featured in a home magazine.  I did love the dress and it was a blast to wear it.

So there you have it, my 15 minutes!  I do feel so blessed and thankful that I get to have these experiences and to pay it forward all because I am living out my passion!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Owl never stop...

This is the latest in Homegirl recycled owl art and I have to say that it is one of my favorites. I just recently re-did the living room and this sits on my mantle now. It was made for the last barn sale to be sold, but did not make it into the barn because it had to live with me! It was so fun to construct! Look closely at the different parts: cutting board body, scallops from a bookshelf trim, baking pans, rake, spools of thread, salad tong for feet, and the eyes are moth ball cans. I am so psyched about the living room re-do! That will be my next post.

Friday, November 16, 2012

One bite at a time.

My father always has said to me, "How do you eat an elephant?" "One bite at a time."  I use this in my personal philosophy with everything except sometimes even I think it is easier said than done.  BUT, I have recently been helping friends in some decorating projects they would like to tackle in their homes and it is even more apparent to me that THIS REALLY IS THE WAY, especially in decorating or re-decorating.  Take one bite!  It does not even have to be a huge bite, but start with ONE thing that you can easily do and it will give you the confidence to move on to bigger things you thought you could not even begin to tackle.

If you have a room that you cannot stand and you do nothing about it instead of something small, you will not proceed in the direction you desire.  Start by just giving the room SOME attention and cleaning the room. REMOVE one thing in there that is just filling space and serves no purpose for you.  THERE YOU GO - you did one thing.  Once you have removed one thing, you will feel better about the beginning of moving out other things and once the space is completely cleared it will give you the ability to see its potential.  OH and un-named dear friend, I hope you removed the fake tree! :)  HAPPY ONE BITING!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sometimes I wish...

... I could live in a space that was this "cool" and seemingly "uncomplicated." I want to be up in that loft, looking down on a beautifully designed, flawless, open dwelling and pretend that life could be this neat, simple and dreamy. BUT, for me I think this is only in a "dream!" I find myself looking for inspiration on all of the channels now available to us and I come away thinking that I WILL NEVER LIVE LIKE THIS and feel more inadequate than inspired. I KNOW the point is to not see the every day in these images, but I really tend to like it more when it is believable. When I personally am contemplating a design, I have to take into consideration the way a space is lived in and make it life friendly and design friendly. I think the combination of good design and attainable design is so key.   My life is filled with life's daily mess that I call home with stains on furniture, floors that show dirt, crayons, paper cuttings, remnants of last nights play performance and dinner. So when all is said and done and I re-think what is it is that I "wish" for in my living space, I realize I may already have it.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Head and Shoulders Above the Rest

So we've all seen faux animal heads recently in decoration - elephant heads, deer heads, bear heads, zebra heads... you name it, it's been ceramic'd-stuffed-knitted-papier machie'd. You get the idea. And I happen to really like this trend.

Book pages on a deer head
Such a fun arrangement
Wouldn't these be adorable in a nursery?
But I was trolling Etsy the other day and saw a new take on the faux taxidermy trend. Check out these yarn bombed antlers (I just love the name - it's also the name of this Etsy seller's store!).

I think it puts a fun spin on the idea and it could be something you could DIY (if you had a pair of antlers lying around...). I really like the idea of "yarn bombing" other items. I'm thinking lampshades, vases, furniture legs. What would you yarn bomb?