The Collected Look. A Few More ORC Details.

So I really try not to think about getting "older" ... I think the saying is that 50 is the new 30?  Well, then I am a well-lived Thirty-Something!!

One of the advantages is having lived long enough to actually have amassed some furniture, accessories, art that I love.  When Don and I downsized last year, those of you that are familiar with our #ProjectDownSize, know that I had a POD in my driveway for about 8 months.  There were pieces I just didn't have a place for yet, but knew I wasn't ready to ditch everything.  

The timing of the POD worked out well for Erin.  She and a friend found an apartment in Boston and lucky girls really didn't have to buy anything.  I love that.

Don't laugh, it was a grieving of sorts when I had to rid myself of the POD.  I have always preached to my kids, my clients, anyone that will listen.  Buy things that make your heart sing ... not just something to fill a space.  Now I know you have to buy the necessities to get started.  But make them special.  

Perhaps you like the line ...

Like these two vintage armoires I purchased from the Parker Kennedy Boys via Instagram before we moved ... I knew they would be perfect for our new Master Bedroom.

The curve of the arm ... 

Like this chair that has been with me for a long time and went through this transformation.  I have moved this chair in and out of rooms ... it has now found a perfect place to sit!

The mix of wood and brass ...

Like this vintage Ethan Allen Coffee Table that I grew up with in our Formal Living Room.  I knew I never wanted a formal living room, but something about the piece I loved and now 50 something years later it graces our Master.

Those of you just beginning your journey, be thoughtful in your purchases.  We all want the Collected Look immediately ... start building the foundation now and you'll be surprised when your my age how all the pieces speak to you and remind you of a journey in your life!

By the way, I am still collecting (Don doesn't understand this!)  ... despite #ProjectDownSize there is still room for a little more fun!

Happy Monday friends!

Making the World More Beautiful.  One Room at a Time.


Family Room Fabric Inspiration ... Creating a Space.

For me ... It's all about the Color, 'bout the Color.  And evidently my family as well.  When we painted the room Linen White so I could just start with a clean palate the first question I got from all four children, Isn't it going to have some color????

On Monday I told you I'd walk you through the creative process for "building" a room.

There is a "rule" out there that you must start with the Rug.  Well, that works if you have no idea what you want and you see one that you love.  But I prefer to start with an inspiration piece.  It could be a Lamp, a piece of art, a sample of fabric that you've been carrying around for years determined to use in some manner or even just ... A Color.

I am fairly planted in the traditional classic design feel ... but with a punch.  I'd like to think that I am "bohemian" ... that's probably a stretch!  But I do like the Mix. 

My Inspiration Piece  ... my Orange Leather Chair.  I have given you many shots of her in previous posts.  

Previously She floated between rooms trying to find a home.  She is now playing the Starring Role.

Here is my color inspiration ... Get Ready ... It is not for the slight of heart.  The Orange and Blue ... easy peasy ... but the addition of a good 70's Avacado makes my heart sing.  

Don't forget this is going to be our family room.  I want it Fun, Fresh, and lot's of Energy! I've been working on my color mix for awhile. I mixed, and matched, and threw out and started again.  This one is now planted firmly in my mind and ready to roll.  I began with the Orange Leather and then when I found this Martyn Lawrence Bullard Fabric by Schumacher the plan began to take shape.

So with my Orange Leather Chair and a little MLB in my back pocket, this room is ready to be actualized.  The Fabrics chosen, and even the rug (will share that decision making process next) the vision starts to become a reality.  

Things I need.  Color. Texture. Function of Space. And what will make all these patterns come together and not be too much ... the Linen White walls.  

Making the World More Beautiful.  One Room at a Time.