Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013
To follow-up on my previous post about guest bedrooms, I thought I'd post this handy-dandy visual I found sometime ago on Pinterest.
If I were to give myself a grade for the quality of our guest bedroom (aka my girls' room) based on this chart, it would be a big, fat F. I've got numbers 2,3,5, and 9, so that's four out of thirteen. There's definitely room for improvement!
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
We had guests this weekend.
|My girls' room.|
Twin beds are kind of ideal for a guest bedroom because it's easy to accommodate a non-couple.
The one down-fall to twin vs. a double or queen bed is that there are two sets of sheets and blankets to change and wash rather than one.
And I do have a lingering question: If you were staying as a couple in a guest bedroom with twin beds, would it bother you?
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
On the other side of the entry hall is the living room. This is the view you get as you walk in.
There are a number of other rooms in this house, but I didn't include pictures of them all, though they were just as creative and collected.
I love seeing an historic house filled with treasures and fearless decorating.
I hope you are inspired to put a huge glass of milk on your wall.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
This last photo is a sneak peek of an upcoming house tour from the home of one of our clients. That's one of the custom built quilt ladders we just completed.
Can't wait to show you the rest of the crazy-good, eclectic house next week.
P.S. To see some photos of the inside of our new shop, click here.
Monday, January 7, 2013
When I spotted this photo on Pinterest the other day, I knew immediately who had designed the space, even before I read February's issue of House Beautiful.
Peter Dunham, of course.
Not only am I a big fan, he also designed one of my favorite dining rooms ever:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe this second picture is from Dunham's own house. If I remember, he picked up those chairs at an estate sale. They are slightly different than the those in the first photo, and as I know Peter Dunham has his own line of furniture, I'm wondering if they are not reproductions?
Anyway, note also the use of the tufted, olive banquette. In the HB article, which I pored over, Dunham says he used outdoor fabric to upholster it. He added that when you tuft any kind of fabric, it automatically elevates the look. Hmmm. Food for thought.
If you have the newest issue of HB, get it out. You'll see other little repeats from his own dining room in the new article.
So yeah, when it works, repeat.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
|Newly made sign ready to hang over our shop door -- being sent home with my husband on the airplane today in time to hang for the opening! (Thanks for donating the old cabinet shelf for the sign, Mom)|
We have been hard at work getting our new shop ready for its "soft opening" this Friday. Although I've been doing small bits of work from New Mexico, while Wendy has done the bulk of the work in Oakland.
You might remember that I've gone to my home state to be with family during Christmas. This was especially important because of two recent terminal cancer diagnoses in my family. We lost one family member the week before Christmas and spent a very bittersweet last Christmas with the other.
In my stead, my friends have jumped in to donate their time and talents in helping Wendy get the shop ready for the Temescal neighborhood's First Friday (I literally signed and overnighted the lease two days after we arrived in New Mexico!)
Want to see what they've been hard at work doing? (I can hardly wait to see in person myself!)
Away went the pale blue paint in the interior. One wall got a fresh coat of white. And the vintage brass chandelier I posted about ages ago got rewired and hung.
I owe a huge thank you to my sweet friends for being there for me when I can't. I am so grateful to:
Thank you too, to Shems who drove up from L.A. for a few days and to the folks at Hacker Moms for donating their time and expertise.
I also want to mention graphic designer Mitzi of the etsy shop Fancy Schmanzy. She came through with a business card design for us less than 24 hours after we contacted her. This after not hearing back from five other graphic designers we contacted in the last two weeks. (We understand, it's a busy time of year!)
We bought this customizable business card template:
It's pretty cute, huh? And an amazing deal at $20. We'll definitely be using her to design a custom logo and new cards for Walrus. Check out her other work here.
And how can I forget to thank Wendy who has been working herself to the bone, even when she's been sick, to get the shop ready and keep producing inventory so that we have something to sell. Wendy, I couldn't ask for a better business partner. You have my eternal gratitude and deserve a big vacation when I get back.
And last, for those of you who are local, Wendy would love to meet you on Friday night. Come see the shop before I do!
Temescal First Friday Art Hop with featured artist Kevan Jenson.
Friday, January 4th from 6-9pm
470G 49th Street, Oakland