Monday, October 26, 2009

...........Speaking of the CRIB

My wonderful husband was a busy bee this week getting the nursery put together. What a handyman he has become! Here is our progress so far:

I've had my heart on Martha Stewart's POMPOMs...Here they are as a mobile above the crib. I made some of my own out of store-bought tissue paper.

Almost finished......."She" better be a girl!

Let's Get Sewing!

Ever since I found out I was pregnant, I've been on the hunt for nursery fabric....Searching near and far, I finally found my fabric at a new shop that has recently opened up here in Dallas, City Craft. They have some of the cutest textiles I have seen in a while. With all the options, it was hard to choose, but in the end here is what I ended up with (JUST COULDN'T GET AWAY FROM THE PINK!):

My mom also recently gave me a sewing machine - time to get that needle threaded. Not quite the industrial type machine I'm used to (my mom has her own sewing workroom) , but this one worked just fine.

(A little sneak peak of the wallpaper going in my study.)

All done after some hand stitching.....

On to No.2 Pillow - They weren't kidding about this nesting instinct - just call me Marth-ona!

All finished in the newly put together crib......

Monday, October 19, 2009


I adore ETSY. Loving hand made and unique items, it's a great way to start your own "business" as well as support other indie crafters. During the summer, I started listing my own illustrations on ETSY. Recently, I was selected as a featured artist on Surround Yourself....1 Week, 1 Artist, 1 Giveaway. I am really excited and hope it gets my name out there - marketing seems to be the hardest part.

All Finished!

The first to do item for the nursery is now complete! It was totally easy and beats painting it...just in case "she" comes out a "he".

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Feeling Crafty!

So I went to Michael's and they were having a sale on all their special papers....I couldn't resist. I have put all the papers up temporarily til EL JEFE gets home to inspect (He always has an opinion). I don't even have to use an exacto! They are precut and fit well inside the niches!

Pink or Orange?

Once I get the ok, I'll adhere them more permanently to the back with double stick. Beats having to paint or use wallpaper glue! If we ever change our minds, we can just change the paper!

This Weeks Project

So it's time to really start taking the nursery decor seriously. First project - revamp the old IKEA shelf. I plan on getting some decorative papers and adhering them to the back of the shelf.

Here's the shelf with JR's toys...Sorry toys, you'll have to find a new home.

Here are the papers I'm thinking of along with some solids:

We'll see how it turns out at the end of the day....exacto in hand.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Weathered Infatuation

On a recent expedition for a client, I discovered a couple spaces showcasing great weathered pieces, not to mention creative merchandising and display. No Shabby Chic here....These distressed gems were mixed with more industrial, contemporary or modern pieces making for more interesting & unique contrasts. Love it!

Check out the industrial glass columns in the back!

Wicker Egg Chair from the 60's
Thanks to B. Gover Limited...for their inspiration.

Next stop was Northstar Antiques. I discovered them while in Warrenton, a few weeks ago, and fell in love with their zinc top tables and shell collections. Shell ENVY!

Who knew glove forms could look so cool?

Talk to you next

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Hunting for Some Inspiration

I just got back from Houston for a visit and it gloriously coincided with the Round Top Antique Show. Here are some gems I found while searching for items both in Houston & in Round Top.

At the Houston Decorative Center searching for Textiles.

One of my favorite shops in Houston, High Fashion Home has some great pieces for good prices.

Growing up with a Mom in the business, fall time always began with the Round Top Antique Show and chocolate YOO-HOOs from the Warrenton General Store. Unfortunately, when we were there this year, it was 95 degrees and humid which made for 3 very hot, tired and cranky women, two of which were 6 months pregnant. We did, however, find some great things which are shown below (I guess hunting sometimes involves a lot of sweating, particularly while in Texas):

After searching through a bunch of "junk", we finally came to Clutter and the EX-Cess field. They both offered some great pieces as well as inspiring merchandising.

These pearlescent apothecary bottles were everywhere.

I couldn't resist!

Until next week,