Wednesday, November 30, 2011

fabric galore!

Hello everyone!

I'm back again so soon! I've got a big project going down this weekend: recovering the dining room stools! I ordered several fabrics from last week (it's way cheaper than going to Hancock). To my shock and great surprise, they were here within A WEEK! I got an email notification while I while I was on my travels last week that they had been shipped. They arrived shortly after I got back home from the airport. Christmas come early, yall!

Here are the three I am choosing from. I will henceforth be referring to them as the Flowerdy One, the Red Splashy One, and the Chevron One.

View looking into the den with all three.

Introducing the Flowerdy One. I realllllly had high hopes for this one. It had all the colors tied in from the surrounding decor, but the fabric was really thin. Not good for a lot of traffic that I forsee these stools getting. Also, the yellow was really bright (the pic makes it look more daffodil, rather than the post-it note yellow it really is).

Next up: The Red Splashy One. This fabric is sturdy aka good for lotsa butts coming and going on the seats. It's outdoor/indoor fabric so it will be easy to clean. The only downer I give it is that it doesn't have green in it.

Lastly, The Chevron One. This fabric isn't as sturdy as the other, but it would still make for a good seat, I do believe. It has the green, but no yellow! I'm not a big fan of gray, but this looks pretty good against the stainless steel bar.

I would like to mention here that I will be spray painting the legs a brushed nickel color, so they won't be so dark.

Here is a view into the dining room. I have a new rug coming in that is YELLOW, so please disregard your feelings on how well they go with the light blue rug.

Since ol' Flowerdy One is out of the running, we will start with the Red Splashy One.

What do you think?

View into the dining room. I think this one will look amazeballs next to the new yellow rug that's coming. I should've taken a view into the kitchen, because the red matches the red walls in there. My only sadness is again with there being no green.. the only green thing in here is the walls. Sigh.

View into the den. Ol' Red Splashy One looks great against the chevron lamps, and she picks up the yellow throw pillow way back there.

Now for the Chevron One. He also looks good against the chevron lamps, and I think he's just different enough to not be overkill with them. He also picks up the green of the dining room walls (and gray of the bar).

View into the dining room. It looks alright this way, but I'm not sure how well it would go with a yellow rug in there. My thought is that the yellow rug would make the mirror frame pop a bit more, and since it's gold, and the Chevron is gray, I feel like fabric would look out of place. The bar top and gold mirror play nice right now, so maybe another gray element would push it over the edge.. Thoughts??


I have big plans for these Auburn babies.. stay tuned. If you're a Bama fan, has stuff for you as well!! They had red and white chevron fabric AND a red and white print with elephants on it. There was also a red and navy chevron for all you Ole Miss fans out there.

Equal opportunity fabric distributor!

I got a couple of new red throw pillows! Since some of this new fabric will be turned into pillows if it's not on the stools, I thought I'd give you some views of how it would look.

Here's a view of the two existing pillows with the lamp. I like to call this my "surroundings" shot, because it gets the lamp, curtains, sidetable, couch, rug, and coffee table. My curtains need some umph, if you know what I mean. Speaking of curtains, everyone needs to go check out what my friend Kate has done over at Kate and Barrell. She made some awesome burlap drapes that look like Ballard Design's for about 90% less than it would've cost to buy them!

I can't wait to get more pillows up in here so I can layer them up!

These red pillows really tie all the reds in the room together. The rug is a bit lighter than the star (and the kitchen back there), so red stripes FTW! (that's "for the win" for all those not down with the lingo). Also, pay no attention to the doggie mat on the couch.. I was home for lunch and didn't take the time to remove it.

Here are the existing pillows with their new baby siblings (aka fabric that hasn't grown into a pillow yet). That yellow pillow is similar to the rug that will be in dining room (it will be only yellow and white with a big pattern).

What a lovely little family these all make!

So bloggie readers, what do you think about the fabrics for the stools? I'm leaning toward the Red Splashy One.

Reveal photos will be up next week! (weather permitting the spray painting..)

Friday, November 25, 2011

it's been one week since you looked at me!

Does anyone remember the song "One Week" by the Barenaked Ladies? I LOVED it when I was younger, and learned every word.. memories! haha Anyhow, it's been one week since I've looked at the ol' bloggie blog due to my travels! I went to the lake for Thanksgiving, then Auburn for the Iron Bowl, and lastly, New Orleans for the Saints game! I was such a busy fish! Let's have some pictures, shall we?

Before I left, I brought the pup pups to work! 

It was really just so I wouldn't have to go back home to grab them before heading to the lake. They were so good! Look how sweet..

We got to the lake and it was super chilly, so we started a fire.

Next day was Thanksgiving! Yep, we rocked the paper plates.

Yum yum! We set up the desserts in the laundry room.

Everything else in the kitchen. We had about 50 people come to eat, so there was tons of food.

My dad fried a few turkeys. You don't know what you're missing if you haven't tried a fried turk! 

Gravy and dressing! 


The pup pups hung out on the porch. Teeny came to visit! 

Friday morning I woke up around 6 to let the pups out, and there was some smooooookkeeee ooonnnn theeeee waaaaaaatttteeerrrrrrrrr.

I had that song in my head all. day. long.

Of course I took an Instagram shot.

Later that day, it was time to go to Auburn for the all mighty IRON BOWL! Yay! 

Love this sign at Tiger Rags. 

Toomer's Trees on Friday night. They had a bit of paper in them already.

Still on the side of Toomer's Drugstore! I lubs it.

My sissy and I tried to take a Christmas card. At the bar. HA! All of them looked about like this:

It wouldn't be a blog post with Auburn without a picture of ol Sammy! 

Next day was Gameday! With a capital G.

I thought there would be a flyover, but there wasn't! Everyone around me was shocked as well.

My cousin Terrell came to the game. When we were in college at the same time, we would randomly see each other, take a picture together, and then Auburn would win the game! It was amazing! We thought we'd try our luck again..

The bands played together! How nice was that! It was to show unity throughout the state after the tornadoes that hit in April.

I have the best view from my seats! 

So pretty! 

The game didn't turn out quite how we hoped. I was MAD. Auburn had not lost at home since the Iron Bowl 2009. I stomped myself to Toomer's Corner, because I was going to protect the trees from idiots trying to roll it. The bama fans had gotten permission from the City of Auburn to gather at Toomer's Corner after the game. PARDON?? There are 234,802 more places you could've gathered, but you want to come under our trees that a crazy bama fan poisoned? I was furious. 

I got to the trees, and there were cops all around watching for nut heads (yay!). AND there were tons of Auburn fans yelling: IT'S GREAT TO BE AN AUBURN TIGER! 

Ahhhhhhh! Glorious! 

I love my school! Here's the view from the Bodega corner. So sad and happy at the same time.

Next up was New Orleans! My mom had won tickets to the Saints game and a hotel room at a charity auction! Woo! We got to the airport about 32 minutes before our flight. My mom was freaking out, but we got on the plane. When we arrived in NOLA, we walked around a bit and went to eat at Emeril's. It was delicious! 

The next day was the Saints game. I had to wear the team colors, so I bought a scarf! 
(not a very good pic, but you get the idea..)

We hopped on a streetcar to get to the French Quarter.

We ended up taking it to the end of the line to the Cemeteries stop. I got some awesome pictures! The sun was in just the right spot. 

It's a bit creepy, but sooooo awesome looking with all of the mausoleums. They're like little monuments. 

Some were fancy.

Looking at the entrance.

Some were just pools of dirt. And that's not concrete.. it's mud. I touched it to see.

Some were SUPER fancy! 

This one was my favorite.

Some were falling apart. 

Very nifty.

Goodbye cemetery! 

Inside of a streetcar.

They were decorated for Christmas! Garland on the front!

Street band.

Bourbon Street.

Pretty lights!

We finally made it to the Super Dome! 

Very close seats! 

Who dat?! 

Number 54 right there is Will Herring who played for Auburn! And he may or may not be my cousin..

Ma and me with our Saints scarves! 

The Saints won! Woop woop! 

Back to Bourbon Street! 

We walked through to get to Cafe Du Monde.

We ate some yummy beignets and hot chocolate.

The next day we had some time to sightsee and eat lunch before our flight. Here's a nifty drain.

Harrah's Casino.

Jackson Square. So pretty all done up for Christmas! 

We ate at the Court of Two Sisters. I ate here last time I came. It is delicious.

They had a buffet style lunch/brunch and it was soooo good.

I enjoyed the wall of windows.

Good bye NOLA! 

I'm finally back in Bham for some much needed time at home! I have tons of projects to finish, so get ready for some more bloggie blog posts!