Wish List

So basically this is a list of things I want to buy myself.

  1. Espresso cups – Since buying a Nespresso, I want to see all that beautiful crema. 3384_4_mediamain2. Teil Duncan print – I have wanted one of her beach or cow prints for a long time. I don’t know why I won’t just buy it already.ccac4d569717d512aafef5df55a2cf67
  2. Essential oil diffuser – This is kind of dumb but I want one nonetheless.
  3. Janet Hill “Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess” – I am obsessed with her paintings and of course love the Miss Moon series with dogs, which are all compiled in a lovely story book. 9781101917930
  4. Revitalash – the eyelash extensions didn’t work for me because I can’t stop pulling on them, but I loved having longer darker lashes (who doesn’t?).
  5. I also want a puppy and a pony because I’m a 10 year old white girl.    721e1bd405aea975679b123dd401ff28       welsh-mt-palomino-mare
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Old Glory

This post couldn’t be more pertinent on a day where we all take time to think about our pride and our freedoms in this great country. I have been thinking a lot lately of making the NC flag a piece of art, whether it be actual art that is painted on a some type of material, or a real flag. Then I was perusing House Beautiful and was reminded that no one has done this better than Ralph Lauren. Ralph does American comfort like no other. Lived in, inviting, and perfectly collected.

Other inspiration using the American flag:

Our new house is in a very historical, coastal town and I am loving the idea of walking by our state flag every day. I’m thinking of painting it on the old wood we are tearing out of the house…kind of like this look {or I guess I could just buy this poster and frame it…hmmm}.

Think BIG with dark wood floors, white-ish walls…NC for life.

Renting woes

Renting after you’ve owned a home feels like a burden has been lifted off your shoulders at first.  When we bought our first home, within weeks our washing machine broke, refrigerator broke, HVAC broke, ya know…small things. Le sigh. However, since we began renting over a year ago, not one.single.thing has broken or needed to be fixed.

Back to my point at hand, the downside of renting is your lack of freedom. Before we moved in, the owners so graciously repainted every wall in the house a beautiful shade of almond. Blegh. And they thought it would be nice to leave all the interior doors a natural wood finish. Not cute. But the rent is cheap and we have a huge fenced-in back yard which is very important for our dogs.  So, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I can work with what I’ve got without making any major changes, both for landlord purposes and financial purposes. Bottom line: I don’t want to sink a lot of money into decorating this matchbox. Here are some things I have done or plan to do to spruce this place up a bit.

Renting RulesHome Decorators Collection has a sale going on right now of temporary wallpaper. I’m thinking of using this to create a faux headboard for our guest room bed. It has many possible applications, I think a guest bath or powder room is always a great place for wallpaper.

Using “sticky hooks” and tension rods allow you to hang and drape without making holes. I used tension rods in my office to make faux roman shades, and they worked great. I’m trying to figure out how I can use some kind of adhesive hook and curtain rods so I can hang drapes, again, without making holes. I’ll get back to you on that.

Errybody get your lean on. I’m a big fan of leaning art and mirrors be it on the floor, a shelf, or mantle.  Mostly because I like it, but also because it is easy.

So you can’t paint your almond walls? There are tons of ways to add color and drama to a room besides paint. I would squeal to get my hands on that tufted sofa from Anthropologie.  A printed console table and colorful lamp shades  brighten up any entryway. And the best part is…all that can move with you when you go! So get creative with fabrics, throw pillows, and rugs to add color and texture to your otherwise almond room.

To all of you renters out there, how have you made your house a home? Do tell.