Perfume commercial?

September 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

Hi friends… I’m desperately searching for this (I know it’s strange) perfume (I think) commercial I saw on TV one day. The reason? I LOVED the paint color in the apartment (well, set). I know.

So, here’s the scenario:

Beautiful, classic apartment with huge bay window overlooking a city at night, snow is falling outside, I think the girl is twirling through the space, white  floor-to-ceiling curtains in this ten-foot ceiling apartment, some burgundy/crimson accents, and… a flawless smoky grayish dark lavender. The purple undertone is definitely muted, just a little hint. More charcoal than lavender, medium to dark tone.

I have looked everywhere online and even emailed the owner of a major perfume blog, and she didn’t know what I was talking about, either.

Does ANYONE know what I’m talking about?! Leave a comment if you do. I hope this wasn’t a dream. I really want to slap that color on my walls! 🙂

It's kind of like this, but darker and purple-ier.

Rental problem: Horrid Carpets

September 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

My general frustration with renting is the inclination to put money into the place to make it nicer. I can’t help myself. But it just isn’t logical. Unfortunately, we have a rather useless landlord when it comes to asking him to do things like: “please stop weed-eating my irises,” “please replace our microwave that screams loudly and smells like smoldering metal when you turn it on,” and, my biggest issue, “PUH-LEASE replace our carpets that have deep stains from the previous tenant and potential mold/mildew danger around the edges that is causing both of us to have upper-respiratory infections and terrible allergies. Please.” Oh, and, “Please do not lawn-mow our cable line. It snaps when you do that.”

Frankly, I’m less concerned about the mold (I know I should be) than I am about the unsightly stains, mostly because I know he won’t replace the carpets, and we vacuum and de-stain often (the Woolite stick is a lovely product, but white vinegar, especially Windex Vinegar, works wonders on stains). So I’m on a bit of a roll looking at rugs to cover up. As always, I must preface with “I’m a poor grad student so these are on the cheap side.” Most photos link to their website.

Ikea Rug... $20!

Understated, but I love the piling.

Another great Ikea find. Non-obtrusive circles.

This was on ideeli.com, and it is by Seventeen Rug. It definitely needs the "right" room.

If you haven’t checked out ideeli, it is an AMAZING discount designer site, invitation only, as is RueLala.com, and I look at them every single day. Love both sites for clothes, shoes, and home.

Here’s your invitation to ideeli,

And here is your invitation to RueLala!

And here is another ideeli rug from the same brand:

I ADORE this yellow and grey houndstooth. It also comes in rectangular form.

Sale rug on WestElm... if you want a better quality rug than, say, Ikea

Enjoying this kicky little runner rug from UrbanOutfitters

Not sure how I feel about this: what you are seeing is a Trompe l'oeil rug, or trick of the eye: the rug is painted to look like a distressed floor. They have a few others... I think I would like them in the right setting. I guess this is unrelated to carpeting.

I’m still scouting… and will definitely let you know my solution. Pip, pip. Toodle-oo. Cheerio.

Autumnal detail

September 4, 2010 § Leave a comment

The high is officially in the 70s today, so no one can tell me autumn is not just around the corner. Last fall I was so pleasantly surprised by the midwest – I thought only my beloved North Carolina could have the most beautiful fall! But Illinois did it justice.

As one of our first dates, Tim took me hiking at the Garden of the Gods in Southern Ill. Check out the color.

The view from the top

Our first picture together!

What a view (behind me!)

So I’m feeling rather invigorated about the chilly air, the leaves changing, the humidity lifting. Let’s check out some of my favorite designs for autumn 2010.

West Elm knows throws.

This featured West Elm living room is perfectly autumnal.

This West Elm bedroom is remarkably cozy... I want to snuggle in there!

Jonathan Adler pillow! I love the pink with the fall colors.

This houndstooth rug is not only autumn apropos... it could be used year-round. Which, for $1000, is a good thing. Love the giant houndstooth.

Mustard classic modernity from Kelly Wearstler

A Nate Berkus living room -- I'm kind of missing some curvy lines in here, but that fireplace makes up for it.

That rug is quite similar to the Jonathan Adler one... except not houndstooth.

Anyhow, here’s to fall, chunky knits, and burnt orange. Cheers!

Posting Positivity

September 3, 2010 § 1 Comment

I’ll preface with an apology – I haven’t posted in a year! I have a multitude of excuses, including the first year of my Masters, meeting my true one and only love, my Timothy, last October, and a non-stop year of performing. I moved out of my loft-style apartment downtown and into a lovely, much more functional duplex with my man, and am taking it step by step here! Our style is a little more traditional with some quirk, but I still have my own odd style somewhere in there.

That said, I wanted to start posting again with some happy letterpress prints I found on Etsy. It’s no secret that I adore letterpress printing — it feels raw and honest to me, and just gives me a smile! You can’t go wrong with putting happy words on your wall. For all prints, just click the image to be linked to the user store.

Precious print from user hijirik, click image to see store site

Skid-a-marink-a-dink-a-dink… how could you not love this? From user inkpetals. Click for store site.

From user Amandamello: This is great – and you get to pick the part of the world you want it printed on! I love the Italy one.

Sweet and healthy reminder from user dearcolleen.

Thanks, user shopsaplingpress for this relaxing print that lets us do away with lazy day guilt!!!

And now for some cuteness you can’t buy… I haven’t shown off my nephew yet! He was born almost exactly a year ago, 9/10/09. I can’t believe he’s not an infant anymore! I took this a few weeks ago while visiting North Carolina on my iPhone with the Hipstamatic app.

His name is River!

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