6/26/15

House Home and Up-Date


It has been an emotional two weeks and I wasn't sure how to start this post!  So many of you have been sending prayers and positive thoughts our way and we so appreciate it!

 My son is still in I.C.U. and slowly making progress..He has swelling on his brain, broke his neck and broke both arms in 5 different areas. He has had two surgeries within two weeks. We've been told its going to be a long recovery, but he will recover! 

I've had to put all projects on hold for now so I thought I would share with you some of my vignettes around the house.. 










I have shells and coral displayed around my house and I love to use these oriental stands to display them..






I found this antique dish and filled it with corals, shells and crystals..its one of my favorite displays in my home.






Baskets are a great way to display shells.







For some reason I have a collection of these basket suitcases...not sure why I have so many, but I do! 






These are the fabrics for my new dining room chairs..the animal print will go on the front and the stripe on the back..the dark blue fabric is on the two head chairs. 


We've had so many people love on us.  Bringing us dinners and praying for our son. Its always so touching to see the kindness in people and the love they have to share.  Thanks again for the sweet and kind emails you have sent us..

Julie

   

6/17/15

A Parents Nightmare!


A week ago Monday, my husband and I got a call from a Sheriff telling us that my son had gotten into a motorcycle accident and a Chaplain was waiting for us at the hospital.

We were terrified!

It was the longest 10 mile drive and we thought it would be the last time we saw our son.


There are so many people praying for him...people we don't even know! Its been over a week now and hes in ICU, he is improving slowly..




We are praying and are hopeful he will be OK, but we have been told it will be a long recovery!

I'm not sure how often I will be posting or when, but I will try to post soon...


 Julie 






6/7/15

What Makes A Great Interior Designer


What makes a great designer...

A hard working attitude and one that can dig their teeth into a project!








The ability to multitask and to pay attention to details.








 Natural instincts of  patterns, color and shapes and the knowledge of diverse design styles 








A wining attitude!








Believing in yourself and being excited about a project.









Being Brave!






Born with natural talent and a love of decorating!



I was at a clients/friends house with my daughter and granddaughter.  As we were talking my Granddaughter Rose, she climbed into this box filled with fabrics. She had so much fun and was having the time of her life!

 Like I said, shes a natural!

5/31/15

Around The Hood


We had a beautiful weekend...it was 78 degrees out, perfect California sunshine!





Most of  you who follow my blog know I love vintage finds...I found this bowl at an estate sale and put it on my coffee table in the living room.




I want to share some of the things that I brought back from Round Top. This rug is one of my favorite things. You can see in the background that I had new curtains made.

 I can thank my dog, Sway aka FeFe, for peeing on the last ones....the little stinker!

I had a band of fabric put on the edges...







My new rug has a tad of blue in it.

This rug is a vintage rug that was washed and sanded...Yes, I said sanded down with sand paper!

 This style is actually really pretty...I wish I would of bought a couple of them.






I also found these prints and the ones below.













I have always loved pictures of birds and I had to buy two of these for each side of my window in the dining room.









This is an antique French Grape Pod. I loved the color, but I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it yet.

A lot of people hang them on the wall and put flowers in them.

I was trying to think of something different.

Any ideas?





My roses were so pretty I had to take a picture of them and show you...


A little up-date..

I was on the mend from pneumonia, but I got a cold from my daughter! I can't quite believe it! Cross your fingers and for those who are religious, please pray this cold doesn't go into my lungs!

 I have to many things to do to be sick!


Thanks,
Julie








5/24/15

Halcyon House a Boutique Hotel



I know where I want to go on vacation! Halcyon House in Australia...designed by Anna Spiro.
Its a boutique hotel that just opened...
It's my kinda place!




It feels like a comfortable beach-ie home. Don't you love those lamps?






Bike riding anyone?





I wonder where the cabana boys are?
OK!
Just kidding...




And to lay out here!
 Heaven!





Wouldn't it be wonderful to have an event here!










These are the chairs they used in the dining room...




Anna, is very creative and has a way with vignettes..





I love all of the vintage paintings and the lamp shade covered with fabric.











The walls are upholstered in this blue and white fabric...


Love!













Nice view!




If you want to visit, check out Halcyon House.

You might not want to leave this place, e
ver!

Hope you had a great 3 day weekend!
Happy Memorial Day!


5/18/15

Segreto Finishing


When I went to Round Top I had the privilege of meeting Leslie Sinclair, the owner of Segreto Finishes. I now have two of her books that I love! There filled with timeless designs and ideas.
She works with some of the top designers in Texas. The images I'm posting are from her new book.




Leslie owns a Faux finishing business which she started in 1995 after her third child was born. It started as a hobby and grew into a part time venture, but the company kept growing. For Leslie to be able to work at her hobby as a career was really exciting and fun for her! 






The faux finish in this bathroom is subtle and beautiful.  That's what I love about her work!
















Look how pretty the walls look in this entryway..






















This is her newest book.







She has another book, Segreto Vignettes coming out Sept 2015.

 And yes, I do want to get it! 



The first 17 years she operated her business out of her home so she could see her kids in the morning, be there for lunch in the summer and see them after school. Her staff and her clients grew up with her family and Visa Versa. She said her sweet husband was so patient. But, after 17 years she purchased two small 1950's homes  close to her home and moved Segreto there.





Every room has her work displayed..from the walls to the flooring! 
















































I love both of her books, but this is my favorite so far! I can't wait until her next book comes out in Sept!





Leslie has been renovating her own home for the last 15 months. She says, " I practice what I preach, no one loves finishes, or design more than me." It will be fun to see her home when shes done!  To see the before pictures of her office go here. To order her books go here and here


Here is her Bio!

The world of decorative painting is limitless, ever-changing and richly complex. Finishes for walls, ceilings, floors and cabinetry are crucial to the embodiment of a home’s character. Segreto Finishes’ niche in the world of design motivates owner Leslie Sinclair to constantly explore new techniques and finishes that appeal to a vast multitude of styles and personal tastes.
Leslie lives by the philosophy that upon entering a room, your eyes should not draw a distinction to one element or finish but should see the surroundings as a whole. By developing a palette that complements a home’s architecture and design, surroundings are given a new perspective.
Graduating from the University of Texas with a business degree, Leslie, mother of three, left her corporate job in 1995 to start Segreto Finishes, naming the company after her husband’s family. Segreto, which means secret in Italian, rolls up all of Leslie’s passions — architecture, interior design, art, people and business– into her idea of the perfect job. Leslie’s talent for color, bringing innovative products to Houston, hiring and training a quality staff and working with people on their individual needs, built Segreto’s reputation.

Thanks for stopping by!
Julie







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