Thursday, May 31, 2012

Which Fabric, y'all?

HELP! {sang in tune to the beatles} Your help is greatly needed.  You see, we have this couch with some gooooood bones.  It has a lovely striped, plaid pattern goin' on.  But lately it's been begging me for a makeover.  The problem is I have too many ideas.  Keep changin' my mind and bein' all indecisive and such.  So this is where you come in. If you so please, help me pick a fab fabric to dress up our old couch.

Here's what I've conjured up so far.

We could go with a classic, solid look with one of my favs, Coral.

She would be named after the mom on Finding Nemo, and I'm so down with that.  See Coral in action:

caitlin wilson designs
Or we could venture into pattern with stripes:

It'd be so Anna Spiro of us.

We could go all zig zaggy with the stripes a la Chevron.

caitlin wilson textiles

Some people think Chevron is in the past. What say you? I'm still embracing it and refuse to let it go. 

Finally, we could get REAL crazy. I mean realllll craze.

lulu dk

lulu dk

Mrs. Meares just did a similar splatter-esque couch which I love, obv:

So that's all I got folks.  What do my loyal readers think? Classic, stripes, zig zag, splatter? Oh my, the choices. Do let me know, will you?


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tuesday Trend: Red Toile

Lately I've been drooling over red toile wallpaper.  But just not any old toile.  Toile with a fun, funky, modern twist.

As seen in a kitchen on Design Sponge:

I like, I like.

And in a nook designed by Leah of Revival Home & Garden:

I love, I LOVE.  See the hint of green I mentioned in an earlier post? Red + green = current obsession.

But, you see, this wallpaper is more than meets the eye.  

See here: 

Brooklyn Toile. {PS dying over those red/white tiled floors}
Dumbo Toile. Funky fresh.
Chinatown Toile.
All can be purchased through Flavor Paper for $150/roll which my friends ain't too, too bad.

So what do y'all say?  Are these designs you could get behind? Personally, I'm down. And my pick would have to be Brooklyn.  Behind the barstools in our kitchen. With emerald green trim on the windows. Yes...that'll do pig, that'll do.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

It's amore.

I'm not gonna lie. This post will be sappy. It will be Oprah-esque. Hell, Ellen-esque-- who in my opintion is better anyways.  No, I'm not going to give away a car or surprise a family with an Extreme Makeover {#iwish}.  But what I am going to do my friends is reminiiiiiisce.

Let's rewind back to 1999-ish when I was in a far too Episcopalian school who forced me to wear a sailor outfit and taught me about the book of Job instead of the names of the planets. Speaking of that, I still cannot name them all. Again, I have no shame. ANYWAYS, my teacher sent around a postcard of the Coliseum while learning about Ancient Rome.  I was fascinated by it.  Fascinated.  In fact my major in college was Ancient History with a minor in Latin.

At that moment in 1999, I distinctly remember saying to myself "I WILL go there someday. I WILL have my picture taken inside of the Coliseum."  Well luck would have it, four years later in high school I had the opportunity to go on a study abroad trip to Rome, Capri, & Pompeii.  I literally cannot type the feeling that I experienced when I was standing inside the Coliseum for the first time.  It was like I had actually accomplished something for the first time in my life.  Not only that, but it was something that I had set my mind to-- no one else.

OK no more sappiness, I half-promise.  During that same trip, our teacher took us to his secret restaurant in Rome with the best pasta & lasagna you will EVER taste.  This was in 2003, and I can still remember how good it was.  At the time we weren't allowed to drink wine obv, so I can only imagine how much better it would be now.  I've been lucky enough to go back to Rome three times over the years, always searching and asking about that dang restaurant. I've emailed old high school friends to see if they remember the subway exit.  I've googled my old teacher's name at least 1,000 times.  I've trip-advisored to no end.  No luck. EVER.

Then fate would have it one day in 2011, I was at 24 hour fitness. What? You were working out? I KNOW, THIS NEVER HAPPENS. Ever. And who the H did I run into??? Our teacher who was the keeper of my forbidden, secret restaurant I had searched years for.  You bet your ass the first thing I did was to beg him of the name of my restaurant. We exchanged e-mails. I held my breath. "You've got mail." I've got mail!  There she was in all her beauty. Her full name. Her address. Her subway stop.

I HAD FINALLY FOUND HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Her name is La Vecchia Conca.  What a beaut of a name.  I shall get red wine & lasagna. I'm a simple girl. I mean, how cool is it that nine years later, I finally get to go to a place I've been searching for for all these years.  A place that reminds me of my first accomplishment as a girl/woman.

Pretty special y'all. Pretty special.

Can't wait to blog about all of our adventures this August. So stay tuned.  Love you all & make sure you follow your dreams. Because nothing is better than that.


Turquoise & Gold: Guest Blogger!!

Ladies & gents, W. 26th is so happy to welcome our first guest blogger!! I would like to introduce y'all to my friend, sorority sistah, and new-mom-to-be, Lauren of Turquoise & Gold.  You guys seriously need to stalk her blog. Not only is she hilarious, but she also has a great eye for all things fashion & design  {check out her nursery board}.  Plus, we both stalk celebrities on twitter so I know we're meant to be friends.

She put together a design for Miss Bluebonnet that I absolutely die over.  She even incorporated Finn (our new pup) into the room! Seriously, girl has some mayjah t-a-l-e-n-t. So without further adieu, here she is!

When I originally went to design a space for Ryann & Brett’s house, Miss Bluebonnet, I immediately thought I would put something together based on their home’s namesake flower. Clearly, the room took a different direction, but you can still see some bluebonnet influence in the cobalt lamps and the lavender wall color. The focal point of the room was easy. The Detamores recently brought a sweet great dane puppy into their family, and in my personal life, I am a huge collector of dog portraiture. So when I found that stunning great dane painting, I knew that the room would be somewhat defined by it. The fabric was chosen to match the dog’s spots, and everything else just unraveled on it’s own. Thank you to Ryann for including some of my design on West 26 Bliss!


Great dane fine art painting

White on black dots fabric

Logan Mirrored Chest

Cobalt glass lamps

I mean...the painting, the spotted fabric, the purple walls, THAT COUCH, those LAMPS. I need all of it.  Everythang.  It's so Miss Bluebonnet and it's so us.  I hope this is the first guest board of many to come from Lauren!

Her blog goes far beyond just design & lets you follow along on her and her hubby's adventure as they are expecting their first little boy this September.  SO Y'ALL, be sure to check out her blog here & follow her on Facebook here!

Thank you so much Lauren!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Emerald City

Lately my eyes have been reallllly drawn to a couple of thangs.  Such as: malachite, ginger jars (well anything blue & white really), coral of all shades, and emerald walls.  Let's just focus on one for now, shall we?

I present to you the color I need to paint our dining room.


I think I've found the perfect candidate too.
Her name is Ming Jade and apparently she looks fun during the day, but a little mysterious at night.  Ok, Benjamin Moore, whateva you say.

Yes, yes this needs to happen.


Monday, May 21, 2012

Europa 2012

Dear Europe, it's been too long.  Last time I saw you was in 2006, and I hope you haven't changed much.  Let me remind you of all the good times we had.
with my doodle @ the Louvre


notre dame with jess

team extreme in montemarte

THE crew of europa 2006

my cabby! 
amsterdam river cruise
nice/monaco. so chic.

right before the SCARIEST day of my life. canyoning- don't do it
Ahhhh I miss you.  Even though I almost died in the canyons of Switzerland (no seriously), I miss you.

Luckily, I have the best husband ever who has also caught the travel bug.  And over the weekend we booked ourselves a little Eurotrip adventure come August.  My favorite cities + my favorite person in the world- I mean excitement doesn't even begin to describe.  Just for fun, let's recap a couple of things re: past Europe trips.  I apologize for the long post, but hopefully this is distracting you from all your important work e-mails.

First of all: canyoning.  Definition: Rappel, slide, and jump down rocks and waterfalls into the white water filled canyon.  NEVER again.

I agreed to go on this adventure because most of my friends were going skydiving & obviously that wasn't happening for me-- so I thought I at least needed to be a "little" extreme in Interlaken.  Which by the way is a fun, little backpackers town in Switzerland known for extreme sports.  Now there were various levels of canyoning to choose from: beginners, intermediate, advanced, half day, full day.  I was told we were going on A) the beginners course and B) the half day which is around 3 hours.  Not so bad. I can do this. Slide down a waterfall? How hard could it be, right?

WRONG. The hostel actually booked us on the full day.  FULL DAY. Which is 7 hours. Which is only for and I quote "confident athletic people." Which if you know me, know that I am the LEAST athletic person you will meet.  I have no shame.  And did I mention my biggest fear is heights???? So needless to say I'm freaking out on the hour bus ride up the freaking canyon.  I won't elaborate on all the deets, but let me just say this.  In order to get to the first jump of the canyon, we had to hike up the mountain.  I CRIED just on the hike which consisted of small ledges and rocky paths. CRIED. To the point where in front of everyone, our guide Stan called me out and said "Sweetie, you need to turn around right now.  I don't think you'll be able to make it if you can't even handle the hike."

OH NO HE DIDN'T. That made me so mad and determined to canyon that damn mountain that I idiotically insisted we move on.  The long agonizing seven hour trip consisted of "jump with your hand on your head, other hand on your left leg, to the right of the rock, if you jump to the left you'll either break your leg or die." I'm not kidding. They'd be like "Ryann, did you get all that?"...NO I DIDN'T. Are you freaking serious? I can't do that. Can you repeat and then repeat 10 more times?

This seriously was the longest, most trying day of my life.  I'm talking about walking on a ledge of a mountain and trying not to fall off to my death.  Everyone else was so supportive & even the guides agreed to let me repel down most of the hard jumps since I was obviously a mess.

I can't even explain the joy I felt when my feet touched the grass, rocks, and water of the river which was our sign that it was the end of the 7 hour trip.  I cried. I grabbed the complimentary tall boy and chugged as fast as I could.  I cried again.  Then I stole Cabell's complimentary tall boy and chugged it even faster.

When we got back to the hostel, I called my mom & dad crying and tried to explain to them that I had almost died, and they should be thankful their only daughter was living. Not kidding.

Then a pretty cool moment happened.  Stan, the same man who had called me out, came up to me at the bar that night, took me aside, and said "I'm really proud of you.  You proved me wrong today."

Stan in middle w/ Jess & other guide
YOU'RE DANG RIGHT I DID STAN.  Then everyone proceeded to ask me: Aren't you sooooo glad you did it? Wouldn't you do it again in a second?

All I had to say to that was HELL NO & HELL NO. And that my friends, is the night that the Suze was born.

the suze & her infamous side ponytail
Celebratin' and happy to be alive.

All that aside---->  I'm a pro on hostels & the perf backpacker itinerary, but does anyone have advice for some good hotels in Paris, Rome, and/or cities along the way? Please send them on over if you doooo. I'll love you foreva. Eva, eva. Eva, eva?

the suze

Friday, May 18, 2012

Ashley's Nursery Board

A couple months ago I met my lovely friend Ashley for lunch for a much needed catch up sesh. About five minutes after sitting down, she told me that her and her hubby, Ricky, just found out they were expecting their first little bambino! I can't even explain the joy, excitement, happiness I felt for them. I've known them for a long time and know they'll be the most amazing, hilarious, down to earth parents!

Ashley showed me the cutest bedding she fell in love with so I thought I'd put together a nursery board for her.  Oh and they find out if their lil one is a boy or girl today, but this board is based off a boy (which I predict they will be having!!). Love you Ash & can't wait to hear the news later!!

Wallpaper on ceiling: Osborne & Little, Coronata
Grasscloth wallcovering from Home Depot
Crib: Olivia Crib from Target
Lamp: Giraffe Lamp from Jonathan Adler
Mobile: IKEA
Rope Storage Baskets: Serena & Lily
Bedding: Ben Collection from Serena & Lily
Rug: Pumpkin Border Rug Serena & Lily
Pouf: Furbish Studio
Glider: Serena & Lily with blue piping
Navy Dresser: Slumberland
Books: Penguin Collection
Bookends: Animals from Serena & Lily

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

Friday Finds

It's the freakin' weekend y'all.  And to celebrate the weekend here are some finds I found while rummaging the internets. Please go scoop them up so I won't. 

Pretty Kilim Rug:

Like...I can't even....dying:

Rawr. From West Elm & on sale! Would look great on an entryway chair.
Coral bookends from the one & only Target. {Actually got these last weekend, and they are fab on our mantle}
For the grand finale.

Get a coffee table:
Then a classic acrylic tray to put on top:

 In the tray, first layer with some pretty books:

On top of those place my favorite accessory:

Then fill with a freshly cut bouquet of the prettiest pink peonies.

It's just the best.

Have a fun, design-inspired, happiest of Mother's day (love you MOMMA & MOMMA-IN-LAW!), most fabulous weekend. Deal? Deal.


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Get the Look: Fabulous K's patio

If you haven't checked out this blog, it's a must-read. Serious eye candy found here: Fabulous K.

I stumbled across her amaze patio that she decorated for Home Depot. Yes, that Home Depot.  She started with one of their chic, gray patio sets and here is the end result:

Yes, siree, bob.

Since we are in desperate need of a patio makeover ourselves, see below how you can get this fabulous look!

Get the Look
Feel free to Pin this lil thang too if you want. 
Also feel free to follow all my inspiration boards on Pinterest here.
And make sure you're following this blog on FB here.

All the cool kids are doing it.


navy + green + nature inspired bathroom