Wednesday, September 19, 2012

House Tour: Dining Room

Since I showed you my study, I figured I would continue on our house tour this week with the dining room.  I was recently inspired by Caitlin Wilson's dining room to hang a similar oil painting that I have:
via Caitlin Wilson Design
My husband and I purchased it while we were dating on our first vacation together in Puerto Rico.  It was painted by a local artist.  While it isn't something I would necessarily be drawn to now, it represents that wonderful vacation together and always makes me smile. I had the painting framed years ago and it was a non distinct silvery-gold color.   I like how Caitlin Wilson put it in a large gilded gold frame, which inspired me to spray paint the existing frame gold:

Monday, September 17, 2012

Study Reveal

Yes, I see that the additional shelf prongs can be seen from the side...definitely taking those out now
I plan on replacing some of the photos I took in Egypt with some personal photos and of course I will be tweaking what is inside the shelves for scale, but I am so pleased with how the built-ins turned out.  I am also ordering 2 X benches in this beautiful leopard fabric for additional seating to be placed in front of the desk.  The dark navy portion is velvet.  I'm in love with this fabric as well as the price:

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Library Shelves Styling

I messed up!  My library shelves are finished, but it may be a year before I actually finish filling them up in a way that is aesthetically pleasing.  I should have taken a photo before I started placing items in them up but I forgot to do so.

Styling shelves is definitely not my forte.  Maybe if I had an endless shopping budget and could start from scratch but that really wasn't the point here.  I had them built in order to house the books and items that I already own with maybe just a few added accessories here or there.  It is hard to master scale and proportion with such large shelf openings.  I only own small hardcover books, and very few coffee table sized books that would serve to fill up the space better.  Here are some photos I am garnering inspiration from:

Source: via Kate on Pinterest
I am going for a collected global feel.  While I usually prefer to decorate rooms on my own...this is an instance where I would love to hire an interior designer to help me!  Nonetheless, I will share with you what I have done so far next week.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Inside Weddings Feature

Here is the magazine feature via Inside Weddings I mentioned last week, and let me tell you as beautiful as these photos are it looks even more amazing on the glossy magazine pages:

I spotted myself-- on the far right!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

La Costa Wedding

I can't believe the summer is coming to an end!  We just came back from a trip to San Diego to celebrate one of my best friend's weddings at the beautiful La Costa Resort.  Even though going to San Diego is a vacation itself, the La Costa Resort was a vacation from our vacation.  We enjoyed hanging out at the pool and seeing friends from all over amidst all of the wedding activity:

Friday Night Dinner

Relaxing at the Resort Pool

Celebrating with the Gorgeous Bride

The breathtaking ceremony
via Cary Pennington Photography

via Travelmoon
Speaking of weddings, remember the fabulous Dallas wedding of one of my besties that I posted about (here) last year.  It was just published in a magazine...which I will share next week!