Monday, August 9, 2010

The Latest Wave + A Fave Thing

You may have heard about the bubbling controversy over the spread in September's Vogue Italia issue. A fashion shoot set amidst the oil spill. Even if you've had your fill of hearing about the oil spill... I still want to ask what your thoughts are about the tragedy being used in this way? Good or bad?

{BTW, my sis, Julie Blackmon is featured in that same issue.}

While we're on the subject of the earth....I have been thinking about the use of globes and maps for a design project. Maps, globes, and blueprints have always intrigued me. They've been gracing a lot of design magazines over the past few years...but I still never tire of them!! To me, the ones that get me are the maps that are enlarged or used in mass collections. Ever seen a globe collection en masse? They look so stunning and don't you just love how they evoke a sense of great adventure?

I'd like to try a different take on the traditional globe colors {as in a painted mural}. I have been fixated on the idea of painting a mural of just the black and white globe, but thought it might seem too "oil-spillish" and dark for an interior. I still might create the b&w for my own Halloween costume using an old sheet and draping it over my head. Maybe pull out the hot glue gun and glue the Vogue Italia cover girl onto the waves too. I always wanted to be a cover girl. *Sigh

Do any of you collect globes and/or maps? If you do, I love you. Seriously, I do. I think globes and maps, especially globes, are one of my fave things to see and touch. I don't really like dusting them, though.

Hope you're all having a wonderful week!


Monday, August 2, 2010

Doors, Bells, and Whistles!

It's Monday already! I have a story or two for you, but before I get to that, here's what fun I had yesterday: We had a mini-get-away with the whole fam {me, Will, Eleanor, Louis, Charlie, and Syl} yesterday.

Now that the older kids are teens and pre-teens, it's a rare thing to have all the kids loaded into the van for a full day of hanging together. They usually have their own social agendas. We went down South to an outlet mall and bought school clothes for all the kids. School is not far off. I can't believe how fast the summer has flown. Can you?

Well...let me tell you what we booted out the door, over the weekend. It was a wild Friday. Was there a full moon, or something???! We shook out a few naysayers, robbers, and some designer-project glitches!!! Friday started out great, with an amazing feature we had on Style Me Pretty, but by 5 o'clock Friday, I was dealing with movers who didn't show up to pick up a 13 foot counter top {that seriously HAD to be out that day. Period.} and then my child had issues with a mean naysayer. And then, come Saturday morning, my brother's family, who lives next door to us, was robbed! Everyone is fine, thank goodness! They took all electronics, and tried, unsuccessfully, to rip their large flat screen out of the wall.

By Sunday, we needed a REAL good/God day. Thank goodness for the strong likelihood of hard days/things being followed by really amazing days/things. I read a cute quote just yesterday..."Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it is called the present."

And then, here's a really good one I found for my son and naysayer {and heck, everyone!}..."One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar." ~Helen Keller

How's that quote for a jump start to your week? I'm hoping a cup of coffee and that quote will at least get me to the grocery store.

Project Notes: Two BIGGIE chandeliers have been painted in a hard coat industrial paint, and will be hung this week!! Cannot wait to show you some pics!

Choosing a door this week {Theft Proof fully in mind}. How do you like a painted door? I think they are so welcoming and cheery! Did you know Lowes carries this Dorothy Draper styled door???!! {pictured at top} I love it. Of course, I'd paint it a color, and put a snazzy door knob in the middle of the routered circle.

Final decisions made on custom made drapes for the dressing room. Love the oppulence of puddled drapes.

That's about it. And if you've made it thru this whole post without falling asleep, I'm really feeling happy!

Have a GREAT week, everyone!

{images found via Plush Palate, Miles Redd, Tobi Fairley}