Hope everyone had a fabulous holiday (and for those lucky few with an extended holiday, I am jealous..)! The Partner and I exercised our freedoms by doing absolutely nothing – we stayed in, didn’t barbecue and at one found ourselves at a $9.99 all you could eat dim sum buffet (for future reference, this is not recommended).
As the day progressed, I found myself looking at my Sansome Project and tweaking the furniture selections. As archaic as it sounds, I keep my furniture pics in a Powerpoint presentation for each project. Each room gets a slide and then I keep a final slide open to house “cast-offs”. I know some people love the new pin boards, but I find there interfaces a tad cumbersome when I need to get things done quickly. What struck me was that how much I liked the general feel of the “reject pile” than what I was pulling for the actual living room….
The above is actually the “reject pile” from the project. For some reason, the client either rejected the piece, the dimensions were off or it just didn’t work with the pieces that we had already. However, what I did like about this pile of was its discord – it had a feeling that things were selected over time; nice mishmash of things the client was given and purchased. In comparison, my other attempts felt lack the informality and ease that was exuding from this “pile of stuff”. So it is back to the drawing board with a renewed focus and hopefully this time around, I will nail it.
But isn’t it funny where you find inspiration sometimes? So tell me what is the oddest thing that has ever inspired you?
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While visiting New York, I was lucky enough to visit ABC Carpet and Home. Their collection of vintage overdyed rugs is mind-boggling and drool-worthy. The entire 6th floor of the second building is dedicated to vintage and hand-crafted rugs – truly beautiful works of art with price tags to match….. in the $5-$6K range for an 8×10 size.
However, they are simply stunning in person and my pictures don’t quite do them justice…..
Of all the rugs I saw, I loved deep saturated hues of the purple rug most. In person, the rug has always an iridescent quality turning from mauve to plum to a deep pink depending on the angle which you looked. It would definitely be the “show stopper” piece in a room. Fortunately, I was scouting for a design client and I think he will actually quite like this rug, so there is a good possibility that I say see it again in the near future.
Even though I may be able to live vicariously through my client, I still would love to have one of these beauties to call my own. Thank goodness industrious blogger, Priscilla over at A Kind of Love has a tutorial on how to make your own DIY overdyed rug.
True that the DIY version is messy, laborious and riddled with potential mishap, but nothing ventured, nothing gained right? So why not give it a shot?
More pics of my trip to ABC Carpet and Home tomorrow as well as an exciting announcement…well at least I am excited to share it and I hope y’all are excited to hear it!
Speaking of excitement….any floor coverings got your heart going on pitter patter and you are hoping to find under the Christmas tree this year?
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I had to do a quick trip out East (literally one of those trips where you spend more time in the air than on the ground) but thanks to my beautiful namesake Courtney of Big Beige Box, I was able to squeeze in a trip to the mother ship or I should say “mother shop”…..
Yup, Courtney is taking me to ABC Carpet and Home. I feel like a giddy school girl ….teehee! I promise a full report next week.
Next week I have an awesome give away and some even more awesome news to share! Until then, check my Facebook and Pinterest as well as Twitter.