Craigslist Find: Blue Vinyl Chairs…..

So let me get the obvious stuff out of the way….thank you to everyone who is supporting my Joss and Main Curated Sale.  Things are selling out and while I like to think its due to my killer tastes, it’s really because of y’all.   So selfishly, I am going to say KEEP BUYING!  Think of it as doing your patriotic duty to help spur the economy!

Okay, that aside, today I am off to look at a pair of 1960s vintage blue vinyl office chairs that I found on Craigslist…..

I am instantly drawn to the shape of the chairs and think they would look fabulous in one of my client projects.  They definitely need some TLC but I envision them as beautiful sculptural  accents in a living room or den.

I would recover the chair in a light creamy linen with  (maybe black) linen contrast welt.  Or  I see these in a masculine herringbone with chocolate leather welting, but in either case, it is the shape the chair that really is the star!

I go look at them today and fingers crossed I can get them for a good deal!  Speaking of other drool worthy furniture, check out the article I did for CasaSugar on my “covet-worthy lust list” from Spring High Point Market.

Okay, off to run some errands and see my potential new scores!  So tell me, what one piece of furniture is on your “lust list” for Spring/Summer?

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Thank You……

I am not a person bent on waxing poetic.  I am not overly sentimental nor am I prone to getting all mushy when it comes to life events.  However, I do believe that one should give proper accolades where do.  So I wanted to say …….

On this final posting of the year, I need to give my thanks to several people who made my 2011 so amazing, memorable and wonderful…..

1) The CasaSugar Editors:  Thank you Julia & Elka!  You ladies took a chance on a completely unknown person who had an inkling that he wanted to do interior design.  You have championed my designs for the last year and it has led to so many opportunities and doors being opened.  I am forever grateful for your support and humbled by your kindness.

2) Centsational Girl: Kate you rock.  You shared your platform with a complete unknown and gave me a voice to communicate with thousands of people.  My monthly article on your blog, while at times challenging to write, pushed me to think like a designer and write like a journalist.  I can’t wait to see what 2012 has to offer!

3) The Nate Berkus Show: Thank you to the producers of The Nate Berkus Show.  Clearly I didn’t scare the hell out of you from my first appearance because you were crazy enough to invite me back again!  I am officially checking off “being on television” on my bucket list.   I doubt you will ever know what having me on the show did for my confidence – it gave me the shot I needed to keep trudging forward.

4) Meredith Heron: My feisty Canadian redhead design diva.  Our banter on Twitter has made me laugh, given me food for thought and forced me to think through some tough decisions.  I appreciate your candor and thank you for your honesty.  Now let’s figure out how to meet in person in 2012!

5) Hi Sugarplum: Cassie – Hey Girlfriend!  You have been one of my biggest supporters and cheerleaders.  Thank you for your wit and your ability to crack a joke even when I feel low.  You are my “divine blog sister”…. (TWSS)

6) The Partner: You have the patience of a saint to deal with my random ramblings.  You have been supportive on so many levels.  I could not have done this with you.  You are my rock and I thank God every day that he blessed me with you.

7) YOU: I can’t say thank you without including you all!  Each and every day you come to my little blog to read whatever random musing struck me that day.  I can’t stress this enough that it is because of YOU that I have been blessed with so many opportunities.  Thank you for reading, commenting, tweeting & emailing – it means the world to me that out of your busy day you choose to spend a few minutes with me.

I hope each of you have a fantastic New Year’s!  I am going to be signing off for a few days to prepare for the new year and get my household in order.  I will see you in 2012!

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Casa Sugar House Tour

I have been hinting for the last few weeks about various photo shoots.  Well I can finally show you one of them!  I was lucky enough to have the editors at Casa Sugar ask to photograph my home as part of their site’s House Tour series.  Aside from being profiled on one of my favorite decor and shelter sites, I also had the opportunity to connect with a fantastic photographer by the name of Philipp Striebe who shot the pictures. Philipp is an award-winning photographer and it showed during the day of the shoot as he spent hours working with me to compose the shots.  He made the house look fantastic and I am in his debt!

Preparing the house for the shoot was a marathon session of paint touch-ups, accessory rearranging, plant buying and window cleaning.  The shoot itself was really informative and enlightening as it was a huge learning curve in helping me understand what makes a good picture.  It was also a boot camp in learning how things are styled for shelter magazine shoot.  One of the things that stuck in my head was the phrase “In magazine life, there are no power cords….”   Okay, let me just tell you that trying to hide the multitude of cords in the house was a feat of prop placement, double stick tape and unplugging. I did so much unplugging that we didn’t have a landline for two weeks because I forgot to plug the phone back in!

However, I am really relieved that the pictures turned out so well and more importantly that the Casa Sugar editors liked the final story.  I truly hope this is the first of many shoots as I build my portfolio.  Speaking of portfolio building, I am currently seeking clients in the Bay Area for gratis work.  Simply put, I am looking to work on rooms for gratis minus basic expenses as long as the client pays for materials and outside labor. Yup, you get me for free if you put up the dough to redo your room.  I am most interested in clients with living room, den and family rooms looking for cost-effective and cosmetic changes (sorry, not licensed for demo work).  If you are interested in using my services, send me an email at LifeOutLoudMail@gmail.com.

Now that I have plugged my services, why don’t you scoot over to Casa Sugar to check out the tour!  And be sure to leave a comment if you like what you see……

And on a final note, I want to say thank you to everyone who visits the blog.  Six months ago when I started the blog, it was a way for me to explore a facet of myself that I quite frankly ignored for years.  Through your encouragement, comments and kind words, you have helped me find a voice, pursue a passion and redefine who I am.  It is because of you all that the Casa Sugar story was possible and it is because of your feedback and support that I am moving forward on several other exciting things.  I am now living my life out loud and I thank each and every one of you for it.