Hang Time……

I have a bad habit of buying art and never hanging it.  At the moment, under the guest bed there are no fewer than 6 paintings waiting to be framed and hung.  As we all know framing is an expensive endeavor and I somehow can never pull the trigger especially in the light that most of the paintings I have are under $100 from auctions and flea markets.

So the pictures sit in “art purgatory” until I either use them in a client’s home (which has happened twice now) or I gift one to a friend for a special occasion.  I was afraid that the paintings I picked up at the last auction were going to suffer the same fate so I grabbed the bull by the horns.  I decided that switch out the small gallery of framed fabric remnants in the music room   for the large “Modern Family” piece I picked up earlier this  month at the auction.

I am quite smitten with the change and think the painting is the perfect piece for the room.  The colors are spot on and I love the quirky subjects – it was destined to be …or at least that is how I think of it.

One painting hung and about 15 to go…….

So tell me, what do you keep buying and not using?  Jeans?  Dishes?  Small tropical islands?  Shoot me a comment or a tweet and let me know!  Okay back to homework……

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Check Me Out at Alice In Designland

Hope y’all had a great weekend!  My weekend was filled with work of various sorts….school work, house work, design work.  Makes me feel that I almost didn’t have a weekend at all.  However, the one bright spot in  my weekend was that I received word that the pictorial story I did for Alice in Designland was live!

The editor, Dia, contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if I would share my Music Room with her readers.  I was flattered and happy to do so because (1) I love Dia’s blog and (2) the Music Room is near and dear to me heart since it was the first room I fully conceived and decorated from scratch.  Take a moment and scoot over to Alice in Designland and take a look at the new pictures of the room!

Big thanks to Dia for letting me share my room with her readers!

Music Room Reveal

Since our roommate’s departure at the end of July, I have been working diligently trying to put my stamp on the rooms that use to be J’s sanctuary.  You all recently saw the transformation of the J’s bedroom into our guest room.  The next step was to make what was formerly J’s office/lounge into a music room.  Prior to the redesign, the room definitely had a mod 60’s-70’s feel to it due to J’s awesome velvet futon and hits of bright pop art on the white walls.  While cool as it may be, it wasn’t my particular taste, so when he moved out, he took 95% of his stuff and I started with a blank slate.  Here is what the room looked like when I started earlier this month.  It was a big white box with an electric piano and a leaning book tower (kindly donated by the departing roomie).

I had a few bumps in the road such as:

1) Waiting for months for the chair (aka the Grande Dame) to be upholstered

2) Major issues with blue painter’s tape while painting the wall design

3) Having to find a new seamstress when my friend Nancy had some unexpected surprises

However, I was not deterred….annoyed and irritated definitely, but not deterred.  So I am happy to present the redesigned music room.  It is the first room I have ever thought though completely by myself from top to bottom; buying furniture, picking fabrics and paint colors and selecting artwork.  It is the room that I envisioned and I am very proud of myself.  This room has given me the confidence to tackle other projects in the house and to give advice to friends and family.  So without further ado, here is the room……

View from doorway. Ottomon cubes from West Elm. Rug from Ikea.

The house is pretty close to where I want it to be at the moment minus some other projects I want to tackle, mainly redesigning the guest bathroom….I think a chevron paint treatment is on the menu for that room.  However, for now, I need to focus on school which starts on Sunday!  Scared and excited!