Monday, November 30, 2015

Holiday House Tour - 2015

Happy holidays!  Can you believe tomorrow is already December?  I certainly can't, it feels like time is flying by but going really slow at the same time (you know like when you're at work and people are getting salty with you?)

Anyway, I decorated for Christmas over the weekend and I'm super excited to share the photos here.  It was really dark and gloomy out so you'll have to forgive some of the lighting issues.  

Also, if you saw my house tour last year you probably won't be that surprised by my decorations - the only new addition were some sea blue glass bulbs from Wisteria.  I looked all over for pretty much the exact same bulbs last year and couldn't find any then spotted them in their catalog - in the sea/coastal Christmas section of course.  I was so excited when I received them I shared a photo on Instagram and Wisteria liked and commented which was pretty cool.

Here's the link - they're actually on sale today and I think you can even get free shipping so you'll get a better deal than I did :)
Wisteria ornaments

Now a million photos of my beautiful tree (interesting side note - I currently have the tree surrounded with dining chairs because I'm paranoid it's going to fall over and crush all my favorite ornaments while I sleep...I should really talk to someone about that...)



























Happy Holidays!  
-Alisa

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Eleven Things Volume 22

1.  I can't believe it's been 2 months since I've posted anything.  Life has been crazy and by life I mean just working too much and not doing the things I love and that make me happy...which really needs to change.

2.  Have you ever stopped and looked around and realized your life is just not what you expected it to be?  I know I'm blessed, but it's hard to not compare to others sometimes.  Anyway, enough belly-aching for one Sunday...


3.  In my last post I mentioned this cool old pediment/arch/curvy wood thing I bought at Lucketts - I decided to hang it above my chalkboard in my kitchen.  I may paint it or stain it gray but I haven't decided yet.


I moved it over by my fridge/trash area and that really opened up my kitchen counter/backsplash area - I see more redecorating in my future there.





4.  Part of the kitchen redecorating was influenced by a new book my Mom bought me (Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up)- it seems to be pretty popular - I've seen a ton of sites referencing it.  


As a long-time collector the book was hard for me to get into (and I'm not sure how I feel about having conversations with things like the author recommends) - but it did convince me to donate a huge pile of stuff and sell a few things online.  I still have progress to make but it was definitely a good start.  


5.  I've been trying to cut back on spending as much as possible (as always, and as always I haven't been following through) - but I fell in love with these African sea glass beads - I was seeing them everywhere on design sites, catalogs, magazines etc.  Most of the prices were just too high for me ($99 for 2-3 in most cases).  I did find them slightly less expensive on Etsy and I just love how they add a really pretty watery-coastal-vibe.  















6.  That Maui book is now one of my favorite books and I found it used on Amazon for $5.  


7.  I'm super excited to decorate for the holidays this year...BUT I'm going to be gone for close to two weeks in December.  So, that kind of throws a wrench into things.  I feel like I'm going to be missing out on enjoying the decorated house and people actually being nice to each other.  I'm still going to spend Thanksgiving weekend decorating the house and I'll definitely post everything before I'm gone.  


8.  I'm going back to Hawaii...so don't feel too bad for me.  I'm trying to get excited and not let all the things that always worry me about work and traveling with a bunch of honeymooners get to me.  


9.  Dreaming of these macarons from Olivia Macaron in Georgetown...





10.  Last weekend I packed up all of my outdoor cushions on my deck and stored them in my basement (I never did this before but these cushions weren't cheap) - it was pretty sad, I don't feel like I enjoyed them as much as I would have liked this year.  Hopefully, with the house next door being renovated I will feel more comfortable enjoying my backyard next year...


11.  Have you read Sarah's new book At Home Sarah Style?  I just finished it today and it was pretty amazing.  I feel like I need to step my game up around here and in life...



Have a great week!
-Alisa

Monday, September 7, 2015

Fresh Finds: Lucketts & Lunch...and other random updates

So, this will probably be my last post tonight :)  But it will be a long one!

Over the weekend my Mom and I decided to swing by Lucketts since we haven't been in a while and they were having their Design House and Flea market.  It definitely wasn't as packed as it usually is (we usually go for the Holiday open house and have to wait out in the cold with the llamas to get into the design house).

I found this really cool French antique bottle (I love the shape). I just wish I would have examined it closely - it has a big chunk out of the neck and they had a few there.  I guess it adds some charm maybe? :/  I also tried to get the gunk out of the inside and it won't budge - hence the condensation - I think it's going to take days to dry.  Normally, I would use a blow dryer to dry it out but I'm worried about the glass being more fragile since it's an antique...





I really love the wood [pediment?] that's what I call it anyway.  It probably would have been attached to a dresser.  My father and I worked to remove the two wood pieces that attached it to another piece.  PS it smells awful. I've cleaned it with wood cleaner and it's still smells barn-fresh.  

I think I'm going to command-strip it above one of my doorways since I love that look but I haven't decided which yet.  I also haven't decided if I'm going to stain it or paint or leave it as-is.  It actually somewhat matches the tone of the stain on my kitchen cabinets. 


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A million years ago I bought a chandelier from a barn sale at Ekster Antiques.  It needed to be rewired and sat on it's side on my bookcase for years.  I finally decided I wanted to take down my West Elm capiz shell chandelier from my closet room (and I carefully packed it for my future beach home...still trying to keep the faith).  After rewiring the chandelier we added a ceiling medallion (I found mine for a steal on Amazon) and hung it over my tufted ottoman in the center of the room.







I really like how it turned out and think it looks amazing with the light on. Now I really want to change out the closet organizer to white with a more custom look.  But that's much further down the road.  

When I took these photos the crape myrtle outside my house was blooming and I couldn't resist taking a few shots of the beautiful fuchsia blooms filling the window.





Speaking of beautiful blooms, my hydrangeas did come back this year (thank goodness!) but on my really large amazing plant I had ONE bloom, on the smaller plant I had about 4 or 5. They're quite dry now but I snapped these shots while they were a beautiful purple-y blue.







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I mentioned in a previous post that I found this adorable pineapple jar on One Kings Lane, I wanted to show where I have it in my kitchen because I think it is so cute.



Staying in the kitchen I finally found the HomeGoods seltzer bottle that I spotted on Instagram a while back.  It's now found a home next to my soap dispensers but I love the blue glass with the marble board too.



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Keeping with the blue theme...I've mentioned a few times in previous posts that I've pretty much completely designed my dream beach house in my head (and we don't own one yet).  I swore I wouldn't buy anything else for my room but of course I'm a shopaholic so I didn't completely keep my promise.  The majority of my purchases were somewhat justifiable as I could use them in my house.  These nightstands however...they're a bit off the deep end I realize.  



I just couldn't pass them up when they were on sale at World Market. Now they're junking up my dining room which drives me absolutely crazy but I guess I can only blame myself :)

They are pretty awesome though, right? I couldn't wait to see how the blue lamps looked on them.  They're substantial enough to really hold their own with the large glass lamps so I'm really happy with them.  The pulls that came with them were painted black.  I roughed them up with a sanding block and now they have a great antique silver finish.  

I also made a trip down to Richmond a while back to check out a large decor store named At Home.  It's kind of like a Costco-sized HomeGoods.  They do have a ton of stuff but HomeGoods will always have my heart as my favorite store :)  Speaking of which there's a great HGs around the corner from the At Home store so you can hit both at once.

Here's what I brought home from both stores.  The blue knobs are from an Etsy seller - I just love how they look like water - they're for my future beach house dresser.  I absolutely love them.





I've been obsessed with baskets lately.  They have such a beachy look.  These were also found at HomeGoods.  The one on the left was even in the clearance section for around $11 or $12.  


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I've also applied my beachy look and love for blues to my 'linen cabinet.'  Now I realize to some this will be bat **** crazy since I don't even use these towels (I use the same gray ones that hang in my bathroom all the time).  But anyway just go with me here. I love how cohesive the colors look with the wall color and the rest of the accents like my Hawaiian map above.




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Finally, since I'm sure you're wondering if this post will everrrrr end :)

I've started collecting great wood frames that have a worn coastal look to them.  So far I've filled them with water and beach shots since I plan to use them in a gallery wall in my beach room.  




This one is a photo of a beach on Oahu.  I tried out a new company called Framebridge.  I wasn't crazy with the way they printed the image so I ended up dismantling the whole thing and reprinting and putting it all back together. :/


This one is a sunset on the Big Island and the frame I found at HomeGoods. It was white washed so I added a light coating of blue paint I had in my stash and then wiped it off. I really love how it turned out.




This one is my absolute favorite.  We found the frame at World Market a while back and the photo is over Kauai.  



Have a great week!
-Alisa