Monday, March 26, 2012

Weekend Snippet: I Could Get Used To This

Oh, what a great weekend I had. Is it really over? On Friday we flew to see Zac Brown in concert in Columbia. Yes, flew.  We went with friends- the husband  is a pilot and I was assured he would get us all there safe and sound. It was a 45 minute trip from Asheville-but trust me. It seemed longer than that. The weather was not that fabulous.  I was definitely trying to hold it together. I should probably stop watching Dateline and I Survived. During the "mild" turbulence, I was convinced we were going down and realized  I should never leave home without twine and a pocket knife. I've been told I have a habit of overreacting. We touched down back in Asheville around midnight obviously safe and sound. It must not have been that bad after all  because I found myself asking "where are we going next?! 

The concert was awesome. I am now definitely a Zac Brown fan. It was quite a show.

I also learned that I'm a terrible concert photographer and I should just stick to overreacting and decorating.

On a different note- we  took my daughter to see The Hunger Games. I have not read the books, but was anxious to see the movie due to the fact that it was filmed in the DuPont State Forest- minutes down the road from us. As expected,
 I am now totally  hooked and want to start reading the books before the next movie comes out.

xoxo, Tippi

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Retail Therapy: Spring Has Sprung!

I hit the road recently to try to find some outdoor items for our new house- we have a front porch and screened in porch I am looking forward to decorating. I ran into Marshall's to snoop around. After sadly, not finding any outdoor items, I  thought these might work for the guest bath:

 Apparently I have slight adoration for soap dispensers. I really don't enjoy seeing those icky plastic store bought ones. I did end up purchasing the elephant. He was the last one so I had to have it!

Then I was off to World Market to purchase this little number I saw on sale online:

Only to find out that it is only available online- :(

This was in stock. I like the fret work detail just as well and thought I could paint it red if I decided to go that direction. In my car it went!! 

Here are just a few other goodies at World Market I thought I'd share!

I love this Ikat shower curtain- it doesn't seem to be available online-  I think this was $24.00

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

DIY Snippet: Garage Sale Dresser

Before (ew!)

I bought this lovely little number at my son's school wide garage sale for 10 buckaroos.(the Hubster says I paid too much!!) I had no idea what I would do with it at the time so like everything else it sat around collecting dust. Then ah-ha! I remembered this post by Jenny and  so I had a plan! 

After (aaaaahh!)

It was originally sprayed with spray paint and I used a $3 paint pod /primer  combo and it surprisingly covered it. I added several coats of satin varnish afterwards. 

I spent  some time looking for new knobs but decided in the end it would be silly to spend $4 a knob on a $10 dresser.  So, I just refurbished the originals and added a gold accent with a paint pen around the edge. I also finished each  knob with a coat of varnish. 

Time to move on to the next project- MOVING!!

xoxo, Tippi  

Thursday, March 8, 2012

About a Boy

Yesterday was another one of those milestones you reach as a parent. Your children don't notice them or always have a concept of them. But there it was. That sinking feeling that my first born is growing up way too fast.  I drove my son to his future high school for the very first time. Although he is not a student there yet- it still felt very big to me.

 My baby boy is going to be a freshman at the high school that my husband and I both attended. Our own little Bearcat. (sniff sniff ) As I drove closer to the school- it was apparent that he was having some anxiety about the students just letting out and walking into unfamiliar territory with his mother, of all people. I think that would be considered an "epic fail". And we can't have that.

After finding a suitable parking space away from all civilization, he proceeded the "walk of shame" into the school with me. We got him registered for his classes  and all went well . As we were leaving, I decided to take a detour and stick my head into the art classroom- it was still in the same spot after all these years. Needless to say, he was not interested in the trip down memory lane. I got the "Mom!" out of the corner of his mouth. I'm sure all of you mothers of teenagers know exactly what I'm talking about!

In a few short months I will be the mother of a high schooler. I'm constantly telling  him that I'd like to just put him in one of those little clear plastic balls made for gerbils- bigger, of course - but the same idea. I'm sure Dr. Phil would have something to say about that. As a matter of fact, I'm betting that there is a mom out there that put her child in one of those balls and they had a show about it. She's probably in prison now.

 I know all parents say this about their child, but am so very proud of this kid. I know you can't tell from this picture but  he's very snuggly and huggable when he chooses to be. Apparently, it's just very uncool to have your picture taken with your mom ( and her rather large hot pink handbag). Another "epic fail" as the kids say.  Here we go on to  the next chapter. I may go gray or pull my hair out completely, but time is moving forward - whether I like it or not.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Tip Toe Through the Tulip Tables

One of my favorite pieces of furniture- the Tulip table. The original was designed by the renowned architect Eero Saarinen. He designed many other pieces when he was an associate at the Knoll company. I recall visiting a Knoll  showroom as an interior design student and have been a fan ever since. ( In case you didn't know- one of his masterworks is the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Very cool.)

If you desire one these lovely tables, dust off the wallet. This one's gonna take a bite!

If you don't happen to have a couple thousand to drop then perhaps this might be a great choice for you

I quite like this option. For $179.00 you can take this baby home and still have enough money left over for some cute chairs. I like to see it paired with a more traditional style chair. It strikes that balance of modern and traditional that I'm always looking to achieve.

Here are some inspiring  ideas:

Oh, the always fabulous Tory Burch. Don't you love her kitchen?

Photo Sources via feminine  eclectic, desire to inspire, image fav, habitually chic

xoxo, Tippi