Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Office Space

Who wouldn't want to do something productive in this office space?  My directions from the client:  "Make it Tiffany meets Hollywood Glam."  Did we succeed?

We added a gold/silver metallic wash between the wooden panels.

And, Tiffany blue paint was added to the ceiling.

High gloss paint, again in Tiffany blue to accent her collections.

Our biggest challenge was finding just the perfect white shag rug. We had to eliminate a lot of "almost-white" rugs, before we found the perfect one.  Now, the biggest challenge is keeping Mr. from homesteading in here.  Who wouldn't want to, after all?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Cooling Off

We woke up to rain on Saturday; and, it rained all day.  Hudson and I were in a choir retreat on Friday night and Saturday -- preparing for Christmas music. (Can you believe it?  Christmas is less than three months away. I love Christmas and the One whose birthday we celebrate, but I do get a little stressed out over the details.  Well, I just won't think about that today!)  Anyway, now it's cooler after all that rain, and I'm liking it a lot.  I just have more energy when I'm not drenched in sweat. Oh, to be one of those retiring ladies with a fan on a fainting couch.  Never mind; I just remembered that they wore corsets laced to the hilt.  Which, reminds me that I promised to start wearing my compression hose when it got cooler. Well, I'm not thinking about that today, either.

Today, I just want to show you the cutest powder room.  This home has so much personality, and the little powder room off the entry sets the mood for the entire home.  It was already adorable (look at the cute rabbit wall paper), but when we added the sparrows paining... well, it became wow!


So.  Now you know what's coming, right:

Matthew 10:29-31 KJV

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet, not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Picnic Table Winner

Congratulations to this fortunate follower selected by random integer generator (I feel very mathematically inclined).

Blake said...

Love reading about your journey and your projects. Here's a shout out from Memphis!

E-mail me at karen{dot}akin{at}sbcglobal{dot}net and your picnic table will be on its way.

Many thanks for all your comments.  Watch closely -- I'm clearing out while I'm unpacking!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tuesday Teaser: Life is not a picnic

But, this folding wooden picnic table by Picnic at Ascot will motivate you to plan an outing.  I think these are perfect for a trip to the Arboretum or for tailgating before your next football game. I picked up a few of these at the Atlanta market this year (at the request of one of my clients). So glad I did. 

I'm giving one of these to one of you for being so nice to stop and read my blog.  Just leave a comment, and I will randomly choose a winner (Blue-eyed Bride will teach me how!).  I'll announce the winner on Thursday.

Folding wooden picnic table with built-in seating for four Sturdy and lightweight with built-in handle.
Includes zippered canvas protective case.
No tools required for easy set-up.
Holds up to 240 pounds per seat.
Made of wood with a strong aluminum alloy frame.
Measures 33.25in wide x 26in high x 53.75in deep; 33.25in wide x 4.5in high x 14in deep when closed.
Weight: 22lbs.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Dining Car

I live in my Suburban.  It's my primary mode of transportation, my second office, my alternate storage facility, and an occasional loner vehicle for my husband.  It very often, also, becomes my dining car.  My healthful eating regimen, however, can be challenging when I am required to eat on the run or on the drive to my next appointment.

McDonald's and Sonic both have wraps on their menus, and, I just ask them to leave off the meat.  I peel away half the wrap dough and dine on lettuce and tomatoes.  Not bad in a crunch.  The fruit smoothies at McDonald's is also a quick meal.  A little high in calories (natural sugar), but not does have some nutritional value.

I got really creative on Friday. It was a jammed-pack day, but I needed to eat between appointments. I made a quick stop at eatZi's, picked up hummus with roasted red pepper, some whole grain crackers, a fruit cup, and some green tea.  Yum Yum!

I realize how blessed I am to have places like eatZi's, and you may not have those choices.  But, you probably have Whole Foods, or Fresh Market, or your local grocery store contains the choices I mentioned.  The down side:  you have to get out of the cockadoody car!  There's no drive-thru. Why can't at least one of the now 5,000 frozen yogurt locations in this city have a drive-thru?

I ate my lunch while my gasoline was pumping into my gas-hog vehicle.  I do not endorse driving with your knee while you eat your fruit cup (but I've done it!).

Here's to more healthful eating (I've become such a granola) and better drive-thru food choices.

Genesis 1:29
Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”

John 4:31-34
Meanwhile his disciples urged him, "Rabbi, eat something."  
But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about."
Then his disciples said to each other, "Could someone have brought him food?"
"My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work."

Friday, September 17, 2010

Finds of the Week: Lonny Unplugged -- Rue Launched

It's a previous "find" made better.  Lonny has added the ability to view beautiful rooms and a blog.  Check it out.

And, a new launch by Rue, with more beautiful eye candy.

 Enjoy your weekend!  I plan to unpack a few thousand boxes, do a suprise birthday party for a client (her sweet husband's plan), catch some football, and celebrate the Lord's Day at First Baptist Dallas.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Enough Stuff, Already

Have you moved lately?  I mean, seriously moved. The kind of move where your whole life arrives in moving vans (two and a-half to be exact).  We've moved a lot, so I know what to expect and what is in front of me. This time, though, we have some serious down-sizing to do.  It is a continuation of our down-sizing effort when we moved to Dallas in 2006.  A career change (and the direction of God in our lives) led us to sell our three-story townhouse last December.  So, for the past nine months our stuff has been in storage and we have been living the life of Abraham and Sarah (sans tent and pregnancy).

God has truly blessed us during this time providing living arrangements bordering on five-star resort status through good friends.  But, the time has come for us to set up housekeeping on our own, again. We have found a house to lease that will allow us down-sizing room. It has the same square footage as our townhouse, but the rooms are much smaller and not as open in design.

Down-sizing takes commitment, because we can get really attached to our stuff.  I am determined, however, to not move some of this stuff ever again.  The endeavor will extend to the two storage units we have -- one of which is all Christmas stuff.  For example, I have a Dickens Village collection that hasn't seen the light of my Christmas tree in three years.  Blue-eyed Bride doesn't want it, so I'm selling it on ebay (unless you want it).  She does want my hand-blown glass ornaments, but I think I can get motivated to decorate a tree for few more years. However, this lease space only has 8-foot ceilings, so my 9 1/2 foot tree will not work.  See the problems that our stuff brings.

So, I'm putting myself and my stuff out there.  Here is what my life looks like today.  Let's see how long it takes to bring some order to this chaos and ship some things to consignment or charity.

This is going to be my office ...

There's more, but I am getting depressed looking at the work to be done.  I'm accountable to you, now, so gotta get to work!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Getting Big Girl Draperies

I am always amazed at what a difference window treatments make in a room.  They are truly the finishing touch to create that feeling of home rather than of just a house.  More than once, women have told me that getting custom draperies makes them "feel like an adult."

Kate and Lily's mom (and dad, of course) got new draperies last week. With their permission, I am sharing some before and after pictures of their adorable Dallas bungalow and beautiful draperies.

Living Room

Dining Room

The girls were a big help on the installation:

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Thinking About Melanoma

It's relatively easy to not think about  my melanoma, except for:

1)  There's a new television entitled The Big C.  Laura Linney has melanoma.

I watched two episodes, but found it about 180 degrees from how I have felt and reacted.  It is humorous, and I like that.  That's where the similarity to my C ends -- didn't build a swimming pool nor burn my sofa.

2) I keep hearing about people with melanoma.  This week it has been:
  • a forty-year-old wife and mother of a seven year old daughter.
  • a fourteen-year-old boy who loves sports.
I always try to share the experiences of my journey and the results of my exhaustive research.  I hope it helps in some way.  I wish I could transfer the hope I have through Jesus Christ my Savior, because melanoma can produce a sense of hopelessness if digested on its own. I wish I could give them the peace I have through my faith in Him, but all I can do is tell them.  I pray they find it for themselves, if they haven't already.

3) My swollen leg, ankle, and vienna sausage toes!

Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Find of the Week

Actually, my friend Marsha found this site for me.  And, I am so glad she did.  I can't stop looking at all the beautiful rooms and creative ideas from designers all over the world.  If you subscribe (it's free), you will receive periodic updates of new designs.

Here are a few of my favorites:

by Mrs. Limesone

from Pottery Barn 

I could go on, but check it out for yourself.  You'll see more from me periodically as I am inspired by these ideas

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Welcome Peyton

You had a preview of Peyton's nursery. Today at 9:58 a.m., we welcomed Miss Peyton into our world.  She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 19 inches -- quite the petite young lady.  Mommy, daddy and big brother Parker are all doing great.

Peyton's mom and I agreed to show no pictures of the nursery until she was born.  We had a wonderful adventure planning this beautiful room.  Here are a few iphone pictures that I sneaked on the day we installed the draperies and bedding.  I'll show close-ups later.

..... And, this picture just makes me gleeful!

Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Find of the Week

Temple Grandin walked away with seven Emmys last Sunday evening.  I had seen the movie only days before the award ceremony, and was blown away by the true story of an autistic woman who, with the unwavering support of her mother, persevered to overcome the disabilities brought about by her autism.  She has become a renowned scientist and speaker on autism and the behavior of cattle.  She developed many new systems for the handling of livestock, design of facilities and humane slaughter of cattle.

It is available on DVD, so if you haven't seen it, do so.  You will be amazed and inspired.
The real Temple Grandin shown with Claire Danes, whose brilliant portrayal of Dr. Grandin in the HBO movie landed earned her an Emmy.

Blogging is a Big Responsibility

My daugher, Blue-Eyed Bride, always says to me, "Don't try to force your writing; you'll just get stuck and won't be able to think of anything."

That is not my problem.  I have PLENTY to write about; I just can't find a free second to do it.  Gone are the days when I could stay up into the wee hours finishing my to-do list.  For better or worse, I just figure I'll get to it when I get to it.  This morning, I'm getting to it.  And, not because I actually have time to do it, but because I am disciplining myself to write before I go do a million things that must be done today:  All of my little family is coming home today for Labor Day weekend, plus we will see close friends from Louisiana who are in Ft. Worth, plus a few work-related chores that call for me.

I wanted to share pictures of this cute Giraffe theme birthday party for a one-year old last Saturday.  My friend Marsha's little Brenden celebrated in style, for sure.  Marsha did a great job picking the theme and colors; and, together we pulled it off.

Marsha had the invitations, guest book, banner, and cupcake toppers designed by an Etsy artist.  Always amazing finds at Etsy -- at great prices.

Master Brenden in the background as a newborn.  Sweet boy!

One of two pinatas awaiting children with a stick.

 Guests enjoyed delicious food before moving to the dessert room.

Sophie was there, showing up in several places.

What a fun day, and I'm so glad I got to be part of the planning and execution of Brenden's first birthday party.