Friday, March 30, 2012

My Office Before & After

It feels so good to have one room in the new house completely  DONE! Feels even better that it's "my" room. I've shared some before shots, some during shots and now I can show you the entire finished room. My office gets a lot of use so I wanted it to be functional and pretty. 

When we bought the house it looked like this.  Lots of oak. Lots of brown. Lots of Blah.




Now it looks like this:
aaaaah....that's better!


Never underestimate the power of paint. Benjamin Moore Gray Owl on the walls, Snowfall White on the cabinets, Black on the doors. White Liatorp cabinets and Ektorp chairs from Ikea. Craigslist desk and chair.
This room is used as an office, music room, art studio and daily command central. I've filled it with shelves full of personal collections and quirky objects I enjoy being surrounded by. There are lots of images so enjoy the tour!


















  click here to see other before & after's at Funky Junky Interiors


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August Antiques

Have I mentioned that Houston is a shopping mecca? I've lived here almost 25 years and there are parts of the city I've never even been to. It's huge, sprawling and always under construction.
I had girlfriends in town last week and they are hardcore professional shoppers, so we hit some of my favorite shops in Houston, so in the next few posts I will share some fun shopping images and videos.
One of my favorite destinations for shopping is in The Heights neighborhood at August Antiques, a sure thing for unique vintage and antique finds such as lighting, old books, garden antiques, memorabilia and religious artifacts from all over the country. The outdoor garden section knows as Ben's Antique Gardening is one of my favorites. In honor of Spring gardening, we'll start the tour with a video I made there:

























































See anything you like?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Carol Hicks Bolton Antiquities Laboratories de Design

On our way home from the Hill Country last week, we took a detour to Fredericksburg, Texas, so I could lay my eyes on Carol Hicks Bolton's new store Antiquities Laboratories de Design. Pictures barely do it justice. It's really that good.  Her concept at this store covers some trends with industrial, taxidermy and curated collections, but it is also true to her unique voice in the way she's been doing it for years. For me, Carol Hicks Bolton was doing this look before I even knew of Restoration Hardware. I've always admired how brave and innovative she is with design. The store has many instant collections and glass cabinets which encourage you to begin your own collecting and curating   I loved it and made a quick video and was allowed to take some picture to share:




































































































When you're in Fredericksburg, you can find the shop here.  
I'm also excited to join a group of bloggers on April 2 in Round Top at Royer's Cafe where Carol Hicks Bolton will be the guest speaker!  Mrs. Hicks-Bolton, Texas is proud of you!