Thursday, May 27, 2010

diy: art.

unfortunately, i've never been in the position to afford really nice artwork.  but i have learned to improvise by creating my own.

what lexie can't have, she will create.  it may not be museum quality, but for my house, it will do just fine.

instructions?  pour yourself a glass of wine (or three), put on some tunes, grab a big brush, and make a palette of paint colors (i use acrylic) on a paper plate.  dip your brush in water frequently to make the colors all blend (if that's the same look you're going for).  sound easy?  it is.  and it's fun.

my local art store often has sidewalk sales which is where i scored my big 48" x 48" canvas 50% off.

this masterpiece took me a whole hour to make.  of course, i was hosting a dinner party that very night and was on a mission.

(hosting at your home will do wonders for motivation.)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

reunited in savannah

what happens when the designing women of ella reds reunite for an evening out on the town?  we (subconcsiously) critique the space around us, that's what.  like kids in a candy store we walked into the new (to us, at least) bohemian hotel and soaked it all in ...

nothing was predictable. 

interesting banquette, yes?  i would have never thought to make the same finish and fixture selections and am still undecided on aspects.  however, they very much accomplished grabbing our attention.  i love discovering a space that challenges and inspires design.

my favorite part?  our destination:  the rooftop bar.  to the north, views of the savannah river and to the south, views of downtown savannah.  that in itself was sure to be an inspiration to anyone (which may explain security holding back a line of patrons at the door). 

my lovely ladies, thanks once again for the southern hospitality.  i miss you already.

hotel images from

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Thursday, May 6, 2010

before and after: master bedroom

we've come a long way, baby. 

to read more about the master bedroom projects click here, here, here, here, and here.

i think i just earned myself a cocktail.  signing out for now ...