I'm having an attack of oh-my-god-must-decorate-the-porch at the moment. Something about Christmas being over (mostly, we're still decorated and we have guests coming this weekend, but you KWIM) and the temperature being somewhat lower than that of a wiccan's bosoms is making me crawl the walls in a nesting frenzy, picturing myself sipping merlot (with apologies to Paul Giamatti) on my screened porch on a June evening while I recline on thrifted rattan chairs which I have recovered in perfectly hip fabrics, surrounded by other previously-owned ecclectic-but-oh-so-right-together pieces and flickeringly lit by myriad candles in cleverly mismatched glassware. And maybe some paper lanterns. All above a canvas throw, or maybe a sisal rug.
I've also been eyeing the garish orange tweedy dry-rotting shades in the studio and threatening them with a makeover. Can I please, please, pretty please redo that room right now? How hard could it be to strip the wallpaper, glaze the whole shebang with new paint, add more lighting, hang new shades, repair window frames, etc? Of course, doing that room over will mean that the pull-out no longer "goes" with anything, which would be a problem for me. Hmmm. Hrm. Mmm.
So anyway, seized as I am with this drive to deco, I spent an evening feverishly searching for ideas. I did not find boho-chic patio ideas, nor did I find anything remotely close to the step-by-step instructions for hanging frames from picture molding that I desperately need. I did find, in that google-stream-of-consciousness way, the following:
Making it Lovely - a blog kept by a woman who owns a web design business and a stationery business and whose 100-year-old arts and crafts home is so freaking fabulous in this Domino Magazine sort of way. It's not lived-in enough for me, but I live in awe of anybody who can just think up whole rooms of perfectly layered colors and textures and shapes. Her photos also have that perfect-magazine-focus quality that I covet. She also has picture molding with gorgeously hung faboo prints. I think I may need to ping her to ask for materials info. Also, omgz, how much do I love her dining room wallpaper?
I had forgotten all about Amy Ruppel. Once upon a time I had intended to stalk her sales until I could snag just one tiny perfect bird painting. I think it would be just about perfect in my bedroom. Maybe that day will come soon.
Dan and I somehow ended up watching some of TV Squad's Top 10 Kristen Wiig moments on SNL. I sorta think they should edit it down to a top five, she hasn't been on the show that long and she isn't that great, but still, funny stuff.