Thursday, May 15, 2014

Blogworthy

For all of you Seinfeld fans, the Blogworthy title doesn't need to be explained. For everyone else, you can watch this clip.
While I'm not hoarding blog content like Elaine is hoarding contraceptives, I feel like nothing really "blogworthy" is happening right now.  I'm not sure the reason for this. Sure, I've been busy, but everybody is. Part of the reason is that I've been reevaluating my technology usage lately and realizing that I would rather spend my time with my family and, in general, just being a more productive person. While I've been busy working with clients, nothing is a great before and after moment worth sharing or photographing. Working on my own home always grinds to a halt when I'm busy elsewhere, so nothing new to report on that front (naked dining room floors are still naked). Elsewhere, my kids are busy growing and thriving and finishing up 6th and 2nd grades respectively (I can't believe they are 12 and 9).

Blogging has never been my job . . . I don't get paid or have advertising on it. It's always been a hobby at best, but one that I've loved. Getting to connect with people near and far is amazing. It's true that blogging is a little community, and I've been honored and blessed to meet many blog friends both online and in the real world (and it's weird how much people are truly reflected in their blogs - they are just as funny and sweet and charming in person). So, what am I trying to say? Am I quitting blogging? Not really. I still want to be able to share projects and/or finds/ideas with you when I feel something is worth sharing. I feel that the blogging world is getting a little cynical (we've all read the vitriol over at Get Off My Internets), and I feel like if I don't have anything earth-shattering to share, it's not really worth anyone's time. So please know that I will occasionally pop in when the time/content is right. In the meantime, you can find me on Instagram posting away!


Friday, April 4, 2014

Fess Up Friday Guest Post

Happy Friday! Today you'll find me over at the Little Black Door where I'm fessing up to breaking a real decorating taboo (oh no! what could it be???).

Here's a little hint as to what my secret might involve . . . 

Please pop over and check it out. I know you all must read LBD already because Elizabeth is one of the best bloggers around . . . seriously love her humor and her style. 

Also, earlier this week I was fortunate enough to get to tour the HGTV Smart House here in Nashville. It's not open for tours to the public, but it will be available to win starting April 15. So please check back for a little preview next week. 

Happy weekend everyone!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Should I Go Naked?

Nothing like starting off a Monday with a provocative question, right? Sorry to disappoint you though if you were hoping for some talk of skin . . . today, I'm talking about my dining room floor. You see, I'm kind of going through some growing pains with my dining room, and one of the changes I've already made is ditching my rug. What? Oh yes, I went naked. But the question is should I stay that way? Let's back up. In case you can't remember, here's what my dining room looked like with a rug . . .
Just your basic jute rug from West Elm, nothing fancy. I have patterned Persian rugs in rooms that adjoin this one so I never wanted any distracting colors or patterns on the floor of the dining room. So, I've always had some version of a jute or natural fiber rug (prior to this one I had the diamond jute rug from West Elm). And while I've always liked the look of these neutral natural rugs, they do have their downsides. A. They shed (there is always a pile of sandy/dusty/gritty material under the edges of the rug), and B. I have two dogs and a cat, and let's just say they sometimes think the jute is grass, and well, you can guess the rest. Which leads to C. The natural fiber rugs are hard to clean. So, after a while, mine was looking pretty worse for the wear, so I took it the the recycling center. Now, my dining room looks like this . . . 
I actually don't mind the bare floor, but I don't like the clashing browns of my dining table and floor. It was way less noticeable when there was a buffer rug between the two. And if you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen these . . . 
Yes, I bought some new dining chairs. I got them at the Habitat Re-Store . . . they were such a good deal and I absolutely love the shape and black color (which needs some serious touching up, etc.). And, of course, they need new fabric so I got a swatch of this just to play around with. 
Which led me to think about painting my walls a creamy color . . . 

One thing leads to another. It's inevitable. So, basically now I want to change my entire dining room (table, chairs, walls, possibly chandelier, etc.). No big deal. To me, our current dining room looks a little formal, and we're not really a formal dining kind of family. More of a casual group.

Which leads me back to the floors . . . for now, I'm keeping them naked. Once other decisions are made, I'm sure it will become clear. Until then, here are some dining rooms I've been drawn to with naked floors . . .






Now, if I could just convince my uncle to switch dining tables with me, I'd be set (he currently has my dearly departed Grandmother's oval Saarinen style table which I covet). 

What about you, do you like the bare/naked dining room floor look?