eight minute bathroom remodel…

bathroom artWe recently remodeled the master bathroom and it turned out great.

Except I hate it.

Pre-remodel, the bathroom looked like a 70’s Greek revival.  Post-remodel, it looks like it belongs in an expensive bachelor pad.  Neither theme really appealed to me (I just thank God there’s no more carpet) so I set out to add a little color.

And I wanted to do so by spending zero dollars.  I’m positive next time I step into an antiques store my Visa will spontaneously combust.  So instead, I stepped into my garage (currently full of crap) and went shopping among things I already own.

bathroom wall

Eight minutes later I’m slightly happier with my bathroom. It’s not a major change (next bathroom I get my hands on I’m wallpapering), but enough to make a small impact.

Fortunately for me, my cousin is an amazing artist.  Unfortunately for her, one time when she was out of town, I raided her closet and ‘grab-and-dashed’ all I could get my hands on. Thankfully she lives in New York and not New Orleans.  If she walked through my house she’d probably call the cops.

perfumesAnd this finally gives me a place to put out all of my pretty bottles of perfume that smell like old ladies.

Win-win.  I need to go shopping in my garage more often.

 

 

traveling…islands islands islands

mapWhen your hotel has a map like a mall, it’s a sign it’s probably too big.

I’ve been lost for what seems two days now.

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But it’s nice being lost within all the flowers.

And here I thought southern Louisiana was lush.  Although it seems slightly ridiculous to compare Louisiana to a tropical island.  The only thing they really have in common is humidity and a large tourist community.

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Orchids must not cost as much here as they do at home.

DSC_0166Also the view is a little different than mine at home.

 

 

To Fabulous Weekends…

orchid bowl

 

I’m looking forward to a less than productive weekend and I’m absolutely thrilled.

My mom and I are going on a creative excursion through the cultural and design districts of Dallas today followed by a long leisurely dinner and date night with The Boyfriend.

So here’s to a lovely weekend…

 

Parties & Flowers…

After a long week of traveling and hotel rooms, it was nice to be home.

Although that only gave me 12 hours to plan a party for 60 that was taking place in our home Friday evening at 6.  I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, I’m what people common refer to as a “procrastinator.”  So around 11 I start making magic happen.  Stressful magic.

 

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For me, the most important factor of a party is the flowers.  And the bar.  But aesthetically the flowers.

So I started with a little baby orchid on the mail table when you walk in…

hydrangeas

gorgeously abundant hydrangeas in the living room (I loved the contrast of the vase with the white flowers)…

peonies

a spray of white tulips and budding magenta peonies in the dining room…

orchid & barley

and a huge potted white orchid & puggle (photo-bomb) to greet people as they come in.

peonies & tulips

As for procrastinating, I think it makes my brain work faster.  That and I’ll just offer you an extra large glass of wine so you won’t notice I forgot to buy napkins…