Wednesday, April 30, 2014

One Room Challenge Week Five

It is now week five of The One Room Challenge, created by Linda of Calling it Home, which means I'm in full panic mode. If you are new to this event, please click over to Week OneWeek TwoWeek Three, and Week Four to get caught up.

Before I begin, I would like to thank my saintly husband who has been tirelessly helping me move furniture, hang pictures, and providing constant moral support. I could not do it without him! He has also given up a chunk of the past two weekends to help me with "Operation Bulletin Board," which turned into a bit of a fiasco, but ended on a happy note. 

You may recall, one of the focal points of the inspiration board for my home office is a bulletin board covered with Lilly Pulitzer fabric. For the project, I purchased a Queen sized sheet from the Lilly Pulitzer for Garnet Hill collection in the "Lucky Charms" print. 

I had envisioned the bulletin board as more of an accent wall, while serving dual purpose as bulletin board. So after some Pinterest research, I found this blog tutorial, and my husband and I got to work! With some minor revisions to the directions, we ended up with this...

The scale and impact just wasn't what I wanted... So I convinced my poor husband to help me yet again, and off came the bulletin board. In a nutshell, here are the basic steps we took to get to the end result...

We purchased two pieces of this foam core board from Lowe's (it's in the lumber department.) Each piece measures 8x4 and costs $12.87 for a total of roughly $26... you can't beat that! Some Lowe's will cut your board to size, but the Miami Lowe's was not that nice. I wanted my bulletin board to measure 8x6, so my very patient husband cut one board in half using a hacksaw. Next step:

image via Nestle & Bloom

Screw in hardware, using a drill.  The hook will go in back.

The front will look like this. 

We used a staple gun to adhere the fabric onto the larger of the two boards and then secured the staples in place (they will pull out of the foam) using duct tape. Only staple and tape the top and sides. Note the metal hooks in the top right corner... We tied cooking twine between the hooks to hang the board, allowing the remaining fabric to hang free.

Level the board, and use small nails to secure the top corners into the wall. 

Screw the second piece of board into the wall. (We recommend screws, not nails.) Our cuts were not perfect, so we used duct tape to patch in the small gap (not shown.)

Use tacks to smooth out the fabric and hold it in place over the rest of the board.

Use flat thumb tacks to secure fabric behind the board.

Nail the corners into the wall to secure. 

Voila, mission accomplished! You can now remove any tacks used to smooth out the front of the bulletin board. 

The mirrored frames I ordered from West Elm arrived, and I spray painted the mats "Deep Sea Diving" by Valspar. The Three Wise Monkeys are from The Pink Pagoda. 

West Elm mirrored frames and Three Wise Monkeys from The Pink Pagoda

Now I just have to finish accessorizing and finalizing my bookcase, whew! Please head over to see what the other amazing ORC participants are up to, and make sure to come back next Wednesday to see our grand reveals!  And don't forget to visit Calling it Home again tomorrow for updates from the Linking Participants tomorrow.  I am in awe of all the amazing talent! 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Blog Crush: Palm Beach Lately

One of my favorite Palm Beach blogs is Palm Beach Lately, written by two fabulous South Florida sisters, Beth Beattie and Danielle Norcross.  Palm Beach Lately features the latest beauty, living, social, style, and weekend trends in Palm Beach.... an online guide to the Palm Beach lifestyle!  The dynamic duo recently posed for a Palm Beach Chic photo shoot, featuring Lilly Pulitzer's Spring collection, and it is so adorable, I just had to share...

Image credit: LILA PHOTO

Image credit: LILA PHOTO

The Palm Beach Lately girls have also produced a wonderful guide to Palm Beach that you will want to want to bookmark for your next trip to the Island.... 

Palm Beach Lately's Guide to Palm Beach 

If you love all things Palm Beach Chic, please check out Palm Beach Lately and @palmbeachlately on Instagram. You can also bring a little slice of Island style into your home, thanks to the Palm Beach Lately shop. Oh, and did I mention Beth's Rosemary Beach wedding was recently featured in Town & Country? These are sisters are so stylish! 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

One Room Challenge Week Four

I cannot believe it is already Week Four of the One Room Challenge, created by Linda of Calling it Home. If you are just tuning in, please click over to Week OneWeek Two, and Week Three to get caught up. Over a six week timeframe, 20 bloggers (including yours truly!) are transforming one room and posting our updates each Wednesday. I am decorating my home office, featuring Lilly Pulitzer's personal desk purchased at auction in February.  

Last week, I wrote about my bookcase styling issues, and I am so grateful for all of your sweet comments and suggestions! Styling a bookcase can be tricky, and there are a lot of varying opinions on how to get the job done... Several of you suggested declutering/editing, and several of you suggested I color code my books. My friend Junell from Seekers Bazaar even sent over this link from the fabulous Frances Schultz with the brilliant idea to create zen by turning books sideways! And finally, a LOT of you loved the Chinese porcelain on top, which in my book proves you can never have too much blue and white!

I'll most likely be making a few edits to my bookcase, but not too many, for my big reveal. In the meantime, here is what else I have been up to...

The Three Wise Monkeys from Jennifer at The Pink Pagoda arrived! They are a perfect complement to the Lilly Pulitzer for Garnet Hill sheet in the "Lucky Charms" print I purchased for my DIY bulletin board, which I will write about next week. 

They will go in these mirrored frames from West Elm. I ordered them after seeing how fabulous they looked when Stephanie Krauss used them to showcase some of Jennifer's botanical prints (above).

The Three Wise Monkeys will be hung above the vintage Gampel Stoll elephant console I scored at a local estate sale.  I also tucked a blue and white Chinese porcelain planter and palm in the corner. It may be too big for the space, so I might swap it out for something smaller.  

I ordered a few of these storage bins the other week from the Rue La La Lilly Pulitzer gifts sale. What lucky timing... they are in Lilly's Lucky Charms print! I think they will add the perfect pop of color tucked under my elephant console, while also serving as much needed storage space for my plethora of design magazines. 

The Lucite armchair I ordered from Amazon for $99 (including shipping) arrived, and it looks fantastic! My upholsteror is working on a pillow case, which will also be Lilly Pulitzer's Lucky Charms.

I fell in love with this new pencil holder Jennifer wrote about on Monday, now in stock at The Pink Pagoda. It will be perfect for keeping my desk organized! 

That's about it for this week! Please head over to see what the other amazing ORC participants are up to... And you will want to visit Calling it Home again tomorrow for updates from the fabulous Linking Participants tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

One Room Challenge Week Three

Welcome to Week Three of the One Room Challenge, created by Linda of Calling it Home. I am thrilled to be one of the 20 participants, listed above! We are each redoing one room in six weeks and posting updates every Wednesday. Click here if you missed Week One, and here for Week Two.

I have selected my home office to transform, using Lilly Pulitzer's personal desk as my inspiration. This week, I focused on my bookcase. I have been dreading this project, as bookcase styling is one of my greatest design challenges. Part of my problem is that I have too many books! And, I am limited on storage space, so I need my bookcase to be functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. Let's take a look at some of my inspirational images...

via Shelter

Minnie Mortimer's bookcase

Now that I have distracted you with pretty pictures, let's take a quick look at what my bookcase looked like at the beginning of this challenge...

Yikes! What I did here was literally take my books and clutter out of their boxes and stuff them on the shelves. Not pretty, but moving isn't pretty, and I was desperate to get rid of the boxes!

Here is what my bookcase looks like today... I am pleased that I was able to put this together using only items I already possessed, via a week-long scavenger hunt around our home. However, I'm still not 100 percent pleased with the results, so please consider this as still a work in progress...

Any words of advice on bookcase styling? Now don't forget to head over to see what the other ORC participants are up to... And stay tuned for updates from the Linking Participants tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Banana Leaf in Lady Gaga's NYC Apartment!

I've said it many times, but I'll say it again... the best thing about blogging is the friends you make along the way, from all over the world! Yesterday, my blogger friend Zsófia Szigeti in Budapest sent me a link to this video featuring Lady Gaga's gorgeous Manhattan apartment, featuring The Original Martinique banana leaf wallpaper. Previously inhabited by Liza Minnelli and Tony Bennett, this apartment exudes Old Hollywood Glamour... 

Click here to watch the tour! 

Now back to Zsófia... My Hungarian friend reached out to me last month to let me know about her anteroom, which she had recently papered in Carleton Varney's Brazillance wallpaper, thanks to this post I wrote on the two beautiful banana leaf wallpapers. 

Zsófia's anteroom in progress....

You can read more about "Brazillance in Budapest" here... click the "translate" button on the upper right hand corner to read in English.  Thank you again,  Zsófia! And click here if you are interested in learning about the difference between Carleton Varney's Brazillance wallpaper, made famous by The Greenbrier Hotel, and the Original Martinique, which was made famous by the Beverly Hills Hotel

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Lilly Pulitzer Sale via Rue La La!

Lilly lovers... Rue La La is featuring a Lilly Pulitzer gifts sale! Can you guess which "Lucky Charms" storage solution I purchased for my One Room Challenge? Hurry over to Rue La La ASAP... this sale is only open for three days, and quantities are limited!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Palm Beach Chic with Sail to Sable

The April issue of Matchbook Magazine is out, and I am smitten with the Palm Beach Chic apartment of Jennifer Stocker, founder of Sail to Sable. Located on Manhattan's Upper East Side, the apartment provides a tropical escape amongst the city's chaos.

Jennifer, who formerly worked for Condé Nast, was inspired by her travels to destinations such as Nevis, Bermuda, and Palm Beach when she created the preppy chic fashion line Sail to Sable, described as "a lifestyle brand connected to the sun and sand." And her apartment is a direct reflection of that brand... Let's take a look inside!

"Just because we are in an apartment building in New York doesn't mean we can't have bright colors, shells, starfish, and lots of printed fabric. I love Quadrille fabric and shopping at Worlds Away for all of my furniture pieces," said Jennifer. 

Such an adorable apartment! Click here to read the full feature in Matchbook, and here to view the fabulous new line from Sail to Sable.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

One Room Challenge Week Two

Welcome to Week Two of the One Room Challenge, created and hosted by Linda at Calling it Home.  If you missed my Week One post, you can click here to catch up.  I must say, I was blown away by the talent demonstrated last week by the other 19 participants in this ORC, and I am thrilled and honored to be along for the ride as we each transform one room in six weeks!
ORC Graphics by Jennifer at The Pink Pagoda 

For this challenge, I am decorating my home office, inspired by Lilly Pulitzer's antique wicker and bentwood desk that I purchased at her estate auction in February, from her very own home office!  I love to think of the personal correspondence and business savvy that the Queen of Palm Beach Chic herself created at this desk... and given the condition, there was a lot of inspiration going on here, because it was definitely in need of a fresh coat of paint and some minor repairs. I debated on whether or not to restore the desk, as each of those chips and missing pieces held a special story and place in history, but the paint was really really chippy, and I just couldn't live with it on a daily basis. So last week, Lilly's desk received a minor face lift, and she is now resting comfortably in her new home! 

As a side note, I must share a fun story. When we took the drawers out of this desk to repaint, I found the following items stuffed in the back... 

It was surreal to find Lilly's Palm Beach return home address stamp, along with her "FAXED" stamp, a broken piece of gold molding, paperclip, organizer, hairband, and fabric sample... does anyone know the name of this Braemore pattern? And last but not least... a disposable camera with eight pictures taken! The second I found this camera, I hopped in the car, sped over to Wallgreens, and waited anxiously for one hour processing... Unfortunately, there were no terribly exciting images other than Lilly's carport (as the camera was appropriately labeled)... If I had to guess, the pictures may have been taken for documentation purposes, as said carport appeared to be damaged. But still, I have pictures of Lilly's carport!! And her car in front! And that is pretty exciting to me. 

Now back to my room... Did you know that Lilly Pulitzer has partnered with Garnet Hill to offer an exclusive line of affordably priced bedding and accessories? I fell in love with the "Lucky Charm" pattern, which coordinated perfectly with all of the existing colors I had going in to my ORC. Click here to view the collection which is currently on sale! I purchased sheets to use for a DIY bulletin board and coordinating chair pillow. More to come soon! 

Lilly Pulitzer bulletin board DIY coming soon! And clearly, I have not started organizing my bookcase yet. 

I love how this Lilly Pulitzer fabric ties in my existing Stark rug, silk drapes, and Chinese porcelain. 

We also brought up the vintage elephant console I purchased for $230 at an estate sale... It was already lacquered white, and I think I will keep the color as-is. Thoughts?

Above the console, I will hang the "Three Wise Monkeys" giclees I purchased yesterday from Jennifer at The Pink Pagoda's Etsy Shop

These whimsical monkeys are so Palm Beach Chic. Monkeys have been affiliated with Palm Beach ever since legendary Palm Beach architect Addison Mizner's pet spider monkey, Johnnie Brown, became so well known in society that the monkey ran for Mayor!  Lilly loved monkeys as well... This was evident at her estate sale, where the following monkeys went on auction. 

You can view the entire inventory of Lilly's estate auction here

I also found the perfect desk chair, thanks to the Luxe Girls at Luxe Report Designs. This is a bargain version of the $400 Louis Ghost Chair by Phillipe Starck... I'll provide a full report as soon as it arrives! 

Casper Dining Armchair in Clear, available for $99 (including free shipping!) 

That's it for this week! Now please head over to see what the other 19 ORC participants are up to! And make sure you click back over to Calling it Home tomorrow to check out the 80+ fabulous ORC Linking Participants... The talent is amazing!! 

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