Sunday, April 29, 2012

pacificVintage --- Starting Over with a brand new blog

Well ladies it had to happen sometime.  Writer's Block had to end, I just didn't know it would take so long.  When I decided to stop writing this blog and set up another, I was hopeful and determined!  But also 8 months pregnant.  Hmmm.  Never a good time to start any new project.

WELL.  8 months after Keanu (Pronounced like Keanu Reeves) was born, I have a new blog and a new direction.

Please check it out!!

It's called Pacific Vintage and focuses on home interiors, upcycling and repurposing furniture, and pretty much all things that are in between.  I've sort of turned a hobby into a small business as well.  I set up an Etsy shop, as well.  Come by, check it out and start following the new blog!

I miss all of you and think of you all a lot.  Kathy, Gigi, Tippy, Moda, Amy, my American Girl in Norway, the J.Crew girls in the NoVa... All of you!!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

New Blog: The House on the Park

Please check out the new blog!


Friday, July 8, 2011

Moving to New Blog

Hi all. I've been thinking of starting a new blog and saying adieu *deleting* According to Moi. I think we had a good run, but it's time to move on. Or, I just think I need to start over.

I will post my new blog info here soon because I wouldn't know what to do without all my steadfast blogland GFs (you know who you are).

Monday, June 27, 2011

Beach House Chic. With a little Vintage to boot. Finally.

Happy Sunday / Early Monday! Well, the Library / Bar / Old Dining Room is finally finished. I don't think there's anything else I would add or take away from it and I'm happy with the way it turned out. What I wanted in the space was a beachy, modern vibe, where I would feel relaxed when I walked in, and I think that's what I got. I scoured Craigslist for 1950's / 1960's pieces in great condition to keep the space feeling fun. But the upholstered pieces, like the slipcovered Mitchell Gold sofa and the rattan chair's cushions had to be nap-worthy. I wanted the space to be comfortable and enjoyable, and one can't enjoy if one's butt isn't happy in its chair.

I had been waiting for my vintage 3-strand rattan chairs to be re-upholstered in this print from Waverly. I love the groovy edge it brings in to the space.

A $50 Craigslist find, this 1960's Lane buffet was the perfect piece for me. It holds all our bar needs, as well as extra china and vases. The beach feel extended to the coral lamp, a Pier 1 find. The sea glass colored print on the wall is by artist Heather Brown and is flanked by family photos.

I found old window frames at the local salvage / renovation store and reclaimed them. At a $1 each, they got gussied up with some old paint we had in the garage and now hang above the couch. A friend had given me a gift certificate for my birthday for one of those canvas photo prints, and I put it to use on one of my favorite photos of my son. The throw pillow I ended up choosing is by Thomas Paul.

I come home from work, peeps, and I literally just want to be in this room all evening. That's got to be a sign of success, right?

Friday, June 24, 2011

Dreaming of Nurseries - What's Your Baby Style?

As my library / bar comes together, my focus is on the nursery --- hard core like, peeps. 7 more weeks to go before Keanu's arrival and I'm envisioning a bright, somewhat seashore/beach-ish nursery fitting for a baby with a Pacific Ocean view from his lanai.

**Yes, that's one lucky little boy.**

Loves the blue and greens -- and that light!! I love it!!

The ultimate baby closet right here. Hubs is a "closet" man.
I've got to share this one with him.

What do you all think? Are you more traditionalists when it comes to baby rooms? What's your Baby Style?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Classic Hawaii Homes

Here's a home in the Old Pali neighborhood in Honolulu. I would love to live in Old Pali, peeps. This house has it all - charm, character, space, close to downtown, but far away enough to "get away." The price tag? $1.399M. Um, yes, there's an M at the end. It's Hawaii.

As Rachel Zoe says, OMG, I die.

Classic Hawaii Home
Neighborhood: Old Pali
Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4
Square Footage: 3,481 on 36,045 square feet of land
(That's basically the equivalent of a plantation in Hawaii standards)
Built: 1930

But wait! Check out this Garden Lover's gem in the Honolulu neighborhood of Manoa. This one is also minutes from downtown Honolulu and Waikiki, set back near the University of Hawaii, in a neighborhood of classic homes. Can you just see yourself, all green thumbed, sitting amongst your plants and flowers like a regular Martha Stewart. The inside of this home is filled with antiques. & lots of them. So I've spared your eyes of the clutter. Good thing the furnishings go with the sellers! & you are left with the spaces and plants you see here. Asking $1.595M.
There's that pesky M again.

Queen Anne Revival
Neighborhood: Manoa
Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 2,471 on a 7,500 square feet lot
Year Built: 1902

Monday, June 20, 2011

Loving... Reclaimed Wood

There's something about the lovely look of bringing something older into your home. Is it the character it has, or the history? Or both? In keeping with my beach house feel and in a fit of Etsy-driven satisfaction, I've found that I'm loving...

This Sea Breezes Wood Wall Frame, in all its beachy goodness.

Etsy - kraftworx
17 and a 1/2 x 15 and a 1/4 frame with a 5 x 7 opening.

This mosaic recycled wooden frame

9 and a 1/2 square frame with a 3 and a 1/2 square opening

& this one in its Sea Foam color, made of reclaimed wainscotting after Hurricane Katrina.

13 x 16 as a frame with a 5 x 5 and a 1/2 opening

I don't have the wall space peeps, but I'd make room for these.
Which do you prefer?