Chic & Affordable Lamps & Happy Birthday Baby Boy

Friday, September 30, 2011

Thanks to all of you who left sweet comments about the lamps!  I am really happy with where things are going in this room.  The other day when I went to pick up the black shade for the second lamp, I noticed a few fun lamps that I thought you might like at Walmart.  My apologies for the phone pictures.

If my lamp fairy had not been looking out for me, I may have gone this route for bedside lamps.  The price is great though they might be a tad short for where I needed them.

 I love this color!  How great would these look with a linen shade?  I'm thinking about using this in an entry that I am working on for a client.

 Love this color!  You could really up the drama with a black shade.

These linen shades are only $15.  It is hard to see here, but it has a nice nubby texture.

Have you ever purchased lighting from Walmart?

In other news.....

Today my baby turns 13.  I can hardly believe it.  It seems like yesterday his father and I brought him home from the hospital.  Time flies.  This will be a weekend filled with celebration so I'd better get busy.  A cake to make.  A sleepover to prepare for.  And for good measure, let's add a 2 day swim meet to the mix.

Have a great weekend!  You all are the best!

It Was Meant To Be & Thoughts on Fall

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Does anyone remember this lamp?  Well, I don't blame you if you don't.  To re-fresh, I found it for $1 on an outing with Mom.  As fate would have it, I found its mate the other day in a thrift store.  Now I have twins.

 The "master retreat" plan is coming together.  The walls were painted Monday which made the biggest difference.  Now I need shades for the windows and a couple of other details that I think you will like.  More on that later.
Yay for getting this far!  Woot woot!


Is it fall where you live?  If you asked me one day I would say yes and the next day I would ask you if the pool is still open.  Hot cold.  North Carolina weather is indeed a funny thing.  My friend Casey has invited me over today to share a few of my fall favorites with her readers.  Casey is once again in Italy on vacation.  I really think she and I should take turns going to Italy - don't you ;) ?  Come join me here.

My Favorite Room: Michelle from Vintage Junky

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Today I welcome Michelle from the blog Vintage Junky.  Take it away Michelle!

I was so excited when Rene asked me to do a little tour of my favorite room.  I love her style!  I think that my favorite room in our house is our dining room.

It is the first room that you come to in our home.   It is also one of the first rooms we "finished."  I have been tweaking it here and there bit by bit though.

We recently switched out the chairs that originally went with the table with some curvier painted ones covered in grey linen.  My husband painted the Audrey Hepburn painting for me as a birthday present during our engagement.

I love having fresh flowers... don't we all?  I don't have them nearly as often as I would like though.  I also love ironstone and mercury glass.

Across from the table, I have this little area that I like to change more often than other areas.  I would like to add some other small pieces of art to this area, but I am waiting to find that perfect piece.

We switched out our basic builder chandelier with a vintage one that fits our style so much better.  My clock was a gift from my husband to celebrate me leaving my full- time job to be a work at home mommy.  He knew I had wanted a clock just like this for years.

That's my favorite spot!  I like being out in the front yard and our door being open just a crack and this being what you see.


Michelle your dining room is full of charm and meaningful objects and that is what makes it so special.  Thanks so much sharing your favorite room with us today!  To check out more of Michelle's home and blog go here.

A Giveaway With La Posh Style!!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I was recently contacted by this wonderful online boutique called La Posh Style to host a giveaway.  If you are looking for a few key pieces to perk up your fall wardrobe this might be your lucky day!  I have picked out a few favorites that I would love to have.  Let's take a look ...

This jacket would dress up any outfit.  Love, love, love this color!

 I am always in the market for a fun top with a little personality.  Had me at orange polka dot!

This looks like my kind of bag.  Available in other colors too.

Every fall wardrobe needs a go to pair of boots.

La Posh Style is giving away a $50 gift card.

To enter the giveaway:

1.  Leave a comment.

2.  To earn an extra entry, like La Posh Style on facebook.

The winner will be announced next Tuesday.  Good luck!!!

Craving Clean & Simple

Monday, September 26, 2011

I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend!  Ours was nice.  After the rain passed and we were able to get outside and enjoy the fresh air.  Yesterday I picked up some humongous mums in a burnt orange and cannot wait to plant them in our urns on the front porch.  I have never been a mum person, but for some reason I wanted to give them a try this year.  I am also looking forward to sprucing up the window boxes with some cheerful white pansies very soon.  Hopefully I will share more on that later this week.

My mind is racing with lots of little things that I want to do around the house.  My goal is to be caught up by the holidays which will be here soon, by the way.  I know we all joke about our rooms never being finished, but doesn't a finished room sound dreamy?  A room where you sit there and think, wow, this is perfect.  Am I dreaming or do people really say this?  Sometimes I wish I was more like my clients and would just finish something.  One area that has been under construction is the master bedroom.  How many of you are gagging at the mere mention of my bedroom yet again?  It has been a place for experimenting with bookshelves, bedding, and burlap which was all well and good, but now I am ready to settle down and enjoy a serene space for once and for all.  The bedding that I mentioned in an earlier post once again turned out to be too busy for my taste so out it went.  Also, I was tossing around paint colors for a while and even asked for your advice.  Thank you for bringing me back down to earth and convincing me to go with a lighter color.  I have chosen Frosty White by Sherwin Williams.

 Fearrington (this is not the color...I just wanted you to see the gorgeous mantel)

Frosty White is on the same strip as the color I initially fell in love with (Aloof Gray) at Fearrington Village near Chapel Hill.  I painted our dining room a shade down on that same strip with Sensible Hue.  I really like that strip of grays.

Hoping to keep myself on task, I made a mood board.  It is really the bare bones, but that is kinda what I want now.  A clean simple oasis without a lot of fuss.  Anybody else out there craving a clean and simple oasis?  So here it is....

So far, I have the pillows, bedding, rug, and mirrors.  I am currently hitting the vintage venues for some special lamps and maybe even some cool pierced mid-century ones if they fit the budget.  Now for matchstick/bamboo shades and paint.  I would also like to add a few pillows to the window seat in monochromatic shades.  And, I'm considering a little diy art canvas inspired by one of these lovelies

I'm off to the paint store.  Have a great day!

Just in case you didn't see it on twitter or facebook, I am having a 40% off sale in my etsy store.  Use promo code COTTAGEANDVINE at the checkout.  If there is something you want buy it now because I will be taking down most of the inventory soon.

Lighting Opportunity

Friday, September 23, 2011

Here is a little something for all of you modern vintage lovers - as promised.  Just letting you in on a little secret that I think you will like.  Follow me to get the scoop...

Image:  Rue Mag

Find Me Here Today

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Today I have been invited to share ideas for fall decorating on Heather's blog, My Many Moments.  While you are there be sure to check out what the other guests have shared this week about fall.  Hint: think beyond pumpkins and scarecrows ;)

Also, to all of you modern vintage lovers, be sure to stop by tomorrow for something you will not want to miss.  Think lighting

My Favorite Room: Mary Ann from Classic Casual Home

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Today we have Mary Ann here to share her favorite room.  Mary Ann writes the delightful blog Classic Casual Home.  Welcome Mary Ann!

My Favorite Space is Rene's Dining Room (did you see her makeover)?!!
Ok, after THAT my next favorite space is more like
my private sanctuary.  A place where I am forced to close my laptop 
and just let my mind relax.  

A place where no one is allowed to enter except the 
readers of Cottage and Vine.

We completely remodeled this room in our 1950's beach cottage.
My mother gave us the demi-lune table.  I like using furniture
in a bathroom if you have the space.  
My husband wanted the television.  I never turn it on.

I'd like a softly gathered Roman shade on the window. 
(no one can see in)
It's always something...
Decorating.   Does it ever stop?

We put in this checkerboard patterned tile that resembles polished cement.

I like this soft wool rug instead of a bath mat.  

Check list.  Ready?

1.  Soap from France--check

2.  Towels (in a vintage shell fish basket from Normandy)

3.  Monogrammed Terry Cloth Robe--check

4.  Chilled glass of wine--check (this is really just for staging purposes)
Ha!  Well, as long as it's there...

5.  Bubbles--check

Thanks, Rene for featuring my second favorite space.
Hey guys, would you mind closing the door on your way out?

Thanks so much for sharing your favorite room today Mary Ann!  Your bathroom is absolutely wonderful and your style is perfectly timeless.

To visit Mary Ann's blog and see more of her beautiful home, go here.  

A Client's Family Room

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A couple of weeks ago I was hired by a local couple to help with their family room.  I love it when both the husband and wife participate in how they want to room to feel.  The home was already lovely and had an overall serene vibe.  Think calming colors, linen upholstery, fresh and airy.  They needed help with adding pattern, choosing a few key pieces of furniture, and accessories.  While I was there, we began re-arranging the furniture.  Gotta love clients who are willing to quickly make changes.  The sofa was originally opposite the tv and now it faces the fireplace with chairs flanking it.

With limited space between the fireplace and window, I recommended hanging one panel per window up high.  Also, the new location of  the sofa allows for a sofa table.

Here is a mock-up of the plan.  Please overlook the crooked curtain rods.

And here is the mood board that I created for the room.

Using existing photos of the family, I created a gallery around the new tv console to "fill in" that large wall.

I am really looking forward to seeing this room come together.

Revised to say:  Out of respect for my clients, I do not share sourcesThank you for understanding.

Do you need help with a space?  Explore my services here.

Room by Room Highlights

Monday, September 19, 2011

Thanks to everyone who participated in the "room to room" party.  It is always fun to browse the links and see where you all spend your time.  While there were lots of pretty rooms, here are a few favorites...

Not only is this blog filled with lots of inspiration, Molly makes me laugh out loud.  Love her style and sense of humor!

 Rindy Mae

A girl after my heart - just look at those plants and flowers.  And yowzers at that gallery wall.

Nine and Sixteen

Tessa's style is classic and timeless and I am so glad she shared her family room with us :).  And by the way, the green shade on that brass lamp makes me very happy.

Kim has heard this 100 times, but this is one of my favorite "southern" rooms.

This room is proof that you should go ahead and paint that orange paneling.  Go ahead, run!  

Keeping Up With the Manns

I love the way those chevron Roman shades give this room a modern edge.

I absolutely love the abundant light, exposed beams, and sloped ceiling in this family room.

Thanks again to all of you who linked up!  The next link will open October 10 and the focus will be kitchens.  I hope to see you there!