I’m Back!!

My dear friends, it’s been so long. I have been neglectful over here on 511. I’ve been busy with life and work and Mommy.

And also, I had kind of reached a decorating plateau. I literally have no more wall space to cover. I have not a throw-pillow-less-chair. Because decorating was such a huge and integral part of my winter (Home goods was my Home) I kind of did everything that I had to do and was able to do for the time being.

BUT…

I have been squirreling away some stories over here. I have had the honor and pleasure of starting on a big project, my best friends’ new home that I mentioned months ago is coming to life! They made settlement and have been making major changes, like putting on a new roof, staining the floors, and OMG they are painting everything top to bottom. This means that I got to spend an hour with my buddy J and he and I went through every single room in the house holding up swatches, taping electrical tape in strategic spots on the ceiling and arm wrestling over the color taupe. But their home deserves a post of it’s own (or many posts, I should say). so I will get to that. It is so exciting!

When it comes to my house, I have made a few little updates, and am actually planning a new paint job for my very first room of my very first post, thanks to the incredible Paul the Painter extraordinaire. But here’s a tiny little update that made my heart swell a few big sizes.

When I got married, we danced to The Rolling Stones “Sweethearts Together” and walked up the aisle to The Beatles. This week, my mom got me the perfect addition to my gallery wall:

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It’s a good reminder. A really good reminder.

photo 2And this wall that was once a source of great question and confusion for me has really come to life; it is now a tapestry of our favorite words, photos, songs, lyrics, images…it is us, on one, big, long “White Dove” hallway wall.

All you need is love. Love is all you need.

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511 Meets 39 (we’ve only just begun)

As I mentioned last night, our besties are moving, and are giving me the distinct honor and true pleasure of consulting with me on things like design, space planning and paint color.
I. am. In. Heaven.
Today, the husband and I were talking a lot about color, and I think they’re on a great track. Their home is beautifying before my eyes (in my imagination, that is).
One room he had a question about was the study, which is a small room with wood paneling, with dark wood built ins. His plan was to paint the paneling (to open up the feel of the room) but keep the built-ins in their natural wood color. They have a ton of natural light in their house which is wonderful, and that small room alone has 3 windows. I had two ideas:
One, was to go bold. I thought that despite the size of the room, they should think of navy paint, as a really chic statement. So I created this:
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And I liked it. But then I decided to try what the husband had been thinking, and tried this:
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And I liked it better. The Cream makes the wood pop, and they could have fun with the decor on the shelves.
Ahhh, do I love the beautiful canvas of this house.
And my besties.