June 23, 2010

Needlepoint Pillows

I popped into my favorite thrift store yesterday. I found a little beat up Persian rug for my kitchen and this awesome Japanese Lady Needlepoint. Inspired by Mr. Super Cool J. Adler, I'm having my drapery seamstress make it into a pillow for me.
What do you think? I like kitschy fun stuff like this! And a $50 investment (needlepoint + labor) isn't breaking the bank!
June 10, 2010

LeSueur Interiors smells like...

I'm working on a custom blend candle for LeSueur Interiors. It's really really fun! When I finalize it, I'll have a giveaway so stay tuned...
June 3, 2010

Identical Fabric Twin

Remember that Friends episode when Joey is in Vegas and finds his "identical hand twin"? Well, I think I found my "identical fabric twin" today. Ever since I saw it I can't stop thinking about it. After spending a few hours at the Decorative Center today, I got in my car, and I ran errands with it in my lap. Like obsessed. Completely obsessed. If a cop pulled me over (which has actually happened to me TWICE in the last week, I'll leave that one for another day) he'd be like, "Excuse me ma'am, why do you have fabric draped in your lap?" And I'd just explain, "Well sir, this is my identical fabric twin."

It's Lee Jofa, which I love. It's a crewel, which I love. It's handmade, in India, which I love. It's colorful, which I love. Take a lookey here at my fabric twin.... 

I came home today SO excited about my discovery. The only person to share it with was my brother, who we hired to help us finish painting our house. When I showed it to him (he's colorblind) he couldn't fully understand my passion, mostly because he couldn't 'see' it, and also because he's not certifiably insane like his sister. But he responded, "So you think if you came back in your next life as a fabric, this is what you'd be?" He hit the nail on the head. Exactly. This is my next life, a beautiful Lee Jofa hand embroidered colorful crewel from India.

Oh, I guess I should tell you how I'd use it. If I had an extra $2K lying around, I'd make our shower curtain out of it. Yes, our shower curtain. (and yes, this fabric is so expensive I swear it will probably cost close to that to have it made) When I told Lon (brother) and Tim (husband) this, they were like, "WHAT"? The reasons are:

1. We have no other windows in our big ole 1300sq foot house that I could use it on.

2. We bathe every single day. We spend a lot of time in your bathroom. Why not make it fine? Why use the fanciest fabric you can afford in your formal dining room that you use twice a year? What is the point of that? Yes, I want my dirty hands pushing this gorgeous shower curtain out of the way every single day. And in Tim's case, 3 times a day.

Have you discovered your identical fabric twin?

French Tiles

Welcome to my day yesterday. I'm working on designing an outdoor bar for one of my clients. The front is an old architectural looking piece of iron. The top, these antique reclaimed French tiles. So fun! I don't know about you, but I'd love to serve a margarita from here at a pool party!

Sorry for this cockeyed iphone pic
June 2, 2010

Troubled Waters

I Hear Ya, Courtney!

American Apparel

My husband filled me in that American Apparel is in financial trouble...NO! I often find great things in there. I went in yesterday, and guess what came home with me? This fantastic bra. I wanted it in every color..but I settled on a great magenta pink called, "Baton Rouge".

Then I got this cream and navy striped bra. Super cute too!

Then I found these super preppy seersucker shorts, so UN-American Apparel, I love them!

Last but not least was another one of these great tanks, I have it in other colors but picked up this fun coffee color.

If you add four things in your closet, you have to come home throw out four things that you never wear. And I did. Every time I come home from a vacation I always get the urge to clean out my drawers and closets and pare down a little. Moral of the story, support American Apparel and shop, buy some cute Made in the USA stuff!
June 1, 2010

Design Hint: Bamboo Blinds

I have a little obsession with Bamboo blinds. They're inexpensive and they look SO good. They make me feel like I'm home. Either in Louisiana where I'm from (and where everyone uses them), or Asia, where I spent many years of my life (and I think I might have had a past life there too).
Target had the some great looking ones that I ordered for my bedroom and living room. When I went to order more for my kitchen and laundry room, they were sold out. Completely off the website. I freaked out! But, good news, I found some on Overstock. They have some great looking blinds that are super super inexpensive. Check them out! I'll post some photos soon of my living room once my drapes go up!


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