October 28, 2010

Library Ladder.

When I first saw our house, it was decorated like this.

I knew I wanted this to be our house. Tim was super busy and couldn't find time to go see it. He trusted me, and we put an offer on it. Which was accepted I think before he even set foot inside. Scary!


Anyway, I only saw it once, but I knew I wanted floor to ceiling bookshelves, with a big ole library ladder. I sourced some up in Wisconsin or Michigan, and just FYI they run about $800-$1200 for ladder + rails.
This is our house now, that very.same.room.

Then we moved in. That HUGE space I remembered was small. We only had room for a skinny bookshelf. A library ladder would take up the whole area. We still did the shelves. And no, they are not built in. A lot of people have asked me and assumed that they are. They are actually Ikea, and we stacked them on top of each other to fit. It was lucky. And a total pain in the butt putting 4 of those suckers together and heaving them on top of each other. The end result is totally totally worth it. In fact, some of my clients who moved to Nigeria got similar shelves for their house there, and I'm dying to see/share pics when that container finally arrives to Lagos!


When I saw this photo, I couldn't help but drool a little. Still want one of those ladders one day!

Hardware...


...is VERY important. Totally makes it or breaks it. Hotness!



Images: here & here.

Brick Dining Room


Last weekend when Miss Mendi and I went to Shreveport to visit with my grandparents we had the pleasure of a little house tour. I don't know why I'm using the word 'little', this place is somewhere around, plus or minus 13,500sq/ft. It's still under construction and is being built on the golf course where my grandparents live (and where this show is filmed). Anyway, as we walked in, I stopped dead in my tracks at the dining room. This huge exposed brick wall was seen right from the entry way. I LOVED it. I've always had a thing for exposed brick. I loved the little carved out nook, perfect for a buffet to sit in, and perhaps a mirror & sconces to fit inside...and that woodwork, don't even get me started. Gorgeous. Most dining rooms are so over the top formal, I loved the casualness and warmth this brick brings. One thing I will mention, what makes this brick so spectacular is that it's OLD. And you can tell 100%. That is what makes this wall, and the use of brick, so successful. Some of the bricks were even stamped with locations and places they had come from like Birmingham. Anyway, this is such a great idea. I'm making a mental note of if I ever build, or do a major remodel.

Party Pics.


LeSueur Interior's Website Launch Party. October 1st, 2010. Party Pics!
My pretty mama...gorgeous huh?
A shout out to my dear friend Courtney who flew in from New Orleans for the occasion!









All of these photos were taken by my sister Kate. Love them! Did I mention this night was also her birthday? And I made her take pictures at my party? I know, I'm a horrible sister. We put the camera away after the first 30 minutes of the party though, too busy talking, eating, drinking, celebrating!

October 27, 2010

Malachite Wallpaper?

October 26, 2010

Happy Birthday Tim!

Nov '09

Last night Tim's parents flew in from San Francisco and surprised Tim for his birthday. His birthday is actually today, but to pull it off I had to make up a little fib, that I couldn't go out to dinner tonight because of an 'industry event'. He took the bait, and made me feel guilty for fake-missing going out to dinner on his real birthday. We were all set for last night to go to dinner and Tim's parents were going to pop in the restaurant! The only hiccup was that he took absolutely forever to decide where he wanted to go for dinner (and three places we wanted to go were closed on Mondays). I was frantically at the last minute texting Tim's Dad, Leo, where to meet us! We ended up at a random Indian restaurant which was very yummy, and totally typically us (we love a hole-in-the-wall ethnic place). He was totally shocked and surprised when his parents walked in! Then we came home and had his favorite banana cake, complete with 28 candles.(still working out how to use this camera!)
I'm SO very proud of Tim, if running marathons isn't enough of an accomplishment, he completed his first Ironman Triathalon this summer. Next on his list was another long time goal, an MBA. So in addition to working full time he's doing an MBA at University of Texas. Makes me tired writing it all out! So you can see why we're always very busy around here! Next weekend we're headed to NYC where Tim's running in the marathon. Super fun, I can't wait! I LOVE cheering him on.....Happy Birthday my sweets, cheers to you on your birthday and to all of your many accomplishments!! Love, Meg.

Jan '10

October 25, 2010

Around Here

Hey Friends! I hope you all had a nice weekend, I spent mine with my mom visiting my grandparents in Louisiana. They are such a joy. Listening to old stories, eating home made everything, watching football, it was relaxing and just what I needed.



Things that are going on around here on this Monday morning (now afternoon).... The Red Vault featured me in their latest newsletter...check it out here! Local friends, are y'all registered with the Red Vault? It's a great online resource for finding local interior designers, or if you're a designer, sourcing furniture/art/accessories for your projects.



Desire to Inspire, world famous & uber popular design blog, mentioned that they had been lurking around here for the past couple of months and recommended me to their readers. How nice! Thank you ladies! Can't WAIT to see what Jo does to her new/old house!



Did your Traditional Home arrive this weekend? Mine was waiting for me when I got back into town last night. I tore through it in a matter of hours. I was SO excited and thrilled to see our friend from Singapore, Jamie Amelio, recognized for her charitable work with Traditional Home's annual Classic Womans Award.


Jamie's
foundation, Caring for Cambodia, serves 5,800 students from preschool to high school, providing meals, uniforms, bicycles, basic health and hygiene care, and well-equipped classrooms with locally trained and employed teachers. Jamie practices what she preaches and has opened up her home to her two Cambodian foster daughters. I wish I had pictures of Jamie's house in Singapore to post below this! In addition to being such a generous person, Jamie has excellent taste and I will always remember her drop dead gorgeous home. She was gutsy and bold in her decor choices, painting her dining room eggplant, with striking modern art and beautiful Asian artifacts. You can just imagine how enchanting it was! Although she's now transplanted in Austin, I still remember and dream about that house of hers in Singapore. Congrats Jamie on all of your hard work helping those in need! If you'd like to learn more about Caring for Cambodia, you can donate here.



October 20, 2010

Deck Dreams.

I really want an antique farm table for our deck in our back yard. These chairs around it.
October 18, 2010

Ninfeo Mio

I started wearing Annick Goutal perfumes when I lived in Paris back in '04. When the one I wore for years, Des Lys, became discontinued, I was devastated. I couldn't even bring myself to wear anything else for months. I mourned. I've gone perfumeless since last fall when the last drop of my 3rd bottle of Des Lys had been sprayed. The empty bottle still sits on my vanity.



I'm going to Paris in a couple of weeks, I had planned on hitting up the Annick Goutal boutique in St. Germain to finally select a new scent. It's about time. But the last two times I've popped into Anthropologie I eyed this new bottle. That robins egg blue had me intrigued. Anthro's Annick selection is pretty small, they only have one or two scents, and they are a bit over priced. But I couldn't resist Ninfeo Mio : Citrus, Green, Woody (Essences of Italian lemon, citron, petitgrain and bitter orange, galbanum extract, lentisque absolute, fig leaf, lemon tree wood)

I will still probably pop in Annick Goutal in Paris...just in case they're hiding something over there that isn't available over here!

Divine



And a disco ball to boot.


Sail Prada.


I love these colors mixed together. Kinda reminds me of the colors in my dumpster chairs.

Images: here & here

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