Friday, October 30, 2009

in her nasty paint stained nikes...

camila featured me in her series 'in her shoes' today.

includes store updates!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

guess who got window decals up today?



Wednesday, October 28, 2009


1. of rowdy's halloween costume. he's a squirrel and couldn't be happier about it.
really. when he's not wearing it, he carries it around.

2. furniture i painted. will be for sale. in store. shiny!
and my floors at the shop. $0.69 a square foot!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

bookcase of the day

wonderfully weird


these photos from ruven afanador are to die for. just in time for this weekend!

reposted from coco+kelley

Monday, October 26, 2009

do you really love the lamp, or are you just saying it because you saw it?

take a good look and consider.
who's coming with you? any of them?

(just a little market research)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

what could have been

at the store, i had to do all of the building upfit myself.

the budget was strettttched to cover just the basics, so no real design stunners emerged in the execution of it.

with the money concerns, and my super tight turnaround, i didn't get to sit down with my favorite images and create the dream rooms i would have in a perfect world.

i remembered this image today, and had a 'why didn't i do that' moment. that blue wallcovering is oh-so-thom-filicia, and would have made me fantastically happy. but at least my paint is blue. and my client chairs are ghost armchairs, and my desk has sassy legs like this. my bathroom mirror is a similar style and thanks to my mom, there are plants galore.

a picture you say? certainly. as soon as it's ready. patience grasshoppers.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

well said: an aesthete's lament

a friend turned me on to the blogger an aesthete's lament, who posts quirky quotes regarding style, decorating and living well in general.

i stumbled on this one tonight:

"I don't know if I should, but I judge people by their picnics".

So said Lady Moyra Cavendish (1876-1942), wife of Lord Richard Cavendish and a daughter of the 10th Duke of St Albans.

Monday, October 19, 2009

store updates / my life

my light fixtures went in today! hark followed by hallelujah. upfit on the building is FINALLY almost done.

there was a nasty drop ceiling i got ambitious and ripped out myself one sunday afternoon, and the last two weeks have been dealing with the aftermath mostly. good news is there was a lovely original tin ceiling under the tiles.
in other news, i came home from painting furniture all day and got a wild hair to paint all of our trim downstairs. let me tell you: newly painted trim is about as fulfilling as it gets. wonders. WONDERS, is what it works.

also, rowdy has decided to do a motivational speaking tour series called Upward Dog.
(Brian's joke, not mine)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

old school

love these vintage beach photos on
you can buy them framed directly from the site for $99

Friday, October 16, 2009

this is the best costume for the day

my friend caroline threw a fantastically staunch grey gardens party last night, complete with dinner served from pie tins, flowers in cat food containers, ice cream eaten with knives and dancing with flags.

our inspiration - the fabulously nutty little edie:

bookcacse of the day

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

bone insurance

i just love this commercial

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

and for my next trick...

here's the big news: i am opening a store.

yup, it's really happening. and it's a lot like driving up a huge hill. when you approach it, it's pretty scary. once you start up, the perspective changes, and it's not as steep as it seemed. and i'm sure i'll look back and say that was a big. ass. hill.

anywho. furbish studio. in this cute little building on glenwood avenue in raleigh. lease is signed. upfit is in progress. inventory is being ordered. furniture is having fairy dust sprinkled on it as we speak.

i'm going to carry 'reimagined' furniture, other home furnishings and accessories, and offer interior decorating services out of the store.

this has been a dream of mine FOREVER and i can't believe it's really happening. it's the culmination of a lot of fortuitous events - some bad, some good - that has brought me to this once in a lifetime chance.

the ship might sink, but i'm going to enjoy the view from the back of the boat until it does.

i'm aiming for a grand opening party mid-november, and of course you'll all be invited.

wish me luck.

Monday, October 12, 2009

IV stat!

love this clever drink dispenser from plum party.

halloween is on a saturday this year - so perhaps we'll actually turn the front porch lights on.

floating houses

brian and i were pleasure boating over the weekend. miraculously the boat had not broken down, and we discovered a new to us marina, where i saw these docked floating houses. how cute are they?! front porch and all!

tiny porkers

the newest celebrity pet craze - apparently.
look at those hooves!

here's my tiny porker

(rowdy's registered name with the AKC is Shalimar's Rowdy Whistlepig Meares. His grandmother was Shalimar's Whitney Houston, whose beau was Shalimar's Courvoisier. Lest not forget Uncle Shalimar's Garth Brooks, and his father, Shalimar's Dreamin' of Freedom.)

Friday, October 9, 2009

bookcase of the day

giant puppets

weird. a little scary. very giant.

at least they're in love.
more here


is a good night.

i made a lemon cake and it totally crumbled when i plopped it out of the pan. i'm not going to tell you how much frosting i used to reassemble it, but i'll say it was a delicious amount.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

summer's last hurrah

the end of summer means huge savings on warm weather staples. some notables:

white matchstick jeans - were $110, now $19.99

tory burch tunic - was $275, now $110

scattered petals tank - was $88, now $29.99

papillon lady short - were $175, now $79

DC shadow dress - was $50, now $24.99

spotted tank - was $24.50, now $7.99

kalakaua mailot suit - was $198, now $39

on my radar

a trifecta of design books.

(i had no idea abbi of crazy i swear that thing is photoshopped bathroom chandelier had a book!)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

i am t-pain

yup, i bought the app a few weeks ago. brian and i started rapping while cooking dinner the other night and we made quite the recording. first single? possibly so.

bookcase of the day


Sunday, October 4, 2009

have you ever?

jcrew crewcuts.

what ever happened to umbros and tightrolled jeans and duckheads?

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