Wednesday, January 15, 2014

i've got the itch

you know what it feels like -- when you start looking around the house and your thoughts run wild with rearranging, reorganizing, redoing, repainting, just your basic REs.  here's what's currently on my mind...

rowdy has a romping problem.  a certified across-the-sofa, knocking every pillow over, squishing the back cushions, general loss of dog-sense romping problem.
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considering the likelihood of my letting go and just accepting a messy sofa situation is improbable, and we all know rowdy isn't going anywhere b/c he's a dog prodigy, a leather sectional seems to present the best solution to control the romp.  i really want the one they have in the apartment on new girl (no shame, brian meares and i love that show), but i can't find anything anywhere about it, so i think i'll just have one made through our furbish supplier here in nc that will generally resemble this restoration hardware one.
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that takes care of that.

in close proximity is the cow hide problem.  it's seen better days.
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and i'm all for worn and torn, but this guy is one vacuum away from needing a comb over.  i think we've had it for at least 8 years, so it's certainly earned it's keep but it hasn't always been all dead cows and ponies and rainbows - there have been shortcomings.  dirt just sits on it, and brian meares has this way of being sort of oafish with his feet and mussing up anything that's not permanently affixed to the floor, so it's always janked up around the corners.  lastly, it sucks to lay on, and i've taken to posting up on the floor for my jane fonda leg lifts at night -- i just want something soft to cuss into when my plank starts to plummet.

i think an oriental somethingoranother is in order, which will put one in just about every room in my house, but there's something to be said for consistency, right?

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i've never regretted painting the room red.  i did it before we even moved in, it took 36 coats, and my inspiration was a page in a west elm catalog, but it's proven to be timeless, at least in my ADD-addled space-time continuum of decorating.  happy with the window panels and roman shades, happy with the grassclothed ceiling, and fine with the red clunker of a dresser serving as a bureau.  in conclusion: happy with the body, just need to switch out the engine and transmission -- oh sure.

moving into the hallway... i had my fun with the red zebras but the problem has always been the scale.  it's just too small a space to contain their full-bodied zebra glory.
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and it would be one thing if i'd let the statement wallpaper make it's statement, but lord knows i'm gonna stack shit on a shelf until there's no room left to stack.  every surface in our house is a sitting duck for an objet of some kind of jazz i found at the beach, or in an antiques shop or in my attic, or in your attic.  so i can either wallpaper the whole hallway in zeeb, or just do something smaller in the back of the bar.

this.
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that's what i want.  animals drinking cocktails on angsty black paper.

lastly, the bed frame in our bedroom.
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i really do enjoy the canopy.  it's architectural statement defines our sleeping area in the loft and adds some drama to the space.  but i've had it since i was a junior in college, and that mess is rickety as hell.   as soon as i was out of the dorm, i was online ordering the bed, a bigger than necessary framed clockwork orange poster, and faux fur zebra curtains.  the bed's the only thing still around (plus brian meares), and i'll tell you the truth, there is now duct tape involved.  it's a bad situation.  the metal is rusting, the frame squeaks every time you turn over (imagine the discord during sexy-time --well... don't) and there are 3" long screws sticking out underneath that pose a problem when rowdy hears thunder.

i'm thinking the next version needs to be wood.  sturdier.  quieter!  plus the room needs another finish in the mix.  considering this one from anthro:
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so, that's the news.  i'm just reporting it.

33 comments:

Daedesign said...

Love all the soon to be changes, but I love the new wallpaper the best! That would make me laugh everyday!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

I love it when you get a case of the REs

Natasha Stevens said...

Haha! I felt as if you were describing my family. My dog and husband have the same problems when it comes to pillows and rugs. I too have the more is more "problem" when it comes to shelves. I think your current bar with the zebras is perfection ( though as much as I love the zebras, I detest the arrows) but I understand the desire to refresh and start anew.

Lindsay N. Strickland said...

Loved, LOVED this post. It made me laugh out loud. I pile crap up on every single space too. Love your funny sense of humor!

{Hi Sugarplum!} said...

You on fire today! You used the word oafish (which, btdubs, is the perfect word for men in houses), jane fonda leg lifts, and discord during sexy time! If you ever need an ego boost, hang out with me bc I'd just be laughing at everything you said.

and yay for us, we get to watch you RE!

Liz Jordan said...

Love the real-ness. Excited to see the upcoming changes! Side note on the couch- are you concerned about Rowdy’s claws on the leather? I mean, I know dogs don’t scratch at things like cats do but just curious.

Melissa@TheChicDream said...

I totally feel ya. I try not to look directly at the crap that I call furnishings in my house. I look forward to seeing the changes!

Design Revisted said...

I LOVE that wallpaper and have been lusting after the couch. If only you and your vendor were closer so I could have one also. :)

heather said...

so I did some digging... according to the archives of the Set Decorators Society of America (!) the sofa on the set of New Girl is from Ob-jects out of Sun Valley, CA.
(www.ob-jects.com)

Can't wait to see how the REs take shape!

lily said...

Just yesterday we had a wood canopy bed installed from, of all places, JCP. It's from Jonathan Adler's collection. Here's the link:

http://www.jcpenney.com/dotcom/for-the-home/furniture/bedroom/beds/happy-chic-by-jonathan-adler-bleecker-four-poster-bed/prod.jump?ppId=pp5002461437&catId=cat1002480102&deptId=cat1002350013&Nao=96&pageSize=96&pN=2&dimCombo=null&dimComboVal=null

I'm surprised by the quality. We've only slept on it once, but so far, so good!

andrea said...

all that lovely and now I'm just picturing you and mr.meares doin' it.

just kidding not kidding. whatever you do will be the awesomest.

Lisa said...

love the new wallpaper choice!

i suwannee said...

You complete me. Thank you!

i suwannee said...

Going to check it out nowマthank you!

Michele from Boston said...

OMG, we're all the same! Friends call it tweaking-til-death, but OMG they do not see the necessity when we so OBVIOUSLY do. Because it's what we do. And we focus on every darn detail in our homes and everywhere we go and...and...boy, do we make a lot of work for ourselves and our significant others. My explanation? IT MAKES ME HAPPY. And I feel I'm continually improving the environment I live in and my taste is evolving as I learn more and are exposed to more images. I love everything you're planning and I think you'll have a ball doing it. Until the next time...LOL. Enjoy!

Krysta said...

So we bought the Restoration Hardware Maxwell sofa about a year ago. I was thinking "leather is perfect for two people who have two semi-gross but totally cute and loveable pups." That sofa is gorgeous and so comphy but I get heart palpitations every time my dogs get up on it. I love the look of a nice old worn in leather sofa but I don't want one that looks like the only wear it sees is from two animals making imaginary nests on it. So now we have a primary lounging around sofa and a beautiful leather sofa that if the dogs need to be on it they have to lay very still on a blanket.

Anonymous said...

jamie,

Its like you are reading my mind today. I've had about 70% of these thoughts in the past few weeks. I think that you should coin the phrase "a case of the REs". Like you, my pet friends are on our sofa... I've got 30 yds of velvet being stored under a guest bed because I'm not sure it was the correct choice for our lifestyle and if I recover that sectional, it will look terrible in 27 hours. I have been contemplating those boozy nocturnals for the back of our bar as well. My zebra hide rug (that is coincidentally 100 years old and shot by my great grandpa) is also one vacuum away from the dumpster. I have relocated it to the 'least traffic' area of our home in hopes to preserve him a little while longer until I can figure out what to do about the situation. This post makes me feel much better about my life in general. Love your changes. Also, my husband has oaffish qualities, like yours. I'm willing to bet that unfortunately, I am the winner in this arena. I mean, I did come home to my husband's fall clean up project (in november) with all of our lawn furniture at the bottom of the pool because wouldn't you think that that was the most convenient way to hose it down for the winter? I digress.
XO,
Katherine

Anonymous said...

I love New Girl.

Holler,
Summer

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smash said...

omg you're killing me with the sexy time...but seriously...we all think about that with a bed. stability is key! And I really like your idea for the bar, perhaps with a little lighting so it doesn't get too dark? We also have a cowhide rug that I love, but it shows dirt like nobody's business (ours is mostly black) and it is kind of awkward to try and clean. I have never regretted an oriental for both comfort and stain-hiding-abilities.

i suwannee said...

Excellent feedback. Thank you!

i suwannee said...

That made me snort. Bless his heart.

i suwannee said...

I think I'd rather twerk-til-death

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ashley said...

love this post! it's exactly how i feel at this time of year every year. hate everything and want to change it all. would love to know the name of red color in your family room...thx!

thay ron tu lanh said...

Many now want to rearrange the house. But the idea that I can not not make them anymore. Great article. I will apply for my small room.

Whitney said...

Sigh. I am so relieved. I was starting to think that it was just my overall dissatisfied with life mentality that gave me the REs. True, your space is a million times more amazing than mine so I take comfort in that and will use it to justify hundreds more purchases in hopes of getting something pleasing. None the less, I take comfort in your case of the REs. RE-on my friend. I will be here watching with delight!

Anonymous said...

The zebra wall paper is awesome!! Glad I'm not the only person that stacks shit on everything! This post had me cracking up.

Luxe de Rouge said...

The wallpaper is so cute! I love all your furniture and assets - so beautiful!
xx

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NikitaTroest said...

Beautiful blog you have! :-)

- Greetings from Denmark, Nikita

http://nikitatroest.blogspot.dk/

she-fell-in-love said...

I used to work at RH in Charlotte, and if you go with one of their leather sofas you will NOT be disappointed. Such great quality, and a look that you really cant find anywhere else. Plus, who couldnt like the natural wear that leather gives over time??

Natalie Colhoun said...

What is the name of the black wallpaper - love it!!

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