Friday, April 29, 2011

The Dress Was Lovely...

But this little girl wore her tiara like nobody's business!

Now, everyone, don't be jealous that we can't all look as fetching-:). 

Didn't wake up to watch the event, but my Roping Dummy brought up my coffee and the laptop this morning and said, "Here's the dress."  He knew that was what I really wanted to see.  And the tiara.  Now the tiara was absolutely perfect.  It belonged to the late dowager queen and was from the 30's.  So understated.  So fab.  Her dress wasn't bad either.  Very Princess Grace of her.

But I think back to when Diana was married to Charles and how technology has just changed the whole viewing aspect.  I remember being at my sister's home in San Diego at the time and getting up at some ridiculous hour to watch the wedding.  But that was really the only way to see the dress, etc, immediately.  Now we wake up, go online, and bam there it is.

Now can we all please get back to work????-:)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Cecils

"Mickey" by Cecil Aldin

"Pup with Indigestion" by Cecil Aldin

"Mona & Harrison Williams - Palm Palm Springs" by Cecil Beaton

"Dorothy Hirshon" by Cecil Beaton

Sharing two of my favorite artists with you:  Cecil Aldin and Cecil Beaton.

I've posted Cecil Aldin's work before.  He was famous for his drawings/paintings of animals, usually dogs but also he did a lot of work for hunters (as in fox hunting).  His animals are always so animated and I just want to hug them.

Cecil Beaton is probably best known as a photographer.  He photographed everyone from Queen Elizabeth as a young woman to Babe Paley and other socialites of his day.  He was also a set designer for films.  My Fair Lady with Audrey Hepburn is one of his films.  But I like his drawings and paintings the best.  His painting style is now considered fashion illustration.  I don't care what you call it, but I like it.

Thanks for the feedback on the Lego Room.  I'll keep you posted.  If I have the courage, I'll take the "before" picture and post it along side the "after" picture.  But I'm working up the courage to share the disaster area online.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Revamping the Lego Room

Do you like this room?

Elegance & Decay eclectic bedroom
We have three bedrooms in our home.  The third one is supposed to be my office, but it has been taken over by any number of items a family member wants to make dissappear but perhaps not throw away.  As a result, I can barely walk through this room without tripping.  The CO Boy has dumped a bunch of Legos in the room along with a Hot Wheels race track.  He goes into the room to play with them and now he refers to the room as the Lego Room.  sigh....

I'm working up the courage and fortitude to clean out this room and reclaim it for my office/writing/art space. You know how they talk about Man Caves for guys?  Well this will be my Girl Cubby, as I could never be happy in a cave, but I could be happy in a small space of my own such as "the cupboard underneath the stairs" ala Harry Potter.  I don't need a lot of room.  In fact I LIKE small spaces and always have. 

So now I'm looking at images to inspire my Girl Cubby.  It needs to be cozy for certain.  I like to write on my laptop on the bed with pillows behind me or on the couch with pillows.  So a bed or daybed is a must.  No writing desk but need a place to put computer things such as printer, scanner, etc.

The room has a beautiful big window and faces South so you get lots of sun.  A good thing for me.  Still undecided about color.  Pink?   French Blue?  What?

So look at these photos and tell me what you think?  What makes a room feel cozy and make you not want to leave it?

Again with Room #1 - There are many things I like about this room.  Bookshelves, pillows, even the wallpaper.
Elegance & Decay eclectic bedroom

Room 2 - I like the day bed and the vibrant color.  Wavering on the color though.  Not quite warm enough.
Betsy Burnham  living room
image from Houzz

Room 3 - The color obviously makes me happy.  Again with the bed.  Is this too orderly for my creative, messy mind?
recent inspirations eclectic kids
Room 4 - Again with the color.  This has more of an office feel to it.  I like the giant bulletin board which is framed and I like how the work area is facing the window.  But not very cozy, huh?  Efficient, but not so cozy.
Home Office Inspiration traditional home office
Room 5 - This is Kim's office from Daisy Cottage.  She loves red and yellow and black.  It's inviting.
Dear Daisy Cottage- home office eclectic home office
image from Houzz

So what do you think?  Which one do you like and why?  What makes a room cozy, but not so cozy that you fall asleep and don't do any work (a problem that could definitely arise!)

Off to work at the tea room now...

PS:  It was 80 degrees yesterday and we are expecting snow this afternoon. Sigh...again.