Today I met with an old friend who needs some house help. She has 2 year old twins and her house is currently twin proof...which is to say that it is basically empty and safe...which I get but it is totally time to get things prettified...for the sake of mommy's mental health.
The girl is on a tight budget so she needs to make some good decisions. She is currently paralyzed but she has to start somewhere. We had a little talk. No, you aren't painting your great room turquoise. If you buy a can of turquoise paint call your doctor and refill your prescription. Then call me and maybe we'll use it to paint a little room. Powder room...maybe. Let's just get started. We aren't buying Sotheby's heirloom pieces but this won't be crap.
Go get a big seagrass rug to define the living room area.
Let's order a Lee Industries sofa.
Let's get you a Red Egg Octagonal Coffee Table.
Get some great cheap ikat pillows from www.fabricadabra.com.
No, you aren't getting Pottery Barn grommet curtains. You want real curtains with real pleats. Grown up curtains. We'll use an inexpensive fabric and have yummy and full curtains made...maybe a teeny ticking stripe or a plain linen with a trim down the leading edge. Spend on labor. Save on fabric. Like Nicole did from SoHaute!
Dining room. Get a bamboo shade from Smith and Noble. Inside mount.
Dining table...I like this one from Wisteria... We can find a bunch of antique chairs that don't match.
We also need a mirror, a console, a pair of lamps, etc...
Then we need to start finding things at vintage stores. Value plus character. If we can buy 2 found things per month the house will be looking better in no time. I went to an antique store and this is what I found for her...
October's Two Things:
Vintage mercury glass lamp...$95 bucks. Super duper chic and shiny. This lamp doubles as a mirror for lipstick checks while chasing dwarf terrorists.
1970s 48" round gold framed mirror to fill up the large empty wall in the dining room. Big and round. Like she was when she was pregnant. $350.
Reverse painted Asian art on glass. $130. This one's for me...because it whispered 'take me home'.
So...okay, you little shits. There is a new decorator in town and her name is not Fisher Price. We need to learn how to respect mommy's pretty new things because pretty new things make mommy very happy...and everybody wants a happy mommy. Right?