Before & After: Stairs


Remember the previously hideous hallway? It extended down the stairs! We’d been living with the bad carpet on the stairs for a long time after the hallway had been done, partially because the cats use it as a scratching post. Why do I let the cats get away with everything bad? I don’t know. The carpet was disgusting, sticky, and probably 30+ years old. Having it out & finishing the central stairway makes the whole house feel lighter.

I’ve had some crazy thoughts about painting the walls gold, or wallpapering with this wallpaper, but I haven’t found the right paint & Sean isn’t into wallpaper. My brother tore out all the old frosting swirl plaster and replastered with just the right amount of non-perfection, so I’m kind of into the white farmhouse-y walls right now.

We ended up with the West Elm Bursa rug as it comes “pre-distressed.” Although I’ve started trimming the cat’s claws, they still are giant destructive forces of evil. I’m pretty sure that the amount of time I spend decorating around the cats qualifies me as totally insane.

Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore non-VOC Natura in Steam

Stair Paint - Benjamin Moore non-VOC Natura in Silver Fox

Runner – West Elm ‘Bursa’ – 3 runners




The classic leather tote


Ah, the elusive perfect plain leather tote. Long strap. Big but not TOO big. Natural honey-cognac-y color. Great for travel, work, and beach times. Only gets better with age.

After months and months of comparing, I think I’m ready to make a decision. The Clare Vivier La Tropezienne, absolutely. No, maybe the Baggu. Wait…


1. Misoui // 2. Elizabeth & James // 3. Rib & Hull // 4. Baggu // 5. Cuyana // 6. Clare Vivier La Tropezienne // 7. Clare Vivier Cartable // 8. Banana Republic // 9. Mansur Gavriel

Which would you choose?

kuler app for moodboard palettes


Sean looked over the other day while I was playing with this app and said something like “Oh god, that’s basically hours of fun for you.” An extension of the Kuler site, the app is free and lets you make custom palettes, or suggest palettes based on your photos. You can also import photos from flickr or Google. I love the idea of basing a wedding color theme or room off a favorite photo.