Month: July 2014

Coming Around Again

That’s right. Another one. What? You don’t like town homes either? Well, strap in, because it’s here. This one is an interior unit and is 1690sf (?). 3/2.5/1 again. This little nugget was mostly yellow and gray which I’m already completely sick of. It’s not an interesting enough color palette to become a “thing”, you know? This one is a C, but only because I like the big ass mirrors.

I really don’t care for the piece on the wall in the kitchen. It’s just too bland and that wall is fantastic. Also, she did a sports themed room for the boy, and even though it’s my alma mater, I don’t care for “school” rooms. We’ve seen much better boys rooms here on this blog, so the bar is high. Speaking of bars, the bar stools are some of my favorite and I’ve seen another builder use these. I love the metal things on the sides of the living room window. They have nice texture and hopefully you can see that in the pictures. Overall, nothing special.

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Townhouse in Wesley Chapel

There were three today, so if you are binge reading, you have that to look forward to. This one is 1688sf, 3BR/2.5BA/1. This one gets a C+ but only because I really liked some of her color choices. Not the purple on the entry wall (too much!) but she had some very nice accents of it in the rest of the home. I can say with certainty that no good can come from a purple wall. Just, no. She also relied heavily on the wainscoting here, so she’s consistent. And fake food! There was fake food! That always makes me happy!! A couple of things especially caught my eye-the round coffee table, the dimensional wall thingies, and the girls room. Oh and I love the shape of that Parson’s chair in the living room. Delicious.

Interesting choices, but she could have done better.

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Bigger is better

So today I saw (another) town home. This one was over 2000 sf (with only a one car garage??), 3BR/2.5BA/1GA. It’s located in one of our neighborhoods here that did very well during the downturn. The prices stayed fairly stable and there weren’t very many distressed properties in this subdivision. So, I like the community even though it feels vaguely step-fordish.

Let’s get to the good stuff. This one gets a B. I liked it, it was pleasant, and had a soothing cover palette, mostly turquoise and gray. The downgrade is mostly because of the window treatments, which have still shots below. There’s a weird puckering thing that just put me off. IMG_1189 IMG_1188 IMG_1187

See? It’s weird. And it was on all of them, so this wasn’t some kind of oversight. She did this on purpose. One full grade off because of this. Remember, it’s all in the details. I do this for you.

The rest of it was good. There were some items I recognized from other homes I’ve been in and that’s a first. Usually the decorators do a really decent job of not repeating, particularly in the same selling market. But not here. The decorator in this home seemed to rely heavily on the decorated wainscoting, which should really be done sparingly. It was here in abundance, so she really likes that stuff. Anyway, the girls room was too pink and the downstairs office was off-putting. It had an accent wall that looks like it’s trying too hard. It’s something I see frequently in real estate when I look at the pictures. People use paint instead of good taste to try to dress the room up. I’m not opposed to a good paint color, but if it’s a strong color, maybe you should consider a pass. That gets old really, really quickly and just starts to look shabby. So don’t do it. Otherwise, the main paint color was a pleasing “greige” which I’m starting to like. At first it seemed somewhat dull, but it’s a good neutral and I encourage it’s use. It’s probably better than gray, because regular people can never seem to get that ‘just right’ shade and they overdo it. Usually too dark. But, judge for yourself.

There were some awesome lamps and take a look at the headboard in the master bedroom. The detail is wood and leather. I love those two together. The flooring was good, too, but she broke it up with tile in the foyer and the kitchen and I really think the flooring should be the same throughout the house, if possible. It makes it look bigger and dresses it up. I also like the way she hung the curtain over the shower. Good job there, but still only a B. Take a look:

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One Kings Lane

I love One Kings Lane.
I take that back.
One Kings Lane frustrates the crap out of me. I love their selections. They always deliver and their goods are consistently unusual enough to make me seek them out. But. That whole flash sale thing doesn’t work for me. I know it’s not technically a flash sale. Flash sales are a few hours long, right? Vs. a week or 10 days? Something like that. Anyway, my problem with OKL is that my shopping habits are very different now than when I was younger. I take a while to consider things. I make far far fewer snap decisions. Well, probably none.
So my experience with OKL goes something like this:
OH MY GOD! I have GOT to have that chair. It is delicious. I will never want another chair after seeing this one. It’s ruined it for the other chairs.

Day Two: how much is that fantastic chair I saw last night? Oh wow! That amazing chair is only $599? Holy crap. That’s a great deal for a chair so cool.

Day Three: Wow. I’d love to have that chair. But I really don’t have that kind of scratch right now. And if I did have that much, I’d really like to paint my house instead.

Day Four: Well, pooh. It just can’t happen. Not right now.

Day Five: oh my god, what was I thinking? I’ve got to have that chair. Let me just see the measurements. I go the site. BAM! It’s gone. It was all a dream.

And then, this evening, this:

Well played, One Kings Lane.

This feels like a fairy tale

The title may have a little too much drama, but here, in my heart, that’s how I feel right now. The lighting gods have smiled in my direction and this is what they showed me:


Right? I’m removing the tired ceiling fan from my living room and have been looking for something a little snazzier. I triple love this and it’s not too big. If you share my passion, you can find it here. It’s $499, so I may be looking for an alternative. If you have no such budgetary restraints, AllModern is definitely for you! I must say though, sometimes you have to really splurge to get that piece that pulls a room together. The pros know that perfect mix of high-end and budget and, as you can see from this blog, they don’t always get it right.


I went to Z Gallerie

We have a fantastic Z Gallerie in our neck of the woods, but it’s across town and I seldom get there. Today I made it and I spied a few things I recognized.


This is called the Laurel Chandelier and can be found here: It starts at $759.00


This isn’t exact;y like the one in the house, but it’s very close. It has 3 sizes and this is the largest. $299 to $499. You can find it here:


I really love these orbs! They come in three sizes and are priced from $19.95 to $29.95. Get it here:


On their web site, they only have turquoise (at least that I could find) but they are identical. They are priced at $39.95 and I have seen these in a couple of model homes. Get yours here:


$39.95 and it’s just like the chrysanthemum. Love it. Get it here:


Here they are in white. I love these so much. Such a great alternative to a picture. $39.95 Get it here:


I found these in white online. $49.95 to 59.95. Go here:


This is called the Vortex vase and it is $34.95 for the small and $39.95 for the tall one next to it. This was on the table of one of the town homes I posted about. Find it here:


This is the Linear Strand, it is $349 and can be found here:


This is the Radiant Wall Sconce and I love it. Really. It’s also on sale for $49.95!! Find it here:


The Ram Head is $49.95 and can be found here: The Rhino Head is also $49.95 and can be found here:


I can’t find this anywhere online. That ticks me off. It was obviously in their store so why not online? A girl has expectations, you know? I did find some pretty capiz shell that are somewhat similar. Take a look: And spread the love. If you see this online, let me know.


I’m here for you

As you know, I’ve been trying to source some of these delicious finds and sometimes they come to me by accident. This is an accident. A while ago, there was a townhouse, which you can find here, and I wasn’t super crazy about the house itself, but it had some fantastic details. I found the table at Pier 1.


It’s $119 which I think is a good price, but it doesn’t include the glass. You can score this baby here. You’re welcome.

A Refreshing and Solid A

Lookie! I found a beautiful house to share with you! The floor plan was fantastic. It was a little too big (for me, as I tend to like them a little smaller) but it has two owners suites, a favorite feature of mine. So let’s discuss. Was there granite? Some. There was a generous amount of quartz. Love that. The color palette was soft and the decorator is fantastic. (My love of lighting continues and I still have more to come.) She did not disappoint! She chose the blue and brown palette, heavy on the blues and neutrals. Fantastic accent walls, just the right shade, perfect furniture choices, inside and out, and Fake Food!!! And again I’m really noticing the nested tables. We’ve seen these done before, but not as pretty of an outcome.

A couple of things that really caught my eye and made me super happy: The baby’s room. She did an aviation theme and even carried it through to the origami maps over the crib. Adorable. Also, in the children’s room, she has framed some Dr. Suess. They look really cute. And finally, bright pink and black room was really pretty. She has taken some bags from Chanel, Coach, and a few others and framed them. The effect is interesting and it’s not at all too girly. Fantastic, interesting choices. And this builder also uses the wood shelves in all of the closets. Love it!! Take a look.


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