Archive for December, 2007
I’m so excited about our new living room couch. It’s 50% casual, 50% elegant AND 100% dog proof. The linen-look twill slipcover is just what the doctor ordered, and the clean lines and cushy pillows are the perfect balance of form and function. Of course it makes the more expensive couch in the den (that we got from Pottery Barn a few months ago) look like the redheaded step child. I guess couches are like Olsen twins… everyone has a favorite.
I just can’t get over the fact that the new couch was around $400 less than the Pottery Barn one and looks far superior. If you’re in the market for a new couch, book it to your nearest Rowe retailer (in our case it was Sofa Design in Richmond) and get one straight from the source. You’ll end up with tons more fabric choices (the pale linen-look twill wasn’t available at Pottery Barn), free throw pillows in any complementary fabric that you desire (we chose two with a subtle leafy branch motif), more money in your wallet, and a sofa that you’ll wanna come home to.
In other almost-sofa-related news, I added another fun Christmas touch that I’m dying to share. See those lamps on either side of our swank new couch? They have glass bases with an opening in the bottom. So I flipped them upside down, tossed in some silver balls, covered the opening, then flipped them back over again. Instant glamour.
I’m loving our new seasonal lamp bases and I’m already brainstorming other stuff I can fill them with throughout the year. Seashells, black and white photos, wine corks, matchboxes- the possibilities are endless!
We spent Sunday afternoon doing what people do best. Being nosy. This time (as we alluded to on Monday) it took the form of invading strangers’ homes as part of the Woodland Heights Holiday Tour of Homes.
We had never heard of Woodland Heights before Sunday, but apparently I drive through it every morning on my way to work. It’s on a section of road where a visible mix of historic homes and dilapidated buildings always made me think “aww, it’s a shame such cool, old houses are in such a rough neighborhood.”
Apparently my assessment was way off. In fact, Woodland Heights is a very polished neighborhood, based on what we saw on the tour. Most of the homes were huge, dated back to the early 20th century and were in pretty incredible shape. The homeowners – none of whom seemed short on cash – had all balanced historic details with great modern amenities (I’d like to see the budget on some of those kitchens.)
It was fun to see how the owners rolled with the old quirks (uneven floors, goofy floor plans) and embraced the neighborhood’s age (one house still had a stone carriage step out front). But the tour was really about the extravagant Christmas decorations. Between 7 houses we must’ve seen over 20 Christmas trees, 500 yards of garland and thousands of lights. One guy apparently spends a full week decorating his 12 foot tree every year. It was pretty amazing. Some might even call it a “vision in tinsel.” But that’s only if you’re Sherry and you’re feeling cheesy.
We’d love to show you interior shots but pictures weren’t allowed inside. So here are a couple shots we snapped outside before hiding the camera in Sherry’s purse and stepping inside.
Our house has never looked more festive. We decked the halls (well, more like the living room, the den, and the front door) with all things sparkly and even though it was 82 degrees yesterday (!) it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
Our silver themed tree came out really well, and a few strategically placed silver balls made other objects around the house feel totally Santa-ready.
My favorite new ornament holder is a giant clam shell from Z Gallerie that John surprised me with for my last birthday. The different toned silver ornaments inside twinkle like oversized pearls- but glass balls also look great in vases, on platters, and even hung from fishing wire in a window (so the sun streams through them during the day- gorge).
I also got a little creative with starfish by balancing a few of them in our tree. The mixed textures (smooth glass balls vs. angular starfish) really add interest and keep your eyes moving around- so you’re sure to find everything from a silver piggy bank to a disco ball or three.
Now it’s your turn. Tell us all about your Christmas decorating ideas, and feel free to email us some photos that we can post. After all, tis the season for sharing.