Archive for July, 2012

One Kings Lane

I think I’m addicted to shopping on One Kings Lane ! If you are not a member of this fabulous shopping source, you must check it out! I have the most luck with their tastemaker tag sales. It’s such a wonderful way to find antiques or other furnishings/items for the home that you might not otherwise have access to.
Here are my latest purchases…

This wonderful pair of vintage Swedish demi lune tables. I will probably put one in my master bedroom, underneath the mirror I already hung, & the other one will most likely go in my foyer area

I have always wanted an antique Swedish mora clock so I was thrilled when I found this!!

How awesome is this??!!! Something I’ve always coveted so I jumped at the chance to buy this beauty, and it’s huge (41″ tall)
It will go in my family room which is a large square room with vaulted ceilings. It’s going to look amazing!! Can’t wait!

I fell in love with this chair & was considering it for the office area, but someone else snatched it up while I was trying to make my mind up! I might just have reproduce this look. I just need to find a vintage wingback chair, lacquer the frame & have it recovered in this Kelly Wearstler print
Hmmmm…maybe a future project :)
Looking forward to seeing them all in my new spaces…. I will post lots of pics :)


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This ones for Melaine

I am dedicating this post to my blog friend Melaine from My Sweet Savannah. She was kind enough to write a wonderful post about me and my new blog here
She has asked for close up pics with details so here goes….

First, let me start out by saying that my handrails are now stripped & they look awesome! I actually think they look better than they did before the painting mistake! MY PAINTERS ROCK!


I love the way there’s still some black in the crevices. I told them not to try & make them perfect & I am loving the results. They have taken on a very natural, slightly distressed look! They still need to varnished & I told them to go with a matte finish. The best part is, we decided not to strip the black paint off the underneath & I love how that looks too! It adds more interest & it looks as though there’s an iron strip under the rail that the balusters are attached to…..

Doesn’t it look great?!!

Okay, on to my dining room details

The buffet (or enfilade) is a Louis XV period piece (circa 1780s) from the Southwest of France, made of Walnut & painted (quite a few times). The latest layer of paint is what is called Louis XVI grey & is probably from later in the 19th century when that color was popular in France (1870-1900)


The top is painted in a faux marble finish

Pretty detailing


I LOVE these chairs! They are also Louis XV with the original paint & are signed Krieger. They have been recovered in a gray linen/cotton. I love the old chippy paint. Both the sideboard & chairs came from The antique design center in Norfolk Va. I wrote about when I discovered them here

Close up of the art, drapes & sconces. I removed the crystals that were hanging on the cups, sometimes it just looks too busy for me. I should probably remove the wire that they hung on! Lol
These were bought years ago from a favorite Georgetown antique shop called Catherine Roberts

And last but not least……..

I hate taking pictures of myself, but this ones definitely for you Melaine!!


Hope everyone’s doing well!


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Okay, I don’t even know where to begin with this post. There’s been so much going on here & so many changes I can’t keep up with it myself! I had told myself I was gonna take my time with the redo’s before we moved in but who was I kidding? Ha! I don’t think I’m capable of doing that…once I get on a roll there’s no stopping me!…..until the money runs out that is! ( But then again there’s always plastic ) Lol!!! Of course it doesn’t help that I’m hosting a huge party here in two weeks so I’m really scrambling to get it as pulled together as possible! Nothing like a party to force you to put it in high gear.

Here is the dining room the day we moved in. The French doors lead to a slate patio out back & also our grill area. The yellow walls & brass chandelier had to go…

The kitchen is beyond, as you can see there’s plenty to redo in there. That won’t be happening for a while unfortunately. All I can say is I LOVE my painters! Not only have they brightened this whole house with a fresh coat of paint, they also removed wallpaper from my kitchen & office area. I will show those rooms in a later post. Anyone in the Northern Va area looking for a wonderful painting crew, give these guys a shout. They are very professional & meticulous :
Fitzgerald & Sons Painting
Larry Fitzgerald
Tell them Heidi sent ya!

This is what it looked like with my furniture before any paint & still with the brass chandelier

The room now, a paler coat of paint, my chandelier which came from my previous home ( I just removed the shades for a cleaner look) & my sconces which were wired for last week. The chairs, sideboard & sconces are antique. I found the drapes at Resto outlet last weekend for a steal! They are silk tafetta multi stripe although you cant tell in the pic. I need much longer drapes in this house so i wont be able to use most of the ones i brought with me. The art is one of my favorite groupings I own. I found the tiny portraits of various biblical figures years ago at an antiques booth & had them double matted & framed. I’ve had them for about 12 years & still love them as much as the day I bought them. The room wouldn’t be the same without them, they really pop off the pale chalky walls.The ceiling was painted a darker color & I went with a pearl finish which I love the look of!


Sorry for the half blurred picture. I’m still using my iPhone to take all these pics! One day I will get a real camera..promise :) you can see more of the ceiling in this pic. I love the way light bounces off of it & it has an iridescent look. My painter thought I was crazy when I told him I didn’t want flat, he said it would show off all the imperfections but truly I don’t notice any & the look is so worth it!


A close up of my antique brown transferware. I started collecting it about a year ago. Can’t wait to make a pretty place to display it in my kitchen

Close up of the curtains (that still need to be ironed) & art

Reflection through the mirror of my shell & coral collection. I have some very old shells that my mom gave me from Greece (which is where we are from originally, for those of you that don’t know). One in particular was given to her from her Godfather, so these really have special meaning to me. And a few I found in Va Beach where my parents have a small summer home

Here is a view from living room into the dining room.You can really see the ceiling in this pic. The dining room steps up from living room & separated by the railing….notice the iron balusters which I LOVE…..BUT as you can see from the pic, I had the handrail painted black & I hate it!!!!!! :(:( Major mistake on my part! I feel it cheapened the look of the house & I literally cried about it on Friday!! I called my painters in a panic & they are coming back out today to strip them…( did I mention how much I LOVE my painters??) I’m just sick about this but I’ve had the weekend to calm down & my painters are pulling up as I type this so I better go

Here is a spot where I started stripping it myself over the weekend just to make sure it was gonna come off! Lol! I’m so impatient! But I have full faith in my painters that it will be just fine. I will keep you posted on results. Oh….& before I go, a quick look at what got installed recently…..



By my PAINTERS!! Larry & the crew…it took 5 guys to get it up there! They were nice enough to hang it since I couldn’t get my electrician to come back out & do it! These guys really do it all & go the extra mile! I’m gonna miss them when they leave but it will be nice to get my house put back together. Thats it for now, I’ll keep you posted on the handrails. Have a great week


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Sneak peek

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while but it’s been crazy around here & the house is too torn up at the moment to take any good pictures! Between the painters, stair people & electrician, it’s a dusty disorganized mess but I’m happy to see the changes & just wanted to give you a glimpse…

The risers were painted white which has made the biggest difference & the iron balusters were installed Sunday. They didn’t finish the job unfortunately because the last box was the wrong style so they will be back today to finish. Also, my painters are painting the handrails today which I decided to paint black…eeeekkk!…scarey but I think it’s going to look awesome!

Also, I’ve been considering purchasing this antique limestone mantel for the living room….




It is 18th century (circa 1730-1750) from Paris. I never thought I’d be able to buy an antique mantel but I’m getting such a great price on this one that it may just happen. Unfortunately, it would have to be shipped from Los Angeles so I’m waiting to hear what the shipping is going to be!

I will try to get some decent pics of some more of the changes soon! It’s going to be hard this week because the painters are moving all my furniture from room to room as they paint & it’s just not photo appropriate. I still have not been able to get my big chandelier hung in my foyer ( the one I purchased at Lucketts….remember this?

It is going here…this is a pic before the risers & railings were changed


See what a difference it has made? Ok…that’s it’s for now, gotta get ready for work! Wish I could stay home all day & decorate but then I would be too broke to buy anything! Haha
Have a great day :)


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Crazy storm & updates

Lots going on around here…can’t seem to get caught up! We had a terrible hurricane like storm with very high winds & rain come through Friday night that did quite a number on our yard & some damage to Jays vehicle! Thankfully we were not hurt , there was no damage to the house & we did not lose power (which is amazing..I think the last time I checked there was like over 600,000 people without power!)





I didn’t get any pictures of the pool but it was full of debris & tree limbs too, so hubs spent all day yesterday beginning to try and clean up the mess while I had a baby shower to go to. He’s the best! My brother and parents are coming out today to help…meanwhile, people are coming to hang by the pool cause it’s been like 100 degrees……AND I’m in over my head with paint colors cause the painters are starting Monday on the upstairs hall & the whole main level….AND I haven’t even decided on paint colors yet!!!! Yep…..we have WAY too much going on right now. OH and almost forgot to mention that Tuesday the stair people are coming to install my iron railings!! CRAZY… But thats how I roll :) you can’t stop me when I’m on a design mission. Also…… been lookin at fireplace mantels but that will have to be a whole other post because I’m out of time…gotta get up & start laundry, clean my mess from yesterday & get ready for guests?!! No wonder I’ve been waking up between 4-5 every morning since we moved…got too much to do!
Talk soon


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