Friday, August 11, 2017

Bamboo Friday #2

Bamboo Lovers Unite.
Apparently there are quite a few of us.
The first Bamboo Friday was a hit so maybe BF is a thing!

Last time we looked at bamboo in its natural state.
This week we are going to focus on painted bamboo.
Labor Day is around the corner which signals the end of Summer 
but there's still time to talk about white painted bamboo furniture.
I don't think white painted bamboo is seasonal - just classic and timeless.

If you've been around any time at all you know I love to paint things white!

This white faux bamboo cabinet in AL's entry way is the backdrop for all the color and texture Amanda Louise can throw at it.
Check out the tassels and striped candles?? Love them.
Amanda Louise Interiors

The glossy white bamboo chairs are fabulous.
Lined up in a row at a fantastic table (it's marble!!):
Windsor Smith Home: White faux bamboo chairs, rustic white washed dining table, industrial yoke pendants, ...
And painted checkerboard floors are one of my favorite things.

I "pinned" this image ages ago. How relaxing is this spot?
Bamboo furniture creates a retro-chic dining porch in this coastal home. Update a vintage dining set with a fresh coat of white paint, and pick one accent color, such as sea green, shown here. (Photo: J. Savage Gibson)-sunroom

More glossy white faux bamboo chairs.
And Holy Guacamole - look at this place!
It's in the Bahamas and you can rent it!! 
I'd say 'let's go' but if I ever stepped foot in there 
I would never want to leave and they would have to evict me :)
Dining room.

But glossy white isn't just reserved for bamboo chairs...

Isadora Etagere by Lilly Pulitzer
Look at that cabinet from Lilly Pullitzer.
There isn't a room in the house where you couldn't use that cabinet.

And then there is the enviable faux bamboo dresser.
There are a variety of desirable makers-Thomasville and Henry Link to name two.
I think all faux bamboo is desirable so I'm not concerned about the maker.IMG_5846

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So gorgeous in white with the brass bamboo pulls.

Turquoise Office with Bamboo Overlay Trim

I have the faux bamboo dresser I mentioned last Bamboo Friday but I have another one I plan to paint for the Master Bedroom. 
I told myself I wasn't going to paint it white but these glossy white images are making me think about it!
Don't you love white painted bamboo??

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

from my iphone 8/2017

I haven't done one of these "random things from my phone" posts since June.
July went by so quickly!
And now it's August.

The condensed version of  "What Happened in July:"

Sometimes my backyard is one big spray booth.
Usually involves white paint.

Mollie and I moved in to our booth 
It was reallllly hot the day we moved all that stuff!

 One of these watering trough pools could really help you beat the heat. 
I love them. I like this one because it is glossy white.

And here's a little something amazing you can do if your pool doesn't hold water:

Two of my favorites: Mother Teresa and Princess Diana.
 Isn't this a sweet picture?

I found this mirror for practically nothing!
Google 'Gampel and Stoll' mirrors and see why I'm ecstatic :)
I haven't hung it yet. Still working on where and when. 
But I loooove it!

I went on another mission trip. It rained. A lot.

But we got all of our projects finished anyway!

 I cannot walk away from a clearance plant. Can. Not.

Still loving this faux bamboo china cabinet in my master bath.
This room was an ORC project. 
I'm already thinking about the one coming up this Fall. So much motivation!

We went to The Keys. We all went paddle boarding. 
Look at those clouds. It's gorgeous there.

I want to paint my floors white. 
I just love the way they look. 
You know. In a photo that was edited and doesn't have Golden Retriever hair in it.

We are painting our basement steps glossy white.
 They were dark green before 
and it was like a trip to a medieval dungeon when you went down there.

Weirdly enough, this is part of a kitchen purge and reorganization.
More on that later.
If it goes well.

Two of my favorite non-profits. 
We have been @dswt supporters for a few years now.
Mollie "gets" a baby elephant every  year for Christmas.
And I'm a beach person so the other one is pretty obvious. 
I picked up trash every day in The Keys. Really. 
C'mon people. The trash barrels are right there.

I have lived this one right here: 

In fact, I had to leave this perfect set behind.
 It was practically free. 
But I took a picture so I could remember that I didn't get it! :(

Some paint and it would have been fabulous.

And this showhouse room by Lisa Mende is blowing up IG.
It should. It's fabulous. 
It just says "Happy Summer!"

The kids went back to school here in Metro Atlanta 
but I'm still in Summer mode until Labor Day!
Or longer if it stays hot ;)

Friday, August 4, 2017

Bamboo Is Best.

Bamboo Is Best is the title of one of my most popular Pinterest boards 
and my design mantra as well. 
I think Dorothy Draper said every room needed a touch of black.
 I agree, but I think every room needs a touch of bamboo.
 Or in my case - more than a touch.
 I like my bamboo in big doses.

And it turns out I'm not wrong about this.

Vintage bamboo, reproduction bamboo, faux bamboo and new styles of bamboo furniture are everywhere these days.

It's really timeless.
Our first flatware many, many years ago was bamboo. 
And here we are still using bamboo flatware.

Bamboo is so versatile.
 You can use a room full of bamboo furniture or mix in a touch of bamboo into traditional, contemporary and rooms of every style. 
Inside and outside.

More formal
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or relaxed and casual.
a covered patio furnished in the British Colonial style

Bamboo works in every room and with every style.
It's the "neutral" of furniture.

So, here's a little bamboo eye candy as we breeze in to the first weekend of August.
 It's still Summer in my book 
(I do not care what the Metro Atlanta School Calendar says)
and there's plenty of time to enjoy some tropical bamboo accents.
For this "Bamboo Friday" I'm focusing on natural bamboo pieces:

This bed from Anthropologie is perfection.
I wouldn't be mad if this showed up at my house.
Honoka Bed #anthropologie

Or this entire bedroom set up from One Kings Lane:
I love everything about this bedroom

If not a whole bamboo bed then a vintage rattan and bamboo bedside table
 adds warmth and another texture to this pretty bedroom:
What to do with Vintage Furniture - Rattan, Wicker & Bamboo
(And I'd like to point out that her toddler created the b/w modern artwork!)

Bar carts are another place I like natural bamboo tones:
This one is styled up in Amanda Louise perfection:

Amanda Louise Interiors : Christmas Morning Mimosas

I have a couple of bamboo bar carts and I use them for anything and everything!

More styled to perfection bamboo bar carts here.
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This gorgeous dresser came to live in my family room at the beginning of the year. 
It was too gorgeous to paint.
mollies mom  bamboo dresser thrifted vintage
(I'm not a fan of big, black TVs from a design standpoint 
but they are a reality and the bamboo dresser takes it up a notch in my opinion.)

Bamboo dressers are being used in every room of the house these days.
Gorgeous, repurposed storage.

faux bamboo, love this chest and accessories in british west indies style

Christmas Home Tour

Everything about this powder room with it's bamboo dresser turned vanity is fabulous!
Chinoiserie Chic
 via Chinoiserie Chic

We think vintage bamboo is so fabulous that we started a business finding and selling what we can bear to part with :)
See what that's about here and here!

I love bamboo so much that maybe "Bamboo Fridays" should be a thing!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Tropical and Refreshing!

When I blogged about the amazing tropical bar cart set up from OKL last time I said I was off to search for some tropical drink recipes that would be refreshing and delish!
I kept my word!

First, I headed to a favorite tropical spot -

 The Florida Keys.
Yes, it really is that beautiful
Every time.
These photos have not been edited.
Just iphone pics.

 Then Mollie and I set off to find the "best in The Keys" of one of our favorite drinks - 
The Mojito.
There's nothing like it on a hot, hot day!

We did our due diligence. We sipped in several picturesque locations...

And then we discovered the best one ever!
We went back again - just to confirm and to be sure there was honesty in reporting.

For sure. 
The best Mojito was at Lazy Days in Islamorada.
And the bartender willingly shared the secret!
 She uses Parrot Bay Key Lime Rum.

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Using this rum cuts out the need for simple syrup
 (which sometimes makes Mojitos too sweet and #calories)
And it is sooooo easy.
And light and refreshing.

All you need to do is:
1. Muddle fresh mint in the bottom of the glass
2. Fill a tall glass with ice.
3. Add Captain Morgan's Parrot Bay Key Lime Rum and fill with club soda.
4. Garnish with a lime.

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And just so you don't think we just ran around sipping Mojitos all day long- we found an amazing Smoked Wahoo Fish Dip at the Zane Grey Lounge.

Delicious and look at that presentation.
If only going to Happy Hour and reporting back was a full time job!


PS. I am not affiliated or compensated by any of the companies mentioned in this post. 
I'm just happily sharing great finds!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Everything I Love Plus...

I ran across this picture the other day as I was wrapping up a hot, sweaty mission trip 
and I couldn't take my eyes off of it!!

It's everything I love plus more!!
It just looked refreshing and relaxing to me given the fact that it hit 100 degrees that week.

It's from One Kings Lane.
It is everything!
The article is called "How To Host Cocktails In The Tropics."
I'm in! 

You can shop their site for a lot of gorgeous tropical accent pieces
or if you are like me- you need a high/low version of this fabulousness!

Let's dissect, shall we?
Let's start with the wall paper.
Cool, gorgeous green palm background. 
If that one doesn't do it for you I happen to like this one a lot, too.

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It's on sale for $69.99 a roll vs the over $100.00 for the one in the pic. 
A little high/low wallpaper action.
 And to be even more economical you could frame a 24 x 36 remnant and hang behind the bar cart if wallpapering the whole wall isn't an option. Or you are a renter.

white bar cart is the major player.
Bar cart options are everywhere and I've talked bout my love for bar carts here and here.
They are everywhere - new, reproduction and vintage for great prices. 
It's all preference and what you have space for. 
My preference would be to hunt for a vintage piece to use.
 I saw a white wicker desk last week in a Goodwill for $10.00. Perfect condition.
 It would have made a perfect bar and brass castors could have been added if rolling around was desired.
Get creative. Look around.
But if setting up a bar cart situation to mimic this one needs to happen now
 here is an economical option:

This white wicker bar cart is on sale for $83.99 with free shipping. Or if white is not a must-have this one is $100.00 from World Market:

And if money is no object then check out what Serena and Lilly or the vintage sites like Chairish have to offer.

Next up in this high/low quest to recreate my dream relaxation spot:
The wicker elephant with a plant.
He has nothing to do with actually getting a refreshing drink from the bar cart
 but he's too fabulous to leave out!! 
We love elephants at our house. Proof here and here!

Again, you can search around and find these guys at tag sales, vintage shops and more. 
But if you are going to recreate this right now, here are some high/low sources:

This guy is $205.00 right now making him more than the bar cart 
but pretty fabulous none the less.
But I like this option, too...
If you wanted a little trash receptacle near the bar you could purchase this guy for $55.20, put a plastic trash bag inside and put him next to the bar. 

Home Decorators Collection Animal 16 in. W Laundry Hamper in White

The soft green lamp with the black and white striped shade is too fabulous not to copy. 
I'm sure that you can find a lamp that color from a million sources online but you could also easily find a high/low option at thrift stores 
and big box stores like Home Depot and Wal Mart.
What about this lamp with a great b/w striped shade?

Now for the shade:
 I googled and found a lot of options for $65.00 and up. 
That's more than I would want to spend for lamp and all.
So the high/low option for me would be to copy this idea:

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How easy is that!! 
Just buy a few yards of black grosgrain ribbon (Wal Mart, Hobby Lobby, etc)
 and glue it on a white drum shade! 
You could paint the stripes as well if you wished
 but ribbon is super easy and makes for perfect stripes.

I covered this lampshade with fabric for my "Black is Back" Library One Room Challenge.

You could easily use black and white striped fabric to cover 
a straight up-and-down drum shade.

Next up, the parrots.
because what are the tropics without colorful birds.

This print is $99.99 framed from
Not bad for a framed picture ready to go, but...
you can visit The Audubon Society website and print any of the Audubon birds for free!! 
Yep, free. 
Or if you want something a bit bigger, send it to your favorite photo printing company online and you are set. 
Find a fabulous bamboo frame at a thrift shop and you have tropical bird art.

All the frames below (from my last ORC) are thrifted and then painted with my favorite gold spray paint.

And if parrots/macaws etc. aren't your thing there are a ton of shore birds to choose from. 
I love all the pink Audubon birds as I've mentioned before.

Here are a couple of tropical birds that could be added to the bar cart set up. 

The bronze parrot was a thrifting find last week and the green parrot pitcher was purchased a few years ago at a discount import store. 
Keep your eyes open - I see tropical accent pieces like this all the time!

Small, but still something I love, is the turtle shell.
There was a Nate Berkus one at Target a few years ago that I did not buy and while I try not to have regrets - I really wish I had just spent the money and gotten one. #rats
They are around on eBay for $50.00 and up.

This is the least expensive resin turtle shell I could find for my high/low quest. 
It is $36.00 and could be removed from the stand to hang on the wall 
and even dry brushed with white to mimic the one in the picture. 
There are some gorgeous high end options available from Grandinroad and Houzz. 
I did see one in a consignment shop a few months ago for a good price so keep your eyes open. And if Nate does another big, fabulous turtle shell I'm buying it on day one!

There are bamboo trays and shells and such mixed in with the bottles and vintage glasses. 
All of these are easy to find in thrift stores, vintage vendor booths, in etsy shops online and the IG accounts that feature vintage items.
Just start looking...

(some of the vintage trays and accessories at elizabethandpayne at Westside Market Atlanta)

That bamboo picnic organizer would be fabulous on a bar cart filled with swizzle sticks and statement napkins. Or bottles of mixers and such.

The bamboo wine rack could sit beside a bar cart or on the bottom shelf
 if there was enough height.
And you can never go wrong mixing in some blue and white. 
Use the bowls to hold limes and lemons, munchies like nuts and cheese straws or pour salt in a small saucer to use to salt glass rims.

The inspiration pic is just a starting point. 
Get creative and style up a bar cart to help you feel like you are on a tropical get away.
There's plenty of Summer left!

I'm off to search for some great tropical drink recipes...