Thursday, February 16, 2017

from my iphone 2/16/2017


I think it's been a while since I've done a random iphone photo dump 
so here ya go in no particular order:

I'm all sucked in to Grey Gardens again since it's in the news.
The house and grounds are on the market. 
You cannot help but be intrigued by the story.

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I'm already busy prepping for Summer travels and I am definitely ordering  Life Straws. 
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I am excited to have this instead of other items I have used 
to make sure our water is safe in emerging nations. 
I love this technology!
We built water purification systems for homes in Honduras last Summer 
and I'm sure the filter situation was similar to this. 
Thank you to whomever nailed this!


I love this pineapple. 
I'm ready for warm weather and delightful drinks 
and this would make all of that even better.



I found this at GW this week. Yay me!


#nobambooleftbehind


Mollie has moved on from pairs to triplets :)


I love everything about this little alcove!!
Bamboo chair. Elephant garden stool.
Palm trees. Blue and white. What's not to love? Let's go there!



I'm a huuuuge fan of IG.
Most of this iphone dump is screenshots from my IG scrolling. 
Quick snippets of pretty. 
Usually no long commentaries - I just gloss over anyway.
 IG is my relaxing, fun "me" time so I don't stop for anything negative.
I'm looking for happy!

Doesn't this just make you happy?
That crusty fountain, spring-y blooms. 
I want to see more of that pink Chinoiserie pillow 
and the colors in that platter!



Have a great weekend! 
Mine is slammed full. Busy!
But we do have fish tacos and margs planned for Friday night!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Bamboo Bar Carts - Not Just For Happy Hour!

 I know bamboo bar carts have been a topic on every lifestyle/shelter/decor blog for years now but they do not seem to be fading in popularity.
I love them and wouldn't care if they were trendy or not.
 (We have discussed thisMore than once. )

Of course, it does make you feel good when you google "bamboo bar carts" and this one from 1st Dibs pops up for $895.00.
It's circa 1965 and mine are considerably older!

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I've talked about my great luck in receiving 2 antique bar carts 
that belonged to my moms dearest friend.
  I showcased them at Christmas and NYE.

 But we can't party all the time (insert perplexed look here!) 
so I needed to decide where the biggest of the bar carts was going to live
 when we weren't whooping it up.


Enter the bar cart as an end table. 
We had this narrow spot at the end of the couch 
and no place to perch a drink except the coffee table if you are on that end of the couch.


It's on wheels which is actually nice.
It's located directly across from our wet bar closet. 
That is very handy if we do want to style it up for drinks when we entertain.


We use the blue and white saucers and salad plates as coasters.
They work great and are prettier than a lot of coasters. 
And they have all been thrifted!


This is not the first time I've used a bar cart for something other than drinks.
A few years ago I used this one that I found at GW in my Master Bath 
to hold towels and a few bath necessities. 
(Sadly, no pics of it all styled up in the MBR)


Then I replaced the towel holding bar cart with a china cabinet.
Yes, a china cabinet in the bathroom.
We have no respect for "job titles" around here.

So, bar carts aren't just for happy hour.
What have you used your bar cart for?


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Hello Yellow!

Fresh paint:
February can be a gray and dreary month - even in the "sunny" South.
So, hello yellow.
#tryingtoovercome
#februaryblahs

This cheery color sampler came from Country Living's website.
(I've talked about their color forecasts before.)

They call it Marigold and the article says it is
 "the color that is taking over" homes this Spring!

I like yellow, 
and it is Mollie's favorite color (she had a yellow room when she was young!),
 but I don't have a ton of it in my house.


Most of the yellow I DO have is on my porch.


I discovered this new Rustoleum golden-y yellow spray paint late last Summer 
and freshened up a few items from the screened porch using it!
It's called "Tuscan Sun" and since I love the book by Frances Mayes 
and the movie starring Diane Lane, I figured it was a good color to try. 
It's amazing how I make some of my design decisions :)


Then I decided to give a bamboo mirror I found while thrifting a coat of my favorite Sherwin Williams gold-y yellow paint to freshen it up!


I love when I stock up on citrus - especially during the Winter.


In the interest of cheering up a gray February day
 I found some more  inspiration pics that may have us all thinking
 about using yellow ASAP!!

beautiful grouping of blue and white Chinese ginger jars and bowls:

Forsythia is a favorite of mine - it blooms so early here and it gives me hope that Spring is close!! And in that blue and white jar?? Perfect.

Daffodils and blue and white are such a good combination!:

And I actually saw daffodils blooming today in Atlanta! 

This article is from Town and Country mag and explains that every house needs Buffalo Checks. I agree. And those drapes are fabulous. So check, check!

Traditional Living Room Dressed in Yellow:

Y'all know by now I loooove anything bamboo.
#doubletrouble

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And if you want to walk around and spread the cheer, 
how about this cuuuute top from Boden.
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So, are you embracing yellow this Spring?

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Can't Stop. Won't Stop.

Painting Chinoiserie, that is. 
I'm in a painting groove and I can't stop.

I bought plain white Christmas ornaments in December of 2015.
 They sat for a year :(
Then I made these.
And then I painted these.
And now I'm painting Chinoiserie Monograms!
And loving it!


They are large wooden letters - 18 inches tall.
So perfect for a protected front door, inside bedroom door, baby gift, little girls bedroom, nestled in a boxwood wreath for Spring or in a gallery wall grouping. Anywhere! 
It's the best of two worlds - monograms and chinoiserie!


This one is traditional blue but any color goes!! 
The background doesn't have to be white either! 



Monkey see, monkey do!


Here it is start to finish!!

I'm going to be making it easy to order these on the 
And they will soon be available on the new Instagram feed for elizabethandpayne.
Elizabeth and Payne is a new little adventure that Mollie and I are going to give a whirl. 
We keep finding such great things when we are out and about and finding things to paint in Chinoiserie so we want to share!
We will be hosting Elizabeth and Payne IG sales and maybe a pop up shop or two!!
Be sure to "follow" us everywhere so you don't miss a thing!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Not Your Grandma's Botanical Prints!

I am loving this image from the Frontgate Catalog and website.

Like obsessed.
FRONTGATE EXCLUSIVE: NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN PRINTS:

I mean seriously. The whole image is a.maz.ing.
What a great inspiration shot.

There's that big, fat juicy pineapple botanical in the center. 
What's not to love?
And then palm trees. 
I'm all in. 
And then pretty flowers and tropical birds??

This is such an updated spin on the whole botanical print thing.
I'm from/in the South and botanical prints have long been a part of what hangs on our walls.
In my family - for generations.
But they were usually matted and in a wide gold frame. 
Traditional.
 Nothing wrong with that.
But these are so vibrant and colorful.

And a little more casual with the frame right around the edge.
This is making me think about some of my framed botanical prints stuffed in the closet. 
Might be time to take a second look! 

I actually have some vintage and thrifted bamboo frames that I have been wanting to put some botanical prints in - I have a palm tree print and a scientific print of coral I was considering but now...

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(similar to this Google image and some in gold, too!)

I'm looking at something a little more vibrant and tropical!

Vintage 1970 Color Art Print Wild Flowers Book PLATE 115 Beautiful Large Green Tropical Fruit Orchid Pink Flowers Tree Branches

The images are from a fun Etsy shop!

Bird Print Audubon Vintage 1979 Spoonbill Birds of America Art Collectable Book PLATE 20 Roseate Spoonbill Beautiful Pink Birf Lake Nature

That's just bananas!

Musa paradisiaca L. - Plantain RedoutĂ©, P.J., Les LiliacĂ©es, vol. 8: t. 444 (1805-1816) [Redoute]:

Pineapple Ceriman Sour Sop & Cherimoya Tropical Fruit Flower Chart Food Botanical Lithograph Illustration For Your Vintage Kitchen 97


Coconut Palm Tree Tropical Fruit Chart Food Botanical Lithograph Illustration For Your Vintage Kitchen 19

I can't stop "googling" tropical botanical prints!

Thank you, Frontgate!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Chinoiserie Valentines!

February is knocking on the door??
I just got used to writing 2017 on things and now I have to write a new month!
Wow, that was fast!


I had so much fum making the blue and white chinoiserie ornaments at Christmas 
that I wanted another fun project! 
Handpainted hearts of some sort would do the trick!
(PS. They are sitting on that amazing, crazy bamboo table find!)





Last year the Chinoiserie Heart was big - this year they are tiny!

So here they are! 
Since people wanted to buy the ornaments and there was no way I could pull off getting organized to ship them out, etc. at the last minute in December,
 I decided to offer these up on Instagram!
The first batch has shipped out! 
(Whew! I have figured out PayPal invoicing!)













 There are a couple more available.
Watch for them this week on Instagram and then be sure to watch for what is coming for Easter!!
It involves chinoiserie, Spring-y colors, monograms if that's your thing, bunnies and more!!
There will be sneak peeks on IG!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Is it Spring Yet? Guadeloupe, Gingham and Green, Oh My!

I know that I really cannot complain. 
We have a day or two of cold weather, a little bit of snow 
and then BAM! It's 70 degrees in Atlanta.
Mollie and I had lunch outside twice last week!! Twice!
And I bought an outdoor rug for my screened porch on sale at Hobby Lobby.
So Spring is on the horizon...
#hangingon

But honestly, once the holidays are over I am ready to go warp speed directly to Spring, gardening, sunshine, shorts and eating on the screened porch.
But since we have more cold weather forecasted in the near future
 I am day dreaming about warm weather things and places!


Oh my gosh.
Someone please take me to Guadeloupe.


I would like to point out the article states that there are flights starting at $49.00 one way. 
I googled it before I got excited and $776.00 round trip was the best I could find. 
That's more.
But a girl can dream about Guadeloupe.

If you can't get outside yet then a room like this would be a good place to hang out and wait for the sun.

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And in my book Spring = Gingham.



Oh my! All the "ginghams" on one table!!
Can we talk about those party hats?



How pretty would this be for Easter brunch??
I would like to have Kate Landers come to my house and get this all set for me!

I know I'm jumping the gun - Valentine's comes before Easter but I consider Valentine's Day to be a Winter holiday.
Spring/Summer.. It's al fresco time:

However, pink gingham may be my favorite.

Truthfully, I'm pretty sure black and white gingham is my all time favorite!
Not Spring~y but look at this set up:

Southern Thanksgiving Table Setting- Gold, Blue, Black Gingham, Cotton Stalk and Painted Oyster Shell. Perfection!:
And it has a gold oyster shell place card. I'm sold!! 
PS. I've recently "pinned" some great gingham images!!

But most of all I'm excited for everything to be green again outside.
I'm ready for my hydrangeas to bloom, and I'm ready to plant things!

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Maybe on a slightly smaller scale ;)

One of my favorite gardening blogs and IG feeds belongs to Claus Dalby.
He has the most amazing gardens and flower arrangements.
 He is in Denmark.
 I figure if he can hang on until Spring, then I can as well.

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#frontstepgoals



Cuttings

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Seriously, hurry up Spring!