Friday, August 18, 2017

Bamboo Friday #3

This one is a zinger!
I had another BF topic in mind and then I found this article in 
House and Garden UK 
and it was all over.

The title: "Bamboo House."
They had me at bamboo and they were not kidding.
Look at this place.
And it's on a remote island.
Perfect and perfect!

Discover a redesigned bamboo house on the Caribbean island of Mustique on HOUSE - design, food and travel by House & Garden.

Location. Location. Location.

And by "bamboo house" they mean "bamboo house."

Sitting Room. Discover a redesigned bamboo house on the Caribbean island of Mustique on HOUSE - design, food and travel by House & Garden.

It's all fabulous. 

Bedroom. Discover a redesigned bamboo house on the Caribbean island of Mustique on HOUSE - design, food and travel by House & Garden.

Twin Bedroom. Discover a redesigned bamboo house on the Caribbean island of Mustique on HOUSE - design, food and travel by House & Garden.

The bedrooms are great but check out this bathroom.

Bathroom. Discover a redesigned bamboo house on the Caribbean island of Mustique on HOUSE - design, food and travel by House & Garden.

And to get around  the little island of Mustique... a bamboo bicycle. #idie

Cycling. Discover a redesigned bamboo house on the Caribbean island of Mustique on HOUSE - design, food and travel by House & Garden.

I did a little digging and found this fabulous mode of transport in case you don't want to ruin your relaxed, zen state from hanging out at the bamboo house by pedaling-

A bamboo Vespa!





And in case you think this is over the top and a bit much...
 remember bamboo is sustainable!


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
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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
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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
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(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.
#research
#wearethereforyou

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!

#careergoals


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