Tag Archives: 2011

Shame

image

I found this picture of an abused looking poster for director Steve McQueen‘s new film, Shame, while surfing Tumblr. As I’m a Michael Fassbender fan, I’m anxious to see this controversial film about a sex addict whose life spins out of control because of his addiction. I have to wait until January to see it here as that’s when it hits the art house in Charlotte. That’s OK. It gives me something to look forward to in the new year.

Speaking of which, can you believe that it’s almost 2012? Did this year slide off the plate or what? I hope you’re having a nice, lowkey Monday. See you tomorrow!

NaNoWriMo

image

That title kinda looks like gibberish, doesn’t it? I promise it’s not! For the uninitiated that impossible looking acronym is shorthand for National Novel Writing Month. Every year from November 1-30, people all over the world write a whole novel in one month. A first draft of a novel but a novel, nevertheless.

I’ve participated since 2006 or so. I wasn’t going to do it this year but last night, two days and roughly 3600 words behind schedule, I decided to jump in anyway. One, it didn’t feel right not to. Two, seeing many of my friends posting their word counts spurred me on. So, I decided that I should just go ahead and do it. I signed up and started writing last night.

I’m not going to hedge: I’ve never finished. For various reasons. Some years I gave up after my idea fizzled out. Other years I was in target and some extreme life circumstances intervene. This year, I’m not making myself any crazy promises. I also have the added challenge of attempting to write my minimum 50,000 words on my smartphone (the only word processor/computer I have) while also keeping up with this blog…

Still, I’m going to try. I’d rather fail, than not put myself out there. And who knows? Maybe this year I’ll finish when my own expectations are lowest. (That sounded bad, didn’t it? LOL! I just mean not pressuring myself so much that I crack.)

Happy Thursday, all. All my finds for the week tomorrow (including the promised DwellStudio bling). Until then… 🙂

The Non-Post Post

image

I worked today (at the big blue box!) and I totally spaced writing up a post today. I was caught up with selling Swedish food items and explaining to many, many people why we’re going private label. Whew! So, yeah, post neglected.

I’m kicking back with my mail… a grainy picture of which is up top. That’s one of the spreads from the  DwellStudio Holiday 2011 gift guide. I’m guessing tomorrow’s post might have some more about that. 🙂

I hope your Wednesday flew by like mine did. We’re over the hump, y’all! Ciao, for now!

Got Rug? (The IKEA Edition)

If you’ve been following me for a bit, you know that I’m really picky about rugs. I find that lower end rugs tend lack the kind of style that I crave in a floor covering. So yesterday, after I got off work, I headed over to the textiles area at IKEA. I have to admit that textiles has become my favorite section at IKEA these days. They’ve got some really great stuff this year (a plethora of totally on trend items in purple/lavender being chief among them… but I digress). Anywho, I’m decided to see if they’d put any new rug styles up yet…

Whoa. I was struck by three styles in particular:

image
Gandrup rug (78″x118) IKEA – $299.

Graphic, black, gray, cream, and gold rug featuring stripes overlaid with an abstract daisy pattern. Love the chic color combo here! The really cool thing about this rug is that the color and pattern are crisp and clean, not murky or or muted like some IKEA rugs can be.

image
Broager rug (63″x94″) IKEA – $249.

This rug looks like a really cool gray in my pic (because of the lighting in the store) but is actually a warm, gray-brown with ivory flower sprays in the pattern. It is really lovely and soft in person. This would make a great choice for someone who wanted something with a feminine but clean edge to it.

image
Skoghall rug (78″x118″) IKEA – $249

The last rug is not offered in a colorway that I would usually get but it was so pretty, I had to share it here. This one has a rich, milky orange red (it literally reminds me of tomato soup) with a gorgeous abstracted flower pattern in a low contrast brown/tan. The tag says it is red/black but it definitely looked brownish tan in the showroom. The pattern on this is so beautiful! I wish they offered it in a cool colorway… like green and blue. Still, if you’re doing warm tones in your house this would be an awesome choice.

Have a great week! I hope your Monday is like a Friday! See you tomorrow. 🙂

Mirror, Mirror

image

I just picked up the July/August issue of Elle Decor. I’d sort of flipped through it at the grocery store and I wanted to pick it up for the amazing photos in an article called Swept Away that features gold and brass bath fittings. Trust me. You HAVE to see that one!

image

But the feature that had me drooling was a Manhattan apartment decorated by Steven Gambrel. There is this amazing mirror in the main entry that just blew me away. It’s a vintage, hand carved Italian piece and it looks smashing in the foyer, dont you think?

image

Another favorite piece is the Scratchout rug by Carini Lang in the home’s family room. It looks amazing with the mix of neutrals and that fabulous orange.

See the whole apartment at Steven Gambrel’s site and drink in the amazing awesomeness of this place!