Joss & Main

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Floor Cloth Help

Hey all! I have a quick question for you. Which one? I'm making a floor cloth for my dining room. The  drapes are orange and white, the table is a natural wood color with a grayish blue base. I'm trying to figure out a color scheme for the room and I would be delighted with your input.

As you can see, here's the table with it's dual coloring. And in the background you can see my bright orange and white drapes.

This is a close up of the drape pattern and color.

Now, which one of these, matched with the Golden Lab would "complete" this look in a floor cloth.
The pattern would be every other color in 6 inch chunky stripes.

In my personal opinion, I'm leaning towards Palladian Blue. Oh and all of these are Ben. Moore Paints.

The Master Bedroom Reveal!!

Over the last month or so I have been hard at work redesigning our master bedroom.
I am absolutely excited for this!!! Like I'm so happy that my cheeks hurt from smiling from too much. You know? Like my inner child is jumping up and down screaming "Weeeeeeeeee" eh let's be real. It's me not my inner child. I have been waiting 8 years to finally do this. Now, what I'm about t show you is phase 1-3. Yes, there are phases. There's still a ton more to do! Now when I started off with this project, I had high high hopes of building this room completely DIY style. I was going to build the furniture and stain it and then have The Hubs make some mirrors and a mantel and what not. But then The Hubs went on deployment. So I copped out. I bought some stuff and finished it. So it became a partial DIY project. We're still going to build the mantel but that's about it.

You know, sometimes you have to realize and accept when something is just out of your reach. And I believe that it takes a lazy mature person to do the practical thing.

You can NOT do a proper before and after without before photos. That would be like making mac and cheese without the cheese! It's just something you don't do. Kind of like too tight speedos on old guys :)


Just be warned. I am leading you into my design failure and ultimate clutteredness. Brace yourselves and young ones shield your eyes.

Some of you remember when I painted these back when we lived in Groton. I was partially proud of these. This is where my DIY addiction began.

I had extreme high hopes for this room. This bedding was to be paired with the now current bedroom furniture and lamps. But sadly the bedding did not make it through our children. 

Fast forward to our move to Maine. This was my emergency preparedness. We got about 30 inches of snow and a power loss threatened but never came... That's not the whole supply. Notice how there are two bottom drawers missing? Yep... I like Ikea. I like it when you live in an apartment and you're not moving around a lot. But if those things don't apply, I wouldn't buy it. It's not meant to be moved and pulled and carried. 

The Hubs dresser. Poor thing. Bless it's heart. It tried so hard to be all it could be for my man. But it had enough. I couldn't carry through on it's task of holding a large amount of clothing and that TV.

Enter the replacements.

The bed. Let's start off by saying, we had no bed frame. You read that right. No. Frame. How sad is that? Oh we used to have one. Many years ago before The Hubs broke it. Now, I know that some of you are thinking that it's not fair of me to put the blame on The Hubs when he's not here to defend himself. But I only speak the truth when I say he broke it. He broke the frame AND the boxspring...TWICE. He likes to jump onto the bed. I'll leave it at that.

The bedding was something I have been looking forward to for a good long while. I love Pottery Barn. And if I had the money about 95% of my mom would be Pottery Barn. I have begged and pleaded my case with The Hubs that you get what you pay for. Meaning, spend a little extra dough for some nice quality stuff. Now, I didn't buy all the bedding from Pottery Barn. I only bought the duvet, euro shams and bedskirt from there. Everything else was from Target or Ikea.

Duvet: Fresco Paisley by Pottery Barn
Euro Shams: Linen Ruffle Shams by Pottery Barn
Bed Skirt: PB Essential Bedskirt by Pottery Barn
Sheets: Threshold Performance Sheet Set by Target I bought the Blue Global(pattern) and the Yellow(solid) sheet sets.

This candle has been in my smell good repertoire for about 7 years now. It's the Ginger-Peach pillar candle from Pier 1 Imports. I love how it brings a sense of spring into the atmosphere even in the coldest of winters.

The "candle holder" or trapezoidal plate is made from recycled glass and it was a HomeGoods find. I love the textured  of this piece but I also am really impressed with it's versatility.

Our new dresser. Yes. Our. We had two. The rooms here in Maine are really small. They say they were built in 89, I doubt it. Maybe 69...maybe. Anyway to save space and make all my master bedroom dreams come true I ordered this beast of furniture from Country Cottage Furniture. It was unfinished when it came. It has 12 glorious drawers. They fit ALL his clothes. Except for the ones hanging up. And there's still room. Mine barely fit. Not because I have so many but because I have so little. The Hubs has more clothing than I do. Yes, yes it's true.

New Lamps. Much needed light. And they're gorgeous!!!

Standard knobs. Soon to be chrome standard knobs. I'll either spray paint them or buy new ones. Not sure. I'd rather take the DIY route but sadly that doesn't always work out for me. I think I'm becoming DIY challenged. Although most things I do involve painting. And I am a TERRIBLE painter. I can't get a smooth stroke to save my life.

Bottom half of lamp. And an anniversary present for The Hubs. He always has to have water by his beside. That results in copious amounts of glasses on his nightstand. Seriously, we run out of cups.
So I bought him this recycled glass carafe and tumbler from Are Naturals. It's super cute and super cool. The tumbler is the size of a double shot. ;)

Another DIY project. The topiary. I've always wanted them but I refuse to pay the $30-$40 or more price tag. So I figured I could make the for nothing. I bought the pillar holders and the fake boxwood tree balls(two to be precise) at The Christmas Tree Shoppes. Then I took the topiary balls and hot glued them onto two of the pillars. Badda-bing Badda-boom!!! Topiaries. 

What a splendiferous difference isn't it? And since taking these pictures I have hung hand painted mirrors (that I scored at the orange store for $19 a piece) behind my nightstands for grandeur.

I'm super excited!!! A piece of art by my favorite artist has come in!!! Later this week I'll be picking up two paintings I had gallery wrapped. Later on I'll be sharing the new art additions to my home and a little blurb about gallery wrapping canvas paintings.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

These Are A Few of My Favorite Things...

"And these are a few of my favorite things..." Most of you out there grew up watching the Sound of Music. This was one of my favorite movie songs growing up. I had a few others but they were all from Disney lol. Today I'll be sharing with you a few of my favorites from around the net. 

First, a trip down memory lane...

That's right. A Track. Outdoor track to be precise. I loved this sport. Ha who am I kidding, I still LOVE track. Not the field part so much. I was never coordinated enough to do all the jumping and throwing. Most of you who know me know that I was a sprinter. I ran the 100, 200, 400(most hated), 4x100(my favorite) relay and the 4x400 relay. What I love about running is the freedom you feel. It's just you. You can relax, find your pace and just go. The reason I loved the relays so much was because I felt that I could run faster with other people depending on me. There was also a bond between you and three other people.

Christian Louboutin. That's it. 'Nuff said.

Leonid Afremov. He is a world renowned artist who paints these amazing vivid impressionist portraits of people, cityscapes and objects. I adore his work and although I don't own any originals yet, I do own two reproductions and a hand embellished giclee.

Farewell to Anger

Loneliness of Autumn

I got a sound bite of this album watching Late Night with Jimmy Fallon while he was hosting Timber-week with Justin Timberlake. I especially love track 2 Pusher Love Girl. It has a soulful sound to it. It's smooth.

Something I've always been fond of was glass. Plain, thick glass. I love glass because it is characteristically transparent. I hate surprises and I prefer to "see" everything. I'm a planner and a bit of a control freak. But I love the curved edges of recycled glass. It brings a softness. It's not as sharp.

These are just cool. I found these at Z Gallerie. They cost about $31 for a set of four of one kind. I bought four tumblers and four high balls for $2.99 a piece at HomeGoods. Right on HomeGoods, right on.

New fragrance I pulled out of a magazine is the new Jimmy Choo scent Flash. I love how light and springy, summery and fabulous it is. It'll make you feel fresh and feminine all day long. 

I hope you enjoyed getting to know me a little bit more. I surely enjoyed sharing a little more of myself with you!