Curtain Love

We are still in the process of settling in here in New York so that’s why I haven’t uploaded pictures of our house yet. BUT, today I’ll post some pictures… mostly to give a shout-out to Willa! She is the master behind the stunning curtains now hanging up in our house. She’s an interior designer and sewing extraordinaire! If you ever need pillows or curtains made or if you love designer fabrics, check her out here: Thanks, Willa! You’ve outdone yourself again!

Eat-In Kitchen Before... boring!


The Braemore Shadow Branch fabric is stunning!

Curtains Willa made for our guestroom!


Home for sale, coming soon

Our House. Mustang does NOT come with it.

Hard to believe, but we’ve managed to clean and organize and stage our home in 1 week! It’s ready to hit the market, but first we have to wait for some relocation paperwork to get filed. In the meantime, here’s your sneak peek. If you know anyone who’s interested in buying a home in St. Louis, send them a link to this blog post: Or they can contact me at for the address, price and/or our Realtor information. It should be listed in the coming weeks. Cross your fingers for a quick sale! Especially since keeping a house show-ready with a 2 year old is near-impossible!! Below are the hard-core facts for those passing this along. Thanks! Photos below.

Stats: 2-story, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2 car garage home built in 1992. It has 1932 sq feet with an additional 600 sq feet in the walk-out basement. Large .21 acre flat fenced lot that faces west (for amazing sunsets) and backs up to neighborhood common area. Backyard also includes raised wood deck and paver patio below deck.

Home Updates: (there are a ton, see below)

2005 Updates

New Exterior Siding *
New Pella windows (most slide-in) *
New carpets, hardwoods, and tile *
New cabinets in baths & kitchen *
2 new fans *
New front door and exterior doors *
New interior 6 panel doors *
New deck rails *
New stainless steel appliances (stove, microwave, dishwasher)*
New sinks, faucets, and counter tops in kitchen and bathrooms *
3 new toilets *
New baseboards in all rooms;  new crown molding in entry, powder room, living room, & dining room *
New sliding door in basement *
New shower doors in upstairs bathrooms *
New skylight in Master bath *
New stainless steel refrigerator
New interior light fixtures

*– previous owner improvements- they never occupied property

2006 Updates

New backyard fence
New 30 year architectural shingle roof installed
New window treatments
New landscaping in front yard

2007 Updates
New springs on garage door and opener

2008 Updates
Paver patio installed under wood deck  & 2 brick garden areas added in backyard
New 3 ton, 14 seer Payne puron AC Compressor installed (10 year warranty for evaporator coil, compressor and parts)

2009 Updates
600 sq feet space finished in basement– completed by Robbins Home Improvement
New sump pump
New swing set installed in backyard

Kitchen 100% new in 2005

Dining Room with modern lighting

Living Room with large bay window

Family room w/ wood burning fireplace

Eat-in kitchen with bay window

main floor laundry with plenty of storage

600 sq feet finished in basement

staircase finished in berber carpet, basement has dark laminate flooring

slider leads to backyard- perfect for summer entertaining!

Play area in basement w/ chalkwall. Extra unfinished space behind door for storage.

Huge master with vaulted ceilings

2 large windows & walk-in closet

dog not included either

master bath w/ vaulted ceiling, skylight, and jacuzzi tub/shower combo

Large 2nd bedroom

3rd bedroom which we use as a guestroom w/ queen

4th bedroom which we use as an office

Antique Hunting {South County Antique Mall}

I’ve never gone antique ‘hunting.’ I don’t know why, really. Perhaps I always thought antiques=junk. Why would I want some someone else’s beat-up, used, old, smelly piece of home decor? Harsh, I know. But to be perfectly honest, that was my snobby attitude– only something NEW can be chic and stylish and contemporary. But to be perfectly honest, yet again, my wallet and the planet cannot afford my need for interior change. I love change and I love to mix things up in my house. My sense of style is constantly evolving. I still consider myself a contemporary lover, but I enjoy splashes of Hollywood Regency, Traditional, and most recently, vintage. The lovely Tori Spelling (c’mon, I was a huge 90210 fan) labels her style as ‘Modage,’ a combination of Modern & Vintage. I dig that. And I dig her style (just check out her reality show on Oxygen). Pottery Barn’s fall collection is label ‘Vintage’ but uh, it’s NEW stuff. And, uh, I don’t like ANYTHING in their glossy catalogue. What I do like is vintage that’s been updated with high gloss lacquer or antique chairs upholstered in funky patterns. Modage, baby!

So, this weekend, on a whim, I ran over to our local antique mall (across from the hospital where Xander was born). Apparently Missouri has a ton of antique malls and shops, but this one was close and quite large (55,000 sq. feet of stuff). Boy, there definitely was a LOT of ‘junk’– things you’d expect to see on an episode of Hoarders. The mall was divided up into many, many rows of ‘booths.’ Antique dealers rent space in the mall and set up shop, displaying their treasures (and junk). The booths are unmanned so visitors can browse without pressure from sellers. Overall it was a very enjoyable experience! Most sellers arrange their antiques beautifully– cups and saucers lovingly set out on antique cabinets, antique chairs arranged around an antique coffee table with crystal, tear drop chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. I adored all the vintage cooking pots and appliances, the old Life magazines, 1950-esque toys and books, and, my favorite, a 1957 Cadillac white and emerald baby carriage!! But, there were some weird things displayed too– a high-heel shoe chair, bizarre bar lights, military submarine shells, horribly tacky ‘art’ and an array of metal junk (not sure what it even was?!).

Here are some photos from my first Antique Hunting trip last weekend. These were taken with my camera phone, so I apologize for the poor quality!

Note: I came out empty handed, but I did LOVE the refinished antique white dresser. It had a SOLD sign on it, but it gave me inspiration for a future Craigslist find.

love how the hardware was painted white too!

love how the hardware was painted white too!

baby carriage

baby carriage

Ronald McDonald Chucky Doll

Ronald McDonald Chucky Doll

anyone want a bomb?

anyone want a bomb?

or perhaps a piece of art depicting a snaggletooth drunk?

or perhaps a piece of art depicting a snaggletooth drunk?

Ill leave you with something pretty. This piece is EXACTLY what I envisioned as a little girl when I first read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

I'll leave you with something pretty. This piece is EXACTLY what I envisioned as a little girl when I first read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.