(aka: my "It is August and time to act like a grown up" list)
This week I took new head shots for my day job and let's just say.... it wasn't pretty. To be fair, the previous ones were taken about 13 years ago when I was still very much in my twenties and had one chin. I was fighting a loosing battle, amiright? That coupled with starting to feel the last tugs of summer and the rainy weather we keep having in DC has put me in a bit of a melancholy mood.
When I get in these little funks, I like making little resolutions of things to do to better myself. It gets me inspired and motivated. (And makes me feel like I am in control which is like a whole Oprah show in and among itself). The goal here is to do smaller things and simpler things.
Without further ado:
1) I, Tibby Harvie, vow to be all things Auntie Mame. I love her. I adore her. I want to be her.
2) No more eating with the TV on. I am a grown up or, at least, I am pretending to be one.
3) I will only drink Tea and Coffee out of pretty china. No more logo mugs (besides my Capitol Vintage Charm one).
4) I will plant Camillas in my yard.
5) I will stop buying pants that are too high water (Ann Taylor Loft, I am looking at you).
7) I vow to make my bed in the morning.
8) I am going to use all my pretty napkins, even if it is just for pizza night.
9) I stopped drinking alcohol about a year ago and now I drink Diet Coke like it is from a hose. So, I promise to drink more water out of my insanely fabulous monogrammed tumbler.
10) I will subscribe to AND READ the Sunday Washington Post. Maybe even outside. While drinking coffee from a pretty cup. And wearing a kaftan. After I make my bed.
What resloutions have you made lately?
Last week we talked about the difference between Wicker and Rattan and it got me thinking about how I am probably really butchering the names of the fibers that actually make up different materials. For example, any basket I see is basically “rattan” to me. Or any natural fiber rug is “jute”. But that’s obviously not the case.
Today I thought it would be helpful to identify the difference in all these natural fiber materials. What’s the difference between bamboo and rattan? Or what is the difference between cane and rattan? Check out the information below:
I was going to post something the other day on my Chairish shop and described the item as “rattan”. Then I stopped and said “wait, is this wicker.” Then I realized I didn’t really know the difference and I, incorrectly, use them two terms interchangeably.
I wanted to share what I learned from the ole Google machine because, you know, we can’ know everything.
When I first met Sarah Lyon (@dctoat) about a year ago, I basically thought she was the little sister I never had. She loves Higher Education as much as I do, loves interior designs AND...she's an amazing Craigslist shopper. The stuff this woman has gotten off Craigslist blows my mind. Ya'll, she's like a NBA Baller status Craigslister.
Recently we put our heads together to come up with a little bit of a rules of the Craigslist game...you know a list of "Helpful Tips to Navigate Craigslist".
What do you think we should add to the list? Do you disagree or agree with the points we have made? I'd love to hear your feedback and stories!!
This is, without a doubt, my new favorite party trick.
I found this gorgeous table recently and it needed a little pick me up. One of the rehab treatments was removing this white heat ring from the wood.
Milk Glass. You've heard the term but do you really know what it is? Today we are going to briefly explore what it is and how to determine if it is older or a reproduction piece.
A few years ago, I was thrifting and found some milk glass. Not knowing much about it, I did some googling when I got home and realized there is WAY more to know than just seeing a piece of white glass and declaring it "milk glass". I never considered myself a real fan of it until I realized what all was categorized as milk glass.
There are some really off-the-wall things I have found and brought home from thrifting. I can't help it. When I find old vintage decorative birds, I have to purchase and put them aside...you never know when I may want to hot glue one to a wreath or add one to a Christmas tree.
My husband doesn’t even bat an eye anymore when I come in with these random items.
While I love the random items, there are 5 things I will never leave behind when I am thrifting:
This wall in my living room, ya'll. It changes more than I do outfits. I am constantly rearranging depending on my latest art finds. (Did you see my Instagram post yesterday? It has already changed from this picture taken 2 weeks ago).
As I have mentioned before, we live in a rental. Much to my frustration, my landlord will not let me paint and don't even get me started on how horrible that carpet is. Adding fun and bright art is such an easy way for me to take this drab room up a notch.