Wednesday, February 23, 2011

orange is getting to me

I've never been a big orange person.  I mean, I like bright colors and I have often bought orange clothing items, but I've made a pretty conscious effort to not buy anything orange for my house.  I think the only orange things I have are my Le Creusets and that doesn't count.  Flame is classic here.  It's like not allowing an Hermes box into your house (not that I can afford Hermes or anything). 

I did buy an orange duvet last year and while I had to talk myself into it, I did really like it. 

The main reason I don't use it anymore is because I've given up on duvets altogether, not because I stopped liking it.

And, of course, there's my Salvation Army chair -

though I plan on recovering that.  You know, someday.

But lately, I've been drawn to orange.  I almost bought an orange water bottle for use at work.  My excuse was that my company's color is orange, but really I just liked the color. 

My eye was drawn to the orange options in a Sally Hansen ad for their new nail polish stickers.

I mean, look at all the fun patterns!  The different shades of pink!  And I go for the orange?  Who am I?

I keep getting distracted at stores by orange housewares items.  Plates, pillows, ribbon, that sort of thing.  But I just need to remember that it doesn't really have a place in my house.  I don't like turquoise and orange together.  My bedroom is now all lovely in gray and pink.  My spare room is mint green.  My powder room is grassy green with gray and turquoise accents.  My kitchen cabinets are already quite orange so it would be overkill to add more orange in there.

Guess I'll just have to satisfy my orange craving with nail color and clothing choices.  At least it is the hot color this season!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

What Would Debbie Do? My office at work

I've been pretty lucky - I've been in an office the entire time at my company.  We don't really have cubes and most assistants sit in hallway desks.  No walls, no door, no privacy.  I've been in the same office for my 10 years here, through several promotions and several different officemates.  It's a good-sized office, but not huge and for the first 7 or 8 years (they run together), I shared it with someone else.  Then my last officemate moved to her own office, but left her desk behind.  There was always the promise (threat?) of someone else moving in and I did have an intern in with me during the last political season, but for the past 2 or 3 years, I've been by myself.  But with two desks.  My good-sized office was still cramped.

The other day, though, the second desk was finally taken out!  I had a dream of a couch, but there wasn't one available that would fit.  The office manager did give me an unused arm chair - it's a nice dark charcoal and very comfortable.

I have some ideas for redecorating my office with unused posters and pillows from home and I plan on taking some pictures once I get it all together, but all this room also made me dream a little.  Hence another chapter in What Would Debbie Do?

There are some things that need to stay.  The olive green carpet, the cream walls with a goldenrod accent wall, my orange-y wood desk, large black file cabinet and the charcoal armchair.  So I came up with a gray, pink and yellow color scheme.

First, I'll bring in the 75" Hutton sofa from Room & Board in Blossom and toss a couple of throw pillows from Etsy on it in a black and gold ginko leaf pattern.  Then on the charcoal chair (very similar to this one from Room & Board), I'll add another Etsy pillow in a goldenrod chevron.

Pretty, right?

I already have a nice and simple desk lamp, but I need more light in here to avoid using the overhead fluorescents.  So I'll add two of the Kenrick floor lamps from Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams.  One up near the door and then one behind my desk.

Now we have places to seat and plenty of light.  Time to pretty up the joint with some stuff on the walls.

I like my desk pushed against the accent wall (still looking out the door), so along that wall will be three different pieces.  Behind my desk will be a cork board from Ballard Designs - the size of the largest one in this picture, but with a black frame.  And I'll have their little gold bee push pins, natch.

Then above my desk will be three faux film reels from Pier 1 (I do work on Broadcast Production, after all).  These suckers are big - the dark one is 24" and the small is 18".  I'll go Small-Big-Small straight down in a row.

Then, evenly spaced to the right of the reels will be this very pretty painting from World Market.  This is the spot I see as I come into my office and so I want something lovely to greet me.

Now on to the other wall.  I want something to ground the space, both in size and in color, so I selected this blueprint of the Eiffel Tower from Ballard Designs.  Though I've never been to Paris, I still love all things French.  It's a dark gray-blue so it goes with my color scheme without being too matchy-matchy.  And I just think it's freaking cool.

The back wall is all window and I don't want any curtains blocking my view - my immediate view is of a brick building, but over to the right is the Potomac River and the Kennedy Center.  It's pretty sweet.  And I keep the blinds open all the time so I'm not even going to bother replacing them.

Overall, I love this plan and am going to keep it in mind when I start redecorating my office for real.  Though since it'll all be coming out my pocket, I think I'll forego the $300 cork board...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Bonnaroo 2011!

The lineup for Bonnaroo 2011 was just announced and I'm so, so, so, so excited. 

This will be my fourth trip to the farm - I've gone in 2007, 2008 and 2010. This year we're rolling VIP-style with air conditioned bathrooms (with flush toilets!), free showers and super close camping.  I'm also upgrading my portion of camp with a cot and a couple EZ-Ups.  No more sweating on an air mattress.  No more wrestling with tarps and getting ever crankier. 

Yup - it's going to be a good, good summer.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Dear Debbie,

Please keep this Apartment Therapy post in mind if you ever do decide to buy a vacuum and get some rugs. You think it's a fantastic idea and will probably have forgotten about it. That would not be a good thing.



Monday, February 7, 2011

dreaming, dreaming is free

Looking at pretty things online is a great way for me to clear my head. Today's internet wanderings put Blondie in my head - definitely not a bad thing!

Today I was thinking again about reuphostering my orange chair and about a new couch. So I browsed through the Duralee site and picked out some fabric ideas. Not that I can necessarily afford Duralee, but it's awfully pretty. Green velvet, dreamy beige florals, honeysuckle linen, a few geometrics, a dash of yellow.

I didn't stop to think which fabric would be on which piece of furniture. I just like seeing the colors and prints next to each other. And, you know, dreaming is free and all.