7.15.2011

Details...

cabinet
I jinxed myself yet again yesterday...we still do not own a house. All I'm going to say is that I'm reeaaalllllyyyyy resisting the urge to morph into a crazy nastyass honey badger. I've had enough. Let's change the subject though, shall we? I recently picked up a copy of Carol Spier's book, The Finishing Touch: Details That Make a Room Beautiful, and have been thinking about it. The book is packed full of great spaces and ideas that I could easily translate in our own space. We had dinner at my parents' house last night and I was thinking about their attention to detail. Here's a perfect example- the cabinet itself is pretty gorgeous, but it's that pop of blue against the greenish wall that just kills me every time I walk into their house. Add the stacks of red cookbooks (my mom is a cookbook fiend) and I think you have a pretty fabulous combo. I'm curious...what's your favorite detail in your house? Feel free to include links.

UPDATE: The paint color is Behr Cattail Brown. It's even better in person.

19 comments:

oversewn said...

Oh Abbey.... :(
If I were on your side of the country, I would go all honeybadger on someones a$$ with you.
Fingers crossed for you to someday finish this chapter.....
hugs and kisses!!
Raven :)

Laurendy said...

it will come - I bought my house almost three years ago, before closing, like you, we had to do a lot of work to the house (the seller paid, but my dad & I did the work), then my closing got moved 8 times. I was only given a few hours notice before the actual closing - in the end I got a house I love (which is still being worked on), but for 26 days (that's how long it took between the original closing date and the actual closing date) I looked a lot like your Mandy doll.

So just look forward to being able to un-Mandy your hair in your own house with the next week or so - oh and deep breaths, deep breaths are a life saver.

side note: I think this may seriouslly be the longest comment I have ever left on a blog before.

Laura said...

sorry to hear that you're going through last minute house hassle. hang in there - your beautiful farmhouse is worth it!

Amanda said...

I'm sorry about the house. I know you must be really frustrated.

Laura said...

just watched the honey badger video - horrifying, but the narration is hysterical!

Lynn said...

I can't believe it! :-( I was so sure AO would be celebrating today! Han in there, though; it will be worth it.

My favourite detail is a silly one - I meticulously cut a little gecko out of that self-stick blackboard stuff, and placed it high in the corner of one of our walls, as a kind of ode to our travels in South east Asia). Everyone does a double-take. Including me, sometimes. :-)

Mrsink said...

So frustrating. They might just deserve a little Honey Badger. Sorry you're still in the house-muck. Hope it works out quickly!
Right now I think my favorite spot in my house is the entry way with this little tv stand I thrifted and a vintage accordion hat rack. (http://jodiink.com/2011/06/home-my-favorite-spot/)

Bethany said...

Just tell them if they don't give you the house right now you're taking your new roof and leaving :)

Laura said...

Best of luck with your house woes. We just moved across the country 2 weeks ago into a rental. Thanks for encouraging us to find our favorite spot. It's tough for me right now with all of the boxes in the way (and we still don't have 1/3 of our stuff), but here is my favorite spot, that includes my newest vintage find, a cool flag (notice anything different about it?!)
http://elletrainknits.blogspot.com/2011/07/favorite-spot.html

Dana said...

I have a display of photos ranging from my husband and my childhood through the present. I love the arrangement, but I can't wait for the wall behind it to morph from ugly fake wood panels to a beautifully painted wall. Someday...

Holly said...

That is a lovely detail. I am do not think I take enough photos of the details in my own home--usually because I am too busy taking photos of all the other things and feel like my home is a wreck...but you inspiring me to create more small decorative details in my home I like and to take the time to notice them and maybe even photograph them...hope your house closing journey reaches its conclusion soon! Try to let it go and it will come.

jocelyn! said...

Just found your blog. Love the vibe here and will follow.

Really like this pic, do you know the name of the wall paint? Gorgeous.

Also, thanks for the link to the nastyasss honey badger. Magic.

Have a better week.

jocelyn
artfullyunraveled.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

You're a Glee fan too?

Kitten's Lost Her Mittens said...

Oh my gosh, that's gorgeous. I totally thought it was a photo from a catalog or something, till I read it's at your parents' house. I love details in decorating, too. I don't think I have a good example to link to on my blog right now, but I'll be back to share one when I do.

PS I'm working on a vintage bird tree, inspired by yours! It will surely be one of my favorite details when I'm done.

Aesthetic Outburst... said...

Thank you all SO much for your lovely comments! I can't wait for this whole thing to be o.v.e.r. :) The paint color is: Behr cattail brown and it's even better in person. :)

I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I've never even seen an episode of Glee. Many of our friends are fans, but we don't have TV (well we do, but we only ever use it for movies). Maybe someday I'll catch an episode. :)
x,
A

Cupcake said...

My father cracked a whole into our very hollow bathroom door. Since we had to patch and paint it anyway, we made it green. I have since sworn that I will never again live without a green door somewhere in my house. You can kind of see it at the end of this:
http://dreambirddesigns.blogspot.com/2009/01/add-flair-to-your-letter-wall-in-x.html

Cupcake said...

oh. also. you will someday close on that house. seriously. also, you're not a freak.

Abbey said...

i want a tour of your parents house!! this is BEAUTIFUL!

paperdollsforboys said...

We bought an old Victorian 2 years ago and I'm still working on my craft room. Here's a link to the progress: http://paperdollsforboys.wordpress.com/2010/01/24/craft-room-in-progress-2/

I am so impressed with your speed. You have done so much so quickly. You can tell you have had a vision and you are good at making it happen.

So happy to have stumbled upon your blog. I have devoured a blog like this in ages but I am going to read until I hit the beginning.

Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring me.
Cheers,
Tracey @paperdollsforboys

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