My week in Cabo at the BEYOND amazing at the Cabo Azul resort (pictures to come) and was just what I needed. As much as I love my computer and my blackberry, I have to say it was nice to be without them for a few days.
Well, I had to get right back into the swing of things here because I had finally decided to get my closet painted. You would not think this would be very exciting but it is! When we bought our condo, we painted everything but the closets. Why spend the money? The paint was neutral enough and who is going to see it? Well, BIG mistake.
I have the Master Closet to myself (thanks hubby) and it had built-in shelves already installed. When the builder painted everything they painted the shelves and even the rods all in a flat paint. Why would that be bad? Well, it is impossible to clean! The only way to dust is with a feather duster! A paper towel and some endust are like nails on chalkboard and it drives me crazy! Not to mention the hangers mark up the rods and leave black streaks on them that also drive me nuts because it just look filthy.
So we are getting everything painted in a lovely semi-gloss white and the walls will go gray. Why not? I am thinking I might even changes the ghastly flush mount and put a chandelier in my humble closet. I have always loved a good closet.
Not to mention having to take everything out of the closet will force me to tame the chaos!
My accessories are Out of Control!
My shoe shelves that I will love when they are shiny and white!
There are about a million things I LOVE about Mr. Nate Berkus, so deciding what exactly I was going to write about on Nate Day was a difficult decision. After all, he has done so many beautiful rooms and homes throughout his career, I could write several blog posts on Nate Berkus alone!
Finally, after collecting a few inspiration images I figured out what I love about Nate...his use of stripes. He uses them frequently, subtly, and boldly. They never detract from space and only seem to enhance it. Here are a few of my faves...
I had my whole day planned around laying by the pool or heading down to the beach to get a little sun prior to my trip to Cabo. Unfortunately, June Gloom is in full effect and now I will be inside cleaning the house and maybe re-potting a few plants.
Not to long ago my hubby and I went on a weekend getaway down to San Diego. Neither of us had been in a few years and it was a gorgeous weekend. While we were there, we decided there was no better way to relax than a little field trip to the zoo. I probably had not been to the zoo for at least a decade. So you can imagine how awestruck I was when I saw this beauty up close.
Pictures by Rebecca June
All I could think about was how gorgeous this peacock was and it just solidified why the best color combinations come from nature.
I had seen this room a little while back but I had never forgotten it. The peacock reminded me of it and I think the color scheme is what made it.
Not to long ago my mom decided this was the year she was going to have to face the ugly task of re-carpeting and re-painting my parents house. When she announced this to me, I asked if she considered painting it a color. For a few decades now, my parents homes have been all white. I love all white BUT I thought it might be time for a change.
I finally convinced her gray would be perfect. Still a neutral, but her window casings, crown molding and baseboards would all POP!
So, although she is eager (we all know) the construction zone can be overwhelming and aggravating. I thought a few beautiful inspirational images would help the first day go by a little easier.