Wednesday, April 27, 2011

From the Inside Out

I had approximately zero intentions of doing a post tonight, but seeing as the neighbor came home from work and decided to begin slamming the doors and moving furniture at oh, 11:30pm, I decided to whip up chorizo spaghetti sauce and fling together some current thoughts swirling in my head.  It's hard to believe I've been living in my new space for over 2 weeks.  It still looks like a small twister went off and I am lamenting the loss of the walk-in closet the Chef built out for my birthday last year.  To be honest I have to stop talking about it or I feel physically ill wondering where I'm going to put all my clothes.  Tough problem to have (she says dripping with sarcasm), but still a problem none the less.

Even though it was a small move in distance, I still feel like it's a new day - Uh hello?  I have a dishwasher now!  - and want to make some changes in the new place.  For some reason I've been captivated by the thought of using bright color which is so not me.  My old space had dark wood floors, white white walls, and a mix of  white, black, jute, grey and varying shades of navy.  Kind of nautical meets Asian old world, if you will.  Suddenly I'm feeling a need to recreate some sort of twist/combo of these:



And I find myself oddly attracted to bright pink.  Wha?  Here's some of the things I've got strewn about that I'd like to incorporate in...


The fabric only...not the yoga mat or exacto blade.
Of course blanket has to be mixed in somewhere...
 and some crazy boho floor pillows I scored last week...although they may live on the deck.

It's an extravaganza of ethnicities up in this dojo so I have to streamline, streamline, streamline to create a plan.  All I know for sure is white is a base - white furniture has always been a staple for me so that's where I'll start, but it could take awhile so no holding breath, okay?  Um, is it Friday yet? - I'd really like to get at it in a non-guilty work zone.

And on a lighter note it was one year ago today that I started the ol' blog.  It's hard to believe an entire year has gone by, but my life is so much richer for having met and interacted with all of you.  No cheeseballs over here either - I totally mean it.  I've had gut busting laughs with most of you, shed tears with some of you when Lisa passed away, strengthened my wardrobe, and attempted although not quite completed the 30 Day Shred with others (Day 7 Level 2 complete!), and gathered so much info by reading your blogs and sharing your lives.  Thanks for sticking with me and reading along.  Mine is certainly not a conventional fashion/lifestyle blog, but it's a genuine attempt at keeping it real


52 comments:

annelise said...

You should totally recreate that top picture. Your obvious flair for interior decorating (I'm thinking of the scatter of pink in the above photos) would make it a winner. Seriously though, top picture. Love it.

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Happy blog birthday! Time does fly doesn't it?
Hope the chorizo sauce (yum) put you in a better mood and that you have some fabulous decor inspiration come to life!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

RosaLovesDC said...

Happy Anniversary to your blog! I am so glad to have found you!
And I love that blanket made an appearance in this post.

A said...

omg, the design in the first picture is stunning!!

love your blog, am following now :)

Krystal said...

happy one year anniversary!!! that is awesome :) and i like your ideas for the new abode...i'm intent on finding a cool rug like that red one for my new place :)

Cara said...

can't wait to see everything all set up :)

Debby said...

Happy Blog Bday! Oh, I think some color in the new place would be fun, especially for summer. Maybe Chef will build you another closet! xo

LyddieGal said...

I love these inspiration spaces, white with punchy colors seems like a good way to go, especially since it leaves you a lot of room for change, when the mood strikes.

And I'd be bumming over the lost closet as well - clothes need a home!

agnes said...

très jolies photos, c'est magnifique

Closet Fashionista said...

Ooh I love all those inspiration rooms! I know you'll be able to make your new place look perfecto!! :D
and HAPPY BLOG BIRTHDAY!!!!! :D
http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

Those hanging bedside lamps are sooooooo you. Love. Congrats on today!!

Emilie said...

Love these pictures! They make me want to decorate my home again!

Taylor said...

First, thank GOD you started this blog, I NEED you in my life...and secondly - A house like that would be SMASHING!!!!!!! Hit up Etsy for some pillow covers, then you can change them at will with your mood - brights all spring long, then muted with only pop in winter...ya know?!

Torrie said...

Congratulations on a year of blogging, meeting new friends, & doing it your way (sounding like Elvis right now).

The images are perfect examples of what you're describing and I can't wait to see what you create with your new space.

Jess said...

Happy blogiversary Carrie!!

Oh, and if you find a solution to the small closet, let me know!! I have the same problem (living in an old house) and still have half my wardrobe in the guest room closet. Always feel bad when visitors come since they have no place to hang up any of their clothes!!

Sist and Sist said...

Oh my! Gorgeous spaces!

Daisy said...

can't wait to see how it all comes together in your space.

OMG it was only a year ago?! Happy birthday This Free Bird. <3

CessOviedo said...

I love the all white brightened with colorful accents, first picture's cushions are awesome!

Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

Courtney Erin said...

I can't wait to see how you set it all up Carrie! And hopefully within the next month I will have pulled off a little museum heist (wink wink, you know what I mean) and you will have a "new" conversation piece to install in a room.

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

Ashleigh said...

Congrats on one year!!
I can see why you're drawn to these rooms, they're fabulous! And take up house in any one of them right this second :)

fshnonmymind said...

Happy Blogoversary!!! I'm so glad to have found your blog over the internets.

I've been in a redecorating mood too, but haven't figured out what kind of feel to pull off and unfortunately I can't have a palace of white because the bf dislikes white furniture for some insane reason.
Embrace that pink!! I love the striped fabric!!

P.S. I will gladly take that big as* lamp in the first inspiration pic.

Bonnie said...

Happy Blog Birthday! Blog-a-versary? Blog ---? I don't know. But congratulations!

I love your home. I love the randomness of the decor. I love the Exacto blade.

And I love you. <3 (No homo.)

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Twitter: @GlamKitten88

Dancing Branflake said...

Happy blog anniversary! Congrats on such a great following in such a short amount of time. You are awesome!

Katie said...

Happy One Year! Glad to see a Blanket appearance in the mix :)

TheChambrayCountess said...

Happy Anniversary! I hope you like writing your blog as much as I love reading it :)

And I love your new color and design ideas! I can't wait to see how it comes together!

Claire Kiefer said...

Can't believe it's only been a year. So glad I've met you. Also, I LOVE THOSE PILLOWS SO MUCH. Probably because I totally favor bright colors. In fact, I never wear/buy/etc. muted colors or earth tones or anything like that. Bring on the bling and the brightness for me! My home has no theme and frankly is pretty . . . "eclectic," but I think that's reflective of my personality. :)

Josie said...

Happy anniversary, Carrie! You know I have a vaguely unhealthy obsession with your blog, so I guess telling you how much I love it and what a fabulous inspiration you are is kind of redundant. Alas.

I love your idea of mixing in a little color -- obviously, Blanket needs to have some bright friends.
xo Josie
www.winksmilestyle.com

Allergic to Vanilla said...

CARRIE! It's been too long--good news I'm not going to be homeless, found an adorable place near San Francisco and can finally breathe! These pics are majorly inspiring me!!

xo Carlina
AllergicToVanilla.com

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

Ok, so the 2nd picture? I must live there...a perfectly beautiful tranquil space. LOVE. And happy blogiversary to you C...you provide copious amounts of laughter for me on a daily basis...Thank you!!

ashley nicole catherine said...

what a lovely post! i'm about to move and definitely want to add design elements to make the place homey..i love your picks! congrats on the JM 30 Day Shred, i JUST started level 3 and man, it's brutal!

xo.ashley

Marie a la Mode said...

Happy Blogaversary! Your blog is one of my favorites just FYI ; ) Question for you: How do you keep your white couches clean when you have cats?? I'm dying to know!

Marjorie Rose said...

Happy Anniversary! I'm so freakin happy I found your blog..

I understand about the pink completely. I used to run away from it. Now I'm in love..

Can't wait to see your new space!

la petite coquine said...

First, a very happy blog birthday! I couldn't be happier that you share a slice of your wonderful life with all of us, and I'm delighted every time I visit!

Second, those whitewashed rooms are calling to me big time-our house is painted in an odd taupe color, and while it's not bad, it isn't exactly inspiring, either. Maybe I should follow suit...

Kara said...

Aww, happy anniversary! So glad you started this blog, Carrie! As for your room inspirations, a combination of the first two would be awesome.

xx Kara
Sprinkles in Springs

My Heart Blogged said...

That is awesome you have been blogging a year! I can't wait to see your finished home.
My Heart Blogged

Valerie said...

Happy blog anniversary, Carrie! I LOVE that second picture you posted. Can I please live there? I'm always running out of room in my closet and having the same dilemma. Somehow I thought it would be okay if I took over Gabe's closet too. He probably isn't happy about it, but he wears scrubs every day so he doesn't have a ton of clothes. ;) I'm dreaming about your deck with those boho pillows. Sounds fabulous.

xo
Val

Anna Jane said...

so pretty! i think you're wellon your way. i expect some design posts soon ;)

EC said...

Yes, and I absolutely looove them ! Can't get enough ;-) Btw, I really like your blog, too. xox

Heather said...

Omg, I die! I love your place! It's so cute and bright! I was just thinking of buying some of those boho floor pillows for my place....something soft yet cute to sit my butt on lol.

http://southerngirlstyle.blogspot.com

Priscila Peters said...

Happy 1 year!
Well, love this post. The images are great. The first space is fabulous. And, again, I love those boho pillows.

indie.electronic.alternative. said...

oh hey blanket. we meet again! :) i love the image with the rustic table. my whole house is done in whites and greys. bf calls it "sterile". it could probably use some pops of navy or pink :)

Nikki said...

happy anniversary on your blog Carrie!


xx
Nikki

JessRaquel said...

Happy blogaversary! I'm really digging the second image although it might be the backyard part that's really pulling at me. My boyfriends finally remodeling the top half of the house and once that's done we get to do the backyard which is beyond ugly and the only thing I really want to get fixed! I feel you on changing the place!

Fifth Sparrow said...

Happy Blog Birthday!! That's so exciting, and makes me even more happy that I've found your little piece of the internet! Aaaand those house inspiration photos are amazing, you have to post photos of the new place when it's all spiffed up! xx

p.s Where did you get that drop dead amazingly gorgeous blanket?!!??! I NEED it!

Lisa Griffin said...

congrats lady! in 1 short year you have created a quirky blog mecca here. i scan a lot of blogs but your's is always a MUST read that i truly enjoy, giggle, and ooooh over. i can't wait to see how you deck out your new place!
www.indramaticfashion.com

She Wore It Well said...

happy blog bday my dear!!! i feel so happy knowing i've been there ALMOST since the very beginning.

sorry ive been AWOL. i took the long weekend and stretched it into a week and disconnected. i feel so anti social at the moment. yesterday i tried to have a converrsation with someone at the office and i my throat was sore after a few sentences.. oh dear.

the new place is gonna be amazing. im about to embark on the soft furnishings shopping once my new dining table and chairs arrive on 6 may. cant come quickly enough for me. i started the process is january and everything is taking TOOOOOOOOOOOO LONG!!! RAH

xo

Britt+Whit said...

wow love this decor candy! I just moved into a new place and new idea-your blog is perfect!

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Jenmarie said...

Decorating your place in bright colors would definitely be a good idea since Spring is upon us! I'd say go for it!

Congrats on blogging for a year!

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heather yalin said...

oh! happy blog birthday to you! isn't it amazing? um to say the least.

i ADORE your boho floor pillows and your design ideas. that first one is just calling to me!

Kavery said...

I did a double take seeing the exacto blade!! Congrats on one year of blogging. The blogosphere is richer for having you in it. Truly.

Queen but no Crown said...

my boyfriend and i were looking at the same pillows a few weeks ago! they are so much fun! great post and great ideas!

awesome blog! i follow, follow back & on twitter: @queenbutnocrown
-B

Alana said...

Beautiful pics--I love your taste! happy blog bday Thisfreebird!

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