I’m daydreaming about redecorating my dining room. It is so much less expensive than actually decorating.
I’ve long been a fan of built-in banquettes. They look inviting and allow for an extra guest to squeeze in.
This one below is probably my favorite of the bunch. Perfection.
The problem is tho that banquettes are such a commitment. You can’t just move the furniture around if you change your mind. That and the cost of hiring a builder have always kept me from actually ever implementing this decorating concept in my own living space.
Which is why I’m delighted to stumble upon the trend called sofa dining. Why have I only just heard of this? This one below is nice. Maybe just a little too austere.
This one looks comfier. Maybe a little too “country” looking for me.
If you Google “sofa dining” or search on Pinterest you’ll see examples like the ones above. Much of what I found was too fancy and overstuffed for me. Perhaps the solution is a DIY dining sofa. This Maple Sofa by Farrah Sit & Rebecca Atwood is great inspiration. You’d just need to raise the seat to be table height.
Hey, Look! I did it!
I made a Halloween costume from secondhand plush toys. Ta Da!
Savers invited me to create a Halloween costume from items I found at my local Savers thrift store. I wanted to create something that might make people smile. We all need an excuse to smile nowadays. Amiright? I pitched the idea of creating a Nick Cave-inspired costume using secondhand stuffed toys. I half thought that they’d hate the idea, but they totally dug it. Woo Hoo!
As I said, I took inspiration from the artist, Nick Cave. I love his work! Years ago I created a costume that was an homage to his sound suits. This time I was inspired by his recent show at MASS MoCA and his costumes made from stuffed toys.
There isn’t much in the way of instructions to share. I was allowed to pick out $75 dollars worth of plush toys from Savers. I hand sewed them all together into this shape. Once I got going it was a welcome therapeutic distraction. It was good for me to ignore chores and screens and focus on a creative project.
It the end, I think it accomplished what I hoped. Watching my son jump around in this suit made us both smile. Happy Halloween Everyone! And thank you, Savers, for the creative challenge.
Over the years I’ve discovered that I’m always attracted to a particular color combination in design. It’s when I see a mix of neutrals (like gray and beige) with a pop color — like orange or yellow. If you start looking for it you’ll see it everywhere.
Here are some examples.
See — Black, White, Gray, and Orange.
Black, White, and Gray with Acid Yellow // and Black, White, Gray, and Orange.
The thing that I noticed is that green was never a part of this equation — until recently.
I clearly remember when this book came out. That green! So good. I became obsessed.
I started noticing green in decorating.
BTW – I could live in that apartment above on the left exactly as it is. Just the right amount of maximalism. See here. The silk curtains below are available on Etsy. Just in case you need crazy long emerald green dupioni silk curtains.
I started noticing green in footwear, old and new. Is it just me? This green feels so fresh.
Somewhere along the way, I read a blog post on Double3xposure about how she was inspired by another blogger (Always Judging) to work a green vintage bag into her outfit. I like that it’s an unexpected accent color.
Honest to goodness, I wasn’t really looking to buy a green bag but I think I liked so many green things on Etsy that this appeared in my “Our Picks for Jennifer” feed. I think it will blend nicely with my otherwise neutral fall wardrobe.
I feel like every post I write now needs to come with a disclaimer. I realize that the world is full of bad news. I’ve been so depressed about it that my sister told me I should take a break or at least reduce my intake of news. I know we all have a responsibility to stay involved but I think she is right. I need to find joy in life too, and for the moment I am delighting in the color green.