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Oh, the Water.

This summer, there will be a revolving door of guests coming to stay chez nous. And there is n-o-t-h-i-n-g like company coming to light a fire under your a$$ and set you off on a decorating & vacuuming frenzy.  I always want people to feel welcome, relaxed and pampered when they come to my house.  Like a little vaycay! And long story short, the upstairs hallway and the guest room need a BIG face lift, cuz they do NOT look like vaycay right now.  They look like the island of misfit toys.  Also, my paintbrush slipped the other night and accidentally painted the hallway hot pink after a cocktail or two.  Whoops.  I may not have a sound mind when I’m tipsy, but at least I still have a steady hand.

That’s the same Jaipur Pink I painted my closet in Chicago last year…  and while it’s super fun and super shocking in a yum-yum-Bubble-gum-Barbie sort of way, it really doesn’t rap with the rest of the house, which is super airy and calm.  More importantly, I want to stand at the foot of the stairs, look up and see something super soothing (exhale).  Like a pretty light fixture against a really serene backdrop.  Enter inspiration shot:

Have you EVER seen anything more gorgeous than this bedroom by Will Wick of Wick Design…  or more gorgeous than that oversized photo of the ocean? Because I have not.  How do we DIY that look at home??  Welp.  Like this:

Farrow & Ball in Slipper Satin | Ralph Lauren Regent Metallics Paint | Moroccan Lantern | Etsy Artwork

Quick word on the paint:  Farrow & Ball is wonderful, but super pricey.  Like, entire right arm pricey.  If you’re on a budget, match it to a Lowes Valspar color for $16/gallon.  The Ralph Lauren Regent Metallics paint is a metallic glaze that goes over your base coat with a textured roller.  I used the Champagne Toast color in my old bathroom, and it seriously looks like the walls got painted with a subtle, luminescent pearl.  Heaven.  Speaking of heaven…  those photos of ocean water.  I could die.  I did this Marta Gil photograph over my living room mantel and I love it so much I can’t stand it.

Anyhow, for the upstairs hallway, here are a few others I like…  which one should I do??


The Sea.  Super simple.  Source unknown but pinned here.


As seen on Amber Interiors last year.  Love.


Really soothing…  but I look at it and I’m also terrified that Jaws is right outside the frame of this shot.  Really beautiful, but maybe not this one.

What do you guys think??  More importantly, who wants to come visit??


PS:  Raise your hand if the title of this blog post made you start singing Van Morrison.


Abstractions Aside, by Leigh Viner

Tell me the illustration above (available to purchase on Etsy HERE) isn’t the most gorgeous piece of artwork you’ve ever seen…  I dare you.  I let out a 10-second long gasp (!) when I first saw it on Pinterest – a gasp I would only equate to the kind my mom still lets out in traffic about 0.2 seconds before she slams on the brake and hurls the mom-arm in front of my chest.  Anyhow – my print of that gasp-worthy beauty just came in the mail today and I can’t wait to mat/frame/hang it.  My bathroom (below) is pretty slammed…  so maybe somewhere else.  Like the dining room.  I’m sure my he-roommate will love that.  And as soon he starts cleaning his own toilet, I’ll start letting him weigh-in on the apartment decor.

The print is by an artist named Leigh Viner – delightful and incredibly polite to deal with, and also incredibly talented.  Here are a few more fashion illustrations I love from her:






Something about Viner’s work feels ever-so-slightly Toulouse-Lautrec-y + with a (modern) 80’s twist…  (work with me here)…  as in, I hear Blondie and David Bowie playing, and could totally see a few of those prints above hanging over some mauve leather sofa, circa 1987, in the movie Mannequin.  And with some shoulder-pad-clad chick traipsing through the room.  But, something about Viner’s work also feels very classic.  Am I right or am I right?  (Stupidest expression ever, btw.  And so fun to use!)

Abstractions Aside, by Leigh Viner + Woman Pulling up Her Stockings, by Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec

She also has a collection of photography – here are my two faves:

Holiday – Vintage Restored Print, by Leigh Viner

Dream On – Vintage Restored Print, by Leigh Viner

Check out Leigh’s Etsy page | Website to see the rest of her work, and/or Follow Me on Pinterest to see s’more of my favorite artsy stuff.  I’m not an awesome artist myself, but I can pin the crap out of some pretty cool stuff.