Life + Style

July 30, 2009

Brooklyn Limestone Contest!

I'm not talking about a home give-away so keep dreaming.
But, anyone who loves interior design must want a beautiful ghost chair as much as I do. Well, good news, Mrs. Limestone from Adventures in Renovating a Brooklyn Limestone is hosting a fabulous give-away for a mini Lou-Lou Ghost Chair from AllModern. Just head on over here to her blog and leave her a comment for your chance to win*. The only catch is that if you actually win you have to give me the chair because I LOVE it! Just kidding, sort of.
I know this chair is wee, but, it's fantastic and one day I might even have a use for it. Until then I will place (it places, it places) it in my entry hall as a spot for my handbag. My current baby of choice! Oh, and it's FREE!
*Disclaimer-I get two chances to win just for blogging about this great contest but that doesn't mean that you get two chances just because you read about it here. Sorry. But if I win you can come over and let your kids sit in it. Or your handbag. Whichever.

July 28, 2009

Fayetteville, NC

I spent this past weekend in Fayetteville, NC with my parents visiting my little brother. For the past year he's been stationed at Fort Bragg but leaves today for a year long tour in Afghanistan. It was so awesome to spend a long weekend with him before his deployment. We're all going to miss you so much Jamie.
Friday night we ate dinner and wandered around adorable downtown Fayetteville. The historic downtown was full of antique stores, art galleries, specialty shops and sidewalk cafes. My dad found a really cool old bookstore, shocking! We were surprised to find ourselves in the midst of the Fourth Friday Festival where they close down all the streets for a festival full of performing artists and vendors. What an awesome southern city.
I had alot of pictures so I decided to post them in a new format, let me know what y'all think. It takes a little more work but I think it keeps the post clean.

We spent most of Saturday and Sunday at Fort Bragg touring around the HUGE post. My brother lives in a townhouse off base but he managed to smuggle us all in for a really cool tour. "There are no bombs in this handbag. This Volvo is not a secret missile."
We visited several memorials and museums and did a little sock shopping at the PX! It's incredible to think of the history behind my brother's group. Think Saving Private Ryan or Band of Brothers. I know there are many titles and divisions, etc. to describe what my brother is a part of, but basically he's an Army Ranger Paratrooper in the airborne division of the Infantry, Delta Company. The All-American unit dates back to WWI.
I hope that wasn't top secret information.
All photos taken by Pawleys Island Posh
We love you and are so proud of you Jamie and can't wait to hear about you

July 23, 2009

Around the House

Nothing new going on with house renovations. I'll leave y'all with some random shots from around the house.


Yard Art

Not that kind. Please.
Just some pretty flowers from the front yard!


July 22, 2009

Seth Around the World

Meet Seth!He's going around the world!
Seth is one of our good friends and he's leaving Pawleys Island to go on a six-week solo adventure trip. His plan is to drive across the country and then fly to Indonesia to surf. He's documenting his crazy adventures via his new blog, SethAroundTheWorld, so go check it out.
He plans to share everything about the trip from his planning stages, changing routes and meeting his actual destination. A lot of his posts so far are done via video so we'll get to see some really cool things along the journey. Seth also takes really awesome pictures so I can't wait to watch his trail. Although the trip is centered around surfing, I guarantee you anyone would enjoy following along with his travels.


July 16, 2009

My camera

Several people have emailed me with questions about the pics I posted of Graham last week. I took them myself at at the Litchfield Inn with my Canon Rebel XTi using the kit lens. I alternated between the automatic and portrait settings. I've had this camera for over a year and a half and I'm embarrased to say I haven't even begun to figure out how it works. I'm using it like a point and shoot and still getting amazing results. I LOVE IT! I'm really interested in learning more. If anyone has any tips, tricks or insight please please please share them! My new trick I'm trying to figure out is varying the aperture.
One thing I've recently read about and have started trying to do is to shoot without the flash. I tried this for the first time just this week and was amazed at how much more depth my pictures have. It only works in really naturally lit spaces. I'll be sure to post some pics soon showing the difference.
I'm tyring to start researching lenses as well so I can be prepared before my Christmas List 2009 goes out. I've heard its all about the lens. I'd love something that has a bit wider range and more zoom capabilities. Any ideas?

July 14, 2009

Technical difficulties

So, it's been brought to my attention that all the links I posted yesterday to Young House Love, formerly known as This Young House, are taking you no where. I am typing it in properly and then "something" is adding to the address after it posts. After several failed attempts to correct this problem, I urge you all to use the link button on the Right side of the blog to go directly to their new site. Or type it in if you like.
Please leave a comment if you know how to correct it.
Conspiracy theory says a certain oldie in a plaid flannel shirt and old school Sears jeans is to blame for this debacle...

July 13, 2009

RIP This Young House

As I did with LaLa Lovely a few weeks ago, I'd like to start introducing you to some of my favorite blogs and highlight what makes them posh-worthy. These are blogs with fantastic things to say or awesome pictures and ideas that are applicable to our own homes and lives. I am in no way prepared to introduce one of my all time favorites to you today. I haven't done my homework or prepared anything that does them justice. But, in light of some recent events, I decided that today they were in need of a shout out.

As many of you are already aware of, Sherry and John over at This Young House have been forced to change their blog name and URL because of a nasty little lawsuit threat brought onto them last week by a very famous trademarked home renovation squad. A certain unnamed magazine and website of a similar name thinks TYH was infringing on their name. My sister, the attorney, would probably agree with the suit because she's a very strong force when it comes to copy-write protection. But I, on the other hand, find it laughable that said similarly named company thinks anyone is confusing the two. If anything, it probably did the really young and cool blog a disservice to be so closely named after such an oldie idea. I read their blog every day and never once thought I was listening to an old man describe the plumbing or wiring in a basement remodel in New Haven. I don’t mean to say that the more established site doesn’t offer a huge amount of accurate home renovation advice, but, their target audience isn’t exactly the same. You can read the scoop yourselves here.

I think it's awesome, and self-preserving, of John and Sherry to quickly admit that they are no match against this long-standing brand and use this as an opportunity to give their blog a fresh start. Their humbleness makes me love them even more. Young House Love is the new and improved site and I urge every one of you to go take a look. They offer the most frugal and practical home design advice and we could all learn a lesson from their thriftiness. In this day, when it is no longer cool to brag about your forty-thousand dollar kitchen renovation or three-thousand dollar couch, YHL is leading the way.

I promise I will be back later to give them the introduction post they really deserve. It's the least I can do after all the hours of entertainment and inspiration they've given me.
But in the meantime, please go check them out yourselves!

Oh and they’re from Richmond. Represent!!!


July 11, 2009

Baby Graham

Just thought I'd post some pics of my gorgeous nephew Graham taken last week during his first trip to the Beach!


July 10, 2009

It's not all boatdrinks at the beach

So for those of you who think we've just been sitting around drinking fruity drinks by the pool, well, you're partly right. My family was here all last week and we had an awesome and much needed break from home renovation. I enjoyed lots of strawberry daiquiris at the cabana bar at South Litchfield and lots of Coronas and glasses of wine at home. I even let my husband off the hook for the week as well. I figured convincing him to help me host my family at our house for five days earned him enough good husband points!

Before my family came to visit, he was able to cross several projects of his honey-do list. The first was getting started on the renovations in his *office/den.

*The space previously known as my husband's office has now officially been changed to the den in order for it to feel a bit more like a room that I can use too!

Updates in the den:
  1. Tear out out existing and awkwardly placed closets

  2. Remove pointless brass and glass (classy) shelves from back wall

  3. Invite friends and family over to tear out carpet and install ply wood sub floor

  4. Hire a team of *pantry thieves to install hardwood floors.

  5. Begin a large scale built-in bookshelf/cabinet project to house our newly acquired and steady growing collection of books.

  6. Find a home for the adopted dinosaur of a desk that came with the house. They left be behind the desk but not the gnome. Seriously, I would have rather taken the gnome.

*Pantry Thieves: So you might remember me complaining a few weeks ago that the guys we hired to install our hardwood floors in the living room moved slower than out-of-state minivans traveling through Myrtle Beach on the Fourth of July weekend. Well, they might be slow but they rock at installing flooring for a deal so we scheduled them to come back to finish up installation in the den. It was only then that I realized the reason they worked so slow last time was because they were hungry. I had no idea that on top of paying these workers we were expected to feed them as well. Luckily this go around I had a freshly stocked pantry. I hope these boys enjoyed their can of corn and cream of chicken soup because they sure did help themselves to it! Not exactly sure what they made with that, but whatever it was did wonders for their speed!

Here are a few before and during pics to keep you satisfied until we come up with an after.

I mean seriously, this was an OFFICE. A place to get work done. How on earth did anyone ever get anything done in this room? In the South, we're raised to always say something positive, so here goes: My goodness, how clever the previous owner must have been to fit so many of her things into just one room!

Enough of that, it's time to say goodbye to those useless closets and ugly shelving!

A wise uncle of my husband's recently said that sometimes you have to take a step back to move a step forward. Very prophetic. I think he was talking about careers, relationships and life, but it clearly applies to our den renovation as well. Luckily I knew from our little half bath project back in May that sometimes even the most awful demolition mess cleans up nicely and is worth it in the end.We nailed down pieces of plywood for the sub flooring to cover the whole room. The desk you see is original to the home. We didn't ask for it but I think it was just too big to fit through the door. It's not my favorite but will do for now. Our gorgeous oak floors were laid down board by board.You can see there is layer of paper that is placed on top of the sub floor directly underneath the hardwood. It's #15 tar paper used as a moisture barrier.

After eliminating the awkward closets and existing shelving unit in the back corner of the den, we had a whole lot of workable space added to the room. Matthew decided it was the perfect spot to build built in bookshelves with some leftover pecky cypress wood he'd been saving. I'm not sure if the bottom is going to be bookshelves or cabinets? What do y'all think? I'm a HUGE fan of storage that stays behind closed doors. Some things are necessary but look cluttered no matter how cute the basket is that you place it in. A cabinet would be a great place to hide electrical cords or batteries or office supplies and such. I'd like to keep the shelves a clutter free space to highlight artwork, photographs and books. I'm pretty sure I can convince the builder to get on board with this!

Things we still need to finish:
  1. Choose a paint color for the walls (and paint them, duh)

  2. Finish the built-ins

  3. Add baseboards

  4. Build paneling on the walls (like in the living room and dining room)

  5. Acquire furniture (Notice I didn't say buy new furniture. That's because we are more than happy to accept your used furniture donations since there is no budget to buy anything new)

  6. Decorate (this is actually the only step that I'll be actively participating in)!

Don't worry, more to come!


July 6, 2009

Backyard wish #5: Decorate existing deck

Just in case you were wondering, I'm finally back to discuss some of those backyard make-over ideas I mentioned before my H. family staycation. Since we already have built-in bench seating and a large built-in table as part of our deck, it wouldn't take a lot of time or money to makeover the space. I'm just going to work with what we have and "decorate" a little.


Good bones, but needs some help, and some color!

It could stand to be a little larger too, but that can wait for later

Here are the top five things I'd like to add to this porch ASAP. No painting, staining or building required!

1. Throw pillows

These are some outdoor fabrics I found online at House of Fabric that I'd love to use to make throw pillows and seat cushions for the deck. And a tablecloth for the table. If you remember from the previous post, I'd like to stick with black and white, with pops of pink.

2. Lanterns

Image found via Pottery Barn

I would scatter tons of these Seaport Lanterns around the deck and string some from our live oak for lots of added light and ambiance. Of course, our property backs up to wetlands so it's a breeding ground for mosquitoes so we'll be sure to fill those lanterns with lots of citronella candles only!

3. Floor Heater Right about now with temperatures in the 90's and humidity close to 100% (it seems) it's hard to imagine needing something to keep you warm. But, we like to pride ourselves on year-round living here, or is that Florida?, and we need a little help during the winter months to stay a little toasty. A few of these should do the trick!

4. Urns full of plants and flowers Image via Plant Containers

Image via How Stuff Works

5. Cute beverage tub from the MacBeth CollectionI'll be sure to post AFTER pics as soon as this makeover is complete!

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