Pomp And Circumstance

Before and After: Cane Chairs

Posted in Before and After, Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on March 30, 2011

This is the third and last highlight on the yet-to-be-revealed man-cave for my client, Miss Divine. I got these chairs at a second-hand store in Santa Cruz for a great price. Simple transformation, nothing exactly ooooohhh-ahhhhhhish, but neutral and clean and what the room needed. These things are shockingly comfortable too. There were definitely doubters, but as soon as their bums hit the seat they were converted. I love the lines and bamboo like nature of these chairs. Sort of Chippendale like, but with arms and curves. Saucy.

Next time I’ll show you the home room and talk you through the process……caio.

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Before And After: Goodwill Ottomans

Posted in Before and After, Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on March 28, 2011

These babies are also in Miss Divine’s downstairs manly area. I wanted to bring a little youth-y playfulness since there is a smelly teenage boy who will spending a lot of time in this room (just kidding M- you are not smelly. In fact you are very well-groomed and bathed. But in my head boys who have a room to hang out and game in, sit around and fart all day openly and freely.)

This is a pretty easy 1-2-3 job

1- Removed cushions and spray painted frame

2- Recovered cushions with staple gun and grey linen

3- Printed out numbers on the computer, traced around them in pencil directly on the recovered cushion, drew a circle around the number using a bowl as my guide, and painted it in with fabric paint

There you have it…

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I Heart Emily Henderson

Posted in Decor Files, Inspiration by Miss Pomp on March 25, 2011

I have a HUGE girl crush on Emily Henderson. Have you guys been watching her on Secrets From A Stylist?  I haven’t. BUT, I have been a die hard blog stalker since the times when she had a wee small 10 followers, and have been in total awe of her for quite some time.

Here are a couple of my favorite inspiration boards that she put together, and the resulting rooms.

(All images via Style by Emily Henderson)

Race on over to her blog and check out all of her amazing projects.

DIY Balsa Wood Pendant Light Fixture

Posted in D.I.Y., Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on March 24, 2011

I made this pendant for The Fine Miss Divine’s downstairs room that I recently finished making over. Pics and posts to come on that soon, but I thought I’d start with this light fixture. It is so easy, and so cheap.


4 Balsa Wood Strips (choose size and length to your liking. Don’t get it too thick because it has to bend and mold)

Hot Glue

Lamp Kit

Gold Paint

Paint Brush

Step 1- I wanted thinner strips of wood so I cut my balsa wood strips in half length-wise. This gave me twice the amount of strips.

Step 2- using an exacto-knife, cut a small square, large enough for a cord to fit through, on one end of every strip of wood. Be sure not to do it too close to the edge. You don’t want it to crack.

Step 3- Boil water in a tea-pot and put on some rubber gloves. Hold each strip of wood over the steam and slowly mold them into the shape of a half circle. This doesn’t actually take very long. The wood molds pretty easy, but don’t use too much pressure….it will break. Just work with it and continue holding it over the steam, slowly bending and working your way down the strip.

Step 4- Once all strips have been bent, hot glue one end of one strip, to another end of a different strip, making sure to line up your little square holes you cut for the cord to go through. If you look at the bottom of the fixture in the second picture, you can see how one end of each strip gets layered and hot glued over the other. It is the same at the top of the fixture.

Step 5- I used Gold Acrylic Paint from an art supply store and painted the inside to give a warm gold reflection when the light is turned on.

Step 6- Follow the instructions on your lamp kit to actually make it a light fixture. You can get these lamp kits from any home improvement store.

The one thing I would do differently it use fishing line to tie at the top and the bottom to help keep its shape as it hangs over time. I can tell it has sagged a bit from the time I made it to when I took this picture. But otherwise I love it, and you can make it big or small depending on where you want to use it. It would be great over a dining table or in an entry way, or smaller versions flanking a bed.

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My Shoe Shelves

Posted in Decor Files, Fashion Files, Inspiration, Uncategorized by Miss Pomp on March 23, 2011

One of the reasons I am COMPLETELY spoiled by our new home:  My shoe shelves:

Shelves contain my favorite shoes of the moment, as well as some books and objects. I lined the back of the shelves with leftover wallpaper from our living room. I love the metallic geometric print.

Wallpaper: Graham and Brown “Darcy”

My Jeffrey Campbell leopard platforms serve as bookends.

My “special shoes” hold court just at eye level.

A stack of magazines sits at the ready to provide style inspiration.

A tray holds some of my favorite jewelry pieces, as well as a few sentimental items – My grandmothers red earrings, the boutonniere my husband wore at our wedding, the giant butterfly ring I wore for our wedding reception, and a brooch my mama gave me.


Posted in D.I.Y., Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on March 21, 2011

We are back from Disneyland, and I already wish we were going back. Like right now. It is the best vacation with kids, even though when you are driving back you are asking yourself “ok, so when does my vacation actually start?”. I am convinced I walked at least 20 miles in 3 days. This is the conversation via text on the second night that took place between us and the family that went with us.

Them- “How’s it going over there?”

Us- “Van was asleep in about .5 seconds, and my hip bones feel like they are about to fall out of their sockets. How’s it going over there?”

Them- “I’ve got one foot up, I am trying to get the other up, and I think I just turned 60.”

And that’s Disneyland folks. But in between the rapid aging, you get to watch your kids laugh and giggle with each other, and have the best most happiest, more-excitement-than-they-can-actually-handle time. Whilst eating way to many treats. And seeing more grown people in any radius anywhere wearing weird hats and fairy stuff, and cord necklace things with you-know-these-people-are-not-actually-real-right? character pins on them.

I also quickly had an “oooooohhhhhhhhh……” moment when upon arrival to the park, as my 7 year old was jumping up and down to head straight to Space Mountain, the 3 little girls in our friends family were enthusiastically talking about heading straight to the fairies and It’s A Small World. And as I told my seven year old we were going to go on Small World first, he looked at me like I just told him after 9 months of waiting to go on this trip and dreaming about California Screamin’, I just told him we were going on It’s A Small World first. But he got over it fast and away we went.

Anyways, about that sandwich. This is the sandwich we had last night for dinner-

Has nothing to do with Disneyland. But it’s the bomb. Bacon? Oh yeah. Avocado? Always. Blue Cheese? Yes, please. So easy mmmmmm good. Find the Chicken, Bacon, and Blue-Cheese Sandwich recipe here.

And because you might not be all that excited to read a food post on a fashion and home design blog after a week-long hiatus, here is a great DIY tray craft from Martha Stewart my friend emailed me this morning. I’m so doing this. I have a minor addiction to trays. And stripes. And grey.

Watch the video or read the tutorial here.

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Mick To The Mouse

Posted in Uncategorized by Miss Circumstance on March 15, 2011

We Pomp and Circumstance girls are signing off for the week in order to get our Disneyland on. Be back in a flash….


Posted in Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on March 11, 2011

Two gorgeous rooms to steal ideas from: I love the oversize high gloss red mirror, the silvery-blue grasscloth wallpaper, and the fabric selection on the window treatments and the upholstered chair. Lovin’ it.

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100% Cotton Goodness

Posted in Fashion Files, Inspiration, Pomp Day-By-Day by Miss Pomp on March 10, 2011

(Sweater – Surface to Air, Skirt – Forever 21, Tank – Anthropologie, Shoes – Sam Edelman, Belt – Urban Outfitters)

My fashion fairy godmother (Ashley of Love Letters – check out their site, it’s amazing) delivered me this cosy, warm, gorgeous Surface to Air sweater from Villains SF on Tuesday, and I’ve been living in it ever since.

So I Put Placenta On My Hair Yesterday….

Posted in Fashion Files, Inspiration by Miss Circumstance on March 9, 2011

Yup. Not kidding. Henna N’ Placenta. I’ve been taking note of various hair and beauty products lately that I read about, and taking pictures of them in my phone so I can remember. Whenever I go into a store like Sephora, or a beauty supply store I get too overwhelmed by all the choices, so the pictures help me remember and know what I wanted and what to look for. Anyhoo, this creepy placenta stuff was one of the things that I read about.

It’s like two bucks a pack, and you are supposed to put it on once a month. So I tried it this morning but didn’t really notice much a difference, but maybe my hair just doesn’t know a good placenta when it gets one. Or maybe I’m just weirded out by putting placenta on my head. When I was a teenager, one of my best friends would talk about how her mom had home births with her younger brother and sister, and she remembers going in the kitchen later and seeing a placenta floating in a bowl of water, and then her mom buried it later in the backyard under a tree. That story freaked me out so bad.

The next hair products on my list to buy and try for my wavizzy hair are a trio of Bumble and Bumble products-

The first two products, the Grooming Cream and Surf Spray, I guess are great to put on your hair when you shower at night and then let your hair air dry as you sleep. The last one is brand spanking new and supposedly awesome. You put that one on in the morning when you wake up and your hair is dry. I now have not at all lofty expectations for these products to wonderfully and simply take my hair from this

to this

*bottom image via Sunnie Brook

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