Pomp And Circumstance

Styling A Bed A La Serena and Lily

Posted in Decor Files, Inspiration by Miss Circumstance on April 5, 2013

Today we are going to do a little style guide for the bed (bow chicka bow wow) using all Serena and Lily products. Which, incidentally, is not how I recommend shopping. I usually feel like you can tell when everything is all from one store – it often reads as flat or too catalog-y. But, today we are going to do it anyway cause I know a lot of people dig one stop shopping. So here are picks for a bed a la Serena and Lily-

Serena and Lily Bedding

1. Light Bark Color Frame Duvet

2. Cloud Aqua Canyon Sheets

3. Pewter Gobi Embroidered Pillowcases

4. Bark Racing Stripe Pillow Cover

5. Cayenne Cadiz Racing Stripe Runner (I would take this table runner and turn it into a long pillow cover)

6.  Black Diamond Pillow Cover

7. Origami Wool Pillow Cover

8. Lilac Mayan Cotton Dhurrie (cause in my mind you can’t style a bed without including the rug it will go on)

In reality, this is probably more pillows than is practical for one to want on a bed, but, in style-guide world……it’s divine.

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New Knobs For Old Ikea Dresser

Posted in Circumstance's Home, Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on March 4, 2013

Well this ended up going in a totally different direction thanks to an amazing find from Miss Pomp.

She found these on sale for under 3 bucks at Anthropologie. They are super similar to the original ones that I was pipe-dreaming about for my Hemnes Dresser. I liked these horn beauties better then the other ones I had bought, so bye-bye to those. Annnnnnddddd, I also found one of these in a basket at an Anthropologie store for under 3 bucks-

How sweet are those?? So I ditched those knobs I had in my My Knobs basket, and went for those amaze-balls folded over gilded square ones, because though I only found one in the store, they were able to order me the other 7 I needed from other stores. So this is the end result-

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IMG_0393You can see in the last picture I started painting my bedroom. I’m going about it all ghetto style this time because I only have short bursts of time over the next few weeks. So, I completely painted 5 of the 7 walls, 2 coats and all, and put everything back, so my whole room isn’t completely tore-up for 3 weeks. It’s just half painted. Not the best way to paint a room, but, oh well.

So Chic

Posted in Decor Files, Inspiration by Miss Circumstance on February 18, 2013

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I love the way that top white desk is styled, and that gilded chair might be the best chair I’ve seen this side of heaven.

Images via Adore Magazine

Miss C In The House

Posted in Circumstance's Home, Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on February 15, 2013

Alright, though there have been more exciting times in the land of Miss C as far as projects go, we’re going to play catch up on the little things that have been happening because I’m assuming, just like Us Weekly’s “There Just Like Us” section, we all like little glimpses into the mundane.  Here’s a state of the union-

1. My Junk Drawer Now Looks Like This-

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photo-10I’ve been wanting to do this for soooooo long!

2. I Make Green Juice Now-

I know….stop the presses. We’ve owned a juicer for many many years, but never used it. So I started, and I gotta say I like it. Super easy, a bit of a pain to wash the machine, but it tastes really good and is the only way I will eat that many veggies in a day.

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It doesn’t look like much in the picture, but it’s about half full, 16 oz. The key ingredient is the lime BTW….as far as taste goes anyways. Adds that some’in some’in.

3. Trading out the knobs in my Ikea dresser for fancy pants brass ones-

I’ve had this classic Hemnes dresser for like 7 years. I got these horn knobs from Anthropologie  for the top 4 drawers-

They were only $3, so for now they will be good while I wait for the ones I really want to go on sale, for like,mmmmmm, 4 bucks-

Anthropologie Antler Melody Knob in Tusk

So for the bottom 16 knobs of the dresser, I’ve been looking at these and trying to pick one. I don’t want it to be too shiny or perfectly new looking, and just the right shade of brass. I will probably have to order one of each to decide. Ugh. I hate paying shipping.

Screen shot 2013-02-15 at 8.11.44 AMThat’s a screen shot of my shopping cart at My Knobs. Anyone else a true 4th grade boy at heart if ya know what I mean?

4. Lastly, I’m going to be painting my room again

photo-11This is a shot from my Instagram of the paint patch tests. My husband literally walked around the corner and stopped dead in his tracks and said “what the??”. That may or may not be because it will be the 4th time I’ve painted our room. It’s currently pale grey, which I love (duh), but I want something a little warmer and a little lighter and brighter. I’m going with a very pale peach/pink. It will go with everything I already have in there, which has NEVER happened.

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It’s actually a lot lighter and more subtle then that image would lead you to believe. Don’t panic.

DIY Stripe Candles

Posted in D.I.Y., Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on February 4, 2013

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I made these for a company Christmas party client back in December (duh), because I needed a lot of them and did not want to pay upwards of $12 a pair. I ended up getting plain cream-colored candles from the Dollar Tree, but Trader Joe’s also has a 12 pack for a really good price. They are simple it’s true, but a couple of things to know that would make or break this project….

1. Clean the candles first with rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball

This step is pretty important because it helps the paint adhere to the candle

2. Next tape off the area you DO NOT want paint to be. 

I had to re-do this when I realized I did not want paint on the wick part, which means I have to put tape on that part. So, start by taping off the wick end first, then work your way down.

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3. Paint with NON-OIL BASE PAINT. WATER BASE PEOPLE!

Super important if you don’t want your candle to burn in some kind of toxic mess. I just used my kids black Tempera Paint.

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I used two or three coats, and it dries pretty fast in between coats. I used a shallow dish filled with dried beans to stand up the candle sticks to dry.

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Lastly, peel the tape off, but do it gently cause it is easy to scrape off the paint (the down side of water-base paint, but, I’m thinkin’ the easy scratch off is a no-brainer compared to the choice of toxic fire hazard)

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Searching For The Perfect Desk

Posted in D.I.Y., Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on January 28, 2013

So this crazy lady walked into a bar…….a furniture bar. And by furniture bar I mean store. And by crazy lady I mean me.

I have been hunting, searching, obsessing, going mentally bonkers over trying to find the right desk for my boys. I don’t want to be doing this. I want to find one. I want to just pick one! And be done! But nothing is quite right.

It needs to be long (close to 70″), not too deep (maybe 24″??), and hopefully have some kind of storage or drawers. And, I would like to not pay more than $200. I sound like the dummies on Selling New York who tell their Real Estate Agent they want a fireplace, a view, a doorman, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, all in Manhattan, for under one million. What am I smoking???

I thought this might work-

Cost Plus World Market Campaign Desk

I like the look, but in person it was really rickety, and the drawer was like an inch deep. Basically zero storage. Mashugana. I’m trying to avoid Ikea, because I’m hoping to find something with a bit more character. I’m probably looking at a DIY. I googled “long skinny desk”, and this is by far the weirdest picture that came up-

 

That’ll keep ya up at night.

I have looked at Goodwill probably 16 times, and visited local vintage furniture stores. I indeed feel like a crazy person, who will end up rocking back and forth perched on the edge of my couch chewing my nails, muttering “must find desk” over and over again.

For awhile I looked for a couple of filing cabinets that I could paint or makeover, and put a nice piece of wood or old table top over the top of them, but that has kind of bombed out.

I like the look of this, but maybe with some amazing brass hardware instead of those brushed stainless ones-

I would like to keep my sanity and find a desk soon……any ideas???

Christmas Party DIY’s- Bucks, Stripes, and Glitz

Posted in D.I.Y., Decor Files, P&C Portfolio by Miss Circumstance on January 25, 2013

I realized I never posted photos for the Christmas party I did last month-

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My favorite is the giant eight foot tall Buck I did. It’s just painted with kids Tempera Paint on the brown paper they sell at home improvement stores. It’s a giant roll for like 12 bucks. It’s intended to use as floor covering when wallpapering or painting, but I cannot tell you how many things I have used it for (including wrapping paper). Some of the best 12 bucks ever spent.

I also loved the DIY striped candles. I’ll do a how-to next week on that.

Adding A Little Something

Posted in Circumstance's Home, Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on January 11, 2013

IMG_0210Every year at Christmas time, when it comes time to put all the finer things in place that came my way, I can’t seem to just put them away. I have to do them justice, which usually means things like re-arranging and editing an entire closet in order to accommodate some new pants and shoes, needing to purchase a new desk because my boys now have new art supplies and it makes me realize how horribly disorganized their current desk is……you get the idea.

My mom got me those twig stick hurricane candle holders from One Kings Lane, and they didn’t fit on the old table, so I moved some things around. I actually would probably never have picked them out for myself, but they are the perfect thing for that spot- a little rustic and cozy and natural, next to the glossy vase and shiny brass. Those brass nesting tables are the ones I got from the Goodwill where my friend (who’s a dude mind you) asked what I was going to be doing to make over their hideousness. I just responded by dropping my jaw and widening my eyes. Enough said.

My two books that I am so excited to read through sit their waiting for me. One morning I will sit with a blanket and a large latte in my orange velvet chair and read them.

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Christmas Wrap-Up 2012

Posted in Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on January 4, 2013

Santa and my family hooked me up this year in a big way. Here is a taste of some of the bomb presents I got this past Christmas-
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I want to get something engraved on the Madewell ID bracelet, and I think I’ve settled on “Toots” on the front and “let me see that tootsie roll” on the back. What?

There is some depth to that I promise. Not a deep water pool depth, but like a kiddie pool amount of depth. It has some family meaning. My family is just like Socrates family.

Layering A Bed, Whimsy Style

Posted in Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on December 21, 2012

After mondays post on layering a bed, my other friend asked about putting together a more whimsical style bed. So this is for my girl friday, who loves to get her whimsy on.

This first one is a bit less feminine then whimsy can normally run, in case there is a man who would also like to lay in the bed.

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West Elm- Linen Cotton Duvet Cover in Plaster, West Elm Diamond Stitch Cloud Cover Shams in Night Shade, West Elm Organic Ikat Sheet Set, Anthropologie Lille Shams, Serena & Lily Throw in Plum, Anthropologie You Are My Sunshine Pillow

Should one want to lighten up the look, you could just change out the Indigo Shams for these ones from Anthropologie-

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Anthropologie Emmeline Euro Shams

On another note, this will be our last post until after Christmas. Monday is Christmas Eve, and ol’ Miss C over here still has one person to shop for- my dad. According to my mom there is only two things he wants- a bowler hat and a sweater vest. Ummmm….no. I think he got his wires crossed with Mr. Rogers. I refuse.

So merry, merry Christmas. May He bless you and keep you, and His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you……