Pomp And Circumstance

This Weeks Adventures- Mara Mi, Weels (not that kind), and Sunnies

Posted in Decor Files, Fashion Files by Miss Circumstance on April 12, 2013

Here’s some snap shots of this weeks comings and goings-

Anthropologie Canary Grade WeelsHow sweet are those? Apparently they are called “Weels”, wedge + heel= weels. It’s celebrity mash-up name. They can be yours from Anthropologie.

These Rounded Horn Sunglasses I also had hoped would come home with me, but alas something had to go back-

Anthropologie Rounded Horn SunglassesMaybe I can live through you. You can buy them here.

Then I was at Target, and in this weird little off to the side section by the stationary I found the motha-load. I had never even heard of this company (that probably makes me an ignoramus….have you heard of them??) called Mara Mi. They had so much cute stuff! Strangely I couldn’t find ANY of these things online, but here are some crummy Iphone shots-

Mara Mi for TargetCheck out those cool pens on the bottom right! And that blue and white cosmetics bag. And the cell phone cover. And the grey and white tote bag.

IMG_0500Those candles smell sooooo good. And those notebooks beautiful. If I wrote stuff I’d write it in there.

Mara Mi Wooden Tape DispenserI suddenly have a great need for a wooden tape dispenser and cute tapes in my life.

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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.

Magnetic Wooden Tiles

Posted in Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on March 25, 2013

These things are awesome. Pricing is upon request, translation get ready to sell your soul or your first-born. But the idea is brilliant, and they are gorgeous. Check ’em out here and here.

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.

IMG_0231I now include a bit more veggies than this, but that much stuff makes this much juice-

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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.

What Flor Do You Like?

Posted in Uncategorized by Miss Circumstance on January 18, 2013

I ordered some sample carpet tiles from Flor to find something for my boys playroom. The room is small, and it doesn’t get a lot of light, so I want something light. It currently has a wood floor (which I love), but it’s not the most cozy thing to lay on and play. 

The carpet tiles also cannot be too textured, because who wants to do a puzzle or try to stand up legos on some chunky wooly thing. So, here are the contenders-

Flor Carpet Tiles

Flor Carpet TilesFrom left to right-

The first one (Reverb) reads a little celery colored in person. Suit Yourself has a lot of little threads of color woven in it that you cant really see in this picture, but that I don’t like in person. I’m leaning toward one of the other two. The carpet tiles would not be wall to wall, but will be more like an 8×10 rug where you can see the wood all the way around- so there will be wood between where the Flor tiles stop and where the Nate Berkus runner is (one of my loves).

I need your help! What do you guys like??

 

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