Thursday, July 17, 2008

Leopard Love

Oh. My Gosh! What a trip it was. I can't tell you how exhausting and exhilirating decorating this beach house was. We had a blast and were just about delirious with fatigue by the time we were done, but standing back and looking at the finished product was SO totally worth it all. And it was such a joy to see the homeowner walk in with her two little girls and just be totally awestruck at the difference in her new beach house. She LOVED it! My designer friend, Mary, has been at this for a long time now and has many clients all over Birmingham. I have had so much fun getting to know her. She is a precious Christian sister and we have a blast together and work well together. She has a wonderful eye for doing this and I'm learning SO much from her and soaking it all in. I told her she is my mentor. We did this entire beachhouse in 2 days and while we didn't get much sleep and couldn't believe we were still walking around at times, we persevered and made it by the deadline. I'm learning first hand how hard a project of this magnitude is. She spent about 3 days last week shopping for this project and had it all in her van and a rental truck that had to be driven down too. You should of seen us tooling down the highway, she in the Budget truck and me driving her van. It was a hoot! She amazes me how she can just take on a project like this, focus on it, get it done and then move on to the next one. I can learn a lot from this incredible designer. She doesn't even make lists, but rather goes in the stores, grabbing things that she has in her mind will work. She gets a plan going in her head of color schemes and then goes to town shopping for it all. She does overbuy on the accessories, pillows and linens at times and takes back whatever doesn't get used. It's amazing how much inventory she buys and keeps up with. Then, when the project is completely in place, she goes back and itemizes her inventory, room by room so that she can present an invoice to the client. Amazing what she has to keep up with to get to this point! Those HGTV shows are so deceptive in showing a room in 30 minutes. You can't imagine the sweat equity that goes into a project like this. I told Mary that this project should be featured in Coastal Living magazine. I would love to submit this and have someone look at it.

Now, all of that dialogue to say this: I CAN'T POST PICS!! Can you believe that? I'm so sorry, but Mary checked with the homeowners and while the wife was perfectly fine with having it posted on my blog, the husband said absolutely NOT. I'm not sure what he was afraid of. So, I can't do it. I had them all ready to go too, so you'll just have to imagine how pretty it was. It was done in the popular beach colors of aqua, blue, cream, chocolate, taupe, and some golds.

I do have another little project to share with you from my house. I know it's a let down not to see all these beach house pics, but hopefully you'll enjoy these a little bit!
You've probably all seen my little side chairs that were picked up separately at yardsales and fit quite well as accent chairs beside the livingroom console table.

I had a pretty needlepoint on one of them and just added some extra fabric to the other one when it was found last year. But, I decided they should both be out of the same fabric and remembered as I was looking through my fabric stash, that I could use the rest of a leopard print fabric that I picked up yardsaling several years ago.
I've added that fabric to pillows and lamps, so why not a chair or two? Got out the electric staple gun, my scissors and finished them in 1/2 an hour.
And I love the little update it makes with these two little lovelies. I've always adored a touch of leopard and this does the trick.
Try a little leopard love yourself.

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Sandi McBride said...

I am hearing the thrill of accomplishment in every work you wrote! I am laughing at the exhiliration you are's a natural high and I hope you stay up there all day! So much for retirement!

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

Love the leopard!
No pix! Oh no....I was waiting.....You sound so up & happy. How wonderful to be doing something you truly love!

bummer, no pictures

Hugs, DebraK

Anonymous said...

I can kind of understand where the husband is coming from - we're super-private too about our home!

Dana said...

How fun and what a great experience. To bad no pics but I am certainly trying to imagine the beauty. Yup I've got a vision! Your pictures are great I love the leopard print chairs.

I am a big leopard print lover. Did you notice the carpet in my basement bedroom? You'll have to stop by and check it out.

Many Blessings, Dana

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

I enjoyed reading your report of your decorating the beach home.

And the chairs look great! I have always loved the 'animal' print look.

OldBagNewTricks said...

And what fun!! And you sound delighted down to your toes!!! The chairs never looked better.


Joanna said...

I love leopard!! I do not have it anywhere YET! Because I am just now sorta growing into the whole decorating part of my life. I have always been able to throw things together but not with all the extras down to the prints. So, here I go! I also want to thank you for helping me out with the bathroom problem! Since the Nester posted her mistreatments for the shower curtain, I will now be able to do the whole thing!! I just gotta figure out how to get fabric that large without having to sew anything! : )

Glad you had such a great time and I bet that beach house looks amazing!!

Susie Harris said...

Nice ! You know I have yet to cover my little black chair. I may just have to go leopard! Susie h~

Jen r. said...

! love your leopard! I just did a leopard bench for my dining room...
I love how enthused you are! Jen R

joan said...

I love your leopard print. Would have loved to see the beach home but you gave a great description of it and I can just picture how beautiful is is in my mind. So happy you have found something you are passionate about.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

That's a bummer about the beach house pics -- especially since I could use the inspiration for my own! :-) And, oh my gosh -- I am spending more time on your blog this week than on my own. I'm loving it (and still laughing at the Sparkle Josh photo).

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Oh, I just adore your animal prints! The window treatments peeking from the back of the picture are beautiful too! ~Rhonda

JeanMac said...

A lovely spot to sit and chat.

Sorry, after all the work, no pictures.I don't post much of pics of people but wouldn't hesitate to post "things".Maybe he has heard nasty stories somewhere.

sandra/tx said...

That's too bad about the beach house photos. It sounds lovely. Thanks for a little eye candy in your leopard print redo, though. :-)

PAT said...

Love the leopard print on those lyre chairs!

I'm sorry it didn't work out for the photos.


Anonymous said...

I love the things that you do! You are talented and the leopard material on the chairs is great. I have the same chairs. I live in Bogotá, Colombia and look at your blog each day. How about telling us how you made the valance over your window in one of the pics showing your table and leopard chairs? I would love that as I am sure others would! ADS

Bonita said...

Once upon a time my mother-in-law did her whole bedroom in leopard. You would think that would look a little tacky, but in fact it turned out really well, so much so that I considered doing it myself. She's a spunky grandma so it fit her to a tee.

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

Sorry the paranoid homeowner guy would't let you post the pictures. Your build up to them was great...I was all aflutter to see it! lol

I like your leopard love. Just as I always think of Joan @ Joan's Journey's when I see something pink, I always think of you when I see leopard prints. (You've left an impression with me regarding your love of all things leopard. lol)


Melissa D said...

I have two cheetah-print chairs in my den, a nice choice since 2 large leopard club chairs would look too freaky. Love leopard, but it does look best in small doses as on your chairs (mine are club chairs, much larger).

My cheetah print is brown on tan, and I like the tone-on-tone look as long as it's not muddy. But I love the full-on black print as well!


Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Love the leopard touch :)



justabeachkat said...

The chairs look wonderful!

I'm so glad your time was fun and exciting. Plus, you're learning more and more. What fun!


sarah @ a beach Cottage said...

hi Rhoda, thanks for popping by my blog, I'm glad I've found you!!!! great inspiration, I'm about to grab a nice cold beer and have a blog surf, oooh lovely!!

I would have *loved* to have seen those pics, it sounds like hard work but fun too, I can only imagine how good it must be to walk into a shop and be able to buy all the things you think would look great with budget not too much of an issue....and spending two days working hard to get things turned around, wow that isn't long, I bet your were exhausted, I would have needed lots of nourishment to get me through.


Anonymous said...

I'm so disappointed that you could not post pics of the beach cottage, but knowing your taste and ability, I can imagine it was wonderfully amazing!

The leopard print really looks good on your chairs. A touch of animal print is so much fun!

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Trixi said...

Oh, yes, I would have loved to see the beach house but your beautiful chairs will do just fine. They look great!!

Mabry's gamma said...

I understand where the husband is coming from but it is too bad he wouldn't let you at least put in one or two pics for us gals that have been anticipating this makeover.

The chairs look great and don't sell yourself short on your decorating expertise...I LOVE the way you decorate and the things that you find.


Susie Harris said...

Good Morning Miss Rhoda! Susie H~

windycorner said...

Leopard is a neutral, in my book, and goes great with just about anything. Love the chairs.
I helped a friend do a house makeover a couple of years ago and you're absolutely right-no one believes the amount of work involved. But it's worth it in the end.

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The Berry Patch said...

I'm so glad your back Rhoda. The chairs look great.

Brandee :-)

Brown-Eyes said...

Way to go Ms. Cutie-Pie! I LOVE your design transformations...always seem to be thinking "outside the box"..
:-) Brown-Eyes

Susie Q said...

I can just tell how happy you are and rightly so. It truly is a natural high to accomplish something so wonderful!
I love the leopard chairs!


Nancy said...

Hi Rhoda, I love that leopard! I have touches of it in several rooms. Hope you have a great weekend. Nancy

Beth said...

I love your leopard chairs! Could you sometime give some detail about how you recover chairs like that? I need to do my kitchen chairs...I have a pretty good idea how it's done, but I'm just wondering about things like padding. Ours have been used daily for 14 years and the padding seems a little worn down. Do you know what I should be looking for to replace it?

I share everyone's disappointment about the cottage pics...oh well. I understand that it can be a vulnerable feeling to have your life up on the Internet.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

How much fun for you Rhoda! And yes, what a great experience! I've been doing several rooms like that (1-3 days of intense shopping and setting up) and I know how exhausting but exhilarating it is!

Would've loved to see the pics but I understand, not everyone wants their photos on the internet for ever more. Once they are up, they can pop up anywhere and everywhere.

Love the leopard!

Happy day,