Thursday, February 17, 2011

Inspiration Board


We had a small cocktail party last Saturday night for the people who helped us move.  People who had packed my kitchen, donated boxes, driven my children.


People who insisted, who did things even after I said, "Oh, no, absolutely not - we're fine!"  People who helped anyway.


"Are you settled?" ask friends I see out and about.  "It's done!" said a few who have dropped by.


It's not done, not by a long shot, but we're settled.  The Wii and PlayStation 3 are absolutely at home and one of the boys has already thrown up here, which is a sort of christening in my book.


My bulletin board is hung and I followed the advice of a reader who suggested a cheap one from a discount store trimmed in grosgrain ribbon.


It was bare for a bit, but is now collecting images and invites and memos.


And, honestly, it's terrifically fun.

Images, from top, Albert Hadley and Harry Heissmann, House Beautiful, 2010, photography by Christopher Baker;  Veranda.  I think.  I didn't write it down, like I've never done this before.  Forgive me, I'm a ding-dong; Pauline de Rothchild's bedroom featured in Elle Decor, October 2010;  Peter Dunham, House Beautiful, November 2010, photography by Victoria Pearson; Christine d'Ornano, Elle Decor, April 2010, photography by Simon Upton; Oliver M. Furth, via olivermfurth.com; Fabric, Hinson - Trixie Red/Black on Off White; paper, Scalamandre, Baldwin Bamboo, Cream and Red on Aqua.

18 comments:

Karena said...

Oooh I can see where you are heading Patricia, though you will probably surprise us all!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

pve design said...

We are planning a pain and suffering party for when the renovation is complete. I think hosting a party or being host to images on one's inspiration board keep things moving in a nice direction. Being inspired by others and being grateful are to be admired.
cheers to your getting settled and plugged in.
pve

The enchanted home said...

Well assuming you have just moved so congrats! I cannot wait to be doing the same! Its always fun and exciting to recreate a new home and make old things new again. I look forward to hearing more.
Pleaset stop by my blog, last day to be eligible for the gorgeous french chair giveaway!
www.theenchantedhome.blogspot.com

Amy Vermillion said...

I love an old fashioned bulletin board! It seems everything is so "electronic inspired" these days, it's nice to see and touch actual paper.

I also adore that wallcovering in the first photo!
Wonderful.

quintessence said...

Nice of you to reward all your helpers - but my guess is that they were happy to help because you had done something equally thoughtful for them!! So looking forward to seeing the development of the new place and loving your inspiration so far!!

Style Court said...

Can't wait to if Trixie is part of the plan.

Anonymous said...

It was a lovely party indeed! Your beautiful home looks like you've lived there for years - done and done well!

Ruby’s Upcycle Designs™ said...

Congratulations and I can't wait to see photos!!! Hope your son is feeling better! xoxo Beth

mary said...

Have a great time at the party--surrounded by love and friendship. Yes, throwing up in a home is definitely a good sign. Mary

Paper Heart Girl said...

Yes, an old fasioned bulletin board is a real must! Ours is covered in invites, take-out menues, old letters, postcards.. it's a mess, but beautiful! Your party sounds fun!! xxxxx

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Anonymous said...

Oh how I wish I had moved and could do it all over again. Ann

Deborah said...

What a beautiful home! I love the black and cream floor!

Dianne said...

I cannot wait to see the new "dream home". When will you share? Please, just a snippit!

ADG said...

"and one of the boys has already thrown up here"

Brilliant.

pretty pink tulips said...

You have to love the people that help even when you insist you don't need it. You can usually use the help.

Sounds like you're getting settled...or at least the boys are. :)

linda said...

Cannot wait to see "Dream House Part Deux", come together!
YES, can do those walls- remember how lovely your silver leafed pale blue sitting room turned out?
( maybe in a n ivory, gray, black grissale tonal colorway?)
-linda,ny

Anonymous said...

Glad you liked the bulletin board idea.

Carolyn said...

FYI- the Calder in the dining room is upside down. sorry, it is true. Perhaps you prefer it that way . . .