Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Getting out of my comfort zone

Good Morning Loves!  Did you have a wonderful weekend?  We were busy around here preparing to depart for Colorado for Christmas vacation.  I cannot wait to see my sister and my nieces and nephews.  Oh and my brother-in-law too, of course, but he is chopped liver compared to my sissy.  :)

I've been busy trying to tie up some loose ends before we leave and one thing included was an e-design for a client I want to share with you.  My client, JG, has an amazingly gorgeous home with huge windows that showcase a stunning view.  Her living room was previously done in deep red, camel, brown & gold and she was ready for a change.  Her home has an open floor plan, and it is painted Sherwin Williams Safari, which we were not able to change.  Depending on the light, Safari can go from gold to green to khaki. 

Sherwin Williams Safari

Also on the keep list was her living room furniture and red oriental rug.  She has small children and hopes to get a few more years out of the current sofa and tables while accidents are still common occurrences. 

Do you notice a trend so far?  Yep, brown.  Brown walls, brown floors and brown furniture.  Brown is so NOT my signature color. 

I wanted to bring in some cool elements to contrast with the warm tones.  What better way to do that than with the ever-gorgeous Nympheus from GP & J Baker for Lee Jofa

Since her windows are so tall (175"!), we chose to add a blue banding to the bottom of the panels, adding another cool element to the space. I partnered the Nympheus with another favorite Les Touches.

Want to see how it all came together? 


This was definitely a job that pushed me to extend my comfort zone a bit since I am not a huge fan of the brown family.  But the end result is excellent!  I hope to share after pictures with you soon.
Have a great day.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tipsy eBaying

I am a tipsy eBay shopper.  Yes, you read that correctly.  When I’m tipsy (we will say "tipsy" and not "drunk" because I am a Southern lady and Southern ladies don't get "drunk"), all my sense goes straight out the window and I shop like I’m a big dog.  Reality departs, along with my budget.  One of my most recent acquisitions is 16 rolls of Nina Campbell Paradiso wallpaper. 

Nina Campbell Paradiso

While I absolutely adore this wallpaper (it is UNBELIEVABLE IN PERSON!), I have nowhere to put it.  Except maybe my closet.  Which I’ve honestly considered.  Hoarder much?
When I showed the wallpaper to a client I am designing a bedroom for, she too fell in love with it.  Selling her husband on wallpapering is difficult enough.  But wallpapering the room in bold peacocks with colorful plumes?  Tough job, I must say.  But I have faith that my client is up to the task.
To give her extra ammunition, and possibly help him “visualize” it in the space, I’ve created design boards to share with him. 

Project Paradiso 1

Their bedroom is large and features a gorgeous bed by Drexel Heritage called the Bed of Ribbons.  It is seriously gorgeous.


Drexel Heritage Bed of Ribbons

We are removing the carpet from the bedroom and are considering white oak in a herringbone pattern.


There is also a sitting area in the room, which I’ve also added to the design. 

Project Paradiso Window
I’ve shared these boards with her and she immediately fell in love.  I will be sure to keep you posted on progress with the room…and the convincing of the husband.
Do you tipsy eBay shop too?  pleasesayyespleasesayyes


Monday, December 2, 2013


Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches...Is available in wallpaper form.  Did you know?  I stumbled upon it while ordering fabric for a client.  And boy, oh boy, is it good!  I immediately ordered a sample in each color and it does not disappoint.

Want to take a look?  Of course you do, silly me.

Les Touches Black

Les Touches Blue

Les Touches Bordeaux

Les Touches Brown

Les Touches Green

Les Touches Pink

Les Touches Red

Les Touches Tan

Les Touches Aqua

Imagine the possibilities with this.  #gamechanger

It is priced by the single 6-yard roll but sold by the double 12-yard roll.  Each roll covers 36 square feet or 3.34 square meters.  Each roll is 24" wide.  Vertical repeat is 27" and the horizontal repeat is 24".

And, of course, it is available to you from House of Pemberley.  Speaking of, the site will be getting a re-design soon so please be patient.

If you are interested in purchasing, please visit the website or contact me via email kimber@houseofpemberley.com.

Have a great day!


Saturday, November 30, 2013

After all, I've been a very good girl...

Good Morning Y'all.  I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving!  It was wonderful to have a few days off and enjoy time with the kids.  Of course, the food was amazing too.  We won't talk about the football.  #stillbitter

Tis the season for Gift Guides.  Everyone does it, and this year I figured I would too.  Today I'm sharing my Christmas Lust list.  But before we get to it, let's keep it real, m'kay?  My real Christmas list was more like socks, flannel pajamas, etc.  This list is all about the things I lust for.  Wanna see?

1.  Pagoda Dining Chairs.  What can I say?  A pagoda gets me every time. 

2.  Hermes Avalon Blanket.  Yes, I know they are kind of a snobby thing and $1300 is a lot of money for a blanket that would quickly be covered in dog hair.  But Lust List, remember?

3.  Bevolo Governor Gas Lanterns.  I'd like a pair.  Please and Thank You.

4.  Brass Cantilever Chairs.  Because a girl can never have too much Brass.  Or too many chairs.

5.  Louis Vuitton Neverfull.  Chic.  Iconic.  Perfection.

6.  Diamond Stud Earrings.  My favorite earrings to wear.  Ever.  Period.  And I have none.  *very sad first world problem*

7.  Hermes Clic H Bracelet.  In black, of course.  Black and gold.  I'd never take that baby off.

8.  iPad.  Because I'm tired of having to borrow my teenage daughter's laptop to get online.  Like Duh.


As the ever-wise Kit DeLuca once said, "You gotta have a goal.  Do you have a goal?"  I guess this list shall be mine.  Hope you're having a good one.

xoxo K

Friday, November 22, 2013

I am SO honored!

I don't even know what to say.  I am absolutely speechless, which we all know is RARE.  House Beautiful has run a #ColorAtHome campaign on Instagram where they asked people to share how they decorate with color in their homes.  They selected their favorite five and posted them on their websiteAND THEY CHOSE ME

Go and check it out.  Also, be sure to follow me and House Beautiful on Instagram @houseofpemberley and @housebeautiful . 

Have a GREAT weekend.

xoxo k

Monday, November 18, 2013

This blog is going to the toilet

No, really, we are going to discuss toilets today.  Really scraping the bottom of the barrel here, right?  

A few weeks ago I noticed that the lid to my toilet/potty/whatever was loose, then became looser, and eventually broke completely.  I lived with it for a long while and finally decided to fix it.  And what a great time to upgrade, right?  I’ve always loved the look of black seats, so that is what I went with.   

The whole point of this is to tell you that it is EASY PEASY to change out a toilet seat, so there is no reason to wait for a husband/significant other/dad to do it for you.  Because, let's be honest, they never get it.  If you want something new, Get it, Girl!  Unless it is the acrylic toilet seat I saw at Lowe’s that had money embedded in it.  WTF, why???

Begin by removing the existing seat.  Wait, back up.  Begin by cleaning the heck out of the toilet.  Then move on to removing the seat. 

Lift up the back caps that attach the seat to the bowl.  When you open them you will see there is a plastic bolt.  Reach under the bowl where the screw is and you will feel a nut.  Hold the nut and unscrew the bolt.  Do this on the other side and remove the seat.  Now you’ll want to clean all the stuff you missed.  #gross


Open your new seat and hardware that is included with it.  You will have two rubber flat pieces, two bolts and two nuts. 


The rubber flat pieces go on the bottom of the piece that attaches to the bowl.  This keeps it from moving around.  Put them in each side with the flat side facing out. 


Lift the top of the tabs at the back of the seat. 
Remove the nut from the plastic bolt. 

Make sure that the holes in the tab and the holes in the bowl line up.  Also, make sure that the front of the seat is flush with the front of the bowl.

Place the bolt through the hole on each side.  Check alignment again.

Reach to the underside and attach the nut.  Hand tighten until it will no longer turn and then use a screwdriver to finish. 


Close the tabs, sit back and enjoy. 


Now, I just need to find an awesome brass flusher handle (technical term).

xoxo k

Monday, November 11, 2013

ORC source list

Good Morning, y’all.  Thank you so much for all the kind words and compliments on my bedroom design for the One Room Challenge.  It was definitely a lot of work, but the end result is priceless!  Speaking of priceless, did you check out the other linking participants?  They are sure to not disappoint!

I have had a few requests for sources in the space, so I thought I’d take the time to provide them today.

·         Faux Bamboo King Bed : vintage from eBay seller kenedita / Paint Martha Stewart Precious Metals Paint in Tiger’s Eye for The Home Depot

·         Curtain Fabric:  Swaying Palms in Aloe by Tommy Bahama Outdoor / Fabricated by House ofPemberley

·         Bamboo Blinds:  The Home Depot

·         Tall Mirror:  Kirkland’s

·         Bamboo Chiavari Chairs:  Vintage etsy find / fabric Perennials outdoor velvet City Kitty

·         Dorothy Draper Espana Chest:  Vintage / Paint Custom Color

·         X-Stools:  Vintage Drexel / Paint Rustoleum Almond / Fabric Scalamandre Leopardo available from House of Pemberley

·         Zebra:  Vintage etsy find

·         Alabaster Tulip Lamp:  Vintage eBay find

·         Table Skirt:  Scalamandre China Rose in Pink & Orange on Green available from House of Pemberley

·         Bust:  Vintage find

·         Wall Panels:  Vintage Silver-leaf Gracie from Gypsy Soul Interiors

·         Faux Bamboo Dresser:  House of Pemberley

·         Blanc de Chine Lamps:  Vintage finds

·         Flamingos:  Vintage find

·         Duvet Cover:  Target

·         Coverlet:  Peacock Alley

·         Silk Bedskirt & Euro Shams:  House of Pemberley / Coral silk from Pure_Silks on eBay

·         Monogrammed Shams:  Michele of calicodaisy on etsy / fabricated by House of Pemberley

·         Paint color:  Parchment Paper by Behr at The Home Depot

Whew!  If there is anything that I missed or something you’d like more information about, please do not hesitate to let me know.  

Have I mentioned I am a vintage girl?  I often find myself turning away from items in big box stores, preferring vintage goodies.  Do you?

xoxo K

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

One Room Challenge - Week Six

Hello and welcome to Week Six of the One Room Challenge.  You know what that means?  Today is reveal day!  If you're new here, the One Room Challenge is the baby of Linda from Calling it Home.  She gives 20 bloggers six weeks to completely makeover a room in their homes.  You should definitely check out the amazing transformations from the ORC. This year, Linda decided to hold a linking party for those of us that want to play along.  To catch up on my room, you can read about week one, week two, week three, week four and week five.

I am so excited and not a little nervous to share with you my new master bedroom.

Do you like it?  I certainly hope so!  In all honesty, I have been hinting at a huge DIY for the space that did not get completed due to shipping errors (three (!?!) times).  As soon as it is done I will be sure to show you updated shots.

The ORC was a wonderful experience and I hope to participate again.  Thank you so much to Linda for hosting and rallying each week.  Thank you to Jennifer from The Pink Pagoda for the awesome ORC button.  And mostly, thank you to each of you for coming each week to check in.  Be sure to go and visit the other linking bloggers.  You won't be disappointed!

If you are interested in sources, leave me a comment and I'll be sure to post them soon.