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Lovely Lamps

My client (aka my mother) asked me to find the perfect lamps for her new construction beach house I have been working on. Check out these pretty options I found, which were adored and purchased right away. I can’t wait to see how they look in the finished space.

Wisteria Baluster Outline Lamp can be found here.

 

I love how these give the illusion of a full lamp yet use the negative space, as they are really just the outlined shape. What is your favorite lamp shape lately?

-Susan

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Latest Lonny – at a computer near you!

Happy Tuesday everyone! Just a quick post today to let you know that the latest Lonny Mag is out at www.lonnymag.com. I’ve only had a chance to really quickly flip through it, but a couple of images have already jumped out at me. Be sure to check it out today! I’ll come back later this week with my favorites. It looks beautiful as usual!

HORSE HEAD! Yes!!!!

Love the peacock blue, those hits of chartruse green, and that amazing gallery wall. Beautiful!

*all images via LonnyMag

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REMINDER! Design Sponge in Portland TODAY!

Hooray! The day has finally arrived! Design Sponge will be in the P-D-X and I will be there too! You may remember that I blogged about Design Sponge coming to Alder & Co in Portland, here. The event starts tonight at 5pm and goes until 8. Make sure to bring some art supplies as a donation to p:ear, they need water-based paints, brushes, craft supplies, crochet and knitting supplies, glues, glitters, markers, papers, sewing supplies, and scissors. I’m hoping to make friends with some fellow Ptown bloggers and meet the fantastic folks behind Design Sponge. I love meeting people with a similar passion to me! Unfortunately, PDX will only be meeting one of the Two Lovely Spaces bloggers. Susan is off having fun in the sun on her summer vacation boo and yay for her!

Here are some inspiring images from Design Sponge’s coverage of Lauren Stern’s apartment in Brooklyn.

Hello amazing wallpaper and chandy! What a great greeting to a home.

Lauren Stern's apartment on D*S

I love me some black grout with white subway tile. You can even see it in my kitchen here. Not only does it make the white pop, give it an aged look, but it sure makes things easier to clean!

Lauren Stern's bathroom on D*S

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Pouring one out for our old homie…And other good news

I’m about the celebrate the 2 year anniversary of buying our house and starting the renovation process, which is now slowly transitioning to more of a decoration process (much more fun!). Over the past several months the boyfriend and I saved up for a coveted new possession, a new couch, our first big purchase together! First let’s take a look at what we were working with before….. Not terrible, but certainly nothing to write home about. Well she’s gone to a new happy home with our lucky CraigsList purchaser.

She served us well...clearly....

After much debate about what would work best for our style and our lifestyle, we settled on buying a leather couch. Ever since we started dating, we had walked past Restoration Hardware in my old Portland neighborhood and stared at their beautiful leather couches, which we dubbed “Big Leather.” With this vision in our minds, it was tough finding something that would fit the bill, but wouldn’t cost the $4945 they were asking. Highway robbery, I say! Are there gold fittings in those couches? Are they studded with diamonds? I don’t think so! Here’s a picture of the Restoration Hardware “Maxwell” sofa, so you can take a look at the glory.

Maxwell Grand Sofa

Restoration Hardware Maxwell sofa, our "original" Big Leather

After we looked at basically every furniture store in town trying to replace Big Leather in our hearts and coming up dry, we finally stopped in at a furniture place in our neighborhood, Sellwood Furniture, that came highly recommended by friends, including the lovely Susan. Why we had waited so long, who knows, but of course they had something to offer! Sellwood Furniture is similar to Custom Sofa Design, that has recently been discussed on blogs like Little Green Notebook and Elements of Style, in that they work directly with the manufacturer to produce the furniture and operate with little in house stock, therefore they have low carrying costs and can give the furniture to you for much lower prices. It’s fantastic! The main drawback is the long wait, since they are all custom ordered, but that is well worth it since the prices are around half as expensive for the same items sold at other furniture stores. We would definitely use them again because BEHOLD our very own BIG LEATHER in all her glory! Pretty much exactly the same as the Restoration Hardware option, right? The leather is fantastic and it was worth every (more than half off the original) penny.

Big Leather

Please ignore the rest of the living room/dining room styling. We’re not quite there with all the other bits of decor, but we’re here discussing a work in progress right? I’ll be back to update you on other progress we make putting the finishing touches on the rest of the living room and dining room, which is the heart of our home. So, what do you guys think? What are you looking for in your next big purchase? Have you used Sellwood Furniture before?

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Back in Action!

After a LONG hiatus, we’re back in action here on the blog! There’s no excuse for the delay, but an explanation is needed. Sus and I have both been very busy, with a house move (and more decorating!), as well as a garage apartment renovation. We’ll be sharing more about both with you, so you can look forward to that, now that we’re back. To tempt your fancy, here are a couple before and after pictures of my garage apartment renovation to get you excited.

This is the upstairs part of the garage that was in the realtor’s photos prior to us buying the house. Yes, we saw this, and actually bought the house. Terrifying, isn’t it? Yes, those are deer antlers hanging from the ceiling, as well as a load of trash on the ground.

The outside of our lovely building. Also, terrifying and clearly not fit for someone to live in. Basically about to fall down.

Aaannnndddd…. drum roll please — the close to finished apartment now! Fit for a King!

Ok – maybe not quite a King, but a nice normal tenant. This is the same wall that the antlers used to be hanging from. Can you believe it? 

Here’s the outside of the garage. Not quite as nice yet, since we really need a paint job on the whole joint, but more to come on that later.

Anyhoo – we promise to be better bloggers. I’ll share more about garage renovation and the upcoming backyard spruce up, and Sus will share more about her move to a new house (yay!) and the ensuing decoration frenzy.

We’ll keep in touch!

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Heeelllloooo Blog world!

I’m Lyn, Susan’s here with me too. We can’t believe that we’ve FINALLY started our own blog. We’ve talked and talked about it and we have so many ideas to share with all of you (even though no one’s listening right now). Both of us are cubicly bound through the work week, but we’ve got to get our kicks in somewhere, so we decided to channel our decorating/entertaining/creative energy here to this blog. We’ve both spent the past year renovating and decorating our first homes, as well as learning a little bit about how to be new housegals to two fabulous gents. We don’t know everything, but we hope we can share some of the helpful hints we’ve learned along the way. We’ve got plenty more decorating and a few more renovation projects to go, so stay tuned for all the fun we’ve got planned!

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