Friday, September 9, 2011

Guest Post: Conspicuous Style!!!


Let's be honest, it's not exactly rare for me to be impressed by the blogging world...it is, however, rare for me to think that I am looking at pictures out of a magazine spread when it was in fact just a fellow blogger's *FABULOUS* home...Stacy from Conspicuous Style has an *insanely* gorgeous home...her bedroom with all the zebra??? You know I'm drooling over that one! (c: Let's see if you can keep *your* salivary glands under control:




Thank you so much Aubrey for inviting me to submit a room tour.  I am relatively new to the blogging world (five months), and have enjoyed every moment of it.  I was thrilled to find All Things Bright & Beautiful...yours is a wonderful blog and it is truly an honor it is to be here.

So, this is how the exterior of my house looked one spring.  It has never been as well manicured before or since.  I'm so glad I have this photo!


The kitchen is probably my favorite room in the house, although the only time I spend in there really is when I work at the desk in the back corner.  Oh, and at parties :)



The photo above shows the kitchen with Shaker Beige paint, but I recently did a molding project in there.  I put picture frame molding on all of the walls and then painted them Cloud White by Benjamin Moore.  Here are a couple of after photos, and you can see the tutorial here.



Off of the kitchen is the family room.  I swear I spent years getting this room where I wanted it to be.  It has definitely been the Achilles heel of this house, as it faces away from the sun and it awkward for t.v. viewing:



From the other side of the kitchen, you enter the living room.  People always ask if we ever use this room, and actually, we do.  Sometimes we even have dinner in here:



I recently papered the back of the shelves in seagrass, but haven't shown it on my blog yet, so here is the sneak peak:


The last room on the first floor is the dining room.  Here is what it has looked like for years:




I recently decided to update it, and I'm right in the middle of that now.  I can't show you a close up just yet, but here is a view from the kitchen showing its new black walls.  I hope you come see the finished room in a couple of weeks.  It's going to be all black and white with monogrammed lampshades, fabric trim on the chairs, and more (if I ever get to it).


Going upstairs, the first two rooms are my son's and daughter's. Here is my son's - I went a little crazy with the stripes (yes, they are going three different directions), but we like it:



My little girl's room used to look like this (sniff, sniff)....


I LOVED that room.  And it got more hits on-line than any room I've done, so I think others liked it, too.  But alas, she got some independence and decided she needed pink.  And lots of it.  I wasn't going to change the carpet or the furniture, so this is where we finally settled:




It is on my to-do list to paint over the green stripes.  I think I'll paint the whole room pale blue and maybe add more pink by painting the dresser hot pink.  The bed canopy (wrinkled in the photo, but cute in real life) is two $10 clearance curtains from Bed, Bath & Beyond's children's line.  They are hung with thumb tacks.  I kid you not.  I love cheap and easy projects like that.

Next is our bedroom.  I recently updated it...you can see the whole post about how I did it on a budget  here.  Here it is in it's current state:




When the kids were very small, we finished the basement.  As they got older and needed less toys and more space (i.e., on the sofa for playing video games :) I updated it to this:


The area to the right of the built-ins is a daybed, which has actually worked out really well for sleep-overs:


Lastly, because I absolutely adore table settings, I wanted to show you my favorite one of all the ones I've done.  It's totally out of season, but here it is:


Aubrey, I can't thank you enough for letting me share this today!

Stacy

I'm pretty sure that the pleasure was all mine...can you believe her amazing house??? I'm totally coming over for Christmas at her place, it looks *spectacular*.  If I could get my table to look *half* that glamorous, I would be one happy camper! And that gorgeous bedroom...so luxurious with just the right amount of sass, yeah, I'm talking to you, zebra rug!!! 

A huge thanks to my fabulous guests this week, you ladies rock the house! LITERALLY. (c:

And if you haven't gotten in on the GIVEAWAY from KOKOON, you are seriously missing out!!! Make sure you enter before Sunday at 5 pm!

33 comments:

Amanda Hill said...

Amazing! Super fabulous house tour! Really one of my favs...I will have to check out her blog!

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Thanks for the house tour. I love her work. She has commented on my blog and she seems like she is as sweet as she is talented.

Coley said...

She certainly does have a gorgeous home! I am a follower of hers and has great design advice :) Thanks for sharing!

Coley @
www.whatyoumakeit-coley.blogspot.com

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

Hi Aubrey,
Stacy has a gorgeous home and amazing style (as well as being a lovely and gracious lady). I agree that her home tour could easily be a magazine spread.
I'm new to your blog, and will definitely be exploring further!

Maury said...

I came over from Conspicuous Style. She has such a great blog. I've been hearing about yours all over blogland lately. I dont know what took me this long to visit, but I'm your newest follower!
afabulesshome.blogspot.com

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

I agree - AMAZING house!!!

natasha {schue love} said...

Wow...Stacy has an amazing house! Def. check it out in more detail!

The enchanted home said...

Stacy...you are RIDICULOUSLY TALENTED MY FRIEND!! Your whole home looks like one spectactular designer showhouse! Seriously fabulous...each and every room, the kitchen, living and dining room, your bedroom...all of it is just STUNNING!!!!!!!!

ps happy to have discovered a new blog too!

Stacy Curran said...

Aubrey! Thank you so much for having me, and especially for the kind intro...you are too sweet.
xo Stacy

elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

Wowza...Stacy's home is AMAZING!! I am definitely going to have to check her out. It looks like it came straight out of a magazine, and I'm definitely curious to check out the fabulous window pane molding tutorial...it may be just what I need for one of my next projects. Thanks for the intro. Aubrey!

Happy weekend.

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

What a gorgeous home! It is like flipping through a magazine!

Daydreamer said...

LOVE the black paint in the dining room and the whole house is just fab. Really lovely home tour!

Barbara@HausDesign said...

I am lucky enough to already know Stacy and her blog - I adore her! Stacy, I am LOVING the seagrass on the bookshelves! Glad I got a sneekpeek. :) What a beautiful tour, and your table setting got me excited for Christmas already - it's beautiful!

Cheryl E. said...

Another gorgeous room! You must stop having all these fab guest posters..its going to break my bank :)

Chassity (Look Linger Love) said...

Wowza, well done indeed.

CalypsoInTheCountry said...

I just love her house!

Melissa @ Rooms said...

AMAZING!

theLENNOXX said...

I ADORE both Stacy and her amazing home. I can't even tell which I love the most ;-) Great post!

xox Linda

Shelley said...

Seriously IN LOVE with her house! And, that bed room is such a jaw dropper :D I want to come over for Christmas too!!!

Haus and Home said...
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Haus and Home said...

Aubrey thanks for featuring Stacy! I feel like we got the full tour of her house...looks great!

classic • casual • home said...

Thanks so much for the lovely tour!!! I am so excited about your dining room updates...all in time for the holidays. Beautiful work!

Sundresses and Smiles said...

Stacy! I am swooning and so impressed! Your house reminds me of something out of a magazine! Heading over to check your blog out now!

Leontien said...

MY GOSH! that house is beautiful! VERY VERY American beautiful!

Thanks for sharing
Leontien

Hollie Ann said...

i love the baby blue rooms best! soooo creative!

{The Perfect Palette} said...

What an absolutely stunning home. The details, the design, the colors!! Ahhhhhhh, I'm in love!

xo, chrissy

Drew {Coral Cafe} said...

WOW!! You're right!! Insanely gorgeous!! Love the framed molding and the master bedroom is luscious!!

Alexa said...

Oh my gosh what an amazing transformation! Loved this tour!
xo
alexa
www.theshortandthesweetofit.com

Tamra {walkswithBella} said...

SWOON Over that bedroooooom.

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. I didn't think real-life people had homes this gorgeous!

Lindsey Regan Thorne @ be pretty said...

I'm just loving all of these tours your doing!!! This is just so swanky! Love!

nancy @ {COZAMIA} said...

This place is truely FAB as you've put it! It totally does look straight out of a magazine!

Caskey Crew said...

Awesome house, inside and out! My faves are the bedroom and kitchen, though I would take it all :) Thanks for the house tour!