Laurel Street Blog

Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

You might’ve had to have been there. But I love this mashup.

I am getting close to the finish line on updating the main bathroom

My Saturday Christmas shopping was moved online as New Orleans was blanketed with rainstorms throughout the weekend. I had hoped to find a new, larger clock for the bath. I tried oversized round, but the tiny space wouldn’t accommodate anything wider than 18.” But this kid hopped in my browser at a good price from Target.com. Tall rather than round, I think it works!

Dodgy iPhone Photo but you get the idea. Tall rather than round. For $50 I'm very pleased.

A nice ornamental 'New Orleans-y' shape that looked well made online. The curves help balance out the stiff lines of the shelving...

I managed to sneak away during lunch yesterday and made my way to the ever-wonderful Perch.home. on Magazine Street. Valorie of Visual Vamp fame mentioned she had a few Venetian mirrors in stock and at a great price. I did admire this one:

A shapely Venetian mirror from Perch New Orleans - I mean, just beautiful.

However, I think we need a little more practical mirror surface area since we’ll be shaving in it each morning. Sigh. But I did manage to find this one from Wisteria – and on sale! It’s taller and wider, if not as shapely as the one from Perch.

This should fit over the flat builder mirror perfectly. I think the overall shape is pretty, and the rectangular shape will work better in the tall, tight space.

But I’ll have to contain my excitement until January since it turned out to be on back-order. That gives me plenty of time to figure out how to hang a mirror OVER a mirror. Maybe with a chain covered with ribbon? Hmmm.

Today, special congratulations to all of our shelter blog friends who made the UK’s Times Online “Top 50” design blogs for 2009. Oliveaux, Brooklyn Limestone, Coco & Kelley and Desire to Inspire. I was so tickled to see a few of my ‘Dutiful, Daily Reads’ selected for the honor.

And how about Megan at BeachBungalow8? She and the bungalow made the cover of the New York Times National Section today. Congratulations!

”]

Can I just say that this is a very good price for a handsome linen wingback headboard. It’s $449.00.

bed_sears

Land's End Furniture Collection

Soooo. I was just looking to order a replacement lawnmower blade, but I seemingly wandered into a vastly different online department and found this – at SEARS.com.

Who knew? It might could be a leeetle more plump but this is really a steal… and it’s got the whole linen Swedishy thing going for it.

Take a look at what can be done in a small San Francisco apartment with a small renovation budget (and obviously wonderful taste and some wonderful antiques!). Enjoy out the clever work of the talented designer, Grant K. Gibson. A coplete slideshow is here on NYTimes.com. Photographs are by Peter DaSilva for The New York Times

A custom built banquette makes a cosy dining area. If I'm not mistaken is that a burlap tablecloth from Ballard Designs?

A custom built banquette makes a cosy dining area. If I'm not mistaken is that a burlap tablecloth from Ballard Designs?

A tidy corner for a drinks tray.

A tidy corner for a drinks tray.

It helps to have great antiques - many of the prints were pulled from old books and put in inexpensive frames. My favorite trick...

It helps to have great antiques - many of the prints were pulled from old books and put in inexpensive frames. My favorite trick...

Classical lines even in a tiny powder room. The silver loving cup hides the T.P.

Classical lines even in a tiny powder room. The silver loving cup hides the T.P.

Creative upcycling of a $500 bed from PB Teen with a custom mohair headboard.

Creative upcycling of a $500 bed from PB Teen with a custom mohair headboard.

Greek Key trim boosts the linen curtains

Greek Key trim boosts the linen curtains

Yes you can! Check out Idea Paint. Fun for a play room OR a board room. Paint it over a door, a table top…. Heck, even a refrigerator.
I love to see a beautifully simple idea executed perfectly. It makes me cringe to think of the ugly,wasteful, bulky whiteboards I’ve bought for offices over the years. This is a far more sustainable solution. Bonus: It’s fun!

Idea Paint

Idea Paint

Idea Paint

Idea Paint

Idea Paint

Idea Paint

Idea Paint

Idea Paint

Idea Paint

Idea Paint

I love this town – I do. It’s a soul sister to little old New Orleans. I’ve learned the absolutely best way to enjoy wine country (go with a wine buyer!) and we managed our bi-annual wardrobe refresher with the help of some wonderful sales.

Now, I’ve found myself with one whole day to be at loose ends in San Francisco with all too many options. I need to get serious about exploring some new trails tomorrow!

The Vamp's Stunning Alabaster Lamp

The Vamp's Stunning Alabaster Lamp

I do not like to paint. There. I said it. I wish that I could do decorative techniques – like my blog buddy Mitchell of Optimism and White Paint fame or Valorie, the famed Visual Vamp whose ‘alabaster’ finish on  her bedside lamps had me convinced they were real. I just don’t have the touch. My one attempt at color washing a wall is to this day is ruefully remembered by Richard. It was a mess – I stopped at 3 square feet.

So, I mentioned in a previous post that I was suspicious of a painting ‘solution in a can’ but had great success with the Rustoleum Classic Leather kit when I painted my coffee & side tables. Consisting of a reddish brown spray paint, a dark brown can of glaze… all you do is spray, wipe on the glaze, then press crumpled up old grocery bags over the wet glaze and yank it off. Even I can do that.

I picked up these four inexpensive little fern prints from Louise’s Etsy.com store, MadoniaBotanicals the other day – $5.00 a piece. I loved the little fern prints, but I wasn’t at all fond of the dime-store gilt finish on the frames. So I pulled out the leather kit and gave them a new finish.

The canonical before shot:

The canonical before shot - the gold foil frames are washed out against the green fabric that pads the back of these bookshelves.

Dime Store Gilt Frames

Dime Store Gilt Frames

Rustoleum Classic Leather Kit

Rustoleum Classic Leather Kit

Red Base Coat

Red Base Coat

The glaze dries from a milky brown to a burled mahogany pattern, after the excess glaze is scrunched off by crumpled plastic grocery store bags.

The glaze dries from a milky brown to a burled mahogany pattern, after the excess glaze is scrunched off by crumpled plastic grocery store bags.

Ella is guarding the frames as they dry in the sun.

Ella is guarding the frames as they dry in the sun.

Presto. An Idiot-proof finish (and I can attest to that!)

Presto. An idiot-proof finish (I can attest to it!)

Wide shot - from a new camera I'm test driving. Happy Easter & Passover Everyone!

Wide shot - from a new camera I'm test driving. Happy Easter & Passover Everyone!


Laurel Street Blog

Nate and Louis

Well, hey there. I'm Nathan and this is the Laurel Street Blog. It's a place for talking about design, decor and DIY (with small amounts of snarkery snuck in). I'm a pretty restless guy who loves house projects and lives in a 150+ year old cottage on Laurel Street in New Orleans. Since the house always has something going on with it (or falling off of it) I'm subsequently blessed with a never-ending supply of Web content to share. Oh - and you can drop me a line anytime LaurelStreetNola@gmail.com. Enjoy!

Can I get a tweet up in here? Follow along @LaurelStreet

The Laurel Street Cottage

May 2017
M T W T F S S
« Feb    
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031