PUTTING DOWN ROOTS

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

In all my years of blogging, this is the post I’ve wanted to write the most: we bought a house! We closed two weeks ago after a roller coaster ride of inspections and negotiations (followed by even more inspections and negotiations…) but I’m thrilled to finally be able to say that we’re putting down roots in Raleigh.

I’m a homebody without question and not having a sense of permanence or a place that felt truly our own left me feeling unmoored these past 2-3 years. Professionally, it was like the cobbler’s children who had no shoes.

Architecturally, our new home is exactly what we said we didn’t want (isn’t it funny how that happens?) more 1950s ranch than 1890s federal (hard to come by in a young city like Raleigh), but we love the neighborhood, the big backyard, and the room to grow if we choose.

Right now it has grasscloth wallpaper that has been painted over (from the first time grasscloth was cool), lacquered brass switch plates, registers, and door knobs (again, from the first time brass was cool) and an unidentifiable but distinct smell it will take me an arsenal of Diptyque to defeat, but the bones are good, the potential is endless, and most importantly it’s ours.

I’ll be sharing peeks here and there along the way and am accepting all ideas for witty Instagram hashtags. 😉

FRIDAY VIBES

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This week got away from me on the blog front, but the morning light and leftover photoshoot flowers (sneak a peek on Insta) inspired me to clean up the tennis ball fuzz from the rug (pulling off the fuzz is our golden retriever Brody’s favorite thing – weirdo, right?) and snap a pic.

I can’t remember if I’ve shared photos since I painted our walls lavender on a whim last year, but it’s cozied things up so much. The color is Benjamin Moore Lavender Mist in case you’re curious. I’ve found that the key to keeping pastels from being too Easter Egg-y is to off-set them with a healthy dose of saturated color and punctuate with gray or black to up the sophistication.

I’m too lazy to commit to a link round-up every week, but always love reading them on other blogs. I found a few great things this week that I wanted to share–just don’t hold me to it regularly 😉

Because we’re all addicted: 

Things That Will Happen If I Don’t Take My Phone Out Right Now

Instagram’s Growing Role in the Art Market

The case for investing in quality design:

Couldn’t agree more with Sally’s thoughts and cost/use perspective!

Love her, or hate her, she’s building an empire and it’s pretty fascinating:

Inside GOOP

 

Have a great weekend!

BITS & PIECES

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I spent the weekend doing some last minute zhushing around the apartment in preparation for an upcoming magazine shoot (!!).

I upped the ante on the tortoise shell addiction in the bedroom with the two shells above that I picked up several months ago at Lauren Liess’s fantastic studio in Great Falls, VA.

I’m loving the added pattern and texture they’re adding to an otherwise bland corner. To be honest, after living in our current apartment for just over 3 years, I’m really itching for change, so every detail I can switch up makes a difference.

Hope it’s cooler wherever you are than it is here in DC. We’re melting!

BEFORE & AFTER: MING COCKTAIL TABLES

A few months ago I picked up a pair of Ming cocktail tables for a steal. Never mind that we had zero need (or space) for them, I wasn’t about to let those quadrangular legged beauties pass me by.

So, into the back of my SUV they went, and I’ve been driving around like a modern day pioneer on the Oregon trail (forge the river!) ever since.

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Needless to say, when the opportunity to collaborate with Glidden® paint presented itself,  I had just the project in mind. Their simplified palette spared me hours of agonizing and I quickly picked up a quart of Glidden paint Peacock Blue in High Gloss finish. This iconic Miles Redd bedroom was my inspiration.

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Thankfully, I snapped a photo before I spilled it everywhere (oh, the perils of an early morning DIY!) but at least it was a beautiful mess.

The cocktail tables were great condition so this was as easy of a paint job as it gets. First, I wiped down the tables with a damp cloth to remove any residual dirt and grime. Next, I gave each a light sand with fine grit sandpaper to smooth away any imperfections and give the paint something to adhere to.

Another once over with a damp cloth and I was ready to paint! I used a cheapo bristle brush and was honestly shocked at how smooth the coverage was. After two coats, I let my foreman supervise the drying process while I spent a few hours by the pool.

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The tops were a little more scuffed than the base so I opted for three coats to really get that lacquered finish I was after and allowed for a full 24 hours of drying time.

A quick styling job and it was time for these leggy ladies to make their debut!

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After four years of living with a lucite coffee table, I’m loving the bold punch of color.

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Ta-dahhhh!

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In interior design, paint is as close to instant gratification as you can get and I’m so happy to finally have these cocktail tables somewhere that they’ll actually be used and appreciated. Thanks for making it happen Glidden paint!

Keeping it Real: This post was sponsored by Glidden paint through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Glidden paint, all opinions are my own.

THE EVOLUTION OF OUR STAIRWELL

It pains me to lead with such an ugly before picture, but I thought I’d share one more space you didn’t get a chance to see in the tour earlier this week: our stairwell. This space has undoubtedly been one of the most challenging to decorate because the walls are so high.

This is how the space looked when we first moved in. Cream walls and track lighting. It stayed that way for honestly about six months–art stacked and everything–while I tried to figure out what I wanted to do.

The Pursuit of Style | Stairwell Before

The game changer was finding this palm leaf chandelier in Key Largo. Don’t hate me, but I think I paid $100 for it at a kitschy roadside consignment store–best find ever! That was the solution to the horrible track lighting that had slowly been killing my soul.

We rent, and normally I would just grin and bear a landlord’s questionable lighting choices, but once I found this beauty the only thing going through my head was: “It’s better to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission.” How could I not switch out that track lighting??

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Once the chandelier was installed, my wheels started spinning. The walls were painted Benjamin Moore’s Seafoam Green, my vintage nautical charts were hung, and a gallery wall was created on the wall leading up the stairs. You can read more about that transformation here.

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The thing is, I never really loved it. The stairwell is open to our living room, which is white, and the contrast between the Seafoam Green and white walls wasn’t sitting well with me. Also, as much as I wish it weren’t true, my gallery wall skills will never rival a kate spade boutique. Lastly, the chandelier/vertical artwork combo doing nothing for the space except make the walls seem even higher.

A few weeks before I was scheduled to have a some photoshoots at the house, I rather impulsively decided to overhaul the entire space. The Seafoam Green walls were re-painted white to match the living room, the gallery wall came down, and I finally accepted my beloved nautical charts just weren’t meant to be in this apartment and put them in storage (aka the laundry room).

This is what I’m working with now… a grid of 12 French constellation charts.

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You can read more about my inspiration for the layout here, but basically I knew I needed something that would take up a little more horizontal real estate to balance out the crazy 13′ ceilings.

A close up of one of the constellation charts…

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Overall, I’m so much happier with the space! The clean lines feel a bit more sophisticated than the gallery wall we had previously, and the monochromatic artwork makes a visual impact but still flows well with the living room below. The one change I would like to make is adding some black, or hot pink shades to the chandelier so it doesn’t get quite as lost in all the white.

P.S I swear those photos are straight in real life, it’s just next to impossible to photograph!