2011-04-17

Wall of Perfection

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Sweater? Vintage, handknit Perry Ellis, from Out of the Past Jeans? Gap Shoes? Ralph Lauren, DSW Pony hair clutch? Thrifted

We took pictures inside because there was hail storm outside. That is why I asked Matt to hang the wallpaper as soon as we picked it up two weeks ago, you know, in case of hailstorms. I love how the wallpaper turned out, it comes across a little optically challenging in the pictures but it was actually just what the room needed. We've been in the new house for about 5 months now and we are slowly making it ours. When we were viewing the house, the previous owners had a life sized Merlin figure where the chair is now. Merlin was holding a glowing blue ball. Go ahead and take a moment to make a blue ball joke; I will abstain, my mother reads this blog.

I had been using red as an accent colour in the living room until this little girl from our church called and asked us to buy some flowers for a class trip fundraiser. I don't usually have house plants but she was sweet and that is how we ended up with two huge pink hydrangeas. The pink flowers look so pretty on the mantle that suddenly I find myself start thinking that maybe pink would be a good spring/summer accent colour and I can save red for fall/winter. That's a nice thought but the reality is that I have problems keeping the house in any kind of order, let alone keeping the house on a seasonal decorating schedule.

These pictures are a perfect example of the secret lives of bloggers. Outside of the 3 foot radius past this wall, our house is a mess. Spring is the busiest work season for both Matt and I and I always seem to forget how physically exhausted I get after a day of landscaping. Combine the exhaustion (and the lure of the world wide web) with the inevitable dirt that gets dragged in the house after I come home from work, and we have ourselves an unkempt homestead. And just because I am being so real with you that it is unreal, I will also admit that sometimes Matt and I fight. But other than that, we live a perfect life. Real perfect.

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39 comments :

Nadine said...

3 feet from any photo, anywhere, is a mess. I did notice that you had matched your outfit to your wall, even down to the pink clutch. Physically demanding jobs are such a drag sometimes - my latest party trick is falling asleep on the couch while visitors are here, or while I'm out visiting. I can't be classy when I'm tired! Thing is, I LOVE my job.

J'Anns Boutique said...

I feel the same way! lol

My house is actually spotless right now because the purse guy is not here and i've been so busy with my store that I haven't had time to make a mess. This week that all changes when the purse guy returns haha.

Love your outfit!

A Girl's Next Best Friend

Keira L. said...

I LOVE this wallpaper!! Great pick! And frankly, it doesn't matter what lies beyond these six or so square feet, because this little space is fabulous enough to carry the rest of the house for a while ;-)

God's Favorite Shoes! said...

Two loves in this post...the sequin sweater and the wall.

I love them with all thine heart! On a random note...what the heck is going in up there in Canada? We are wearing flip flops and bikinis in Texas!

Don't you miss us...as in Texans...but really I meant me. Don't you miss me??

Bethany said...

Here is a secret I've often wondered about - how do bloggers always have perfect nails!? :) Yours look very nice, and I know with landscaping it must be tough to keep up with that all the time!

I absolutely adore the wallpaper!

briannelee said...

The wallpaper looks great!!! Love the pink clutch too :)

CC said...

I love the wallpaper, not normally a fan, but this is very sophisticated and modern looking. I am also loving how you match your decor. Lovely.

Elaine said...

THIS is perfect.

P.S. Chase and I never fight.

amanda said...

if you'd just drape yourself over the furniture then no one would even NOTICE that the place was a mess. seriously. it's true.

myedit said...

Bethany-haha... not perfect nails at all... these pics were taken today so they had a chance to recuperate after the week's work. I am actually starting to wear gloves too because they usually get so bad...

CessOviedo said...

That wallpaper is amazing, makes a great setting! Love the top is just so detailed and pretty!

Cess O. <3
The Outfit Diaries

Santina said...

I have a serious crush on this sweater! I feel like I'd want to shimmy constantly if I wore it. Love the pop of pink with the clutch!

Jo said...

I love the pink clutch! It looks beautiful, and so soft too!

x
www.lostinthehaze.om

Caro said...

Your living room is lovely, and thanks for getting real. :) My bf and I fight sometimes too!

Terri said...

I love the new wallpaper and the hydrangea...and my housekeeping like yours is not being done as I type.

The Tights that Bind said...

I love this outfit! The sequins are so amazing, and the way you paired the top with black jeans and shoes is perfect. You have a lot of sequins, but I think this piece is my favorite too.

archives said...

i am swooning over that wall paper! very arts and crafts/ william morris! and that TOP! what?! love it.

Eleanor said...

You are a genius to have found that wallpaper and utilized it in a very unwallpapering day and age.
And that sweater?
Good Lord, those thrift stores in Canada are brimming with treasures!

Michelle's Style File said...

Gorgeous outfit! Love the top : )

x
Michelle
www.michellesstylefile.blogspot.com

Linda said...

I have a message for you; Big bird called, he wants his shirt back. HA! Seriously you look both sparkly and feathery, I don't know if I should put on sunglasses or pet you....it's THAT confusing for my centipede brain.I like your newish hair-did....good colour!

Kinsey said...

That lipstick color is amazing on you!

kelsey said...

Where did you go in this pretty outfit?!! Love the house, btw!

Melanie said...

Nice camouflage! That is a very cool shirt.

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Leah said...

Love that wall paper, you've decorated perfectly from what I can see. Who cares if the rest of the house is a mess! :)

xo L.

Emily said...

LOVE the outfit. Way too cute.
x

FutureLint said...

That sweater is INSANELY cool and I love the wallpaper!

Natalya's Closet said...

Very pretty wallpaper! And I love your outfit! XOXO, www.NatalyasCloset.com

Anja said...

That is some awesome wallpaper! You really match :) The pink accents look really great. You should definitely stick with it for Spring!!

Kendi Lea said...

I want to shake Perry Ellis's hand for that sweater, that I'm sure he hand-knitted himself. Herself? Now that I think about it I don't know if Perry is a boy or girl.

What are you talking about secret lives of bloggers? I don't have a secret life -- I always look put together, I never curse and my marriage is perfect too. So I don't know what you're talking about...

Catherine said...

Great wallpaper! It really compliments your floors. My place was such a mess after a recent trip and hectic work week, I was afraid it was starting to look like an episode of hoarders:0 So I did the timer cleanup method last weekend. I set my phone alarm for 15 minutes and only allowed myself that amount of time to clean up each room. It was kind of a fun game racing to see how much I could get done. I also grounded myself from any fun until the bathroom was clean....but self grounding is a whole 'nother story!

jamie-lee said...

Love the photos, your living room looks great! And OMG girl I am in lust with that gorgeous sweater x

Ruby Girl said...

this sweater is stunning! so funky cool. love. it. <3 EverRubyGirl.blogspot.com

Shoe said...

Your house looks amazing... it looks like you could do some great photoshoots there. And the sweater is just to die for!

andrea k (blonde bedhead) said...

Daaaamn girl, you look SO stunning! I'm loving that vintage sweater, well everything, but especially the sweater and clutch!! These photos are so pretty too, I just love your new wallpaper. Great choice!

Lauren @The Little Things We Do.... said...

i love your wall paper! it turned out so pretty. i wish my husband would go for wallpaper, but i really (REALLY) doubt he could be convinced. sad. i'll just have to live vicariously through you :).

GIRL AND CLOSET said...

Yay! The wall is SO stunning and so is your amazing sequin sweater -WOW! You have such amazing pieces in your wardrobe. Heavenly!! xx veronika

Erin said...

The Secret Lives of Bloggers. Now that's a reality show I would watch!

Daniella said...

Super Cute Sweater

Srta Saad said...

i loved it!!!!