I'm celebrating Thanksgiving with my wonderful husband and family. I am thankful for so many good things in my life that are gifts from God - especially this past year and least of not which, YOU my faithful and supportive readers. I wish you all a wonderful and meaningful Thanksgiving with those you love celebrating all of the blessings in your life.
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I had the privilege to be in London last week with my husband and we enjoyed our time immensely!
It's been a while since I was last there and so I was eager to see if my former haunts looked the same.
One of the highlights of my short stay was hitting up The Conran Shop. The windows alone were destination worthy and the shop's contents certainly didn't disappoint either. The popular British use of the word "BRILLIANT" is what came to my mind.
This place is a hotspot for fans of British design and funky, offbeat wares that don't follow a generic path or lull you into visual doldrums. Founded by Sir Terence Conran, a British design maven and entrepreneur who has weathered decades of trends and founded his own design dynasty, this shop is housed in the historic Michelin House in Chelsea that first opened in 1911 and includes a fabulous restaurant, Bibendum.
Eye candy is another term that comes to mind.....color and cool little accessories and items to give your home and office personality.
Their Christmas and Holiday theme is all about bright neon colors this season and is a refreshing departure from humdrum same-ness.
I was drooling in the kitchen department.....
Loved these mini kids' Kartell Ghost Chairs
A dream bed for a kid....I would've been all over this.....your own cozy little fort to sleep in.
I would snap one of these up in about 2 seconds.....
Comfort and good design are NOT mutually exclusive by any means.
I was captivated by these funky color lighted cacti and wished they had mini versions for sale
I know these colors are not for everyone, but they were right up my alley. I love how the British manage to marry tradition with updated chic style without making it seem contrived. Makes the British part of me glad to come from these folks.
Ta-ta for now and have a great weekend!
More to follow soon when I can manage to get some time away from my huge project (with deadline looming!) and all the Holiday busyness I am working on.
I spotted this on Pinterest (where else?) and thought it was such an interesting idea.
I guess it could be done with papier-mache and or trompe l'oeil so that no trees would be harmed? Or if you happen to have some great birch stumps lying around your place, feel free to pass them on to a girl in Florida who is in far too hot a climate to grow birches.
BTW, a huge thank you to all of our Veterans today for their service!
I am off in London for the weekend with my Dear Husband.
Who knew being married could be so sublime? We have very limited time, not enough to see all of my London friends (sadly!) but hoping to hit up a few highlights and absorb some of that delightful English vibe and culture. I may be updating via Instagram so if you'd like, you can follow me here
My friend and fellow blogger/designer Valorie Hart has just had her first book published!
It's a beautiful volume featuring unique homes in Louisiana with Valorie's inimitable viewpoint and insights resulting from her years of design experience and style savvy. Valorie has been a sweetheart and so supportive of me since we were both green bloggers years ago and the design blogging community was so much smaller. Thanks so much, Valorie for featuring some of my work and adding me in your art sources! I am honored. Please check out her book - "House Proud". It's available on Amazon here
If you're in New Orleans, stop by Modern Market on Magazine St. for a book signing tonight
You can meet the ebullient and charming Valorie for yourself!
I have emerged from my work cave to bring you an update. I am sure you haven't exactly been on tenterhooks, waking up wondering when I am going to post again, but I do feel remiss for having neglected posting lately to get other things done. I just love this room and it's relaxed cottage style. Those lampshades are calling out to me as I attempt my own lampshade customization project. That is just one in a long line of projects I am trying to pull together to inject our new place with some life, color and personality. I am attempting to convert our new home from the most generic, pablum, blah, lack of personality/color interior that you could possibly imagine to something eclectic, interesting, comfortable and unique. I will post some before/after photos in the near future. IN the meantime, I will be posting sporadically and send you all my best. Thanks for reading and have a terrific day!
I know that I have been terrible about blogging lately, but sometimes there are things that are pressing and you have to just stick to priorities and let the rest go without stressing too much. It's been another very busy week, but I am feeling better because I am checking some major tasks off my list and just met a big commission deadline. Time to take a little time off this weekend to spend celebrating my husband's birthday and catching up on a little rest. I love this photo because it conveys a homey kind of warmth and looks like a niche somewhere in a cozy London breakfast room.
Thanks to all of you fine friends who continue to read Annechovie, in spite of irregularities.
This photo I found on Pinterest of a nook looks like a cozy spot for a little respite, something I am needing right now!
I apologize for being so MIA right now. We are still getting settled after moving and I am setting up my new studio while trying to keep up with my work, orders and a big new project in the works. Things may be a little thin here on the blog for a bit, but thanks so much for your support and patience!
I am drowning in a pile of to-do's but enjoying every minute of it! Today marks my 41st birthday, and I have a lot on my plate, let me tell you.
This is one project I am attempting to undertake. Transforming a notty pine, non-descript piece into a "Campaign" chest. I found it on IKEA hackers, courtesy of Pinterest (where else?) I bought 3 of these Rast chests. My sweet husband looked a little skeptical when he asked why I wanted them and what my plan was. Being the great guy that he is, he only said "I trust you" when I grinned and attempted an explanation. I will let you know what color I paint them and how they turn out.
I am happy to say that I am still alive and survived the move this weekend.
How was your weekend?
If any of you shrewd and sharp-eyed shoppers with style know where a similar salt and pepper mill can be found, please let me know. I'd be eternally grateful as I love these and have not been able to locate any in the US anywhere.
I love this room from the Don Alfonso Hotel in Capri, Italy.
The colors are soothing and it looks like a great place for a respite. Good thing I am not superstitious, as I am closing and moving on Friday the 13th. Maybe when the madness of moving, work and life subsides a bit my husband and I can schedule in a get-away to such a place. Ahhhhh.
I hope that you have a great weekend. I may or may not resurface on Monday depending on how I survive the move.....ta-ta for now, Kiddos.
Is anyone besides me sick of the term "selfie" and the whole concept behind it? T-I-R-E-D.
"Unexpected" Cheddar from Trader Joe's. I don't know which is better, the name or the cheese.
The best cheese I've ever had....ever. I am ashamed to say that I could easily consume an entire brick in one sitting if it weren't bad for me and totally and disgustingly gluttonous.
Tigerlily flat weave rug from Dash and Albert. Love Dash and Albert rugs.
That's about it, folks. My week is crazy because I am working on some illustrations for a client's book project as well as a million other things, including trying to close on the new digs and move (mortgage lenders and mean people.....rrrrr, don't get me started) The serenity prayer would sum it all up about now. I hope your week is going well.......
Time has been at a premium for me lately, folks. Lots going on around here, but still have found time to paint a few new pieces and this is one of them - "Tonic Water". It's larger than most at 24x36x1.5 and features some colors that will perk up your place!
Can be hung vertically or horizontally and in any direction as you see fit. Find it here
I hope that you had a nice Holiday weekend. I got a lot done, as we are supposed to move in less than a week and there's still so much to do! I cannot get over how flash sites are making online shopping so much easier these days. I have been able to pull together some great pieces for our new home in my spare moments on the computer.
I especially love One King's Lane for the style and quality of their stock. From furniture to decorative accessories to basic necessities, they've got it covered.
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My name is Anne Harwell and this is my online journal sharing my work and life, as well as profiles on interesting, creative people and products. I also welcome commissions, so please contact me if you have a favorite room, pet or piece you want painted! All of my work is protected by International Copyright law and no copies or reproduction of any kind are permitted without my express, written permission. All rights reserved.