Anthropologie Hosts Design*Sponge

I was thrilled when I got off the Design*Sponge waitlist this past weekend to attend Grace’s book signing. I didn’t make it off the craft event waitlist, but was just as peachy pleased to be there. Hubby was wonderful enough to hang around Georgetown, while I lined up to meet Grace (which is such a lovely name since it’s my middle name!) and get my Design Sponge at Home signed.

And here it is! Really quite a lovely book–filled with design inspirations from real homes, real people and with DIY projects and tips on tools and techniques. It’s not just a pretty thing to look at (though it certainly is).

Anthropologie had a pretty good spread for the event and our enjoyment.

And the icing of the event was meeting new creative friends who are either fellow bloggers or design-enthusiasts, including chicdonecheap, The House of Sukio, and The Scribble Pad who is also over at Calligraphy by Shannon.


Fabrics: Zig-zags, Chevrons, Ikats…

And other geometric shapes or solids? Yes, I’m still at it! (Read my post here to catch up). Just when you think you know what you’re going for, it doesn’t quite turn out the way you had expected.

My fabric samples from Spoonflower (Etsy-equivalent for fabrics) came in the other day. Spoonflower, by the way, allows you to print your own fabric designs. It’s such a great startup concept.

Anyhoo – here they are:

This is the Chevron fabric by Ravynka. It really is a funky pattern, isn’t it!

This is the Zig Zag by Brownpaperpackages.
I’m torn because I do love the pattern. The background of the fabric is just too white, I think for the look I was imagining. I planned to paint the wood frame on the sofa with an antique white finish, which would not match the white background on either of these fabrics. I suppose one alternative would be to paint the wood frame a blue or even yellow?? But I don’t think I want to go too much on that funky route. So, what are the other options?

Country Cabin in Bluebell by Robert Allen.

Sultana Lattice in Luna by Iman.

Kalah in Blue.

Or I could go with solids. Like this Sunbrella fabric in Baltic color. I could just spice it up with pillows and accessories.

Or Endow Saffire.

Or another Sunbrella in Navy.

I was told by the fabric expert at Calico Corners that Sunbrella may be a good option for constantly used furniture. It should last a long time and deal well with everyday wear. Has anyone used Sunbrella for interior upholstery?

I think, I’m leaning toward the Country Cabin in Bluebell by Robert Allen. But not completely sure. What do you guys think?

Fabricly Lost and Confused

Soak, Serenity, Sleep

Life feels so busy the past few days. I could really use one of these…

Source: via Michelle on Pinterest

Simple Bedroom Makeover

You don’t have to spend much to change the look and feel of a space. Take the bedroom, for example. Hubby and I updated our bedroom with a new coat of paint, new duvet, carpet, and simple accessories.

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

Here’s the before. I was really into orange a couple years back…wanted to even paint our headboard orange (but the silent gasp in hubby’s eyes stopped me). So, we settled with a duvet cover. Something about the fact that it can be easily removed, I think, comforted him.

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

Then I moved into a calmer phase in my life where I wanted everything else around me calm, too. What better place to start than the bedroom. We softened the room with a blue-green accent wall. Then I found this beautiful yellowish-beige duvet cover and found some accent pillowcases to match to lighten up the space and create some contrast between the dark-chocoloate headboard and my newly painted blue-green wall.

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

It also better highlights our most treasured posssession: this photograph that we got in Charleston, South Carolina as a souvenir from our honeymoon 6 years ago.

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

We added some warmth to the room, while creating some more definition in the space with this rug. We got in on sale in Alexandria, VA (will update this post with the store’s name). We spent close to like 4 hours in that rug store. They had piles and piles of beautiful antique Persians.

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

This was a vase we’ve had in our bedroom before. But I just love the pop of salmon-pink in the space. We blended in different hues as pops of color elegantly placed here and there.

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

Finally, we updated the knobs on the bedside tables. I wanted something simpler to pull, not overdone.

Photograph by Michelle @ Design Palate

Here’s a closer picture of the bedside table. And my latest night-time reads.

Hope you enjoyed a mini tour of our bedroom!

Webify Me!

Just upgraded my Firefox browser, and it has a new feature called “Webify Me” where you can get a sense of your “Web personality.” Kind of fun…like cracking open a fortune cookie and unfolding the little piece of paper that supposedly describes you, and you think: “wow, yeah, that’s totally how I am feeling today” or “that really describes my current situation.” Well, for those of you I don’t personally know, here is a little bit more about me (apparently).

Click on Me

Happy Day! (And I hope it’s not raining wherever you are…or if it is, that you’re in your pjs — snuggled up on your couch watching sitcom reruns).

Close-Enough Coffee Table

I was so bummed the other day when I found the perfect coffee table style I wanted but it didn’t quite fit the budget. So what’s a gal to do when she can’t get the expensive option? Look for deals at,,, and a general search on will do, too! Search terms: gold, metal, glass, coffee table.

From Becker Furniture World

And I even discovered the name of the coffee table style I originally wanted: St. Tropez Sanremeo Bunching Cocktail Table by Lexington Home Brands (aka Lexington Bunching Cocktail Table).

From CSN Stores

I wanted to get two of these and place them together like the pic above. them on sale at $485.10 for one, in case you’re interested.

Well, here are alternates I found as options. Reasonably priced and still gives me the the gold, metal, glass top look I was looking for.


This is the Steve Silver Emerson Coffee Table (and End Tables) in Bronze (looks gold enough). $260.00


This one is the 3pcs Coffee and End Side Table Set in Bronze Finish by Poundex. $193.70

From The Simple Coffee Table Store

I think this one might be the winner. It’s the Ellipse Rectangular Cocktail Table by Hammary. $200.00

Kate Middleton and Chevron Upholstery Fabric

What do the Duchess of Cambridge and chevron upholstery fabric have in common? Royal and Blue. As you know, I recently couch swapped on Craigslist — selling my couch and purchasing a French provincial sofa.

French Provincial Sofa

I had not a clue of what I wanted to re-upholster it with, until I saw this:

Kate in Blue Lace Dress by Erdem

Stunning, don’t you think? It’s by Erdem. Here’s another image.

The Peach is in need of a pop (or maybe a few pops) of color, after all. The living-dining-kitchen area is so…how shall I say it…brown. So here we go with our royal blue.

Royal Blue

And the fabric pattern? Why not Chevron, which a zig-zag pattern? Here are a couple I am considering.

large scale chevron - white and navy

Zig Zag - Royal

I think it will add a more contemprary look to the traditional-ness of the sofa, don’t you think?

Gold, Metal, Glass, Deco Side Tables

I want these!

But they’re soooo expensive. $800 together (and that’s on sale!). The hard thing about re-decorating is that you never have enough money when you find THE THING you’ve been looking for. Priorities, priorities. Do I want the tile backsplash that best matches my new granite countertop (discussed here and here) or do I want these beautiful-would-go-ever-so-perfectly with my “new” French provincial sofa?

Oh, the choices.

Craigslist Couch Swap

I traded in this couch…

My Couch

For this lovely French provincial sofa…

French Provincial Sofa

The hubby thinks I’ve gone a little cuckoo–trading in his favorite, uber comfortable couch for a traditional, what-may-seem-as-stiff-BUT-ISNT! sofa. I just told him, “trust me, honey! It’s gonna be great.” Reluctantly, he concurred. But I already bought the piece anyway. Can’t let a great deal like that go–$75 Craigslist bucks! Yep, that’s all she took, which leaves me more to work with for the fabric and re-upholstering.

I’m not really sure what fabric I want to re-upholster her with yet. But, I may have had an epiphany while at the gym yesterday (something about running releases my design creativity!). Let’s just say the inspiration is a Kate and an Erdem.

Granite vs Cabinet

Okay, I mentioned the other day the that the Hubby and I purchased the “Ivory Fantasy” granite. See below.

Ivory Fantasy Granite

And I really do love it! Check out these pics of the granite fully installed…

From Cole Brothers Marble and Granite

This is the version of the slab that we bought (or so I think). You can see it has a greyer look to it than the pic above, with hints of beige and reddiish-brown speckles throughout.

From Cole Brothers Marble and Granite

A little closer view of the same kitchen countertop.

From Granite World

But this version looks browner…

From Granite A-Z Designs

And this version…

From Master Granite

And especially this version…. It looks like the granite can be greyer or browner depending on how the light hits it. Or perhaps, there’s just that much variation in the granite slabs? I just hope we really do get the version from the first picture.

That said, I’m now debating whether I should paint the cabinets grey or keep the cherry wood color original to the cabinets. And how will that affect my tile options? Oh, I’m getting confused. So much to think about! What do you guys think? Go grey or not?