Wednesday, June 30, 2010

 There is exciting news for design enthusiasts who crave gorgeous photos and information about well-designed spaces!   First, I learned from Ally's blog that the Domino archives have been purchased by and they will have these issues available on their website!  Domino was my favorite shelter mag and is still sorely missed.  They introduced me to this gal

And her amazing style!

And there is even more good news!  Over at Crystal's blog I learned that she and some other very talented folks are launching a new online shelter magazine called Rue! The premiere issue is scheduled for September 2010.

Can't wait - promises to be a good one! Now if we could get both of these in print...

Do you need help pulling your style together?  Let The Green Room Interiors help make your home a beautiful place to be!  Call Kim at 423.653.3186 or email

$100 Home

Monday, June 28, 2010

Here in Chattanooga some lucky person paid only $100 for this home!

This is the St. Jude Dream Home that was built in the Overlook community as a fundraiser to benefit  St. Jude Children's Hospital.  The hospital is devoted to treating and researching  childhood diseases and was founded by Danny Thomas in the early 60's.   Treating sick children is the highest priority at St. Jude Hospital and children are never turned away due to the parents inability to pay the bill.  They rely heavily on private donations and fundraisers, so even if you are not holding the winning ticket for the Dream Home, it's a win-win for everyone!

Here's what the winning ticket holder got for their 100 bucks:

This is the study, located just off the entry hall.

The dining room, across the foyer from the study

Kitchen (love that pretty tile backsplash)


Family room, open to breakfast room & kitchen

Downstairs guest bedroom

Maser bath
All images from here.

Remember to count your blessings this week - healthy children are the greatest blessing of all!

Learn more about the sponsors and St. Jude Hospital here.

White Done Right!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

I am one of those people who loves color!  Normally, it makes me feel happy and energized, but with the oppressive heat (already) here in the south, I find myself drawn to clean, breezy, light spaces - mainly in the color white!  

Domino Magazine

I totally get why people are so in love with an all-white palette!  It is serene, cooling and refreshing!

 The first ingredient to a successful all-white room is light!  The more natural light you have the better, as lots of natural light is what brings a white room to life!

Texture is important in a white room.  It takes the place of color, creating contrast to make the space engaging!

Mostly we think of modern spaces when we envision a white room, but that doesn't necessarily have to be so...

I love the look of a white room with small hits of a single vibrant color to shake things up a bit!

Above and above this from here

One of my favorite rooms of all time, by Gerrie Bremerman!  Perfect combination of natural light, texture and a small dose of  that incredible blush pink...perfection!

How about you?  Do you love a white room?

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I love you guys!

Friday, June 18, 2010

If you have read any of my blog entries, you probably know how much I love a feminine space!  But this weekend is all about celebrating the men in our lives - the ones who are there for us day in and day out - good times and bad times, no makeup and bad hair days! And so to honor the men in my life, I present my first every post featuring all things masculine.  You guys are the best!

Kenneth Brown 

Kenneth Brown

Kenneth Brown

Daryll Carter
Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren


I love my guys!  Thanks for all you do for me everyday!

What's Your Style In One Picture Challenge

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Beautiful  and generous blogger Ally from over at From the Right Bank has issued another challenge for design bloggers!  This one is fun and challenging, because we are choosing that one special room that perfectly demonstrates our personal design style!  After looking through the many inspiration photos I have saved, here's the one that best  defines my own style...

Do you recognize it?  It's Cynthia Rowley's dining room (featured in Elle Decor!  I love this dining room and here's why it reflects my personal style:

1.  It is fresh and feminine without being frilly.
2.  The space is at once timeless and modern, even with all the vintage pieces!
3.  It is inspired by nature - I love the trees on the wall and the birds in the fabric.
4.  Three words:  Built in seating!
5.  The mix of vases and flowers on the table keep it casual.

Yep, this is where we dine in my dreams!  

Thanks, Ally for issuing this fun challenge!  See all of the entries here!


Sunday, June 13, 2010

Some recent acquisitions.  Some in as-found condition:

Brass side table missing its glass.  Easy fix.  Love that  bamboo detail on the brass legs. Needs a good shining.  Have you tried Barkeeper's Friend on brass? Gets all the tarnish off.  Then shine it up with a good brass polish.

Found the original tag under the chair.  Drexel Heritage, 1978. One of the front legs is slightly caddywampus (southern slang for crooked), but the husband can take care of that.. What do you think - that's gotta be the original upholstery (not in a good way)

Got a pair of these.  Very solid but that picnic tablecloth "fabric" will have to go! (its vinyl)

Crazy for this canary yellow lamp. It weighs a ton and has that amazing lattice detail. Sweet!  The lampshade was classic thrift store condition:
Me:  Can I just leave this with you?(handing cashier the fly-poop stained ill-fitting lampshade)
Cashier:  (looks at shade, then at me, then at cashier next aisle over, then back at me) Says nothing.
Cashier at next aisle over: (sighs) it's okay, they always wanna do that..

Somebody was awarded this in 1971 for something, but I won't be able to read the rest of it until the tarnish is removed.  On silver, I love Wright's Silver Cream.  About $6 at Walmart and  gets the job done.  I can't wait to fill this with orchids. 

A pair of these before (in great shape, but slightly oppressive)

the materials

and after...

Upholstery fabric by Covington is treated for outdoor use, meaning cleanups will be a breeze!

Alabaster!  Got a pair..

Added a cute striped lampshade from Target.  Already sold at my space at The Galleries at Southside.

Another before

Sanding + glossy white paint + leftover calendar  prints under new glass top.

Hope your week is fruitful!

Antique Tile

Friday, June 11, 2010

Vintage and classic style tiles have come back in a big way!.  White subway tile is one of the most popular selections for kitchen backsplashes and shower installations. And with good reason - it's clean, classic and timeless. Also inexpensive (score!)  I also love classic carerra marble on kitchen countertops or on bathroom floors, walls, or showers.  You truly cannot go wrong with these choices. 

But have you ever considered using some real antique tile?  If you are not familiar with turn of the century tiles then let me fill you in!  They are beautiful, readily available and fun to work into your next tile installation.  

The motifs are usually classic in style and have a gorgeous crackle finish.

This one is in process of having paint removed - but what colors and detail!

This type of tile was commonly used on fireplace surrounds during the turn of the century.  Love the mottle colors!

I love how the glaze pools in the recessed areas!

I have a friend who collects antique tile and turns them into beautiful art pieces.  This is what she made for me as a housewarming gift.  Thanks, Jobeth!

Where to find it?  If you have an architectural supply in your area,  they usually have a good selection.  Ebay always plenty of old tile, sometimes you're lucky enough to find enough for a backsplash or shower border.  I used search words "Victorian Tile", "Antique Tile", "Old Bridge Tile " or "A E Tile".  

Have  a shiny weekend!