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happy fri fri!

carla fahden

Word up, meatballs. How was your week? Mine was a bit cray-cray but that's okay-kay because Christmas vacay-cay is HERE! Today I will wrap up what I have going on at werkie-poo and then it's 12 whopping days of uninterrupted R&R.

Somewhere between sitting by the fire, playing in the snow and forcing Jack to rub my back, I plan to make some progress on our house. Jack's parents are staying with us this week and I feel awful that their guest room is just a hodge podge of random furniture with no creature comforts or cute wallpaper to make them feel at home. And tonight we will be having Christmas dinner on a bunch of free office chairs Jack snuck home from work. So yeah, having a stretch of time to devote to picking out house goodies is gonna be a damn good thing.

Below are some nifty noots I'd love to add to the pad. We are in desperate need of a dresser for our bedroom to minimize the city dump that Jack has going on on his side of the bed (the cute hamper would help with that too). We've got a little corner in our family room that is in need of a chair but nothing too big, so a sheepskin ditty like this one would be great. And I was PUMPED AS HELL to come across the french wall-mounted soap thing. They have these in the bathrooms at the Marvel Bar and I am obsessed with them. We will have to add this to our guest bath along with the very reasonably priced eyeball tray.

Enjoy these precious pretties and Merry Christmas!

1) wyatt barrel base lamp 2) fornasetti occhi wood tray 3) random japanese hamper that I can't track down 4) french wall-mount soap! 5) vintage

sheepskin chair I saw on Pinterest 6) classic chest


Our House : Master Bathroom

carla fahden

It's a Christmas miracle! I finally took some photos of our new house this weekend. By "house" I mean the only room that is worthy of sharing on the internets. And by "new" I mean the house we moved into 9 months ago, which means that it really isn't all that "new" anymore but calling it so excuses the fact that it's still almost completely unfurnished. Before you scroll further, you should take a peek at the before pics found here and here. Eh hem. So, yeah. This was one of the bigger parts of our remodel. We combined an ugly purple room with an ugly yellow room with an ugly yellow hallway to make one big master suite which now consists of a bedroom, walk-in closet and this here bathroom. I am very proud of this space as Jack and I designed it from scratch. Everything from the floorplan to the toilet handle to the tile grout was chosen by us. Big shout out to Dahlmeier Construction Services for their work on this room and our entire house.

Wanna take a lil' tour with me?

bathroom1 Here is a photo I took from inside the shower. Those blue and white stripes reflected on the front of the tub are my shirt. This cute little tub was on the main floor bath when we bought the joint and may very well have been original from the 1920s. We had it refinished (sans the adorable little black feet) and moved it upstairs. One of my favorite things to do is take a bath, look out at the snowy woods, and read my mags.

bathroom2 Another tub shot. This window looks out into our backyard. The window treatments were custom made with fabric from a great site called Stone Textiles. The reclaimed wood tray along with all the wood shelving is also custom from a shop I found on ebay.

bathroom5 As you can see, this is our shower. No real commentary here other than 5% of my waking life is spent squeegeeing that glass. Rugs are from Burke Decor.

bathroom7 I'll take credit for installing that walnut toilet seat, thank you very much! It has magic powers and closes very very slowly so you never have to hear the toilet seat slam shut. The print is by Sarah Intemann, vintage candle sticks from here and we don't know who that young boy is but he watches us pee.

bathroom8 Here's a lil' shelving vignette to the side of our sink. It's where I keep my makeup brushes, my foo foo juice (as my dad calls it) and our pet gator.

bathroom11 Awwwe shit. Here's the custom basin/vanity that Jack and I designed! We used a chest from Crate and Barrel combined with a tile top, vessel sink and wall mount faucet. There are a lot of cheesy-ass vanities out there and this was the way to go fo' shizzle. Lighting is from Schoolhouse Electric. I found the vintage toothbrush holder here which is perfect since it's from the '20s (when our house was built).

bathroom10 Here's a shot from when you enter our room at the top of the steps. If/when I ever share pics of the rest of our house you will see that another major part of our remodel was replacing all doors and windows and adding all new trim/base/crown.

bathroom4 My back still hurts from lifting them in there so I hope you enjoy this photo thoroughly.

Well there you have it! One room down, twelve to go.

off the grid

carla fahden

It's Wednesday, homeslice. And that means we are one day closer to CHRISTMAS VACAY! Jack and I both have almost a full two weeks off for the holidizzles and I am pumped as hell.

Next Friday night we're gonna kick off the break by hosting Jack's fam at our pad for Christmas dinner and prezzies. Then we will head up to my parents' cabin in 'Sconie for a few days. And THEN we will be back home for a week.

One of the great things about living where we live is that every weekend feels like a cabin getaway. Over the four day Thanksgiving break, I left the house/yard ONCE to see a movie with my kid sis. The rest of the time was spent in my leggings by the fire or out in the yard with Fern and Rosy. This is the plan for Christmas as well. With the exception of hitting up the townie bar for pizza and running to the neighborhood Lunds, I plan to read mags in the bath, watch Homeland by the fire and just spend some quality ass time with Jack and the pups.

I've been seeing a lot of cabiny interiors and hippie homes on Pinterest lately and rounded up some of my faves. Some of these are a wee bit out there but they're also a wee bit sweet as hell.

How awesome would it be to spend a weekend playing Banagrams and eating s'mores in this treehouse!?

via magical mystery tour bus

via tumblr

via lose ourselves to lose our minds 

via tara like

via black workshop

via from moon to moon

via design sponge

via themetapicture

cozy corners

carla fahden

Do you ever go to a drag queen Christmas cabaret on a Monday night and drink one too many vodka sodas and feel like you'd rather snooze away in a cozy corner all day instead of drag yourself outta bed and face the hustle and bustle of Manhattan? Me too!

I have had googley eyes over this first image below for months. It's cozy and luxe and vintagey and modern and just all around wonderful. Thanks to Fern and Rosy we will never be able to have classic crisp white sheets in our master bedroom, but maybe we'll incorporate some of those bad boys into the guest room.

There are so many great things going on in these spaces: the fur pillows, the wallpaper, the quilt, the headboards... it makes me wanna screw our decorating priorities and get to work on the bedrooms. But alas, our mudroom and family room are on the top of our list right now so I'll just have to stash these purdy pics away and wait. And yes. Mudrooms deserve to be decorated in my book.

via coco + kelley

via markham roberts inc

via randomitus

via handcrafted in virginia

via selvedge

gold star

carla fahden

How was the weekend, party people? Mine gets a gold star DESPITE the fact that I spent 6 hours at the airport last night waiting for my delayed flight to NYC.

We had the most awesome-ist snow storm yesterday and spent the morning romping and sledding in our yard with the pups and our niece and nephew. It was hard to pack up and head to the airport, but here I am... last photoshoot of the year!

I know I have mentioned plenty-o-times the big beautiful Tom Dixon pendants we have in our (otherwise empty) living room. It is the perfect touch of glam for what will eventually be a mostly neutral, cozy room. I love the idea of adding a few fancy pieces here and there amidst an otherwise rustic, casual space. Below are some perfect pops of shine that would be easy to incorporate into your maxi pad.

Happy Monday - enjoy the snooooow!

eclectic candle, triple tiered pendant, french press, gold scale tumbler, copper sauce pan, gold coffee spoons