Monday, August 11, 2014

...PORCH PARTY!

Sometimes you don't know what you're missing until it is right there in front of you....last weekend I was in the DCD for the second time in the past few months visiting friends and found myself once again drawn to the "porch party" sundowns and late nights. How amazing to have warm evenings filled with friends, champers, tunes and laughs on a porch....watching the neighborhood activity, huge Denver clouds roll and disperse....it's kind of one of the best Summer activities if you ask me and I am missing those warm, fuzzy evenings....especially when we had a day yesterday where the sun didn't break through Karl and it was literally cold enough to turn on the heater. BUMMER.

So I fantasize about what my own Summer porch would look like....with people stopping by, funny conversations hanging in the warm air, notes floating across the horizon and maybe a game of bones or somethin'....here are a few porches I liked and what I would definitely have for my own "porch party"....!

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1. vintage style globe string lights
2. one for you + one for me! rattan egg chairs are a must-have!
3. interlocked brass puzzle mirror
4. mid-century coolade set by Esque
5. iconic petal side table by Richard Schultz
6. vintage fiberglass sofa by Brian Kane
7. for mood alone - how cute is this little number?! ventless fireplace by EcoSmart.
8. green lacquer domino set
9. lots and lots of champers...this one is a fav!
10. so not *really* for outdoors....but I would have an outdoor version of this burl table!
11. nothing says "sit on me with a cocktail" like an Acapulco Chair...cheers!
12. swanky potted plants
13. outdoor rug by Dash and Albert

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Hope you're having a fantastic Summer! xoxo, janel

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

...crushing on CHAIRISH....!

I can't remember how I discovered the designer furniture focused website Chairish. It may have been on a lucky click of the mouse...I do remember that it grew like rapid fire because it filled a niche for us designers and design-lovin' consumers that hadn't been done...I mean, I guess Chairish says it in a nutshell on their blog:

Chairish makes it fun and easy for design lovers to buy and sell pre-loved decor to one another. Our shop exclusively features curator-approved treasures in a full-service and trustworthy environment.

What I love most about Chairish is that I can mix in their featured pieces with any room design I am working on....I frequently liken a room's design to that of dressing one's self. The way you dress typically reflects your personal style and in turn your home.

I like to mix up my wardrobe with high/mid/low pieces. Some sale items, some bargains, some coveted high-designer-they-will-last-longer-than-anything-else-in-your-closet pieces, some vintage and some new/modern. And that is how I LOVE to specify and shop from Chairish. They have incredible deals on beautiful vintage items and designer specified pieces (often new design) on the daily and at a variety of prices. And the best part?! They handle the shipping.

I was recently sourcing for a client and came across these adorable Mid-Century Lawerence Peabody chairs on Chairish and my brain instantly wanted to develop a whole room around them....!

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fabric for curtains (on the sides): Diane Von Furstenberg for Kravet
wall color: Benjamin Moore's "Sterling" #1591 - this pretty light grey has subtle blue undertones that offers a great backdrop and lets the oranges and greens in the room pop
chandelier: giant brass sputnik chandelier by Jonathan Adler
pair of lamps: tangerine ceramic lamps, circa 1960s
mirror: Labarge double interlocking oval mirror offered by Chairish
credenza: "sculputa" walnut front crendenza offered by Chairish
modern sofa: "Raleigh Sofa" in white leather from DWR
coffee table: a gorgeous vintage Karl Springer to hold court
side table: Bala Lo table by Se - I love adding a bit of stone to counter act the glass and walnut surfaces
area rug: New Zealand wool cut pile "Marsden" area rug by Angela Adams

And wouldn't you know it, but those chairs sold LIKE THAT....you have to act quick....but did you see all my other featured items by Chairish above?!

Happy Shopping!! xo

Saturday, July 26, 2014

DAHLIAS, doll....!

What's not to love about dahlias? They are so varied, colorful and intricate. I love big bunches throughout the house...they are such a happy flower and brighten up any space in a second.

When my boys got married a few weeks ago we headed over to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park to snap a few pics. The Conservatory of Flowers always makes a classic background and while shooting away my friend Tony noticed the Dahlia (Dell) Garden off to the side. I had ZERO idea it was there.....and it is amazing.

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It was overcast and grey at this time and these beauties popped with all their color.

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 thank you to whoever named this cultivar the Boogie Woogie.

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I think this was my fav...huge, pink and like a sea anemone...love!!

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goth Dahlia

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I have admired this large scale Dahlia wallpaper from Designer's Guild for some time and think it would make for such a fun, girly Entry....I paired it with a few other pieces that I have had my eye on for some time:

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wallpaper: oversized dahlia wallpaper
credenza: studded console by Tommi Parzinger...not the first time this hot number has showed up on the JHID blog....!
pair of lamps: I just realized they may have discontinued this color (gasp!!), but they still have this style over at Ro Sham Beaux.
mirror: Portico mirror from....wait for it....Z GALLERIE! I know...cute, right?! I have installed it a few times now and it is a fantastic mirror. And you can't beat the $300 price tag!
chandelier: brass and glass 9-night chandelier by Hans-Agne Jakobsson from the 60's.

all images by janel holiday interior design....please ask for permission before using - grazie!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

a few COOL THINGS I'm loving these days....!

We here in San Fransisco don't typically receive our warm summer weather until everyone else's summers have come to a close....late September and October it gets real pretty here...maybe that is why today's inspiration board is a bit dark and moody. Whatever the reason, these are a few things I have my eye on for the home and bod. Hope you're having a WARM and awesome summer so far!

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1. all things oxblood from Dr. Martens - I bought a few pairs recently and haven't worn in a pair of these puppies for over 20 years. Um, ouch.
2. this vintage Stilnovo chandelier makes me happy. It just recently sold and I am dying to know how it will be installed.
3. my boys gave me this Byredo Carrousel candle and I can't stop burning it.
4. Kelly Wearstler's perforated bronze "precision tray" wins for scale, material and eye appeal.
5. Jennifer Fisher's jewelry is all slam dunk material, but this "Cray" cuff also carries one my littlest chihuahua's many nicknames.
6. sexy, matte-black flatware from Almoco
7. a different take on the typical brass sputnik - thanks, Kelly!
8. the Iguana Superwide wallpaper by Timorous Beasties WILL be mine (or a client's) one day. I've been obsessed with it since it came out.
9. I found artist Cheyenne Randall on Instagam (follow him here) and was instantly enamored with his "Shopped Tattoos" works. This one of Johnny Cash is fantastic.
10. this chic, antiqued mirrored entertainment console from Worlds Away can come live with me any day.

Friday, July 18, 2014

our 30th wedding......!!

Three and half years ago my husband and I picked up our assigned seating at a dear friend's wedding and were like "who?"....we had kinda expected to be sitting with some of our regular peeps, but know what? thank GOD (or whoever) we were assigned a twist to our norm. Our wise friend knew we would hit it off big time with our future bffs at the four-top we were assigned to. And that.was.that. Since that night it has been ON. I fell in love that night with these two dudes. We had so much in common.....SO much. And it was way too much to pack into a 6 hour evening...so we continued that relationship and it grew...and grew......and my love for them did as well.

Fast forward three point five years and here they are!! On SF ground. Gettin' married and shizzle. I was HONORED to do whatever task was available. We had a blast going to the SF Flower Mart and constructing their boutonnieres...all the time while listening to romantic jazzy tunes and 80s throw backs............

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I used blue thread to secure the air plants....something blue

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something borrowed...I wore these sweet swallows (from my grandmother) on my wedding bouquet on my wedding day.

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Tony's mother did ALL this work...the sweet flower girl carried the rings in this beautiful pouch.

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because, goats.

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SO. much. history.

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I mean, I'll just say it. I think our City Hall is prettier than your City Hall.

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the wedding after......xx

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#werk!

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my heart just explodes.

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the prettiest one.

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history from above.

this was my hubby and mine THIRTIETH wedding we have attended together (yes, mom, yours included...our own included...etc.). but our FIRST same sex wedding. and it was just beyond special.

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thanks for including us B-Fossy and Teej.....I really do hold you in my heart like family and would bend the world over backwards for you if needed. I love you two to the moon and back. XOXO #holidayholliday #bestfivedaysever #marriedbymarge

all images by janel holiday interior design. be a doll and ask for permission before using before publishing.........k, thanks!!