Monday, December 24, 2012

Year End Color - 2012- Yellow

So pretty much no one is writing blogs on Christmas Eve - But when you're waiting for kids to fall asleep so you can give the santa bat signal, you have time to kill.  So here are awesome yellow rooms.  I still really love a good yellow room.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Year End Posts - 2012 Color - Red

It's that time of year where I start clearing out all my files in the anticipation of starting fresh in January. I'll be doing one of each of my colors in the color files and probably some other home decor clean-outs as well to end all my 2012 stuff.

After that I'll be doing a round up of "best of" 2012 - best movies, best tv, best music, best books.  Maybe some other bests if I can think of them.

So to start us off in the spirit of Christmas:  RED

Are you dying over his bathroom???  I am.

Love the wallpaper in this powder room

So bold, so great

I love this idea for this lacquered cabinet this sink is on.  The sink is super cool too. 

We didn't see that much red in decor this year.  I was honestly thinking it might make a bit of a comeback.  But I don't think it's quite red's moment yet.  

Friday, December 14, 2012

Year End Zeitgeist - 2013

If you didn't see this video produced by google yet you should watch it.  It's pretty cool.  All the most searched for things of 2012 encapsulated in a short video.

I wish a could produce something similar to encapsulate 2012 for the bandanamom blog.

But here are the most popular posts of the year, and the things you searched the interwebs for that landed you here on my blog:

You're still into Shabby Chic:

(it does still have it's charm doesn't it?)

You want to have favorite things parties

(guess what?  I am now the most "pinned" favorite thing blog post on pinterest!)  and YES I am having another favorite things party next month!

You like the new bohemian decor trend

(I kinda dig this right now too)

You dig a cool beach house

(I'll dig beach houses a lot more if I ever figure out how to wrangle one for myself)

You're trying to figure what to do with all your instagram photos

(this instagram of mine is from my friend Bob Adams art show which was last weekend...super awesome)

You think Eric Zener is a pretty rad artist

(agreed, he is pretty rad)

You kinda adore John Hamm and Mad Men

(I know, I totally get where you're coming from there)

Egg chairs are still super cool

(why I still do not have one is a mystery to me.)

(that's not's because I don't have the xtra monies)

You like Mary McDonald as much as I do

(I wish I were as effortlessly awesome as she is)

You're scared to get a tattoo but if you got one, you would it to be literary or at least from an awesome movie

(I'm going to level with you, if I ever got a tattoo it would be this:  Vous n’avez pas des os en verre, vous pouvez vous congner a la vie - translation: You don’t have bones of can take life's knocks, a quote from my favorite movie "amelie")

You wanted to know what all the hype about mid century modern was all about

(pretty awesome I know)

You were curious about Ombre

(I swear I'm making ombre sheets and pillowcases over the holidays, I'll let you know how it goes)

and in spite of what anyone else told you the trends in color were, you just wanted to find rooms that were blue (by a huge majority)

(blue is my new favorite room color too!)

But sometimes you were in the mood for pink

(and guess what?  I re-decorated a room in pink this year too!)

2012 was pretty good.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Pantone's color of the year for 2013 - Emerald

So last year was tangerine, and the year before that was a kind of teal/deep turquoise and Pantone predicts this next year's color will be Emerald.

This is a really great color.  You'll start seeing it on a lot of clothes - the spring fashions previewed recently are full of it.  Probably the easiest way to incorporate into home decor is through pillows, a lamp or vase.  My favorite way to introduce it would be to paint a piece of furniture Emerald.  

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Mary McDonald - where I finally answer the age old question about who I would be if I could trade places with someone

I guess I'm still on this kick about confessing all my fantastical thoughts.  So here's another one:

In the fantasy version of my life, I'm actually Mary McDonald.

Seriously.  I have given this some thought.  You know sometimes you get asked that random question on some silly questionaire or something about trading places with someone or if you could be someone else?  Well, I never really can think of who I would be.  Nothing or No Ones Life appeals to me THAT MUCH.  So I guess it is cool that I actually pretty much dig who I am and my very own life.

Let's face it, with the addition of a laundress and a permanent handy man, the loss of some weight and maybe a smidge more cash, my life would pretty much be as swell as anyone could hope for right?  Tell me if I'm being delusional, but this is pretty much how I feel.

But yesterday it did occur to me that I WOULD want to be Mary McDonald, the interior designer.

This appeals to me on a lot of levels.  Yes, the interior design thing is a pretty big part of it.  But she is glamorous and beautiful while still being funny.  She has money, gets to travel a lot, and lives a pretty ideal life.  IF I were choosing a life different than mine.

She seems kind of biznatchy in a kind of way, but in a way that I actually kind of like.  Yeah, I'm confessing that I wish I could be a little more biznatchy sometimes.  Mostly, I am a good girl and those biznatchy thoughts stay in my head.  (Shannon, if you're reading this, there's no need to dispute the validity of this claim, I admit you hear more of the thoughts in my head than most).  But she's got a super likeable way about her nonetheless.

Oh yeah, and she's a genius at interior design.

If you don't know who Mary is catch her on Million Dollar Decorators, now showing on Bravo on Tuesday nights.  It's my fave tv show at the moment.  I wish it were ALWAYS on.


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