I’M A GIANT!!!!! Update.

So ‘Man Caves’ are everywhere right now, right? Everyone is all, ‘oh i’m building a man cave’, ‘oh i’m going in my man cave’, ‘oh isn’t my man cave the best’, yadda yadda, all the time. BORING!!!  But you know what isn’t in the zeitgeist right now and what isn’t boring? DOLLHOUSE CAVES!!!!!!!
YUP. It’s Corbett’s garage and her husband Leigh wanted to turn it into a man cave. He talks about it ALL the time, understandably so.  But unfortunately he wasn’t making it happen fast enough.  So one day we snuck in there, reorganized and deemed it the ‘Dollhouse Cave’ which was quite QUITE upsetting to him.  I mean, its kinda a man’s worst nightmare, literally.  But in there we have Me, Corbett and Orblando’s dollhouses and we couldn’t be happier.  
My progress has been slow because building it took a while, and then all the construction is the most BORING PART!!!! I’m so glad i don’t have a renovation show, its just not the fun stuff for me. I’ve been shopping like crazy and i have loads of adorable dollhouse furniture now, but i’m forcing myself to finish the flooring and the electrical before i get to shop any more.  So last night i had my guys in to lay the flooring:
Its different width balsa and walnut from the art store.  But instead of staining it i had my guys paint it high gloss white, with teeny tiny paintbrushes:
And the thing about this house is that its very ‘old’ so the floor boards were popping up, so i had my guys in last night to nail them down with two teeny brass nails for each board.  
I’m starting to get super into it, i just can’t wait until the electrical is done.  I’m seriously debating not doing it, but i think eventually i will wish that i had. And the thing about dollhouses are that you actually have to do it similar to real houses. You have to do the electrical before you paint or wallpaper or do anything FUN.  I even looked into getting it wired by a dollhouse professional and guess what the quote was:  $600!!!!!  
It’s daunting, but its my weekend goal.  
Meanwhile my fellow bloggers are doing insane stuff:
Corbett (Girl Domestic) is doing custom herringbone wood flooring, BY HAND!!! (ask her if she is regretting it now and she’ll say yes, but when its done she is going to be soooooo happy).
Morgan is building an A-frame.  It’s upsettingly awesome. 
Morgan, give me that chair now.  and these photos are distorted – they are all elongated, sorry Morgan, not sure why. 
Dude, i want that cow-hide chair.  
Erin MADE this Pendleton Blanket Replica.  I hate her.  In a ‘I love this blanket so much I wish it was mine’ kinda way.  
Now this is EXTREMELY UPSETTTING.  Nauseating, actually.  Jenny is killing it.  and me.  I mean, she got all of this stuff for $5.  FIVE DOLLARS!!!!!!!    It’s because she’s a good person, that must be it.  But i will fly to New York, show up at her doorstep, pretend to bring her my home-made cinnamon rolls, act all sweet, meanwhile the cinnamon rolls are laced with something that will put her into a lovely little nap, then i will steal all of these brass pieces and that screen. I can’t handle it.  I’ll leave an apology letter, signed ‘Natalie Holbrook’ to confuse her.  
Told you, its upsettingly amazing. Grandma holding baby is decidedly creepy. 
I’m speechless. 
And Orb-lando? Forget about it. He’s killing it the hardest right now.  Check this out:
Sorry, its a very crude picture.  But its so incredible i don’t even know what to say.  It’s a ‘falling down’ barn on the outside and a super modern space inside. He made those stairs. He’s made everything.  He is king of the dollhouses right now.  ALL HAIL ORLANDO THE KING OF DOLLHOUSES!!!!!!!
And Making it Lovely is making it lovely with this adorable pink bathroom set:  
Meanwhile, other bloggers are doing insanely awesome stuff.  Here are the standouts as of right now, but don’t worry people you have time to catch up, you can start right now if you want.  And if i don’t have your link at the list at the bottom, please leave it in a comment (don’t email me, gmail is the most annoying thing in the world) and i’ll add it.  
This is incredible. She upholstered that mini-sofa herself. It literally looks 100% real.
She painted a mural on the ceiling of her nursery.  Serious dedication. 
Gold leaf ceiling anyone??
This is a moodboard that i love – that sofa is amazing.  
A MINI ORB-LANDO@@@@@!!!!!!!
This one is 100% from scratch. Those Shoji doors open and close and she painted a mural on the ceiling.  It’s so awesome.  
JWK Style:
To be fair, she finished hers a while ago, pre ‘i’m a giant’  But its really amazing and i will go ahead and take credit for it.  
Here’s the moodboard for this one, i’m extremely excited to see how its going to turn out.  That rocker and the caned chair are both dope.  
And here are a list of other awesome GIANT bloggers participating so you can check their progress. Retweet, relink, re-blog, whatever – the more people involved the better.  
THis one just in and its insane, she has replicated her own house, room by room, lamp by lamp, check it:
And again, if you are doing it and i missed you, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT and i’ll update the list when i get home later.  

Winning! Anderson Soap Company

***This giveaway is now closed***

Are you really dirty?  Yes?? Perfect. Here is some soap and other good smelling things for you.  Win this awesome soap package (if you are a boy, you get a ‘boy’ package, if you are a girl, you get a girl package – actually i’m sure you could get either if you want to give it as a gift).

Looks like Anderson Soap Company also has a special discount going on right now in their shop!


Giveaway Entry Info:

  • Prize: You pick! Girls Bundle OR Boys Bundle of Freshly Made Anderson Soap Company Products. Boys:6 Pack of Beer Buzz Soap + *New* Shaving Gel. Girls: 1 Bar Soap, 1 Whipped Soap, 1 Oil Perfume, and three pack of lip blam.
  • How to Enter: Leave a comment and tell me what kind of scent tickles your fancy from Anderson Soap Company! Are you earthy? fruity? seasonal?….
  • If you want to be fun (extra entry)“Like” Anderson Soap Company on Facebook, come back and comment you did! 
  • Giveaway Ends: Friday October 28th at 11:59pm EST
  • How Many Lucky Winners?!: One! (1)
  • Ships to: US Only
  • Also: Please be kind and only enter once, unless you used the extra entry option, you can enter twice. I will select the winner using random.org and will notify the winner by November 4th via email. You will have 2 weeks to respond with your info, or we will select another winner. 

Things you might think are ugly but are going to be rad

This chick? Oh yeah, she’s italian. She’s beautiful. She’s one of a kind. Her name is Petunia and she is going into a clients home of mine.  (oh, that’s right folks, i forgot to tell you all, homes are getting redone in LA and New York, all Emily Henderson style…..click on Design Services to hire me and my crew).  

OH, you are judging her and me right now. But i’m telling you in the perfect space with the perfect modern shade she is going to throw everything off in a good way.  She makes me smile. 

And these chairs?

The one on the left is a Milo Baughman ($1300 down to $1000 for me)  and yes its 100% dope, and in new black fabric. It was a splurge purchase though, so i needed to make up for it by buying a cheaper partner chair for it.  At the same store  was this $75 (down from $95) chair on the right that right now is HIDEOUS, but she’s the perfect scale next to Milo, and the perfect contrasting shape.  We are dressing her up in nice new grey linen, with some dark grey box welting all over that mother.  We are boxing out every curve she has so its going to be super tailored and sophisticated and masculine.  I love that there are no legs and they are upholstered to the ground.  It has an 80’s thing happening, but we all know that that decade is rushing back fast.  I can’t wait to show you the after.

And that side table was $75 (down from $100) and is going on the opposite side of the room, next to the sofa.  It’s shape is adorable. 

And these two came from the Flea Market, both for $150 but they were rejected by the original homeowners they were intended for, which is fine because i’m going to redo them anyway and keep them or sell them:

The shape is really beautiful, feminine and regency, and i can’t wait to get my hands on the welting.  

Obviously they are being reupholstered, and there will be contrasting welting/piping and i ‘m even debating doing them two toned, where the bottom is a darker tone and the top/seat/back is a lighter tone or even mixing a pattern with a solid.  OR doing that top area in a different fabric, like a curvy stripe.  The seats are going to be boxed and piped, they are really  mushy and shapeless right now.  I’m going to make them my dream chairs so even if i can’t sell them then they will live in my mansion of an apartment.

So what do you think?  All wise decisions? Can these strangely ugly and inexpensive pieces turn out to be show stoppers?  

Me’thinks, yes.

Which one do you like the best?


New art wall with weird strangers that stare at me and i like it.

Because i can’t help myself.  This is my new little nook that i’ll never use, but i stare at it whilst on the sofa (which faces that direction – ish) and it makes me happy.  But i think i want to reframe some of them so they look fresher and less ‘thrift store’.  

I need to buy more ‘new’ things.  Sometimes i look around my place and while i love everything, i never really ‘designed’ it because i can’t afford to, so everything is vintage and has age and mama needs some new and beautiful things to balance it out.  Know what i’m saying?

i’m in the process of finding and buying a dope camera so i can start taking my own pics of everything – but good ones.  The iphone isn’t really doing it for me. 

Brian hates that lady thats in the middle….what are your thoughts?

Happy Sunday, with a guest post over at HGTV.com

Happy sunday, folks.  I officially am not going to the flea market and instead staying in to clean my apartment, finish up the holiday guide stuff and catch up on my HGTV from last night. Oh and Dollhouse. I’m way behind on my house, stupidly intimidated installing the electricity.  IT took Corbett 8 hours to do her electrical work and that is daunting.  

All ya’ll who are participating in the ‘I’m A GIant’ Dollhouse redesign competition, who have blogs (or just send pics) leave a comment here with your link and next week (probably tuesday) i’ll do a big update on everybody’s house.  It doesn’t matter what stage you are at, its just fun to see progress.     

But for now, hop over to the HGTV BLOG where i wrote a pretty long recap of my Round Top Weekend, with pictures and everything.  It involves my intense love of Texas, i can’t get enough of that state (the good parts, hello).  And these are my new boyfriends. Brian’s cool with it, he also know they will kick his *ss, so he has to be ok with it.  

We are currently in the middle of season 3 of Friday Night Lights that is certainly NOT helping my addiction to Texas.  My god, that show is good.  TIM RIGGINS!!!!!!