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The Link Up: The Paint Color Em Is Using For A New Room, The Affordable Ceiling Light Mal Just Bought, And An Old Show We Can’t Stop Watching

It’s Sunday and we hope it’s been a good one. Also happy fall…it’s finally official. Did y’all see that Birdie’s wallpaper got installed this week on Em’s stories?! If you missed it, fear not because there will be a blog post soon. Until then let’s see what’s up with the week’s links.

design by candace marie | photo by winnie au | via domino

This week’s home tour is of the incredible multi-hyphenate, Candace Marie (fashion influencer, social media consultant, creator, and founder of Black in Corporate). She is someone we’ve been following for a while so we were extremely excited to see her home in Domino’s newest digital issue. This 826-square-foot studio is a masterclass in what it means to create zones (and really beautiful ones at that). Look at how chic her weights are styled! Go have a look and a read of her article to not only see more photos but to also get a step-by-step guide for maybe the most desirable routine ever. She also has an account dedicated for her home so go follow her there too🙂

design by shavonda gardner

Also From Emily: I’m always nervous about the “color of the year” because I haven’t always loved it. Now if I’m being honest a couple of them I end up loving a couple of years later which shows that maybe I’m just behind on color trends and frankly am fearful of anything too bold or trendy. But this year’s COY by Sherwin Williams is SO PRETTY. I’m now considering it in a few different places on the property. I tried to convince Birdie to use it in her room but it is “not bright enough” but I’m very into it. Take a look at how great it looks in Shavonda’s coat closet! Such an awesome makeover. Can’t wait to use it:)

daffy resting after coming home from a very rough week

Most of you know and love the incredibly talented Emily Bowser. Well her sweet cat, Daffy, was given flea medicine that triggered seizures that put her in the ER for nearly a week. Not only has it been emotionally gutwrenching for Bowser and her husband, not knowing for the better part of a week if she would survive, but the medical bills have also become extremely overwhelming (despite having pet insurance for years). You can read more about the whole story here because Bowser’s best friend set up a GoFundMe explaining everything. If there’s any way you can help we know that they would be unbelievably grateful.

From Caitlin: I’m not a big holiday decorator, but I have been in love with these Chinoiserie pumpkins for over a year. They don’t really go with my current color scheme – the classic motif clashes a little with all the pink/green/orange I have going on – but man, if I had a more timeless style, I would LOVE breaking these out every year alongside some classic blue & white plates and ginger jars. It’s kinda fun when your festive decor just slides into your actual style, you know?

Also From Caitlin: My boyfriend and I have been binging the early seasons of This Old House and THEY ARE SO GOOD. We just wrapped up Season 4 this week (shot in 1982, can you believe???) and I’m OBSESSED with how fun and authentic each episode is. (Case in point: In Season 5, Episode 1, they revisit the Season 4 home and the homeowner literally says, “I hate this paint. Why did you guys pick this?”) Bob Vila has NO GRIPES about calling things ugly or bad and it’s just really fun to see what home improvement TV looked like FORTY YEARS AGO. The pace is much slower and more detailed – 26 episodes for one house, versus watching an entire renovation in under an hour on today’s shows – and each segment is so informative and fun to watch. If you’re also looking for a new/old show to watch with friends or family, the early seasons of TOH are must-see TV. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has made contributions to Miry’s List’s 2022 Bed Fund for Refugees campaign! We got an email from her earlier this week saying what an impact it’s already made. Organizations like this are more important than ever. She also mentioned that she co-wrote a children’s book with Jennifer Jackson called Our World Is a Family which “demonstrates the importance of welcoming people from all over the world into the community with love, compassion, and acceptance.” What an important and beautiful thing to teach our children. Please go make it a bestseller!!

From Mallory: I genuinely love this light from Target so much – I’ve been shopping around for lighting for my entry so I ordered this one. When it came I was SO impressed with the size and scale (and it looks WAY more expensive than it is). All in all, we wanted a light that gave off a softer glow for our space. Now, since it’s our only hardwired ceiling light in our entire apartment we hoped it would give off a little more light than it does but it’s SO pretty that we’re fine with it. That’s what lamps are for right?? If you have an entry or hallway that needs a new light fixture and doesn’t need a ton more light, this fixture is so beautiful and only $100!!

From Ryann: Around the virtual office this week, we have been talking a lot about shame around going to the dentist. I feel VERY shameful about the amount of time it has been since I last went, so when I saw this comedy short I felt so seen. It’s called “Cora and Same Hate The Dentist” and it stars Jade Taylor Kaiser and Eilise Guilfoylea comedian/actor I follow on Tik Tok who is so hilarious and makes me laugh every day. It’s so funny, so real, and I just love to see female comedians doing their thing. I think they wrote and produced it together too! I’ve watched it like 5 times and I think it needs to win allll the film festival awards. And while we are at it, someone get these two their own show!!

From Jess: I did it. I FINALLY finally got myself a Clare V Grande Fanny and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love it. That Target cutie (which is now officially my “sporty fanny” *cue British laughs*) was just the beginning. I was lucky enough to get early access to the Clare V sample sale via a friend who works there so I took it as a sign to get myself the bag (and strap) I’ve always wanted. It’s my early birthday present to myself:) So while this exact bag material and strap aren’t available online, they have other awesome options (ie I LOVE the plum and tan rattan bags and this strap). They also have a pre-loved section which is so cool and great for a slightly more affordable price point:) If you’ve been considering this bag I can’t recommend it and this company enough. I can also say that from everything I’ve heard from my friend this company is awesome and is run by kind women that are insanely collaborative and talented. I really love knowing my money went to supporting them and their company:)

Also From Jess: Look at this INCREDIBLE lighting collaboration between In Common With and Sophie Lou Jacobsen. If I had the money I would scoop one of these beauties up in a second! Go read this article about how this collab came about and the intense craftsmanship that went into creating this collection.

We of course can’t ignore the absolute devastation happening around the world. This doesn’t even include the wars still happening in Ukraine and Tigray. First, the catastrophic damage caused by the flooding in Pakistan. Now, the crippling damage caused by hurricane Fiona. If you have the means, here is a resource to help those in Pakistan, here is an article giving ways to help Puerto Rico, and this is a post on ways to help the Dominican Republic. If you have others please leave them in the comments.

So with that, hold your loved ones close and see you tomorrow. We have a post we really think you are going to love. xx

Opening Image Credits: Design by Candace Marie | Photo by Winnie Au | via Domino

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1 year ago

This Old House is amazing. I’m glad someone else out there appreciates the full season on one project. You can learn so much. PBS weekend programming is where it’s at. Ever watch Cook’s Country or America’s Test Kitchen?!

Luisa Browning
1 year ago

I support and highly recommend World Central Kitchen. They are feeding people in all of these places and more. I am constantly impressed at how they are able to cut through red tape and hit the ground running. And, by collaborating with local resources, they not only feed people, but help the local economy.

1 year ago

Just to be clear, This Old House STILL does one single house per season. The most recent completed season on a house in upstate NY had 39 episodes. The opposite of HGTV (which should be renamed because there really are no longer any garden shows 🙁

🥰 Rusty
1 year ago

I have tge same IKEA stainless island with bsmboo top in yhe lead photo.
It’s so good, goes great in my 100 yr ol’ girl because of the industrial edge.

Madewell is just too hard to get in Australia, with the postage a ridiculous amount.
Then, if the sizing is a bit wonky, returning it would bd a nightmare.
Looks like nice gear though – I see a lot via Cup of Jo.

Cool lightshade and love the blue n white vessels.

EVERY single time I read “fanny bag” I lose it!🤣🤣 A bag for ypur vulva?!?!

Bowser, I’m so, so sorry about Daffy. I’m sending positive, healing energy across the world.💗💗💗

1 year ago

I couldn’t use the TikTok link but found a YouTube link to the Cora & Sam Hate The Dentist skit:

1 year ago

Emily B I am so sorry about Daffy. So scary! We went through something similar when we gave our cats cheristin flea meds. They are both rag dolls (they look like your Daffy). Glossie was totally fine but our other cat, Goldy, had a nervous system failure! We thought he was going to die. I went on Amazon and looked at reviews and tons of them were the same! That their cat almost died from it. Unbelievable that it is still on the market! Ryann- thanks for bringing awareness to most likely a common feeling about the dentist. I’ve learned to just go and get it over with because it’s so important! If the dentist or staff is shaming or embarrassed me in the not good way, I just don’t go back. Most of the time they are great and it was me shaming myself for not going every six months! I know this is getting long, but one time I went to the dentist after having my daughter and she was almost one at the time. He asked me if I was still breast feeding and I said yes. He then started lecturing me as I am laying in… Read more »

1 year ago
Reply to  Dena

I know just what you mean about that vulnerable feeling of lying in the dentist’s chair while being addressed by a person who’s standing over you. Once or twice I’ve asked them to sit me back up before finishing the conversation, when it was something upsetting.
Also — your dentist sounds insanely wrong about breast feeding!

1 year ago
Reply to  Ally

Yes! I wish I wasn’t so shocked with his lecturing to tell him to lift the chair back to sitting! He told me her teeth were going to rot and I was being selfish for continuing breastfeeding and that she needed to start eating food as if I wasn’t also already feeding her solids! Meanwhile, she is 13 and has never had a cavity!
You are right total disinformation about breastfeeding and also so many wrong assumptions about a stranger!!

1 year ago

Mallory! I have the same light and love the look… until I turn it on. I do think I have it in the wrong place, but also think we need a different lightbulb. What type of lightbulb do you use with it?

1 year ago

Here’s Candace Marie’s studio in 2020: and in 2021: I love looking at the evolution of a space and trying to figure out floor plans. It’s almost impossible to get the layout of published spaces currently because the photography is always so focused on vignettes and rarely includes pulled back shots.

1 year ago

I had no idea This Old House was still creating new programming! So sorry to hear about Daffy. I hope she makes a full recovery. I like the color of the year, but small doses may be better. I think it would look great in a powder room

1 year ago

The color of the year reminds me of calamine lotion.
I have a dog who has to take anti-seizure medication daily due to having his first seizure after a flea preventative was used 8 years ago. He has about four minor seizures a year and
more likely than not around the full moon. I think more vets should make their patients parents aware of the problems some flea preventatives can cause. I wish it could not be sold over the counter .

1 year ago

Ohh I love this old house but I usually only catch it when I see an episode playing. Where can I watch old seasons? Thank you!

1 year ago
Reply to  Lianne

Totally missed the link, all good thank you!

1 year ago

Love this week’s house tour!

Razom for Ukraine is doing a lot of different fundraising efforts for Ukrainians:

1 year ago

Emily chose the color RainWash by Sherwin Williams. This is a lovely color and looks great with warm-colored wood. We used it in our kitchen and it worked well to tone down the orange-y oak cabinets we had. In case someone writes in with an oak design agony and they want to work with what they have instead of starting from scratch and spending $$$, this paint color would be a good recommendation.

1 year ago

Mallory! If you haven’t already check out these GE Ultrabright light bulbs. You can get a lot more lumens for the same wattage. They sell different ones so you can find one with the same max wattage as listed in the light fixture. This totally did the trick for a CB2 light fixture we put up in our dining room.

1 year ago

I must watch the season where they did an Adobe home because we own one now and need to repair it!

1 year ago

Who doesn’t like a good story? And that’s what we’re here to do: tell you stories. If they’re action-packed and informative, even better. The world isn’t always a happy place. And when it’s not, this blog is here to help. The fun comes back soon enough.