Monday, December 24, 2012

KEEP CALM it's nearly Christmas!


December is by far my favorite month. In part, because it’s my birthday month. #Sagittarius4Life But mostly because of the holidays. The holidays just feel different than any other time of year and I’m not really completely sure why. You would think that the combination of cold weather, holiday stress, and money being spent wasted would bring the Scrooge out of more people, but for whatever reason, it seems to have the opposite effect. No matter who you are or what you believe, most people will agree that something about the holidays is magical. 

The holidays also really have a way of wearing out the interior designers of the world. If you think you’re the only person who’s asked you designer friends for advice on holiday decorating, you’re wrong. And since Laura is up to her ears in holiday cheer right now, I decided to spend a little time on Pinterest finding things that I thought might help you really get your home into the holiday spirit, tomorrow. (If you're not following us on Pinterest already, you should be! We made our "Dreaming of a Green Christmas" board public so you can add stuff, too!) 
 Just by dipping pine cones and leaves in different color paints, you can do so many beautiful things! And it's easier than pie :) 

Christmas trees are my favorite! They're so different and personal and I feel like you could probably find out a lot about a person just by looking at their tree. My tree is pretty quirky. You can tell that Laura was not the mastermind behind it. I suckered two of my guy friends into driving down to Hampton, Georgia (insert thick Southern accent) to cut one down! After fighting with the lights and hanging up the ornaments, I think I have a pretty solid tree. I mean, it's not going to end up on the cover of Elle Decor's Christmas issue, but it's very me. The only thing is, I don't have anything on top of it yet. There are so many options. Look at all these cool creative trees. The author of the fun blog, Bored Panda, also posted about tons of trees!  Check it out!




Here's my tree!!!

I also found some cute stuff that you can do to spice up the rest of the home. One day, I plan on having a mother-in-law and when she comes over, I'll want the house to look amazing. So, if you're about to have the in laws or other guests over for the holidays, here's some stuff you can do!







 Don't forget to check out our Pinterest board for even more ideas and be sure to add your own!!!


Happy Holidays!!! 




Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Toto, Turtles, Tapestries, and Textures in Brooklyn!

With Laura's birthday behind us and the holidays at our heals, it seems appropriate that we do a post on Laura's birthday trip to New York City. Why, you might ask, is that appropriate? Well, according to everyone in the whole entire world, it's "an amazing place to be this time of year." I've never been, believe it or not, and no, I haven't spent any of my 28 years on this Earth under a rock. I just haven't ventured to the "city that never sleeps." My limited experience with the Big Apple came during the summer of 2004 when I road-tripped all the way up the east coast to Maine running after a band in a patchwork skirt and no make-up. During this trip, my fearless driver and I almost ran out of gas, puttering off the first exit we could find into the unknown land of Queens. When the gas station attendant had to unlock the door to let me in so that I could pay and then, immediately locked the door when behind me, I realized that we may be in the wrong part of town. With that said, Laura set out on her trip, agreeing to carry me in her pocket for the duration so that I could have a little taste of the so-called City of Dreams. Not to mention, NYC is pretty much the number one place to go if you're having "designer's block." It'll inspire you, or at least the lights will, according to Alicia Keys and Jay-Z, that is.

So, here we go. I guess I'll show you the photographs and Laura's commentary and then add some of my own blogging brilliance and attempt to explain Laura's designerisms into sense. 

Laura: "A little Green family time. Brooklyn style. My dad and his family grew up in Brooklyn and now, my cousin and his new wife live there :)" 
Meet Tova Bear, the apple of Laura's eye! 

Sometimes, Laura just sends me stuff that she thinks is cool sans commentary, and this is one of those times. How loveable is this child? These chairs on pretty neat. They'd be perfect for a contemporary setting, if you ask me. 
               Laura: "Thai in Brooklyn with my girl and the Green family for my Birthday.

 Green curry, my favorite. No pun intended."



To me, curry tastes like a smell, so I have a hard time getting pumped up for Indian food, but I guess if you're in New York, you've got to try new things! Happy Birthday, dinner, to you, Laura! 


How fun is this little treasure in the city? I love the simplicity. (See, Laura, I'm learning) The garage doors are awesome, and the bar is so clean looking. No clutter in this place! I think she was trying to make me jealous of the glass of wine she was about to order. It worked!

Pretty much the coolest wishing pond ever. I don't think you're ever too old to wish. 

Laura: "My favorite animal is a turtle-- slow and steady wins the race-- loved this adroably tacky guy. Priced at $4 bucks. My kind of birthday!"
Just goes to show, even if you're a designer, sometimes, little stuff makes a big difference. This turtle might not seem like something a designer would have in their home, but the more I work with Laura, the more I learn that there's nothing a designer wouldn't use. They just always find the right way to use it. 

Laura: "Texture inspiring me today. Antique marbles to-die-for in junk shop in Brooklyn." 

Well, Laura, looks like you finally found them!!!

I can think of a million things you could do with antique marbles to incorporate them into the design of your home. You could fill up a jar with them and put them on a table. Use them at the bottom of a beautiful vase. The possibilities are endless.  

Today's lesson: Never underestimate a junk store! 

Laura: "Vintage tapestry on chevron tuffed chairs-- oh, la la!" 
Stunning! 

Laura: "A little blood orange graffiti. My favorite color for my birthday--fab!" 
Inspiration is everywhere!
Laura: "Picasoesque street art in Brooklyn."
Might even look cool inside if it was the right space.
Laura: "Cousin Andrew and Toto planking."
Laura: "Ah my gosh-- reminds me of my Grandma's bedspread in a not-so-grandma way. Still loving all things mustard and vanilla latte."
Laura: "Bad furniture--sad :("
Almost like a furniture graveyard. I hate to see it, but you never know. Someone like Laura might walk by and decide to bring these guys back to life. 


Such a cool little retreat! Love all the plants. 


I absolutely love hanging chairs!!! I've always wanted one.

Hope you guys enjoyed some of Laura's Brooklyn-inspired style! Believe it or not, I'll be heading to NYC in a few weeks to bring in the New Year. I'll take lots of photos, too! 

Until next time

 
XX, LG and friends 
 












Thursday, October 25, 2012

And the Winner Is...........

Now, that we’ve kept all of you work horses on the edge of your swivel chairs for a week straight, it’s time to announce the winner of our little birthday contest. We all want to know who won the chair from our spectacular new line. Well, I guess YOU all want to know. I already know who won and I’m having a pretty fantastic time dragging out the big announcement. Ha!   

But, before I tell you, we’re going to keep you in suspense like the clever bloggers that we are. 

Let's start with this. It's fitting, since this is what Laura started with. All of her projects begin with a sketch. Check out all of the sketches on our Pinterest board, "Totally Sketchy." To me, it looks like an illustration from a Shel Silverstein book which is awesome. 
How cool is it that almost everything a designer creates starts like this? Being one of those people who is lousy at drawing, I think it's pretty much the coolest thing ever. People who can make what's in their head happen in real life, amaze me. Here's an example of my artistic ability.
What I thought it was going to look like...

What it actually looked like... :-/   
See what I mean... Well, here's what Laura's actually looks like. And here's what you might've won!!!!!
Perfection!
And, drum roll please.  The winner of this stunning 1940s inspired chair is.... 


If you're jealous of my nail polish, it's "Honk if you love O.P.I." by O.P.I.

 Heather Cochran Gentner!!!!!

Congratulations!!! Please email Laura at Laura@LGreenStudios.com to hammer out all the details!!! 

Until next time

XX, LG and friends 
  

Monday, October 15, 2012

Laura's Birthday Giveaway!!! Win a Chair from Laura's Very Own Line!


It’s Laura’s birthday!!! The big 3-4. Of course she doesn't look a day over 25. 

We've decided to celebrate in style. Fashionable interior design style. This year is going to be full of exciting changes, including the launch of our new line. With that in mind, it doesn't seem fair that Laura's the only one who gets to open presents on her birthday, and it also doesn't seem fair that she only gets one day to celebrate. Remember the days when you got to celebrate your Birthday Week? Well, we're bringing those days back.

The Birthday Week isn't all we're bringing back. Some of the pieces in Laura's new line have a throwback to the 1940s flare. With a dash of L. Green Studios flavor, these pieces encompass the perfect vintage appeal. 

So, we're giving away a chair from her brand new line. Birthday presents are supposed to be surprises, so we can't show you what it looks like yet, but it's an $1800 chair. Bet you've never gotten a party favor that good!
Here's Laura in a pretty cool chair!
In order to win, just do the following two things: 



Next, Monday, October 22nd, we'll put all of the qualified names in a hat and announce a winner! Start dusting off a spot in your living room for your fabulous new chair!

XX, LG and friends