Monday, August 30, 2010

Bad day made better

Today started out bad. I had to be somewhere at 7:00 a.m. NO KEYS TO BE FOUND ANYWHERE!! I looked everywhere, I finally had to crack open a can of Sprite and take a deep breath. I decided to look in the most ridiculous places ever like the shower, my boots... under the bed. UNDER THE BED!! Damn dog. I was only 45 mn. late.

These things made my day better...

I found this great vintage dress in the Halloween department of GoodWill. The best shopping I do all year is in the Halloween department. Goodwill saves all the great vintage stuff that comes in all year and puts it out at the end off August. I literally feel bliss when I see the rows of musty old clothes. Today was great because of that!

I am obsessed with clocks, non of them working... that explains my constant tardiness. Anyway I can't get enough of them. The big one in the back is my favorite. I bought the clock at a farm estate sale, then I bought the farm too. So it belongs in the house! I am so sickly sentimental.

This creepy kid is my new lawn ornament. I tried to sell her at my garage sale but nobody wanted her. I can't imagine why? My husband is glad she is out of our room, I kind of feel bad for her out in the elements all alone. Maybe I will bring her in for the winter.

I am obsessed with finding paint by numbers. I know they are totally in right now, for good reason. They are amazing! This is the best one yet. Someone named Joanne painted it between October 1963 and May 1964, she was 20 and 21 (it's written on the back). Doesn't that just tug at the brain strings. I have already made up all kinds of stories about Joanne, where she lived, what kind of food she ate, her dogs name... little did she know that 46 years later her paint by number would make someone's day. Thanks Joanne.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

PRIMP'n the space

Welcome to Primp a cheap chic boutique, located in St. Paul MN. Bellwether was in MN for a week working on the layout of the store. We worked closely with the owners Wesley and Michelle on the build out of the store. We collaborated on the design and construction of the stationary and free standing hanging racks. We also guided the owners in the selection of lighting, fabrics, furniture, wall hangings and decor. Bellwether also custom built the checkout counter and designed and built the signage behind the counter... pictures soon to follow!

We scavenged for interesting pieces of furniture on our way to MN and while we were there, We found some great stores and interesting people that helped along the way.

We learned a lot of things this week about power tools, construction, lighting and hard work... and that our absolute favorite power tool is the almighty nail gun! Not only did we build out the entire store we built lasting friendships along the way.

Seriously rockin the bibs!

Picture perfectly tired!

Don't forget to make it to the grand opening of Primp September 16, 2010. Primp is located on the corner of Selby and Dale, St. Paul MN. Make time to Primp yourself!

Bellwether's 2010 Parade of homes

In this home we did custom window treatments throughout the house, we also finalized selection of home decor and furniture. We then staged the entire home for showing in the parade.

A budget conscious way of doing custom panels and roman shades is to make them stationary. They look great and functional but are only decorative. The hidden solar shades are the functional aspect to these windows, they are used to block out sunlight without obstructing the view.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Politics and interior design...

We ran into James Schneider at a Valley home builders association meeting a few weeks ago. James is running for Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin. He asked us a few questions about being "green" and has since published our answers on his blog.

Check it out at...