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Gossip Girl: Ursula’s Apartment Inspiration Board

Inspired by the fabulous Gossip Girl set for Ursula’s apartment, I pulled these fabrics at work today to make an inspiration board for someone wanting to create a similar look!

My palette is a bit lighter, but I think it still has the fun girly exuberance of the Gossip Girl set!
Clockwise from the top you can find the fabrics at:

{Bolton Damask in Schiaparelli Pink: Brunschwig & Fils}

{Kirkmicha Jacquard Madras in Ivory: Schumacher}

{Ombrione: Osbourne & Little}

{Amalienborg Collection Sanssouci: Osbourne & Little}

{Designers Guild pattern # F1569/04}

Inspiration & Translation: Clifford’s Living Room

As I go forth in the often daunting task of renovating and decorating Clifford from top to bottom, I have clung to a few sources to keep me from spinning off in a thousand different directions. My main inspiration for the living space on the first floor is this vintage circus poster Megalou gave me for Christmas this year.

The blue/gray background will be the wall color, and the greens, pinks, and yellows in the print will translate into furniture, window treatments, and accessories!

The yellow stripes will be curtains, the pink scheme is for the chairs, and the greens are the couch and accent pillows.

The green I am using on the couch didn’t show up very well in the other picture, but here you can get a better idea of what a fun, vibrant color it is.

The solid pinky/red will be used on two armchairs, while the striped fabric will be the accent pillows, bringing in the green from the couch and yellow from the curtains.

It might be kind of hard to visualize how all of this will come together, I am having trouble myself right now…Toooo many decisions! However, my HOPE is that it will turn out somewhat like this.

Or this…

Then I will be lauded as a child genius in the design community. Fame, fortune, and best friendship with Britney Spears will ensue.
Can’t see that natural chain of events? Come live inside my head for awhile. It’s wild.

Stay tuned!

Love Doesn’t Abide…

When I found out that the Ragin’ Cajun and his wife (James Carville and Mary Matalin) were to be the commencement speakers at Pete’s Tulane Graduation, I was more than a little bit disappointed. I was missing my own graduation to support Pete, and had hoped I would be rewarded for my selfless devotion with a commencement address from someone of the calibur of say and Ellen Degeneres or a President Clinton (the two prior years speakers).

For those of you who do not know who Carville and Matalin are, professionally they were Clinton and Bush Sr.’s chief political advisors during their 1992 campaigns against each other. Clinton won, Carville won Campaign Manager of the Year and was featured in the Academy Award Nominated film The War Room. Matalin and Bush lost. Carville and Matalin were married a year later. Not your average love story.

For the commencement address, Matalin introduced Carville. At first she delivered the usual schtick highlighting their political differences before settling on sincerity and some of Carville’s words of wisdom that she wanted to pass along to the Class of 2008.

She talked about their struggle to conceive, and about a crises of faith she had when she learned she was pregnant with their second “Miracle Child”. She is an only child (like myself, a cruel cruel fate) and she was worried she wouldn’t have as much to give her second child. Which I know sounds horrifying to all well adjusted multi-siblinged and multi-child bearing individuals, but I assure you, that is a normal fear for us lonely onlys. It is hard to imagine loving two things more than anything in the world until you actually do. Carville, a well adjusted multi-siblinged human told her:

“Baby, love doesn’t abide.
It multiplies.
The more love you have,
the more you have to give”

Cue massive amounts of tears in the balcony from yours truly. When it was Carville’s turn to speak he talked about his career and following your passions, but finished by wishing that the members of the Class of 2008 found partners that challenged them and inspired them like they do each other.
Not quite what I was expecting.

Also not what I was expecting?
Their home in Alexandria.

It is just so much, well, PINKer than I expected.
And I love it!

Featured in Architectural Digest a few years back…

The couple has since moved to New Orleans (I would just DIE to see what they did to their house in the French Quarter) so that Carville can serve on the faculty at Tulane.

But their fabulously exuberant PINK home still lives on in the pages of AD…I wonder what lucky family got to move into this happy house after them?

The Carville’s and their miracle babies, click on the link above to read the AD article in its entirety!