Monday, November 26, 2012

little-bitty mini originals

Hello abode lovers and welcome back to reality! Did anyone else enjoy their time off as much as I did? I spent time with family, Mister Hubbs, saw movies and painted! Fortunately, since I was able to do some work over the holiday weekend, I now have a few little mini originals to share with all of you! I wanted to introduce a new item to the shop, Laurel Dawn, just for the holidays and these are my answer! A little-bitty original painting. They're small enough that they can sit nicely on a table top like a picture frame.



















And to follow up last weeks sneak peek, here is the new Abode Love 11"x17" print! 



I hope all of you had a fantastic Thanksgiving break- these mini's will go fast so make sure if you have your eye on one for Christmas that you snag it quickly! Have a great Monday back at work abode lovers!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

new things coming!

Hello abode lovers, we're only a few days away from Thanksgiving! Wahoo! I mentioned yesterday that I've been super busy with paintings and other projects and today I'm sharing a few sneak peeks of new things to come in the shop, Laurel Dawn!

I'm working on a new print that will be released right after Thanksgiving-- here's a little taste of what I'll be offering!


... and these pint sized originals will also be available after Thanksgiving in the first few weeks of December. I have several more that I'm working on, but these are just a little preview. These tiny babes are just as bright as the large originals but super compact and super affordable. I'll let ya'll know when they're available for purchase at the shop, Laurel Dawn!


I'm excited for these new projects to roll out in time for the holiday season! I feel so blessed and beyond thankful for the opportunity to paint for my readers, it's been the BEST! I've had quite a few commissions in the past few weeks since the launch of Laurel Dawn and am excited to paint more large pieces in the next few weeks after I tackle all of the commissions! 

If you're interested in getting a commission completed by Christmas, contact me asap!

Monday, November 19, 2012

thanksgiving inspired spaces

Hello abode lovers and Happy Thanksgiving week! I am SO excited to relax for a few day and stuff my face! I painted and worked all weekend (and saw the new Twilight movie of course), and this Thanksgiving I'm planing on putting my feet up in a big way. Here are a few gorgeous spaces that make me feel like Thanksgiving. I imagine these spaces smell like apple cider... 

These warm, copper drapes are such a nice contrast to the upholstered dining chairs. I also really love the amber toned bottles in the window-- don't you want to sit under this shaded chancy and eat a turkey leg? 

Suzie: Warm, vibrant dining room colors  burnt orange dining room design with pumpkin orange ...

This wallpaper also feels like Thanksgiving to me. The warm auburn background with creamy flowers and birds is simply gorge. I love, love the soft brown branches in this floral pattern. I also really love the slick, black lamp base in this space. It's a great contrast to the soft, upholstered headboard spotted with nail heads. The side table is the perfect marriage of elegance and masculinity- I love a good two-toned piece of furniture. 

Gina Kates: orange wallpaper   leather bed 

I love a well styled nook. This little area is so warm and rich. I love all of the black accents in this arrangement and I'm loving that lampshade!

Suzie: Eddie Ross - Gorgeous black & gold vignette with black chest with gold leaf trim, brass ...

I just LOVE what a copper, hammered pendant light can do in a space. Can you imagine this kitchen without them? I think not. They're so warm and feel rich and super glam-- they really elevate this space and make it so much warmer. 

Suzie: Dunlin Home Australia  Fantastic kitchen with Stanley Copper Pendants from Dunlin Home, ...

Holy hell. How do I get a bathroom like this? As if a claw foot tub isn't gorgeous enough, they added a tufted bench and a gorgeous marble-topped vanity to make me super jealous. (or totes jel as my little sisters say)

SallyL: Anne Sneed Architectural Interiors - Calcutta Gold Marble tiled floor, white claw foot ...

I have always loved this space-- there's nothing like a gallery wall of fine art. Look at those landscapes! I also love the warm, mocha wall color and the pale gold chair and lamp shades. Anyone else dying over that sconce? So dreamy right?

SallyL: Kristen Buckingham Interior Design - Striking, brown/clay wall color! Pretty collection ...

Wowza. Check out the wall treatment! Grasscloth with nail heads-- stop it. The walls really make this space feel warm and special. I also love the wood and glass cabinet in this space-- it adds a timeless quality to the room. I'm also dying over all of the green velvet tufting- geeze. The oversized lantern is a really nice touch- and the abstract art elevates this space to a younger look-- without it I think this space would feel completely different. 

Suzie: Tilton Fenwick - Eclectic living room with gray Phillip Jeffries Rivet Wallpaper in ...

I'll never get enough of this living space. I love it. This room may be one of my favorites of all time. I LOVE the symmetry and all of the antique touches mixed with the super modern, furniture. I love all of the clean lines mixed with the gold, gilded pieces throughout this space. 

Suzie: Windsor Smith Home - Gorgeous gray living room design with white modern sofa, black ...

Check out that mirror detail. Wowza. I love the layered mirrors and all of the trim details. The wall treatment is SO lovely and is paired so well with the burnt orange area rug. The mint and orange color combination is so nice and totally unexpected. Ya'll know I'm crazy about mixing patterns and infusing a ton of color into spaces, so this space really speaks to me. LOVE it. 

Suzie: Colorful, eclectic bedroom  Black velvet tufted sofa, floral green wallpaper,  round ...

I really love this living/dining combination. I love the color is the painting over the fireplace as well as the traditional mirrors flanking either side of the fireplace. The light fixtures go really well together but aren't matchy-matchy which I appreciate. Also, those chairs are gorgeous. Don't you want to have Thanksgiving dinner in this space? I do. 

Suzie: Graciela Rutkowski Interiors - Chic dining room with X base dining table, ikat oval back ...

This space feels like Thanksgiving to me because of all of the family photos climbing the wall. Nothing says Thanksgiving to me like family. It's the time to treasure every person in your life and take note of how much you have to be thankful for... when I do this, I think of my huge, growing, crazy family. 

Suzie: Architectural Digest - Amazing banquette style dining space with eclectic photo gallery, ...

In a fabulous and pretend world, this is totally my dining nook. That tufted banquette, the floral pillows, the lanterns, need I say more? Nope, this totes has my name all over it. 

Gina Kates: Peter Dunham Design - Bamboo roman shades, black iron lanterns, tufted dining benches, ...

I'm pretty sure I've blogged about this kitchen/dining space at least 5 times. I love it, that's why I keep revisiting it! I love, love the antique chandy, the french styled chairs, the warm color palette and the kitchen pass through. 

nikinikinine: anne turner carroll dining room  dining table, French dining chairs, crystal chandelier ...

This seems like a great place to finish up Thanksgiving day... sitting out here by a fire with family and a big glass of wine. Doesn't this outdoor space look heavenly and totally perfect for the fall season!?! I think so. 

Suzie: via Tumblr  Amazing, amazing covered patio deck with brick steps, teak sofas, outdoor ...

I hope you guys have enjoyed my Thanksgiving inspired spaces-- they're all so pretty and warm. Which space speaks to you? I hope all of you abode lovers have a fantastic Monday!


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

emily a. clark giveaway

Hello abode lovers and happy Wednesday! I am so excited that Emily A. Clark is holding a Laurel Dawn print giveaway on her blog-- it's open until FRIDAY! So go get your comment on... you might just win a free print!

Emily framed the Flowers for Reese print and it's now living in her kitchen! I think it looks GREAT!




I hope all of you abode lovers have a great day, and don't forget to enter Emily A. Clark's Laurel Dawn print giveaway!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

mister husbands dream room

Hello abode lovers, today I'm sharing a space that I was scared to show Mister Husband. "Why?" You ask... well, because I thought he would never be able to let it go. The space that I speak of is the perfect man room... I mean, perfect. It's from the 2012 Ultimate Beach House. This gorgeous abode is designed by Erika Powell of Urban Grace Interiors. I am sure all of you have swooned over every every detail of this gorgeous home, but I keep revisiting this particular space. This fellow Auburn girl got this space right!

Mister Husband would love nothing more than to host his gang in this space. He told me once that he wanted more places for his friends to put their feet up. Double wide orange chaise lounges would definitely do the trick!


Goodness gracious... I would want to host a girlie slumber party up here and watch Pride & Prejudice on repeat... with Mister Husband's blessing of course.


I love the drapery door panels. What a soft and lovely touch!


As if this space isn't fabulous enough... there's a friggin' candy bar. That little detail certainly won over the Mister. 


If you haven't checked out this GORGEOUS home, you're missing out. Do it. You will die. It's totes gorge. I hope all of you abode lovers have a great Tuesday!

Friday, November 9, 2012

a giveaway brought to you by S+S!

Hello abode lovers and happy FRIDAY! We made it ya'll. SO-- today I have exciting news... Sadie + Stella by blogger Lindsay is doing a Laurel Dawn giveaway! Run on over there and enter to win a FREE PRINT or $65 gift certificate to go toward a commissioned piece or an original painting! Wahoo for Friday giveaways!

In other news... Here are a few fabulous pins that I came across this week.

Wow. I love this little nook. Usually, leather sofas don't speak to me-- don't get me wrong, I love leather, and I love sofas.... but most of the time they don't look super comfortable or inviting. This sofa breaks the mold for me. I want to sit my behind on that sofa and read a book. I also LOVE the painting and the picture light makes it feel even more special than it already is! Also- don't you just love that flirty, feminine pillow paired with the tartan throw? Yes sir.


This room makes me want to have a set of twin boys well behaved twin boys that are always clean and love design. (I am aware that my statement above is much like creating a space for a purple unicorn, but hey, a girl can dream!) Anyway- I adore the scale of the jenny lind syle beds and the little loft space is really special and really well done. Don't you just LOVE the two doors that flank the small staircase? Those porthole mirrors are delicious. 


This is a GREAT DIY that I ran across on the blog, Gorgeous Shiny Things.  I got totally sucked into this blog last night... so many great DIY's! I LOVE the fringed look of this oversized convex mirror. Ya'll know I'm a sucker for a convex.... 


I saw this space and was jealous immediately. I would LOVE a studio like this to paint in.... wowwie zowwie ya'll. Also- love that juju hat... I've had my eye on one of these guys for years now... will I ever bite the bullet and buy one? OR will I copy Gorgeous Shiny Things and pull off a great convex mirror DIY that is reminiscent of this juju hat!?! Decisions, decisions. 


As usual... dogs are part of my post. I love dog art. I mean, love it. I have painted one pup in my day... but I really want to paint my doggies one day. I love the wallpaper in this space as well as those gorgeous chairs. The slipcovered seat is SO pretty-- Don't you just love the whimsical quality that the pup painting brings to this space?


and speaking of dogs.... I added this amazing coffee table book to my Christmas wish list. Maddie on Things MUST come to my abode. She would fit right in.


And of course I pinned this... of course. Who knew this kind of cuteness even existed!?!


I hope all of you abode lovers have a great Friday and an amazing weekend! Make sure to stop by Sadie + Stella today to enter into the Laurel Dawn Giveaway! 

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