Thursday, November 7, 2013

Woodyliana {Pillows} and More Cougar Town Love

I'm super excited about a package I received from the amazing Woodyliana.

But first, check this out.  I'm always surprised by how many people I've met who love the Cougar Town painting.   

Here she is at her normal home, Omega Cinema Props.

In Jules' living room on the set of Cougar Town.
In my living room, the painting I had a friend paint for me.

If you are new to the blog or haven't previously read about my mad love for the painting, you can check it out here and here.

I bring this up because I've recently found another friend with a similar attraction to the painting.  Liana of Woodyliana Textiles!  You may know her from her former etsy shop and I blogged about her awhile ago when I bought these Betwixt beauties from her.

As Mary Ann of Classic Casual Home says, Li is the Pillow Master!  In case you're not quite convinced of her pillow mastery, here are some of her lovelies:


Those lumbars in Vervain Ishtar might possibly be my all time favorite pillows.  I was sad that Mary Ann wasn't selling them at her moving sale. 

So imagine my surprise when Li texted me this morning and sent a picture of this:

How awesome is this?  Li painted it after being inspired by the original Cougar Town painting she saw on TV and by the one my friend painted for me that Li had seen in my living room.  She customized the size to fit a specific space in her home (that corner in her living room where she used to photograph her pillows for her etsy shop, for those of you who remember that).  I love this size and now I want it!
I also love how she blended the colors and the's all so great!   I just love it and I'm amazed at Li's many talents!

OK, so back to the pillows.  No matter how many I have, I never seem to have the right ones.  However, I firmly believe one can never have too many pillows (holla!) so I am always excited to buy more. 

I purchased this gorgeous fabric from Kravet last year and for the life of me I can't remember the name of it.


It's a yummy wool blend paisley, with black, cream and gold. 

I sent the fabric to Li and voila, a glorious package arrived.
Seriously, isn't her packaging beautiful?  I always kinda hate destroying it to get to the goodies inside.

So much attention to detail.


My crummy iPhone photos do not do them justice at all.  I really need to learn my new camera...I've been saying that for almost a year. 

I am so pleased with how the pillows turned out. 
They are soft and cozy....the perfect wintery touch in my mostly white living room (it's 84 today, but whatever).

If you want the best, Liana the Pillow Master is your girl.

Hope you're having a great week!

As always, thanks for stopping by.




Saturday, September 7, 2013

Hello Again {I'm still here}

Hello Friends! 

It has been so long!  Hope you are well.  Did not plan to take such a long hiatus, but, you know....moving is hard!

Where were we last time?  Oh yeah, you all were kindly helping me with this design dilemma...the ugly former wet bar turned cheesy half-assed desk.  Funky in a bad way.

You all had some fantastic ideas!  If you missed them, check back to the post and see all the great suggestions.

As per usual for me, I cannot make a decision without taking F-O-R-E-V-E-R, so here is what the space currently looks like:

I had the upper cabinet and everything else (except the plumbing) taken out.  With the fresh paint, it looks really clean and fresh, which I like.  This will do for now.    
No idea what will come next.

However, I do like the idea of something like this:

(Grey and Scout)

A small chest with a tall arrangement and some art would fill the space nicely and give me some much needed storage.  Been looking for one that is just the right size.

I have also made a little progress with my books.  Still have more books in storage, but making headway.

(sorry for the crummy iphone pics...too lazy to learn to use my nice camera ;)


If you follow me on Instagram (@homesweethollywood), you know that I finally made a decision on a rug for the living room.  Was hemming and hawwing (are those real words?) but got a much needed kick in the pants when West Elm put all rugs on sale 30% off!  Funny how that works.


 West Elm's Amer Wool Dhurrie rug, which is deceiving because it's not wool.  It's a beautiful linen and cotton blend that is hand-dyed so there are many different shades of blue.  I knew in a minute it was perfect for my room.  Done :)

So that's what I've been up about you?  How has your summer been?  It flew by for me in a blur of boxes, packing paper and bubble wrap. 

If you're still here, thanks for hanging around!  I really look forward to hearing from you.  Have a great weekend.




Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Design Dilemma ~ Wet Bar {or something}

OK my beautiful genius designer friends....I need your help! 

What would you do with a weird space next to a fireplace with an upper cabinet and an empty space where there used to be a wet bar?

The prior owner removed the wet bar/cabinet from the lower half of this awkward space and installed a glass shelf (I use the word installed lightly...the shelf is resting on some unfinished wood nailed to the wall).
Obviously the glass shelf debaucle is history, but what to do now?
I had hoped to put a bookcase on this wall to the right of the awkward former wet bar (below) but I don't want it to be too busy in that corner.

To refresh your memory of the space, below is a shot of that side of the living room with the former owner's furniture.
Entirely TOO much going on there for my taste.
Being a symmetrical gal, I would prefer to even up the look on both sides of the fireplace.  I can't think of a way to acheive that without busting the budget so I think that will have to wait. 
So in the meantime, here are the options I've come up with....and I'm hoping you all will have some better ideas!
1.  Have a proper cabinet installed in lower half of awkward space.
2.  Put in a wet bar and use as was intended (not likely to happen).
3.  Drywall over the whole thing and move on (this is the leader in the clubhouse at the moment).
What would you do?
Entertaining all possible solutions.  Would love to hear your ideas!
Hope you're having a good week so far!
~ Karen ~

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Cougar Town Painting {Crush} + Omega Cinema Props

Guys, I had the best time the other day!

Back story:
Last Sunday night while watching Mad Men, I caught a glimpse of the Cougar Town painting in a scene.  I practically jumped out of my chair, rewind, rewind!  WTF?

Snapped this from my TV screen just to prove I wasn't hallucinating.
Here's the deal....since Cougar Town is on a loooong hiatus, they had returned the painting to the prop rental house, Omega Cinema Props.  Being the lunatic stalker that I am, this got me thinking.  So that day at lunch I decided to pop over to Omega and see if I could see the real person!  It's only four miles from my office....why not?
Talked to a super nice man and he led me to a corner of the warehouse. 

And there it was.

(Seriously, I DID hear angels singing in my head and I got goosebumps.  I am SUCH a nerd.)

I just wanted to touch it and stare at it and then put it in my car.

The light fading of the's over 50 years old, and the amazing detail on the frame....yowser.  I was more in love than ever!

It's probably a good thing they won't sell anything
(even if you beg...I tried) because I would have bought that thing
No. Matter. The. Price. 
Omega also owns this other painting from the Cougar Town set that a lot of fans have gone crazy for. 

This one is very pretty and I would love to have it also, but it doesn't make me behave like a fool like the other one does.

After looking at the painting for a ridiculously long time, I decided to take a look around the prop house.  It's gigantic...I just saw one building.  There are several buildings...I was only looking at the "residential decor" building.  There are buildings with commercial props, medical props, etc. 
You name it, they have it for rent.

This beautiful antique table with 16 chairs caught my eye.  The wood was so aged and beautiful.  I mean seriously.
(some photos via my iphone, some via Omega stock photos) 










Barely scratched the surface of Hollywood's largest prop house.  How fun would it be to be a set dresser, go to Omega with your list and fill up a room to make it look real for the characters who live there?  Dream job!
As always, thanks for visiting.
 Hope you're having a great week!


#truelove :)