Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Beautiful Illustrations: Eleanor Grosch

If you know me, you know I love simple design with a great color palette. Clean lines, blocks of color, and a touch of a nostalgic feel. That's probably why I'm such a huge fan of the illustrations of Eleanor Grosch. Her prints are absolutely gorgeous. I purchased the skull print and had it framed in a chunky white frame as a gift for my sister, and I think it might have been one of her favorite gifts from me yet. And not only are they gorgeous, but they're insanely affordable. So buy yourself one, then buy one for your favorite friend!

Along with her prints, she also designs adorable greeting cards, t-shirts, coffee mugs, cd covers, posters, fabric and a ton of other goodies. I've seen her designs on keds shoes, baby clothing, diaper bags and even tiny sketchbooks at Urban Outfitters. She has such a distinct style that I know her work the second I see it! I hope you enjoy her work and are as inspired by it as I am! Here are a few of my favorite works of hers. Click here for her full site.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sun Room Makeover

Spring is just around the corner. Or is it already here? I can't ever tell. It's pretty nice today and should be even nicer and warmer soon, and I've been thinking about updating our screened in patio. It's such a fun space in our house, and it's the first thing you see when you come in the front door. But somehow, it seems to get overlooked. Last summer, we spent a lot of time expanding and updating our back deck, and that's usually where we end up when we are entertaining. So this year, the sweet sun room is going to get a cozy makeover. It's going to be perfect for those extra hot days since there's already a ceiling fan in there! So here are a few ideas and things I've discovered so far.

I've already started gathering a few things (like that awesome hammock swing x2) so hopefully I'll have before and afters within the next week! I want this space to feel relaxed and soft with a kind of beachy vibe with lots of curves as opposed to straight lines. I can't decide if I should use a strand or two of lights, but those little bird lights from Pottery Barn are calling my name! I want it to be nice at night too, so I'm going to try to find some nice candle lit wall sconces to make sure our nighttime sun room is extra vibey:) Stay tuned for more updates!

Monday, March 14, 2011

William Eggleston

I'm not the world's biggest fan of photography, but there's something about the photography of William Eggleston that I can't get enough of. Maybe it's that he's from the south (Memphis to be exact), and he captures moments or objects that we see every day and makes them seem beautiful. Or maybe it's how beautiful all the colors are in his photographs. After all, he has been dubbed "The Father of Color Photography." Either way, I just wanted to get the word out in case you're not familiar. Also, for my Nashville friends, he has an exhibit up at the Frist right now. Definitely check it out if you can. You won't be disappointed! Here's his web site so you can see a lot of his work, and below are a few of my favorites.

Hope you like these photos as much as I do! Happy Monday!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Airstream Before and After

Welcome to 3rd Bird Design! We are up and running out of the Airstream now! All the major work is finished, and now we're just waiting on fabric for the sofa and pillows. I have a temporary solution for both of those now. I'm not sure how long it will be until we get that part completed, so I thought I'd go ahead and share photos of our restoration. These are just photos taken with my iPhone, but I plan to have professional ones taken later as well. So here it is! Hope you enjoy!

Welcome to 3rd Bird! Come on in!


The sitting area before and after. This is where the custom fabric and pillows will go. For now, I have a sheet and two pretty pillows my mom made that will go back in my house after all this is finished.



Here's the kitchen transformed into my work space! It's so cozy you won't even believe it. I use the TV on the wall for client presentations. My wonderful father in law built the desk. Isn't it gorgeous?? And I could stare at the wallpaper all day long. Thanks, Lounge Interiors!



This is the little window I day dream out of sometimes. And if I'm lucky, a few pretty little birds will land on that fence post! My next DIY: Bird houses! I've got some good ideas:)

window copy

The food section slightly updated from before:) And a gorgeous lamp my thoughtful husband bought me for Christmas. I still can't find a good shade! Any suggestions on where to find a good one?



Yep. That's a fake fire/real heater. It's even cozier in here than you thought, right?


As most of you know, we always have a house full of people. So this works out when Casa de Singleton is all booked up! And it also works out when I need to rest my creative mind and take a little nap:)



This is my book shelf that's in the bathroom. Mainly because that would have been wasted space otherwise. I found that little ceramic origami bird at West Elm! And I haven't brought all my books out yet either, so the poor shelf looks a little naked now.


Here's the tiny bathroom before and after! The streaks on the window are from the product we used to try to buff the Airstream to a beautiful shine. We let it sit overnight, and it rained, so now I have streaky windows. Oops!



All of the cabinetry is beautiful and clean and white! I love it.


And last, but not least, a happy mistake! We didn't know that these metal panels were magnetic when we bought them! But I was especially excited when I figured that out!! It makes it easy to look over proofs throughout the day.


So that's it for now! I'm very excited to be working out in the Airstream. I could not ask for a better work space! I didn't put photos of this, but we made storage underneath the beds and sofa so I can store paper and extra supplies. Very handy! Hope you've enjoyed!!