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Alt SLC 2013

Image by Brooke Dennis

Image by Brooke Dennis

Altitude Design Summit is basically the blogging mecca of the universe.  No really.  It attracts bloggers of all kinds and genres, and when the big Salt Lake City conference happens each year, it is super surreal to look around at all of the talent in the room.

It is held at the gorgeous five star Grand America hotel, truly one of the most beautiful hotels I have seen in quite awhile.

I mean, this was my room.  The most basic of all the rooms, and it looked like this!

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Pretty nice, eh?

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The view from my hotel room was simply stunning.

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Architecturally, the Grand America has many beautiful details to take in.

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Can you believe the fretwork on this molding?!

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Of course, as much as I loved staring at all of the pretty around me, I was there for one reason – to learn!

Image by Justin Hackworth

Image by Justin Hackworth

Image by Justin Hackworth

Image by Justin Hackworth

Yes, I am kinda sorta Type A and always sit in the front row.  But there was sooo much information to glean, I wanted to make sure I took it all in.

My favorite panel of the entire conference (because it was full of the most specific information) was the one pictured below.  From left to right, my sweet friend Jenny of Little Green Notebook, Merrilee Lilliard of MerMag, fellow Texan Camille of Camille Styles, and the amazingly creative and talented Annie Selke, the mastermind of Annie Selke Home, Dash & Albert, and Pine Cone Hill.

Image by Justin Hackworth

Image by Justin Hackworth

The ever lovely Darcy Miller, Editorial Director of Martha Stewart Weddings spoke at a session and gave us all Dean & Deluca dark chocolate candy bars!  (She and I speak the same language.)

Image by Justin Hackworth

Image by Justin Hackworth

Another highlight was getting to hear Heather Armstrong of Dooce.com, Emily Henderson (she was there with her sidekick, Orlando, and is darling in person) who has her own show on HGTV, Secrets from a Stylist, and also blogs here, and Maxwell Ryan, founder and editor of Apartment Therapy.

Image by Justin Hackworth

Image by Justin Hackworth

This pretty lady was there, too.  The very warm and softspoken in real life, Jessica Alba, blogs for and runs The Honest Company, a one-stop source for non-toxic baby products.

Image by Justin Hackworth

Image by Justin Hackworth

Of course, it was not all work and no play.  Every night, there were parties with varied themes – the detail would blow your mind!  The Clue Party was my favorite!  Each Alt attendee was to choose a Clue character and dress from head to toe in that character’s hue: Mrs. Peacock – Blue, Mr. Green – Green, Mrs. White – White, Colonel Mustard – Mustard, Professor Plum – Plum, Miss Scarlett – Red.  The ballroom was set up in different rooms – the parlor, the library, etc. – and each partygoer traveled from room to room for different goodies and delicious food.  It was tons of fun!  Jenny and I both chose Green.

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I bought that skirt at an estate sale two years ago, and it has been sitting patiently in my closet.  It moves beautifully, and I felt great in it; I will definitely be wearing it more!

The displays at the conference were so well done,

Image by Brooke Dennis

Image by Brooke Dennis

and it was so fun to see everyone’s business cards.  (By the way, mine were designed by the crazy talented Kat Phillips of TheGrayAttic.com.)

Image by Justin Hackworth

Image by Justin Hackworth

Jordan of Oh Happy Day and I got the giggles at the last session.  I don’t know her super well, but it is kind of strange when a photographer is clicking away right in front of you.  (thanks Justin!)

Image by Justin Hackworth

Image by Justin Hackworth

Image by Justin Hackworth

Image by Justin Hackworth

Here are a few of my Instagrams from the trip.  Do you follow me?  I’d love it if you would!  (You can follow me by clicking the link below or following me @AStoriedStyle)

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Dinner Menu from the Better Homes & Gardens dinner – by the way, the staff at BHG is incredible!  Seriously, they are all so lovely and genuinely interested in what their readers want and need.  Love them!

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Tiny thimble-size Bonne Maman preserves!  Do you remember this post?  I sadly didn’t get any of the preserves, but I did manage to bring home a tiny little honey jar!

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Delicious room service!

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View from the window of the Grand America.  Love the red berries against the snow!

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Even though I got stranded there due to the crazy blizzard they were having, I had such a wonderful time! I learned SO much, got to meet with some amazing people, and was able to spend time with some of my favorite blogging friends!  Can’t wait until Alt NYC in June!

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Written by Grace

Libraries…not just for books

Elle Decor

In the home we live in, built in 1921, we have a lovely library.  It is the largest room in the house, holds a couple of gorgeous stained glass windows, the original wood stained floors, bookcases, and moldings, and the original wedding cake chandelier.  There are also ten original crystal sconces evenly spaced on the bookshelves.  They still work!

It sounds lovely, doesn’t it?  Sadly, it has been a bit of a storage room since we moved in.  My husband still uses it as his office, and the TV is located in the room, so we do use it, it just isn’t quite as pretty as I would like quite yet.  Several people have asked if we had ever thought about making it our bedroom or some other interesting room instead of an upstairs living room/office area, which led me to these photos.  I think with our current layout, the plan we have going for it now is the best, but it is fun to think about.   It needs some work, but we have made some improvements – I hope to have photos of our hint of progress soon!  In the meantime, feel inspired by these pretty images.

 Dining Room Libraries

(I was recently informed, “this is very New York” due to people having to make multi-use rooms because of spacing constraints.)

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Suzanne Slesin

 

Marie Claire

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Keith Irvin

Domino

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My Notting Hill

Badgley Mischka, Elle Decor

James Andrew

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Jonathan Adler

Vogue

Bedroom Libraries

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in the fun lane

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Fernando Marques

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Todd Romano

Roger Ebert’s Bedroom Library

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Do you need to put a library in an unexpected room in your home now?  I think it would be fairly easy and budget friendly with Jenny’s Ikea Hack!

There is something so intriguing about a shelf of books, yes?  My husband and I love to read, and I know we live in a Kindle-filled world, but there is something special about holding a book in your hand or tucking one in your bag.  Hard back books with pretty covers are my fave, and we love to read classic literature; therefore, one of my saved searches on Ebay is for classics from the 1800′s.  When an affordable one pops up, I buy it, but it will take a lllooonnnggg time to fill all of the shelves in here.  I am sitting in our library as I type glancing around (at the laundry next to me – ha!), seeing a long to-do list, but imagining how lovely it will be when I am through!

See you tomorrow.  xoxo

Why I Hoard Old Frames {DIY Tutorial}

Okay, maybe not hoard.

But if I see an old frame I like at a consignment store or estate sale, I buy it.  And it is almost never because of the art inside.  Most of the time, the frame holds a print I would consider complete cheese, and I put it in my garage sale box.  If I am planning a simple project, or a non-uniform gallery wall, I find ready made frames to be expensive (at least $20 ) and custom framing is $$$.  Therefore, I have  a little stash of frames at my house.

One of the many projects I have going at my home right now is I am switching the guest room/my office into what will be the future girls room.  This has been a long process, and I am finally seeing a tiny ray of light at the end of the tunnel.  After peering into what seemed like a bottomless drawer of hair bows in my little girl’s dresser, I knew I needed to organize.  I marched myself to my frame stash.  Picked one.  Marched to the garage, pulled out my trusty “small item” spraypainting cardboard, and got to work.

Here is the original frame.  Pretty, but nothing special.

A couple of coats of Benjamin Moore’s High Gloss Spray paint in “Euro Blue”, and we were moving right along.  Benjamin Moore paint has a fast drying time typically so it is nice to use for these quick little projects.  Love the electric blue color, too.

Two coats took me all of five minutes, and I let it dry for about ten minutes.  It was still a bit tacky when I brought it inside, but not wet.

Some ivory satin ribbon, a staple gun, and some scissors were all I needed to finish the hair bow holder.

The bows were added, color coordinated, of course!

Note to self: take better photos of this project.  It was about 9:00 at night when I did this so the lighting was not the best.  Sigh…

Nevertheless, the entire project took me less than thirty minutes!  I was thinking, too, this project doesn’t just have to be for hair bows.  You could turn the ribbon horizontally and attach photos, notes to self, pretty invitations, or Christmas cards, using clothespins.  Experiment a little!

Jenny, from Little Green Notebook, made a frame from an old one in this DIY project.  I want to try it!

Do you have any old frames laying around?  How could you use this idea?

{Reader Emails} What To Do With The Big Black Box

Happy Monday to all!  A regular feature I hope to include in A Storied Style are reader emails.  I love hearing from you, and I love helping you sort out your design dilemmas!  So if you have any questions, thoughts, or comments, please feel free to use the Contact page or email me at Submissions @ AStoriedStyle .com, including the subject title “Reader Emails”.

I received the following email a couple of weeks ago and thought her predicament would connect with many of you.

Hey Grace,

What to do with the ugly tv in a stylish living room? I am not a fan of hanging them above the fireplace (I want to decorate my mantle not put technology up there!)… I hate big media center-beast type furniture…but there is a need for a tv in my house and I want it to work with my eclectic, fun, hodge-podge house….How can I mix my big-ugly tv with the rest of my pretty stuff?

Feel free to ignore this, just thought others might have the same predicament…

I’m sure many of you can relate to this.  You’re over the “Tower of Power” (please tell me you are),

and you don’t necessarily want a media cabinet.  (although I do think this can work if your piece is interesting and un-fabricated looking)
There is hope outside of these options.
If you have a bigger budget, I think built-in bookshelves can be intriguing enough to draw the eye away from the big black box.
Lonny
The custom made thick white frame surrounding the television is really stunning here.

Katie Ridder

Absolutely Beautiful Things

Windsor Smith

Hudson Cabinetry

This unit is not necessarily built-in, but I think the use of shelves is genius and extremely well-done.

House Beautiful

Hiding the television behind art is a fun idea.  And yes, I know you can purchase remote controlled art that lifts up to reveal the television behind it, or mirrors that change at the push of a button to show it is really a television, and that is all fine and dandy, but I’m trying to be realistic ($$$) for the general public and myself.

This girl screwed L-shaped brackets onto the back of her canvas and simply rests it on top of her television when she wants to conceal it.  Easy breezy.

John's Journal

This one has its own little track to roll on.

Southern Living

This is cleverly disguised, yes?  And it’s in a bathroom!!

Sroka Design

I like the cute little doors, too.  An option that works well over a fireplace.

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Country Living

Cote de Texas

Love the ones that roll along the metal bar: barn door style!

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Crisp Architects

Schmitt&Company

I’d like to try this myself: hide the television behind a vintage roll-down map or botanical chart!

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However, probably my most favorite (and attainable!) idea is the TV gallery wall.  Done correctly, it can draw your focus away from the television and onto pretty and interesting things.  Behold, a bevy of inspiration!

Shaina Mailloux

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Atlanta Homes

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Little Green Notebook

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One Kings Lane

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Erin Valecich

Accents of black seem to work well (as does painting your wall black), since the black mimics the black frame of the television.  These silhouettes from Better Homes and Gardens are cute (seen in the photo below), and you can download and print them here!  Another Fun Idea: chalkboard paint your wall and draw pretty chalk frames – you could even fill your chalk “frames” with pictures or art!

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Apartment Therapy

Real Living

I just finished a couple of living rooms (a formal and a casual) this weekend.  The casual living room housed a television, and I cannot wait to show you the TV gallery wall we put together!  Stay tuned for pictures, how-to’s and lots of inspiration from those rooms later on in the week!

Do you have a television that needs some pizazz?  How will you use these ideas?  What’s your solution to “teleguise” – ha!  Tell me, I’m all ears!

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