Monday, April 29, 2013

Raspberry ...

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                                                                                                 shoes: mango,
                                                                                                 jeans: zara,
                                                                                                 t-shirt: stradivarius,
                                                                                                 blazer: thanks to sheinside (here),
                                                                                                 scarf: stradivarius,
                                                                                                 watch: michael kors,
                                                                                                 bracelet: pandora,
                                                                                                 bag: mona,
                                                                                                 sunglasses: ray ban,
                                                                                                 ph. Maja

As you probably noticed, I'm not having that much time for the blog lately but I will give my best to update this place at least two times per week. And I will stop b...ching about that fact, cause it want change it in the near future! ;)
This post was made three weeks ago, when it was still chilly, so I paired raspberry jeans with white blazer and printed scarf. Do you like it?
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Updated Office Pictures

This month marks two years since I moved into this office.  Where does the time go?  The last time I posted pictures I believe was here, so I figured I owed y'all some updated pictures.  Truth be told, it is rarely in any condition to be is a "working" office after all.  However, a few weeks ago after another shoot we decided to take some quick pictures and here they are...
 Trim has been painted and the desk chairs have survived a few makeovers.
 One side houses all the fabric samples and catalogs...
 The other side is shelving filled with bags marked for current client projects.
 I don't have pictures of the rest of the office right now because it is in transition.  I did include the exit though because the trim is painted one of my current favorite colors- Sherwin Williams 6215 Rocky River.
I still have the option to close the walls but I don't think I ever will, I love the exposed walls.  Like everything else, it is a work in progress but I am glad it is mine.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Look What Came To The Booth

This week I have several new (to the booth, actually very old) pieces coming in, including this beauty.  A hazard of having a space seems to be that I want to keep everything for myself.  It is even better in person!
Come see me in #15 at Interiors & Antiques!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Back to black ...

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                                                                                              shoes: bershka,
                                                                                              skirt: zara (here),
                                                                                              t-shirt: stradivarius,
                                                                                              bag: thanks to romwe (here),
                                                                                              trench coat: thanks to oasap (here),
                                                                                              sunglasses: raen,
                                                                                              watch: michael kors,
                                                                                              ph. Maja

Okay, let's try this option for shedule posts. If everything goes well, you will read it while I'm still at my work. :)
Lot's of new things are in the game, and time by time I will reveal them all.
You have been asking me a lot about business looks, and  this will be my version of that. Not typical at all, but that's me. :)
What do you think?


Instagram ?

I just recently got on to Instagram.  I know I am behind....what's new.  I have to say, I am loving it.  It is a great way to see glimpses of beauty and inspiration throughout the day.  I have received some great recommendations of people to follow but I wanted to know who you love.
Send recommendations my way please!  You can find me HERE, my name on Instagram is mariannestrong.

I am currently playing a serious game of catchup after High Point, I hope to be back soon but we will see...

Monday, April 22, 2013

Before & After: Chair for Bargain Bash

Still in High Point but I wanted to share a quick B&A.  A few weeks ago the Junior League of Birmingham asked if I would give a donated piece of furniture a makeover to be auctioned off at their Bargain Bash for charity.  Of course I said yes!  So this was the piece I chose...

Maybe it was the cane (because I love LOVE cane), maybe it was the incredible detailing all over or maybe it is because I have a chair obsession appreciation but for whatever reason it spoke to me.  Some progress shots here and here.  And here it is ready to find a new owner...
 The linen used for the cushion is absolutely divine.  While it reads blue upon closer look you can see it is so much more intricate than just a plain solid.  
I decided to keep it simple and pretty rather than loud and fun.  I was torn, but since it is being auctioned off for a good cause I wanted it to appeal to large audience.  
The finish is a Bray; really could go with so many color schemes.  It could also fit in so many different types of rooms/spaces.
 One from behind as well...
 This beauty will be auctioned off this Thursday night at Bargain Bash, part of the Bargain Carousel.  For information please visit here.  Hope to see you there!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

If your status ain't hood ...

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                                                                                            boots: zara,
                                                                                            jeans: bershka,
                                                                                            shirt: thanks to Sheinside (here),
                                                                                            blazer: zara,
                                                                                            bag: mona,
                                                                                            sunglasses: ray ban,
                                                                                            watch: michael kors,
                                                                                            ph. Maja

Last week was pretty much hectic for me, so I couldn't manage to upload already prepared posts. I suppose that scheduling will be the only one solution for the upcoming days. Let's try it!
For this look I matched new stripped blouse with old ripped jeans, biker boots and girly blazer.
Do you like it?

Quiet Time

Friday, April 19, 2013

To Market I Go...

The last time I went to High Point Market I was five months pregnant, about to move into my office and the year was 2011.  I was also escorted by Camila, a fellow blogger who I am so honored to call a close friend.  We had a great time and I could not have asked for a better trip. 
Tomorrow I leave to return to High Point.  Even though it has only been two years it feels like so much has changed since then.  Henry is now running around like a Wile E. Coyote instead of kicking my ribs, the office feels like it has been my home forever and sadly, Camila can't make it this time around (although we shall reunited soon)!
 My escort this time around will be my Mom and I am happy she is coming.  She usually comes to the Atlanta Market with me so she has an idea of what is ahead, albeit on a much smaller scale.  Hopefully while I am there I can catch up with some "internet friends", such a shallow term for something much deeper.   Above and below are pictures from last time- Lauren up top and Traci below.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  If you are going to Market let me know!!!!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Next Gilver?

Gilver seems to continue to be all the rage- a mix of gold and silver.  I love it, such a happy medium.  However, there is another mix of colors I have been loving too but I am not sure what the name would be.  The color is the perfect blend of Gray/Brown or Grey/Brown for purposes of new name.  A color chameleon that could go either way depending what it is paired with.  What do you think the word is?

Grown? No. Grewn, Grawn, Bray, Brey....Nothing seems to be as catchy as Gilver.  Do we just stick with Taupe?  Seems so boring.  
(Chair makeover moving along)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Reason #47 I Cannot Have a Nice Car

#47- Constant transportation of items that could potentially give you Tetanus (although it would be worth it).

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Thinking Of You

My posts are usually scheduled earlier in the week, as was this morning's post.  I wanted to take a moment to let all of you out there hurting from yesterday's tragedy I am thinking and praying for you.  

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers.  You will always find people who are helping." -The Mister Rogers Parenting Book via The Huffington Post

Recent Inspiration

Mirrored door and gorgeous floor...
Industrial Lighting and Wood...
Greenery, Greenery, Greenery!!!!
Classic Neutral...
Reading Spaces... 
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Via My Pinterest

Monday, April 15, 2013

Do my thing ...

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                                                                                               boots: isabel marant,
                                                                                               pants: oviesse,
                                                                                               sweater: stradivarius,
                                                                                               bag: mona,
                                                                                               sunglasses: ray ban,
                                                                                               watch: michael kors,
                                                                                               bracelet: pandora,
                                                                                               ph. Maja

This weekend I manage to make several posts, so I can update you during the working days. And here we are: cropped pants, my favorite type of shoes ever and neon sweater were my choice for Sunday.
Do you like it?

Chair Makeover Update

Last week I posted about a project I am working on for the Junior League of Birmingham for their Bargain Carousel.  I was asked to give a donated piece a makeover that will be auctioned off for charity.  Here is the before again...
 And here is the "in between".  The fabric has been changed, now it is time for paint before it is completed.
I used two amazingly beautiful linens- one for the body and one for the contrast welt.  I could not decide if I wanted to go funky or classic pretty and I finally decided on the latter.  I am not completely sure on the paint color yet but I am pretty sure I am going to keep it in the quiet elegance pictures coming soon!