Thursday, July 28, 2011

Summer Love

Life is getting in a the way.
Check back with FontyFest next week for new sweet nothings.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Home Sweet Home

Have you seen the latest issue of House Beautiful?
It is all about small spaces, and I am fairly sure Mr. Fonty, our buddy Ryman, and I could lively quite peacefully in 1,400 square feet if our house looked like this cutie (as long as we maintained our separate DVRs).
I am so in love with these cabinets! And don't get me started on the painted hardwoods.
Mr. Fonty pointed out that the front drawers must be dummy panels to accomdate the sink. I still like it.
(and yes, I got him to look at my design magazine. I had a captive audience on our flight to Texas)

I have been on the hunt for a chair just like this for months. Worn in to perfection
Love the blue doors. I'm trying to work up the courage to do this in our house.
This sink paired with the floors is heavenly.
Right now we have dual pedestal sinks, and while adorable, they are so impractical. I love the style and function of this sink.

Monday, July 25, 2011

We'll Leave The Light On For You

 I have found the holy grail of home design. What I wouldn't give to have Porchlight Interiors make over every square inch of my house. Two Ellie did a post on Porchlight and it was love at first sight.

That ikat lampshade is ridiculous

You can never have too much color

But then again black, white, and grey is so classic


Porchlight has a blog too. Happy Reading!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Windy City Wedding

We're off to Chicago this weekend to celebrate one of my dearest friend's wedding.
Congratulations, Megan & Chris!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Tooling Around

On the road again

Working in the music industry, Mr. Fonty brings a lot of creative and interesting people into our lives. One of the most creative (and endearing) of these people is Jonny Corndawg.
Jonny spends his time traveling around the country singing his songs and stealing people's hearts. He creates impressive leather workings (is that a word?). His work is very popular in the Fonty house. The buddyman has a dog collar, Mr. Fonty has a belt, and I gave him a belt for our wedding, and chances are you have received a belt as a gift at some point. Jonny can create any custom design you like. He doesn't stop at belts and collars, though. Jonny makes guitar straps, bags, and custom landscapes - I had one done of Mr. Fonty's beloved Explorer with Ryman waiting for a ride outside. It was a big hit.
Email Jonny to place an order:

An assortment of belts.

Dog Collars

Fonty Dog's beloved collar from his best bud Jonny.

Credit card wallet for the photo enthusiast
Credit Card Wallet How cute is the Westie?
I call Westies "Bernie dogs", because my favorite Westie is Bernie Moss-Stewart. Hi B-man!
Jonny's guitar is a work of art
Parker Gispert's custom Jonny gutar strap.
Guitar strap for Taylor Goldsmith from Dawes

This hand tooled bag that was stolen :(
Hey Mr. Fonty, I'd love a bag like this for my camera... Just saying.
 Go See Jonny on the road! TOUR
Come back to Athens soon, Mr. Corndawg!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

DIY: Pin Up Girl

Our guest bathroom has been a total after thought, but one thing that has driven me crazy since we moved in was the make shift wallpapered shelves. Even my dad made fun of it when they visited. I had an extra hour one afternoon, and decided it was time to tackle the push-pinned paper mess.
The shelves have strange notches making it hard to simply re-wallpaper. To remedy this, I upholstered foam core board panels cut to perfectly fit the shelves. This trick can be used on any shelving or even add some interest to the back of a hutch. As long as you can recover your panel, you can continually change the look of your house.

What You'll Need:
3/4 yard fabric (will vary based on shelf size)
Foam Core
Exacto Knife
Staple Gun (I love the Powershot)
1/4in. staple gun staples
Spray Adhesive
Large piece of cardboard to cut on - unless you like the look of ruined hardwoods.

Before: Not so bad, but up close it was a hot mess

Put up with push pins and seams glued together, and it still didn't stretch across the whole shelf. Ick.

I had this Annie Selke fabric laying around from a bulletin board project.
I thought the grey would look great with the blue-grey wainscotting in the bathroom

 Step 1: Use the exacto knife to cut the foam core to the dimensions of shelf. (All 3 of my shelves were different sizes just to make this project even more fun.)
I cut out notches to accomodate the shelf supports. Luckily the fabric is forgiving if your cuts are a little wavy.
*Don't forget to cut on another surface. You do not want cut marks on your floor.
Step 2: Cut fabric with an inch border around foam core
Step 3: Spary fabric with Spray Adhesive
Step 4: Line up the pattern to the foam core

Step 5: Fold the edges tightly around the panel. Staple the fabric to the back of the foam core

Ta-Da! One down, Two to go...

Step 6: Place the panels in the shelves (I realize the second shelf isn't straight. I'll fix that... someday)

How cute is the little Mr. Fonty?!

Not how they will permanently be styled, but I had a bunch of frames lying around
Making the panels allowed me to have a perfet fit in the corners.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tunesday with George: Washed Out

George is at the Biscuit Blog today. His pick for the week is Perry, GA's own, Washed Out. Gotta support your friends.
A great summer anthem:

Tunesday with Melissa: Gillian Welch

Mr. Fonty has his Tunesday, and today, I am sharing my pick too.
Gillian Welch's new album, The Harrow & The Harvest, came out a few weeks ago, and it is just lovely. It is a bit slower and even more bluegrass influenced than her other albums.

I was able to see Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings at the legendary and tiny Station Inn in my first month in Nashville. It was an amazing show and I will always have a soft spot for this duo. Their creative relationship and friendship is so wonderful. Mr. Fonty and I are get to see them again at the newly rebuilt Georgia Theater in a few weeks!

I am a huge proponent of buying physical albums. I love reading liner notes and eating up album artwork (and my husband works for a record label and I'm a music snob). Like Robert Ellis' unique, embossed packaging, Gillian Welch went out of her way to set her album art apart and encourage fans to get into the record store. Each album is letterpressed by hand and coffee dipped to give it a warm, aged look. Attention to detail! Here is a super interesting clip filmed at Aardvark Letterpress about the process:

My favorite Gillian Welch/David Rawlings song:

Dave & Gillian with their constant collaborators, Old Crow Medicine Show (Wish I had been this graceful when singing The Weight on stage. But that's a story for a different day.):

Monday, July 18, 2011

Gone Fishing

 For the record, I was the fisherwoman of the day:
Mrs: 6
Mr: 0
Not that I have been bragging about it.

Made With Love

EmersonMade is no secret to the blog world. I may be wrong on this, but I believe EmersonMade began with her cute wedding accessories and flower clutches, and then launched into a full clothing line. Her clothes are modern and feminine - a hard mix to acheive. In a dream world, my closet would have every items from her current line - and I would look effortlessly chic like Emerson in all the clothes.  

19060's Tweed Jacket $238
If you watch Secrets of a Stylist on HGTV and read Emily Henderson's blog, you will know this is a favorite jacket of hers too.
Little Blouse - Derby Pleat - Little Swimmers Print
Derby Pleat Shirt $168
Little Blouse - Seersucker Derby
Seersucker Derby $138
Golden Fishes Blouse $178
Yes Skirt - Dungaree Blue
Yes Skirt $148
I recently purchased the Highrise Stretch Bluebells and I can't wait for my tailor to be done hacking off 10 inches to make them fit my short stature. My friend Meredith aways look so style-y in her high waisted jeans. Now I can copy her. ha Thanks, Mere!
Stretch Bluebells - HighRise Indigo
Highrise Stretch Bluebells $198

EM Lowriders $198
And because designing clothes wasn't talent enough, Emerson has branched out to home decorEAT Table Linens - SOLD OUT!

Here adorably stunning home that makes me want to move right in was featured on Design*Sponge.

I know this pantry rack has had the organizational freak in all of us drooling.