Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Alkemie's 100th Post & Alkemie's Home ~ A work in Progress




Since this is my 100th post (Yippee!!), I decided to
post about something that was more personal. I
didn't really know what I was getting myself into
when I started blogging and I've found that it has
really opened up a wonderful new world for me and
finding new friends and connections along with a
smorgasbord of brilliant ideas and beautiful photos
for more inspiration from everyone. I wanted to
thank everyone who has helped and encouraged me
and especially everyone who takes a moment out of
their precious time to visit my blog.


Ok, I suppose it's on to the photos. My home...is still
a work in progress. 1 Part or 2 looks decent and
the rest - I don't Dare show as it's mighty embarrassing.
You'll notice the banner to my blog is actually a photo
of my beloved lavender sofa. It looks pale blue to some
people, but it's actually a lavender or a light lilac color
which is the same as my walls (which in this case had not
been planned to match.) I am, in case those of you haven't
noticed, totally in love with purple...Pink doesn't hurt either :P



A closer photo of my beloved sofa. I rescued it from
Craig's list for free! I wish I had a before photo - it was
the ugliest green and brown sofa you'd ever seen. But
I got suckered in by the tufting and this is the end result.




The silhouette of myself is actually from Disneyland!
There's an amazing woman there who can cut silhouetts
with just paper and scissors and looking at your profile.
It never ceases to amaze me how she does it. She doesn't
need to sketch it or anything!


Master bedroom - still a work in progress. Still missing
drapes, a canopy, mirrors and etc. That's why you'll
only get to see a photo from this angle ^_^





Up to a couple of months ago, this is the way my living
room actually was. One night (I'm sure many of you
know what I'm talking about), I was inspired to do a little
rearranging and move furniture. You'll see below the
variance.




This was the end result of my rearranging. You're
probably wondering why I only took photos of this
side of the room. It's because the remaining 25% of
the room is unfinished! I'll do a follow up in a couple
of months when I get to actually finish my living room.


If you're wondering about the curtains,
they are Indian Saris I cut down and
had sewn into curtains. Perfect to
block out direct sunlight when watching
television.



I just got this gorgeous dresser in. I really
love mirrored furniture and the faux bamboo
look. What better than to combine the two?



I just bought this vintage pair of display cabinets.
They're being shipped as we speak. It is going
directly towards finishing my living room. Finally!
I have quite a collection of books, magazines and
vintage glass so this will definitely help in housing
some of my collections. Alright I admit it...I'm a
total collector and pack rat.

So here's a question for you all, how would you describe my style?
I seem to have schizophrenia when deciding what I like and I have
everything from Victorian parlor chairs to Mid-century modern
furniture, rococo items, Asian fabrics - you name it - I probably
have a bit of it somewhere. Because of this, most of the rooms
in my place are not planned. I just buy the things I like and try to
make it work together somehow.

I hope you've enjoyed a little glimpse into my world
and I look forward to many more posts with you all.

42 comments:

All Things Bright and Beautiful... said...

Alkemie!! Congratulations on your 100th post - - wwoooohhhooo!

And what a FAB post it is!! Thank you so much for showing us around your home - it's beautiful!!!

I am honored to be the first person to comment on not only your 100th post - but also your place :-)


Now, how would I describe your style??

Lively, unexpected, colourful and full of joie de vivre - a place which reflects the personality of a lady who I think is well traveled, fun, personable, stylish and just a little bit zany ...

My kind of girl :-)

Hugs to you bug and look forward to the next 100 posts :-)

Your fellow blogger in crime and "hello I'm an interior!" blog posts - F XOX

K.Imaginelli said...

Gorgeous home and a tres jolie blog. Those pictures of your living room should be in a magazine!

flow said...

great 100th post Karen!
I just love that sofa of yours... your place is gorgeous, very fem and a great collection of different styles of furnishings :)

Pigtown-Design said...

Brilliant! I love the colours and the light. Using the saris is a terrific idea. I have a cheapie one and am just waiting to find the right thing to do with it. Now you've inspired me!

Contrats on your 100th!

mandco said...

Your place is gorgeous!Love your sofa!And those shiny, black lamps are gorgeous!

I'd describe your style as modern classic with a huge splash of color, personality and love of life :-)

Congratulations on your 100th post! I'm already looking forward to the next 100 ;-)

Rebecca said...

In the past, I've wondered if the header might be a photo of your l.r. It always reminds me that I need to have my daughter's sillouhette done. It's such a classy touch. Your style wreaks of girly old-world. I love what you've done, take all the great bones of old world decor, but punch it up with color. Brilliant!

Jane said...

Congratulations!!

That gorgeous sofa isn't blue?? :p

Your style makes me think Hollywood Glam. Lush fabrics on both the sofa and chair, and now a glitzy mirrored dresser. Perfect in every way.

Jane from Atticmag

Turquoise Chic said...

I would describe your style as fabulous ;) By the way, where did you get those black lamps with the white shade behind your sofa? I LOVE THEM!!!

Topsy Turvy said...

Congratulations! Your blog is terrific and your home - gorgeous! I'd agree with Jane, and call your style Hollywood Glam.

-Lana

SimplyGrove said...

Congrats on your 100th post! I simply love your living room! I agree with Jane and Topsy Turvy, your style is VERY Hollywood Glam with a punch of world travel. Great job!

kkonmymind said...

You are so creative and resourceful! I think your living room is beautiful!

Suzy said...

Its lovely, I had no idea your header photo was actually your home! Good on you for getting it to a stage you can photograph and share with people - even if its only party done. You've inspired me to get my stuff together so I can get mine to a similar stage. Congrats on the 100th post, keep up the good work!

Mélanie said...

Feliciataions for your 100 th posts or Congratulations !
I would say it is alkeemie style !It is girlie , glamour !
I love your home

Villa Anna said...

Congratulations on your 100th post!! Such a fantastic and accomplished milestone :)

As far as your home, I'm gushing here! I had no idea your header was your livingroom!!! It's freaken GORGEOUS!

You KNOW I'm LOVING your tufted lavender sofa :) and your red wing back and that mirrored bamboo dresser. I agree with everyone else, your style is world traveller, modern classic and Hollywood glam all rolled up into one.

Absolutely stunning. What did you say you do for a living? And if you're not already a designer, why not? ;)

Anna :)

Decor to Adore said...

Hollywood Regency + traditional + bohemian = Alkemie.
You should pop on over to my blog where I did an entire post last Friday entitled "Purple Reign".
Congratulations on your 100th.

Diana said...

Love the pink accents - wonderful!

katiedid said...

Congrats! Your home is beautiful! FREE on Craig's list?!?!? I guess I will have to pay better attention! What a score! Keep up the great work. Maybe we will actually get to meet someday.:)

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Congratulations on your 100th post. I love your home. It is fresh, lively and very elegant. The color choices are inspired. You go, girl!

xo Lidy

Jessica Claire said...

congrats on the posting milestone Karen!

I would describe your style as feminine, eclectic glamour and ph so chic

Great score on those cabinets!

The Peak of Chic said...

Karen- LOVE your home! You've done such a wonderful job, and I think your home is proof that if you buy what you love, it all works together (although some skill is needed, and you have it!). No wonder that sofa is your pride and joy! I like that you chose lavender rather than a safe neutral. I don't know how to describe your style. Glam? Eclectic? Bold but feminine too??

annechovie said...

Congratulations on your 100th post, Karen! Thanks for sharing photos of your lovely home. You and I share the same affection for pinks and violets. I absolutely LOVE your rescued sofa! Thanks for adding so much to the blog community and VIVA ALKEMIE!

corine said...

Congratulations for being 100 posts old! Your blog is a source of joy and inspiration. I love reading you.

Alkemie said...

Thank you all soooo soooo much for all of your comments! I can't believe how kind everyone has been and believe me when I say I'll be walking on clouds the rest of the week ^_^

It's also been really great to hear what others see this style as. I could never put a name on it and all of your opinions and thoughts have definitely given me a better idea of how others see my space.

I wish I could give each and every one of you a hug!

Thank you again for making my week :-)

Karen

Teal Chic said...

Karen, what a beautiful home you have!!! As we both have stated in the past, we are simple but fancy...and that my friend is how I'd describe your lovely abode!

LondonCalling said...

What a stunning home you have! Congrats on the 100th post.

emily@designsmack said...

Happy 100 - here's to many more!! Your home is beyond fabulous - such talent and taste! I'm jealous! Thanks for sharing. The mirrored dresser is super. I also didn't realize your header was your house!

acaligurl said...

gorgeous chic!!!
wow quite smashing karen. i love the colours and the way you mixed & matched.

About Emily... said...

I LOVE your living room! So cute! My Living room is pink also- but pink and green...I adore your black ghost chair and sofa..you've done a great job!

Alkemie said...

Thank you so much! I know you all have superb taste judging from your blogs so I'm very very flattered and happy.

About Emily - I would love to see photos of Your living room! I love pink and green together too.

Turquoise Chic - I forgot to let you know that those black lamps with the white silk shades, I got those from Ballard Designs. I believe Z-Gallerie carries the clear version of them. They are extremely heavy because they are made of solid crystal. I love those lamps too ^_^

Karen

{this is glamorous} said...

Karen, loved the little glimpse into your home--the saris, new mirrored dresser and bedside tablescape are great.

Happy 100th post!

Anny said...

i'm digging the purple, since that's my fave color. thanks so much for sharing your personal space. i'm a new reader, but have bookmarked u!

Things That Inspire said...

Congratulations on your 100th post! I just did my 100th post today.

I love your tufted sofa...it is striking!

The silouette woman at Disney is amazing. When I was last there, I asked if they could glue the silouette to the reverse side of the card, which is plain white. That way you do not have the Disney logo around the silouette!

Cote de Texas said...

omg! I am SO impressed!!!! I love your apartment! the lilac and pink and red are just stunning. What a wonderful combination!!! love it and congrats on your 100th already??? you must post five times a day!
hahahah!!! I'm so slow at posting, I wish I was faster like you! Great blog and congrats.
JOni

Alkemie said...

Thank you for your wonderful comments!

Kate - Thank you :)

Anny - I'm honored and purple is one of my all time favorite color too :)


Things that Inspire - That's a very good tip about the pasting the silhouette on the other side. I'm bound to go there again and will remember that.

Joni - Thank you so much for coming by. I usually post 5 times a week. At least I try to. And as for you, you post less because you pack like five normal posts into one great one!

Furniture said...

Very pretty! I like your bedding too...

dolcechic said...

I'd love to see how the finished display cases look! I need help in the organization department!

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