Decor, Home, My house

Sue At Home in Ladies’ Home Journal

As you may know by now, I am the Fashion Editor for Ladies’ Home Journal magazine. So when some of my fellow editors wanted to photograph a story for the April issue about bringing spring color into your home, they thought of my colorful abode and more specifically, my hot pink chair.

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My pink chair (you can read all about it here) has gotten a lot of love in the past. It’s one of my most read posts, most repinned pins, and it was featured on Emily A Clark’s blog, Centsational Girl’s Best of DIY site, and Apartment Therapy’s Room for Color. (Hey look! There it is again over in the sidebar! Click there for more living room pics.)

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But this time, it’s in a magazine. A huge national magazine. (OK. I know that I’m one of the editors so it’s kinda like nepotism but still, I’m happy to be included!)

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So on a chilly day in January, I was pleased to invite two of my fellow LHJ staffers and a small photo team into my home for the shoot (the zero-minute commute was kinda awesome too).

Right away photographer Jennifer Causey and her assistant got to work setting up lights and reflectors and getting my pink chair ready for its close-up. I usually prefer a neutral pillow on the chair but for the purposes of the story, editor Lauren Piro brought lots of bright spring-y options. The yellow one from Target was the clear winner.

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Note: The chair has faded A LOT and is due for another dye job but I just couldn’t get it done before the shoot, So yes, she has had a Photoshop touch up for the LHJ final image you see below. When it gets a little warmer, I’ll be ok with dying on the deck again!

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But the chair wasn’t the only image shot in my house. We also put some artwork from Society6 on my bedroom dresser and styled it with some of my jewelry.

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Do you know what it’s like to have a photo crew, including some of your coworkers, in your bedroom on a Thursday afternoon? It’s weird, people. It’s weird. Luckily, one of those fellow coworkers is my dear friend, our very talented photo director Clare Lissaman, who always knows how to put people at ease on a shoot.

The story also featured my painted kitchen cabinet. It’s one of my favorite DIY projects in my house (you can see it up top in my header collage) but I’ve had such a hard time getting a good shot of it for the blog so that’s why I’ve never written about it.

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The cabinet looks so pretty that I almost don’t notice the fugly countertops!

So how was she able to get that brighter shot in my windowless kitchen? What photo skills does Jennifer have that I don’t have? This big ass light, that’s what! (And I’m sure she has lots of other great photo skills too! But the light helps.)

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That beauty totally brightened up the space.

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I was totally thrilled to be included in the issue and I want to thank my co-workers for including my home and supporting Sue at Home. If you’d like to order a subscription to Ladies’ Home Journal, just click the affiliate link in my sidebar.

With the happy spring weather, I’ve decided to come out of my hibernation and I can’t wait to get some spring projects happening soon. Stayed tuned for our newly painted playroom, a new headboard, a hallway makeover and…drum roll…a complete bathroom renovation!

XO

Sue at Home

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Decor, Home, My house

You, Too, Can Have a Hot Pink Chair

As my readers know, one of my favorite things in my house is my hot pink chair. It took me a few hours and several boxes of RIT dye to change a white velvet slipcover from this old (ie: no longer available) PB Teen chair into the fuchsia beauty it is now. You can read all the details about the DIY dye job here.

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I have a feeling other people like pink chairs too because the DIY pink chair post has become one of my most read.

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And now I’m a trend setter because OBVIOUSLY this new pinky from Cost Plus World Market is inspired by my chair.

I’m kidding, of course. But seriously, go buy it! It’s gorgeous, has a rich color, has the same pretty legs as mine, and it’s tufted. Oh…and it’s only $229.99. So, now you get to have it without drowning in dye like I almost did. You’re welcome.

XO

Sue at Home

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Pin of the Week: Pink Chairs

It’s no surprise that this week’s Pin of The Week was repinned. I mean, it’s a hot pink chair! Who doesn’t love a pink chair? OK – maybe the men in our lives don’t but I’m here to fight that notion. Look at this pic. Sure, the chair is pink but the rest of the room isn’t. Those grey walls and black desk are totally gender neutral. Quite simply, pink makes people happy. So, here’s my challenge to you: Show me the man who has lost his masculinity by having a pink chair in his house. What? You can’t find one? Yeah – I didn’t think so.

I saw my gorgy Pin of the Week on Mimi + Meg but it’s originally from a High/Low feature in Style At Home. Can you guess if this is the high or the low?

Let’s take a look at some more pink chairs and sofas (and even a bench and table combo). Do you love them? Are you brave enough to put one in your home?

I saw this baby on Small Shop in a guest post from Amelia of Colour Bloc. While zipping through the hundreds of blogs on my Google Reader, this image stopped me in my tracks. A pink chair does it every time! Love the nailhead wall and the almost highlighter tone of the chair.

I love this color against a dark wall. Is it dark chocolate? So sleek and not stuffy at all. via Apartment Therapy

This modern chair is a welcome surprise in that traditional space. And that disco ball on the shelf makes me cry happy tears. via The Househome

Welcome home! via Lonny

I’ve always loved this picture. It’s so luxe but looks like such a well-lived room. Maybe cause there’s a kid standing on the pink sofa! I love that little section of pictures on the wall. It keeps the room from feeling too fancy or precious. via ELLE Decor

This is an oldie from my Pinterest board and the link isn’t working anymore (anyone know the source?) but I had to include it. Those chairs really warm up a somewhat cold space. Sidenote: check out that 2-way couch. Great for entertaining but not much else.

This one was from Luxe and Lillies though I don’t know the original source. It’s so cozy and pretty. This is pretty much my dream room. (I just discovered that there are no less than 4 pins of this room from various angles on my Me Likey…home stuff Pinterest board. Oops. Guess that shows the love!)

Rita Konig via The Estate of Things‘s one simple magenta chair surrounded by a fabulous gallery wall and a gorgeous bar table is well…nothing short of spectacular.

The Hotel Belle Juliette in Paris (can you think of a more girly name than that?) features a room in the same palette as Sophia’s, lavender walls with hot pink. (You can see Soph’s room up in my blog header.)

I love a fancy pants hot pink sofa or chair paired with ultra modern stuff. via Small Shop

What a happy dining room! via Adore magazine

A lipstick chair is perfect for a feminine dressing room/closet. A girl needs to sit down to put her fancy shoes on, right? Via Tinsley Hutson-Wiley Interior Design

One of my favorites ever though it’s really too antiquey for me. And I think Pablo would draw the line at the green wall and feminine mirror! From my Me Likey..Home Stuff Pinterest board but the link isn’t working. I know I have the tearsheet of this somewhere too. (Anyone remember the source?)

 Even something more utilitarian can be pretty in pink! via This Pretty Space

This color saturated chair is SICK in an otherwise neutral space. From designer Tamara Kaye-Honey via Bitohoney blog via Design Manifest

So, here’s the thing: I want more pink in my house. I’ve got a hot pink cashmere throw on the sofa and of course, there’s this in the bedroom and this in the dining room but that’s not enough. At least not for me! I have this chair with a white slipcover in the living room. (See it below in this picture from Christmas-time. Guess I need to take some more recent pics of my living room!)

I got it at PB Teen a few years ago and sadly they don’t make it anymore. When I bought it, the slipcovers were on sale so I got three of them: white, pale pink and pale blue. I figured I could use the chair in one of the kids rooms in the future but the colors of the slipcovers are all wrong. So, I’m thinking: could I get brave and dye the light pink slipcover darker pink? I mean, it’s sitting in a bin in my make-shift linen closet so why not? And if it comes out horribly, I still have the white one that I love.

The scary part is not the presence of a hot pink chair in the living room. It’s the dying part that terrifies me. I’ve always been scared of the idea of dumping some dye in my nice washing machine. I mean, that’s the thing that takes dirt out of clothes – not puts color in! Won’t it dye my washer? Anyway – I’ve decided to be brave and go for it! And you know I’ll bring you along for the ride…

Update: I did it! I dyed the slipcover! And it’s EPIC! Check it out here

Please follow me on Pinterest to see all the pining fun!

And check out my other Pin of the Week features here:

Dressing Up Your Stairs

Wallpaper In Tiny Bathrooms

Blue Blue and more Blue

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Maps as Decor

XO

Sue at Home

P.S. What do you think of my new header? Too much of the kid’s rooms? Please let me know in the comments!