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Jameson’s Waffle: Wine Labels

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Even wine bloggers sometime waffle about wine.  Enter Jameson Fink, the eponymous author behind the excellent blog Jameson Fink, Wine without Worry. Here’s Jameson’s waffle in his own words:

Though I have worked in the wine business for years, I am not immune to the significant charms of a well-designed, attention-getting, and/or thoughtful label. (I’d also like to note I really enjoy what’s in the bottle as well!) I can’t decide which one I like better. Which do you prefer?

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The And Co Supernatural Sauvignon Blanc, from New Zealand, has a modern, graphic look on both the front and back label that I adore. It’s attention-getting in a good way. And who can’t get behind the bottle cap seal? No corkscrew required. (This label is actually different then the one you will find available for purchase. You can take a look at the current label and more information about the wine from my post on Foodista.)

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The Domaine Pouillon “French Press” Syrah, from Washington, combines two of my favorite beverages on its label: wine and coffee. The drawing on the label doesn’t even look like it was printed. I imagine the artist just casually sketching the design on each bottle. (Note: The wine stain was added after the bottle was opened. Hey it’s not easy pouring from a big bottle. Though it looks pretty cool, I must admit.)

So, Waffler readers, which label is your favorite?

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Today’s No-Waffle: Embroidery Hoops with Fabric in Tessa’s Room

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Tessa’s room used to look like this:
The mattress was on the floor, the walls were bare and there was no bedside table. It was a lackluster room.

In the fall I posted a bedframe waffle and you encouraged me to purchase Land of Nod’s Simple bed. Then I posted another waffle about where to position the bed and you helped me decide to put it across from the window instead of under it. land-of-nod-real-simple-bed The room was improving, but it needed some color. I posted a waffle about whether or not to cover this plain Jane Ikea bedside table in fabric and ribbons and readers voted with an enthusiastic “yes!” My friend, Sarah, and her mother did a lovely job.
ribbon bedskirt table, ribbon table skirt girls room

The walls were still screaming for attention. I posted yet another waffle, this time about whether I should try putting fabric on embroidery hoops and hanging them up around the room. Readers encouraged me to try it and I’m so glad I did. Here are the results:

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This is what you see when you first enter the room:

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I think the circles provide a nice balance to the straight lines of the bed frame.

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Tessa loves the new fabric art; when she saw the finished look she gave me a humongous hug.  Yes, it’s a very pastel, easter-eggy, girly-girl kind of room.  But you know what? Tessa thinks it’s the bee’s knees.  And anyway, deciding on the actual fabric, sizes of the different hoops, and where to place them on the wall was a total breeze. Yep, I completed the task without any waffling. And if you believe that I have a very nice bridge to sell you…

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Sarah’s Waffle: Pictures of the Kids

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Some kids are cute. Some kids are ridiulously cute, like Sarah’s.

Sarah has already purchased a Groupon for two 16 x 20 convases; she plans on blowing up pictures of Jackson and Sadie and hanging them side by side above above the couch in her family room.

She just can’t figure out which pairing of the kids to choose. Can you help her out?

Option 1, the kids looking at each other:

Option 2, the kids with props:

Option 3, silly faces:

Option 4, kids looking up:

Option 5, kids looking away

Option 6, kids in the foyer

PS — Sarah’s friend, Emily, from Emily Ann Designs took the gorgeous pictures of Jackson and Sadie.

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My Waffle: Embroidery Hoops with Fabric for Tessa’s Room

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I have a theory about the term “cute” when used to describe design elements: there’s good cute and there’s bad cute.  Good cute is whimsical, youthful and fun.  Bad cute is cutesy and overly precious.  Think toddler beauty pageants.  Scratch that.  Those are just tacky.

Okay, so I have a theory.  But I’m having trouble figuring out if hanging up embroidery hoops with fabric is good cute or bad cute.

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They’re kind of cool, right? Or am I just reaching for something — anything — because Tessa’s walls look so freaking bare, as you can see below.

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ribbon bedskirt table, ribbon table skirt girls room

At first I was thinking of decal-ing, or stenciling a tree on the wall above, but I’ve seen so much tree decor in kids’ room lately…I don’t know, maybe this embroidery hoop idea will be just as trendy.

I don’t like the idea of putting glass frames or anything heavy above Tessa’s head and this would definitely bring some color into the room.  On the other hand, it might read as random, weird, or — you knew it was coming — bad cute.

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So what do you think? Cool or cutesy? Should I try DIYing some embroidery hoops with fun fabric on Tessa’s walls, or figure out something else?

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Today’s waffle: the wood art trend

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While the trend in wood art may not be as strong as the wallpaper or chevron rug craze, people still seem to be embracing art made out of wood.

Art using wood scraps — whether new or reclaimed — comes in all shapes, sizes and colors:


 


 

So what do you think? Do you like this trend or are you just plain over it?

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My waffle: art in the dining room

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Fun fact about me #34: I tend to jump the gun.  Case in point: last week when I posted a waffle about whether or not to paint my living room/dining room yellow, I casually mentioned that I wanted to replace the current chandelier in the dining room and purchase a larger piece of art.

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But then I got to thinking…what if I hung two or three horizontal rows of pictures rather than just one large piece? After all, I’ve been admiring images like this:

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Craig Kettles Design

and this:

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Better Homes and Gardens

So this weekend I did some preliminary hanging. With placemats. And painter’s tape. This is how the back wall could look with two rows of pictures:

Dining room art gallery wall, figuring out art arrangement

Dining room art gallery wall, figuring out art arrangement

And this is how the dining room could look with one larger piece of art — the room could probably take an even larger piece:

Dining room art gallery wall, figuring out art arrangement

Dining room art gallery wall, figuring out art arrangement

So what do you think? Would two or three rows of art be distracting or a great focal point? Is one large piece a better way to go? Obviously, a big part of the decision depends on the artwork itself, but let’s say that I could find something great for either configuration.

PS — My waffle about whether or not to paint the dining room/living room yellow is still open! If you’d like to take a look and weigh in, just click here.

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Suzy’s waffle: art for the dining room

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Amazing DIYer Suzy from Worthing Court has sent me a waffle about a tricky subject: choosing art.  In her case, it’s for her dining room.  Here’s what Suzy says about her dilemma:

I’ve been working to give my dining room an updated look on a low budget.  I’m a traditional girl at heart, but have grown to love the look of traditional mixed with a modern take on things and a little vintage thrown in for good measure.  Here’s my dining room “before.”

worthington court dining room "before"

So far – I’ve painted my brown metal chandelier an antique gold, removed the shades and replaced them with round bulbs, added updated lamps and a container filled with nature inspired orbs to the sideboard and changed up the table with the addition of a vintage urn and peace lily.  I removed wall brackets from either side of the mirror, pillows that used to reside in the arm chairs and flag pendants that were hung with my draperies.  Here’s the “after”:

dining room update Worthington Court

I really like the look so far, but my walls are looking kind of bare, especially the back wall, as you can see here:

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I’m waffling over what kind of artwork to hang there.  I’m leaning toward something with a little bit of a vintage vibe framed in black frames.  I think I need a group of three pieces because of the size of the wall.  Here are my choices.

Group 1:

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Group 2:

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Group 3:

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