What We’re Listening To

Every couple of months we like to change up our music selection here at Redefined Home Boutique. With the coming of spring, we’re feeling a windows-down-volume-all-the-way-up sort of vibe from our cds.

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O' Be Joyful

O’ Be Joyful

Shovels & Rope’s // O’ Be Joyful

The song ‘Birmingham’ will have you wanting to tie your hair into a braid and tap your toes with the windows down on a ’76 Chevy truck. They played recently with The Lumineers here in Atlanta and they put on an amazing show. Also check out the songs ‘Hail Hail’ and ‘Tickin’ Bomb’— they’ve got soul and we’re digging it.

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The Head & The Heart

The Head & The Heart


The Head & The Heart’s // The Head & The Heart

This is one of the few records I’ve come across recently I can listen to all the way thru. It’s catchy, it’s heartfelt, it’s a whole spectrum of things that are good about folk music. Check out ‘Sounds Like Hallelujah’ and ‘Ghosts’ and ‘Rivers & Roads’.

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The Lion's Roar

The Lion’s Roar


First Aid Kit // The Lion’s Roar
These sisters do harmony like nothing I have ever heard in my life. If you get the chance to see them, don’t hesitate for a minute. At one point in the show they cut off the microphones, and sang acapella. Their projection and harmony filled the entire room and I didn’t want it to stop. Their song ‘Emmylou’ references Emmylou Harris and Graham Parsons and Johnny Cash and June Carter (two of my favorites) and the song they did in acapella ‘Ghost Town’ was almost chilling and touching at the same time.

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Electric Guest

Electric Guest


Electric Guest // Mondo
Something about this album takes me back to a psychedelic Pleasantville. It’s got this incredible vibe of an old fashioned microphone and maybe some swing dancing. Real catchy. Listen to “The Bait” or “This Head I Hold”

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Hope you’ve found a new spring favorite in at least one of these!
-Madison Lynn Miller

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passion for pillows

We love Sudi!

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Sudi pillow

After she moved to Atlanta 13 years ago, Sudi Rafizadeh began doing custom drapery work for designers in the Southeast.

But her dream job was to design an exclusive line of high-end pillows. A few years ago, encouraged by a friend, she started Designs by Sudi.

In her Buckhead studio, the Iranian-born designer — with a science degree and a love of textiles — combines vintage and modern materials to create her decorative pillows ($200 and up) in various sizes and shapes, including the lumbar (pictured above).

Pillows in neutral colors are always top choices, she says, because they are versatile and work year-round.

Accents, such as flat braids and Greek key trim, add the kind of attention to detail and craftsmanship that interior designers like.

To learn more, visit facebook.com/designsbysudi.

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Slate Blue is the New Grey, Navy is the New Black

I never thought I would say this but it is true. I recently stumbled upon a color of paint in an Ace Hardware (believe it or not) called Flannel Suit. The flannel suit’s origin as the symbol of the 50s businessman, has kept it a serious and very neutral grey, without any warm or pink undertones. If there’s any undertone to it, it would usually be blue—making it a steely even colder grey. Suprisingly it has many facets to it and yes, it is a form of a navy / slate. At night my wall looks matte and almost similar to a chalkboard, but in daylight it has an almost metallic sheen to it: it’s fantastic. As someone who loves the richness and history of antiques (I have an amazing burled wood parson’s console in my bedroom) the most important thing about collecting these pieces with different hues of wood is being able to find a color that highlights the grain and the dimension of the antique. This color does just that.

 

It also lends itself to contrast without being too harsh on the eyes with whites and ivories.

It also lends itself to contrast without being too harsh on the eyes with whites and ivories.

 

The wood grain and parquet of the floor really stands out against the slate color of the walls.

The wood grain and parquet of the floor really stands out against the slate color of the walls.

 

Even adding a high gloss to navy keeps it nice and subdued while highlighting architectural elements.

Even adding a high gloss to navy keeps it nice and subdued while highlighting architectural elements.

 

Even these slate/navy accessories are incredible as shelf fillers to pull the color from the wall into the bookshelves.

Even these slate/navy accessories are incredible as shelf fillers to pull the color from the wall into the bookshelves.

 

These are a few of Benjamin Moore’s best slates, but Farrow & Ball’s Oval Room Blue (No. 85) is also a fantastic choice. From Valspar Baritone Blues (4010-6) is another one that I love.

These are a few of Benjamin Moore’s best slates, but Farrow & Ball’s Oval Room Blue (No. 85) is also a fantastic choice. From Valspar Baritone Blues (4010-6) is another one that I love.

 

-Madison Lynn Miller

 

Questions? Email me at info@redefinedhomeboutique.com!

 

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Candlesticks & Winebottles

These wine bottles would make an incredible mantle piece or centerpiece for the holidays.

These wine bottles would make an incredible mantle piece or centerpiece for the holidays.

Looking for an inexpensive craft? Save your winebottles and grab some chalk spraypaint this holiday season. Tall ones, fat ones, skinny ones— even olive oil glass bottles will do.

Grab your goo-gone and scrub a little bit.

Grab your goo-gone and scrub a little bit.

Spraypaint the bottle with the color of your choice. I used chalk paint so I could write quotes that I like on them.

Spraypaint the bottle with the color of your choice. I used chalk paint so I could write quotes that I like on them.

Take the aim and flame to the base of the tapered candle.
Take the aim and flame to the base of the tapered candle.

 

Cotton Wreathmaking 101

Final Product!

Final Product!

 

This is one of my favorite wreaths I have seen this holiday season. Being from the south and seeing cotton fields on my drive to Charleston and pulling the car over to pick it is a pretty fond memory.

A terrific how-to for a lazy sunday afternoon.

A terrific how-to for a lazy sunday afternoon.

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Not Your Average Steampunk

Probably one of the most creative iPhone accessories I have seen to date.

Steampunk:  a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century.

Think Edison bulbs, gears turning, old rotary phones and most anything rusty and black.

Here at Redefined Home Boutique, we’re particularly fascinated with this whole eerie industrial revolution look. We’re constantly looking for ways to place these unexpected elements like watchmakers toolboxes and stereographs into our interiors. It’s what sets us apart from your average home furnishings boutique. We are simply obsessed with finding and placing the unexpected with classic design.

The unexpected base of this sink is exactly what this bathroom needed to give it a one of a kind feel.

Our goal is to give new meaning to steam punk. We love to make our homes feel well travelled and collected, which is where these amazing industrial revolution pieces come in.

They have a feeling of sentiment, like family heirlooms from an old factory, that you took upon yourself to incorporate to your home and give new life to.

The coolness of the metal can break up a room with too much wood, or give interest where there are too many of the same things.

These stools are so unexpected.

I am absolutely loving this drum as a bedside table.

This armoire gives contrast and interest to the stark white chair and floors of this room.

We’ve just recently picked up a pretty amazing line of artwork. You can browse through it at https://www.spicherandco.com/home.php

It’s a pretty perfect companion to this entire post, and we just placed several of their pieces in a project at The Ritz Carleton Residences here in Atlanta. We’re looking forward to having the space photographed so you all can see what an amazing job it turned out to be. The family put their full faith in David’s creative genius and he really was able to pour himself into their home. It is pretty impressive and has a view that I would kill for. We’ll keep you updated!

 

-Madison Lynn Miller

Casually Cool: Making Comfort a Priority this Fall/Winter.

For any of you that have been in our store: I wear a bun on top of my head most every day. Not only is it effortless but it is (surprisingly) in style and totally doable.  And for me personally, the cold weather makes me want to (although I have to go to work!) stay snuggled in my bed, and reluctant to wash my hair every single day. Throwing some dry shampoo (Psst is my favorite) and this top knot is my daily ritual. Staying comfortable but still looking put together is what it’s all about this season.

Another thing that is important to keep it casual and comfortable is tight but loose clothing. Finding that perfect balance is key. Tighter wax coated skinny jeans with a comfy knit tee and accessories are my staples.

Loose turtleneck from Zara with black wax coated jeans: a perfect combo.

A warm sweater with skinny jeans is comfortable and stylish.

These outfits are some of my favorites. I always pair a great pair of black skinnies and a loose fitting top and let my accessories stand out. Black is always slimming and perfect for a transition from work to dinner.

Comfortable knitwear that is versatile– change up the color top you wear underneath to make it work differently!

Finally, the accessories that make these outfits pop.

Kate Spade Mugs: $20. A perfect accessory for the coffee enthusiast.

Throw this Madewell scarf in for some color!

This scarf, also from Madewell, is a great accessory! http://www.madewell.comThis necklace or a scarf would add the perfect amount of color! http://www.jcrew.com

Or add something as simple as pearls to your outfit to make your tshirt seem a little dressier without being uncomfortable!

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I’m all about menus on chalkboards and chalkboard quotes lately. This is a simple DIY project.

Our White Christmas: Getting Into The Christmas Spirit

As the holidays approach (yes, we know thanksgiving and halloween are still around the corner) we’re getting so excited to deck our halls with winter white. This christmas, I’ve become completely enamored with greenery, branches and other natural elements as accent pieces. Which also can be a fun DIY project to do with your kids on a lazy sunday afternoon as the air starts to feel a little crisp. These photos were particularly inspiring.

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We love how the natural elements in the room really stand out against the white.

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These vintage trays aren’t hard to come across (we have a couple lying around our store) and they really highlight metallic ornaments.

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These would be amazing to scatter through your home and whether it is sage, rosemary or any other herb it will smell delicious. Instead of a white ribbon, perhaps a red ribbon or jute would be amazing as well.

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Another example of gorgeous greenery over this white fireplace.

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Silver ornaments make a beautiful wreath and mercury glass really stands out against the white wall.

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Another inexpensive trick to have your home smelling delicious over the holidays.

We hope you’re as excited about christmas as we are! We’ve started our planning and preparation of our take on Christmas 2012 and we’re pretty excited for you to see the outcome because it is definately outside of the box!

-Madison Miller

Monkey’s Fist

Not too long ago my partner and I were sharing our experiences in the Boy Scouts. He earned his badge in comparative shopping (yes, it is an actual badge. I looked it up) and I became skilled in tying knots. Both of these skills have proved useful to us later in life. He is very frugal; I know how to tie stuff up. He clips coupons; I can make a noose.  But while he is busy pinching his pennies, I am busy arranging knots for use around the house and at work.

Some knots we use everyday. Think about it. You tie your shoes. You tie your hair up. You tie your…..tie. Each of these actions involves simple knots. But there are some knots that are intricate and require patience and practice to learn, like the Wall and Crown, Turk’s Head and my personal favorite, the Monkey’s Fist.

 

The Monkey’s Fist is a beautiful knot that once gained popularity in the 19th century as a melee weapon used by English sailors. Nowadays, of course, the Monkey’s Fist is used mostly as decoration. Here’s how:

  1. Make three turns round the hand.
  2. Start making turns passing outside the middle of the first three turns.
  3. Complete the three second turns.
  4. Make three more turns passing inside the first set of turns and outside the second set.
  5. Tighten up the knot round a soft core, e.g. a ball of ropeyarn. Splice or whip the end to the standing part

Once you have completed your own little “primate’s paw” have fun using it in your displays. You can also use it as a weight for throwing rope, but I do not recommend it for any melees. How does the old saying go? Oh yeah. “Never bring a Monkey’s Fist to knife fight.”

~Patrick