Calypso: August 2010

Egyptian Tattoos

    Egyptian tattoos are very beautiful in nature and with such a variety of artwork to choose from, it can be difficult deciding on simply one design.

    Some of the most common Egyptian tattoos include, The eye of Horus (sound eye, Wadjet) which is believed by many to possess power, prosperity, protection and wisdom.

    Other popular Egyptian god tattoos include, Hathor the Goddess of love, music, dance and is represented by cow horns and a sundisk on the head. Anubis is know as the god of embalming and is represented by the head of a jackal. Ma'at is known as the goddess of justice and is seen with an ostrich feather in her hair along with winged armed.

    Enjoy these beautiful pictures of wonderful tattoo ideas.

    Cats were highly regarded by many ancient Egyptians and were better known by the name "mau". Its quite common to see Egyptian themed cat tattoos.

    These type of tattoos are seen on various locations of the body, with the back and arms being the most common areas.

    Other Egyptian tattoo designs that are quite popular is the Scarab Beetle, which is often seen in the form of an amulet. And of course the very common Ankh (Cross) which is perhaps the most recognizable symbol of ancient Egypt, along with the mysteriously intriguing hieroglyphics.Source URL:
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Accentuate Your Body With a Sexy Tattoo Design

    Tattoos, which are popular to a large extent today could be a partner to spice up the look of one. Women, in particular, are often closely linked with the tattoo designs sexy. These tattoo designs in different parts of the body - some at the public eye, while other mutually tattoo designs sexy discretion in the parts that are still safe from prying eyes.

    Options are available in abundance, where mutual sexy designs are concerned. However, women tend to yield designs mutual associate to a large extent that is colored with the race. For example, a rose tattoo with a large bright red color on the petals of her, and the green leaves and brown / black to eliminate / thistle is widely dramatically. It was stated that in the event of sexy tattoo designs are concerned, many of the idea that regardless of the design in itself, and placing the tattoo itself is not less important.

    As mentioned earlier, and that tattoo Sexy tattoo on different parts of the body will give out different messages or of the genus at different levels to this issue. As an example, it is said that women who choose to get a tattoo on the breast and chest to be romantic. On the other hand, the tattoos that are more intimate areas of the body of women, such as inner thigh for clay high in the level of sex. The reason for this is, as we stated at the beginning of the article, is rarely seen by most people other than those that have a document C, intimacy and exciting.

    What this means is the subject of exciting designs is subject to mutual discussion to a large extent and one that depends to a large extent on the individual to get a tattoo. It comes down to choose whether the holder intends to design is mutual to be appreciated by the public or reserved for that special someone.

    In addition, designs mutual Sexy become popular is increasingly complemented by a range of popular fashion different, style and trends, and more women to get this tattoo to go with the hair, and the highest, handbag and other fashion accessories. With that in mind, and experience tattoo artist will be able to give suggestions and recommendations on designs sexy tattoo to get the perfect way to complement a particular style and / or the trend is hot.

    The above is just a guide for you to get your designs sexy tattoo that would suit you better than others. To get the perfect tattoo design will feature the exciting features of the body, and can make you look sexier than you otherwise would be without it.
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More info, keep the questions coming.

    Ok. So I love that you guys want more info.
    About the window treatments in the living room.  No, Ian didn't want them, and I didn't either.  Don't get me wrong, I love drapery.  But in this case the views were spectacular (of the canyons) and the drapery is pretty feminine for a dude.  We did put very simple blinds in the den so he could shut them to watch tv if he needs them, but you can hardly see them (they roll up to be about an inch at the top of the frame and are white so you don't really notice them.)

    OH! here's also why:  we all know that drapery hardware can be tricky (read: ugly)  - its often over-designed, when i just want it to disappear.  I love it best when its almost at the ceiling, but in the case of the living room you can't have it at the ceiling because it is vaulted. So then the hardware adds so much busyness and distracts the eye from the bookshelves, that feature window and the views.  Also, the windows open in, so they fight with the drapery.  We could have done some sort of wood or bamboo rolling deal thing, but it just didn't seem necessary - he doesn't have privacy issues and would have added a lot of cost.  So no. no drapery here.

    I did talk about this on the show, but some of the things have to get edited out, so this must have been one of them.

    Ok, so lets go through some other pics. 

    Sorry, this is kinda  a blurry pic.  This is the tablescape from the 2nd look, and I think i like it the best.    I'm not normally a 'set your table 24 hours a day' kinda girl - i think it can be fussy and strangely creepy (like, did you almost have dinner and they you killed everyone?), but it did photograph really nicely.  I'm a 'big-vessel-with-branches-and-maybe-a-few-candles-or-candlesticks-tablescape' kinda girl  

    We actually have now put the bench back in the window at the back (where it truly belongs, just perfectly, from the first look) and used the ming chairs in his 2nd guest bedroom that wasn't on the show (due to time/budget).  I bought 6 mismatchy farm chairs (ranging from $5 to $50) for around the table.  and i lurve them.  They bring so much character and history into the room, and were super cheap.  

    OH and bells of ireland flowers - so easy to style (they pretty much just style themselves), simple, cheap, beautiful, last a long time and a great pop-o-green.

    Here what it the final tablescape looked like (below). And I like it, but Ian really didn't like the indigo runner (in fact he said it made him want to kill himself, now, now, Ian, dramatic much?) - i actually preferred it without the runner, but it needed color for TV.   And i wish the lanterns were closer together.   It's such a learning curve figuring out what looks good on camera versus in person.  And again, i know i have a leg up due to prop styling, but video is different - the light is different and the angles are different and you have less control because you are busy doing shopping segments and interviews, you really have to trust the people you work with.  

    But I LOVE the toile.  And so does Ian. It's Thibault (I know, i know kinda old school decorator-y in a good way, right?)  Here's the link 

    And to the guest bedroom:
    Here it was before as a tv room, which would be fine left as a tv room, but due to the fact that we plan on watching hours and hours of tv there in big groups, this no worky for our needs.  The 'office' was unused and so much bigger and more inviting. So it only made sense that this be turned into a temporary use room.
    And after:

    I actually really love this little room. Brian and I stay over there a lot and its like a little happy nook (of nooky).  It's super cozy and has a beautiful view, although ***WAY too bright in the mornings, so i have little blinds coming (ones you can barely see).  Ian doesn't want them, he loves the view, but its hard to sleep in past 7.

    OK Sources:  The duvet is West Elm, the wallpaper is Katie Ridder 'Leaves' in grey (I bought it from Harbinger in LA, to the public).  It was kinda expensive I think $250 for that wall, but its really beautiful and interesting - a masculine color in a feminine pattern.  The pillows were just sourced fabric from Michael Levines ( a toile to keep that theme going, and a silk grey and white stripe), and we sewed them to save some money.

    Oh and I do wish I had been there when they took this pic - the bed is messy in a bad way.  It's so hard
    giving up responsibility, i never thought I was a control freak, but turns out I might have to be.

    The trunk was a thrift store find for $100 (its big and old and sturdy as hell). Everything else was flea market (chandy was $20, lamp was $15, mirror $30, little bud vase from CB2 and buttterflies/wall ephermera was random flea market/thrift store 1 and 2 dollar stuff). The bed is an ikea platform base and their cheapest mattress which i DO NOT recommend - way too hard, i'm buying a pillow top to help out.

    The paint on the wall is Gray Owl (BM) and was beautiful. It's slightly warmer than the one in the living room and mimicked the color of the leaves.  I painted the ceiling gray as well, which i feel like keeps your eye moving instead of stopping at 8 feet high.

    Finally i got rid of the terrible sconce and moved the j box (well, I didn't, come now) to the ceiling.  I decided not to put the little shades on the chandy bulbs (because a. they are hard to find pretty ones, and b. they add about $100 to the cost of the chandy, and c. they are slightly suburban). So instead i bought little round globe bulbs which are awesome, but need to be dimmed (which we did). I think it makes this antique chandelier look more modern.   I found a matching black iron sconce (flea market, $5) that goes on the other side of the room (not-pictured), and did the same bulb-no-shade treatment to it.

    I think with guest rooms you can go a bit quirkier.  People are only in them temporarily and every time i walk into this room i get happy, it's a fun little surprise.   It still feels like the rest of the house, but just a bit more feminine and quirkier.  I could have oriented the bed to come out of the wallpaper wall, but it would have made this room teeny tiny, whereas there is still a chair/seating area in the other corner and room for guests to walk.  There is a lot of Emily in this room, fo shizzle.

    Alright folks.  unfortunately i have to run because The RHONJ reunion just came on and its getting ugly really fast.  and I have my unfortunate priorities.  'We are in the ok corale? '.  
    wtf does that mean???
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Eagle Tattoos

    As we mentioned before, if you are an animal lover and seeking a bird tattoo of any type, you are in for a treat, because bird tattoos are hands down some of the most captivatingly beautiful works of art on the market.

    Not surprisingly eagle tattoos are perhaps the most common of all bird designs, which comes naturally for those of us in America, when you consider that eagles go hand in hand with the American flag and are symbolic of freedom, prosperity and patriotism towards the United States.

    Enjoy this picture gallery of fantastic eagle artwork which will most certainly help you come up with a few ideas.

    The most common location for an eagle tattoo includes the back, chest, bicep and calf area.

    As for the details of the actual design, it seems that many people like to have the eagle donning open wings to appear in flight or perhaps swooping or striking its prey.

    Some people choose to combined multiple designs into one piece of art, however unlike many other tattoo ideas, an eagle is such a prominently beautiful creature they look exceptionally bold as a stand along piece of artwork.Source URL:
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Day after brain-dead-ness

    Ahhhhhh!!!  Thank you so much.  I don't really know what else to say except that i could have woken feeling like crap today but instead i woke up feeling pretty amazing, although totally tired. My brain is a bit full.  it doesn't take a lot, its a pretty small brain, but it might be at capacity right now.

    I'm not sure if you guys want more from the house, but i'll just post a couple before and afters here and talk about some stuff that maybe didn't get talked about last night.

    Here is his living room, 'before'


    Here was my inspiration board that i was working with:  Things changed a bit, as you can see, but the general look feels the same. 

    Ok let's go around the room.   The coffee table, sofa, pouf and lamp were all new.  Coffee table ($1300) , sofa ($900) from HD buttercup and standing lamp (anthro $398).  The pouf was $200 from Mosaik in LA.  Everything else is vintage and came from either TINI, Hernandez brothers, 45 three modern and the flea market.  So yes, the coffee table and table lamp were splurges, but i saved on everything else - i mean some of the side tables were $20 and the pillows were just 1/2 yardage that I bought for 10 bucks. 

     I think that coffee table (while i couldn't afford it) was worth the splurge because it completely grounds the room, makes it look high end next to all the thrift store pieces and is heavy, but since its metallic it doesn't weigh down the room.  And it has storage.   
    Oh and In case you don't know my feeling on legs,  you should try to have at least one piece of furniture that doesn't have four legs, whether its a really low sofa, or a skirted sofa or chair or in this case a coffee table, it helps the whole space look more grounded and substantial. I forget who said it, somebody from house beautiful, but a designer said that a room with too many legs looks 'nervous' and I totally agree.    

    The paint color is BM Smoke embers, and i LOVE it.  

    The artwork is controversial, i know.  I think its awesome, while some people think its creepy.  Here's the thing with artwork on TV shows:  it is super super hard to get things cleared, meaning that the original artist or their family (if they are deceased) has to sign off on it to the network - and its normally super hard to track down who the original artist is - especially flea market art.  (this is not the case in magazines, i don't know why).   I'm not an artist, so i can't make my own art (although i do have a few ideas of weird collage-y things that I can do). 

    Luckily Ian loves vintage maps, because those are cleared. And he loves antlers, which worked perfect with the FDR look. oh and to the critics who say that antlers are 'out', i disagree. Sure, they were ubiquitous a couple years ago, but things that are beautiful are never 'out', we just don't need anymore cardboard antlers or maybe high gloss pink antlers.  Its like how coral was so huge 5 years ago.  Now people are repelled by coral, but coral is beautiful. just buy one natural piece to display, not a bedding set with coral all over it.    

    Back to the room.  Here is the more sixties look.
    I actually really like it, although it just feels too art directed.  It definitely looks more 'designed' which is exactly what Ian didn't like about it.  

    And the shelving was a bit west elmy and cataloguey.  
    That rug is from Ikea, i'm sure you all knew that. its pretty great for $179.

    And as much as i like the idea of doing something to the back of  shelves, i knew that Ian wouldn't ultimately want to live with it - otherwise i probably would have wallpapered back there.  

    Ok apparently my brain is too tired to blog today.  I mean, what a boring post.  Sorry guys, i'll try to do a better one tonight.  
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Sleeve Tattoos For Girls

    Clearly there is not limit in the range of designs a girl can choose from when selecting a sleeve tattoo, however we've determined that the most common sleeve tattoos for women often include flowers, sometimes as the centerpiece or perhaps to complement a larger design.

    Green vegetation sleeve tattoo idea for women.
    Large flower and peacock idea.
    Colorful artwork with four leaf clovers.
    Nautical star with large rose.
    Youthful toy inspired art.
    Bright cosmic design picture.
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Quarter Sleeve Tattoos

    The quarter sleeve tattoo is a partial design which starts at the top of the shoulder and usually extends to just above the bicep area. And despite these shorter sleeve designs being rather small in size, they really pack a punch, as you can includes several smaller tattoo designs within this compact quarter sleeve.
    Skull and flowers quarter idea.
    Aztec inspired quarter tattoo.
    Voodoo skull and vegetation art.
    Japanese dragon and crystal ball idea.
    Koi fish and water artwork.
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