Tuesday, September 16, 2014

the $89 (in gas money) nate berkus knock off

You've probably seen the new Nate Berkus Fall Line at Target, this Serpent Bowl in 
particular has been all over blogs, and it's a beauty at only $20. I'm cursed blessed with
that DIY mindset that cannot look at anything without wondering if I could 'make it'
on my own for less. Add 'Blogger' to that and in my mind I have to 'get on it fast'
or someone else will come up with the same idea, post it first, their idea will set Pinterest
 on fire and I'll be sitting there holding my $1 DIY Gold Serpent!   

It couldn't be easier - find a toy rubber snake, paint it gold, coil it up 
 and glue it to a bowl. Done in about an hour! 

How it really went down... 
I found a snake at Dollar Tree, but it was smaller than I was hoping for, more stiffly
 coiled plastic vs flexible rubber, and a hollow underside. So, I proceeded to hunt down the
 perfect serpent, and went to Big Lots, Walmart, Target, Disguises Halloween Costumes,  
Petco (where they looked at me like I was nuts) and a second Dollar Tree. 
This is beyond embarrassing - I also went to Ross, TJ Maxx and Goodwill looking 
for the perfect bowl. At this point I began wondering about my sanity and if this was
what my life had come to and went home and used the Dollar Tree snake and a vase
I had. I could never get the bowl right so it isn't even a 'true' knock off, the snake is just
wrapped around a vase. But, I'm good with that because I love Nate and Target and I was
feeling really guilty trying to knock off his $20 bowl. It's not a $1,000 Horchow table!

 As you look at it I'm sure you're in awe of how much time and gas I wasted on it.
Thank goodness for styling and flowers from my garden, which make it look somewhat
ok. Also, I'm sure a huge percentage of you are just cringing at the thought of using a snake 
in your decor! Not one of my most efficient uses of time, but I truly love the edginess of it
 against my more traditional pieces, and the serpent was only $1. Woo hoo!

And, the detailed tutorial if you'd like to make your own... :)

Paint a plastic coiled snake from Dollar Tree, I used Martha Stewart Liquid Guilding
because it was what I had on hand, but you could easily use spray paint. Coil around
your favorite vessel.

     If you'd like to check out some of my 'true' knock offs just click on the title:

Monday, September 15, 2014

busts are all the rage...

I'd planned to have a fun Dollar Store DIY for you today, think gold knock off, sort of! 
 It was a bit uncooperative, and my day ended early to head out to our soccer match,
 which left no time for photos, :( but it's up for tomorrow. In the meantime I'm chatting
about one of my favorite accessories...busts.
I was tempted with a few witty titles, but decided to save myself from being inundated
 with spam. I love them, I've heard people say they're trendy, but they're a timeless, classic
in my book. A versatile accessory that can be moved from room to room, and looks as
interesting in a kitchen as bath. I've purchased two and found them both at Homegoods.
But, beware they go quickly if you're on the hunt.  

Here are some favorite ways to use them in your home...

 Bruce Shostak's Home - Architectural Digest
 thisivyhouse.tumblr.com - Veranda
 Timothy Corrigan's LA Home 

What side of the fence are you on, trendy or a classic?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

dark moody bathroom on a whim

On my 2014 To-Do List I mentioned I wanted to paint something black, like a room. :)
 On a whim I went for it today, and shared a peek of our bathroom, you may have seen
 it if you follow me on Instagram. I didn't have a plan to paint the bathroom, but I started
 thinking a moody, cozy space would be perfect for fall and winter. Before I knew it it was
 2:00 and I hadn't changed out of my pjs that I wore to the bus stop at 6:30 but my
 bathroom was looking nice and moody. I chose Behr Mined Coal because that's what I
 had in my stash, it's a dark charcoal. I'll share next week, I still have another coat to go!

My talented friends have a love for dark and moody too, and I'm so excited to share
 their beautiful dining rooms are both in the running for
  Apartment Therapy's Color Contest 2014 in the Dark category!
It's fun to check out the other categories as well, and vote for your favorites here
 I've featured both of their rooms on my blog and LOVE the different vibe of each one.  

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

never forget...

In honor and remembrance of those who lost their lives on that tragic day
 in our nation's history. My thoughts are prayers are with the families who
 lost loved ones, may God bless them and our beloved country.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

formica calacatta marble review

Formica has come a long way!
I revealed our Formica 180fx Calacatta Marble counter top back in May, along with
my One Room Challenge Kitchen Reveal. I had intended to do a follow up post on
the counter top right away, but decided to live with it for a few months before giving
 my opinion. After four months here's what I think: I could not LOVE it more!!
Everyone that's seen it comments how realistic it appears and then proceeds to feels it.

If you're not familiar with Formica's 180fx product you're in for a surprise. Technology
 and nature merged to create the first laminate with large scale patterns that replicates the
depth and realism of stone at an affordable price. The effect is achieved by digitally
 photographing the highest quality pieces of stone.


Our island is 11' x 5' at the longest and widest points and there is NO seam!
 That was a huge selling point for me, the sheets of laminate are 12' x 5'.

What sealed the deal was the availability of the IdealEdge. It mimics the decorative Ogee and Bullnose profiles found on more expensive stones,
 and eliminates the brown seams previously associated with laminate counters.
 I chose the Bullnose edge to coordinate with the profile on the existing granite in the
 rest of my kitchen.

It has lived up to the durable, easy to maintain, stain and impact resistant claims.
We've spilled red wine, mustard, BBQ sauce, red sauce, paint - nothing has left a trace of a
stain. I'm just not careful with it, if I want to bust out a messy project, I do. I've used it for
large projects with glue smeared all over it and everything has come right up. I've used the
magic eraser and abrasive scratch pad. Short of actually cutting on it (which you can't do)
I feel like we've given it a very good test.

I was hesitant about one item, there are little tiny divots in the laminate and I wasn't sure
 about them when I first looked at the sample. Different lighting highlighted them, and they
 gave off a shine. I made all my design savvy friends check them out and we all agreed they
 would be ok. I'm so glad I didn't let that hold me back. I don't even notice them at all, you'd
 have to be looking for them in a certain specific light to pick up on it. Also, they were less
 noticeable in the older, used sample I checked out from Lowes.

The Price??
The real deal would have been about $6,000 for our island,
the Formica Calacatta Marble was approximately $1,300.
Of course, prices will vary depending on fabricators in your area and the specifics
of your project.  

I couldn't be happier with it, it truly is a great representation of a real marble pattern
 without the worry of maintenance and at an incredible price!

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