Wednesday, May 3, 2017

My Five Favorite Paint Projects

Hi friends, this month for we're sharing Paint Projects for My Five Favorites.
The power of paint - it's my favorite way to update just about anything.
It can breathe new life into a room or piece of furniture in no time,
and there's no bigger bang for the buck when it comes to transforming a room.
My blogging buddies are sure to have some inspiring projects to share:

I'm so excited to introduce this month's talented guest, Kristin @ Bliss At Home!
Her keen eye for design and photography are unmatched! She's just moved to a new
 home in Connecticut and I'm loving following along as she puts her chic stamp on it.  
I'm sure you recognize her outstanding IKEA Billy Library Wall, it's one of my favorite
 projects she's done, and I don't know how she could have possibly left it!

Let's get to my favorites...

#1 - Weathered Gray Dresser

A pricey Anthropologie dresser inspired the makeover of this unfinished dresser
 my client's dad had made for them. Anthro sells the exact pulls that were on their dresser
 allowing us to come very close to the real deal!
Anthroplogie Knock Off Weathered Dresser


#2 - Painted Stone Tile

I still love the fresh look of my painted tile. It went from Tuscan to bright and updated
in my kitchen makeover almost three years ago, and it's held up perfectly!


#3 - Weathered Pedestal Table

My client had this great quality pedestal table in a timeless style, but the golden oak finish
 wasn't the look we wanted for her updated kitchen. Arhaus Luca table was our inspiration
for this pretty makeover.
Arhaus Inspired Weathered Pedestal Table


#4 - Black Deck

When it was time to refinish our back deck I loved the idea of a black stain to coordinate
with our white house and black shutters and add some drama to the space.

#5 - Four Poster Bed

We loved the classic styling of my client's four poster bed and knew a fresh coat of
paint would give it new life. We chose a high gloss paint in a light color for a modern
look for the One Room Challenge Master Bedroom Makeover.


Be sure and check out these talented friends' favs:
Kristin @ Bliss At Home

You can also find me on Instagram and Pinterest.  

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

My Five Favorite IKEA Items In My Home

These months just fly by, it's already time for another edition of My Five Favorites.
This month we're sharing our favorite IKEA pieces in our homes, and it was tough
narrowing it down. I'm a fan of mixing high and low pieces and IKEA always comes
 through with reasonable prices, they're great if you're on a budget or like changing
 things up more often. Stop by my blogging friends to check out their favs too: 

 Kris @ Driven by Decor
Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

Our guest this month is sweet Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality, she's the epitome of 
southern charm, has a knack for DIY projects and thrifting, and used IKEA for her new
 kitchen! She's been blogging for ten years and has shared life's ups and downs, her
 positive attitude is always inspiring. When you pop over to check out her favs don't miss
 her Fashion Over 50 series, how cute and stylish is she?!! 
One of my favorite projects she's done is this great patio makeover. 

On to my IKEA favorites ~ 
I couldn't help but sneak in a couple extras since they were in the same photo. 

#1 - Ektorp Sectional & Pillows

We've had our Ektorp Sectional for a few years now, and still love it. It's held up well and 
I don't worry about the light color with the washable slipcovers, they clean up like a dream
 when I spill my coffee or a kiddo has messy hands. A couple of my favorite black and 
white pillows I use all the time are Stockholm and Lappljung Ruta

#2 - Ritva Curtains  

I have Ritva curtains in my living room, dining room and family room and can't count the
 number of times I've used them for clients.
 They're 57" wide x 98" or 118" lengths, 100% cotton and have a pretty linen look.
 I take mine to a seamstress to have pleats put in to give them a more finished high end look.
 It's still a steal, as the panels are only $25/pair, isn't that crazy?!!  

#3 - Antifoni Work Lamp

 This little lamp is super functional, the arm and head are easily adjustable and 
it's great for reading, we have them on our nightstands in the bedroom. I love that
they coordinate with other styles for an eclectic mix and look and feel much more
high end than their $35 price tag.  

#4 - Viserum Frame, Arstid Lamp

  I helped my friend give her guest room a makeover, we used 24 (5"x7")  Viserum frames
with DIY squiggles to create this statement of grid artwork over the bed for $100.
We also gave the Arstid Wall Lamps a pretty update, tutorial courtesy of this clever blogger! 

 #5 - Rast Chest, Hovet Mirror

The versatile Rast Chest works perfectly in smaller spaces because of the depth,
 but the doesn't sacrifice width and height. The size and storage won me over when
 I did a makeover of our master bedroom for the One Room Challenge.  It's a
 popular piece to hack too, I chose to cover mine in faux ostrich and and add
vintage hardware, the tutorial is here
The mirror I used has been replaced by the Hovet Mirror which is almost
 exactly the same, again I loved the size which gave our small room added depth.    

Be sure and check out these talented friends' favs:

 Kris @ Driven by Decor
Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

You can also find me on Instagram and Pinterest.  

Friday, March 24, 2017

TGIF - The Gems I Found

Happy Friday, friends!

How fun are these floral rain boots from Target!

I'm all for the 'cozy minimalist' philosophy behind this spring home tour.

Love the detail of this quick diy gold corner

I usually show a pretty AFTER pic, but the BEFORE of this kitchen makes
me giggle ~ the remodel is amazing!

10 Things I Want to Say to my Son Before He Graduates
You guys, I have a senior. :(

A collection of creative diy garlands ~ pretty statements for any event.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Bedroom Refresh with Crane & Canopy

There's nothing like spring to get you in the mood for a refresh around the house, right?
 Well, my client happened to find a fabric she fell in love with and wanted to use it as
 inspiration for a bedroom refresh. Do you remember the Craigslist Bedroom I did a couple
 years ago for the One Room Challenge? That's the one!
 We intentionally kept the base pieces in the room neutral so it would be simple to change
 up down the road. This time she wanted to incorporate some of her blue and white pottery
 collection, and tie it in with the pretty chinoiserie patterned fabric she loved,
 which we put on a custom lumbar pillow. 
 I was so excited when Crane & Canopy reached out to me to try their bedding, I knew
 the exact pattern that would pull our room together perfectly! 

We love it!
We chose the Crane & Canopy Page Blue reversible duvet cover and shams, both reverse
 from white on one side to the navy print on the other. Super easy to change time!
Both feature hidden zipper enclosures and white piping for a tailored finish. Interior ribbons
 on the corners keep your duvet in place. And, they're machine washable!

Sometimes I'm hesitant ordering online because I really like to feel everything, haha!
We were pleasantly surprised, the bedding has a beautifully, silky luxurious feel. 
They use the highest quality extra long-staple cotton with weaves ranging in the 
300-400 thread count, and it feels fabulous. 
I did not know...
that 1000 thread count sheets are actually not good!
To get 1000 thread you need to use really thin threading, and the sweet spot for duvet
covers and sheets is 400, so that explains it. 

We added a vibrant green trim to give the shams a custom look and set off the 
pretty green in the lumbar fabric.  
Accessories for our refresh came from my go-to, Homegoods. We found the pair of tall
brass and white lamps, shell artwork, blue and white pottery, and blue ikat throw
 pillows there.

If you missed the original before and after design of this bedroom for the
One Room Challenge you might be surprised to know it was done on a budget with
Craigslist finds (nightstands, x-benches, ceiling chandelier) IKEA (drapes) and my
favorite upholstered headboard from Walmart. All sources can be found here.
Crane & Canopy is able to offer reasonably priced luxurious bedding because they
 go direct to the best bedding factories, cutting out the middle man and passing the
 savings on to their customers!  

One of my blogging besties, Lisa @ Shine Your Light, is also sharing a bedroom 
refresh today. I know we're in for a treat, here's a peek of her teen room for you:

Thank you so much to Crane & Canopy for the invitation to try their beautiful
 quality bedding, it couldn't be more perfect, and we couldn't be happier with it!  


Friday, March 10, 2017

TGIF - The Gems I Found

Happy Daylight Saving Time weekend, friends!  

Totally dying over the jaw dropping before and afters of this living room makeover

From dark and dated to a cottage dream.

Inside a fashion blogger's small but chic NYC apartment.  

How perfect is this neutral block print wallpaper in this eclectic entry reveal.

My latest Instagram crush ~ Elizabeth D. Burns @edbdesigns

Friday, March 3, 2017

TGIF - The Gems I Found

Spring fever is going to be full force around here this weekend,
 we're expecting temps close to 70. Hope you're getting a good dose of it too, friends!   

So excited to see my talented friend's beautiful home in the spotlight! 

Pretty inspiration! 70 Ways to Add Spring Flowers to Your Home

I'm smitten with this stylish flush mount, and at 29"W x 10"H it's perfect for those
tricky halls or foyers where doors are a factor.  

This classic loafer in blush is a steal from DSW! 
(May be on hold for me at the store) :)

This camo & blush jacket would be adorable with those flats!
(May be in my closet waiting to try with the flats) :) 

A stylist's perfectly layered family home and her tips!  

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

My Five Favorites ~ Thrifted Finds

Happy March friends!
This month's My Five Favorites' topic is near and dear to my heart!
 I couldn't love thrifting more, the thrill of the hunt and savvy negotiation make it my
game of choice. :) This month we're all sharing our favorite treasures, be it from a thrift
 store, garage sale or Craigslist. I'm excited to take a peek at my blogging pals' finds.

 Kris @ Driven by Decor
Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

We've got the queen of thrifted finds as our guest this month, Gwen @ The Makerista.
Not only does she have a keen eye for a steal, but her unique style is unmatched! I love 
her fearless style, use of color, basically everything she does! #girlcrush
Gwen did a number on this hand-me-down iron patio set, she saw potential and took 
90's green metal with floral cushions from dated to straight up timeless! 

On to my favorites... 

#1 ~ Bamboo Chairs

 It was a fun day when I found these bamboo chairs (seen in my Spring Home Tour) on
 Craigslist for a steal. I love the texture and pattern against my white vintage campaign
 chest, another Craigslist score.  

#2 ~ Vintage Nightstands

I'm a tad jealous these vintage Drexel nightstands were a find for my client's bedroom that
we did for the One Room Challenge a couple years ago. The generous size is fabulous and
they only needed a good cleaning to be top condition.   

#3 ~ Oversized Mirror

This ornate mirror (seen in Living Room Refresh) is my favorite statement piece. 
It's 6' by 7.5' and I'm so happy I didn't rule it out because of transporting it - minor detail.
 I always tell sellers I want to buy the item and figure out the logistics after I have it secured.
 We don't have a truck so we rented one from Home Depot.

#4 ~ Outdoor Furniture

 This bamboo set for our patio was a fun find, and I LOVED it for a season! Sadly,
it wasn't as functional as it was pretty. Mr. Simple didn't appreciate that the seats were only
about a foot high and didn't have a good arm rest for his beverage, haha details! I sold it and
 will show you the replacement once we have it out for the summer.

#5 ~ Tortoise Shell Tray Table

My living room coffee table (seen in Coffee Table Styling) absolutely still sparks joy :)
after finding it a few years ago. A $50 score on Craigslist, don't hate me! 

Be sure and check out these talented friends' favs:

 Kris @ Driven by Decor
Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles
Gwen @ The Makerista

You can also find me on Instagram and Pinterest.  

Friday, February 24, 2017

TGIF - The Gems I Found

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

Cement herb planter set would make the perfect spring gift. 

Former Bachelor stars Ben Higgins & Lauren Bushnell's recently renovated Denver home.
Take your snail mail up a notch with these chic Oscar de la Renta Stamps.

Inspiring DIY! How to add trim to plain doors.

Forgive my bad photo. I couldn't find this on the Lamps Plus website (so check back) but
 the flyer I just received had these new lamps!
 My favorite is the white urn style Joan Table Lamp, it's a great 30" size.  

In honor of National Tortilla Chip Day our favorite 4 Ingredient Homemade Salsa

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