Friday, February 28, 2014

Best of the Nest Link Party

Wow! This is an exciting day for my little blog,
 I've joined a lot of link parties but never dreamed I'd be hosting!  
Thanks so much for stopping by to kick off the party with us today!!
I'm thrilled to be part of the Best of the Nest and so happy you're here
to share in the fun!

Let's get this party three lovely co-hosts and I will be
 sharing our Best of the Nest each month, as well.
Here's what's been going down in our nests... :)

Kris @ Driven by D├ęcor
Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

Lisa @ Shine your Light 

 Create a Triptych with a Waterlogue Picture

Now it's your turn:

Four Blogs - Link up to one and it will show up on all four

Bring your Best of FebruaryAnything from your nest aka home - DIY, craft, room design, recipe, etc.

Anyone can enter - not just bloggers!
Can enter through Instagram by using hashtag #bestofthenest and tagging at least one of your hosts.
Can also enter through Pinterest - follow the simple instructions here.

The party starts at 8am EST on Friday and ends on Tuesday at midnight.

Party Rules:
Link to your specific post not your home page.
Only one link per person to show your best work from February 2014
Spread some comment love - visit and comment on at least two other links in the party.
If you're linking up with a blog, link back with a text link or grab the party button.

We'd love you stop back next Friday when Lisa, Kris, Jennifer and I will feature our favorite
 For those linking from blogs only those with a link back will be considered.

Let's get this party started!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

foyer reveal...unexpected pizazz

Our little foyer was a booooring first impression, and so overdue for some attention.
It's 4 1/2 feet x 4 1/2 feet, barely big enough to turn around and if that isn't bad
enough it has two doors and two doorways, 1938 charm at its best! Since there wasn't
any possibility for even a teeny piece of furniture or art, I had the small wall area and
 ceiling to make a statement, and decided to be daring. Two knock off diy projects gave me
the look I was going for and a lot of bang for the buck! 

I've always loved Thibaut Tanzania wallpaper, but it's $$ pricey and I'd seen a similar
stencil at Royal Design Studio I thought could work with a little tweak. I'm all about
 getting a high-end look for less and not having to remove wallpaper if I can avoid it!
Cheetah Spots Wall Stencil was perfect for creating the look I hoped!



  It was ugly! Yes, I let Detail Boy keep his chin-up bar there (he convinced me if it was right
 there he would use it all the time, and he does, so...) then the lovely boob light, and the
 inside of the closet hadn't been painted since I used it to practice sponge painting years ago. 

Moving on...

My love for stripes lives the coat closet, in black, cream and white.

The DIY Sunburst Flush Mount Light is super easy and inexpensive.
(Btw, thanks everyone for all your kind comments!)
I'm hoping people look up! :)

My inspiration was this $700
 Arcadian Home - Global Views Sunburst Gold Modern Flush Mount Ceiling Light

I used Martha Stewart's Sunburst Mirror to create this version!
DIY Sunburst Flush Mount Tutorial

 My favorite part is that our new entry is so unexpected and bit sassy. 

Be sure to check back on Monday, I'll fill you in on the simple way I tweaked
the stencil to give it a more custom look, my stencil trick and paint colors. 

A huge thank you to Royal Design Studios for providing the stencil and supplies,
you couldn't have been more pleasant and helpful! 

I'm playing along with all the creative bloggers at East Coast Creative
Creating with the Stars 2014 - #CWTS 2014
Don't miss out, follow along with the fun and exciting contestants!

Joining Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick for March Before & After
Liz Marie, Jennifer, Tonya & Mandy @ Inspire Me Please Link Party

Monday, February 24, 2014

wake up your wicker...

 I always see a variety of great wicker, rattan and bamboo pieces on Craigslist.
I can picture the ho-hum gold toned pieces with a fresh bold color.
It's so tempting when I' come across interesting styles...but a girl only has so
 much room, so I made up this game where I show you a listing from Craigslist and
what you could do with it!

All items were found today using the search fields:
Craigslist - Denver - Furniture - By Owner - Wicker, Bamboo or Rattan
$5 Craigslist

Greg and Nancy Saporto
$95 Criagslist

Facebook - (sorry no source)

$60 Table and Chairs
$25 on Craigslist
$35 Craigslist
Craigslist $80
$50 Table and Chairs

$25 Craigslist
$15 for both Craigslist 
$50 for both Craigslist
$150 for Set

NOW is the time to scope it out (before the temps and prices rise) if you'd like to
 include a new addition to your porch, patio, sun room, child's room or dining area.

Have fun and let me know if you snag one of these deals!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

perfectly playful...pom poms

There's no denying a pom pom detail delivers up a good dose of whimsy!
The unexpected use of it in the sophisticated rooms below took me by surprise.
Adding trim would be an easy diy - as simple as grabbing your glue gun or sewing machine. 
I'm still loving the ikat pillow I made to give my room some pizazz!

pom pom balloons haley@design improvised

pom pom shorts ljcdesignss


I think they're all around fun, no matter where they show up! 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

craigslist settee...she's mine

Thank you sweet friends for all the kind comments on my diy yesterday!
You made my day!!

I'm off to pick up my latest Craigslist find today - yippee!!
 I can't wait to get this little gem home and figure out what I'm going to do with it.
As my friend reminded me, some things are worthy of a splurge. I agree completely,
especially when you find something unique, functional and so versatile. Sold!! I can
 see this piece working in so many different seating at our dining room table,
 a drop off spot for our bags in the living room, at the foot of a bed, or in our guest room.  
We agreed on $150, which made me extra happy!

 Gorgeous Victorian French antique settee - $200 (North Co Springs)

Look at those nailheads, detail, curves and casters! 



I envision the seat upholstered in a modern geometric print, oversized bold floral
 or vibrant colored velvet. 

What do you picture? 

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