Rustic Blue Chair Love

November 30, 2011 at 7:43 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I finally got the chance to finish a little antique chair project over the holiday weekend.  This little guy was found at a late garage sale.  Shabby pink paint hid the cute chunky style of this cutie.  Enter my rustic blue paint…

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And after…

Well, what do you think? I think this one turned out super adorable! For sale now in the shop! 🙂

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Beautiful Inspiration

June 23, 2011 at 8:41 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Desire to Inspire recently featured the works of Claire Larritt-Evans, the ultra talented designer behind Fenton & Fenton.  I found every single image inspiring! This was my favorite:

 

 

Oh, and did you notice the antler chandelier, again? 

Go check out the rest of the awesome photos here:  http://www.desiretoinspire.net/blog/2011/6/21/claire-larritt-evans.html

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An Awesome DIY Project

June 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This chandelier is completely awesome! I drool everytime I look at this picture.  Someday I hope I can work up the courage to attempt this DIY project.  For now I call it inspiration and stare longingly at the photo each day.

 

 

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Simple Fix and 4th of July Weekend

July 6, 2009 at 11:33 am (Projects, Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Sometimes the tiniest details of your home can make life so much more organized, easy, and even pretty.  Well, the other day I was very annoyed by my growing collection of costume jewelry.  My good jewelry is hung neatly in my jewelry box and some of my most often worn costume pieces are held in jars in my dresser and vintage medicine cabinet in the bedroom.  But, the rest of it has been hanging in clumps on hangers and hooks in the closet.  You couldn’t see them easily, and you definitely couldn’t grab one easily.  Here is the pile that I hurriedly threw on the bed.

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So, my grandma gave me some vintage hand crochetedhangers.  And I picked up a package of sewing pins with bead heads.

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Although the pins didn’t stick into the wood hanger underneath very well, they stuck in the ends enough to keep any slippery necklaces from falling off the hanger.  And, viola!  Simple, yet cute and organized.  What an easy fix.  Thanks grandma!

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Oh, and if you were wondering why the big bandage on my hand… I burned my hand that night while cooking dinner.  Yes, I think it was a sign from God to quit cooking and get some take-out menus.  But, the sloppy joe’s turned out well, so Tony didn’t buy that.  By the next day I had to go to the doctor for it and my hand was completely wrapped up for the whole holiday weekend.  

And, as with most of my projects, the dogs helped of course!

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So, on to the 4th of July celebration!  We camped at our local park, and it rained here the entire day (of course).  That didn’t stop us!  We waded through the mud the entire weekend.  It ended up clearing up just in time to have amazing fire works!  Here’s the guys playing in a horseshoe tournament right through the rain!

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You can see all the umbrellas out there!  You can also see the river in the background.  That’s the rock river, and right were we camp and also sit and watch the fireworks.  Here we are playing games together.

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Our softball team also won another game Sunday, so we are now 6-1!  Yay!

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How was your 4th of July?  Hope it was a great one!

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Chair Love Again

March 20, 2009 at 11:31 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This week I have been slow. But, it just hit me. My daily Apartment Therapy email just came in, and there is was, this amazing industial looking chair. I do not know much about the chair itself, but Atelier 154 in France is the shop where this baby can be found, and  the stylists of this blog that contains manygorgeous photos other photos are Elodie and Karine Kong. See them here: http://bodieandfou.blogspot.com .

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Just simply beautiful.

P.S. I think that my weekly chair loves are so random and different because they tend to match my mood for that week (or day). I just noticed that as this chair even kind of matches the outfit I am wearing today. Casual, but classic, but also unique. Anyways…

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New Chair Love

February 11, 2009 at 3:35 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This week I have been a little sick, making me a little absent, but I am pining for a new chair.  I had to share it with you.  Its the Marais AC chair from DWR.  Industrial.  Colorful.  Perfection!

Here is it in red:

I think these are just gorgeous!  I would love either color.  Or silver metal…

Oh, the possibilities!

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Making A Mini Bar

February 4, 2009 at 11:48 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Currently we hold all of our drink glasses, servers, shakers and wine and liqueurs in one of our kitchen cupboards.  But, I have always wanted to do something different with these items.  I would like to have some sort of mini bar in the kitchen or dining room.  This would be such easy access for entertaining.  Also, it would free up more cupboard space in the kitchen, which for us is at a premium!

I have recently seen a few photos of DIY bars and am in planning process for making one of our own.

This redone shelf unit was posted on Apartment Therapy.  I think this is great inspiration for our project.  A simple shelf unit like this would be easy to find and probably affordable.  I really love the wine racks and glass holders.  I also like the idea of lining the backs of cabinets with colorful ,fun paper.  Here is another picture of a mini bar with beautiful paper:

I also like the idea of using a bar cart or serving tray with a few bottles and glasses, but options like the cabinets in the pictures would give us much more space and probably be safer with pets, especially if there are doors.

I am very excited to get started on this project, and will keep you posted!

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Cube Redo

February 3, 2009 at 9:35 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have had this little storage cube since I was a kid.  When new, it had a unicorn and a rainbow on it.  Recently I redid the look of the cube so that it could be used in our home.  I forgot all about the cube project until yesterday.  There was a question posed on Apartment Therapy about recommendations for redoing a similar cube.  I thought that I would let you all know how I did the project, and although I do not have any before or durring pictures, I can show you how it turned out.  Here was the process:

1. I started by covering the picture areas of the cube with white contact paper.  I was lucky that the sides were the same width as the paper, but I did run short of paper at the top and had to piece two pieces together.  For a bigger box this is what you would have to do.  Not to worry, the seem barely shows once you get the paint on the paper.  Just try to line them up as exactly as possible.

2. Once the paper was on, I used an Exact-O knife to cut the contact paper around any hardware or latches.  This worked well and really didn’t cause any problems as long as you work slowly and patiently.

3. After the paper was laid and cut, I painted it.  I picked a dark red, and simply used wall paint from the hardware store and applied with a regular brush.  I recommend this, as it was easy and inexpensive.  I personally wanted an antiqued look to go with the worn metal hardware, so I only applied one coat and left it a bit streaky.  If you want a smooth, more flawless finish, I think two coats would do the trick just fine.

4. To add a personal touch I used a foam stamp.  I found this stamp at the hardware store on sale for about 50 cents.  While the paint was still wet I pressed the dry stamp into it in a pattern I liked.  When you raise the stamp it takes some of the paint off, leaving a lighter area for the design.  I used a circular design that went with the antiqued look.

Viola!  Finished!  It really was that simple.  Now this cube serves as storage for blankets in our living room.  And, this has stood up to some use and abuse and even relocating a few times.  It has a few small scratches in it now, but that seems to add to it’s antiqued character.  If you want yours to stay looking new try using a protective clear coat on top.  Here’s what ours looks like:

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Some foam stamps similar to mine can be find at http://www.makingmemories.com and other scrap-booking websites.

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Have fun!

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A Little Industrial

February 2, 2009 at 3:34 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

One of my big obsessions right now is industrial furniture and decor. I know that some of you are probably thinking industrial seems too cold and uninviting. But, mixed carefully with the warm colors and textures of your home, even industrial items can be cozy! I have been looking for the perfect industrial cabinet for our kitchen. Right now prices seem to be soring for these items on Ebay and other websites, but come auction season, I bet we can snatch one up for a deal!

One website that I found with some very funky items is http://www.ergstore.com. This site has some great inspiration for industrial funiture, but also has some pretty steep prices. Some of the items I am currently loving:

A 1920's-30's doctor's chair.  I know, I love all crazy chairs, but this one would be a real conversation piece!

A 1920's-30's doctor's chair. I know, I love all crazy chairs, but this one would be a real conversation piece!

A 1940's wheeled cart.  This would be great for a kitchen island!

A 1940's wheeled cart. This would be great for a kitchen island!

A 1930's- 1940's theater light. This would repurpose as a great lamp.

A 1930's- 1940's theater light. This would re-purpose as a great lamp.

Another site with some very amazing pieces is Get Back, Inc. at http://www.getbackinc.com. Some of my favorites there are:

A metal and glass medical cart.  So what I am looking for!

A metal and glass medical cart. So what I am looking for!

A metal cabinet.  This would be cute in almost any room.

A metal cabinet. This would be cute in almost any room.

A scissor wall light.  A pair of these would make great bedside lamps.

A scissor wall light. A pair of these would make great bedside lamps.

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Owls Make A Comeback

January 29, 2009 at 4:34 pm (Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I recently found a necklace in a box of childhood stuff that I used to use as dress-up jewelry when I was a kid. The necklace is a large owl. It was so weird and interesting when I was little that I had to get the necklace out and do some research. Come to find out, the necklace was very popular in the 70’s. Many designers had versions of the owl pendant necklace, each looking a bit different. The sad part, however, is that my owl is missing it’s feet. The parts are connected with rings, and mine has fallen apart. I have the body, but need to reattach it. Maybe with some more searching I can find his poor missing feet. Here is what mine currently looks like.

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I think the necklace is so cool even without the body that I am determined to wear it! Here is a vintage owl with his whole body intact, but in a more silevr color:

A little more research led me to find that these necklaces are regaining popularity, both vintage and reproductions. Etsy has some versions for sale:

Ebay also has many versions for sale:

So, go ahead, jump on this owl bandwagon- again! 🙂

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