Friday, September 19, 2014

What's Your Decor Style?

Hey All!

Domaine Home (one of my favorite design blogs) posted a fun quiz today that I wanted to share - What's your Decor Style?!  I got CALIFORNIA ECLECTIC, which I LOVE.  It says:  "You love the combination of midcentury modern lines with organic pieces, ethnic textiles, and plenty of plant life. An expert at layering, you never met a brass accent piece or large-scale photograph you didn’t like."  Totally reminds me of Emily Henderson, my idol! :)  I love the easiness and casual vibe you get from this style - for the most part I would say it is pretty accurate (especially the brass accent piece part!)

Take the QUIZ and let me know what your style is!  Do you think your results are accurate?

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dining Room Evolution

Hello - it's been quite awhile!  Although I haven't posted since Spring, I have been quite busy working, plotting and planning all of the home projects I want complete (more on that later). :-)

Today, I wanted to share photos of my dining room!

When Justin and I purchased our home in January 2012, our dining room looked like this:

AHHH!  A little heavy on the burgundy, no?  This room was so dark and dated.  I mean, those silky curtains?!?!?  The pealing wallpaper?  The light fixture also wasn't my fave, but I knew I could get some $$ for it on Craigslist to use toward the redecorating!  It all had to go!

When choosing paint colors for our home, I normally go the soft/neutral route and add pops of color... BUT for this room I really wanted to go BOLD.  I thought ripping out the wallpaper and adding white wainscoting would really add some character, brighten the room and also balance out that BOLD color I wanted.  I ended up choosing Benjamin Moore, Surf Blue. 

Here's what she looked like after the paint job!
 Don't mind the ugly brown ottoman.  I used to let my puppies sit there and look out the window until I realized that Wylie (my papillon) was EATING THE WINDOW SILL!!!  Literally.  Let's just say we got rid of the ottoman and I had a fun day of trying to recreate a window sill with wood putty (white window sheers help to disguise it now :)!!!)

I love this paint color so much - so bright and fun!  I think my whole family thought I was a little cuckoo when I showed them the paint swatch, but they are all on board now!  My MCM dining room table was a Craigslist find and comes with 3 leaves.  Our beautiful credenza is a Broyhill found at one of our favorite STL shops, Momoderne, and so was our awesome Sputnik light!  Justin bought me the light for my birthday!!

Over the past couple years I have slowly collected and added to this room and it feels so much more complete.  Here is what our dining room looks like today:
So pretty.

I will never tire of my sputnik light or my mirror! 

The bar cart is vintage and belonged to my great aunt.  It was in pretty rough condition, but is looking good after a fresh coat of gold spray paint.

This cute little chair is from Justin's grandmother and fits perfectly in this corner.  I love the spindle-y legs!

The lamps are from TJMaxx.  I love how they have an acrylic base!  The brass planter is a thrift find and used to have a beautiful living orchid in it until I accidentally killed it... oops.  I bought a nice fake stem from Hobby Lobby and no one can tell the difference... Shhh!  Now, I don't have to ever worry about watering it again ;)  The antler was found by Justin while he was hunting for morel mushrooms...mmmm...!

 I just purchased these two upholstered chairs from TJ Maxx.  I love the Greek Key pattern and the color looks great in the room. 

And just for fun, I decided to set my table for {an imaginary} dinner party!

The rug is from RugsUSA and I purchased it over Labor Day weekend for 70% OFF!!!!  Talk about bargain!

One last before and after:



I hope you love it as much as I do!  Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Pantone Switching It Up!?!

Pantone just announced a NEW Seasonal Schedule and a NEW Color for Spring 2014.

A.K.A. Radiant Orchid is OUT.
Not Cool, Pantone. Not. Cool.
Image via Apartment Therapy
 While I like the idea of changing it quarterly to relate more to each season, personally, I like to see how designers can incorporate the same color throughout the entire year (by changing the decor around it or using lighter/darker shades of the color)... truly seeing how versatile the color can be!  Also, I am obsessed with Radiant Orchid so that adds even more fuel to my fire. (Am I making any sense or am I just talking crazy and caring about unimportant subject matters???)

Here are some examples:

This first image seems very Spring-like to me with the light walls, light colored bedding, and light tones of "radiant orchid" used.  Isn't this room beautiful?  I love how the touches of blue mix with the purple in the artwork.  (This picture actually inspired me to add some purple touches to my mostly light blue master bedroom - photos to come!)
Image via House & Home

This image seems more fall-like to me.  I love how the rich wood tones, brass and berry-like hues add a deeper dimension to this room.  I seriously LOVE what Kate did with this space (using beautiful World Market goodies!)
Image via Centsational Girl

So I'm not sure if I made my point to any of you but, basically, I'm just not ready to see Radiant Orchid go! :)

I mean, look what they are replacing her with...
Image via Apartment Therapy
Definitely not as good (in my humble opinion.)  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE green.  It is my FAVORITE color.  This, however, is just too abrasive and bright for my eyes :)  I prefer a green with more blue tones rather than yellow.  Most likely, the only way I will be incorporating this color is with lots of plants!

Here is an image of how it's incorporated in the home.
Image via Apartment Therapy

Anyway, just thought I would give you an update in case you hadn't heard the "big" news!

This better be an April Fool's Joke... oh, wait...! :)


Saturday, March 1, 2014

DIY Marble Print Artwork

Happy weekend everyone!

I have a quick and easy little DIY for you to try out - it seems very fitting since the pillow I used is on sale (+ free shipping) at West Elm all weekend!

I'm a big fan of marbled artwork and have been wanting to try it out in my home.  Luckily, I found these GORGEOUS pillow cases on sale about a month ago and knew I could turn them into beautiful artwork!  I actually ordered the green AND blue because I was hoping to use the blue in my bedroom eventually.

Unfortunately only the green is left, but I honestly think it is the most beautiful one!  So let's get started.  To complete this project you will need one Marble Silk Pillow case, pair of scissors, spray glue, and white cardstock (or any type of thick paper).

1.  Simply cut your paper and pillow case to size.
2.  LIGHTLY - I REPEAT, VERY LIGHTLY - spray the adhesive on your paper, lay the fabric on top and smooth with fingers.  If the paper is too saturated, it will bleed through the silk fabric and we don't want that!
3. Frame it up!

So simple!

And that's that!  I think the soft green really blends well with my blue/green color scheme - I'm loving it.  What do you think - am I crazy for cutting a perfectly beautiful silk pillow case????

P.S. - Sorry for the poor quality {iPhone} photos.  I'm starting a photography class soon so hopefully I will improve in the photo department!!


Sunday, December 29, 2013

Goodwill Chair Makeover - THE REVEAL

Hey Everyone!

Sorry for the 2 month hiatus - I've had a busy couple of months, but I'm finally back :)

I realized that I never posted a reveal of my Goodwill Chair Makeover that my sister and I worked on together.  If you need a refresher on where we left off, click HERE.

I chose a beautiful peacock blue fabric for the front part of the chair - found at Joann.  I bought 2 yards of this fabric.  As for the back, I found a multi-colored toile fabric at Hobby Lobby and bought just 1 yard.  I couldn't find a link for either of the two fabrics but I paid around $10-$15 per yard, if I remember correctly.  The rest of my supplies {piping filler cord and dust cover for bottom of chair} were purchased at Joann.  Remember to always use a coupon {both stores have apps you can d/l}!!

Here she is:

I used a trick I learned from the fabulous Kristin | The Hunted Interior:  DOUBLE PIPING. {on a side note:  you MUST follow her blog.  She is so inspiring and has EXCELLENT taste in everything she does!}

Adding a double welt makes you look like a PRO and covers up sloppy stapling ;)  I {my sister} simply sewed two lengths of piping together and we hot-glued it right on top of the fabric.  Easy Peasy.  We just did a single welt for the bottom seat of the chair.  As for the buttons, I used the existing ones and recovered them in the new fabric with some hot glue.

I love how the blue fabric seemingly changes color throughout the day, depending on lighting conditions.

Here's a couple shots of the back:

Toile may not be for everyone.  Heck, I'm not usually drawn to it either, but I love that this particular fabric has so many different colors in it.  I feel like I never see that - it's usually a monochromatic color scheme.  I also love the large scale of it!

What do you guys think?  Not too shabby for my first chair re-upholstery project - eh?

A special THANK YOU goes out to my sister for helping me.  I couldn't have done it without you {literally}!!!


Monday, October 28, 2013

Happy Fall!

I wanted to share a picture of my only fall decorating this year.  I am a big fan of decorating pumpkins as opposed to carving them (less ick!).  And you all probably know by now how much I love this color scheme:

This past weekend my husband and I threw an engagement party for our beekeeping besties.  I'll be sharing the honey bee engagement party decor later this week, so stay tuned!! 


Friday, October 11, 2013

HomeGoods HAPPY!

Hi friends!

Today I wanted to share some photos of my ALMOST complete living room.  When we originally moved in we painted the walls a lovely "greige" color and our huge TV wall was painted a darker gray.  While I LOVED the dark gray color, we just didn't get enough natural light in the space, which made things very dark and dreary, so I recently painted the accent wall a much lighter color.  I have been on a mission over the last few months to transform our space from "dark & dreary" to "light and bright!"  I hope you love the outcome as much as I do!

(PS - the area behind the couch, the fireplace, and the curtain situation is all still under construction!!) :)

 I'm in love with my new HomeGoods rug!  It's a Calvin Klein and it has metallic spots all over it (which makes it a little tricky to photograph, but it is GORGEOUS in person)!  So far, my dogs have treated it very well - fingers crossed - but they go in and out of the back patio door at least 200 times per day.  I might end up having to move it to a less-traffic area though, we shall see.

This is my HomeGoods miracle photograph.  Everybody knows that when you see something you like at HomeGoods you MUST buy it on the spot or you will NEVER see that baby again.  Well........I broke this cardinal rule when I first saw this picture.  I immediately loved it but at $80, I wasn't willing to spend that kind of money and thought I could find something similar for much less.  Well it turns out that after researching other horse photographs, to get buy one in a size that large and to get it framed would end up costing me a few hundred dollars - yikes!!  So, of course, when I went back to HomeGoods, my beloved horses had been sold.  However, about a month later, I found the same photograph again (that seriously NEVER happens to me!)  So here it is in all its glory!

On another note, I recently submitted photos to A Thoughtful Place Blog's Instagram account (follow her, she ROCKS!) for her Friday EyeCandy feature.  This time she is featuring "HomeGoods Happy" Spaces.  My living room has TONS of HomeGoods finds:  The black and white chevron pillow, the brass pharmacy floor lamp, my new rug!, the blue velvet studded pillow, the blue chinoiserie pillow, the white furry blanket on my couch, and my horse photograph that I am somewhat obsessed with :)

Visit her post today to see all of the gorgeous spaces, and to see which two lucky gals won a $50 HomeGoods gift card - (hint hint, one of them you may know!)

Have a great weekend!  I'm about to leave for Chicago with my mama!!