31 May 2013

Coffee Table Trend- Gold Base + White Top

 I'm back with a trend for the second time today. This one is a look that is popping up everywhere and that I absolutely love- coffee tables with gold legs and a white (sometimes marble) top. 







Christine of the blog Bijou and Boheme has an easy DIY of this type of table using the Klubbo coffee table from Ikea:


I've searched all over her blog looking for the tutorial, but the only place I could find it is HERE at ivillage. If anyone knows if Christine has the tutorial on her blog please let me know because I'd love to link directly to her. 


I absolutely love my DIY ottoman so there's no way I'm looking to replace it. 


So instead, I've realized I need another living room. That way I have a spot for the super trendy coffee table that I'm coveting. That's not too much to ask right- just one more room?? 

Lighting Trend: Supersized

 I'm at the blog for Chandelier Warehouse talking about a lighting trend I super duper love-
gigantically oversized light fixtures. I'm dying to do this in some room of my house. 



Read it here

29 May 2013

Dining Room Lighting

 Today I'm talking dining room lighting at GoldenageUSA's blog. 


Specifically, what looks I really like when it comes to fixtures that will be dined under. Come see what they are here

28 May 2013

DIY Triangle Design On A Vase

 Welcome to one of my fastest DIY's yet. 


I think in all, this took me maybe 20 minutes to do. 

I started by googling something like "printable pictures of triangles" and printed out one that looked like the triangle was the size I was wanting for my vase design. 

I cut out the triangle and the excess paper around it so that I was left with a small square of paper with the cut-out of a triangle in the middle. I taped closed the cut part of the paper where my scissors had gone through to get to the triangle. 

And now I had a simple stencil to use for making the triangles on the vase. 



I squirted some gold craft paint onto a paper plate and wadded up a napkin to use as my sponge for dabbing the paint over the stencil. 

Then I held the paper stencil over the vase like this-
(only a little tighter)


and used the napkin to dab the paint over the triangle. 

Since I obviously wasn't using any kind of stencil adhesive to hold the paper down completely flat, it didn't come out absolutely perfect, but surprisingly it did come out pretty dang good if I say so myself. I've had actual stencils that had more smudges out of the line than this did. 

I was just super careful to tap the paint on up and down and not slide the napkin to the side, because then it could have slipped under the edge of the paper. I also didn't use a ton of paint. I wanted this to be kind of imperfect and I wanted to see the white paint a little through the gold, so I only did one coat. 

Here is the first triangle.



I wanted the triangles to be lined up really close to each other, with the point of each triangle almost touching the top of the triangle below it. Which meant that the top of the stencil would have to overlap the triangle above the one that I was painting. So to keep from smudging the paint, I had to make sure each triangle was completely dry before moving on to the next one. But I wanted this to go really fast so I had my hair dryer with me and as soon as I finished painting a triangle I'd blast it for a few seconds with my hair dryer on the cool setting until the triangle was dry to the touch. Then I could lay the stencil over the bottom of it and keep going with painting. 

Here it is finished:



Before:



After:



This is a vase that I got a couple years ago on clearance for $1 at Michaels. I can't remember what color it was when I got it; something ugly. So I just painted it white soon after bringing it home. I love that now it has a fun design. You can't really tell in these pictures but I also painted around the inside rim of the vase with the gold paint because it was getting chipped and looking pretty bad in there. 

I really love the repeat of triangles that I have going on on this table- first with the bowl that I sharpied the triangle design onto, and now with this vase. 


Oh and speaking of the bowl- since I had the gold paint out anyway I went ahead and used it on the bottom of the bowl. Just to do one more thing to make it look more like a decorative bowl and less like a salad bowl that I drew a design on. Because that's actually what it is. 




The triangles were seriously one of the fastest projects ever. And it's crazy how something so small can have such a big impact in a room. They are one more thing making my entryway look a little more stylish and inviting. 










Linking to:

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

27 May 2013

Happy Memorial Day!

 I hope everyone is having a safe and fun day!

Here's what I'll have up tomorrow-


-the tutorial for this super easy triangle design that I did on this vase. 

Enjoy your holiday!

24 May 2013

Re-framing A Penny

 Remember this lucky penny that I framed a few weeks ago? 



I have not been satisfied with the frame it was in. It was an old one that I've had for years, and even though I cleaned it up and repainted it, it was just too busy looking for what I was wanting for this penny. Really the only thing I liked about the frame was it's square shape. 



So today I picked up a new square frame from Target and I'm liking the look so much better. 

Before: 



After:



This little frame was only $7.99 and I love how much more simple it is. 


I thought about keeping the penny on the blue paper like I had in the last frame, but I decided I liked it on a white background instead so that the penny is the focal point and not the bright paper. 

You may or may not have noticed that the frame isn't the only newbie to the table. 



That little gold bowl is also from Target and was only $4.99. 
The DIY paper flowers that I've had in this spot up until today really took a beating during our move from Minnesota back to Florida. After sitting in a box with a bunch of pillows and vases they were pretty squished. So they've been replaced by these mini faux hydrangeas. (I think they're actually called snowballs??) And while I love the black and white tin the paper flowers were in, it's nice to change things up since it's been the same way for quite a while. 



What I really love about this bowl is how well it goes with the elephant I picked up last week (also from Target) that's sitting on the table by the front door...the two are such a perfect little pair. 









Have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend! We are going to "camp" with the kids in the backyard for a night...should be interesting! If things get too uncomfortable I may have to take a bathroom break and  not come back outside. 

23 May 2013

Client Project

 Lately I've been working on a living room, dining room, and entryway plan for an e-design client. She wanted a leather sectional for the living room, storage space, lots of seating, and a dining table that seats 8.  She also wanted the furniture items that she already has incorporated into my design and space plan. Those pieces are a wood tv cabinet, wood end tables and a wood sofa table. She has a huge open space for her entry, living room, dining room and kitchen so I tried to lay things out so that each area is clearly defined (especially the entry area) but they also flow really smoothly into each other. 


Entry plan:



Entry table area:

She has a wooden sofa table that's too small to go behind her new couch so I put it next to the front door as a drop zone for mail and keys, and a spot for checking your hair before going out the door. Always gotta have that. In place of the bird art that I had in the initial plan, I ended up choosing this awesome lion art that is now on my "must get for myself" list: 






Living room plan.


This room is big so it needs a big rug. But this souk rug that I liked for it was too pricey for the budget when it was at the needed 9x12 size. So instead I suggested a 9x12 jute rug that was almost $1000 less than the souk. Then she can get the souk rug in a smaller, more affordable size and layer it on top of the jute rug. 
I also came up with a very easy way to diy the wall art that I have in the moodboard, using this and other similar photographs from Etsy


I needed 4 pieces of art like this, and although I love the ones I put in the living room moodboard (find them here) using prints from Etsy and framing them in Ikea frames will give a similar look and save around $500. 



Behind sectional: 

When you walk in the front door, the back of the couch is to your left. I planned for two chests of drawers to go there for storage (she has a toddler so this gives her a place for toys, games, blankets, diapers, etc.)



Dining room plan: 


I love this indoor/outdoor rug.  It can literally be taken outside and sprayed with the hose, making it perfect for an eating area where there is a small child. And the color looks pretty with the curtains that I chose for the living room: 



They are from Pottery Barn and you can find them here


Something else I fell in love with while shopping for her house was this light fixture from Pottery Barn:


I love it for the entryway; it looks so vintage and pretty. It's now on my list of things to get myself, right along with that lion art. 

So is this art from Urban Outfitters:



I love it paired with this cheap butterfly poster from Ikea; I planned for both of them to be propped together on the mantel that's in the dining room. 


I love this poster too because it not only has tiny bits of blue that tie in with the dining rug and living room curtains, but if you look really closely at the lion art that I chose for the entryway table, it has a couple butterflies in it, and the mantel where this poster goes is directly across the house from that art. 


The last several days have been busy with getting this project done- she and her family just moved into their house this past weekend and needed a layout plan and furniture ideas quickly. But I'm like 98% done now and it's been really fun to put together! 


22 May 2013

Rug Tips

 Today I'm over at GoldenageUSA's blog with tips for choosing rugs.


I think some of the biggest mistakes that people make in their houses happen with the rugs, so I wanted to address some of the things that bug me the most and talk about simple ways to avoid them. Read it here