My Weekend Project

Hi friends!  It has been a while since I have done a hard core DIY project.  This weekend, I am working on re-caning a chair.  A ways back a friend of mine gifted me this lovely faux bamboo barrel chair for free.  Only problem was it had a huge rip in the middle of the seat.  Here it is below with the hole strategically covered by a throw.

 

Here is the chair in its present glory.

I called around everywhere trying to find someone who could fix it for me with no luck.  So, I found this site on Etsy that sells re-caning kits.  According to the instructions, the hardest part is removing the old seat.  Apparently, it takes quite a bit of elbow grease to remove the old binding and glue from the seat.  I may have to enlist the hubs.  I am sure he will be thrilled.

At the end of the day, I hope to paint them and have them looking like some of the gorgeous chairs below.  I may eventually opt to add a cushion.

So, if all goes well, I will have a before and after to share with you soon.  I miss doing these kind of projects, but they are just so time consuming.  These days all of our weekends are filled with soccer and swimming.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

xoxo,

 

2018 Summer Home Tour

Hi everyone!  If you are joining us from Life Love Larson- Welcome!  Wasn’t Andrea’s tour so vibrant?  Her love of plants definitely came through.  A huge thank you to Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for putting this blog hop on.  It’s so full of seasonal decorating ideas each time.

If you are new here, I’m Jennifer – a Human Resources consultant by day and a design enthusiast and blogger in the wee hours of the night!  Our family recently purchased our dream home that we rented for 3 years, so are so excited to fix it up and make it our own one room at a time. Bye bye beige walls and hello color!

I had big plans for this home tour, much of which did not come to fruition.  We went on vacation the first week of June, only to return with a bout of strep throat for my kids.  The rooms I am sharing here today are honestly the only ones that do not have suitcases and piles of laundry in them.  I am sure some of you can relate!

So, come on in and check out my less than perfect summer home tour.

First up is our entry way. I recently purchased these statement making candles in a vibrant pink.    They are molded out of branches.

In the living room, pillows in blue hues and tons of flowers say summer to me.  Add in some faux coral and poof we feel like we are at the beach.

Up next is our breakfast room.  I often get asked about the bold wallpaper.  It is called Denim Blue Tinted from Walls Republic.  I love it.

These summery butterfly plates were a Homegoods find a few years back.

Nothing says summer like pink to me.  We painted our master bedroom a very pale pink called Pink Ground from Farrow and Ball and I adore it.  Some grocery store orchids add a tropical vibe when combined with the pink.

Finally, is our dining room.  Anyone who has known me for a long time knows my love of collecting seashells.  I wanted this table setting to evoke a relaxed coastal vibe.

As you exit our home, Merle as we call him will greet you.  This planter is the only Spring/Summer gardening I have done all year!

Well that’s a wrap.  Off to go finish unpacking those suitcases.  Next up is Karianne at Thistlewood Farms.  You must go see her tour and read her story.  It is so inspiring! Karianne is a legend in the world of Farmhouse style. The entire week’s lineup is here:

Monday – June 11

A Stroll Thru Life – Marty

Pink Peppermint Design – Tammy

Setting For Four – Heather

Nesting With Grace – Brooke

Cuckoo4Design  – Julia

Southern Hospitality  – Rhoda

Tuesday – June 12

ZDesign At Home  – Bree

 Inspiration For Moms  – Laura

Clean & Scentsible – Jenn

Simple Stylings  – Summer

Life On Virginia Street – Sarah

Remodelando La Casa – Cristina

Wednesday – June 13

Our Southern Home – Christy

House By Hoff – April

Our Fifth House – Carmel

Dimples & Tangles – Jennifer

Decor To Adore  – Laura

Follow The Yellow Brick Home – Amber

Thursday – June 14

Haneens Haven – Haneen

Monica Wants It – Monica

Duke Manor Farm – Laura

My Sweet Savannah – Melaine

11 Magnolia Lane – Christy

Life Love Larson – Andrea

Fri –June 15

Decorating Delirium  – Jennifer

Thistlewood Farm – Karianne

Thrifty & Chic  – Alicia

Hymns & Verses – Doreen

Starfish Cottage – Kristy

Far Above Rubies – Anita

2018 Spring One Room Challenge

Hi everyone!  I hope everyone had a fantastic Mother’s Day.  We had a relaxing day and the my kids tried to fight just a little less.  Has anyone been following Calling It Home’s One Room Challenge?  The reveals were last week.  Here are my favorite rooms from the designers.

I am loving the muted tones in this bohemian French bedroom by Jenna Sue Design Co.

One of my absolute favs is this little boy room by Marcus Design  The navy trim and grass cloth walls are perfection!

I love this multi-functional space by Bisou Design.  Finish your work and then have a relaxing cocktail- yes please!

 

The timeless design of this bedroom by Rambling Renovators hits the mark spot on.

This last room was by a guest participant Cait Waite Designs is so glamorous.

If you followed along, what was your favorite space from the challenge?  Do share in the comments!

Until next time . . .

xo,

 

A New Line at Target: Opalhouse

Target has done it again! They have a new line of furniture and home decor that is very reminiscent of products from Anthropologie and Serena and Lily at a much more affordable price point.

They have furniture, decor, bedding, bath, kitchen and outdoor products.

Here are my favorite furniture pieces.  The bar cart and umbrella are my absolute favorites!

Rattan Console / Love Seat / Bar Cart / Umbrella / Chair / Lamp

Here are my favorite home decor finds.  I purchased the rattan tray and the peacock figurine.

Mirror / Pillow / Chandelier / Basket / Peacock Decor/ Tray

There are so many other good options in the line.  You must go check it out.  Target has been killing it lately.  I shopped the recent Hunter line for Target over the weekend and got some great finds.  Although I heard it sold out really fast!

Has anyone else checked out Opalhouse?  If so, tell us your favorite pieces in the comments.

Have a great day!

xo

The Look for Less: Brushstroke Lamp

Hi friends!  I wrote the other day here about my new found love of “Open Box” deals.  While perusing Wayfair on a whim, I came across this brushstroke lamp while looking at Open Box deals that looks very similar to a high end designer lamp.

The Pecora Table lamp is only $119 Open Box.

 

This designer lamp by designer Bunny Williams will run you $950!

Now, I call that a stylish steal.

Have you found any steals and deals lately?  If so, please share in the comments!

xo,

2018 Spring Home Tour

Hello friends both old and new.  Marty at A Stroll Thru Life has done it again and has a team of 30 bloggers ready to show you their homes decked out for Spring. If you are heading over from Vel at Life & Home at 2102 -Welcome! Don’t you just love Vel’s home?  She loves Chinoserie like me and her home is so open and bright.  She has the most amazing windows!

If you are new here, I’m Jennifer – a Human Resources consultant by day and a design enthusiast and blogger in the wee hours of the night!  Our family recently purchased our dream home that we rented for 3 years, so are so excited to fix it up and make it our own one room at a time. Bye bye beige walls and hello color!

So let’s start the tour.  We have had a ton of late rain this spring, so while I would love to show you our outdoor spaces spruced up for Spring, that was not in the cards this year.  So, we will start with our small entry way.  I think it is so important, no matter how large or small, to create some sort of entry space in your home.  This year, I decked ours out in classic sunny daffodils for Spring.

Come on in next to our living room.  I decorated in pastels for spring.  I added flowers, pillows and a fun throw in pastel hues.

The other side of our living room has a conversation area with two chairs.  I added these fun neutral pillows with tassels from Target for a clean Spring look.

In my daughter’s room I added this faux fiddle leaf fig from World Market.  I also added this fun bunny alarm clock from Pottery Barn Kids.  Cautionary tale:  It looks super cute, but is not the best design.  It is so top heavy it constantly falls over.

In our dining room I tried to create a garden Chinoserie vibe.

The pagodas are from Ballard Designs and I adore them.

The fun green trellis tablecloth was a Homegoods find.

The inspiration for the table started with these pagoda accent plates from Pottery Barn.  I added some fern branches and a flower for an added touch.

Every year, I always try and incorporate some Hunter rain boots into my tour.  This year I went for classic black.  Last year it was these purple boots and before that it was these pink boots.   Did you hear that Hunter is coming out with a collaboration with Target this April?  Count me in!

Last up is our breakfast nook.  Pastel eggs and some macarons made it extra special.  The fun bunny plates are from Target.

Well that is it.  I hope you enjoyed the tour and that you got some inspiration for your Spring home.  Up next is Summer from Simple Stylings.  Her style is so unique and bohemian.  You simply must head over and see what she has in store.

Here is the the entire week’s lineup.

2018 Spring Home Tour 

Monday – March 19

A Stroll Thru Life

Cuckoo4Design 

ZDesign At Home 

11 Magnolia Lane 

Nesting With Grace 

Pink Peppermint Design  

Tuesday – March 20

Clean & Scentsible 

 Inspiration For Moms 

Haneens Haven

Life On Virginia Street 

Setting For Four 

Remodelando La Casa

Wednesday – March 21

House By Hoff

Dimples & Tangles 

Our Southern Home 

Seeking Lavender Lane 

Our Fifth House 

Decor To Adore  

Thursday – March 22 

Life & Home @ 2102 

Decorating Delirium 

Simple Stylings 

Southern Hospitality 

Rain On A Tin Roof

Tidbits & Twine 

Fri –March 23

Duke Manor Farm

Thistlewood Farm 

Hymns & Verses 

Thrifty & Chic 

Far Above Rubies

Common Ground 

Until next time . . .

 

Lilly Pulitzer For Pottery Barn

Hi everyone!  I am so excited to tell you guys about this new collaboration.  Lilly Pulizer has a new bright and preppy line for Pottery Barn.  It includes Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and PB Teen.  While there are some classic over the top prints, there are also a lot of more subdued decor, such as the bookshelf below.   Here are a few of my favorites from the collection.

Kennedy Bookcase

Polished Palm Tree Chandelier – A steal at $199

Ikat Lumbar Pillow

Big Palm Wallpaper

 

Lilly Custom Lumbar

Gold Cane Mirror

Rhodes Occasional Chair

Round Shell Mirror

I love the Palm Beach preppy vibe of Lilly Pulitzer style.  I am seriously considering ordering the rattan bookshelf for my daughter’s room.  Time to get rid of our Target bookcase that is falling apart.

Until next time.

My New Online Shopping Strategy

Hi friends!  Happy Sunday.  I have to share with you a new way to find home decor for a steal.  I am obsessed.  Have you ever heard of “open box sales?”  It is where a customer orders something, decides it is not to their liking and returns it.  The returns department then inspects it to make sure it is in perfect condition and then they turn it around and resell it for a highly reduced price.  So, essentially it is a new, unused item that has just been unboxed.

Open box items are most common with electronics retailers, but many home decor and lighting retailers also have open box items.  Wayfair, Bellacor, and Lumens have open box sales.

Keep in mind this type of bargain hunting is not for the weak of heart.  It is similar to going into a TJ Maxx or Marshall’s and taking the time to slowly go thru the racks looking for the diamond in the rough.  When I looked at Bellacor, for instance, they had 86 pages of open box items.  However, if you love the thrill of getting a deep discount, the rush is worth it.  Here are a few of my favorite finds from Bellacor.  I actually ended up purchasing the rug and chair.  They have arrived and they are in perfect condition and are lovely.

First up is this faux bamboo chair.  I bought this to use as my desk chair.  Regular price: $359.  Open Box price: $153.97.

This rug by Loloi is regularly $179.00.  Open Box price: $75.00.
These vases are modern luxe at its best.  The large one is normally $170.  Open Box price: $64.97

 

 

This beautiful vanity light is $186 regular price.  Open Box price: $85.97.

This adorable outdoor light fixture is only $37.87.

What do you think?  Definite steals, right?  Only thing I have found is that the open box price may vary from day-to-day.  So, shop early and shop often.

Do you have any stores where you have found good open box sales?  If so, please let us know your secrets in the comments.

Have a great rest of the day.

Until next time  . . .

Charlotte’s Room Refresh

Hi all!  It has been a long time since I last posted.  Things have been busy busy around here.  Working on a few design projects has sucked up the majority of my free time.  For ages, I have wanted to makeover my 8 year old daughter’s room.  It is the only room in our home that has not been painted since we purchased the house.  I have been indecisive on what to do with it.  I have also been wanting to use wallpaper in another room in our house.  I bit the bullet and wallpapered our breakfast nook and I just adore it.

So, this wall paper from Thibaut was my starting point for the room.

I ordered a sample and it is definitely more fushia pink in person that the online image.  Here is the rest of design board I am using for inspiration.

Only thing holding me back is purchasing the wallpaper.  It is expensive and I need quite a few rolls.  And then I have to pay to have it hung.  No way I am attempting to DIY that one.  Strong is a woman who knows her limits.

What do you guys think?  Wallpaper is such an investment, and I do hope to move to our forever home someday.  But, we might be in our home forever, so I am also thinking seize the day!

Until next time  . . .

 

Copy Cat Circa Lighting Sconce

Hi everyone!  I just had to pop in today to share a major deal I found.  I mentioned earlier this week here here that I was searching for new sconces for the girls’ bathroom to better fit our new mirror.  I have always swooned over these polished and sophisticated sconces from Circa Lighting.

They are the Camille sconce designed by Suzanne Kasler.  But for $398 each, that was hardly in my budget for this quick bathroom refresh.  And then I stumbled upon these equally stunning sconces from the Home Depot.

They are from Filament Designs and are only $138 each.  In fact, if you wanted them in satin nickel rather than polished, they are only $78.

Pretty similar, right?  I think I prefer the lamp shade on the Circa lighting sconce a bit more, but that is always something that can be swapped out.  I also noticed that many of the designs from Filament Designs tend to be very similar to high end Circa Lighting or Visual Comfort lighting.  So if you are looking for the look for less, I would definitely check the brand out.  Keep in mind, I have yet to receive these and see the quality in person.  I will keep you posted!

xoxo