A Tale of Two Mirrors

Hi everyone!  I hope your week is off to a great start.  We are on vacation this week, so I hope to relax and also catch up on some blogging posts I have been meaning to share with you.  For now, I want to show you a fun paint project I did that has made a big impact.

A ways back I scored a major find on Craigslist.  It was a vintage Henredon dresser and the price was right at only $200.

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What sweetened the deal even more was that it came with two beautiful faux bamboo mirrors.  It is so hard to find a set of matching vintage mirrors, so I could not believe my luck!  Here they are.

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I didn’t have room for them in our bedroom above the dresser, so I had long-term plans to paint them and use them in our dining room.  We recently painted out dining room a really deep purple, almost an eggplant color and I opted to paint them a very light shade of lavender.  Bold color choices, I know!

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All in all I am very pleased with the results.  The mirrors really complement the other pieces and accent colors I have going on in the dining room.  The room is starting to turn out pretty glamorous considering I found most of it on Craigslist!!  See you can have the look for less!

What do you think?  Have you ever sacrificed a vintage piece in order to make it your own or are you a purist who thinks it should be kept in its original condition?

Until next time.

xoxo,

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One Room Challenge: Week Two

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Hello friends!  So, they say progress, not perfection, right?  That is how this One Room Challenge is feeling right about now.  One a positive note, I got the room painted and the lighting fixture in, which is huge. However, it just doesn’t seem to add a ton of “wow” to the space.

If you are new here, I am updating my little girl’s nursery into a “big girl room.”  I have chosen pale pink and gray for the color scheme.  The walls used to be a very bland light beige color.  I have chosen Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore for the walls.

Benjamine Moore Stonington Grey

Now that I see it in the space, I know it is going to pair perfectly with the pale pink accents I have planned.

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Another huge game-changer for the space was lighting.  We live in a very old home built in the 1920’s and many of the rooms do not have overhead lighting.  First world problem, I know.  But it did impair doing homework and playtime for my girls.

Since I had to hire an electrician to wire in the lighting, my budget for lighting was small to say the least. I couldn’t believe my luck when I found this Vintage Gray Chandelier from World Market marked waaaay down as a floor model.

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I don’t believe they make this same one anymore, but a similar one can be found here.

Here is a quick peek at how it looks in my space.

 

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So that about wraps up my progress for the week.  The good news is a bunch of products I have ordered have arrived.  My Nina Campbell wallpaper that I plan to frame came lightning fast from England and the pale pink silk fabric I ordered arrived.  ORC week 2

I have also made some progress on some DIY faux fur stools.  Stay tuned  . . .

Check back each Thursday to see check on my progress on the One Room Challenge.   Knowing you will be here keeps me accountable!

xoxo,

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Review of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Two Years Later

Hey everyone and Happy Monday!  As a lover of Chalk Paint, one of the most frequent questions I get asked is, “how well does Chalk Paint hold up?”  Many have heard the amazing stories of chalk paint transformations.  You may have been lured by Chalk Paint’s claim that there is no sanding and no priming required.  It is also low in VOC’s and dries very fast (which can be a blessing or a curse!)

Using Chalk Paint is how I started out my DIY journey.  You can read all about how Chalk Paint changed my life here.  I have used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on a variety of different items.  I have used it on outdoor planters.  I have used it on console tables, bookcases, mirrors and bedside tables.  Two years later, I am here to tell you how it stands the test of time.

First, I truly believe that it is a remarkable product.  However, I don’t think it is for every type of furniture.  In my opinion, the best pieces to use it on are mirrors, console tables and other furniture that does not get a ton of wear and tear.  One of my favorite Annie Sloan transformations is this console table I painted in a pale purple color called Emile.  This table is for decorative purposes only and is never used or really even touched (even by my kids)!  Two years later it looks exactly the same as it did the day I painted it.  It is one of my favorite spots in our house.

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In complete contrast, are the bedside tables I painted in with Chalk Paint.  These get daily use. From putting water glasses down on them at night, to stacked-up books, to my children’s feet, these tables get A LOT of wear and tear.

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I also painted these tables a color called Old Ochre which is a much lighter color, almost an off white. They look horrible.

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They are dirty and stained.  Ick!  I am tempted to start all over and just paint them with latex paint.

As some of you may know, you are supposed to finish off Chalk Paint with a wax that is supposed to harden and seal the product.  It is similar to sealing latex paint with Polyurethane.  I did wax these end tables, but in my opinion it offered little protection.  I have seen other reviews where someone painted their dinning room table with Chalk Paint and had a similar problem.

Finally, to my complete surprise, the outdoor furniture and pots I painted with Chalk Paint have held up surprisingly well to the elements.

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Apparently, the exterior of  Annie Sloan’s original store in the UK is painted with Chalk Paint.  I would definitely use Chalk Paint again to bring new life to outdoor pieces.  If you missed it, you can see how I transformed these inexpensive plastic faux terra cotta pots with Chalk Paint here.

At the end of the day, would I recommend and use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint again?  Yes, I would definitely use it for smaller or decorative accent pieces that do not get a ton of use.  Would I use it for a dining room table, end tables, or cabinets that get a lot of wear and tear?  A definitive NO. As I navigate my way through these DIY ropes, I am starting to get a better feel of what types of paint will work best on certain finishes.  You live you learn, I suppose.

Have you used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint or any of the other brands out on the market?  If so, what did you think of the durability?  I would love to hear your experience.

xoxo,

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Ways to Add Architectural Detail to Your Home

Hi friends!  I hope your 2016 is off to a great start.  I have been obsessively making plans for our new home.  I seriously need to slow down and take it one project at a time.  It is just all too exciting!! Today I want to share some inspiration photos on some easy ways you can add architectural detail to your home. We are blessed to live in an older home with amazing molding, arches and built-ins.  We even have what I call “diamond door nobs.”  I wrote all about my love of these vintage door nobs here.

Even though we are blessed with these character-enhancing features, I am still feeling the need to add more.  I would love to add a bit more detail to our doors, walls and ceilings as in the images below.

With a relatively simple DIY, you can add decorative paneling or molding to any door.  If you have builder grade doors that are as they say “plain”, this is such an easy way to add interest.

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Since we already have some decorative trim, how fun would it be to accent it with gold to really make it pop like the trim below?

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Let’s not forget about the ceiling.  How amazingly grand are the two ceilings featured below.  That may be too much of a project for us for now, but wow, what a statement it makes!

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An easier DIY version with a similar impact is adding a ceiling medallion.  These can even be purchased at the big box stores these days.  I am really considering doing this to give a “wow” factor to our dining room chandelier and ceiling.

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What do you think? Could your home benefit from one of these DIY’s?  It’s all in the details right?  It has never been easier to fake architectural details!

xoxo,

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Navy Walls

Hi friends!  Happy Monday!!  I am hoping that some of you have the day off and are relaxing.  I do, so I am just here, at home, obsessing about paint colors 🙂  I posted here all about my home decorating goals for 2016.  On top of that list is to paint the entire inside of our house.  Needless to say, I have been thinking about paint a lot!!

As you enter our home, there is a long, narrow hallway that has two architectural arches.  I was thinking of painting it a light gray.  However, a friend of mine recently convinced me to go with navy.  The hallway is long enough, there is lots of natural light and white molding to contrast the blue, so I think it will work.  I am inspired by the way navy used in these spaces.

How gorgeous is Aerin Lauder’s home.  This was the image that had me starting to consider navy.

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I love the blue in this last photo.  I actually pinned it because of the sofa.  I am on a quest for a stylish sectional and this one fits the bill.

What do you think?  Do you believe in the old adage, “small spaces need light colors.”  That phrase was holding me back.  Sometimes you just have to break the rules, right??

Until next time.

xoxo,

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Home Decorating Goals for 2016

Hi everyone!  Since it is the start of a new year, I thought I would share some of my decorating goals for 2016 with you.  Yes, some may set personal or career goals, but me, I set decorating goals.

This year in particular I do this because we just purchased our dream home, and while it has excellent “bones” as they say, it needs a little TLC.  We have already remodeled a bathroom mostly in part because the former owners paid for that as part of the sale  Long story.  You can read about it here and I plan to have a post with beautiful photos as soon as the custom art and window treatments I have ordered arrive.

First off, the entire interior is going to be painted.  The exterior will be next, but is a lesser priority.  I have thought long and hard over what palette I want and I can’t believe how indecisive I am being!!  I am pretty sure, however, that the colors will include some bold color choices.  However, every time I think I am sold on a bold color, I see images of a beautiful neutral room and I second guess myself.  I think I am going to trust my gut and go bold.  After all, it is just paint, right?

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Next up is the hardwood floors.  Our 1920’s home is blessed with an entire home of hardwood floors. However, they desperately need to be refinished.  They are a light-toned honey colored wood and I think they will stay that way.  I want the entire space to feel light and airy.

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Third, we are going to have a larger opening cut out for a new refrigerator.  I wrote all about it before, but basically our home currently has the smallest fridge EVER!  It is seriously a small step above a college mini fridge.  It is ugly and not functional at all for our family of four.  You can read about how I attempted to glam it up with gold duct tape here.  It upgraded it a bit, but I am ready for a real upgrade!! I think this is one home improvement that will definitely improve the quality and efficiency of our lives.

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Finally, like many older homes, many rooms in our home do not have  lighting wired.  Many of the bedrooms rely solely on table and floor lamps and they simply do not provide enough light.  We have a bid from our contractor to wire the rooms and it will be one of our first projects.  The fun part is going to be picking out new lighting!!  It can get really expensive, so it will probably happen space by space as our budget allows.  I hate those things- budgets!!

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Do you set “home” goals as well?  Please tell me I am not the only one!!!  Keep checking back as I will update and show you how each goal is coming along (project “money pit.”)

Contractor is set to come out on Monday to remove the “mini fridge” and create a new opening.  Happy Dance!!!

Until next time . . .

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6 Ways to Decorate with Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year

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Hi lovely friends!  I hope that 2016 is off to a wonderful start for you.  I was sooo sick over New Year’s Eve and the first of the year that I feel like I am getting a late start on things already.  Isn’t that just life sometimes??

So, those of you who follow design trends know that Pantone (THE authority on color) announced its color of the year in December.  For the first time ever, it has selected two colors.  They are two complementary colors called Rose Quartz and Serenity.

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Many people might find them very pastel and too sweet to use in their homes, but see how they are used in the spaces below.  They might just change your mind and have you dreaming of these bubble gum hues.

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They need not be limited to children’s rooms and work with a variety of color pairings.  I like how they are paired with browns and dark teals to tame them down a little bit.

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There are ways to incorporate these distinct colors in more subtle ways.  No need to go and get a can of pink paint!  These accessories can help you add that pop of pastel without a major commitment.

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What do you think?  Yay or Nay?  I think they are fun and am probably going to use a variation of rose quartz in my daughter’s big girl room.  I definitely like them better than last year’s wine-colored Marsala.

You can read all about Pantone’s prior colors of the year here and here.

Until next time.

xoxo,

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Campaign Dresser Makeover

Happy Friday!  I can’t wait for the weekend as it has been a grueling week over at our house with everyone being sick.

I am so excited reveal to you my campaign dresser makeover.  You may recall the dresser I posted about here that I found on Craigslist.  It was only $50 bucks and you can see why below.

Here is the before:

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It needed lots of TLC.

I removed and polished the hardware.  A coat of primer and two coats of paint later I had this.

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I was trying to knock-off Pottery Barn’s Gemma dresser, which costs about $1,350 not including tax and hefty shipping costs.

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Not bad for $50 and the cost of paint, right?  Bam!  Take that Pottery Barn!!

Stay tuned as I plan to write a post all about restoring campaign furniture, including tips for making the hardware “shine bright like a diamond!”

Linking up at Best of the Nest!

Have a lovely weekend!

xoxo

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Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year: I Would Rather Drink It!

I really wish I could say I love Pantone’s color of the year, but I can’t.  Marsala, Pantone’s color for 2015, is enough to push me deeper into my winter blahs.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I am starting this year off in a “special” kind of mood.  I was sick on New Years’s and am feeling unmotivated and very behind.

Here is Marsala.  It is named after a fortified wine.  Like I said . . . I would rather drink it than decorate with it!
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I think it works best in smaller doses in spaces such as these.  I like the understated look of the color in the rugs.

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Or, another good option would be to incorporate the color in smaller doses uses home accents.

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The murky color of Marsala was really not working for me.  However, when I began to see how it plays against other colors, it started to grow on me a bit.  Paired with the right colors, it looks more like a deep sienna or oxblood.  I think it looks best with greens and blues, including navy, as well as pale pink.

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Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year was Radiant Orchid, which I was smitten with.

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The year before it was a shade of turquoise which is still trending.  Who knows if Marsala will take off the same way.  I guess time will tell!

What do you think?  Are you a fan or would you rather drink it like me?

xoxo,

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Painterly Decor

I know that this trend has been around for a while, but I can’t get enough of the airy and beautiful watercolor and brush stroke patterns found everywhere from fashion to home decor.  I don’t know if it is because summer is around the corner, but I can’t get enough of this trend.

These pillows add such a nice soft pop of color.

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Please invite me to a tea party so I have an excuse to buy one of these dresses!!
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Anthropologie does it again with these bold and distinct home furnishings.
These rugs from Surya are modern and would add interest to any space.
These interiors using brushstrokes take the trend to the next level!

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I have been wanting to try a DIY version of this lamp.  I just need to find one this style on the cheap!

I like this trend so much I even ordered my business cards in a watercolor print!

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What do you think?  Does it make you want to take up watercolors?