Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
I picked up this adorable little mail organizer that just needs a little cleaning. I think I'm going to use a little chalkboard paint to the side to add a little character. It'll be the perfect housewarming gift for my friend Angela.
Friday, June 26, 2009
There were so many pieces! Here I started by laying everything out...
I started by using a standard spray primer after sanding every piece down. The old wood bled through in spots so I ended up using Kilz oil based primer. It worked wonders! It's going to be my go to primer whenever I paint. I used a bright white paint from Dutch Boy that was perfect! Lastly, I spray painted the brass hardware with a brushed nickel spray from Valspar at Lowes. In the end, I decided not to change the glass to mirrors. I really like the idea of having a display inside.. and it's so easy to change them out later! Here's the final result!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
When I first saw the movie, "The Holiday" I could not help falling in love with Cameron Diaz's Los Angeles home. The home that was used for the exterior shots is actually located in Pasadena and was designed in 1928 by famed architect Wallace Neff.
The home is beautifully decorated in true California style. A mix of both traditional, and casual pieces with a modern twist.
The staircase is absolutely amazing with the sea grass runner, the grey painted accents and the gorgeous ledges. Don't you just love the plants?
The living room is a gorgeous mix of contrasting colors with the crisp cream walls and the dark panel curtains. The detail on the stucco walls is amazing. I absolutely love the white chairs with the brown throw pillows.
I love the way the home flows from room to room by using similar colors. Here, in the dining room another shade of grey is added to distinguish the room.
This corridor really makes the house unique and adds to the California feel. The wood ceiling sets it apart from the living room and makes it feel almost as if you're outside. I love the use of the large lanterns.
Here is the same room from another angle. The same details are continued out the french doors which go to the pool area.
Speaking of the pool.... That little balcony is adorable.
The neutral color palate continues upstairs into the master bedroom. I love the mixing of different textures in the room, especially that shag rug!
On one side of the bed is the reading/tv area. I love mixing whites and creams together as shown on the couch.
And on the other side of the bed a more formal sitting area.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Here is a little before and after:
The new color is "Dew Point" from HD's new "green" line. I got it color matched though at Lowes. I love the way it came out. In real life, it's more of a white with tint of light blue. So relaxing!
On Saturday I went to my first yard sale with my lovely friend Angela! I found this fab vintage looking mirror for only $2! I think it'll look perfect in the newly painted guest room once it's sprayed with a little white paint!
Lastly I made my first two purchases off of Craigslist. One was a secretary desk which I have started taking apart to refinish and the other was an amazing Louis Vuitton Steamer Trunk. I have always wanted Louis trunk to use as a coffee table and could not resist this amazing find. It may be too large for my living room and it needs a little love and cleaning but will be in top shape shortly!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
For the last few months I've been searching antique stores, thrift shops and the Internet for a used secretary desk. Ever since I saw this beauty on Eddie Ross's blog I new I had to have one. After searching high and low I finally just found one of my own! And on eBay! Luckily, it was being sold by an antique store that is only a 45 minute drive from our home. As of Saturday refinishing this beauty will be my new project! I can only hope it turns out as beautiful as Eddie's. Wish me luck and stay tuned for the transformation!
Eddie amazing transformation:
*update - well the secretary I originally bought on eBay didn't work out... But I bought one off of craigslist yesterday so the transformation is underway!