Friday, August 28, 2009


I saw these photos in an issue of House Beautiful a few months back and just had to share. I love the unexpectedness of the pink.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

a new restoration?

If you've been on Restoration Hardware's site recently you may have noticed another side of them. They have launched a new line of furniture and accessories that is quite different from their typical, neutral, Pottery Barnish look.

The new items look very French inspired and much more feminine than their typical pieces. Here is a gorgeous living room....

I absolutely love the linen pillows! If you want something a little edgier, here is an amazing leather pillow with a Fleur de Lys pattern.

I've never seen anything like this piece... it's a steamer trunk so large that it's used as a secretary desk. Amazing.

This chair, which is also available as an armchair, comes in a variety of fabric choices!

I love this vintage inspired pedestal table...

This tufted bench is truly amazing. I would love it covered in a neutral linen or even velvet. And here it is in a dressing room!

This cabinet made from weathered looking shutters is so chic.

And this corbel shelf might just be my next project...

There are so many more items I absolutely love so be sure to check out their latest catalog or website!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

knockout knockoff

If you've been reading this blog you know I've been lusting over this horse from Pottery Barn...

With a rainy weekend ahead of me I decided to make my own horse this weekend. I was a terrible blogger and didn't take any pictures of the process.. but here's the final result. I have to say I'm pretty pleased with myself on this one.

I started out by tracing the horse on tracing paper and then transferring it to a 2' square of plywood. I then painted the white areas with some antique white paint. Once that had dried I went over it with a hand sander to beat it up a bit. Lastly, I used some walnut colored gel stain over the entire piece. I love the way the lines in the wood show through in the stained area. At a total cost of about $15 this is a steal compared to the $199 price tag of the Pottery Barn one. And I was able to scale it down to fit in my decor.

Monday, August 24, 2009

max & isabella giveaway!

You must run over to Max & Isabella Rooms because Janelle is giving away $150 worth of jewelry from Stella & Dot Jewelry. If you haven't seen Stella & Dot, you seriously must check it out! They have the most gorgeous things and are very reasonably priced. Here are a few of my favorite pieces!

Friday, August 21, 2009

what's your stylescope?

I found this fun quiz on that helps you determine your personal style when it comes to your home. It was quite short and pretty accurate. Apparently I'm "Country Casual". I don't think I'm at all country but the explanation is pretty dead on. Here's what it said...

And the colors were definately some of my faves...

If you want to try it for yourself click here. Oh and there is a chance to win a $5000 shopping spree, now who wouldn't want that?!?

a chair makeover

It all started when I saw these chairs in the most recent Pottery Barn catalog. I have similar ones in my dining room, but wouldn't paint them. So I scoured Craigslist to find something similar.

I found these beauties for $40! With a little work they'd be perfect....

And here they are now! I used my go-to paint, Heirloom White, after a little sanding and Kilz primer and then recovered the seats with some tan fabric I found at Joann. I LOVE them.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

amazing makeover

I stumbled upon this amazing kitchen transformation yesterday and just had to share it with you all. I was reading past articles on one of my favorite blogs, Urban Grace Interiors, when I found an article about interior designer Anne Turner Carroll and how she redid her own kitchen.

Here are the before pictures, it's truly your typical builder basic kitchen.... complete with those plain cabinets and laminate floors.

She started by moving the cabinets up on the wall to allow for more room and adding crown moulding.

And here is the amazing after... I absolutely love the antique white subway tile back splash and the color of the bottom cabinets. I love when people mix light and dark colors in a room.

If you would like more info about this beauty check out the original posting here.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

current obsessions

I'm thinking ahead a bit about fall decor. Don't get me wrong, I'm in no hurry to get through the summer but I'm loving all the cute fall stuff that's coming out. Here are a few things I'm longing for...

The PB horse.. I have an idea for this one...
I desperately want a vintage birdcage to put on my entry table. If anyone sees one for cheap let me know. I'd be happy to spray paint it!
You may know that I hate Halloween, but I think I can get into fall with some of these Mercury Glass pumpkins!

Or what about white pumpkins?

A topiary for my mantle...

Cast iron urns for my front door...

Maybe filled with pumpkins...

I'd love to see what you guys are wanting for fall....

Monday, August 17, 2009

quick update

lots going on these days... I picked up my vintage settee over the weekend and the transformation process is already underway! And I have added a few more things to the etsy store, some you've seen and some are new! So make sure to check them out!

Thursday, August 13, 2009


I am absolutely loving these vintage looking settees! They are so classic and elegant. Keep your fingers crossed for me, I'm hoping to snag one off of Craigslist.

This tan linen one is from Wisteria... I love, love, love this chocolate brown one from Ballard Designs. It is a great mix of a masculine color with the feminine lines of the piece.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

whiteberry reinvented

One of my favorite bloggers, Holly from Life in the Fun Lane, just opened a new store! White Berry Reinvented is a fabulous place to find refinished furniture and services, especially if you love all things white. Holly's style is impeccable. If only I could convince Mr O' to let me decorate in all white... check out her new website!

Here are a few of her fabulous items for sale!