Friday, October 30, 2009

one for the girls

A few weeks/months back I found this desk at a local flea market. I loved the detail between the drawers and knew it had potential. The painted flowers however had to go!

After some sanding and priming I painted it with my favorite Antique White from Glidden. Some new glass hardware gave it the perfect shabby chic look I was going for!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

loving: slipcovers

I've just been loving slipcovers recently. On everything from sofas, to wing backs and ottomans. I'm searching for the perfect wing backs on Craigslist for my own home. I would love to try to sew white slipcovers for them with perfect little pleats at the bottom.. and a dark Queen Anne leg poking through. Ahhh.. here's some inspiration:

These beachy options are from Coastal Living...

Holly over at Life in the Fun Lane had these slipcovers made for her...

Miss Mustard Seed made this beauty herself!

And of course a few from Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic..

wordless wednesday: bedroom chandeliers

Monday, October 26, 2009

mirror makeover

I picked up this old mirror a few weeks ago. I loved that how long it was! It would be perfect for kids room.

I started off by sanding it down and taping/covering the mirror.

It then got a few coats of Heirloom White and a little distressing.. Perfect makeover for only a few dollars!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Kreativ Blogger

I have to thank Sarah from Pewter & Sage for giving me the Kreativ Blogger Award! I cannot tell you how honored I am! To even be listed with other decorator's blogs is truly amazing.

Pewter & Sage is on my daily reading list, you absolutely must check it out! Sarah designs gorgeous invitations and has a knack for all things decor. I'm always inspired by her style and the way she can put accessories together. She is also originally from Philadelphia, which of course makes her fabulous!

Now it's my turn to pass this along... Here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people may not know.
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each.

So as for the 7 things you might not know about me...

1. At 25 years old, I decided to go back to school to completely change careers and study my passion, Interior Design.

2. I'm the oldest of 3 siblings and 3 step-siblings. 3 boys and 3 girls, completely the Brady Bunch.

3. My sister is my best friend and is even more creative than I am. I wish she wasn't away at school so we could work on more projects together.

4. Sewing is in my blood. While I have just really started sewing, my grandmother was a seamstress, my mom is a fantastic sewer and my sister is so good she made her own prom dress.

5. I believe in sticking to your gut when it comes to decorating. Go with what you like... not what everyone else says.

6. I LOVE paint, well you might already know this. But I do believe it's the easiest way to update a room or a piece of furniture and it costs almost nothing.

7. I read over 50 blogs a day.

Now to pass this along... I'd like to give the Kreative Blogger Award to these lovely ladies:

1. Holly of Life in the Fun Lane - I love her style, I only wish I could have an all white house! Holly has fantastic vision and has turned her passion into a business - White Berry Reinvented.

2. Kim of Twice Remembered - Her cottage is stunning. You must look at her before and afters. I'm always in awe of her creativity.

3. Chris of Just Beachy - A designer by trade, Chris has amazing style and makes her home and others the perfect combination of beachy and comfortable.

4. Layla of The Lettered Cottage - Layla's style is impeccable. She truly is an amazing designer. I love the way she has transformed her own home into a gorgeous cottage. She and her husband also take amazing pictures which she sells on her site. I have one in my own home and adore it.

5. Melanie of The Old White Cottage - I "met" Melanie on and have loved seeing what she does with pieces she finds at yard sales and flea markets.

6. Whitney and Ashley of Shanty2Chic - These sisters are so creative! They have such great ideas!

7. Erika of Urban Grace Interiors - An amazing designer and new mom, Erika designs beautiful spaces for herself and her clients! And her daughter is gorgeous!

I highly recommend following these blogs, I'm constantly inspired!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

one for myself...

Most of the projects I've been doing recently I've been selling, but this one I just had to keep for myself. You may remember that I found this Chippendale style china cabinet on Craigslist a few weeks back. When I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for our "office". (aka the third bedroom w/ the computer)

Here it was "before"

I've been so inspired recently by vintage looking Swedish furniture and decided this needed to be quite distressed as well.

To add a little more "pop" to the piece I decided to paint the interior "Light Silver Sage" from Restoration Hardware. I had some extra lying around from painting my master bath and thought it would be perfect! What do you think??

$1 makeover

A couple weeks ago I bought this bench off of craigslist.... I could see the potential but was in desperate need of an update.

After two coats of grayish paint I found for $1 in the "oops" section of Home Depot it has a new life in my guest room! It's amazing what a simple coat of paint can do.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

another great giveaway

Centsational Girl is at it again! She has posted another great giveaway! This time it's a $50 gift card to! CabinetKnob has the most amazing knobs, corbels and other decorative accents on their site. If I win the gift card I'd definitely buy these...

Friday, October 16, 2009


I have been eyeing these shelves from Ballard recently and happened to stumble upon this post from Beneath My Heart.
Traci built her own version of these shelves and they came out beautifully! I'm so inspired I'm going to try it myself in the next few weeks.
They'll be perfect for my living room!

Thursday, October 15, 2009


I'm always on the hunt for a list of things for our home... here's what I'm currently searching for.

A sunburst mirror like this one from Ballard Designs

A cute Christmas Tree Skirt like this burlap one...

Loving cloches.. no idea where I'd put it, but I need one.

A bench for my guest room