I must have, no I DO have, the greatest best friend in the world. She knew I had been eyeing this rug for a while. I actually used to go to the store and just visit it, and imagine how perfect it would be in our home. Sometimes, we would visit it together and other times she would go check on it for me. See, there were only two of them at one of my all-time favorite places to shop, Bargain Hunt. I found it awhile back and was instantly smitten. With the rug, but not with the price tag. I knew though that if I waited it out there was a good chance I could buy it.
If you’re not familiar with Bargain Hunt then let me explain. It’s basically a closeout store that buys out others’ merchandise. They place a date on most items in their inventory and provide a pricing chart that corresponds with the dates. The longer an item is there the less it costs. So I was just waiting and checking. Every week or so I would visit it and after SEVERAL weeks had passed, I knew that there was a really good chance I would be able to buy it. Except that my bestie beat me to it. It was such a sweet surprise! I seriously love that girl and not just because she gifted me this rug. She has always got my back and has gotten me through a lot of tough times. She’s one of the most thoughtful people I know.
I’m loving all the kilim and aztec inspired influence in home decor lately. It adds an eclectic feel especially when mixed with other styles. What I love about this rug in particular is that it looks worn and has a vintage quality. I did a little research on patchwork rugs and according to Eco Chic many patchwork rugs are made by piecing together salvaged vintage Anatolian kilims. Repurposed? Love that! Then they are over-dyed to give them a saturated effect. When using a bright or vibrant color this gives them a modern edge.You can find patchwork rugs from many different retailers and at many different price points. I found an original hand-knotted patchwork rug at My Habit and a pretty reproduction in black and silver at Overstock.
Until recently I’ve never been a pink kind of girl. But lately, I love the warmth that corals and pinks add to spaces, mostly in small doses and with neutrals. This rug is perfect for our bedroom. It’s such a nice contrast to the grey stenciled wall, it adds the perfect punch of color and the vintage quality gives the room a decorated-over-time feel. My goal for our home to lighten and brighten is coming right along.
What do you think of the kilim trend? Do you have a favorite kilim or aztec inspired look?
A couple of weeks ago I went for a quick after-work-run-through at TJ Maxx, which is my happy place. You too? Well I came across a basket of gift bags in the most too-die-for patterns and colors. I was so happy to see one of my favorite color combos, coral and gold. And they were on clearance. Say what? When I see that red tag my brain goes “Cha-Ching”! I grabbed four of my favorites knowing they would make the cutest gallery of prints to use as wall art.
The other event that made me totally giddy this week was the arrival of our new dining chairs. I’ve been slowly making changes to our dining area and I recently replaced our grey and white table with a walnut pedestal table that was a much better fit for our space. I painted our existing chairs white thinking they would work and I would love the whole high contrast look. They worked but they just weren’t doing the table justice. Plus, I was just a little tired of them. So I decided, forget that noise! I sold the old table and chairs and used my funds to get something new. I had envisioned some really pretty upholstered chairs in a grey fabric with a tufted back. Then I remembered that we have two cats who love to destroy things with their razor like claws. So after a little searching I decided on these ghost chairs. Best. Decision. Ever.
I’ve always liked this style but never really considered it as a dining chair. Now, I’m so glad I did. Not only do they update the space but the whole area looks roomier since they provide more visual space. And I so love that we can see the pretty pedestal base now.
This space is just feeling so much more open and is so much more functional for us. Plus, I’m loving that I was able to easily add some fun pattern and color. It’s all coming together. Don’t you just love it when that happens?
I am beyond excited to be able to say our downstairs bathroom renovation is finally finished! Honestly though, except for a few finishing touches, it’s been finished for a while. But for some reason ( that I couldn’t figure out until now ) I had been putting off writing about it. I had to think about why I wasn’t rushing to share with you guys our awesome new bathroom. Bathroom that I love. That I have waited for, for so long. Then it finally hit me. It’s because I wanted to be sure to find the right words to say. Not about our bathroom, but about these two guys. These two guys that made it happen.
And how truly awesome I know they are.
And how selfless they are.
And that they have great big gigantic hearts.
And that I don’t take for granted their skill, ability, or one single moment that they spent working on this bathroom. And they did work hard.
And that they learned the power of hard work and getting things done from their Dad.
And the power of pulling together for family from their Mom.
And that together, there is nothing they can’t do.
These guys are brothers in the truest sense of the word.
I love them both to pieces and I’m thankful from the bottom of my heart.
Not only did they do ALL the work but they are responsible for the design of the floor and shower too.
Okay, I’m finished with all the sappy stuff. Let’s get to the Before & Afters!! This bathroom was in a sad, sad state. I mean, check out that super-fly, hunter green, faux marble vinyl. And yes, that is a hole RIGHT in front of the shower. A hole! Oh, and I’m pretty sure that toilet was the original from when the house was built in the 30s. Well, maybe I’m exaggerating…but not by much.
Here she is now. Basically the whole thing was gutted and redone. New sink, new toilet and fresh paint. And my favorite thing about this bathroom? All the new tile! Gorgeous grey and white tile, all from Lowe’s. The shelf and the towel bar are DIYs. I’ll be back later with a resource guide but for now here are some photos of the finished product.
The concept behind this renovation was to go light and bright and definitely more modern. I didn’t want to lose the feel of the character though since this is an old home, so we kept the original, curvy mirror and I mixed in some texture with the worn wood shelf and towel bar. Lately I just can’t get enough of mixing shiny new things with raw rugged materials. I think it ended up having a little bit of an eclectic feel. I’m sure I will add some wall art at some point and the room will probably evolve over time. Most of the rooms in our home are that way, changing and growing and never really being totally finished. But that’s the fun in decorating, right?
Here’s where you’ll find me linking up this week. Liz Marie Blog / My Repurposed Life /Remodelaholic / Finding Silver Pennies / It’s Overflowing / The DIY Dreamer / The Happy Housie / Tiny Sidekick / Life in Velvet / DIY Showoff
If you’re a regular reader here then you know that I love decorating with gold. I’m a little obsessed actually. I’m a girl who likes her bling. Metallic finishes, glam touches…bring it. One of my favorite ways to get those gorgeous finishes is with Martha Stewart Metallic Paint in Vintage Gold. I’ve used it on several DIY projects around the house. Seriously, if you’ve never used it you need to give it a try. You can paint just about ANYTHING with it. I’ve used it on fabric, metal, wood and caning. Since I love this paint so much I wanted to show you how versatile it is by sharing my four favorite DIYs using this pretty gold paint.
These pillows are truly some of my favorite around the house. I move them around all the time. They’re pretty basic so I can use them with almost anything. And I don’t get all neurotic about them being used and getting dirty since they didn’t cost a million dollars. I made them out of fabric scraps before they got the painted treatment. You can read all about them here.
This chair, though mostly white, has a touch of gold on the caning. I picked up this little chair while on vacation in Florida because I just loved the coastal vibe. We’re using it in the bedroom.
This drum pendant was one of those, “I wonder what would happen if” kind of projects. On a whim, I decided to mix the paint with some gold leaf. The mixture resulted in a really cool effect. It looks heavy and has an awesome texture. You can get the tutorial here.
This one just might be my all time favorite project using Martha’s Metallic paint. I decided to mix the paint with some gold leaf again but I also used spray paint this time. I wanted the metal on these tables to look a little aged. Get the step-by-step of how I got the look here.
If you want to try it, you can find this paint at Home Depot. It also comes it lots of other gorgeous finishes, like silver and copper. Do you have a favorite go-to paint or product? I would love to hear about it!
For a while, when I was in college I lived in a big house with about a hundred other people. Ok, maybe it was more like two. Whatever. As you can imagine there was always stuff everywhere. Well, our super awesome method of cleaning the house was to just move things around. So it became a running joke. “Just move it around!”. But you have to say it in a weird voice or it doesn’t work. Aaaaaaanyway…it seems like that’s all I’ve been doing lately. Just moving things around.
For the longest time I had our living room broken up into two areas by floating the sofa. That just seemed like the only way to make it work without moving the television, which I REALLY don’t want to do. So we had the sofa and a couple of chairs, with the television, on one side of the room and our dining area on the other end of the room. This makes more sense because it was easier to have the dining space just off the kitchen. You have to go though a short and very narrow hallway to get to the dining room. The dining room is now being used as an office/catch-all. Let’s just say it’s on the list. Back to the living room. Our front door opens up into the middle of the living room which means with the sofa floating in the middle you walk in to see the end of the sofa. Just weird. (Oddly enough I don’t have any recent pictures that show that layout.) Well, with the addition of a couple of new pieces to our living room, and “just moving it around”, I’ve finally been able to open up the space and make it so much more functional.
After I moved the sofa up against the wall I replaced my DIY tray tables with this coral cocktail ottoman. I am in love with all things coral. (I’m usually more of a neutrals and black-and-white kind of girl but coral is hands down one of my favorite colors.) I love the warmth this color adds to the taupe sofa. The tray tables are now being used as end tables but one of them will probably find a home as a nightstand in one of the bedrooms. After moving the sofa I desperately needed some artwork above it so I created a mini gallery wall with my diy abstract art, a cute print purchased on Etsy and some framed fabric in a favorite pattern.
On the other end of the room I replaced my tea-stained dining table with a walnut pedestal table (I have ALWAYS wanted a pedestal table) and I painted the chairs white. The new table is a little bit bigger than the old one which makes seating for six sooo much better and frees up space for the legs of the chairs. Eventually I would LOVE to replace the chairs with some lucite ones, but for now I am making these work with some basic white spray paint. I’m also using my painted hope chest as a dining bench right in front of the window because it’s just so cozy. I think my favorite part is that I switched out my DIY gold leaf drum shade for my DIY faux capiz shell chandelier that was hanging in the office.
Here are a couple of before photos of this space so you can see what a difference the changes have made. The first before photo is wayyyy before. There is still some work to do in here. Like painting the trim. Which I still haven’t done because now I’m thinking of repainting this room. Since I moved the sofa it seems to just blend into the wall. So my gut tells me to go lighter. Light grey? Creamy white? What do you think? Until I figure that part out I’m just gonna enjoy the space and how much bigger the room feels. Moving the furniture around just makes me feel so good!