Y’all are going to think I’m crazy! I have changed our coffee table. Again. Well, it’s actually the same one I shared with you a while back when I showed you some updates I made to this room. I just had it reupholstered. Wait, let me back up a second. I had the top reupholstered by someone who is super-awesome and has “maj” skills. As far as the skirt goes I actually somehow managed to make one myself. I’ll be sure to share more about that later but for now I just wanted to show you the new fabric.
As part of my mission to lighten and brighten our home I decided to paint this room a much lighter shade. If you follow me on Instagram then you know I almost pulled my hair out trying to get the color right in here. I chose about three different types of grey and they ended up either looking blue or green. Thanks, by the way, to those of you that gave me your feedback when I shared those pictures. Anyway, I decided to go a different direction. I finally figured out that a “greige” was going to be a better option since it would have just a hint of a warmer undertone. So what you see here is Chocolate Froth by Behr. Love! No blue undertones AT ALL. I think it was the right choice to work with all my gold glam touches.
Ok, back to the fabric. I wanted something with a bold pattern since there isn’t a whole lot going on in here already. I also wanted something neutral and with the grey, beige, brown and cream this one is perfect. I found it at fabric.com. It’s Santa Maria Moonstone by Waverly. It’s an outdoor fabric, which is great because I just know Brady will be sleeping on it.
Yeah, he tries to act all innocent but as soon as I’m gone…
This is what the living room looked like before I painted and had the ottoman reupholstered.
Did you guys think I fell off the planet? I know, I know, it’s been a while but I’m back and so excited to share this gallery wall with you. It’s been up for a while but I’ve been making some changes and tweeking it a little here and there. I got the idea when we upgraded our old “tube” style television to the white flat screen Vizio. By the way, this television is awesome! It’s so lightweight and sleek, perfect for a very small bedroom like ours, and very affordable.
I don’t normally love the look of a TV in the bedroom but this one just blends right into the wall since I painted the room white. Speaking of the white walls, it does look really fresh and crisp but the room was seriously lacking in personality. That’s the great thing about a gallery wall. It can really bring a space to life and it can be created with practically anything. This is made up of items I collected over time and eventually it just came together. The most important part of a gallery wall, to me, is that it be filled with things that you connect with. This one cost next to nothing but it’s filled with things that make me smile and are very personal.
1. A white fabric scrap that I painted with black paint and a piece of sponge. 2. A quote that I totally believe to be true. This is a free Printable from This is Elizabeth. Seeing it every morning is good motivation. 3. I LOVE pretty mirrors! This one was half off at Garden Ridge so I got it for $7.00. 4. This is a very sweet thank you note we received. I just love anything with the letter K. 5. This awesome print is a folder! I found it at Target. I just thought it looked so eclectic and the best part is, if I ever get tired of looking at it I can take it down and use it at work. 6. I found this print at an antique mall for $5.00. I think it has a moody but pretty vibe. It reminds me of the time I lived in Europe. 7. This one is a drawing by my husband. It’s hard to see here, but it has a whimsical feel. He is so good at drawing and I wish he would do it more often.
The frames are a combination of thrift store finds, clearance purchases and spray paint. I always buy frames when I find them on sale. Even if I don’t have a place for them I know I’ll use them eventually. No matter what’s going in the frame, a little spray paint and a white mat board can make anything look more chic and expensive.
I have another super simple DIY for you again this week! Maybe I need to change the name of my blog to Lazy DIY. Ha! Do you remember when I gave our porch a makeover last fall? I used this little table that I bought at Target for $9.98. I spray painted the top white and the base gold.
Well, after about six months on the front porch this happened.
Turns out the particle board top couldn’t take the outdoor elements. Yeah, I kinda saw that coming. I mean, it’s particle board. Since I’ve been spending a lot of time on the porch lately in this awesome weather (hallelujah!) I’ve been subjected to the total grossness of that table top. I mean, seriously, it looks like something is growing underneath the surface. I had to do something about it. I had decided to use the jigsaw to cut a new wood top but then I remembered I already had an old wood table top! AND IT WAS ROUND! What what!
By the way, if you don’t watch this show you’re missing out on some GREAT one-liners. Just sayin’.
Anyway, the makeover was so simple. I just flipped the table over, unscrewed the old top and placed the base on the underside of the new top. Then I measured to be sure it was in the center, marked where the screws would go with a sharpie, and then attached the new top to the base with some brass screws.
Okay, I know not everyone just happens to have an old table top lying around but if you bought one of these tables when they were at Target, you could go with my original plan of cutting a top with a jigsaw, or maybe scout a thrift store for an old table with a removable top.
Not only did I salvage this table but I turned it into something we can use in the house instead of the front porch. It’s too cute to get destroyed by the weather!
I have the easiest DIY for you ever. All you need is some fabric and a pair of scissors. Seriously. This is my favorite kind of DIY since it’s instant gratification. It’s so simple but it adds such a luxurious feel. I’m talkin’ texture. Layering texture into a room just makes it feel so much better. I just don’t know how else to say it. Especially when it’s such a soft, yummy texture.
A couple of days ago I recovered an old ottoman that was in our basement. I wasn’t really planning on it, I just did it on a whim. That happens sometimes. I just felt the need to make it useful. I mean, how could an ottoman not be useful anywhere in our house? I am a girl that likes to put her feet up. Anyway, after I recovered the ottoman I felt like it needed something else. Something a little yummy and kinda glam. Like this Bunny Faux Fur from Hancock Fabrics.
I have always loved those small sheepskin rugs and blankets you often see in decorating magazines thrown over the foot of a bed, tossed over a sofa or draped over an ottoman. But come on, white? I just couldn’t justify spending a lot of money on something that I can’t throw in the washing machine with bleach in a home where we actually use things. This isn’t exactly a museum. But, the fabric I bought at Hancock Fabrics was only $21.99 per yard and I only needed HALF a yard plus I had a 40% off coupon. This I could handle.
I measured the length of the ottoman I would use it on then cut the fabric to the right length.
Then I googled Sheepskin Rugs to find a shape that I wanted and I cut one side to look like the image.
Then I just folded it in half lengthwise and cut the fabric on the other side following the pattern from the first side.
Then I tossed it on the ottoman.
Combined with my DIY tray tables this is the perfect, cozy little spot to put my feet up and relax after a long day at work. The ottoman might eventually make its way into the guest room (while I have the coral ottoman recovered) but for now it’s perfect where it is.
How much time could you waste on Craigslist? A lot, if you’re like me. I love scrolling through the furniture listings to check out what people are selling. I ALWAYS find something I think I could use and I instantly start making a mental list of ways I could give it a makeover. One thing I’m seeing a lot of lately is wing back chairs. This is a style I absolutely love. It’s so classic and can be used just about anywhere, with the right fabric. I’ve always liked the idea of reupholstering a wing back chair in two different fabrics. I would combine a really bold, colorful print with a neutral solid with a nice texture.
I have NOWHERE to put another chair right now. Seriously, we have too many as it is. But, if I were to buy another one, like the one I found on Craigslist pictured below, this is what I would do with it. I would use that gorgeous coral and cream print on the back cushion and seat cushion and I would use the neutral fabric on the rest of the chair. Then I would spray paint the feet gold and add a modern touch with a greek key pillow.
Hey guys! How are y’all enjoying this week so far? Well, I don’t know about you but I am FEELIN’ this weather! I’ve been spending a lot of time on the front porch. It’s my favorite place to be lately. And I’m getting a lot of good family time in this week. We just celebrated my Dad’s 70th birthday, I have one nephew graduating from high school and another one graduating from college (already!) and then we have Mother’s Day coming up. Lots to celebrate!
Anyway, a few weeks ago I shared our downstairs bathroom renovation. I got so many sweet comments from you guys! I told you The Dream Team has mad skills. (I strive to acquire their talents.) I’ve had a lot of questions about where we found everything so as promised, I’m back with a resource guide.
Like I said before, we wanted this bathroom to feel light and fresh and look more modern. That’s how we decided on a combination of gray and white tiles. Most of the questions and comments I’ve gotten have been about the tile, which is what really makes an impact in this bathroom. I’m a believer in the power of tile people! Click through each line below to link through to the source.
Shopping for the bathroom was actually a lot of fun. Well, for me anyway. I’m sure if you asked my husband he would give you a different answer. There were more than a couple of late night shopping trips to Lowe’s. Something we don’t do together very often is shop, so I enjoyed it while it lasted. Haha!
* You can read the original bathroom renovation post and see some more photos by clicking here. Hope all you mamas out there have a Happy Mother’s Day!
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?
Thanks so much for reading and following along. Big hugs and high fives!!
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.
Gold Painted Pillows
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.
Gold Leaf Drum Swag Light
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.
DIY Tray Tables
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!