Friday, February 28, 2014

Words of Wisdom: When to take the Risk

I stumbled upon this quote about six months ago and instantly loved it.
I read it to my 9 year old son and he loved it even more: I could see his eyes widen with possibility!
Oh, the possibilities...

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Weekly [P]inspiration: DIY brilliance

It's been much too long since I've rounded up the best DIY's that I could find from Pinterest.
DIY bloggers' creativity will never cease to amaze me...

Sun burst mirror - the mirror + mounted around simple light fixture = brilliance. Go check out the details of how she did it!
DIY Mercury Glass "Contact Paper."
You've got to see how she created this look- I really want to try it for myself!
Two plain hollow core doors converted into this using just inexpensive mirrors & trim.
From an old screen door to a message & organizational station.
I couldn't get the photo very large, but this is one of the best DIY projects I've seen in a while. You have got to go see how she took an old, out dated hutch and turned it into two super cute furniture pieces for her home. I am soooooo hunting for an old hutch now!!
And that's it for now-
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Friday, February 21, 2014

Words of Wisdom: A Collected Home

Every home should reflect the beauty of the people who live there!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

DIY: Painting Roman Shades

I painted my Roman Shades recently and I'm thrilled with the end result:
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Painting fabric has been a love/hate experience for me and here's why:
  • I don't know how to reupholster (love the idea of painting!).
  • I'm pretty good at painting (love the idea of painting!).
  • I'm thrifty (love the idea of painting!).
  • I like my fabrics to feel soft (hate the end result of painting.).
I once painted a chair and in the beginning I was like, "Oh, this is fabulous- it'll be perfect- I can't wait!" Then [like 4 coats of paint later- grrrrr] I sat down on the chair and went "EEEEEK!" 
The fabric felt like my legs after not shaving for 4 or 5 days [not that I've ever gone that long, though... I'm just guessing... of course ;) ]
Yes, I mixed textile medium with my paint.
Yes, I followed all of the directions of the DIY blogger [those darn bloggers... always lying to us, haha!].
No. It didn't work as they suggested it would. I'm sure there's a good reason- but it just didn't...
I tell you all of this say this: I'm being a realist about painting fabric. I know it's a pain and won't be soft and lovely. I also know that this is a painted fabric project that really worked!
I loved the roman shades that came with the house. The damask pattern was nice and the color was too [just not with the room I wanted] but what I really, really loved was that they are both sheers and/or fabric. I really didn't want to get rid of these shades because they were a better product than my replacement budget would allow for!!
So- even though my last experience wasn't a success- I threw caution to the wind, bought some flat paint and went to town:
I didn't add textile medium to the paint because I didn't care how the fabric felt anyway.
I just painted.
It took two full coats to cover- this fabric soaked up paint like crazy too, I used an entire quart of paint for just two roman shades.
They turned out great! Yes, the fabric is a bit stiff, but I can't tell you the last time I sat on or rubbed against my Roman Shades, so it doesn't bother me.

And that's it. Get flat paint and then just do it...

Monday, February 17, 2014

My Dining Room Update

I am officially done with stage 2 of my Dining Room. For this particular room stage 2 included the following:
* new paint on walls and trim
* new curtains & hardware
* painting existing roman shades
* hanging a few pictures
* adding & arranging basic accessories


I'm showing you these photos not because I feel like the room is perfect and exactly how I want it: rather, I'm sharing them because this real life decorating. I always do rooms in my own home in a series of stages.  The completion of stage 2 means it looks fine and I'll get the details done at my convenience... no more rushing.
I've learned that while the details are really, really important to good design- when I rush them it ends up looking like a staged room rather than one that has been gathered and collected over time. And I prefer the latter for my own home.

I made it this far in the dining room just before Christmas. However, on Dec. 1st I was stopped dead in my tracks because we have four birthdays, Christmas and a wedding Anniversary all within a span of about 2 and a half months! Whew!!  Needless to say, my decorating budget has been right around $0 for a while!!

I've got my list of what it's going to take to complete the room [btw, I love dreaming and making lists, so that's always big fun for me... until it's complete and I see all of the work I created for myself!!]
I have recently started working on the items that require "elbow grease" as opposed to $$.
I'm pretty sure it'll be done soon enough... but when I walk into my dining room and look around just as it is- I like it.  
And that's really the whole point, isn't it?!

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