Saturday, March 24, 2012

Design Reveal!

Hello everyone! Hope ya'll are enjoying your weekend! We are visiting  beautiful Kentucky on our way to Germany. I just love Southern style homes, they are absolutely stunning. I can't get enough of the black shutters and red doors on these giant colonials. Before I left California, I worked on a job up until the last couple hours. I wanted to show you the reveal of my clients front sitting room. It still needs a few finishing touches like bamboo blinds and a crazy chandelier but it's 99% finished.  Much of this job was done using my virtual design. My clients were fantastic and so much fun to work with. I so look forward to helping them complete the rest of their home.
This was the design concept board.

We swapped out the colors of the sofa and chairs, and the piano is for this room when they move to a different home in the future.

After Pictures
We are adding topiary or two to these niches and placing a rug in the hallway.
I will keep you updated on the progress as the project finishes!

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Spring Vignette

Bon jour! Happy Sunday! This is my only (because of our move) spring vignette that I created. I just wanted to show you how a simple glass bell (that was purchased for only $7 from Marshall's) can really feature a little scene or item beautifully!
To create this scene, I got the bird nest, and eggs from Michael's craft store for a couple bucks and placed them on a bed of moss that I already had. Moss can also be purchased at any arts and crafts store or florist shop. 
I ripped a page out of an old book I had. It was perfect because it had a chapter in it titled "birds" and placed it behind the bird as a backdrop. 
Next to the glass bell is an old robin's egg blue book and some bright hydrangeas. I put the arrangement on top of a burlap runner to make it look a little more rustic. There was so much more that I wanted to do. I will just have to save up my ideas for next spring!
What seasonal arrangements have you created?? I hope you all have a
fabulous day!

Until next time,

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

From Piano Bench to Night Stands

Heya heya! I hope everyone is enjoying their St. Patrick's day! We soaking up our last week in the states and are getting so thrilled to finally follow our dream of living in Europe! We are sad to leave, but so thrilled to embark on this new adventure!
I recently noticed that my blog required word verification for comments which, is a total pain in the boo-tay! Sorry bout' that folks....I had no idea it required that. That is now shut off and you don't have to be a member of blogger to leave a comment now either. Easy Peasy!
Anyhoo, I had a few people e-mail me asking what exactly my nightstands were in the picture of my bedroom from the silhouette tutorial post. Well you see, our beloved fruit-crate nightstands didn't go with our room anymore and we needed new ones. Because I am constantly changing things, we can't afford to just go purchase new furniture every time I get obsessed with switching something up....that would be fabulous but completely ridiculous. It's so much more satisfying getting creative with the crap you already have anyway. I needed something that was free and easy to transform. In desperate situations like this, it's time to think people!
I had this old brown piano bench that was not only just sitting around looking ugly but was also wasting space and collecting dust, so we chopped it in half. If you hate sanding like I do (for some reason it makes me shiver and I end up clenching my teeth), paint your item with polycoat by Kelly Moore. Supposedly (the man at my local Kelly Moore store says...) you don't need to sand your piece if you use this. I guess I will  find out if it's true over time! We then painted each piece with pearl spray paint left over from our t.v. stand make over. To make it last longer you are going to want to top that with a coat or two of polyurethane.
The best part about using a piano bench is the seat lifts up for extra storage. We grabbed L shaped brackets, mounted them to each piece, and screwed them to the wall. 
The Picture above is shot from underneath the bench where it was mounted to the wall
TA DA! Completely free (minus the $2 L brackets) nightstands.
I wish I could have hung a ridiculous crystal chandelier over our bed, but this apartment was just a short term rental.
Now, the nightstands go with our T.V. Stand!
What other things could one use as a night stand or side table? We used a suitcase on a vintage luggage stand as one in my clients home and I just love it! 
I may be without our things and a home for a few months while in transit but I still have some tutorials up my sleeve for you!
Stay tuned!

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