Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Restoration Hardware Goodies

Even though tomorrow is Halloween, I'm already starting to think about Christmas shopping!  Anyone else?   Now that our families are growing, I want to get a headstart so my January credit card bill doesn't put me over the edge! 
I was listening to the radio today and heard that Restoration Hardware has a ton of great (and surprisingly budget friendly) gifts.   I had no idea they were selling smaller items, so I took a quick peek at their website and came across some fun finds.  They have vintage toys, tools for the chef, tech-y gadgets, and even gifts for baby. 
Shop Our Holiday Gifts
Shop Our Holiday Gifts
Pub Game Coasters

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Look I'm Lovin': Layering Rugs

With Fall comes the layering of clothes, but have you ever thought to do the same with your area rugs? I'm really loving this look and wanted to share some pics I found along the way. 
Comfortable and Inviting Living Room
Image from HGTV

Elle Decor

Really like the mirror tables.  Need something similar for my front room.
Carolina George

What do you think?

Monday, September 9, 2013

Front Door Refresh - Part Two

A while back I posted about our Front Door Refresh, when I painted our front door Benjamin Moore's Westcott Navy. That was back in January and although I loved the results, I wanted to try something different. In our home, you can see the top of the door when it's open, and I didn't really like how you could see where the navy stopped and the white started.  So I decided to wrap the paint around the whole door a few weeks ago.  

What do you think?  



After - Sorry for the terrible photo quality!

I have to admit, I wasn't completely in love right after I did it, but I think it's growing on me now!  Either that or I'm just learning to love it because I reallllllly don't want to (a.) admit defeat to my husband or (b.) paint over that navy! ;)

Check out the pics below to see other examples of painting your front door's interior side:

Paint the interior front door
Bright and Bold!

katie ridder - so elegant.
Katie Ridder
painting interior doors black
Design OCD

I painted my interior front door black...and I LOVE it!!!!
Abode Love

This only took a weeknight to do after dinner, so go for it! 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Weekend Project: Reverse Ombre Sunburst Mirror

As promised, here's my tutorial on the DIY Sunburst Mirror I made last weekend. If you're interested, try it out this weekend, it doesn't take very long and will save you at least $50 compared to the store bought ones!!  

This project cost me only $5.81 (not to be exact or anything...), but I also did use most of what I already had. 

What you'll need:

  • Circular Mirror (I got this one at Joann's, it was 7")
  • Skewers or Dowels (we had BBQ Skewers, but I forgot and grabbed some dowels at Joann's when I got the mirror)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Sharpie
  • Spray Paint of your choice (I used left over spray paint from my DIY mercury glass project for our wedding, and had a silver metallic one that I also ended up using)


Step 1: Start marking off your circle by creating an "x" from the center...although mine is looking a bit off! ha!
Keep dividing 'the pie' until you think you have an idea of how wide you want your 'pattern repeat' to be...aka, eyeball it.

Nope, still too wide

Step 2:  To get the starburst effect, stagger your skewers, dowels, etc. I layed mine out before I started gluing to see how dense it should be.  I ended up using the 16 orange lines as a guide for where the pattern started and stopped.

Step 3: Glue the first round of sticks on the lines and place them closest to the center of the mirror.

Step 4: Repeat by staggering each "round" of sticks gradually until the increments are filled with the "down-up-down" pattern.


Step 5: Cover the mirror with newspaper (actually, I wish I did this before so I could have traced the newspaper with the circle before I placed it on!!)

 Step 6: Time to spray paint!  Now I wish I could say the ombre look was pre-meditated, but that would be a huge lie.  I used the left over mercury glass spray paint because I wanted to have a bit of sparkle...but then, I started to run low.  So I grabbed the gray metallic (close enough, right?) and sprayed around at the ends.  Well, it was definitely darker but I liked the subtle look. So just like that, BAM! instant "reverse ombre" look!

Subtle Ombre - What do you think?
 Step 7: Hang and Enjoy! We ended up using a mirror mastic to hang it...because I didn't feel like going back to Walmart to get picture frame hangers!  I'd recommend getting those though instead of having to skim coat your walls later on!
Here's some other looks!  DIYs for these are everywhere, so pick one you think works best in your home!



Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Guest Room Revamp - Where's it from?

Ok, here's the break down of yesterday's post.  Highlighted in Green are the new items.  Everything else we already had.  So don't be afraid to "shop" in your house first!  I grabbed a few of these items from other rooms in the house.  We have SO much mercury glass from our wedding, so I made sure to throw some of that in there.  I also pulled one of the 3 throws I have rolled up in the basket in our living room to use in here.  Check and see what you have before you start spending because, you never know, it just might work!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Guest Room Revamp

Hope everyone enjoyed their long Labor Day weekend! This weekend sure was full of labor for me and I'm so happy I finally got to tackle one of the (many) items on my 'to-do' list...fixing up the Guest Room. Naturally, this decision happened Friday night, around 10 pm, with no plan, but a lot of desperation. This room, along with our bedroom, has been neglected and was in need of a mini-refresh.  I'm definitely in no position to spend a lot to design this room right now, so I decided to do what I could on a tight budget, during a long weekend.  

Here's the "BEFORE" before (yes, two "befores") pictures...when the house was purchased. 

Yeah... IIIIII know 
(in a Monica from Friends tone of voice)

Although, this room wasn't even comparable to one of the other bedrooms we now call the office.  I'll save that pic for another post...because it definitely needs a post of it's own!

Anyway, my husband's friends lived here before we got engaged.  So my father-in-law painted the room with left over Ben Moore, Shaker Beige.  After they moved out, the room became a little less "bachelor pad-ish" but, as most spare rooms are, ended up being thrown together with random furniture and very little attention.

These photos were taken Friday night and Sat. am, when I was originally thinking of going the Navy Blue you can tell by the paint samples hanging :)

Guest Room / Before

Guest Room / Before

Guest Room / Before
Old painted over wall art on the floor...nice touch, K.

As you can see, this room needed some work. 

I decided to use Benjamin Moore's Chelsea Gray for the walls (as you can tell from my fan deck on the bed) and made sure to touch up the trim that was literally peeling off!  As I said before, this was a super budget-friendly job.  So instead of getting the paint from Ben Moore, I had Lowes match it for me.  The paint was only $20 after a $5 rebate and I used Olympus Paint and Primer in one. I also picked up Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter for the hallway. 

So I took some pics today...please excuse the poor quality! 

DIY Reverse Ombre Starburst Mirror - Total cost - $5.81

Interested to see what I did by only spending $50 - 60?  Tune in tomorrow for the details and DIYs! 

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