Friday, April 28, 2017

~breakfast on the beach~{bohemian tablescape}

It's spring and the weather is finally shaping up!
Time to get the yard in order and get the paddle boards out.
Dining outside is something we love to do in the warmer months.
I thought I'd show you how we through an impromptu breakfast on the beach {dock} recently, and also link you up to some friends who are showing their spring outdoor table settings.

This look can be recreated anywhere, on a deck, a lawn, at a park even.

I started with a pallet as my starting point and built up from there.
You can find pallets free all over the place, craigslist is a good source. I like to look for ones with lettering and grayish weathered wood.

The wood wine crate in the center not only corals all your food and dishes, but is a great mechanism to get all your stuff to your destination.
You can use a basket or any sort of tray too.

Instead of a tablecloth I opted for bits and pieces of scrap lace and old  monogrammed napkins.

Various pieces of beach glass and coral keep the lace in place when it's breezy.
My kids collected these on a recent vacation in Mexico.

For seating I through down some blankets and down filled pillows.

Bagels, blueberries, and fresh squeezed orange juice!

I am really looking forward to more lazy mornings like this as the weather continues to get even better.
For even more inspiration, please visit my friends below to see how they are setting their outside tables this spring.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

~One Room Challenge week 5~

I am calling this week of the ORC  the plain Jane stage because even though I have the furniture installed, everything is very white and boring.
I am waiting on a new rug, my wall art, some accessories, a chandelier {the Ikea one turned out to look horrible} and a floor lamp.

I have rotated the table around which really opened it up.
I will say, my husband came home from being out of town and he looked at the room and looked at me like I was crazy. Then he said he trusted me and knew I had a vision.

Let's hope this room turns out!

This cupboard from Ikea is called the Godmorgon.
I got a high gloss white door for a more modern look.
It's actually made for a bathroom, but I'm not telling if you aren't.

 This piece is the Besta TV unit with high gloss white doors also.
I had a friend help me put them together and hang them.
I really hope they don't come crashing down in the middle of the night.

I have another white cowhide coming from All Modern which I will layer with the other one.

The frame is all ready, just waiting on my photo enlargement and then off to the framers it goes.
I played with the color on the frame a little and added a bit of brushed nickel spray paint followed by Annie Sloan dark silver gilding wax to age it just a bit.
I switched out and got all new switch plate covers. 

At this point the thing I am most excited about though is having finished baseboard mouldings!

I painted my chandelier, and it turned out hideous.
So I ordered a new one from Painted Fox Home and I am hoping it gets here in time!

I have 3 of these coming, I love the punch of color.

This is also on it's way:

I cannot wait to finish this room and move onto the next!
So many projects in the works.

Thank you for following along, please come back next week of the final reveal.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

~recent styling work~

It's so fun for me when friends ask me for my help on styling or re-decorating.
Yesterday I helped out a longtime friend on freshening up her entry and styling some built ins in her family room.

Here is a before of her great wood built ins.

Since the wood is so dark, I wanted to brighten it up a bit with accessories and art.
I am a huge fan of contrast as you know, so I brought in some of artwork made by here aunt, and framed with big white mattes.

The best part is that we literally just shopped her house for these shelves. I grabbed some white bowls from her kitchen, grouped together a bunch of her pottery pieces, and brought in a ton more books, which I removed the dust jackets from.
She is going to frame a big family photo for over the mantle, so the art there is just there in the meantime.
I think my favorite part is the art hanging on the fronts.
We used command hooks so we didn't have to nail into the nice wood shelving.

Let take a look at the right side closer.
The before:

And the after:

The left side before:

And after:

A few more after photos:

When we were done in here we focused on updating the entryway.
How many of you have these built in niches?


This area was screaming for more, and also some color.
I brought over some of my blue and white pieces, and they now have a new forever home.
I stole the orchid from another room as it adds height to the space.
And the grouping of pottery is so much better don't you agree?

And in the picture above you can see a glimpse of a half table that was made over too.
Here is the before of that:

The homeowner is ditching all her red and I am so glad she did!
It made room for this blue and white lamp which is also much more proportionate.
I used the same framed pictures of her kids and took the mirror down for a lighter feel.

On the stair wall opposite the half table, I hung a couple vintage bird prints that also have blue in them. 

All this only took about 2 hours.
I think it looks so much fresher and brighter, wouldn't you agree?
I love that we were able to incorporate her families art and re-use almost everything on the shelving.

Just goes to show that shopping your house can be a good thing!


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

~a rustic modern home tour~

I came across this home tour while searching or rustic modern home ideas.
I think it shows the perfect blend of a refined clean space while still being a bit funky.

It really looks as if each piece was carefully picked and it comes together in such a cohesive way.
I am loving the mix of wood tones paired with clean linens and wools with touches of black.

My kind of house!


Monday, April 24, 2017

~The Restoration Hardware look for less~

These items aren't just on sale, they are on super sale, and they are also very similar to items sold at Restoration hardware at a fraction of the price.
Check out this chair. It retails for $389.00 and is on sale for under $88.00!

How about a tufted sofa for under $1200.00?

This large wood mirror is right around $50.00.

How about this console table? You won't believe the price!

This lamp is very versatile. Could be used in a bedroom or office or even family room.

Giant framed chalkboard, seriously huge!

And finally, how about this great big tufted ottoman/coffee table?


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