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Thursday, October 23, 2014

A garage-sale table two ways

Last weekend my mom and I went to what was advertised as a large community garage sale. It was held in three different neighborhoods of Eichler homes fairly close to where we live. I grew up in a mid-century modern home and we were hoping we would not only find some nice modern "stuff" for sale but also see some great houses. It was disappointing. There were only a few homes that participated and nothing for sale that was all that exciting, but it was a fun day with my mom and we made the best of it by going out for breakfast afterwards and perusing through some antique stores nearby. I did pick up a couple of side tables at one home we stopped by though. They were $10 each. 


I knew immediately that I would paint one of them gold and wasn't really sure what I would do with the other but for $10 I decided I couldn't leave without them both.


They are great little side tables. I painted one of them white.


I am not sure how long this will stay at my house as I am continually shuffling things around and moving them out to other people's houses ... 


But for now it will make a lovely side table that can move from room to room as needed.


I used this spray paint. I was a little worried the gold might end up being too shiny but it wasn't. It is just perfect.


It adds a little extra flair as we head into the holidays (because they are coming really soon!!!) ... 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Painted pumpkins, Fall flowers and a new chalk paint


It took me a while but I am embracing the change over to Fall - the colors that is (I am not loving the late sunrise and the early sunset!). 



I got out the paint brushes and had a little fun with some pumpkins this week. The warty ones are natural.




I used black spray paint, acrylic paint for the reddish-orange one and a new paint I found at Michael's for the blue one. It is by Americana Decor and is called Chalky Finish. It is similar to Annie Sloan's chalk paint and just like hers, there is no prep needed (my kind of paint!). 


It comes in a nice variety of colors and I found this chart that shows you how to custom mix even more colors:


I picked up a small 8 oz. jar of the color, Vintage, for $5.39 (40% off $8.99 with my downloaded phone coupon) and and used about a fourth of the jar to paint a chair I am working on for the wedding next month.


While the paintbrush was still wet I decided to throw some paint on one of the pumpkins I had. You can see it dried a bit more blue than the jar shows. 


I love that the blue is a pop of unexpected color ...


I used this paint for the gold stems.


I picked up some yellow Ilex to bring a little color inside the house too.




And this book came in the mail yesterday. You will LOVE it!


Ah, Fall. The year's last loveliest smile. 




And it is Friday! That is definitely something to smile about. Happy weekend everyone!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Which table would you choose?

I am working with a long distance client. I helped them with their house when they lived near Chicago and again when they moved to the East Coast. Now they are living in a new home (a gorgeous home, may I say?) in Kentucky and we have a clean slate. The dining room is the first room to be tackled and they were considering the Salvaged Wood Trestle Table from Restoration Hardware.



But there was hesitation. They were torn between this new look for them or what they have always loved - a dark, more refined looking dining table. To help them, I put together two boards bringing in similar elements that they are leaning towards - a little industrial, a little modern mixed in with their very traditional looking architecture - one with the table from Restoration Hardware and another with a dark table. 

Option 1:


Option 2:


They liked them both. More confusion. And so I asked a question, "which look do you see continuing throughout the entire house?" That seemed to help and I think the dark table is going to win. I found two that would work in the large dining room; one more understated - a nice backdrop for the rest of the furnishings, and another - an exclamation point. 





I would pick the Claudio dining table - what a statement piece! 


And it is wedding time again ... I just purchased this table on Craiglist - it will be the bride and groom's sweetheart table.


I love all the detail on the front ... and it will look perfect with the settee.


This bride is one fun girl and she has been collecting bottles and candle holders to use for her wedding for months. 


The bottles will be used for the centerpieces. She brought them all over on Sunday and we played around with them a bit to get a feel for what the tables will look like:


This is going to be another gorgeous wedding. Can you tell I am smiling?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Picking materials for a mountain home and more great Homegoods finds

I spent a couple of hours looking at fabrics with a client yesterday ...


We are working on a new mountain home she is building in Wyoming. We selected fabrics for the large living room and also for the master bedroom. It is a large house and we are going room by room ...


This reminded me of a rabbit fur ... it is faux. It will be made into a pillow for the living room sofa.


This will be a blanket we are making for the back of one of the sofas. The thin purple stripe will coordinate with the eggplant colored velvet sofas. 


I sent my client this collage to show her how I see the fixtures looking - a nice mix of iron and brass. You can find the images and their sources on my Pinterest page here.



The fabrics we selected for the master bedroom were inspired by a pillow the client purchased. We set up fabrics on chairs in the Pindler showroom to give us a visual of how they would look together. 


This house is going to have some wonderful materials ... with rustic, industrial and modern touches. Last week we worked on some of the stone for the bathrooms:



So much fun!


After our meeting I went over to see what was going on at my local HomeGoods. As usual I was not disappointed ...








If only I had a warehouse to store it all. If only!