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Monday, October 22, 2012

My Dream Headboard (Check!)

I've been dreaming about this headboard since the first time I saw it, but who would pay $3899?!?  No way I could ever afford that!  I checked Horchow's website today and found it on sale so I ordered it!  I cannot wait to get it!!!  I am very excited about this one!

This is what my room looks like now (minus the rug and a few other tweaks)...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A French Provincial Dresser

I know this post is no big deal since everyone who blogs has painted, distressed, etc., etc., etc. a French Provincial dresser; however, I am very happy with the way mine turned out.  I found this dresser about two weeks ago on craigslist for $50.  I was able to get it for $30 and when I went to pick it up, the lady told me she had found the mirror so I got a mirror and a dresser for $30 - you can't beat that!

I took it home, gave it a light sanding and then I primed it.  I let it sit in my garage for a few days and then I spray painted it silver and glazed it.  I hope you like it.

Here are a few pictures of the before and during:

...and the afters...

til next time...

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Formal Living Rooms: What to do with them?

When I sold my old house and moved into an apartment for a year, I knew I wanted to have a formal living room and a formal dining room in my new house.  A year later, my new house was ready.  Way before moving in, I fell in love with this gorgeous brown couch.  After looking at the price tag, I knew I couldn't afford it; however, Star Furniture was having a huge sale one month before I closed on my house and the price was right.  I {had} to have that couch...we were meant to be together.  You know how loan officers ask that you not make any major purchases before closing on a house?  Well, I felt like I was stuck.  The lady helping me at Star Furniture was great.  I jokingly asked if I could put the couch on "hold."  She mentioned that the couch would have to come from the warehouse and it would take a week.  I explained my situation to her and she asked if I had any cash with me...I had $5.  She gladly took my $5 as down payment, put the couch on hold for an entire month and even offered me free delivery as a housewarming gift.  I was so happy that I was getting the couch I REALLY fell in love with.

The couch came with 6 pillows plus the ones on the side.  Here's my couch...

The close up picture shows the beautiful detailing on top.  It has wood, nailhead, leather, more nailhead and then the fabric.

I then found this coffee table and a matching end table...

For a couple of years, my living room looked like this...

I really liked my living room, but it felt way too formal.  Fast forward a few years and what do I discover?  Blogosphere!  Oh! Oh!  This is where it all started.  After reading many blogs and looking at beautiful pictures, I knew this living room wasn't working for me so I started changing things throughout my home.  I decided to make a few changes here and there...I started by adding crown moulding to the formal living. 

Here's a messy picture with the crown installed. 

Notice that ugly builder light?  Yeah, I don't like it either!  I changed that too...

I am making progress...slowly but surely.  Although the LR still feels very formal to me, I'm still not done with the changes!  I have a lot of work ahead of me.

  • The rust fabric on the chairs will be replaced with a linen upholstery fabric;
  • I plan on painting the wood...I am tired of the stain - looks too dark;
  • I sold my coffee table and end table; {I kinda regret it now}
  • I sold the chandie b/c it just wasn't working for the room...The room is a little big for this chandie.
I want to:

  • Add a slipcover to the sofa - what do you think?
  • Add nesting tables on each side of the sofa;
  • Add a brass, mirrored coffee table;
  • Paint a different color; and
  • Add wall-to-wall seagrass (I'll have to wait for this one).

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A Free Couch

Since everyone's getting ready for Spring and people in my neighborhood - and I'm sure all over the country - are on "Spring cleaning" mode, getting rid of things, I came across this sofa.  I was on my way to Sonic and saw a neighbor dragging this heavy piece out of her garage.  I stopped and asked if she was getting rid of it and asked if I could have it.  She was glad to get it out of her hands.  This is what I got...for free!

I will be visiting my dad this weekend and am planning on taking this heavy couch to Mexico to get it reupholstered.  Here are two inspiration pictures...I am not sure what I am doing with it yet, but I love these two!

Friday, March 9, 2012

A Chair Named Lola

Seven months ago, the boyfriend and I were thrifting at some of our favorite stores.  You all know how that goes - sometimes you find amazing things and other times you don't really find anything.  That was the case that time around, but decided to make one last stop at a thrift store on the way home.  I ran across this ugly chair.  As you can see in the pictures below, the fabric was filthy dirty.  I didn't even want to touch it with my bare hands.  The chair was $10 so I had to buy it.  It sat in my garage for the longest time looking like so:


I went to visit my dad a few months ago and took Lola (I named the chair Lola) along with this wingback chair across the border to get it reupholstered.  I know I should have given Lola a coat of paint before reupholstering her, but I tend to work backwards. LOL

After bringing it home Lola sat in my garage for another couple of months.  Below is Lola with a coat of primer.  I used gray primer from Home Depot and you can see the new upholstery or maybe not b/c it's not really a good picture. 

{Lola Primed}

I then gave Lola two coats of paint.  I used Farrow and Ball Mouse's Back.  I used the real deal because I knew I wasn't going to need lots of paint, I bought a sample and that was more than enough.  Here she is with her two coats of Farrow and Ball Mouse's Back and you can also see the upholstery:


I then gave Lola a subtle dry brush technique with acrylic paint like so...and added some Rub-N-Buff in antique gold....

...and this is what Lola looks like all finished:


She's tucked in a corner in my family room.  I tried two different looks on her.

{First look}

{Second look}

I don't know which look she's keeping, but I really like them both.  I also like her alot without the pillows so she can display her beautiful tufting.

I just started another project and hopefully it won't take me seven months to finish it!  

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Til next time...


Thanks for participating in the giveaway! 

The winner of The Joy of Decorating by Mrs. Phoebe Howard is:



Congrats, Marty! 

Please email me your address so I can ship the book to you! 

P.S.  My brain is fried (I just left work a few hours ago)...I could NOT post the info from the website so I took a picture instead. 

Thanks for participating!  I'll have another giveaway soon!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

What's In the Box...and a Giveaway!

Hello again!

Two days ago, I received this package.

I was a little surprised because I don't recall ordering anything.  When I opened the package I found this note:

Yes, a sweet little note from the boyfriend...turns out this was a Valentine's Day gift.

One of my favorite interior decorators is Phoebe Howard and this book does NOT disappoint!  Beautiful rooms and lots of inspiration.

Thank you, J!

Because this book does not disappoint, I decided to have my very first giveaway and give a lucky reader/follower their very own copy of this AMAZING book The Joy of Decorating by Phoebe Howard.

How to Win:  Follow my blog {via Linky Followers} and let me know that you do by leaving a comment.

This giveaway will be open until midnight on Thursday, March 8th and a lucky winner will be selected next Friday, March 9th. 

Good luck!

This giveaway is now closed.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

What's in the Box?

I was out running errands yesterday and when I got home, I found this box by my front door.  What's in it?

Back in February, the ladies @ Alice Lane Home had a giveaway on their blog.  If you haven't checked out Alice Lane's blog, please do so here - lots of eye candy and these ladies are extremely talented!  It definitely pays off being a loyal reader and follower as I stalk their blog every single day...

back to the box...

On February 13th, I found out I won this gorgeous John Robshaw pillow @ Alice Lane Home.  What a perfect Valentine's gift! 

Sorry for the dark pictures

Ain't she beautiful?

one more...a close-up

Alice Lane Home, thank you SO MUCH for the giveaway.  I honestly feel like I won the lotto!  The pillow is beautiful and I will cherish it for many, many years!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Just a Quickie...

Greetings Everyone!

I have been extremely busy with work, my daughter's school projects and doing things around the house.  I have a full-time job which sometimes requires 12 hour days!!!  Anyway, I don't want to bore you with work on to the fun stuff!

I couldn't wait to show you this beautiful piece of furniture which my daughter named "Bonita."  I will be back with more pictures of my daughter's room, but in the meantime, please enjoy the quickie! ;)

I found this dresser on craig's list about a month ago.  The lady selling it was a little crazy - well, maybe A LOT crazy!  She wanted $600 for this beat up dresser because according to her, everyone in blogosphere and their mother are buying these to refinish them and selling for lots of moolah.  Well, true; however, this piece of caca is not worth $600!  After exchanging about a million emails, she finally lowered her price to $200.  It is a lot more than I wanted to pay for, but it's an solid wood piece and extremely heavy.

Here's the before: 

. . .

and here are a few after shots (sorry for the poor quality photos...these were taken w/my iphone and it never occurred to me to take pictures while it was sitting in my garage):

As soon as my daughter and I clean her room and make it "picture" perfect, I will be back with a brand new post of her room which has been a work-in-progress for the past couple of months. 

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