Read this… Why? Because it is April 2nd!

Nine months ago, I told you I had one of the best days of my life.  Do you remember? Read the rest of this entry »


life is short…let loose and have a little fun!

Listen up readers!  I am going to let you know one of the biggest mistakes most people make when they are decorating their home.  (Drum roll sound inserted here….) People tend to play it safe.  But, decorating your space is similar to life.  Right?  Part of the wonder of living life fully is you don’t know what to expect tomorrow.  I like my client’s homes to have the vibe of the unexpected.  The joy of not quite knowing what the visitor will “see” when they round the corner.  Decorating is fun!  Part of the journey in designing is that there should be a little surprise that makes you stop and look.  And reflect.  And hopefully smile.  Check out these fun and fabulous finds.  They may not be your cup of tea, but maybe you can imagine how they could add a bit of whimsy to your room?  April 25th is my day, but today is your day and you only live once.  So, let loose and have a little fun!

Curly Lamb Fur and Chrome Bench. I am obsessed with this as it is both retro and modern. Imagine this placed in front of a fireplace or sofa. http://www.piecesinc.com

I love these faux fur stools with the gold painted legs. Check out Dimples and Tangles blog where she posts about these fabulous finds.
http://dimplesandtangles.blogspot.com/2012/02/funky-chairs-and-fur

This sofa is crazy cool..I mean c'mon!
Cipria Sofa at http://www.switchmodern.com

See how this bench adds a bit of whimsy to a traditional bedroom?

Share with me how you find your fun when decorating your space.  I would love to hear from you!                              


something old is new again…

This is how the chair looked when I first purchased it.

Sanding process has begun...

This chair is a great example of how you can repurpose an old and dated piece of furniture into one that is versatile, stylish and functional.  The best part about finding items like this is that they are unique, well made, and you won’t see them mass-produced and sitting in anyone else’s home!  Just make sure you are choosing items that don’t need too much work, time or money.  There were four of these chairs, but I only bought two.  The others had broken cane on the back and I knew they would end up costing me more than I wanted to spend.  I started the project by cleaning the metal on the chairs with mild soap and water.  My husband sanded them down by hand with a 220 and 400 grade sandpaper.  They were then given several coats of glossy white spray paint made by Krylon.  The chairs were found at a resale shop for $25.00 a piece.  The covers were custom-made out of a white washable cotton fabric by Paula and Erika at Etsy.com and were $50.00 a piece.  After about two hours of elbow grease, I now own two fun and fabulous chairs that are very versatile and will be used in my home for years to come. Total cost: $125.00!

voila!


anything can be art for your walls…use your creativity!

I found these vintage trays from the 1970’s and fell in love with their color scheme and design.  I purchased all 20 of them for $20.00 and placed nine up on a wall in my family room as artwork. This “art” broke up a large wall while adding some visual interest and whimsy to the space.   These would also look great as a “headboard” above a bed or hung on the back of bookshelves.  Here is the best thing about this idea:  they didn’t need to be framed which saved a lot of money and time!