Monday, February 28, 2011

WEEKEND PROJECT: MY LITTLE RED SIDE TABLE

A few weeks ago I purchased this side table from Goodwill thinking I would remove the top section, throw an upholstered cushion on top and turn it into a footstool/ottoman. After studying the details a bit longer I realized I wasn't quite ready to transform this adorable table...and as many of you may know I've been on a turquoise kick lately, so I decided it was time to break free of my soothing, calm colors and go with a fiery, vibrant red. 






There was (or maybe still is) a great vintage clothing and accessory store somewhere on SW 10th Avenue in Portland, Oregon where I purchased these vintage music sheets. The owner had hundreds and I'm sad to say I only bought 6 of them, but regardless...don't they look great with my little red side table?









Wednesday, February 23, 2011

WEEKEND PROJECT: GRAB BAG

Last Sunday I ran my usual errands and stopped by Goodwill searching for my next project. As I wandered the isles a little disappointed that I didn't find that "treasure" I'm always looking for {whatever that may be} I noticed a $3 bag of random toys. I immediately knew what I wanted to do with them! 


Before



After




A few things I learned along the way...
Rubber toys don't take spray paint very well.
The pink spray paint was very thin and needed a primer first.
No matter what color you spray certain insects...they are still creepy!  


It was fun channeling my inner child and playing with toys again...I'm still on the lookout for a dinosaur to complete the set!











Tuesday, February 22, 2011

IF THE {striped} SHOE FITS...

I have a little obsession with the funky shoes of 80%20, especially the new Eighty Twenty Feathers wedge sandals. If they were half the price I would swoop them up in a second, but I tend to live in flip-flops and flats in the summer, and these might not get the use they deserve. How great is this chair for a 'shoe to interior' example? Google search takes me to so many wonderful sites and blogs such as Eclectic Revisited by Maureen Bower where I discovered this chair. 



The hint of a palm plant in the background gives this chair an island vibe, and the shoe would be a perfect vacation accessory. A warm breeze, a cool cocktail and good company on a tropical island is way over due. Is this snowy winter ever going to end?















Thursday, February 17, 2011

KITCHEN MAKEOVER {home sweet home}

Almost four years ago when I moved back from the West Coast, I decided to take on a kitchen project right away...so I nominated my parents and they kindly accepted. Three years later {only due to photography procrastination} here it is... 


Before

After




Introducing the wood carved animal kingdom!
This was the first time I was able to snack on the props as I photographed. 




Tile back splash by Dustin Pros of Custom Tile Works





{Hutch Makeover}


Before


After

Thanks Mom and Dad for trusting me to design your kitchen {straight out of school} as my first kitchen!
So which family member is next?









Wednesday, February 16, 2011

INSPIRED BY THE GRAMMY'S {logo that is}

Before I forget...I was very inspired by the colorful Grammy logo...not so much by the actual show. Some performances were good, and I was surprised by some winners {I can usually guess who's going to win!} but I struggled to make it to the end of the show. How'eva...these colors are fantastic together and I can't wait incorporate them into my next project, painting and/or wardrobe!



Maybe I'll start with hot pink feather earrings like Gwyneth was wearing. Love them!


{p.s. poor Christina...she's only human} 













Tuesday, February 15, 2011

NOT YOUR GRANDMA'S WALLPAPER

I'm a huge fan of wallpaper, especially when it's a twist on the traditional patterns. Take Flat Vernacular for instance..."Dollface" might not be for everyone, but how great would it be in a guest bedroom paired with very traditional furniture and accessories? 


"Dollface loves milkshakes, reading books, and fancy parties. She listens to Metallica, but only on Sundays."

I'm not a car person at all, but I do love the Toile de Derby wallpaper. Toile is a pattern on fabric or wallpaper depicting an intricate scene, and consists of one solid color on a white background. I'm sure everyone has come across tasteful toile, and too much toile at some point in their lives. I'm seeing this in a half bath with a black pedestal sink, a black Murano glass chandelier and a big bouquet of pink flowers...not exactly the place you would expect to see derby cars. 

"Adding a bit of class to the county fair side event. With this on your walls you’ll be inclined to bring mint juleps and wear your best seersucker suit to the next demolition derby."

I don't wear glasses {yet} but I've always wanted to try on the Geek Chic look...


...but for now maybe I'll try Four Eyes out on my walls before my doctor tells me otherwise. How about in a mudroom or walk-in closest? Lean a large, ornate, full length, fluorescent yellow mirror against the wall for trying on the perfect pair of glasses before you leave the house.  

"No matter what kind of glasses you fancy, someone is still bound to call you a nerd. This is really a shame because most glasses make you look like a stylish intellectual. At least people think you’re smart."

This next pattern called Too Much Stuff is exactly that! Too much "stuff" makes my heart beat a little too fast, but I suppose this could work with a few bold pieces and a well kept room for a sense of balance. 

"If you piled all of your belongings together how big would it be? Why not put everything on the walls? This paper makes that possible without cramping your space."


I see dancing robots in this energetic pattern. What does Groupo look like to you?


"Out of the saddle climbing the Col du Tourmalet, your lungs are working hard against the thin air and your legs are pumping battery acid through your veins. That’s the thrill of how you’ll feel with Groupo hanging behind your TV as you watch cooking shows."


I'm so ready to get my hands on a project where we can get a little wild and crazy! If anyone is interested...you know where to find me.























Sunday, February 13, 2011

ROUGHIN' IT

A month a go I shared a post about my Storage Unit Finds and what my plans were for my new treasures. I thought the large piece of burl wood would make an interesting cat bed, but if you are a cat owner, you know they just do whatever they want. Since the burl wood wasn't working out as a bed for my cat, it was left on the floor and forgotten about until...Miguel decided it would be his!



Sunday mornings are truly the best!






Tuesday, February 8, 2011

2 GREAT {pastel} THINGS...

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Browsing the new arrivals on Nasty Gal today I fell in love with something that would probably look ridiculous on me {the watercolor rainbow maxi dress}, so I decided to use it as interior inspiration...and after some blog browsing, I came across The Coco Målé blog with some great images of pastel accented rooms. Both fantastic finds for a cold and windy winter night.




Monday, February 7, 2011

WEEKEND PROJECT: KITCHEN ISLAND {apartment style}

For those of you who live in an apartment and need that extra counter space, here is a DIY project that you can take with you when you move. This dresser which has been used for a TV stand for the last two years has moved into the kitchen to be used as an island. 



A new maple butcher block top, hardware, back panel and a paper towel holder turned this dresser into a functioning kitchen island. 


The three drawers helped to clear some of the clutter off the existing counter tops and I now have storage for larger cooking utensils and hand towels. The bottom drawer still holds our DVD collection, but that's just between you and me. 


A 1/4" piece of luan and a fresh coat of paint replaced the cardboard back...


...and although it's perfectly fine to use this butcher block top as a chopping block, it's just too pretty to cut into for now. 


The attached paper towel holder is right at arms reach {and again, off the counter top}. 





If you who rent (or can't convince your landlord to remodel) this is a great way to gain more storage in your kitchen.