Tuesday, May 31, 2011

VINTAGE FANS

Last night was a hot one, and it has me thinking of buying a few more fans for the apartment {in addition to setting up the air conditioner}. My windows are currently consumed by large, white box fans, so I'll need something a little more attractive when the windows are closed and the AC is pumping.


GOODBYE MAGAZINES {hello digital}

I've just decided to let all of my design and fashion magazine subscriptions run out. Not because I'm not happy with them, but because I can't seem to find the time to read through them anymore with all of the wonderful blogs and online magazines I now follow. Although it makes me just a little sad not to find a new magazine among a pile of junk mail in my mailbox, I do feel better making the decision to go paperless...and because email is the new mail anyway, it's just as exciting to get an email notification that a new digital magazine has just released a new issue among all of those e-bills I now get. 


Here are some of the online magazines I follow...






And a beautiful brand new addition  {that I can't read, but can still enjoy the pictures} created by Dagny of Scandinavian Chic


I'll be adding these links to my home page shortly...but in the meantime check the wonderful world of digital magazines!!!







Wednesday, May 25, 2011

BEFORE & AFTER {pillows and faux wood table}

My days off are usually spent doing laundry, cleaning, food shopping and trying to fit in a little art project. Today I managed to fit in a couple projects between those loads of laundry. First I decided to make new pillow covers from some fabric I picked up at ikea...and for only $2.99/yard. I'm pretty impatient when it comes to using a sewing machine, but my relaxed vacation vibe must still be with me because I took my time and love the results!

Before

Fabric (orange fabric not used)


Ironing and pinning helped line up the stripes

After



Since I decided not to use the orange fabric (because it was too thin) I'm going to re-cover the brown striped pillow in a bold, colorful fabric to add a little color to these navy and white stripes...stay tuned.  

Next, as I was sweeping the front porch, I took one look at a $10 bench I bought from Goodwill a couple months ago and decided it was time to do something with it {since it was just collecting junk}.

Before


As I started to spray paint it orange, I changed my mind and decided to attempt faux wood painting.  

After applying the first coat of a medium tan paint, I then brushed on an espresso colored paint spritzing it with water as I went along, allowing the tan show through. 

My supplies...the hammer and nail was used to beat up the surface to give it a distressed look. 


After









When my boyfriend walked in after work and asked where I got the new coffee table...I knew I had successfully painted my first faux rustic wood table!







MORRIS ETC.

These colorful rugs by Morris Etc. are right up my alley! I. ADORE. THESE. RUGS. 





images via Morris Etc. 







Tuesday, May 24, 2011

MY PINTEREST {color board}

Has anyone discovered the online image sharing site called Pinterest? I came across it a couple months ago and I though I would share a few images I have collected {or pinned} so far. These are some of my favorites from my 'color' board. 




via creamy life


You can also follow me on Pinterest!








Sunday, May 15, 2011

SUBTLE INSPIRATIONS

Just a few shots around the apartment on a sunny afternoon...