Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Collected ideas from the internet

I have to admit that I'm not usually a pink-rose-coral kind of girl in decor, but this pairing with the gray and linen is just stunning.  It adds just the right pop to this room. Of course, I still don't think my kids are ready to deal with that much upholstery at a table with real, actual food!

I loved this idea of art by the blogger teal and lime.  What a fun addition for little cost.

I love so much about this room. First the floors are just to die for! I love the gallery wall with the framed TV, I think, in the center.

Found this look at Forever Cottage. While I don't have mounted deer's head, I love the use of the rustic frame around it.

I adore the use of this old door for the pantry. 

Sure, I'll take this kitchen.... The beams, the large island, white stone countertops, built-in china cabinets and the great floor. I also love the touch of the blue and white Chinese ware.

Look at the stunning use of trim on these large walls.  It's placement and chunky composition really bring comfort to this vaulted room.

I love the look of marble for a kitchen, but I'm not sure I'm up to the upkeep.  I love that there are some alternatives out there, like these Quartzites.

Here's a sample of how stunning White Princess Quartzite looks!  I want...

These have got to be the cutest DIY beds I've ever seen (by tidbits.)

This bunk room by Tracy Hardenburg is amazing.

The blogger Number Fifty-three was really creative with her unused fireplace. Instead of a black hole, she filled it to the brim with vintage books. Great idea.

Delight by Design showed a simple but great decor idea from a cafe.  How easy would this be to do with inexpensive wooden spoons and a few stain colors?!




Friday, June 7, 2013

Settees and Dining Tables

I was talking with a friend about her idea of finding a settee for her dining room table and it made me think of some great pieces I've seen before.  Often we're stuck with a basic, boring shaped dining room or a run-of-the-mill dining set.  Mixing things up and piecing together your dining set can really add that personal look to your room.  Settees in particular can come in so many different styles and changing the wood and upholstery can give an old piece a new look.  Here are some amazing dining rooms and kitchens with settees to inspire you.

Home edit
Rustic combined with linen=classy look.

I love the trestle table(possibly from Restoration hardware) combined with the settee.  I believe these homeowners were still searching for the right chairs to add.

Great high-back settee.

bhg
Bright sunny fabric on these settees warm up the more contemporary table.

Andrea Schumaker
Take a neutral settee and go wild in colors and patterns on the pillows.

Elle Decor
A classic wood settee goes fresh with white paint and white upholstery. I love how it's paired with glass and even the lucite chairs.

Horchow
This one is probably one of my favorites because of how it takes a classic dark mahogany table and pairs it with 2 captains chairs in a rustic finish and the great blue green fabric on the settees.  Add in the mercury glass and it's just stunning.

Kristin Petro Interiors
This wood tone looks wonderful with the navy geometric fabric on this armless settee.

Coastal Living
Classic dark dining table given a tone-down with the linen settee and bamboo shades and drapes.  Bling is added with that great crystal or glass chandelier.

Mark Sikes
This lower-backed settee lends a library feel to this dining room.

NY architects Inc
A great shape makes this an amazing accent piece to a boxy corner.  Who notices that with a piece like that?!

Architectural Digest
The neutral fabric is jazzed up with nailhead trim.

via homebunch
Velvet upholstery in a deep charcoal gray adds such drama to this dining room.

House of Smiths
These bloggers pieced together a unique and fun dining set by reupholstering a used settee.

A few cute settees:



one kings lane

miss mustard seed

jilly & mia






Would you ever use a settee?  I'm sure going to be on the lookout for cute ones, whether I get to use it in my dining room or maybe in my master bedroom.







Monday, May 6, 2013

What I've Been Working on Recently....And for sale now.

I thought I'd combine a little of what's been keeping me busy along with what I have for sale right now.  If anyone locally is interested in anything, just let me know.  Otherwise, I hope some of these pieces will inspire you to up-cycle something into a great,beautiful piece for your home.

BIRD CHAIRS- (sold)
     These cute chairs got a fun makeover to become these light, shapely pieces.  I love the bird fabric, neutral but fun.


LINEN SLIPCOVER CHAIR:
     This chair's cute shape just jumped out at me.  It need some real tlc but I knew it could be charming.  I ripped off the old materials, scrubbed it down, gave it a great Annie Sloan distressed finish.  I upholstered it and made a charming, ruffled slipcover for it.  It really softened the look and will look so cute at a desk or as an accent chair.


PEACOCK-BLUE MIRROR:
     I found this great faux bamboo mirror that just needed some freshening up to make it pop.  This peacock-blue color is really fun.  I'm seeing it all over and it looks great with so many different colors.


RETRO DRESSER: (sold)
     This shape was just too fun to pass up.  It was solid and well-made but had really seen better days.  The new color softens it's boxiness a bit and highlights the fun details (like those awesome legs!)


FRENCH SCRIPT CHAIRS: (sold)
     Once again, the cute shape of these chairs drew me in.  I found three of these and knew they could be fun and unique. The "x-shape" or "curule style" chairs are unique and shapely.  I gave them a nice white finish and upholstered them in a great gray, french script fabric.  


HUGE ART:
     I found this GIGANTIC frame that was just begging to be turned into a large sign.  But what to paint on it?  I'm seeing a lot of people using this song lyric from the Beatles so I figured, "why no?!"  This really is huge (it's as wide as my couch!!) It's got a great distressed finish and fun arrangement of lettering. Hopefully someone out there has a nice big wall they need filling!


FAUX PEDIMENTS:
     I found two of these home pediments meant to be used on the exterior of a home.  They are huge, but needed a little dressing up to look like some piece of architectural salvage.  I painted them with about 4 or 5 colors to give some shading and distressing.  I wanted them to feel like something out of the Restoration Hardware or Pottery Barn catalogs.  I just found a wall to display one on, but I'm not keeping them (even though they are so fun and huge.)





TWO-TONED BUFFET CABINET: (sold)
     This gorgeous buffet cabinet had a really rough frame, but gorgeous wood drawers.  It seemed the perfect candidate for the two-toned look.  I painted the frame in ASCP's Coco color.  


TRUMEAU MIRRORS: (sold)
     I've always seen those dresser sets from the 60's and 70's that had the two vertical mirrors over them.  People have kept the dressers and ditched the mirrors.  I found a solid wood pair that I could see painted to look like those expensive, antique turmeau mirrors.  Many colors later, they looked awesome and sold so fast!  I was sorely tempted to keept these for myself, but alas, our dishwasher broke and we HAD to have one!!



BLACK AND WHITE: (sold)
     This pair of chairs said "fun" to me.  That darling curve on the arm needed to stand out and the black and white striped fabric was the perfect fabric to accentuate it.  They're neutral, but fun.


BAMBOO CHAIRS: (sold)
     This pair of chairs were a fun find.  The bamboo frame was great, but the finish was really worn.  I gave them a fresh finish of black and new upholstered cushions.  



CURVY BOOKCASE: (sold)
     I fell in love with this curvy bookcase.  It had such a fun design and I knew it could be a geat piece.  It's dark finish was refinished with a great white finish.


BLUE BUFFET: (sold)
     The simple lines of the buffet cabinet along with a bland wood color made this piece just blahh.  When painted a great duck-egg blue and the handles given a fun, distressed white finish, it just woke up the whole piece to say "hello! Here I am!"


WHITE END TABLES: (sold)
     This pair of end tables were so solid, a great shape and had fun handles.  I gave them a nice neutral finish and pow- lovely!



I'm really anxious for the summer and garage sale season to see what other treasures I can find and create.























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