Friday, April 29, 2011

Happy Birthday Mom!

 I miss you and love you dearly.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Before & After: Kitchen Bar Stool

Note to self: don't promote a big reveal unless you have a big reveal.  So in my previous post I mentioned that I was working on a piece for my kitchen (to complement my roman shade), with a reveal soon to follow.

Something you should know about our kitchen: it is small.  11 x 11, to be exact.  We redid the kitchen shortly after we got married and I moved in.  It was a gut job (including the ceiling and floors - but the walls stayed).  I'll save those details for a later post.  But one of the things that bugs me about our tiny kitchen is that there is nowhere to sit.  No island, no countertop overhang, no nothing.   

Between the end of the countertop and the entry to the dining room there is just enough wall space for a single bar stool (how sad).  I measured the space and kept an eye out for a high bar stool that would work and found one at an antique store for around $10.  Here is my find:


A great stool, but the color wasn't right.  As you already know from yesterday's post, I wanted to match the color of my stool to the citrine color of my roman shade (below).  I finally found the perfect color - Benjamin Moore's Mother Earth.

And, here is the reveal - the bar stool now painted and situated in small nook between the entryway to our dining room and the end of our countertop.  Finally, a place where someone can sit and visit while I cook!


And, I just love Anne Harwell's Courtney Barnes chair print right above it!! 

I know what you're thinking: "this was the big reveal?".  Well, yes.  But in the war I've launched against this house, even the smallest victories are very rewarding and energizing.  Happy Wednesday!  :)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Perfect Color Match

I've recently started to tackle my ever long list of home projects.  I finally completed the last item (well, maybe second to last!) on my 'to do' kitchen list.  As you know, I had a new roman shade made for my kitchen window (here) and so I wanted to incorporate the same citrine color elsewhere in my kitchen.  Tomorrow I will do the reveal, but to give you a hint, it involved a piece of furniture found at an antique store and a little of this paint color.

The paint color is Benjamin Moore's Mother Earth and it is the perfect color match to the citrine in Schumacher's Imperial Trellis.  I'm so excited because, the piece of furniture I (my husband) painted turned out great!  Stay tuned for tomorrow's reveal.....

Monday, April 25, 2011

Urban Outfitters Rug for Sale

Do you remember when Jamie from I Suwannee posted theses updates she made with a $500 budget in 3 days?  Let me refresh your memory...

This makeover has always been a favorite of mine!  For those interested, I am selling the Urban Outfitters rug shown in the pictures above (4x6 brown and white) for $35 plus shipping (if not local).  I've had it for a year and have never used it!!  It's in great condition.  If you're interested, email me @!!  SOLD

Friday, April 22, 2011

Affordable Floor Lamps

Why are attractive and affordable floor lamps so hard to find?  I have been searching for a floor lamp for our family room FOREVER.  Granted, I haven't really made it a priority, but I am never impressed with what I find and then when I find something I like, I can't afford it.  Well, I finally spent a good hour just searching for floor lamps and I surprised myself.  I found some good options:

First, let's pretend money isn't an option.  If that were the case, I would be all over this beauty:

But, we just came back from vacation and it's back to reality.  Of course, with affordable options there is always a little elbow grease involved.  So here is this close option from CSN for $74.  I would get a can of Rustoleum's Metallic spray paint in brass to paint it and would replace it with a drum shade.

I like this option below, also from CSN, for about $88.  I like how it already has a drum shade and the height is 60".

I really like the minamalist look of this next lamp.  Straight and simple lines for $134 and the height is 62"!

Lastly, I like this lamp by Robert Abbey, it's the most expensive of the bunch, but the brand name is good and the height is substantial at 64".  It runs $266.

So, now I just have to bite the bullet and choose one.  Any favorites?  I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend!  I plan on getting some home projects done (weather permitting)!!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Welcome my newest sponsor!

Windows by Melissa!  Melissa owns and runs a custom windows treatment shop on etsy.  She does a variety of custom window treatments at very affordable prices.  We all know how window treatments can really transform a room!

I've had the pleasure of working with Melissa when she did my custom roman shade for my kitchen window (above).  She was professional, prompt and alleviated my ever fear.  She really does beautiful work.

If you have a project that needs custom window treatments, consider contacting her.  You won't be disappointed.  

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Styling: Office Updates

Since my son was exhausted yesterday (due to his birthday weekend) he had a nap and I was on cloud nine!  What should have I been doing?  Packing.  Yeah, that didn't happen.  Instead, I focused on using the time to do some updates to my office/toy storage room.  My husband hung our canvas photos this past weekend and I spent some time styling.  

Did I tell you styling is a challenge for me even though I really like doing it?  I wish I was better.  Anyway, I played around with some accessories yesterday.  Excuse the picture-less frame.  I am pretty certain I won't keep the styling this way, but it was fun to play around.  Did you notice my new furbish coasters?? Love them!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Countdown is on...

We had a great weekend celebrating my son's birthday!! It was non-stop and I think we all are a little spent today.  I'm currently surrounded by heaps of laundry trying to get ready and pack for our spring break trip down to Florida tomorrow. In the meantime, this lovely picture has me totally psyched for West Palm Beach - I love the Palm Beach vibe!

Happy Monday!!!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Crazy week....

but so happy today is Friday.  Tomorrow is my son's 4th birthday party!!  I'm so excited - honestly, I think I'm more excited than he is!  Anyway, today is a non-work day (insert big smile here) and as I sat down this AM with coffee in hand, catching up on blogs, I came across a beautiful boy's nursery.  It's so warm, rich and unexpected.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do....

It's official...I NEED a Klein rocker!

I love the unexpected hot air balloon chandelier and the drummer boy painting.  I can totally see Erin's son growing older in this room and it not becoming outdated.  

I love the paint color she chose (Pratt and Lambert's Wolf) and the persian rug she found on Craigslist.

Check out more of Erin's blog and home here.  Happy Weekend!!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Currently loving...

colorful lamp shades.  Maybe because spring is here?  Not sure.  But I want to add a dose of color in my living room and I'm targeting my lamp shades.  I just bought two new white ceramic cylinder lamp bases from Target and I LOVE them.  Now, I'm fixated w/adding color via the shades.  Here is some inspiration...

The ever so talented Anna...she can do no wrong in my book.  Does anyone know what type of fabric is on the above shade?

Loving the blue ikat Danika used on her lamp shade.

Love Kirsten's bold blue lamps!

Everything LEB's dyed lamp shade!

Friday, April 1, 2011


In two weeks, we will be headed down to West Palm Beach for a little vacay time with friends and family.  As always, whenever I travel, I try to find local furnishings/decor shops that I'd like to visit.  Located in West Palm Beach is Gardenhouse, a decor furnishing store that specializes in outdoor vintage furniture.

Cheryl Maeder-Antonio who is also a fine-art photographer travels nationwide with her husband, an artist and metal sculptor, looking for vintage pieces where they can give them a facelift.  She describes her style as 'vintage-gone-modern'.  Feast your eyes on some of these beauties....

Cheryl is also a photographer and her photography is stunning.  Her love for the outdoors shows through her furnishings and photographs.  

To see more of her artwork, go here.  Hopefully, I'll get to stop by and if you know of any other great furnishing/vintage/decor stores in the WPB or Orlando area, definitely let me know!!  Happy weekend everyone!