Thursday, April 7, 2016

How to Propegate a Dying Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

Fiddle leaf fig trees have been a staple amongst us bloggers for years now, despite them being super temperamental, at times. They are just pretty much perfect for home décor regardless of your style. Plants add life and interest and, in the case of these figs (which can grow pretty tall), drama!


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

How to Transform Dated Furniture with Stain & Contributor Post

I find that the majority of the furniture we take in here at Number Fifty-Three (either ones we have sourced on our own or as custom pieces for clients) is dated in one of two ways; they either have a very dark mahogany look or a 1970s orange vibe. Neither is popular today, but I truly hate discounting these pieces of furniture because they are so solidly built.

Now, I'm not going to lie, I started my little business four years ago solely painting furniture and that holds a special place in my heart because I researched and worked and figured it out all on my own. However, I have grown professionally over the years and have learned (with huge amounts of help from my love) the art of sanding down to bare wood (without trashing it) and staining.



Sunday, April 3, 2016

Farmhouse Cedar Stained Wall

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One of the spaces I've struggled with decorating in our new farmhouse has been the living room. It's pretty traditional to this style of home built 100 years ago. It's plain and utilitarian without a lot of detail or interest.

My first idea was to install an antique mantel (there is actually no fireplace in the home), but after some planning and consideration (mainly the room is just too small to accommodate it) we decided to add character by incorporating a rustic wood wall into the space.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Farmhouse Coffee Bar & A Repurposed Shelf

I'm sure it's no surprise that our old home is severely lacking in electrical outlets (particularly in the kitchen, of all places). One day it came down to plugging in the coffee maker or keeping the full crock pot going. I choose to feed my family on time, by moving the Keurig into the dining room. And it's stayed there since.

It's kind of a love/hate situation. This house is so different than my last, being far more casual and cozy, so the thought of a coffee bar (or tea bar, as I'm currently hooked on Earl Gray) in the dining room is a bit new to me.



Sunday, March 13, 2016

Farmhouse Stairway Makeover

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I've been slowly plugging away on our stairway since the first of the year. I know it seems like the last place I should have tackled, given that, other than a little painting here and there, not much has been accomplished in the nearly six months that we've lived here. But, my reasoning is twofold:  1. I've noticed that nearly everyone who comes to our house enters through the mudroom on the side of our home, so the stairway ends up being a main focal point, and 2. I like to work when inspiration on a plan strikes. That's not always the most practical way to work, but when you are a creative person, like I am, I feel like it's truly the most efficient.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Chicken Feeder Succulent Planter

In my home, plants tend to be a big part of my décor.  Adding color and life is so important to the finished look of a room, in my opinion, and, I'm always particularly fond of succulents.

Our new house has a farmhouse vibe going on and I wanted to incorporate these plants without taking on a modern vibe, like I've done in the past.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Muted Mustard End Table

I love working on custom orders. It's an amazing feeling to collaborate with a client and to make their vision come to life.

A couple of weeks back, I picked up this end table at a local store. I've done a few before and I always am on the lookout for more. They are so incredibly sturdy, have a ton of storage and take bold colors well.