Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Building a Creatively Made Business 2.0 (eCourse)

Hey there blogging friends! Late last year I was given a fantastic opportunity to become a monthly contributor over at Jennifer Rizzo.com. I'm forever grateful to Jen and working with her has truly been an amazing experience. She is so filled with creativity and ideas!
 
So, a couple of weeks ago when she mentioned to me that the new eCourse Building a Creatively Made Business 2.0 was going to begin this spring with her, Jeanne Oliver and Marian Parsons I knew I had to be part of it.
 
As a relatively new blogger, I am always striving to learn more to perfect my brand and build the best blog and business that I can.  Did you know that I started Number Fifty-Three completely on a whim? Because I did. And, that's just one of the reasons why I think this class is calling my name...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Painted Vintage Headboard & Updated Bedding

Remember how at the beginning of the year I said it was enough of me constantly sharing our entry, living room and dining room? (In all reality it was actually my Mom who told me I really needed to branch out and start finishing rooms in the rest of my home.) And, despite completely rearranging my entry and living room and tweaking my dining room last week (old habits die hard) I have been setting goals and achieving results.
 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easy DIY Wood Succulent Planter

Monday again! I hope you all had a fantastic Easter. Ours was chill and relaxed, just like I wanted. I made brunch, which ended up being a late lunch because, as much as I love to cook, I never start the entire process early enough.
 
Anyway, you all know our home is filled with plants. My husband is a huge fan, so I started incorporating them per his request and I'm so glad I did. They bring such life and warmth to a room and really add a perfect finishing layer to a design.
 


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My Favorite Design Trends of 2014

I feel like the decorating stars have all aligned for me. Do you ever feel that way?  Finally, some things that I have loved for years and years are trending. And, for someone who sees themselves as mostly uncool...this is kind of a good thing.
 
I would not say that I am a huge trend follower, by nature. I just sort of like what I like. And, I suppose that some would find it a negative to see things that they love now popular everywhere and over saturated, but I'm going with it for a few reasons. One being that I feel flooded with inspiration from all the wonderful images that I find. And two, it's awesome to see things that I love accessible in stores and in price ranges that everyone can afford. 

 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Updated Living Room Tour


Way back in January I had really no intentions of changing anything in my living room. Of course, tons of things have since changed, which is not only the nature of being a blogger, but also being a furniture painter. I try to be strong, but you know I can't always resist keeping some of my pieces.
 
Anyway, four months into the new year I thought I would give you a wrap up of what has been done in the room so far.
 
It started when Rugs USA gifted me their gorgeous Marrakesh Shag Rug. I have to say that I am beyond still in love with it. Seriously. I didn't know it was possible to have such feelings for a rug, but I do.  And, it has held up great, despite Figgy scratching his claws on it (shag rugs hide way more flaws). It's also survived someone (not me!) dropping an entire mug of coffee on it. After some tears, yes I cried over my rug, I purchased Spot Shot carpet cleaner. Miracle product. You would never know there had been a spill. (You can see the original post with the rug here.)
 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Red Glazed Painted Vintage Bench

I'm totally not ready for you Monday. Don't you despise weeks that start like that? I have so much to do today and just want one more day before I tackle it all.
 
Now that the weather has greatly improved the list of projects that need to be completed have significantly grown (I think my front door area will be getting a little refurbish for one). Also, I have had better luck hunting down furniture. All you furniture painters out there did you seriously struggle this past winter to find furniture like me?
  
One piece I recently found and finished was this fantastic vintage bench.