Wednesday, October 31, 2012

[Project Notebook] & A Giveaway!

(I always have a ton of decorating and DIY ideas floating around in my head. Many of them end up in my project notebook that I keep in my nightstand. I thought it would be fun if I shared some of my ideas with you all each week.)

I'm not sure if I ever mentioned this, but I'm not a huge fan of red. That said, the previous owners of our house must have loved it.  I mean they did leave us with a red front door, red foundation, red walkway, red detached garage, red concrete bench in the garden and a painted red fence surrounding our property. So, if I had the motivation of rid our property of all the excessive red, this is what I would do.



1. Black Door

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

[My Project Notebook]

(I always have a ton of decorating and DIY ideas floating around in my head. Many of them end up in my project notebook that I keep in my nightstand. I thought it would be fun if I shared some of my ideas with you all each week.)

So, if you saw my post about adding in my new settee, than you know that I've had entryway design on my mind lately.  Here are some ideas I kept in mind when updating my own area.


1.  A comfy place to sit.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Milk Glass and Silhouettes

If you stopped by last week to see my MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® Painting Party project than you may have noticed my little silhouette gallery wall.  (You can check out that full post here and also enter to win your own paint!)
 
 


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Our Revamped Entry...

Do you ever go to change one thing in your house and it snowballs into this major, never-ending ordeal?


I so did that this weekend. 



Thursday, October 18, 2012

[My Project Notebook]

(I always have a ton of decorating and DIY ideas floating around in my head. Many of them end up in my project notebook that I keep in my nightstand. I thought it would be fun if I shared some of my ideas with you all each week.)

I sort of have this little obsession with furniture.  Luckily, I only shop thrift and tag sales so the expense is kept relatively minimum.  Here are some of my dream pieces of furniture that I have pinned on my Pinterest boards.

1. Vintage Brass Chest

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® Painting Party!

Welcome to the MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® Painting Party which will begin today at noon!



I am so honored to be a part of this wonderful group of bloggers asked to complete projects using MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® paint.  If you've stopped by my blog before, then you know that I absolutely love transforming thrifted and cast-off pieces with paint. It's such a fast, economical and dramatic way to update anything in your home! 







Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Our Repurposed Card Catalogue

Hi there! I'm just stopping in to quickly share an absolutely fantastic find my husband and I purchased this past weekend.  Remember that tag sale I had gone to a few months back at the Catholic school that had closed?  You can read about it here and here.  Well, on Saturday and Sunday they had one last Everything Must Go sale and so, of course, we stopped over.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Rustic, Autumn Home Tour

There's no question that I get my obsessive decorating gene from my Mother. 

She is constantly changing, tweaking and rearranging her home (which she loves) and I am often the lucky recipient of her cast-offs (which I love).

We decorate with a lot of the same things; natural elements like gourds and twigs and thrifted finds like brass, silver and pewter. 

I find it so interesting to see how she puts it all together because her decor is decidedly rustic and primitive, while mine is more modern country and vintage.

Here are some pictures I captured recently of her rustic, autumn home. Enjoy!



Thursday, October 11, 2012

Things I'm Loving this Week...

Here are some things I am absolutely loving this week:


Neutral, Classic Furniture (I love this glossy black secretary and its brass and white styling.)

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

[My Project Notebook]

(I always have a ton of decorating and DIY ideas floating around in my head. Many of them end up in my project notebook that I keep in my nightstand. I thought it would be fun if I shared some of my ideas with you all each week.)

I'm planning a sort of mini master bedroom makeover.  There are some key pieces that I want (like an antique mantel and a second quilt for my bed) that I know will take time to find in my price range, so the entire process will, most likely, be done in stages.


1. Old layered mirrors--I can definitely achieve this with thrift store finds.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Frugal, Seasonal, Natural {Decorating}

The main living areas in my home are decorated for autumn and I wanted to talk a little bit about my thrifty strategy to be able to afford decorating seasonally.

Interesting Containers

I aways find that plants, twigs, pine cones and the like look special and intentional when they are presented in an interesting and unusual container.  The contents can be easily changed out for each season allowing you to create many different looks throughout the year. 

Over the weekend I went to one of my favorite resale shops in a nearby college town and purchased two unique items for my home.  One was this basket for $4. I can already imagine how it will flow seasonally throughout our home, inside and out.


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Updating the Outdated {Ottoman Reupholstering}

A couple of weekends ago, I went to Savers and came back with what I thought was the perfect ottoman (after many failed attempts) for my youngest son to sit on while he was watching television.  (Both of my boys have low vision so they can't see the TV from the couch.) I'm pretty sure my husband was horrified as he saw me wrestle a dated, dirty, worn, faded ottoman out of my SUV.  However, this piece was solid, sturdy construction and, for all its wear, had a fantastic cushion and padding.
 
I think I spruced it up quite nicely. 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Things I'm Loving this Week...

Here are some things I am absolutely loving this week:


Target Gold Lamp Base (I love this lamp that is part of Target's Timeless Home Decor Collection!)


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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Subtle & Thrifty October Mantel

I've been slowly working my way around the main living areas in our home adding in fall touches.  I'm much more of an autumn decorator than a Halloween one.  I love dried corn, twigs, pumpkins and all those little things that you associate with the season.  However, I did want to add a subtle touch of Halloween to my mantel this year.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

[My Project Notebook]

(I always have a ton of decorating and DIY ideas floating around in my head. Many of them end up in my project notebook that I keep in my nightstand. I thought it would be fun if I shared some of my ideas with you all each week.)

This week, as I have been decorating my house for fall, I keep thinking of new ways to add in bits of nature.  Even though I'm not really an outdoorsy person I love adding natural elements to my decor.  It's free, gives loads of texture to a display and provides beautiful color.  Here are some options I'm considering:


1. A wreath made out of leaves.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

A Collected Autumn Corner

My fall decorating continues, and this past week a tackled this black shelf and dresser that's in the corner of our living room.  I know it's odd to have a dresser in the living room, but you know how it goes when you live in an old house--no storage--so this piece of furniture works perfectly for us as a place to store dvds and extra blankets.