Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Pinterest Love...

I finally feel like I got a little bit accomplished yesterday! I finished painting several projects and today I can distress and wax before I start on a new batch of furniture.
Here are my fav Pinterest pins from the last week. You can always follow me here to see everything I'm pinning.
Have a great day!
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Monday, July 29, 2013

Ballard Inspired Pin Board

Happy Monday, friends! 
I just got back from dropping my oldest, Antonio, off at a steam punk inspired art workshop for the day. I. Am. So. Jealous. They are supposed to be making robots using found materials. My youngest, Gennaro didn't want him to go away for the entire day so he kept telling Antonio that he will be making a robot out of an old, used juice box, which, of course infuriated him. I think this day apart will do them good! Ha Ha!

Anyway, here is a crafty little project I whipped up yesterday using an old bulletin board I picked up at a tag sale.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Chippy, Beachy, Vintage Chairs

I cannot believe we are at the start of a new week and it is already the end of July! I have a ridiculously busy August so I took this past week to kind of just relax and not work on too many projects.
Remember how a couple of weekends ago we brought our boys to the movies for the first time? Well, we were a little early heading over their and had some time to kill so we hit up a tag sale. Seriously, what else would we do!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Things I'm Loving This Week...

Hey everyone!  I've had the laziest week ever so it is time for me to kick it in high gear to finish up some projects around here and for work. I'm planning another sale in August of my furniture and vintage finds so I really need to get it together!
Here are some of my fav things I've found this week while on-line window shopping!
Have a great weekend!


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Painted Vintage Dresser (Webster's Review)

Several weeks ago I picked up this amazing dresser off of craigslist. What immediately caught my eye was the original hardware. Love, love, love.


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

[Project Notebook] Master Bedrooms

Hey everyone! Can you tell I'm obsessing about some updates in our master bedroom?  Last week I talked about changes I wanted to make to my husband's furniture (you can read about it here) and today I'm sharing inspiration for the overall feel of the room.
I want the space to be calm, open, airy and relaxing. I'm thinking lots of whites and minimal accessories (with maybe one little punch of color, because I can't really live without a little bit of color!).
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Pinterest Love...

Today seems to be one of those super gloomy, rainy days where you just want to curl up and read a book or watch a movie. I kind of love lazy days (even though I know I won't sit and relax for too long before I am up working on something again!)
Here are my favorite pins from the last week. I really, really love the first one, but my husband said a very definitive NO to the old doors turned headboard for our own master bedroom. I can dream though!
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Monday, July 22, 2013

Guest Home Tour!

Morning everyone! I cannot believe the weekend is over already! I hit up a few tag sales and got some really nice furniture pieces to refurbish. If you follow me on facebook you have already seen one of them and I cannot wait to get started on it!
This weekend I also stopped by my Mom's home to get some updated pictures. While her style is definitely different than mine, she actually has several pieces of furniture that I have painted, some of which I had previously incorporated into my more vintage/cottage style home.
In her den, she opened up an old cabinet to make it a little library for her decorating books and magazines.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Vintage Sewing Pattern Wreath

Hi all! I completely feel like I dropped off the face of the earth for a few days! I had intended on taking a little break of sorts because my husband was on vacation, but then I caught a horrible cold and spent a couple of days miserable and sneezing. Hate that! Especially when it's like 100 degrees outside!
Anyway, since I was confined to the couch and watching Dragnet on Hulu (love that show) I decided to make a wreath.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Upcycled Wine Cabinet

Friends, a couple of weeks ago I found this little piece of furniture at the thrift store and just new it was a diamond in the rough. My husband (who happened to be with me that day) took some convincing because the before was not so fantastic, but it had gorgeous lines and was structurally very sound so I new I could work with it.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

[Project Notebook] Painted Armoire

So, you know that I am always thinking about what I can change around and update in our home.
One room that I have been gradually tweaking is our master bedroom. I love the armoire that my husband has in lieu of a dresser, but years of it being placed near a window has turned it from a dark wood to pretty much orange.
I'm thinking...of...maybe later this summer...painting it. Of course he completely does not know this yet, but I can still plan it all out.
I have a couple of bold textiles in our room (rug and quilt) so I would like to keep the armoire really simple and timeless. Right now I am thinking of painting it a creamy white and using black milk glass knobs (here) to tie in with the black in our silhouette gallery wall and to give it a more masculine feel.
Here are some inspiration pictures (of course I added in an aqua one since that is my fav color)...
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And here is a (not so good) picture of the armoire, as is, from last fall...
What do you all think?


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Pinterest Love...

Another week and more Pinterest pins! I'm spending the first half of this week finishing up some projects and tying up some loose ends. I completed our homeschool proposal last night and plan to drop it off today (Yeah! And, nothing like waiting to the last minute!) And, as I check things off my list, I reward myself with a bit of pinning time...yes, that really is all it takes to keep my happy. Here are some of my favs and you can follow me on Pinterest here.  Have a great day!
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Monday, July 15, 2013

Country Blue Desk & Our Sunday

Hey all. I can truly say that we had an awesome Sunday! Most of you know that my boys have autism and pretty severe anxiety so trying new things are usually not their thing. But, we had promised them a fun Sunday and I came up with the idea that I wanted to take them to the movies. I know this is no big deal, but my boys are 9 1/2 and 11 1/2 and have never been! Between behavior and sensory issues, they also have low vision and are night blind. So, of course I mention this adventure to them, and they come up with about 9,000 reasons why they cannot go, but we pressed ahead (we saw Epic at one of those less expensive theaters that shows the older movies) and they LOVED. EVERY. SECOND. OF IT. So, so proud of them and they are so proud of themselves. 
Thanks for letting me share!
Anyway, on to the home stuff. This was a desk I painted for a customer a while back. She wanted blue and lightly distressed.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

My Thrifting Tips...

If you've read any portion of my blog ever, then you for sure know of my love for thrift store shopping.




Friday, July 12, 2013

Things I'm Loving This Week...

Yeah for Friday! I've had a productive week with my projects and I plan on having F.U.N. this weekend. And, I think the weather may cooperate!
Here are some of my fav things this week...plus I notice a lot of great online sales out there...may have to make a couple of purchases!
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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Upholstered, Antique Bench

Hi friends! I am so excited to share with you all this project I did for an awesome customer of mine recently.
She had this antique bench that had been her mothers and she wanted me to give it a fresh and modern update. The lines and gorgeous carvings and legs were already amazing, but it was in need of new fabric and a couple of minor repairs.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Pinterest Love...

So many great and inspiring images on Pinterest this week! These were just some of my favs. For more check out my Pinterest page here.
Have a great day!
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Monday, July 8, 2013

Painted, Vintage Coffee & End Table

Hey everyone! If someone finds my motivation let me know! I am seriously being lazy lately and I have so much that should be accomplished.
If you checked out my summer living room tour (here) yesterday than you saw that I changed out our black, vintage, coffee table for something sleeker and lighter and also added in an accompanying end table.
I had found the coffee table a couple of months ago at the thrift store and actually left it there, obsessed about it all afternoon, and then had my husband pick it up on his way home from work. He immediately loved the lines of it, the fact that is had a drawer (perfect for the way to many remotes that we have) and the caster wheels.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Summer Living Room Tour

I have to say, that this may be an all time low for time spent outside in the summer for us. Between torrential rain and incredible heat and humidity it is just not that enjoyable being out there.
So, that has left me with some extra free time chilling out in our living room reading home decorating books. Which, you know totally got me inspired and wanting to change things up a bit. Hence, my newly decorated summer living room! I wanted to go for a light and airy summer look without any clutter.
The couch pillows were nice and light and summery, but those on the chairs had to go into storage. I brought up a chevron Target pillow from last year and then found a Nate Berkus white and gold Greek Key pillow on clearance for just $7.48!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

[Project Notebook] Americana

If, I had been more on top of things and not distracted by other projects I would have loved to have made something Americana.
But, it's only one day before the Fourth and I'm trying to fight off some sort of virus, so next year. Definitely, next year!
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Have a wonderful Fourth of July!


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Pinterest Love...

Hi all!
Yesterday was a super interesting one to say the least! I had to bring both boys to the Boston area for an eye appointment and of course it was torrential, horrific weather chock full of flooding and tornado warnings. We made it there and back fine, the boys made out awesome, which is always a huge relief because their eye condition is so super rare that not a lot is known.
Anyway, here are some of my favorite pins of the week. Looking at this stuff is what keeps me calm when I freak out about the boys and their health issues!
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Have a great day! You can find me on Pinterest here.


Monday, July 1, 2013

Upcycled Chalkboard & Other Updates

Morning everyone!  The rain luckily held out for my sale yesterday and I would consider it a success! Of course, I would do things a bit different for next time, like tweak the hours of the event and not pick a ridiculously hot and humid time of year, but overall I am really thrilled with it!
One of the items I upcycled and very quickly sold was this chalkboard made from a vintage headboard.