Friday, April 17, 2015

BLOGGER STYLIN' HOME TOURS: SPRING EDITION


Today I'm so excited to wrap up one of the best weeks in blogland... the Blogger Stylin' Home Tours!

I wanted to thank Lindsay of The White Buffalo Styling Company for allowing me to once again be a part of this edition.  I've participated in each BSHT since the beginning, and I always think they're so much fun!  If you're stopping by from Primitive and Proper, thanks for coming!  I just adore Cassie's personality-filled home.

If you're new for the tour today, welcome to our home!  We have lived in this house almost 8 years, and are slowly but surely working to update it and make it our own.  We'll begin our tour at the front porch.  I buy these giant Kimberly Queen ferns from Lowe's every year, and with the huge statement that they make, I consider them money well spent!



Come on in, you'll quickly see that I love pattern, color, and transforming second hand finds.





The Living Room got a fresh look for Spring, mainly by switching around pillows and rotating accessories. 


I never truncate my posts, but this one is so full of photos I decided to do so on this one.  Pretty please click through to see the rest of the tour...


Thursday, April 16, 2015

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE {WEEK 3}


As I was checking in on some of my favorite bloggers yesterday for their One Room Challenge updates (see the group of Wednesday gals at Calling It Home), several of them mentioned that we're at the half way mark.  Way to give a girl heart palpitations!  I feel like I've barely dipped my toe in the water, I definitely need to get a move on with this makeover! 



If you're new here, Welcome!  You can catch up on my makeover progress here:

I do have a few more things to cross off the list this week...  

I finished the stools that I shared last week, and is anyone surprised that I added the nailheads AND the ribbon?  I plan for them to sit at the end of the bed, but they're in the living room right now and it's the perfect spot for them.  I hope I can tear them away when the bedroom is finished!  I'll have a tutorial soon for their makeover.  Bonus, you get a little sneak peek of what's going on for my Blogger Stylin' Home Tour that I'll be sharing tomorrow. I'd love for you to come back and check out the Spring touches I've added around my home! (Sorry for the yellow-y tint, it was getting dark.)



I've started cutting out the curtains, always a bigger chore than I remember!  When working with such big pieces of fabric, since I don't have much open floor space at home, I like to drag all of my supplies up to our church and cut it out in an empty hallway.  It's nice to see the entire piece (17 yards!) all at once and be able to match everything up easily.  



And, a favorite tip that I've posted before is to use my laser level to cut straight lines across big pieces of fabric.  Works like a charm!



We picked up the chairs from being re-upholstered, and they're terrific!



And speaking of terrific, did you catch a glimpse of that rug?  LOVE.  RugsUSA was kind enough to partner with me for my ORC and sent me this beauty.  After purchasing 2 rugs from them previously, this is my third one from the company and every single one is top notch in my experience.  This is the rug that I selected, and in addition to being beautiful, it's 75% off right now!  



That's all I have to show you in the way of progress this week.  So, today I thought I'd also share a little more about the wall opposite the bed that will be a little sitting area. 



Our room gets cold in the winter, so when I saw this freestanding fireplace mantle on Craigslist, I thought it would be a good addition to our room.  Besides the practical warming factor, I've always dreamed of having a fireplace in the bedroom.  I love the character it adds.  The problem with a lot of these units is that they're very short, this one was only about 4 feet tall, not big enough for the statement that I was looking for.  

So, my handy dad made a base that's about a foot tall to raise it up.  We're adding some quarter round and molding to the bottom to finish it out.  I'm hoping once it's all assembled and painted it will be one cohesive looking unit.  



This week has been a rainy one, and I'm hoping next week clears up so I can drag the fireplace and nightstands outside to spray it all at once. 

Imagine the pretty fireplace, the pair of chairs flanking it, and a little table for books or a drink. 



Around the fireplace, we'll mount the tv and I'll be coming up with some kind of a gallery wall.  Another thing to think about- I have some random artwork but will mainly be using family photos... color or black and white?  I don't know yet.  But, there's one thing that I'm probably more excited about than anything else in the room right now.  Want a peek?



Perfection.  1,000 times prettier in person.  It's always hard to get a true idea of an item pictured online, but I couldn't have been happier when I opened the box.  The shade was round and white (I thought it looked oval maybe and slightly creamy in the photo), and the gold was the perfect color, not to dark or too bright and brassy.  These Phila Gold Leaf swing arm lamps are a good value and look so much more high-end than their price tag suggests.  I'm planning for this sitting area to be a comfy spot for reading or relaxing, but there wasn't really a great spot for a table lamp, and even a floor lamp would be a little awkward.  Sconces were the perfect solution, and when I saw that these extended 25", I knew they were the perfect choice.  I seriously can't wait to get these hung!

That's it for this update, I really, really need to kick it into high gear!  


To Do: 
(not nearly enough crossed off here!)

DIY Upholstered Headboard
Bedding- Duvet, Bedskirt, Pillows
Make drapes
Switch out white blinds for bamboo shades
Update and paint nightstands
Ceiling Light
Find and install lamps and other lighting
Choose Rug
Refinish armoire
Add molding, prime and paint fireplace
Mount TV to wall
Sitting area gallery wall
Reupholster ottoman stools
Choose chair fabric and have reupholstered
Choose artwork/mirror for headboard wall
Add molding and repaint doors to bathroom
Accessories


Thank you to RugsUSA and Lamps Plus for working with me on this makeover, and thank you readers for supporting these companies that keep the projects coming around here!


Click here to check in on the other makeovers in progress today, and I'll see you tomorrow for my Spring Blogger Stylin' Home Tour!
   
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Monday, April 13, 2015

BETTER THAN CRAIGSLIST FIND


So you guys know I'm supposed to be working on my bedroom for the One Room Challenge, but things come up, and I get distracted and project hop.

Last week after picking up the kids from school, we turned on a street we don't normally drive down in the neighborhood to drop a friend off at home.  And it was big trash day. And I spied a pretty chest amid a pile of boxes on a curb.

We took our friend home, and I circled back around the block to get a better look.  After hopping out to take a look, I wrangled my daughter into helping me hoist it into the back of the truck (it was HEAVY for these two girls!).  Thus, the better than Craigslist... it was FREE!



I can tell it's old, antique, and a friend from Instagram suggested it might be a German design.  There was a box on top filled with a marble slab all wrapped up that fits across part of the top, but it was broken and only 1/2 of it was there.  The back half of the top has a wood piece across it, and it looks like there was something attached there at one time, but it's missing, too.  Also, the two back wheels were broken, but those are are pretty minor things.  



I originally stopped to look because my parents and sister have booths where they re-sell furniture, but by the time I got it loaded up I knew I'd be keeping it.  The handles and detail on the front are gorgeous.  It just needs a light sanding and re-coat of stain to restore it, and I think I'll pop what's left of the top off and replace it with a piece of marble for the entire top.  The front wheels that were ok are wooden casters, so I'm not sure if I'll replace the back ones or just remove them all.  

So, I've spent the past few days searching town for a marble remnant that won't break the bank.  Not much luck at stone yards, but I think I've come up with a solution.  Stay tuned...

I've had an eye out to replace this small dresser that's been in the living room, 



and I think this is just the piece.  I was ready to put a wood piece back in amidst all of the other painted furniture in the room.   A vision is forming in my head to make this corner really special.  I'm thinking something along these lines...


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Collins Interiors

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West Elm

I wish I was as talented as my friends Sarah and Julia at DIYing an abstract painting, but I might have to play around with it anyway and see what I can come up with.  

That's what happening, although I really need to get busy on something for my bedroom for this week.  Haven't done a thing since last week!  What do you think of my curbside find?


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