Showing posts with label my home. Show all posts
Showing posts with label my home. Show all posts

Monday, March 3, 2014

makeover monday: redecorating the entryway.

Meet our entryway. 

The house opens straight up into the "great" room leaving me with a little, tiny piece of wall with a mail slot to use as the entryway. So I thought to focus on the height instead of the width.

Mixing different pattens and textures helped tie the bench to wall decor, creating a strong vertical. Spraying the tray with chalkboard paint added sleekness and featuring brightly colored artwork gave some much needed boldness to the look.

In the process of decorating, I came up with an idea to glue a postcard to a framed canvas I had wrapped in scrap book paper years before. I really loved how it turned out and was super easy to put together. 

tip: Try experimenting with different ways to affix the postcard to the wrapped canvas. Sewing pins, washi tape and hand stitching are all great options that would give the art some dimension.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

new use for a china cabinet

I am 100% IN LOVE with this vintage China cabinet. As in, if it were human, Jim might have some competition. What?! Who am I kidding? Jim competes for my love against this China cabinet on a daily basis. 

Sigh. My heart be still.

We found it an an antique shop here in Sacramento (Midway Antiques) and I knew the second I saw it, we had to have it. For what? I didn't know. We don't have any China. Or linens. Or anything else to fit in this adorably small cabinet. But still, I NEEDED IT. Scouring my brain for ideas on how to justify the purchase, we finally ended up on using it as record player storage. PERFECT.

So here he sits in the corner of our dining room. I'm still on the fence about refinishing but for now, I'm liking what the wear and tear brings to the space. 

To keep the piece from looking drab, I added a modern vase and planter to the top of it. Then, to balance new with old, I added a few thrift store gems to mix until I got the combination I was looking for. So, so, SO happy with the end result.

OTHER OPTIONS: Using furniture in a new way adds an interesting twist on room decor. Cabinets, credenzas, dressers and bookcases can be used for all different types of storage, keeping your space feeling eclectic and less cookie cutter. Here are some other ideas for record player storage. 

(Or anything else you might need to contain.)

Monday, April 2, 2012

a bright new hutch.

Yet another piece of furniture I've had since I was little (dresser makeover posted here). This hutch (from This Ends Up) was great on storage but light on style. The combination of the simple shape and natural wood made this piece boring, dull and an eyesore.

It took me forever to make up my mind, but I finally ended up painting it with Ace Hardware's Fast Fortune. This turquoise hue added some character to the piece, brightened up the space and created some much needed drama to an otherwise boring, narrow workspace. 

Unfortunately, the rest of the space is still under major construction so I'm a little confined as to what shots I can take of it at the moment. Better photos should be coming soon.

To be honest, I didn't even bother sanded or priming the piece. I chose a flat finish, added two coats and sanded the edges and corners for natural-looking wear and tear. To accomplish this, I simply took a sanding block, gave the entire hutch a sand to bring out the raised wood grain and added more pressure while sanding over the corners and edges in certain places. Every so often, I would step back, assess the "wear and tear" and then sand wherever I felt needed more distressing. My hope is that over time, the piece will continue to age and distress organically. 

Because of the new desk, I was able to stick the printer inside the closed doors, leaving plenty of room for my interior design books, box of interior magazine clippings and the gazillion magazines I collect each year. I organized the books by color and stacked the magazines vertically and horizontally to create a composition that's both functional and pretty. A jar of seashells from my beach vacations finish the look.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

jewelry corner vignette.

One of most intriguing parts of interior design is the styling. Whether it's a dresser, vanity, shelf or entryway table, I'm mesmerized by how these tiny spaces are brought to life. A special moment set aside for your enjoyment. A little story on resting on top of your [insert piece of furniture here].

For the sake of simplicity, let's call these things vignettes. Small enough to glance over yet big enough to make or break a room's design. They're the spots in the room that suggest character, personality and tone. Get it? Good.

So how the heck do you create a gorgeous vignette?

This is what I'm hoping to figure out over the course of this Wednesday series. The goal is to take little areas within my own home, determine what's working and fix what's not.

Now, I'm not trying to discount styling as a profession. In fact, I believe there's a definite art to styling that you either have or you don't. This is why magazines like Real Simple, Elle Decor and House Beautiful  have their very own interior stylist(s) for photo shoots. Ladies like Emily Henderson, Clair Wayman, Megan Morton - y'all are my heroes.

Professional career path aside, isn't there a way the you and I's of the world can at least improve upon this talent? Aren't there a few tricks we could use to disguise our lack of expertise?

experiment #1: my jewelry corner

Here's the before. Unbalanced color and proportions, no obvious focal point and a little stagnant.

And the after. I worked on balancing the colors and proportions while at the same time creating a focal point that would move the eye across the entire vignette.  Gold was added to the shelf by hanging a small frame which also added some subtle height. I removed the large picture below the hanging jewelry to try add focus.  Greenery and wooden accents were added to the dresser to breakup all the white and continue moving the eye across the space. It's a little busy but I kind of like it that way since it's a jewelry corner. Maybe my next challenge will be minimizing accessories.

What does everyone think?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

endless dresser options

Oh, dresser. So close yet so far away.

Your handles tarnished, top scratched, finish tired and dated. You you have so much potential with your perfect size, classic shape and rounded edges yet I have no idea what to do with you.

Ok, that's not entirely true. I have ideas... I just can't decide on one. I know this side of the room needs a little personality, there are just so many different routes I can take to accomplish that. 

The dresser sits directly across from my bed so I can watch TV while trying to fall asleep. The other side of the room is filled with pattern and color, making it difficult to strike a balance and avoid the room from becoming overkill. 

I gave myself a deadline of THIS WEEKEND to come up with a refinishing plan for this thing so I can post the reveal first thing Monday. Here's where I'm at in the process. The main goal: refinish the piece to make a statement.

[bright pastel + distress adds color without being overbearing]

[multiple colored washes adds height and color but could 
look a little young if not refinished correctly]

[campaign-style finishes adds visual interest in a subtle way]

[dark color with gold piping adds sophistication]

[wood + paint keeps a natural element to the dresser while updating]

[add a simple graphic to give a simple piece more character]

[add label holders to increase detailing]

[add numbers to keep classic and maybe find a bright 
basket for laundry to add the color needed in that corner]

[two-toned stenciling to add pattern and movement]

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

workspace in progress.

I have to admit, I'm pretty proud of myself. Last weekend, I was crazy productive and started putting together my workspace (finally!). I was focused, determined and confident in how I wanted to pull it all together. Knowing it's a work in progress, I thought I'd share some shots to at least prove there isn't a pile of junk spanning across the entire area anymore. I still need to choose artwork and refinish some of the furniture but I'm really happy with how things are shaping up.

The biggest tip? Make sure to surround yourself with storage, inspiration and things that make you actually want to be there. After all, at the end of the day - it's still a place for work which can keep you from hanging out there.

[canvases are being changed to softer paintings with a lot of white space]
[most of the frames were spray painted white - still toying with whether to paint the two frames white]

[two cork boards on either side of the space for posting]

[canvas on the desk actual hides the power cords and internet]

Like I said, it's still a work in progress. I'm planning to tone down the artwork a lot - keeping the overall composition soft, minimalistic and filled with pastels. I want the environment to be serene yet inspiring. Like all my rooms, I don't want it to look completely pulled together because to me, that's boring. I feel most comfortable when things are a little disheveled and full of personality. Kind of giving off the same vibe as these spaces.

I've been browsing through my new favorite artwork site, society6, for some investment planning and inspiration pieces. The only thing that stinks is that I'm still on the hunt for a site with 4x6 and 5x7 pictures - anyone have any go-tos they're willing to share? Here's are some ideas I have for the artwork so far. 

As mentioned before, I'm also planning on refinishing my desk, the hutch (not pictured) and (maybe) my sewing machine. I have a couple of options up my sleeves but I'm still figuring out how to execute. I also managed to swipe a chair from the side of the road (yep, I'm that girl) that I plan to recover and refinish as well. 

As you can see, I'm headed down the eclectic road again, keeping the clutter balanced and manageable with a lot of white and repetitive shapes and color. I'm still tinkering around but hopefully I can pull together the final look within the next couple of weeks. 

What do you think so far?