Tuesday, February 11

Razzle Dazzle Me

Razzle Dazzle Bedroom

 I'm thinking of trying to participate in the One Room Challenge in April. This is my mood board for my bedroom. I'm not 100% sold on the paint color, BM Razzle Dazzle. I wanted something with great contrast. I really like pink. I'm afraid it skews teenager not middle aged woman. Maybe too much gold? Beth at Chinoiserie Chic has said that this color is sophisticated and a great pink to use. I always like her taste in design. Also she has a great series of pink and Chinoiserie right now. Such pretty eye candy!

I'm making a upholstered headboard in a black and white Chinoiserie print. It has gold in it also. The nightstands are Ikea Malm dressers with painted Overlays. There is a faux fur bench at the end of the bed. I'm thinking of getting another dog and the bench would help it get up on the bed. The gallery wall is of vintage Barbie prints. I worry that the brass dresser doesn't give me enough storage (which is at a premium in my house).  But I really like how it takes that corner of my room and makes it more of a sitting area. Which is funny because who am I kidding I will only use it to drop clothes on the chair and to put on shoes. I don't imagine myself with a cup of coffee and a book sitting in my bedroom reading. The white sheers have a burnt out zebra print. I think I'll replace the broken ceiling fan with a pretty lucite chandelier.

I've gone thru so many colors for this room: emerald green, multiple shades of purple, soft pink, gold, just black and white. I'm tired of my indecision!

So what do you think?

Tuesday, January 21

Happy Blogaversary!

Today is my 4 year blogging anniversary. Happy anniversary to me! You might not realize that I've been blogging for so long. There are lots of good posts in the archives if you are so inclined to do a little reading. I first started out blogging much more frequently but you can tell the times in my life I was focused on other things by the sparse posting. Now I just blog for a kind of visual diary of things happening in my life. My dreams of a blogging empire are in the distant past. Blogging on a regular basis takes a lot of work!

Wednesday, January 1

2014 - Do Something


What is it about setting goals for the year? 2013 I set some personal and house goals. I accomplished very little. Out of the 5 areas I wanted to focus my personal life I accomplished 2: I got a new job closer to home that meets my needs and I like and I lost about 28 pounds (although I'm sure I've gained several over the last 2 weeks!). The other 3 areas I made almost no progress and had quickly forgotten the goals shortly after making them. With the house goals I focused on areas that weren't part of my goals list and made little to no progress on the areas I said I was going to focus.

Things have to change. I love the process of setting goals however I think I set too many goals and quickly become overwhelmed with all the changes I need to make. And really I'm kinda lazy. I would much rather spend free time on my computer trolling Pinterest and Craigslist. I'm great at ideas and lousy at implementation. I even delay things like laundry and grocery shopping and general housework. I want to do things like take a sewing or cooking class but I hesitate for some reason. I'm kinda just watching life go by not actively living it.

There is a movement One Word 365 which advocates choosing one word to focus on for 2014. I really like this idea. Simple, to the point and easy to remember. I think my word for 2014 is DO.  I just need to get going.  I don't need to finish things. I'm not concerned with being "done" with something this year. I just want to make progress. I need to just get up and do something.

“What one does is what counts. Not what one had the intention of doing.”
Pablo Picasso

"Do it badly; do it slowly; do it fearfully; do it any way you have to, but do it.”
Steve Chandler, Reinventing Yourself: How To Become The Person You've Always Wanted To Be

“Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.”
Zig Ziglar

Wednesday, November 20

The Easiest DIY - Faceted Lantern

I'm in love with all the faceted / geometric terrariums and light fixtures which are so popular. I'm a little late to the bandwagon.  I've been wanting a gold candle lantern for my coffee table. It has to be brass and big and faceted and inexpensive. These from Restoration Hardware are beautiful. But at $179 for the medium size way out of my budget. I'm also pretty sure I can't use a candle in them with the top closed. Time to get my diy on!

I found this light fixture on eBay for $30 with shipping. I see them for sale all the time on Craigs List, except of course when I want one. I didn't want to drive too far and nothing was coming up locally so I went with eBay. It would probably be cheaper on Craigs List or at a thrift store if you are willing to wait a little while to find it.

I snipped the wires, unscrewed the light fixture part from the top canopy, flipped it upside down, plunked in a $3.99 candle and voila! I have a 17" tall, brass, faceted, candle lantern for $30. I'm pretty pleased with myself. It really makes an impact.

I'm one step closer to having enough do-dads to style up my square coffee table. As you know I'm kinda a minimalist so I don't really have any extra accessories around (except for several vintage items no longer my style that I think I'll sell on Etsy/eBay "some day"). I've got a round planter and a round-ish lantern and I think I need one other item to fill out the display. Styling accessories is not my forte so I'm kind of winging it. The last item will consist of some magazines or books or a tray with something decorative on it. I'm not sure what. I was thinking of a foo dog or a pair of foo dogs. But I have the elephant stool and a new, large zebra (I'm so excited. It was delivered Saturday so pictures soon!) in the room, plus all the bird prints on the wall. Maybe its enough wild life without the foo dogs? This is were I'm at now. It's pretty basic. My laptop lives on the coffee table when it's not on my lap. I couldn't get a picture where my dog Sebastian wasn't photo bombing. Smile!

What's your favorite coffee table styling tip? I could use all the help I can get!

Friday, November 15

Michael Kors Purse Look-a-Like

I'm in love with this Michael Kors purse for $298 (currently on sale for $178 at Nordstrom). But even at 40% off its way too expensive for me.

I found this great substitute at Old Navy for $20 when it was on sale with 30% off last week.

It doesn't have the additional long shoulder strap that the Michael Kors bag has but its fine without it. It looks much better in person. The vinyl could really pass for leather (unless you are holding and feeling it) and its more slouchy when you are carrying it. (I was surprised that the purse was $7 cheaper in the store than online. I found that about several items. I think in the future I'll shop in person at Old Navy.)

Anyway I'm very happy with my new purse. It won't last as long as a leather handbag, but I like to switch up my bags every season so a $20 purse is just perfect for me.

Find any good look-a-likes lately?

Wednesday, November 13

Ohio University Marching Band - Ylvis The Fox

OMG have you seen this? I was such a band geek in Jr & Senior High School. I was in  marching band in Jr. High but in Senior High I was in the flag corp. Seriously this has me laughing. I would have loved to see it in person. The choreography is great. What a work out to perform it!

Tuesday, October 22

Dining Room Chairs

I'm so excited. I purchased a new car on Saturday. I've been driving my 2001 Saturn since the summer of 2000. It only had 105,000 miles but was starting to have maintenance and reliability issues. It was time.

I'm thrilled with the car (not so thrilled with having a car payment again). It's a 2014 Ford Focus Hatchback. Yippie! A Hatchback!! I can now more easily buy/sell furniture. I put it to the test on Sunday when I purchased six large dining chairs.

5 fit into the car. I was very pleased with all the cargo room.

These have tall backs and wide seats. Very comfortable. They need some work. They are filthy and the finish requires some scratch cover. Obviously the upholstery needs to be replaced. I love the scale and the design on the back. I brought one chair upstairs from the basement so I could see how it looked in the dining room and they really make a statement - which is what I wanted. I can't wait to have the time to bring these beauties back to life. I've already got the fabric for the upholstery, Tommy Bahama Home Ebb & Flow Peninsula from Fabric.com

I love how it has all the blues and greens in my house in one fabric. I am a little concerned that its too busy with the detailed back of the chairs. Of course I bought the fabric prior to purchasing the chairs (why do I do that?) so it is what it is.  So even though I hadn't really planned on working on my dining room this year, in the last few months I purchased a new china cabinet, new rug, new decor for the bar cart, new drapes and have picked out a new light fixture. The only "old" thing left is the table (which I love and will be keeping), the wall color (which I want to repaint - maybe white) and the art work (which needs help). Maybe in the next couple weeks I can show off the completed chairs in their new room.

How was your weekend? Buy anything new?
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