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Crystal Ball DIY via Flamingo Toes Tutorial

This delightful DIY project from Flamingo Toes was making rounds on Pinterest while I was working on our Brooklyn Limestone feature. I didn’t have time to try it while immersed on getting everything ready, so I tried it this weekend and I’m pleased with the results!

I’m thinking one of the few benefits to having Christmas decorations out before Halloween is that I could find glass ornaments at Jo-Ann’s. Armed with my 40% off coupon, a trip to the thrift store for brass candleholders and a stop for flat black paint, I was set to start the project.

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One more from last week

We picked up two vintage marble top plant stands last week in desperate need of some TLC on the legs. We bought them from the same place we bought the bar cart, magazine rack and some other odds and ends. I’m envisioning these living in the breakfast nook, in front of the curtain panels, but one may also go in the living room. I can’t decide which color direction I should go with the paint… a shade of red or maintain a gold/champagne tone.

This gorgeous bar cart before & after on Design*Sponge has me thinking of revisiting it’s ‘golden’ years.

D*S photo credit…

Dirt therapy

We’ve spent time every day this week working to reclaim the back yard. We brought the plants off the porch to give them a taste of the outside and will hopefully take the plastic down this weekend. It’s exciting to see life popping up from their winter hibernation. Several stalks of ginger are quite high at the moment as well as the canna.

I decided to pull together some of my favorite photos from last year to inspire us to make it bigger and greener this year! It feels great to have dirt under my nails again. 🙂

Monday, Monday

I’ve whined a time or two about the lack of styling in the photos I take for my pillows and now bags. I started brainstorming last week and decided to try a sheet of MDF for the background. I can use it upstairs until we can give it a permanent home on the wall in the garage and a small area of floor space in which we can stage chairs and small tables to set the products. I’m going to go for white and I think I can finally put this stencil to use!

Hopefully I will be able to start working on this toward the end of the week. Progress photos to come!

I stumbled upon that lovely bit of inspiration while on my daily cruise around Pinterest.

Delve into 2012

Guest Room
Some time this year I hope we can address the guest room, which is downright pitiful. I’ve been dreaming of this palette for a while now. I’m jonsing for a pop of color upstairs.


{ Unfortunately, I do not have the photo credit for the room in the top of the montage as I saved it a long time ago. The bottom left photo is from desire to inspire and the bottom right is from Canadian House & Home via Creamy Life. Fabric was found on Calico Corners. }

What we’re hoping to accomplish:
Paint the walls using the shadow stripping method like we used in the bedroom. I don’t know right now if we’ll use a stencil, an angular design or go free hand.
DIY headboard.
Louvered door for the closet.
Pelmet box. { Illustration forthcoming! }
Roman shades and drapes.
Finish tables – knobs and mirrored tops.
Seating and console table/dresser.
Ceiling fan.
Lighting – don’t have any clue as to what this will look like yet.

We’ll get to addressing the living room and the master bedroom/bath {mom’s domain} soon!

Bon Weekend – Urchin for details

I was putting together another ‘Delve into 2012’ post dedicated to the upstairs guest room. I went to snag the URL for the bedside tables and mocked myself for never buying the seafoam Urchin Test knobs (and are we sure they’re not poppy pods?) from Anthropologie. I’d had them on my wish list since they came out and I watched as they dropped from $8 to $2.95 and stayed glued to my seat with inactivity until they were no longer available. I googled them for an image source when I stumbled upon them at the site. What? I got greedy and immediately placed an order for 8 and I was told there weren’t that many remaining, so I tried again and selected 4. Hurray, the order went through. I was ecstatic. I got my confirmation email and was happy. Later in the evening I received the tracking info and saw that only three were shipping. I didn’t care, I really only wanted two in the first place and was happy to have an extra… just in case. I decided to click on the item link and was greeted with ‘We’re sorry. This item is no longer available’. Did I just score the last three seafoam colored knobs? I don’t know, but I do know I’m pretty stoked right now.

Cheers to them arriving safely and going on the tables without issue! I think they’ll look quite awesome.

We still need to add mirrored tops to the tables.

Monday, Monday

I tried to spend the weekend working on new pieces for the upcoming Lowcountry Artist Market, but I’m encountering some unexpected issues but I’m going to push ahead.

We stopped by one of the local antique malls to check if they’d gotten in some new jewelry pieces (that I’m using in a few wrist cuffs) and we found this gorgeous pair of milk glass lamp bases. Of course, now I want them to flank the sides of the bed and not mount the gooseneck lamps (whenever we get them finished!).

Michael is going to clean and rewire them and I need to start my search for the perfect lamp shades. I ultimately want a foiled lined interior, something like this awesome DIY shade. Part of me would like to have lining color, similar to this Heathfield oval silk lined shade:

If anyone can help me find colored metallic adhesive backed vinyl, I’d be greatly appreciative. My Google-Fu has not been as successful.

Earlier this year I fell in love with the hexagonal trays featured in the image below for the Arianne Organic Duvet Cover & Sham in the Pottery Barn catalogue and wanted to incorporate something like them for the bedside stools. I’ve been scouring the intarwebs trying to find them, but haven’t. I want to believe they’re Jonathan Adler trays, but I haven’t found any that are the two-toned. Even if we did find them on his site there is no way we could afford a pair anytime soon.


Click on the image to go to the Potter Barn page and a magnified view.

We stumbled upon these two wooden trays a couple weeks back for $5.99 for the pair. I couldn’t get them into our cart fast enough! We’re going to strip and paint them. I don’t know if we’ll try the ‘distressed’ edges look. At the rate my mind changes, anything is likely!

We have several more projects to start, such as the cool little light fixture we found to go over mom’s bathtub. It needs a lot of work but I think it will be perfect in the space. Her bathroom is pretty vanilla and she’s desperate for something that will encourage her to spend more time soaking in the awesome tub, now that she can get in it. We’re only too happy to help her!

I hope everyone has a fabulous week. I’m going to predict this week will be a little light on posts as I have so, so much to do!


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Starz

stars

I had a couple of posts I wanted to share today but I’m going to save them till later in the week. I snapped a photo of the stars from the LED light strand we used from the project I posted yesterday because I think we can do something with them in the bedroom. I love the pattern/layering effect of the plastic. Me thinks it will do well with the walls.

Bucket Birdhouse

I was trying to catch up on a little blog reading this morning (I’m woefully behind) and found this AWESOME birdhouse tutorial via Brooklyn Limestone. I love it and I absolutely want to see a version made using only found/upcycled parts.

{ Photo taken from Blue Roof Cabin. }

Science & Art

The first lamp arrived on Saturday. I gotta say, it’s not just a lamp, it’s a work of art. Seriously, this is the kind of stuff that makes us giddy and the thought of breaking it down and carefully restoring it to it’s former glory is very inspiring. The photos are of the lamp having just been pulled out of the box, so it’s a little dusty.

Gooseneck lamp

As we suspected from looking at the original photo, the shade and socket are brass. We aren’t sure about the neck and base just yet. The Mason’s emblem is in pretty good shape. The cord is an entertaining patch job and we would replace it with cloth covered wire if it weren’t going on the wall. Then again, we have that second lamp coming in…

Gooseneck Lamp

The socket has a porcelain insulator inside and is in wonderful condition other than needing a good cleaning and new wiring, and we’re so using it. In the second photo, Michael is trying to clean the plastic switches with GOJO to see if they’re made of Bakelite. It works the same way that using Scrubbing Bubbles in that whatever you’re using to rub the cleaner on with will turn yellowish. GOJO cleans Bakelite to a beautiful shine, and maybe I’ll be able to convince Michael to post the process of when he buffed the dial of his new Variac. His first attempt tells us no, but he’s going to try it again now that the socket unit is completely disassemlbled.

I hope this won’t take too long as I want to declare our room finished for this phase. Garden weather is upon us!

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