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Painted Planter DIY

I finally getting around to posting the process of the planter I posted not long ago, which was featured in Design*Sponge’s Painter’s Tape DIY Contest. The design was inspired by Solanum pyracanthum (if anything ever happens to it I’ll be beside myself as I can’t stop talking about it). While it is small now, we’re looking forward to the day it is large and bushy, and we found a lovely small blue glazed ceramic pot for it’s current home. I wanted the permanent pot to be as unique as the plant itself. Keeping with a complimentary blue palette I picked three shades of blue and blue/green for the chevron pattern. I also wanted to simulate the beautiful orange spikes in an abstract manner and I choose mint green and orange for those.

We found a Madagascar palm on sale recently and it’s the perfect plant to live in the pot while the S. pyracanthon continues to grow. Based on photos we’ve seen of Madagascar palms, we’re going to need a much larger pot in the not too distant future.

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Sneak Peek – Painted chevron and spikes clay pot

Here is sneak peek at a painting project I worked on last week… which took a week to complete! I’m very happy with it and I’ll share the rest of the project in the next couple of weeks.

Project hoarding

I found this chair on Craigslist for a few bucks and have visions of redoing it with some awesome fabric and paint. I think it has great potential and if it doesn’t work we can donate it to Habitat. More to come…

Monsters in the closet

It happened again, I hit storage maximum capacity in the room. There was nowhere to turn but the closet of doom. What laid behind this door terrified me more than Sulley ever could and I’m afraid that even he wouldn’t work from this closet.

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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.

Fabric for the old footstools.

I LOVE vintage barkcloth. To be honest, I haven’t been actively looking for any. Instead, I have been gathering fabric samples from some of the local stores that sell fabric for home decor. I found a few that I love, one in particular. I was on the fence with it as it was a woven blood red vinyl and would have gone perfectly with the walls, but I’m waffling with red right now. The room is primarily white/black/blue/greens/wood with a touch of red. The red may be too overpowering but WOW it would be awesome. We were out picking up supplies and using coupons yesterday when I ran into this delightful vintage barkcloth feel fabric at Hancock’s and it was 50% off (it is normally $35 a yard)! We had a yard cut and I mocked up the stool with the intended hexagonal tray and new lamps


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Now I’m thinking I may still get the vinyl for just in case. I should probably check for sales as it’s $50.00 a yard currently.

One day we’ll frame the old paint-by-number paintings!

Apartment Therapy’s Room for Color Contest

We decided enter the breakfast nook in Apartment Therapy’s Room for Color contest and we got the email that we’re in! I did email them to ask about the magazine and if it was a conflict of interest and I never heard back so I felt that was a green light. Each of the 4 division winners will receive a $1,000 gift card from Farrow & Ball. They carry some wallpaper that I’ve had my eye on for some time now and this would allow us to buy it (we’d be able to do an accent wall). We didn’t win anything monetary for the other, just bragging rights. I promise I’m not trying to be greedy, I just want some of that wallpaper. 🙂


Click on the link or the photo to take you to our page!

I am also going to use this opportunity to mention my friend Eve and her gloriously colorful bedroom. *You can favorite/vote for more than one entry, even in each division.*

I am going to let Puss-Puss ask for your votes!

The Breakfast Nook

We’ve been dealing with buying a new refrigerator for my mother’s condo the last couple of days. Not exactly what we were expecting when we woke up Monday morning, but we love the tenants and needed get them something ASAP. Lowe’s made it happen, as did the Lowe’s card.

Anyway, I’ve been meaning to make the breakfast nook post for sometime but the Charleston Home Magazine site needed to be updated. We got our copy of the magazine just before the beginning of the month. It’ll be available until the spring and the online version of the article can be found HERE. That was a helpful hint to go buy a copy! The photos were taken by Julia Lynn. Check out her site, her work is wonderful. We had a wonderful time working with Julia and Ellen, the magazine’s director. Thanks again for selecting our space!

Charleston Home Magazine

I took some new photos of the room last week and I’ll share them with you along with some of the history of various elements in the room.

It started with an inspiration photo featuring the shelves and then veered way off course. The shelves were purchased from Pottery Barn and as much as I love them, they were a splurge. I found this DIY solution on Pinterest that may serve as inspiration. Other new purchases include the rug, chairs and seat cushions, all purchased from World Market. Paint color is Wasabi by Valspar.

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Sneak Peek – Dining room chairs

We also finished the dining room chairs, which have been sitting in the garage with what looked like a terrible case of diaper rash for a year! It’s an entertaining story and I will be more than happy to share it on Monday with more a few more photos. In the meantime, here’s a reference photo of their previous incarnation.

Bon Weekend – Flurries of activity.

We’ve finished several projects over the last couple of weeks and I think we’re good to say that the entry/stairs are finished for the moment. I’m happy with how everything looks right now and I’m sure we’ll add a few things down the road. We also need to add the rocks to the boot tray (which was purchased from Crate & Barrel).

I do have some touch-up work on the kick plates as taping appears to have been a giant fail on several steps.

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