7.25.2014

Lovely Links


It's moving day over here! Even though life is the crazy right now, I couldn't resist sharing a few of my favorite finds and projects with y'all. Hope you enjoy them!

1 |  I'm loving how Jenna Sue used fancy molding to take a plain jane IKEA mirror to vintage-y awesome. It looks like a pretty simple project and makes the mirror look way more expensive than it was!


2 | Kelly always cracks me up with her posts, and this post on styling bookshelves using ACTUAL books (rather than just pretty things...books do belong on bookshelves after all) is hilarious and super helpful.


3 | Call me crazy, but I have a hard time justifying paying $199 for a floor pouf - especially one that I could probably make myself. I fell in love with the look of this one from West Elm this week (thanks to The Hunted Interior for pointing it out!) and I may try my hand at making a similar one soon!


4 | This is one beautiful home. It looks so inviting and I'm definitely taking notes on the design and decor for our home.


5 | Small home design is always on the brain these days and I love the idea of using a piece of furniture with good storage under a TV. A dresser like this fabulous coral-orange one? Looks good to me! P.S. here are some other ideas for making spaces work harder in a small home!


6 | I'm thinking I might want to take on this DIY hammock project. Now where to put it is the question...


7 | I came across Emily Jeffords's art this week on domino and immediately fell for her modern impressionist works. Aren't the pretty? You can buy prints of the originals on Minted.


8 | This is a cool technique for creating a Batik dye tapestry.


Happy weekend, y'all! Hopefully we'll get settled into our new Philadelphia home this weekend and be back to share some updates next week!

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7.23.2014

We're On The Move!


Hey there y'all! I can't believe it, but it's time for us to make the big move from DC to Philadelphia (via the river house, of course) this week. It's bittersweet to be leaving this temporary home of ours at the river house - we've loved being here for nearly three months - but we're also looking forward to starting this new chapter. I can't wait to share our new house and snippets of life in Philly with you soon, but it'll probably take a few days to get things going and get our internet set up. I'll be back next week sometime and hopefully share some progress! In the meantime, I've got some lovely links to share with you on Friday, so be sure to come back and catch some inspiring projects, favorite finds, etc. then.

Thanks for hanging with me as we transition to our new stomping grounds a few hours north. Changes are a-comin'! :)

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7.21.2014

Metal Card Catalog to Side Table {Makeover}


About a month ago, I happened upon a really sad looking, rusty three drawer metal card catalog on the side of the road. I couldn't resist the urge to stop and pick it up, so I did, not quite knowing what I'd do with it. I knew it could be awesome with a new paint job - there was so much potential for this cool vintage card catalog! Then it dawned on me - what if I put legs on it and turned it into a side table? I looked into metal hairpin legs, but the total price for the four I wanted ended up being more than I was willing to spend, so it was back to the drawing board. I started thinking creatively about what I could use for a stand and then I came across the perfect black outdoor iron table at an antiques mall nearby. The legs were a very similar style to the hairpin ones I'd been looking at and the price was much friendlier :). The dimensions were right on target for the card catalog to sit on top - it was like they were made for each other!


Ready for the before of the card catalog? Don't say I didn't warn you about the nastiness...


Rust and flaky paint was the name of the game here. It had definitely seen better days, so I gave it a good sand with some rough sandpaper to get rid of some of the rust and smooth out the surface.



I managed to get much of the rust and flaky paint off (there were some areas that just wouldn't sand out), and I'm actually really ok with the imperfections that were left.

Then it was time for a new coat of paint. I primed it with a couple of thin coats of white primer (Kilz water-based) and then chose Krylon's "Smoke Gray" spray paint for the color. It took nearly two cans and four thin coats to get the coverage I wanted, but I LOVE the color and the satin finish. For the base (the outdoor table) I didn't prime or sand - all it needed was two coats of the smoke gray spray paint.


The only tricky part I had to deal with when it came to painting was the drawer pulls. They weren't removable, so instead of trying to cover them up and spray paint around them, I painted them the same smoke gray color and then painted them with some gold acrylic craft paint (using a craft paint brush). I was a little nervous about how they'd turn out, but the technique ended up working beautifully! They almost look like brass.


Once everything was dry, I put the card catalog on top of the outdoor table and I was done! I think these two pieces were made for each other. I'll probably screw the two together at some point in the future to make sure the top stays attached, but it's just resting on top for now.


I'm not sure where this lovely table's home will be once we move to Philadelphia, but I can't wait to incorporate it somewhere. I'm thinking it might be a great bedside table for our guest room.





Not too shabby for a roadside pickup, huh? I think the gold pulls are my favorite part. What do you think? Would you put a piece like this in your home?



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7.18.2014

Lovely Links

Happy Friday y'all! I'm so excited for this weekend to be here because we're hosting our third annual summer weekend at the river with a bunch of friends from Richmond. There are twelve of us this time around, so it'll be a full house! What are you up to this weekend?

Before I head off to play hostess for the weekend, I wanted to share my favorite links and finds of the week with y'all. Enjoy!

1 |  Jen's round-up of washi tape project goodness has me wanting to get more creative with my little collection. I'm still loving the washi tape greek key trim I added to my DIY desk a few weeks ago, so maybe there will be more projects soon :).


2 | Given the fact we will be renting for at least the next couple of years, I'm always on the hunt for fun, rental-friendly decorating ideas. This changeable clipboard wall would work really well I think. Command hooks, anyone?


3 | This is a great tip on how to take great photos even in the brightest of light - perfect for photographing those beach vacations. Can't wait to try it out!


4 | Sometimes it's ok to let the photos do the talking when it comes to DIY tutorials. Katie Bower's cute chair makeover is a great example.


5 | Oooo. Coral front door? Yes. please. This is just one of many beautiful images of a beautiful home you can see over here.


6 | I think I found my next art project. An ampersand made out of gold thumb tacks. Yes.


7 | I love this IKEA hack made with Stikwood. Have y'all seen that product? It's reclaimed wood that's been cut down to really thin planks with strips of adhesive attached to the back for easy application. I'm dying to find a project to use it on...


8 | This home tour is gorgeous. It's light, airy, super chic and glamorous all at the same time. I especially loved the kids rooms. (Click over for more images of the home!)


That'll do it for today! Have fabulous weekends, y'all!

*Please remember to pin from the original source if you like any of these links!

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7.16.2014

{Inspiration} Small Spaces That Pack A Lot of Punch

The countdown to moving is ON. We head to Philadelphia next weekend! Ever since we signed the lease on our little house, I've been brainstorming about how to make it our home. The house clocks in at just about 1,000 square feet, so each space is going to have to be hard-working to function well and look good at the same time.  Even though we've been living in a small space in DC, the space is set up so differently in this one that I feel like I'm starting from scratch in terms of decorating and organizing (that's not a bad thing!). I've been rounding up some inspiration on small homes that do design, space planning and organization well, and I wanted to share a few of my favorite images and why they work with y'all today.

Let the fun begin!

1 | Up the seating capacity in the living room with low profile and mobile items like these poufs. They don't take up much space, and provide comfortable landing spots for extra company.



2 | Go vertical! Install open shelving in kitchens, living room walls, bathrooms or above other furniture, or bring in some freestanding bookshelves (no doors - keep the space looking open).





3 | Define spaces even where there isn't technically one. Entryways are perfect examples of this. Small homes (including our future one!) often lack them. This helps keep things organized and functional.

{BHG}

{BHG}


4 | Get creative with storage. Platform beds with cubbies? Check. Magnetic strips to hang knives in the kitchen? Yes please. Using furniture in unexpected ways? Why not.






As you can see, there are lots of ways to maximize space, function and efficiency while preserving (and creating!) beauty. I love the idea of a good challenge when it comes to making small homes as functional as possible. Stay tuned for how we make ours work well for us!

And if you're in the market for more ideas on this topic, I just created a new Pinterest board called "Small House Inspiration" where I'll be pinning my finds. Come follow it here.

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