DIY: burlap-covered vases

Flipping through the March issue of Coastal Living, I fell in love with these bleached burlap-covered vases from Aero Home:

I got to thinking how easy it would be to make similar ones myself instead of paying upwards of $50 for the ones featured above.  This project cost me $0 because I had all the items I needed on hand already, but burlap costs next to nothing and you can find glass vases at TJMaxx for less than $5, so all-in-all, this is a really inexpensive project.  Take a look at how mine came out.  As candleholders: 

 ...or for flowers (rather, in my case, ornamental grass):

All you need is burlap, a cylindrical glass vase, hem tape and some crazy glue. When measuring your burlap, be sure to add an additional two inches to the total length, to allow for a one-inch hem at the top and the bottom.  Fold your bottom hem one inch and iron.

Repeat at the top. 

Lay your hem tape inside the hem and press in place with your iron.

Lay your vase against one end... and gently roll the vase along the rest of the burlap.  (I used a large paperclip to keep the top half of the fabric in place)...

Using the crazy glue very sparingly, glue along the edges of the fabric and press in place:

And you're done!  Happy crafting!


glossy black doors

There is nothing more chic, elegant or welcoming, in my opinion, than a pair of gorgeous, glossy black doors, but how about on the inside of a house?  Ever since I saw this foyer in the Michigan home of designer Stephen Knollenberg, I've been completely smitten with the idea:

We have French doors in our living room that open inward to a screened-in porch out back.  In the spring and fall, I love to have them both wide open and enjoy the fresh air.  As soon as the temperatures get a little higher here, I'm painting the outside of the doors black, so that when they are open, we'll be able to enjoy their glossy gorgeousness.  Here are a few other photos I've collected as inspiration:

Thom Filicia's lake house:


Thomas O'Brien:

Windsor Smith via House Beautiful:

House Beautiful:

Peri Wolfman and Charles Gold: 

Elle Decor:

Daniel Brisset via Candadian House and Home: 


inspiration: skirted table

Lately, I've been completely obsessed with the clean, crisp look of skirted tables.  And, I have to admit, the extra storage underneath is an added bonus for me.  So, after painting the console table in my entry way four times and still not being satisfied with it, I decided to bite the bullet and make a table skirt, instead.  When I walked into Vieuxtemps in Charleston and saw this table, I was sold: 

I found this Jefferson linen fabric for 50% off at Hancock Fabrics and snatched up the rest of the bolt before the poor sales lady could say, "Can I help you?"  And now here is my skirt, in my foyer, in all her gauzy glory, waiting for some friends, in the form of lamps, pictures and gray/blue grasscloth wallpaper:

Here are a few other photos that helped feed my inspiration.  This one by Erika Powell of Urban Grace Interiors is, by far, my favorite:

Grant K. Gibson: 


Tom Scheerer:

Palmer Weiss:  


Tracery Interiors:

T. Keller Donovan:

Melanie Pounds:

And last, but not least...Jenny, from one of my favorite blogs, Little Green Notebook, created a simple, elegant skirt for a small table in her entryway.   


lake house effect

The kitchen of this Lake Martin, Alabama, house, designed by Tracery Interiors, has been all over blogland since it was featured a few months back in Food & Wine.  It's not hard to see why: reclaimed oak beams, open shelving and pine plank walls help make this brand-new lake house look like it's been in the family forever.  My favorite part is that striking butler's pantry with its 12-foot ceilings, tons of storage and custom rolling ladder-perfection! 

See more of Tracery Interiors portfolio here.


modern bird studios

The first time I ever saw the work of Modern Bird Studios was when Erin of Elements of Style commissioned them to do a painting of her pups, here.  I was instantly smitten.  I've always decorated my client's homes, as well as my own, with personal items that hold special meaning so I'm even more drawn to these one-of-a-kind, hand painted pieces, which are reproduced from your own photographs!  I can't think of a better gift that would be treasured for years to come-wedding photos, new baby, children, pets, you name it.  You can see more of their amazing work on their website or on facebook:

(Of course, the first two I post are of adorable puppas!!)