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Friday
Nov232012

diy: gilded picture frame

I hope you all had a wonderful Turkey Day!  For those of you uninterested in the chaos that is Black Friday, how about a little DIY? Old picture frames and spray paint go together like peas and carrots, but I've got a twist for you today!  I love gilded picture frames, so I thought I'd try my hand at giving a little golden TLC to a 20x30 frame that is currently black.  The result is subtle and oh, so pretty! To start, I gave the frame a good sanding with 400-grit paper:

Next, I sprayed two light coats of this, my favorite gold spray paint.  Be sure to keep the coats light to ensure no drips!

The gold was beautiful enough on its own...

...but I really wanted to see how it would look with a little "gilding", so, using a foam brush, I brushed on a light coat of stain in dark walnut, then wiped it back with a rag:

The stain really got into the crevices on the inner part of the frame and as a little added benefit, unbeknown to me, sanding it before created a beautiful crackling effect in the corners, which was highlighted beautifully by the stain:

A little bit of stain really did go a long way in creating a subtle, antiqued feel:

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Stay tuned for a giveaway on the blog on Monday!

Tuesday
Nov202012

inspired: turkey day

Can you believe Thanksgiving is two days away?  I am not hosting dinner this year which is kind of a bummer because last year I loved having family in town-the more is always the merrier in my house!  I can honestly tell you, though, that more thought and preparation went into decorating last year than planning for the actual feast!  Whether you've already got your list prepared to host this year or you're going to break bread at friend's and family's houses, here is some beautiful Thanksgiving-inspired pretties I can't get enough of this season:

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Jenny Steffens Hobick

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Friday
Nov162012

mark d. sikes: it's all in the details

I fell head over heels in love with designer Mark D. Sikes home the moment I saw it gracing the cover of House Beautiful last January.  This house has gotten some serious love online, thanks to the fabulous Heather Clawson who posted pics here and here from her personal tour and then again last week when it was featured in the November issue of Lonny.  Light, bright and airy,it's easy to see why we can't get enough of this amazing abode in the Hollywood Hills- it's the perfect combination of East Coast chic and California cool. What I love most about this house is the fact that it isn't overly styled to death-it's got a lived-in look, layered with treasures collected from travels, fabulous art, books everywhere the eye can see, a pretty impressive magazine collection and perfectly styled vignettes galore!  When it comes to attention to detail, Sikes is king.  Here's why:

 

Here are my picks for creating a similar look:

Capri chair / Catamaran rug / Garden stool / Coral / Seagrass baskets / Isabella daybed /

Boxwood topiary/ White beaded dinner platesHurricanes /

 

All photos by Patrick Cline for Lonny Mag.

Wednesday
Nov142012

sneak peek: fit for a princess

Over the last few weeks, we've made some major headway on this nursery for a baby girl who will be making her debut in a few weeks and I have to say, I'm super excited with how well everything is coming together!  This is, by far, the tightest budget with which I've ever had to work, so we stuck to the basics  like refinishing the crib, changing table and dresser myself, hanging tissue paper pom poms that I made for the shower and then splurging on a fabulous crystal chandelier to really add some drama and bring everything together! We still have some tweaking to do, some art to hang and a gallery wall to fill with pictures, but here are a few sneak peeks of the progress we've made so far (I apologize, in advance, for the dark pictures...it was dark and rainy the day I took these!):

The graywashed crib is assembled and dressed:

Tissue paper pom poms add drama and height above a rocking chair so baby girl can have something to look at while feeding:

A crystal chandelier bounces light and adds just the right amount of sparkle:

What was once a yellowed, oak dresser and changing table have now found new life with a coat of chalky white paint and vintage glass knobs:

I cut an 8-foot, 1 1/2 inch dowel rod to use as a curtain rod and then painted and graywashed it the same shade as the crib so white curtain panels from Ikea really pop.  It's such an inexpensive (the rod cost less than $10) alternative to much pricier curtain hardware:

I promise to post more pictures once we are completely done. 

Hope you are all having a wonderful week-happy hump day!

Monday
Nov122012

rug roundup

There are a few key items that really tie a room together and make it feel complete - for me, they happen to be window treatments, fabulous lighting and, of course... rugs!  Area rugs define a space, add warmth and are a great way to infuse a little color and personal style to your room.  I've always been a fan of seagrass rugs for their durability and texture, but lately, I'm especially loving them layered with patterned contemporary rugs on top.  RugsUSA and Home Decorators are two great sources-here are a few great finds at even better prices!

You can never go wrong with stripes and you can't beat the price of this black and white beauty from Ikea - and it's finally back in stock! 

 Love a good chevron?  These three have my mouth watering!

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I will never get tired of trellis rugs.  This one comes in a ton of colorways-here are my top three favorites:

It took a while for me to jump on the ikat bandwagon a few years back, but I wasted no time falling in love with this wool ikat rug!  I am dying for a client to take the plunge (hint, hint fabulous clients!):

Wool medalion dhurries are casual yet stunning, with just enough pattern and color to add a pop to a neutral space:

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I love, love, LOVE the Souk Rug by West Elm-it's super soft underfoot and looks amazing in any space.  If you like to switch your rugs for the season, this beauty should be gracing your floors this Fall and Winter!

Happy Shopping!