Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wordless Wednesday {Dutch Tile Blue, SW}

Paint Color SW 0031 Dutch Tile Blue from Sherwin-Williams

Monday, April 28, 2014

Meaningful Mother's Day {Minted+Every Mother Counts}

Back in January I had the privilege of meeting Christy Turlington Burns and learning about the stellar mission of Every Mother Counts. I was immediately moved by their passion and dedication to get to the core of improving health care for Mothers throughout the World. 

Go here to see Every Mother Counts' Hands On Projects that are making a difference in Women's 

and Children's lives.

{I think I look cross-eyed in this picutre...I'm standing next to a super model...don't judge me ;) }
For Mother’s Day 2014, Minted has pledged to donate 20% of all of their art sales to the Every Mother Counts organization, a wonderful partnership and promotion. 

Go to Minted to view all of their amazing, independent artist prints.


If you use the code at check-out today,  you will also receive a downloadable card to let your Mom’s know that a donation to Every Mother Counts was made in her name.


Christy's Favorites...

My favorite...

Highway Wildflowers by Kelli Hall

Happy Mother's Day to all Mothers Everywhere!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Year of Change Challenge April {Refurbished Furniture REVEAL}

It’s the last Friday of the month which means it’s time for us to show the results from this month’s Year of Change challenge! If you missed out on the first couple of months, here’s a recap. I've teamed up with Suburban BitchesLife on Virginia Street and Rosa Beltran Design to bring small projects your way that can be accomplished in less than a month’s time.  They may be small projects but they'll have a BIG IMPACT in each room. On the first Friday of each month we’ll introduce the latest challenge and on the last Friday we’ll each reveal our projects. Our hope is that the Year of Change Challenge can help you bring big change to your home, one manageable month at a time.
Last month (March) we challenged ourselves to transform a space using one of the stencils provided by Cutting Edge Stencils. If you missed out on our stencil projects reveal last month check out RosaSarah’s, Tricia's and Erin's gorgeous designs and my own stencil project here . I think the stencil challenged really proved how something as simple as stenciling a wall can make a huge change to a space; which is what the Year of Change Challenge is all about!
For April’s challenge we went with revamping a piece of furniture. It could be something small, something big, something that you already had, something you found on Craig’s List or at a garage sale or maybe even something from Ikea that you just wanted to hack up. 
And in April we added a  fun new twist on our challenges – a guest designer for each month! For April we were thrilled to have Amanda from Recycled Consign & Design as part of our team. Who better to have join us in April than the queen of vintage furniture?

Amy's April Refurbish Furniture Reveal

This cane back chair is one of my favorite pieces that I own. It was heavily damaged in our last move as you can see in the following pictures. 

The original cane wasn't salvageable. I went ahead and used new (non-hand) caning from Van Dyck's and A LOT of woodglue.  I loved the worn patina of the chair, so after glue, putty and sanding I only touched up in a minor way with chalk paint.

At first, I was going to use this trellis fabric that I've had kicking around. But it just didn't have the right feel...the geometric pattern was fighting the caning and proved to me too monochromatic for me. 

I selected a still neutral but more lively Indigo and Gray Striae Ikat pattern. 
Robert Allen's Striae Ikat in Storm.
You can see in the picture below, that there is quite a bit of blue woven into the design. I absolutely fell for this fabric.

Be sure to check out the other refurbished projects from all of the Year of Change participants. Click on over to see Rosa, Tricia's and Erin'sSarah's, and Amanda’s pieces.  And follow them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for behind the scenes fun! Next Friday we’ll be announcing our project for May. 
 I can’t wait!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Trend Worthy Roundup {Deep Coral Obsession}

West Elm Steven Alan Abstract Crewel Pillow Cover - Deep Coral

Deep Coral.
Not peachy-pink or soft salmon coral. 
Not orange.
Almost Cherry Tomato or Poppy...
but closer to what reminds me of brilliant and bold, 
blood orange beauty.

I've rounded up some of my favorites to show you that a pop of this bold color can infuse warmth and life into your spaces.  Some of my favorite combinations are Navy+Deep Coral, Black+White+Beige+Deep Coral, Emerald Green+Navy+Deep Coral, and one I'm currently coveting: Gray+Coral. 

And as a side note: my roundups aren't just pushing you to shop the next trend. If you see something you feel you want to run out and grab then great. I share these trend roundups from time to time because I've seen things out there and am excited to share my favorites with you as inspiration. Maybe you have a plain old IKEA frame that would look fabulous painted Deep Coral but you'd never thought of that before? 

Colorful Coral Picture Frame | Pottery Barn
Pottery Barn Frame, Colorful Coral $48

Maybe you're like me and getting a bit tired of monochromatic spaces and just want a little pop of color in your accessories?
Wisteria - Accessories - Shop by Category - Throw Pillows - Tribal Pillow - Coral

Maybe that pastel Watermelonish Coral isn't for you..
but hold the phone...
this deeper shade is the sophisticated pop you've been itching for.
Arteriors | Tennyson Stool
Arteriors TENNYSON Stool 
Inspiration is just that. Something that is inspiring. 
Something to move and motivate you.


Layla Grayce REBECCA MINKOFF Coral Tote
Danielle Oakley Interiors
Faux Fire Red Coral
Pottery Barn FAUX FIRE RED CORAL, $23.50

Petite Andie chino
JCrew Andie Chino, VIBRANT FLAME, $59.99
Nanjing Schumacher Fabric
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Furbish, Coral Bud Vase, $20

Serena and Lily GOBI Bath Towels, Coral


Add a bold Coral book to your shelf...ETSY

What do you think?

Wordless Wednesday Inspiration: {"Habenero Chili" Sherwin Williams SW759}

Sherwin Williams Habanero Chile paint

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday Inspiration: {"Bunny's Nose", Olympic}

I found fresh inspiration with Bunny's Nose A31-2 at Get inspired today!