Saturday, August 9, 2014

Design Inspiration - Breakfast Nooks

I have ALWAYS wanted a breakfast nook. Seriously, ever since I was a teenager and saw one in a bed and breakfast while on vacation with my family, I have wanted one. I thought to myself that when I was all grown up that would be so much fun to have with my family.
My parents had an eat-in kitchen but no nook, my first house was tiny and barely had enough room for a dining space much less a nook. But now, now I have a place for a nook!!!

This is what the space looked like when I got my house:

After some work, it now looks like this:

I added the Chalkboard Wall last summer and have been working on installing new trim all over the house. Of course I still have carpet in here…but hopefully not for long!

I want to do a built-in banquette in that corner. So I've been scouring my options and finally found some amazing ones to choose from.

The first one I saw was this one
Gorgeous, but I didn't really want the sloped back and it seemed a lost opportunity for storage. I LOVE storage.

The next one I found just makes me happy! It's light, bright, and beautiful. The bench raises up and there is storage inside - so smart! Except I'm lazy and I wouldn't want to remove the cushions every single time I got into the storage area. I like to keep it stupid simple. 

So I moved on. I found this one with drawers underneath, but my table's pedestal has larger legs and I would have to move the table to get into those drawers too. Again though, bright and happy! I love the look!

I found these last two and decided to combine a few things to get exactly what I wanted. I love that this photograph shows the drawers on either end of the seats. To me that was the best. I don't have to move anything to get into the storage and it doesn't waste space. Perfect!

 This last one spoke to me a lot. I love the white with the wood top, and that is exactly the finish that would be perfect for me.
I pinned this off of but when I went back to find it for the source I couldn't find it again. If any of you find it let me know and I will replace the link.

It's been in the works for a couple of weeks now and I'm making good progress. Stay tuned for the reveal coming soon!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tommy Bahama Table

The sale went pretty well and I was pleased with the turn out and so happy to meet a lot of you. Probably the most talked about piece was the striped table and chairs with the Tommy Bahama fabric. So many people wanted it but didn't have a place for it and so many others just admired it. I was sure it wouldn't last long and was surprised when it was still around after the sale. But, it was just waiting for the right owner!
This table started out pretty beat up. It had been well loved and used by a precious family, but seriously needed help. It had great lines but needed a few fixes and a new look.

You can see here that it had missing apron pieces on the extra leaf. It needed to match to look complete in my opinion so that was remedied. Aren't the chairs so cute?

Then came the math of figuring out how to make stripes that would still line up even when taking out the leaves...

This is always the terrifying part. The part when you just hope that all of your prep work and painting carefully paid off.

Thankfully it did! Big smiles all around when the tape comes off this clean.

Next came the chairs. The upholstery on these was nuts!
It started with brown suede,

Then there was burnt orange velvet, which Eli loved.

Then there was burnt orange silk shantung.

Finally I got down to the foam!

I think these seats are so precious now. I just love them.

Then I had to paint the chairs, we all know how I feel about spindles but these are just adorable chairs!

This was the final product and I was very pleased with it. It's off to its new home now and I know it is well loved!

Now on to the next one...

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Boutique Sale

It's here y'all! The boutique sale is tomorrow and I could not be more excited…or more exhausted!!! Who knew how crazy hard it would be to be a single mom, have kids at home all day because it's summer, do client work, prepare for the sale, and be taking online classes? Okay, so after listing it that sounds crazy hard. But for some reason I thought it wouldn't be so bad. I even thought I would have time to bake…I can be pretty dumb sometimes I suppose.
But, it's here and I am so pleased! Everything turned out so good and my usually overstuffed and dirty garage actually looks like a precious little boutique.
Tonight I invited a few of the people that have helped me out to come and get first shot at the goods. It was really slow at first, but then people started showing up and things started moving. There is still plenty to go around but I was so excited to have done as well as I did for the Early Bird portion of the sale. Here is a sampling of what is up for grabs tomorrow and Saturday.

I also want to give a special shout out to my amazing Dad and all he has done to help me with this sale and to my amazing friend (and sister of my heart) Lisa. I could not have done any of this without either of you. God has truly blessed me with both of you and I could not love either of you more!!!

Monday, June 9, 2014


I love wood details in homes. I think that trim work and all the details make the home have character and bring a charm to the place like nothing else can. In my time capsule house there was already lots of character…in some cases too much character. There was a wall at the end of my hallway that I called "the wall of evil spirits" I cannot explain to you the power of this wall. It gave me the creeps and I took it down very quickly after we moved in.
This is what the wall looked like the day I came to view the house:

Yes, that is 1950's gold antiqued mirror that covered the entire 36 square feet. It was nasty. 
So I tore it down ASAP and had a black polkadot wall for 10 months. The polkadots are ugly sure, but they didn't give me chills and weird feelings.

You can see that I had hung the light fixture in this picture. I LOVE that fixture. It's probably one of my most favorites ever!!!
Then for Mother's Day I got a gift card and I spent it on wood planks.  I planked that wall and have plans to trim everything out and do an entire hallway reveal soon.

I then had to prime it and sand it after the primer as it lifts the wood fibers with the damp paint. Don't you sand walls in a maxi skirt? My son shocked me by grabbing my phone and taking this picture while I was working that day.

Here is the planked and painted wall. It's waiting for me to do the ceiling treatment, pull up the carpet and put up the trim. But, those polkadots are covered and the light bright paint at the end of the dingy hallway makes me happy!

Another project on the forever long list is checked off and I smile every single time I walk past it.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

David Kind

This is going to be a bit different today. I am not a fashion blog, nor will I ever be a fashion blog. But, I have to share this because it was such an awesome experience. I first read about David Kind on Casey Wiegand's beautiful blog. She inspired me to give it a try. I've had the same glasses for YEARS now and was needing some new ones so it was the perfect time.
These are my old glasses (and a picture that is a year and a half old as well)

Quick lament…I miss my long hair. Superficial and pouty absolutely, but nonetheless true.

So I went to the David Kind website, signed up, uploaded a few pictures, and outlined my preferences. The sample box came in 4 days and was so awesome. First of all, the design lover in me couldn't get over the beautiful packaging. But, the glasses are amazing high quality and so fabulous.

I felt this first pair was cute, but a little too 50's for me. Excuse the no makeup, it's been a busy few weeks!

This second pair was a contender for sure. But I had had black glasses for 7 years and was looking for something a bit different I guess.

Finally these last ones were it. I love the tortoise shell, the frame shape, and the little details.

I waited a couple of days and tried them on with different outfits and in different lights and I still loved them.

Jade Reese thought the process was pretty fun as well. Her picks were super cute, all dress up for her of course. She had a blast though and loved helping me choose!

I love her little freckles and that she isn't afraid of being different. I pray she stays this way always!

This was the most fun process and the company was fabulous to work with. I highly recommend this process for anyone that is needing or wanting to get new glasses. Great experience and service for sure!!!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Dining Table

Sometimes things are brought in that just need a little love. The client likes the piece the way it is for the most part but just wants it renewed. I often don't post these things because people seem to love the drastic change makeovers, but I feel that it's important to showcase what a little TLC can do to renew a piece.
This table was brought to me in less than stellar condition. There was hardly any finish left on it and several places had water damage or heat damage. It's not super easy to see in the pictures but believe me, the damage was there and the majority of the table was down to raw wood.

You can't tell too much from this angle here

I hadn't started sanding the table yet, it was THAT bad!

I ended up having to strip it down in order for it to take even coats of poly.
I also had to do a few tricks I've learned over the years. One with mayonnaise and one with an iron and some steam.

I think it turned out great. It now has multiple durable coats of finish on it and is protected and back to the way the client wanted it.

Stay tuned for more coming soon!