Monday, September 15, 2014

busts are all the rage...

I'd planned to have a fun Dollar Store DIY for you today, think gold knock off, sort of! 
 It was a bit uncooperative, and my day ended early to head out to our soccer match,
 which left no time for photos, :( but it's up for tomorrow. In the meantime I'm chatting
about one of my favorite accessories...busts.
I was tempted with a few witty titles, but decided to save myself from being inundated
 with spam. I love them, I've heard people say they're trendy, but they're a timeless, classic
in my book. A versatile accessory that can be moved from room to room, and looks as
interesting in a kitchen as bath. I've purchased two and found them both at Homegoods.
But, beware they go quickly if you're on the hunt.  

Here are some favorite ways to use them in your home... 
 Bruce Shostak's Home - Architectural Digest - Veranda
 Timothy Corrigan's LA Home

What side of the fence are you on, trendy or a classic?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

dark moody bathroom on a whim

On my 2014 To-Do List I mentioned I wanted to paint something black, like a room. :)
 On a whim I went for it today, and shared a peek of our bathroom, you may have seen
 it if you follow me on Instagram. I didn't have a plan to paint the bathroom, but I started
 thinking a moody, cozy space would be perfect for fall and winter. Before I knew it it was
 2:00 and I hadn't changed out of my pjs that I wore to the bus stop at 6:30 but my
 bathroom was looking nice and moody. I chose Behr Mined Coal because that's what I
 had in my stash, it's a dark charcoal. I'll share next week, I still have another coat to go!

My talented friends have a love for dark and moody too, and I'm so excited to share
 their beautiful dining rooms are both in the running for
  Apartment Therapy's Color Contest 2014 in the Dark category!
It's fun to check out the other categories as well, and vote for your favorites here
 I've featured both of their rooms on my blog and LOVE the different vibe of each one.  

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

never forget...

In honor and remembrance of those who lost their lives on that tragic day
 in our nation's history. My thoughts are prayers are with the families who
 lost loved ones, may God bless them and our beloved country.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

formica calacatta marble review

Formica has come a long way!
I revealed our Formica 180fx Calacatta Marble counter top back in May, along with
my One Room Challenge Kitchen Reveal. I had intended to do a follow up post on
the counter top right away, but decided to live with it for a few months before giving
 my opinion. After four months here's what I think: I could not LOVE it more!!
Everyone that's seen it comments how realistic it appears and then proceeds to feels it.

If you're not familiar with Formica's 180fx product you're in for a surprise. Technology
 and nature merged to create the first laminate with large scale patterns that replicates the
depth and realism of stone at an affordable price. The effect is achieved by digitally
 photographing the highest quality pieces of stone.


Our island is 11' x 5' at the longest and widest points and there is NO seam!
 That was a huge selling point for me, the sheets of laminate are 12' x 5'.

What sealed the deal was the availability of the IdealEdge. It mimics the decorative Ogee and Bullnose profiles found on more expensive stones,
 and eliminates the brown seams previously associated with laminate counters.
 I chose the Bullnose edge to coordinate with the profile on the existing granite in the
 rest of my kitchen.

It has lived up to the durable, easy to maintain, stain and impact resistant claims.
We've spilled red wine, mustard, BBQ sauce, red sauce, paint - nothing has left a trace of a
stain. I'm just not careful with it, if I want to bust out a messy project, I do. I've used it for
large projects with glue smeared all over it and everything has come right up. I've used the
magic eraser and abrasive scratch pad. Short of actually cutting on it (which you can't do)
I feel like we've given it a very good test.

I was hesitant about one item, there are little tiny divots in the laminate and I wasn't sure
 about them when I first looked at the sample. Different lighting highlighted them, and they
 gave off a shine. I made all my design savvy friends check them out and we all agreed they
 would be ok. I'm so glad I didn't let that hold me back. I don't even notice them at all, you'd
 have to be looking for them in a certain specific light to pick up on it. Also, they were less
 noticeable in the older, used sample I checked out from Lowes.

The Price??
The real deal would have been about $6,000 for our island,
the Formica Calacatta Marble was approximately $1,300.
Of course, prices will vary depending on fabricators in your area and the specifics
of your project.  

I couldn't be happier with it, it truly is a great representation of a real marble pattern
 without the worry of maintenance and at an incredible price!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

diy tortoise shell vase

Happy Monday, friends! We had some cooler weather over the weekend, it was
 exactly what I needed to get me in the mood for a fall project. I've always loved the
classic look and warm glow of tortoise shell and thought I'd try my hand at a DIY vase
to use with my fall decor. It's the kind of project that is so forgiving you can't mess it up.
The more imperfect the better, I promise!

Here's the super simple how to:

Most important: Random and imperfect is perfect!

I used a 10" x 7" glass hurricane from Michaels $5 (with 50% off coupon) here
and acrylic paint in Yellow Oxide, Burnt Umber and Black
I didn't purchase anything, I had all the items. Any vase will work that has a wide
 mouth allowing you to access the inside with a paint brush. 
I painted on the inside of the vase to keep the reflective character of the glass.

 Wet your paint brush slightly (allowing the paint to bead up) and paint the inside of
 the vase.  Allow to dry, use a blow dryer if you're impatient. :)

Dab random splotches of burnt umber paint on top of the yellow. Don't load a lot
of paint onto your brush.

While burnt umber paint is still wet use the paint brush to spread the paint into
 larger splotches. Checking the outside of the vase as you go and adding more
burnt umber paint as needed, you want a lot of the gold covered.

Next dab random splotches of black paint with a q-tip. Rolling it around a bit to get
irregular shapes. Try to keep the splotches from being in an even pattern. See above. 

Check the outside of the vase and continue to add black as necessary.
At this point some of my brown and yellow paint had been wiped away from my
hand rubbing against it, just paint a dab more onto the glass.

Let dry. 
If, at any point you're not happy and would like to start over take your vase
to the sink and rinse away the water based acrylic paint. :)

  If you're happy with your vase, let dry and treat with care. I filled a tall cylinder with
water and my branches and carefully set inside. I did read you can set paint onto glass
by baking the piece, but I was fine with using mine for fall, and then cleaning it up.
 It only took about 20-30 minutes to complete and I'd rather not have to store another
 large vase. 

Have fun, and let me know if you try it!

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