Friday, April 24, 2015

Best of the Nest - April Link Party

Whoa, you guys, I'm in project mode big time! If you haven't been following along
with my One Room Challenge bedroom makeover it's in full force with the reveal in less
 than two weeks. It's a tad stressful, but the motivation to finish a room is unbeatable. I feel
 exactly the same about Best of the Nest, only on a smaller scale. :)
 It's the perfect incentive to knock out a project and link up!
As always my lovely co-hosts and our guest are sharing our favorite projects of the month.
Guest of the Nest ~ Mary Ann @ Classic * Casual * Home 
a favorite in the blogging community, she couldn't be more delightful and is a talented
 designer, whose charming cottage in Southern CA was featured in
Better Homes & Gardens here.
Now living in San Francisco, it's been fun following along while she decorates her new home.

Living room in Southern CA home

Mary Ann shared her beautiful dining room refresh, she gave a traditional stained wood set
 a modern update with freshly painted white chairs!
 Mary Ann {Classic*Casual*Home}
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As the BOTN date was closing in I considered what I'd love to cross off my list, our
living room update won out. A new furniture arrangement was necessary to accommodate
some Craigslist finds I couldn't resist, and then it snowballed... :)   
Pam @ Simple Details

Lisa gave us a sneak peek of her One Room Challenge makeover for a client. I love that  
she's giving new life to tired pieces, you'd never guess this gorgeous mirror was a dated
accessory found in the attic.      
 Lisa @ Shine your Light

Kris shared her incredibly gorgeous acrylic curtain rods with brass hardware!  I don't
 think I've ever seen a more glamorous curtain rod, and against the black paint, oh my!

 Kris @ Driven by D├ęcor

Jennifer's Spring Home Tour is a lively, fun filled burst of color around every corner,
and of course, her signature green stylishly incorporated!

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles
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 Now it's your turn:
Bring your Best of April
Anyone can enter - not just bloggers!
Enter through Instagram by using hashtag #bestofthenestparty and tagging at least one of your hosts.

Only ONE link per person to show your best work from April
Additional links will be deleted.
If you're linking up with a blog, link back with a text link or grab the party button.

We'd love you stop back next Friday
 when Mary Ann, Lisa, Kris, Jennifer and I will feature our favorite links.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

living room refresh

Who knew a couple innocent little Craigslist purchases would create such a
staggering domino effect! I've been arranging and re-arranging furniture for the past
 two months, hauling it downstairs and back up and have come to the realization that
clearly we need a bigger house! :)
 I thought I'd share a few of the changes to our living room so far.

Remember when these vintage chairs popped up on Craigslist, and I couldn't resist them?
 I always knew a pair of chairs would fit perfectly in our bay window, and they did, but it
was the beginning of a domino effect I didn't see coming! The sofa had always been there
 and the only other option for it was against the wall - I wasn't sure what I'd think, but I'm
 loving the new look after placing the mirror from the dining room above it and creating
 an eclectic gallery wall.  

I love how the bay windows are more visible without the sofa obstructing the view, and
 the comfy down cushioned chairs tuck into the space and create the best reading nook.

As much as I loved the bold floral pattern I was a little skeptical if it would mix with
 what I had. You guys know I don't stray far from my neutral base so I can change things
 up on a whim. Well, it all came together and the only new items I bought were the citron
 ikat pillow and the artwork on the bottom right.
Remember the day I showed you how to shop Goodwill, both were finds from that
 outing, the coral chevron ikat pillow was a steal from there last year that inspired
  my family room spiff up.

(sorry about some of these bad pics, my weather app didn't forecast clouds till later)

I dug out this DIY Rope Vase I made a couple years ago for my Cinco de Mayo party
  centerpiece. I love the texture and the casual vibe keeps some of the traditional pieces
 from looking too stuffy.  

The other irresistible find that added to the chaos was this HUGE ornate mirror,
 originally finished in a dark stain giving it a heavy appearance. I lightened it up
 with two coats of Gold Rub 'n Buff, applying with a toothbrush so it still had some
 variation in color vs a solid painted look. See below.
My  DIY framed batik gallery wall that was here is piled in the dining room in the process
 of being re-hung, the good news is it gives the room a fun unexpected jolt of color, looks
 great with the chairs, and ties everything together without being matchy!  

You can see the finish on the mirror here, I'm still tweaking it, I think it needs a few
more brighter highlights throughout.
 The shelf and greenery hide our thermostat. :) It worked before, but now looks a bit off,
the thought of an ugly thermostat right there in the middle of the wall gives me hives!

Progress should be picking up over here after the One Room Challenge is over in
 just two short weeks! I'm thinking of having a sale and parting with a few
Craigslist treasures ~ you'll be the first to know!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

one room challenge - week 4 diys

Hey friends, thank you so much for popping in again to check on our headway. 
Oh my gosh you guys, this was the week of ADD DIYs, meaning
we were all over the place jumping from one project to the next and I can't
even tell you how many trips we made to Home Depot. Can anyone relate?

If you missed the previous weeks and would like to catch up:

We have some progress in the form of this wonderfully wild texture!  

I had my mind set on a simple metal base for a long bench at the end of the bed, 
and remembered the infamous Target bench.The hunt was on and we found two,
that together will be the perfect length. They were a simple reupholster job.  

We worked on a weathered finish for the dresser my client's dad made for them,
this is the base coat for our texture and layers of paint. 

After I painted a few sample boards, and got the imperfect random technique down we
 were on a roll, you'll have to wait and see if we went light or dark. 



Remember this is our inspiration piece from Anthropologie, we tested about seven knobs
 and pulls and just weren't feelin' it for any of them. My brilliant client suggested we try
 Anthro and they sell the exact pull on this dresser! That put the wind back in our sails! 

We also have an Ikea Besta hack in the works for the nightstands, like I tell my boys
"It's not finished, just wait!"

We got them painted and were having the same 'not feelin' it' issue with hardware when
 I noticed this rustic box at Hobby Lobby had the perfect over-sized ring pull I'd been
 looking for. We removed them to use on the nightstands and the boxes will become planters
 on their outdoor table.

I always check around my clients' homes to see if they have any cool pieces they're 
not using, and this is exactly why!! Isn't this the perfect patina - Grandpa's chippy old
 stool we found in the basement will be incorporated somewhere! 

Remember a couple weeks ago when I posted about my visit to the beautiful Arhaus
store, I was holding out on you, we picked out a pair of these fabulous Lewis Table Lamps.
I can't wait for you to see how gorgeous they are all styled up in the room.     

We received a beautiful drapery and hardware order from Loom Decor 
and got them installed (more about them with pretty pictures to come).  

They're being trained so we'll have nice pretty folds for the big reveal in two short
weeks. Yikes!  

This week we'll be finishing up these diys, and starting a BIG diy project.
I may give a peek on Instagram on Friday if you'd like to follow along.  :)  

Stop by and check out what my talented friends have been up to this week: 

                                  Coco + Kelley                                   
Vanessa Francis      
Greige Design         
Hi Sugarplum          
Stephanie Kraus     
         Savvy Home            
                               Swoon Worthy                                

  Don't forget the One Room Challenge Linking Participants share
their progress tomorrow over at Linda's @ Calling It Home.
 Over 150 room makeovers not to miss!  

Monday, April 20, 2015

Segreto Style

Hi guys, hope your Monday is off to a great start. Our weekends always begin and end
 on the same note pretty much every week. Our tradition for as long as I can remember
 is dinner out on Friday nights, 75% of the time it's Mexican and 75% of the time I order
 fish tacos. :) Sunday evening we go to church at 6:00 and get home and finish up homework
 (truth be told - start homework)! We had a track meet, birthday celebration, work around the
 house, sports practice, a Costco run, all good stuff, just busy like everyone. It was a huge
 treat to carve out a little time to peruse the most beautiful book - and I couldn't help but 
style it on our coffee table. 

Segreto Style by Leslie Sinclair   

I jumped at the chance to review Leslie's book when she asked, I'd heard it was 
gorgeous, but it was so much more than I expected. 
A stunning over-sized coffee table book with 300 pages of exquisite photos
of homes, detailing the finishes that give them a classic timeless style. 

My biggest surprise was in addition to the information and techniques on finishes 
it's a book I'll reference over and over to analyze design details. 
(Also invaluable sources for all paint colors and furnishings throughout the book) 
Just take in the eclectic mix of pattern, artwork and styles in this home, layered perfection!  

Chic, effortless style ~ French and Italian antiques combine seamlessly with modern pieces.
The finishes in this contemporary home were thoughtfully chosen to make the biggest impact.
One of my favorite white paint colors - Benjamin Moore Dove White is shown here.  

Inspiration at the turn of every page! 

"Whether using paint, carpet or tile, creative flooring is a great way to add personality to
 a small space, as evident in this home office with its charming reclaimed concrete tiles." 

 Reclaimed wood beams and plastered walls add warmth to this casual den. 

The small footprint of this living room created a design challenge. The solution was
a daybed that allowed one to see across the room without any obstruction. 

The book also includes some latest design trends ~ this painted bookcase and paneling and
 trim are a beautiful background for vibrant artwork.    

This stunning home is a new build, the homeowner wanted it to feel as though it had
 been lived in for many years. The plastered walls and ceilings create the perfect backdrop.

One of my favorite gifts to give is a book along with a magnifying glass
tied to the package with a satin ribbon. 
This would be perfect for Mother's Day!  

You can find Leslie's book on her website HERE, Amazon HERE
or her blog, Secrets of Segreto HERE

Leslie is as inspiring and beautiful as her book, the mother of three left a successful
 marketing career in the corporate world to start a plaster and decorative finishes
 company, Segreto Finishes. Located in Houston, TX she employs a staff of over 30
 artisans, her company's work has been featured in numerous publications
including Architectural Digest, Veranda, Traditional Home, and House Beautiful 
to name a few. 

Thank you for sharing your book with me Leslie, it was a delight to have
the opportunity to share it with my readers!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

ikea hemnes cabinet

Happy Friday, friends!!
Ok, so I didn't think you all would read this if I titled it
IKEA Hemnes Shoe Cabinet, 
BUT every time I'm in the store I stop by and check them out because they're the
 ultimate in streamlined storage that doesn't look like storage.
 The minimal 8.5" - 11.75" depth is ideal for a small entry, hallway, back entrance,
staircase landing, mudroom or office.  
The units only have front legs to allow for the closest fit to the wall.    
Available in two sizes. 

Ikea Hemnes Shoe Cabinet

Black or White 
40" H x 42"W x 8.5" D  - HERE

Black or White
50" H x 35"W x 11.75" D - HERE

Check out these with great custom looks by easily changing out the hardware...

Are you following along with the One Room Challenge you may have seen
Jen's @ I Heart Organizing - she just painted it and added pretty hardware.

If you're an Ikea fan you can find more of my favorites here,
and if not, you might become one when you see these awesome items:

Vittsjo Shelving Unit
Strandmon Chair
Brimnes Bed
Black & White Eivor Throw
Henriksdal Chair
Salong White Vase

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