Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hallway Decorating Ideas

Once I finish a project, I'm already brainstorming and ready to start on the next one.
I have a nice long hallway that will be perfect to do something FUN!
I'm excited and a tad overwhelmed because there are so many options.
Wallpaper would be my first choice, but since I rent,
I want to keep things inexpensive and relatively easy.

can you say amaze-statment?

one of all time favorite wallpapers.  

There are so many great things you can do with
washi tape or vinyl stickers, so it's currently the route I'm leaning towards....

What IS washi tape?  It's high grade masking tape originating from Japan.
Washi tape can be used on anything!
It's low-adhesive which makes it easy to use and re-use.
It comes in different widths, colors and patterns.

washi tape
vinyl kitties!
pretty sure I could do this with a sharpie...
washi tape?  even love the color.
currently my front runner.....

easy peasy.
this was done with a sharpie.  (my favorite art supply).
I plan to hang some photos along the hallway (and who knows what else).
Looking forward to share the finished product!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Settling in…Again!

Let's keep things short and sweet, shall we?  
We moved a few months ago.
Found a really great place in one of my favorite neighborhoods and I couldn't pass it up.
Bigger space, lot's of neighborhood kids and rope swings!
As always, settling in takes forever.

I spray painted the bench legs black, 'dipped' them in gold, and recovered the seat.

IKEA Vittsjo coffee table spray painted gold.

I painted this last week.  Painters tape = easy peasy.

I love the 24"x36" print of Lucy.  It cost around $3.50 from Staples.

These were the only two rooms clean enough to photograph.
Will post more soon...
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Moroccan Beni Ourain Rug

I didn't want to count how many months it's been since I last posted anything.
But one of my favorite bloggers at Design Manifest,
just admitted she was in a design slump, which inspired me to come clean as well.
When money is tight, it's not as much fun to decorate.  Is it? 
I find it really hard to get excited when I can't do anything other than move things around. 
I've done some super-duper inexpensive projects that if I can muster up the energy,
will post some pictures of. 
A couple nights ago, I took a sharpie to my old and dirty ivory shag rug.
I've always loved the super expensive I could never
afford a real vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain rugs...
60 minutes and a couple glasses of wine later, here's my DIY version:

I took these with my phone.  The lighting is crap and it's not the best faux rug job ever...
but hopefully this will fuel my love of design and I'll see you again sooner than later.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Design Boards

I've been working on several projects and
wanted to share some design boards I put together:

After a few years, the existing curtain panels in this great room
turned an awful shade of orange something/or other?  From the sun??  Not sure.
We replaced all the panels with ivory panels trimmed in black.
Updating pillows, bar stools, lighting and art.

In this den, we are doing similar updates.
New lighting; new throw pillows in leopard print, ikat and houndstooth.
Pottery Barn curtain panels that I will add a neutral greek key trim to.
Would love to replace the current coffee table with a glass top and shelf on the
bottom for books to put on display.
Last thing I'd like to do is rearrange all the beautiful paintings
to create an art wall above sofa.

Love this for a young girl! 
Nightstands from IKEA, monogrammed pillows, new wall shelving for desk area,
fun accessories and updated curtain panels. 

 Can't wait to share the before and after pictures!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

My Passion for Photography

There are two things I'm passionate about: Interior Design and Photography.
One of my oldest and dearest friends put me in touch with a friend of hers 
that happens to be a professional photographer, Adam Brennan.
He was kind enough to let me tag along on a photo shoot 
he did this past weekend in Bagdad, KY.
He was also trusting enough to let me use some of his equipment (thank you!)
Here are a few of the pictures I took:

 Annie and Toly


Annie and dad




we spotted deer!

You can find Adam here, or on Facebook
He's the best.
Thanks Adam!