Thursday, August 30, 2012

My Living Room

I finally have my living room to a place where I'm pretty happy with everything.
Oh, and this morning it was clean!  So I decided to snap some shots.

I got a faux bamboo etagere! 
I had a credit with a local consignment store and it was marked 50% off (YES!).
It had been in the store for a long time and I'd been keeping my eye on it.
Instead of painting it gold like I had imagined, I decided to keep the original chrome.

I covered this lampshade with a piece of remnant snakeskin fabric.
I think it turned out great!

I added some black greek key ribbon to the
 edges of my Pottery Barn curtain panels.  
(found it at Hancock's for $2.99/yard)

Decided to take a whirl at painting a small black and white abstract.
I think it took about 10 min. and I kind of like it!

More ribbon.

I glued some leopard print (more remnant) fabric over this frame.
Fun and free way to spruce things up.

Only thing I'd add would be some crab figurines to my collection....
Other than that, DONE! 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Lulu- My Six Year Old's Bedroom

When I found our new place, there were two fantastic bedrooms.
One was quite a bit bigger and had four gorgeous windows.
As much as I wanted that big bedroom, I thought it would be nice for Luce and her friends to have a large area to play in.  Especially since her bedroom in the condo was so small.

Yes, there is enough room to include a super cute peacock blue velvet settee.

Beautiful tiled fireplace.
Gi-normous dollhouse.

uh, yes.  That is my West Elm Parson's desk.
Didn't fit in my bedroom, so the lucky girl gets to use it.

Picture of me when I was little.

Picture of Matt when he was little.

Still one of my favorite pieces of art.  
Custom made for Lucy (those are paint chips!).
See the cafe 'a La Lucy'?  
As in my favorite restaurant.

Luce does in fact appreciate and is very proud of her bedroom.
She loves having friends over.
{{Love that girl}}

Friday, August 10, 2012

My Etsy Store!

I recently opened my own etsy store, appropriately called "cozy and eclectic".  I'm not a whiz with the technical 'store front' stuff, but I've been wanting to open one for a while.  There are so many great things I come across when I'm out shopping, but tend to talk myself out of something I don't really need.  Now I can get the things I'd want for myself (the fun part!) and make them available to others.  Which is the key part:
I will only include items in my shop that I would display in my own home. 
It's really a win-win situation, yes?!

Currently, the shop is not very big as I've been slowly adding peices.  When you have time, take a peek and see if there's anything you like.  Or if there's something in particular that you're looking for, drop me a line and I'll be on the look-out.

Here are a few of my favorites:

The weather has finally cooled down for us, can't wait to open some windows.
Have you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 9, 2012


As the popularity of the 'IKEA Hack' continues to grow, 
I long to join the ranks of those DIY'ers.
When I dream of having my own design business, there's usually a lovely faux bamboo brass etagere that would hold all of my books,
clippings, fabric, paint chips, etc.
The price point for one of these can top out in the thousands. 

And then I saw this one on the blog Little Green Notebook 
spray painted gold (from IKEA), a VITTSJO Shelving Unit for a mere $70!



Looks pretty amazing!

Instead of the gold, I'm leaning towards painting
one white and putting it in the living room
(you know, until I start my own business...{dreamin})

From the blog, Centsational Girl.  She replaced the glass shelves with stained wood, and with kids in the house, that is a pretty grand idea.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Snakeskin Fabric

As a lover of all types of animal print, I've never covered anything in snakeskin fabric.  I think an entryway bench might be the right job for me to experiment with...

a tutorial on

love the color!