Wednesday, April 24, 2013

DIY Le Touches Curtain

I've been seeing more and more DIY's in an attempt to replicate this fabric.
One of my favorite DIY's.
An IKEA slipcovered chair ends up looking sharp.
Recovered vintage dining chairs with white vinyl (and a sharpie).

 I love these!!
So I had a (blah) cheap white curtain that hangs in the window over my desk.
I added some black ribbon and started drawing.
(Took a bit longer than I thought it would. Like, all afternoon). 


My laptop has decided to quit on me (grrrrrr) so these were taken with my phone.
Kind of looks like a dalmation print in this picture, much better in person.
Either way, a definite upgrade from the solid white.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Brass is Back

They say what goes around comes around, and brass is back!
Unlike shiny brass from the 70's, the current trend has an aged or antiqued look.
Brass is showing up everywhere throughout the home:
accent pieces, figuirines, lighting, and my favorite....hardware.

One of the most popular IKEA hacks is the Rast dresser.

Although you could add any type of hardware,
I'm partial to the standard brass ring pull.

I am currently in the process or replicating this hack.
I've stained the outside in a dark walnut.

Painted the drawers a glossy white.

Only thing left to do is add some polyurethane! 

For my next project, I'd like to do the MALM 6 drawer dresser.
Add some overlays and brass drawer pulls and it looks like a million bucks!

I especially love seeing brass used in kitchens.
It adds a warm feel and a touch of class.

Black and brass are just meant to be together.


I really dig the brass bamboo chandelier in an all white kitchen.

Hardware, sconces and pendant.....all in brass.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Chevron Curtains

Just when I thought the craze with chevron was coming to an end,
I decided to hang 6 curtain panels with this pattern in my bedroom. 

Since Lucy and I switched bedrooms, I now have four windows instead of two
and the four ivory panels I had used were no longer working for me. 
Luckily, my parents needed to update their curtains as well,
so I upcycled those and got these to replace them.

I had seen these posted on another blog, they were from Hobby Lobby.
I've never even been in a Hobby Lobby, but they were very inexpensive ($30/panel)
and thought they would give my bland bedroom some much needed energy. 


Taping the folds with duct tape so they will stay in place.
Yes, I use duct tape for EVERYTHING.

After a few days of being hung and taped, I was really excited with how they turned out.


And so my crush on chevron continues....


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Meet My New Design Partner...

She's only 6 but already has a great eye for design.
Although I am possibly the worlds worst blogger, this sweet little face
has convinced me that we should start our own business.
In fact, we already have our first client! (projects coming soon)
All we need to do is finalize a name; here are a few we've tossed around:

Lulu Designs (my fave)
lucyellen design (Lucy has vetoed)
White Design
CL Design
LC Design

((Comments and/or suggestions are welcome))

While antique shopping, Lucy bee-lined to this reupholstered
Milo Baughman sofa that I would love to replace my red one with.
Did I mention she was 6?

A couple of weeks ago on a rainy Sunday, we decided
it would be fun to switch bedrooms. 
I moved a-lot-o furniture that day.

Good-bye 'old' bedroom.

(oy vey)

Hello 'new' bedroom. Will post more pictures when I have some good lighting.

I've been working on a few things around the apartment.

I wanted to update my very plain bathroom with some ribbon and an antique rug.
For a few dollars, I could add a 
greek key pattern onto my Target shower curtain.

I used 2" wide black grosgrain ribbon and some tape to hold it in
place while I laid it out before I glued it down.
I use Liquid Stitch so there is no sewing!

Quite happy with how it turned out.

I love paint by numbers. 
I found this for $6, it was already set in a plain wood frame.
I used some black laquer spray paint on the frame and a gold leaf pen on the
very inside of the frame and now I "super" love it.

Oh, and I am obsessed with my gold leaf pen.
This gorgeous golden used to be in a wooden frame as well.

Adding gold leopard spots to a plain white dish suddenly goes glam.

An Eiffel tower that used to be white?  Now it's gold! 

A $3 there are polka dots!

Another chevron!

Another paint by numbers in a wood frame?
Not anymore!

And who knows what else will be gold leafed by next week?!

Looking forward to our new venture, please keep us in mind if you need help decorating.