Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Birds of a Feather

I've been loving the new bird trend in decorating, especially during the summer season.  There are so many ways bird decor can be incorporated into your own personal home.  Depending on how much you're into birds, you could go with something that is incredibly easy to remove, such as Pottery Barn's darling glass bird canisters.  This kind of addition is totally my speed... not too much of a commitment, but still brings in the trend in a fun way.

Now, if your love of birds goes beyond just a fad, you could go all the way and slap up some wallpaper like the one shown in the picture below.

For another simple trendy addition, how about adding a beautiful rug?!  I love Anthropologie's Conure Round Rug.  The colors are gorgeous and I love how it gives off a vintage vibe.  This rug would make a great statement piece in a room!

Another darling addition to bring the bird trend into your own home would be to add a simple bird printed shower curtain, such as this $19.99 steal I found from Target!

When it comes to ways of introducing a fun, trendy print... the list could go on and on.  You could check out some beautiful bird prints and frame them on your wall, or perhaps a throw pillow or even full upholstered chair.  Have fun and get creative with ways you can introduce a trendy new print into your life!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tufting Frenzy

I've always loved the look of tufting.  It has a way of adding a touch elegance and glamour to a space.  This vanity space is a perfect example of how an added tufting detail can complete a space.  This vanity wouldn't have been the same without it!

As you probably noticed in this image and the image above, tufting looks fabulous with other elegant decor details... think mirrored furniture, crystal details, crisp whites, and wainscoting.

I love the living space pictured below.  Not only does the sofa have beautiful tufting detail, but it also includes some very classic elements such as antique french chairs, a classic ottoman, and a beautiful traditional rug.

Now this is some unique tufting!  I love the idea of doing a tufted wall in this type of setting.  Although the space is modern and clean-lined, the tufting creates a kind of warmth and coziness that completes the room.

Hmm... it looks like I'll need to be on the search to find my own tufting project.  What to do, what to do... maybe a set of tufted pillows for the sofa?  I'll be on the search for further inspiration for a new project!  

Friday, May 13, 2011

Entry Mirror Upgrade

You may recall my last post about a lovely thrift store find I was in the process of refurbishing.  I picked up a lovely entry mirror for $15 at the local thrift store... what a steal!  I had been looking for one for quite a while, but didn't want to spend the money to buy it new.  For $15, I couldn't really pass it up.

Just to refresh your memory, here is the before:

Not too shabby right?  It did need some fixing up though.  One of the brackets holding up the shelf was broken and it had clearly been used and had it's fair share of nicks and dings to show for it.  Now that you've seen the before, let's fast forward to the after:

I decided to paint it with Rustoleum's Heirloom White, and then rough up the edges a bit to give it a more antiqued feel.  I just love the combination of the white paint and oil rubbed bronze hooks.  Be sure to note the strategically placed keys... no more running around frantically in search for those puppies anymore!  

Here's a quick step by step on how I completed this darling little entry mirror:

Find a Deal.  Take a stop by your local thrift store and find something great that needs a little fixing!

Fix it Up.  Nicks and scratches?  Broken shelf?  No problem!  Get out that gorilla glue and sandpaper and go to town.  For this entry mirror, I first removed the mirrors to make sure that I wouldn't do any damage to them.  I then simply sanded it down with a fine grit sandpaper and then adhered the broken shelf bracket to the backplate with some Gorilla Glue.

Prime.  Next, prime your piece.  I used Ace Hardware's white primer for this one.  Depending on what color you would like to paint your piece, you can decide on white or grey primer.

Paint.  Paint away!  I used Rustoleum's Heirloom White.  I had about 1/2 a can left over from a previous project and figured I would go ahead and use what I already had.

Sand it Down.  Grab some fine grit sand paper and sand the edges of the piece to give it that nice, warn-in look.

Most of all, have fun!  

Monday, May 9, 2011

Thrift Store Find

It's true, I love a good thrift store find.  I frequent the local thrift store and to be honest, I rarely walk out with something I can't leave without.  Fortunately for me, last week I stopped in and walked out with an awesome find... an awesome $15 find!

I've been on the search for an entry mirror with hooks for a while now... mostly to curb my routine of habitually losing my keys.  Lucky for me, someone dropped this beauty by the thrift store:

I'm assuming this is why it was brought there:

Little did they know, Gorilla Glue can do anything!  I glued that little broken ledge right back on and it looks good as new.

This little beauty is now in the middle of a makeover, and I can't wait to show you what I've done with her!  

Thursday, May 5, 2011

West Elm Owl Lamp Knock-Off

Oh how I love the West Elm Owl Table Lamp... but you know what I like even better?  A $39 knock-off of the West Elm Owl Table Lamp!  For such a trendy piece, I would much rather dull out the $39 for the Owl Lamp found at Target than the $99 for the one from West Elm.

Target came out with the Owl Lamp in two color choices: brown with a cream shade and white with a black shade.  I love them both!  I can see the brown one in a more natural setting, whereas the black and white lamp would look fabulous in a more modern space.

Enjoy- and go grab yourself a darling owl lamp!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The ABC's of Decorating Shelving

Have some beautiful shelves and don't know what to do with them?  This is a simple "how to" when it comes to decorating those lovely shelves of yours.  Decorated shelving can be used to help bring your personality into a room by grouping together objects that represent you and your family.  

Start Fresh.  The first step is the easiest step.  Start with a blank slate!  It's much easier to visualize your perfect shelf when you're not having to see it through all that clutter.  So get to clearing and make sure to bring out the cleaner.  You're going to want those lovely shelves to be dust free before you start bringing together the perfect collage of items.

Treasure Hunt.  Next, gather some things that you love.  Whether they're photos, bowls, candles, clocks, or nicknacks you love... get them together.  While you do this, keep in mind that arranging things of like or complimentary colors can lead to a well put together shelf display, but is certainly not necessary.  The image below shows beautiful shades of blues and golds paired together to create an eye-catching display of many interesting objects.

Consider displaying a collection you love.  This shelving unit displays a beautiful collection of vintage clocks.

Now for the fun part... start grouping your treasures!  A good rule of thumb is to remember that items often look nice grouped in odd numbers.  The rule of 3's is always a good one to remember.  Make sure to vary the height of your groupings.  For instance, if you have 2 jars similar in height and would like to include them both on one shelf, stack a few books (largest book on the bottom) under one of them to create some visual interest with varying heights.  

Remember, when creating your shelving display, that the most important thing is to create something that is interesting and displays your passions, hobbies, and interests.