Monday, November 29, 2010

Dresser Makeover

I was desperately in need of a dresser makeover- preferably black or white (to go with a recent bedroom makeover) with some fun detail or hardware. Here are some inspiring images that helped get the project started:

(Pottery Barn)

Here's my finished dresser: (see before pic at the bottom)

I rolled on 2 coats of Kelly Moore's Swiss Coffee in eggshell finish and added some patina-looking embellishments under the drawer pulls.

(Before)Total cost: $27 for paint & supplies

Sunday, November 28, 2010

DIY Medallion

This morning's DIY was a ceiling medallion for my DIY palm chandelier!

(Abode Love)

(Patricia Gray)

(Habitually Chic)

The ceiling/sheet rock was a little uneven and jagged around the chandelier base where the original ceiling light was installed so it looked unfinished up close.

Soooo... a medallion was the perfect solution. I think they are really fun and add a little finishing touch to a room.

I picked one up from Home Depot for $24...

got out my drill gun...

removed the chandelier...

mounted, painted, and measured to make sure the base fit inside...

painted the screws white, and re-installed the chandelier!

Ta da! It totally covers the holes in the sheet rock and adds some extra glam to the guest room.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

DIY Stockings

Every year I say I'm going to try to make my own Christmas stockings, but this year I actually did it.
I think white stockings are perfection so I decided to go for it!

(Coastal Living)

(my makeshift sewing "room")

(printed pattern from the web)

(silver white and gold embellishments)

Ta Da!

I'm super happy with the results!

Monday, November 22, 2010

New Creations November 22

coming soon :)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Table Top Steal

Michael's had brushed gold chargers on sale this weekend for $1.99 each. I thought it was an awesome find so I grabbed as many as I could for my holiday tabletop.

I ended up with 16 for $32...

not too bad compared with some other stores' prices:

Pottery Barn Silver Charger $32 for 1

Pottery Barn Studio Charger $16 for 1

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Missoni-inspired finds under $50

I'm currently obsessed with Missoni textiles in home decor and fashion.
Here are 2 recent Missoni-esque finds that I bought for fall (under $50).

Tela Silky Print Dress from UO

Beaded Coin Purse from Target

Monday, November 15, 2010

I just love this Trina Turk necklace...

which inspired me to make...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Coastal Holiday Finds

Here are some of my favorite coastal holiday finds
for the table from

Coastal Ornaments

Sea Urchin Candleholders

Sea Shell Napkin Rings

Too cute!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Maybe someday our vines out back will overgrow enough to look like this courtyard...

Monday, November 1, 2010

Bedroom Makeover

This project has been about 6 weeks in the making, primarily because I've been working during the day, I had to wait for a day off to paint, and I had to borrow a truck to pick up the new bed. I went all out though... it was time for a change. I re-painted, hung curtains, painted the fan, changed wall decor, painted end tables, got a new bed & lamps, and cruised etsy for some unique accents. My hope was to keep a Mediterranean-beachy feel but update the room to make it brighter, lighter, more modern, and more sophisticated.

Hope you enjoy the end result!

(After pics)

(Check out the "before pics" at the bottom of the post)

(Curtain tie-backs match some of the old accent pieces in the room... $4.99 at Marshall's!)

(This fan was originally a horrible faux wood color... blah!)

Here are some of the rooms that inspired the project:

(Shawn Jackson)
(I love the combo of black, white and yellow in these rooms.)

(Rachel Zoe's Missoni-esqu room inspired the pillow choices.)

(That bed! Those lamps! I love the simplicity of this Real Housewife's room)

Some yucky before pics...

(The end tables before I painted them- doesn't look right with that new beautiful lucite lamp!)

I stuck to a budget of $300 by repurposing what I already had and taking advantage of Ikea and Marshall's prices. I think I'll put the drill gun away for awhile :)