Sunday, December 29, 2013

Goodwill Chair Makeover - THE REVEAL

Hey Everyone!

Sorry for the 2 month hiatus - I've had a busy couple of months, but I'm finally back :)

I realized that I never posted a reveal of my Goodwill Chair Makeover that my sister and I worked on together.  If you need a refresher on where we left off, click HERE.

I chose a beautiful peacock blue fabric for the front part of the chair - found at Joann.  I bought 2 yards of this fabric.  As for the back, I found a multi-colored toile fabric at Hobby Lobby and bought just 1 yard.  I couldn't find a link for either of the two fabrics but I paid around $10-$15 per yard, if I remember correctly.  The rest of my supplies {piping filler cord and dust cover for bottom of chair} were purchased at Joann.  Remember to always use a coupon {both stores have apps you can d/l}!!

Here she is:

I used a trick I learned from the fabulous Kristin | The Hunted Interior:  DOUBLE PIPING. {on a side note:  you MUST follow her blog.  She is so inspiring and has EXCELLENT taste in everything she does!}

Adding a double welt makes you look like a PRO and covers up sloppy stapling ;)  I {my sister} simply sewed two lengths of piping together and we hot-glued it right on top of the fabric.  Easy Peasy.  We just did a single welt for the bottom seat of the chair.  As for the buttons, I used the existing ones and recovered them in the new fabric with some hot glue.

I love how the blue fabric seemingly changes color throughout the day, depending on lighting conditions.

Here's a couple shots of the back:

Toile may not be for everyone.  Heck, I'm not usually drawn to it either, but I love that this particular fabric has so many different colors in it.  I feel like I never see that - it's usually a monochromatic color scheme.  I also love the large scale of it!

What do you guys think?  Not too shabby for my first chair re-upholstery project - eh?

A special THANK YOU goes out to my sister for helping me.  I couldn't have done it without you {literally}!!!


Monday, October 28, 2013

Happy Fall!

I wanted to share a picture of my only fall decorating this year.  I am a big fan of decorating pumpkins as opposed to carving them (less ick!).  And you all probably know by now how much I love this color scheme:

This past weekend my husband and I threw an engagement party for our beekeeping besties.  I'll be sharing the honey bee engagement party decor later this week, so stay tuned!! 


Friday, October 11, 2013

HomeGoods HAPPY!

Hi friends!

Today I wanted to share some photos of my ALMOST complete living room.  When we originally moved in we painted the walls a lovely "greige" color and our huge TV wall was painted a darker gray.  While I LOVED the dark gray color, we just didn't get enough natural light in the space, which made things very dark and dreary, so I recently painted the accent wall a much lighter color.  I have been on a mission over the last few months to transform our space from "dark & dreary" to "light and bright!"  I hope you love the outcome as much as I do!

(PS - the area behind the couch, the fireplace, and the curtain situation is all still under construction!!) :)

 I'm in love with my new HomeGoods rug!  It's a Calvin Klein and it has metallic spots all over it (which makes it a little tricky to photograph, but it is GORGEOUS in person)!  So far, my dogs have treated it very well - fingers crossed - but they go in and out of the back patio door at least 200 times per day.  I might end up having to move it to a less-traffic area though, we shall see.

This is my HomeGoods miracle photograph.  Everybody knows that when you see something you like at HomeGoods you MUST buy it on the spot or you will NEVER see that baby again.  Well........I broke this cardinal rule when I first saw this picture.  I immediately loved it but at $80, I wasn't willing to spend that kind of money and thought I could find something similar for much less.  Well it turns out that after researching other horse photographs, to get buy one in a size that large and to get it framed would end up costing me a few hundred dollars - yikes!!  So, of course, when I went back to HomeGoods, my beloved horses had been sold.  However, about a month later, I found the same photograph again (that seriously NEVER happens to me!)  So here it is in all its glory!

On another note, I recently submitted photos to A Thoughtful Place Blog's Instagram account (follow her, she ROCKS!) for her Friday EyeCandy feature.  This time she is featuring "HomeGoods Happy" Spaces.  My living room has TONS of HomeGoods finds:  The black and white chevron pillow, the brass pharmacy floor lamp, my new rug!, the blue velvet studded pillow, the blue chinoiserie pillow, the white furry blanket on my couch, and my horse photograph that I am somewhat obsessed with :)

Visit her post today to see all of the gorgeous spaces, and to see which two lucky gals won a $50 HomeGoods gift card - (hint hint, one of them you may know!)

Have a great weekend!  I'm about to leave for Chicago with my mama!!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Goodwill Chair Makeover - Part 1


If you follow me on Instagram.  You'll remember that I scored a great barrel-back cane chair for only $15!!

Here's what she looked like:

The chair is in great condition, I just wasn't loving the fabric.  

I wanted to choose a solid fabric for the front and a fun accent pattern for the back.  I chose a pretty peacock blue fabric and found a gorgeous colorful toile fabric for the back panel.  I plan on using this chair in my living room and I figured the blue is neutral enough to fit in a lot of different spaces/design schemes but it's much better than a boring beige (my couch, 2 chairs, and carpet are all some form of brown/beige)!  Here's a sneak peek at the back panel:

The fabric on the ground is for the rest of the chair.  It's going to be so so cute!  I will post the finished product soon.

Have a great Saturday! 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Gallery Wall - Part 2

Hello again!

Last time we left off my gallery wall-to-be looked like this:

I wasn't happy with how the upper left-hand corner was looking so I switched things around and ended up with this:

It's a bit more symmetrical without being too matchy-matchy, which is what I was going for this time!  And here's how the frames look after I hung them!

I'm loving it!!  Let's take a closer look!

As you can see, I don't have many frames filled just yet!  I'm working on it - I will post again once they are all filled.

My favorite part about the gallery wall is the black Target frame I jazzed up with some hardware and hammered nailheads!

What do you think?  Do you usually collect your art first or pick out your frames first?

Thanks for looking!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Gallery Wall - Part 1

So this happened last night:

We recently bought a new tv (and we painted the wall again!) so I had to take down my old gallery wall.  I wanted it to be bigger and better this time so I bought a few extra frames.  I found some pretty silver ones on clearance at Target that I'm going to incorporate.  So the frames will be a mix of black, gold and silver.

I'm so proud of myself for actually taking the time to cut out paper pieces and play with the shape of my gallery wall before I just start hammering away (that's usually how I roll).  I'm going to play around with it a bit more tonight and hopefully will hang some frames soon!

I will keep you updated - just wanted to share a sneak peek!

Anything you would change?!  How's it looking?

Thursday, September 12, 2013


P.S. - Did any of you watch the WWHL ExtravaGAGAnza last night?  Amazing.  I can't stop giggling at this picture of Andy: 

Love him :-)

Master Bathroom Redo

Hello!  It's been a while (even though I vowed to blog more often ;) hehe). Today I wanted to share some photos (iPhone quality, don't judge!) of our master bathroom renovation we completed this summer.  If you remember the before pictures of our bathroom, you probably recall the awful red painted wallpaper (a Bella and Birch infomercial product- yuck!)  We ended up having to have a friend plaster over it because we could not remove that darn stuff!!!  We finally got around to re-tiling our bathtub this past May and we've been enjoying our new subway tiled shower alllllll summer.  We love it and I hope you do, too!  

Here's a look at our bathroom when we first bought the house:

It definitely needed some TLC, am I right?!?

I really wanted to brighten up this space and make it simple, clean and timeless.  If you check out my Pinterest board you'll see all of my inspiration photos for the project!

We had never tiled anything before so to prepare ourselves for the task, I scoured the web for tutorials.  I really loved the tutorial I found at Queen B and Me.  She was very clear and straight-forward with her directions and it gave me all the confidence I needed to tackle such a scary project!  Definitely check it out if you are planning a similar project.

Here is what it looked like after we finished the tiling job:

Since then we have added a shelf to hold cotton swabs, cotton rounds, make-up brushes, etc, and a picture frame holding a pretty Manet print.  

Wall Color - Silver Drop by Behr
Subway Tile - 3x6 from Home Depot
Grout Color - Dove Gray from Tile Shop
Shower Curtain - Crate and Barrel
Picture Frame - IKEA (added brass brackets from Home Depot)
Shelf - Lowes
Curtain Rod, Curtain Hooks, Toilet Paper Holder, and Towel Bars - all found at Home Goods/TJMaxx
Rugs - Target (old)

Thanks for reading.  Hope you love it as much as we do!  Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. 

I couldn't resist adding one last picture of my cutie-pie hubby during our tiling adventure :-)

Haha!  Have a good night!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th!!

So last night I redesigned my blog and I'm hoping to REALLY start blogging now!  I've sort of been a slacker (my last post was almost a year ago!)

Writing a blog is something I’ve wanted to do for a couple years now, but for some reason I find it completely intimidating! I’m a huge lover of interior design but my career is in marketing—this blog is that creative outlet that I long for.

So I hope you'll join me as I finally overcome my blogging fears and share my journey of new homeownership, DIY projects, and maybe a few puppy pictures, too! :-).

Have a great Independence Day