Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Guest Posts at East Coast Creative + Houzz

Hi! Today I'm at East Coast Creative sharing the start of my office in Tennessee, it's a mix of projects completed in the last few months and a couple new ones! Make sure to stop by!


Also, if you missed my tutorial on how to make a marble table lamp on Houzz, check that out! You won't believe how easy it is using baseboard tiles.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Rattan Chair Makeover

Hi! I hope that you had a great weekend! It was hot here! We went almost directly from frigid winter in Ohio to unseasonably warm temps in Tennessee. But it was gorgeous, not complaining at all .. well maybe a little, I was attacked by several bees, so we'll have to figure that out .. as I was sanding and painting outside, I also had the fly swatter added to my tool arsenal!

If you follow me on instagram, you might have seen this rattan chair that I found on Friday! I love the shape, and the fact that it didn't need any major repairs / reconfiguring. Finding something that just needs a little sanding, painting, and simple upholstery is SO much easier than repairing and switching things around. Too often, I buy things that need a lot of work.

This was easily done in a day while we were working on other projects, so not bad at all!


I didn't prepare a full tutorial but here's a quick run down. 

1. Lightly sand chair with 120 sandpaper

2. Wipe off dust with microfiber cloth

3. Prime. My paint had primer built in, but I opted to add an additional coat for extra coverage and protection once dry. Apply in thin coats

4. Paint. Once the primer is dry, apply in thin coats letting it dry in between. I used 2 cans of spray paint. (Valspar - Mellow Spring)

5. Upholster the seat (here's a similar tutorial) Mine came with a piece of loose plywood, which made upholstering so easy!


BTW, did you know that it's the final week of Creating with the Stars!? Voting is open through Tuesday! Stop by and pick you favorite. I'll be there tomorrow, sharing our home decor project, make sure to stop by!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Five



Sorry to be away for the the past few Fridays. Now that we've moved, I'm hoping to be back regularly. Here's what's caught my eye recently!


I found Tonic Living a year or so ago, and I was immediately hooked! I love that it's a carefully curated collection - so you don't have to search through pages and pages to find one thing that you like. You can start with one fabric to use as your inspiration and easily find ones that coordinate. Here's a quick board that I put together. I see this in a girl's room - floor to ceiling floral draperies and accent pillow on bed, gray and white geometric upholstered headboard, fuschia linen accent pillow, and an accent chair in the green trellis with a metallic ivory linen accent pillow.



sakura white tea // tuscany linen orchid // locked white tea // bethe leaf // alchemy linen



If you're interested in photography, than you probably know how important LIGHT is! But getting ideal lighting isn't always possible .. I recently purchased a combination reflector / diffuser and it's game changer! You can easily soften light or reflect a warm or cool light to reflect more light on your object. The translucent circle has silver and gold that zippers on and off and compacts down to fit in a case. 



Here's an example using the diffuser .. 


Pretty neat, huh? I have the 43" size, but it also comes in a 22" size




Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Castile Soap - this soap is amazing!! Admittedly, I have a love for all things mint (especially soap), but this is my fav! It is a great way to wake up or relax - you feel like a new person! It's also concentrated and versatile, so a good value. The cheapest I've found it is at Trader Joes, $10 for 32 ounces. 



Did you catch Mandi from Vintage Revivals bedroom reveal for her niece? I'm CRAZY for her wood ring stamped (yes STAMPED) feature wall! SO good!! Click here for the room reveal. Please pin from original source. 

vintage revivals 



I'm obsessed with the shape of this headboard! It has a custom look for less, a queen is currently $299.99. Available at Target 


Love this Penelope Large Nightstand from West Elm! The circular shape is a great contrast to the typical square shape of the dresser and bed. 

Hope you all have a great weekend! David has off today, so hopefully we can enjoy this beautiful spring weather!! After this winter, we need some SUN!! :) 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Knoxville welcomes us | Vintage Faux Bamboo Chair + TJ Maxx + Trader Joes + a FREE Printable

Hi! Yesterday I was browsing Craigslist (a must for when you're in a new city, right?) and found an amazing faux bamboo cane slipper chair. I sold my caning chair before we left CA and I miss it. So I decided that this would be perfect! At $85, it was a little more than I'd normally spend, but it was in great condition.

We may still have boxes everywhere, but David happily agreed to go with me to pick it up. Now, to paint or not to paint?


Knoxville has given use a warm welcome with vintage furniture AND with TJ Maxx, I found a look-a-like of my favorite Trina Turk pillow for $14.99!


AND Knoxville has gotten a Trader Joes since we were here last! So excited for the flowers and for meal planning. I got so used to meal planning using Trader Joes while in CA, dinner hasn't been the same since .. happy to have one that's close!


and on an unrelated note, our laundry issues continue. Our rental in TN came with a washer / dryer and a major mold / mildew / dirt issue in the washer. Looks like the last person didn't know that you have to leave the door open when not in use and wipe out the rubber gasket. I've gotten some great tips on Instagram, thanks IG friends!! I haven't tried them all yet, but I plan to today. I got all of the chunks, yes I said chunks of dirt out of the gasket. Ran the sanitary cycle multiple times with bleach, white vinegar, Tide washing machine cleaner (not together) .. and it's looking and smelling much better. I'm still kinda scared what's where I can't see .. The gasket has a mildew stain that I can't get out, any suggestions?

Finally, I didn't have time to work on a brand new printable, but I did an update per a request! Download your free copy of Mr. + Mrs. HERE It looks just like the images below, but Mr. Mrs. instead. Print size is 39.25" x 27.5" (This Ikea Ribba Frame, minus the mat)


I hope you're having a great week!!
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