Tuesday, August 19, 2014

on my thrifting list...bamboo accent table

Do you have a thrifting list? Mine is on my phone.  
It's easy to forget about specific items you want to be on the lookout for, keeping a
 list helps you focus in the heat of the moment when steals are so tempting! :)  

These little gems are easy to score at thrift stores, garage sales or Craigslist. 
(Check out the collection I found on our Craigslist at the end of the post)
Such a versatile piece, move it anywhere you might need an extra accent table,
or place to set a beverage or book, inside or outside, bedroom, bathroom, entry or 
guest room. I love the interesting variety of details and sizes, too.

Benjamin Dhong
Carmen Lopez
Cote de Texas
Abby M. Interiors


Here are a handful of options that came up on Craigslist just now:
$25 - Rattan with Glass top
2 for $35 - Share with a friend!

 $150 - Not a steal, but worth a splurge for this unique Mid-century piece!
 26"w x 14"d x 22"h

What's on your thrifting list?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

diy framed batik fabric...

Are you sitting down? I finally made a decision and finished my gallery wall!
The empty frames hanging in the living room had been the subject of jokes with friends
 and family for a year awhile, no more! I loved the vibrant colors and patterns of these
 batik-like fabrics I found at  Joanns and Hancock Fabrics, and knew how simple and
 inexpensive it would be to frame them. Remember when I showed you lots of options

I like the contrast of the ornate details on my Craigslist settee that I reupholstered
with the simple modern frames.   

I hit the jackpot at Goodwill one day a year ago and found all the frames (already matted)
 for $8 each, they're nice sized 18" x 21". The entire arrangement is 5 1/2 feet x 6 1/2 feet,
 large enough to make a pretty statement. 

I bought a third of a yard each of several prints, the fabric was 30% off
the day I shopped and each ended up being about $3, total $27.

The process is just a few simple steps:

1) Iron your fabric smoothing out any wrinkles.

2) Place fabric behind mat and position pattern/color to your liking.

3) Trim fabric and hot glue to edge of mat, place in your frame.

I'm loving the variation in colors and how effortlessly they'll mix with some
warm tones for fall, which is right around the corner! :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

ikea henriksdal chair...

I'm back sharing another Ikea favorite today.
Oh my goodness, you guys, I couldn't believe it when I realized I'd never done a post
 on the Ikea Henriksdal Chair. It's one of my go-to dining chairs that I always suggest to
 clients for it's all around function, great style and adaptability.

Machine Washable Floor length slip cover is included
Solid Birch Legs

As with all of Ikea's slip covered pieces additional covers are available.
Shorter slip covers are available for The Henriksdal in a variety of colors for $39.
This style gives it a more modern tailored look.

Take a peek at some of the ways you could incorporate them in a dining room or at a desk.
I love the idea of customizing them with a trim detail, or coordinating band at the bottom.


Yes, you can have white chairs in the dining room! If you've never tried slip covers,
 Ikea's are great quality for the price, and launder nicely.

 If you're an Ikea fan you can find more of my favorites here,
and if not, you become one when you see these awesome items:

Salong White Vase

Sunday, August 10, 2014

smitten with cullman and kravis and a winner...

First, the lucky winner of the Easy Canvas Print Giveaway is....

Wendy S. - Congrats! 

I recently came across the gorgeous portfolio of Cullman & Kravis, I'm smitten with
 their design and obsessed with the artwork they incorporate. I could pour over and analyze
 these rooms and the intricate details for hours. Their goal is to achieve a modern traditional
 aesthetic, using antiques alongside modern artworks, custom furniture and exceptional
 textiles to create a complex, layered but always comfortable and never too formal space. 

When you have time sit back with your favorite beverage and check out their 
portfolio, it's like perusing your favorite design magazine. Here's a sampling for you... 




And my favorite... 


Friday, August 8, 2014

guest post and giveaway...

Hope your weekend is off to a good start!
I'm popping in for a quick Saturday morning post to let you know I'm thrilled to be 
over at Julia's @ Cuckoo 4 Design joining her Living Pretty with your Pets series here
Julia's love and compassionate heart for animals is second to none, you can't help but 
adore her when you read her touching stories of kindheartedness.  

If you're a cat lover you'll be amazed the outdoor cat enclosure she created out of
compassion for her indoor cats! 

If by chance you're not familiar with Julia, and think she's just a crazy cat lady,
think again! She was recently named a Top DIY blog by Domino, quite an impressive 
honor and on top of that she's one of the sweetest in all the blogosphere! I'm always
 blown away with her unique projects, you can check out her beautiful house tour here,
 which is chock full of them! Here's a little peek... 


A huge thank you to Julia for having Mikko, Rio and me! 
One last thing before you head over to Cuckoo 4 Design, if you haven't
entered the giveaway for the beautiful canvas print you still have time!

Canvas Print Giveaway click here

Enjoy the weekend, friends! 
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