Monday, September 28, 2015

Inspired by Instagram Favs!

I'm always sending my clients and friends photos that pop up in my Instagram
feed. Most of them aren't on IG, and since many Instagramers don't have blogs it's
fun to see fresh inspiration that hasn't made its way to Pinterest yet. :)
Here are a few that caught my eye recently...
(Click on the links below the photos to check out the Instagram feeds)

Soma styled her bar cart beautifully for fall with the glam gold metallic pumpkin... 

Soma @terraceoftheelephants

Kathleen created the perfect example of less is more in this gorgeous vignette...

 Kathleen @lindsay_hill_interiors

Mysha DIYed this incredible black and white patterned floor...

Mysha @remingtonavenue

Jennifer's simple fresh fall centerpiece is stunning...

Jennifer @decorgold

Jennifer is the Queen of fab flea market finds and she incorporates them effortlessly...

Jennifer @fleamarketfab

Dana's chic timeless style is always a favorite...

Congrats to Judith, she's been nominated for HGTV's Fresh Faces of Design...

Sue shares drool worthy eye candy like this stylish space... 

Sue @zhush

And, if you've never checked out my Instagram feed you can take a
peek here. :)

Monday, September 21, 2015

I Spy a Craigslist Buy (6)

Last time I did an I Spy a Craigslist Buy post someone asked how often I
do them or if I post on a specific day, I'll try to aim for every two weeks,
 but since I'm at the mercy of Craig I have to be flexible.  :) 
I was thinking how much fun it would be to design an entire room with today's finds.
I can't even let my brain go there, it won't turn off - imagining how to balance it all to
 work together, how each piece would function and then fabrics, colors, paint,'s endless. 

These listings are currently available on Denver Craigslist.
(Just click on the link below the heading)

Cabinet/Desk $50 (Erie)

I see these secretary desks all the time, but my favorite is this style with fret work
detail on the doors. This is a steal for $50, and they're gorgeous painted.
I thought it looked like the finial at the top was broke off, but I've seen them
 without as well, so not sure. I love the idea of using one as a bar.

Thomasville Vintage Buffet $80 (Arvada)

The hardware is probably worth more than $80!
Sounds like a great quality piece of furniture, there's nothing better than
warm wood against a crisp white background.

It would make a great functional dining room buffet. I'd pair it with a table
 and chairs with more contrast than this, black or white would be pretty.
 The lamp and pendant are the perfect modern accents.

Painted and used as office storage.

Upholstered Bench $30 (Southeast Aurora)
38" x 17" x 23"

The fabric on this bench may be ok it's hard to tell, it looks like it could be a
great global, boho style with some fun colors. If that doesn't work for you,
a bold zebra print and some gold detail on the legs would give you this $2,000
 Horchow look.


Beautiful Chair $30 (Lakewood)

In a heartbeat I would paint this gem a dark or fun color to show off the silhouette.
You guys know I have a weakness for inexpensive chairs, they make such
an interesting statement. There's a lot going on in this area for me, but my eye
goes directly to the silhouette of that charming chair.

Vintage Empire Style Sofa - Eclectic $400 (Denver)
Reupholstered from Calico Corners - down cushions, excellent condition.

Another lovely Craigslist photo, haha!  
Gingham and Buffalo checks are trending and paired with modern or edgy pieces
 take on a new vibe. Here are some ideas for how to mix checks to up the chic factor.
Jeffrey Bilhuber

Hope you're inspired to check your local Craigslist,
 and if you score one of these I'd love to know!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

new client ~ new look for an antique desk

Happy Friday friends!! 
I have a delightful new client, they're building a new home that will be ready in a few
 short months. Mrs. would like to have the major decor decisions completed, and furniture
 purchased in advance, so when they move in it's as close to finished as possible. I love
 using pieces my clients have and showing them how to breathe new life into them.
 She has several beautiful items we'll be using in new ways or painting. When we were
 looking through her furniture deciding what to keep we found this nice antique desk
 stored in her basement.  
I suggested it would be a great functional desk to use in their loft, and by pairing it
 with a new modern chair and/or artwork it would take on an entirely new look.
 Mixing antique and modern is one of my favorite styles and ways to add interest
 in an unexpected way. For those of you Craigslist fans antique desks are usually
easy to come by at a reasonable price.   

Here are some ideas how to combine the opposing styles and inject a dose of
 personality into your room....

Her desk stored in the basement.

Hope the weekend finds you outside enjoying some gorgeous fall weather! 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

craigslist score - vintage brass trunks

I did it again you guys, threw my willpower, self-disipline, self-control and restraint
right out the window and fell victim to a Craigslist steal.
These two vintage brass beauties popped up on Sunday for $25 each and are now piled
 in my living room! I always use the excuse that I can use my Craigslist finds for clients,
 but quickly become attached to far too many of them.
They're in great condition, (the funky shiny areas are due to lighting) but are definitely
tarnished. I'm torn if I like the tarnished look vs shiny polished, one would
 certainly be easier!   
The lady selling them said she was helping her mom clean out some things, and hated
 them because she remembered her and her sister having to polish them as punishment.

Summer Thornton Designs feelinvintage

Do you know how to determine if a piece is brass or brass plated?
A magnet will NOT stick to brass, these are brass.

Most likely I won't be keeping both of them, I'm leaning toward using the chest
with drawers as an end table. I can't wait to play around with them and see
where they end up.

Here's to throwing self discipline out the window every once in a while. :)

Sunday, September 13, 2015

frilly ornamental cabbage for fall

I'm crazy for the thick, frilly crinkled leaves of ornamental cabbage, and add a plum
 or fuchsia colored center and they're guaranteed to make their way into my cart. 
I spied some at a nursery over the weekend and couldn't help but grab a pot.
 I haven't decided how I'm going to display it yet, and I found too many pretty options. 
I have a pair of smaller urns that happen to be empty, and an old wooden coke box,
some great weathered pots, a shiny silver bowl, and a big white soup tureen. 
What to do?

add them to a pot or urn...

 create a simple centerpiece...

make a note to plant in the year.

Do you have a favorite?

Friday, September 11, 2015

My Early Fall Home Tour ~ 2015

Thanks so much for stopping by my Early Fall Tour, 
I'm thrilled to be included and thank you to Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life
for organizing such a wonderful group of tours. If you're coming over from
 Dimples & Tangles you've no doubt been wowed by my friend Jennifer's talent
 for creating a beautifully stylish home filled with color! 
Early Fall translates to no pumpkins or fall leaves to be found in Denver yet,
 which is perfectly fine with me. It seems we're all in agreement to savor every
 last drop of summer, so I'm easing into the transition of fall today.
If you're new here I live in Denver with Mr. Simple, our son and fur babies in a 
little cottage built in 1938. Come on in and I'll show you around, I'm sure it will
come as no surprise that I've changed a few things up since our Summer Tour. :)

I love creating new looks using what I have by moving furniture, art and
 accessories from room to room, it's easy on the budget and keeps my creative side
entertained. My inspiration for the updated color scheme was this rug I scored on
 Craigslist for a steal several months ago. I loved the global vibe and thought the
 colors would be great for fall. The cheetah stencil was a fun project awhile back to
 give my tiny entry some interest.  

I went for an eclectic look in our living room, a mix of French, vintage and global.
  A couple new pillows I made and changing up the artwork made me happy!
  I've had the hunting dog painting for years but hadn't used it and was thrilled it worked.
 By mixing in a couple DIY abstracts and other prints I had, along with the tie dye
 pattern pillow, it kept it from looking too formal and
 reminiscent of my gold and burgundy days. 

I spray painted some branches from our yard metallic gold,
since free, gold and a little glam is my jam. :)

My favorite new accessories ~ Chinese Calligraphy Brushes!
My dear friend happened to be living in Beijing for awhile and was sweet enough to
amass a beautiful collection for me. I couldn't love them and her more! 
Remember in my Summer Tour I showed you how I use any and all greenery from
 my yard, do you recognize the sweet potato vine? 

The big change is my vintage wingbacks are gone, not GONE, just in the basement
so I could bring up these bamboo chairs to enjoy for awhile. The white campaign chest had
 been on the opposite side of the room, I used it during Christmas last year as a bar set up.
You can see it in my Christmas Tour here.
The texture and intricate pattern of the chairs pop against all the white.    

On to our family room where we hang out most of the time. We're still fans of our Ikea
 Ektorp sectional, it's held up really well and of course the washable slipcovers are the best. 
I was inspired by this creative lady's awesome idea to pack our bookcase full of books.
I tweaked it a bit and put my own spin on it by adding some of my blue and white ginger jars. 
I got lots of raised eyebrows and eye-rolling from my boys for this one. Haha! 

The artwork on the mantel was in the living room gallery wall the last time you saw it. 
I've had a couple old columns for years, I keep them out in the garden. 
See those gold leaves ~ I brought the car to a screeching halt as soon as I saw them and
 hopped out to grab them from a tree on the side of the road.
 I can't wait to change out the large urn for bright fall foliage.   

 I found this orange pillow at Ross ~ great textured twine and gold beading create
the pattern. I kept our coffee table styling super simple.

Here's a little peek at our dining room, I set the table with some of my favorites, bread,
 tomatoes, herbs and Black Eyed Susan from our yard.   

I have to share this with you guys, during the time I've been prepping for the tour
we've had repairs being done on our 80 year old windows and some new siding. 
The crew's table saws, ladders and tools were just outside our dining room French
 doors. I was trying to be patient but every day there was a surprise waiting for me,
boarded up windows, taped windows waiting for primer and then paint. 
I couldn't take any photos for days! 
I just about lost it one day, my room was all finished and I walked in to them using
 the electric sander around the window frames. Mr. Simple intervened and I heard 
something about blog, which I'm sure they clearly understood. 
I can only imagine the stories they told their wives about this lady that spent her
 day fluffing pillows, cutting branches off her shrubs, setting a table with food that
 sat there for days, oh and the books!  

 Our girl Rio ~ because I couldn't end with those ugly photos!

It's been a pleasure sharing our home with you, thank you so much for stopping by. 
If you'd like to keep up with the never ending projects over here I'd love you to 
follow along:

Next up on the tour is the lovely Sherry @ No Minimalist Here, I can't wait to see
 her beautiful home decked out for us. 

If you'd like to catch up here is the tour line up for the week.

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