|The materials are easy to find: wooden crates and mercury glass pumpkin from HomeGood, smaller pumpkins in wood and ceramic from Target.|
Sep 29, 2014
Now that summer has ended, many might be wondering what to do with all the fun gatherings around the BBQ on Sundays. Fall activities can also bring great times with just the right accents. Start by picking an area where you can place a modern bar cart (so trendy right now) fill with all the basics you know your guests will love. Or, if you prefer to entertain around your kitchen and have an eye for vintage décor (like myself); try putting together a home bar. To inspired you in this matter I’ve made a mood board using accessories from Chairish with the bar stools as the main characters and with an industrial vibe. I call it an “Industrial Mix” where aluminum and bare pendant bulbs are combined to create an interesting atmosphere. Cheers!
Sep 27, 2014
Sometimes is hard to imagine how simple things can turn into great ones. In this case, a less than happy $3.99 Trader Joe’s bouquet turned out to be a wonderful arrangement. Just this morning I went into the store in search for some cute mini white pumpkins (or should I call them “The Pumpkin-saurus” because they seem rather extinct in this part of the States). I can gladly say that my mission was accomplished plus, among the colorful flowers TJ’s had, I found the last Fall bouquet that somehow looked as if it was waiting for me.
Because it was rather skimpy, I took a long pause to think on ways I can turn this into a nice little accent for our new home. Suddenly I remember that last year I bought a pumpkin glass vase (from HomeGoods) for serving candies, but I never got the chance to use. In went the flowers into my cart!
When I got home, I placed the flowers over the kitchen counter and while standing there looking at my sad bouquet and glass vase, I started rearranging each stem as if trying to make them look like those beautiful arrangements I stumble with in Pinterest. I have to confess that I know nothing about flower arrangements, yet that didn’t keep me from trying to do something that ended up looking pretty nice.
Again, I’m not a professional flower artist but in case you were wondering, here is what I did: placing one Ball canning jar inside the pumpkin glass vase I filled the vase with some wood mini disks (from Michaels).Then, I started arranging the green stems first (the ones with leaves) trying to make an imaginary triangle (a bit tilted to one side) to give it some sort of weight. After the form it took convinced me, I started adding the wheat and added to some of the empty spaces. All that I did then was to place the flowers in the remaining spaces. I did so but in small bunches that will balance the weight of the greenery from one of the sides. As for the finishing touches I added the long grass straws and the sunflower.
Not bad for a rookie like myself! I have to admit that it was a very easy and inexpensive arrangement that brought a pop of color into our home. Do you love to decorate with flowers? What kind of flowers do you mostly use? I would love to know more about you, share your thoughts with me.
Sep 25, 2014
As you'll notice this stone has an organic design carving which I'm roughly guessing can be of Mediterranean Revival influence. Nevertheless, I can only conclude that who ever designed it thought very well on what can be used over and over again from years to come. This fireplace header carving is definitely an attention grabber hence my excitement when it comes to decorating its mantel.
Following the visual movement its organic design creates, I'm throwing several natural objects into the mix to make it more vivid. Some dry cotton branches and mini wood disks (from Michaels) echo the natural aspect of the fireplace header.
Because it is Fall (one of my favorite seasons), pumpkins and owls are a must. This feathery creature made of mercury glass (from Home Decorators Collection) came with a foam base which I took off so I could place a battery operated flickering tea light. Just love its soft glimmering light at nights
For this vignette I also used some pumpkins. One made out of wood (from Target) and the other, a real gourd. This bumpy little thing lost its stem, so I made him a new one with some strongly twisted brown paper. I hid this gourd under a apothecary glass dome (also from Michaels) with some dry honeycombs.
With this soft palette I created a Autumn mantel that can easily make a transition into Halloween or even Christmas by just adding additional accents or even greenery. What style did you used in your mantel? If you don't have one, what is your favorite nook to decorate during the festivities? Share with me your ideas, I'm always in the look for some inspiration.
Sep 24, 2014
|Love decorating my new fireplace with some Fall accents. Here I use a wooden pumpkin from Target, apothecary vase from Michael's, mercury glass owl from Home Decorators Collection and a porcelain vase from HomeGoods. Stay tuned for an exciting giveaway on Monday (hint: sun rays!).|
After all the craziness that a construction brings, finally I can take a clean (dust free) breather and start bringing in some old furniture and accessories from our apartment, but also new ones.I remember that when we bought this house the floors were one of the first items in our “to-do-list”. Perhaps you don’t remember, but ours were almost black and although they are real wood, the previous owner decided to cover some damaged slabs by painting it with a very dark color. Thanks heaven for Cleon’s company (Wood Floor Solutions and Design) who were the super guys that brought our floors to life again with some TLC and lots of sanding.
Now instead of having an illusion of a small and crowded space, the feeling of amplitude and brightness has taken over the entire house. I love having a space where I feel natural light bouncing back and forth from one wall to the other and this floor helps with this.
On our living room, where that gorgeous 1938 fireplace is, I've indulged in using a neutral palette allowing the natural light to bring up the textures and finishes of pieces I’m using to accessorize.
Although I know I’m far from finishing this area, I feel extremely happy every time I come home and see my new Chesterfield inspired sofa from Home Decorators Collection (Gordon Tufted Sofa) bathed in the soft light of a beautiful sunset.
What is your favorite color palette? Would you prefer color over textures in a space or can you live with both? Share any thoughts with me; I love to hear from you!!
Sep 9, 2014
Autumn is here and many of us like to update and refresh areas around our home. Perhaps for you, moving the furniture around to create a new look in the living room, will do; or placing new accent pieces here and there just to bring the season in. But how about really making a change in your space with a custom paint job and to really refresh it, a new ceiling fan!
Sounds unbelievable, well it is real! Hunter Fan Company is celebrating the National Ceiling Fan Day (#NationalCeilingFanDay) on September 18 and are giving away a custom paint job and a new Hunter's Fan. All you have to do is, on their Facebook page, explain what would a room refresh mean to you and include a photo of the room you'd like to be refreshed. So, don't wait another minute and visit Hunter Fan Company's Facebook to participate.
In the mean time, I'll be refreshing my own spot in our new house and thinking about the day we can have a porch as "cool" as that one on the picture!
Sep 5, 2014
It's been awhile since I pin a sideboard onto my Interior Design board. Ever since that day, I've been dreaming on having a similar one; but when struck by the expensive reality of that Ralph Lauren piece, suddenly my dreams got shattered.
Because I wasn't going to give up so easily, and taking advantage of my dad's visit (my one and only carpenter guru), I began doodling my idea. What started as a RL sideboard ended up being a mix between that piece and a WE reclaimed wooden buffet.
This is how I'm picturing my sideboard to look like.
Hopefully during the following couple of weeks I'll be sharing the progress of our first "homemade" piece of furniture.
Have you ever build anything from a mere idea? Did it ended up looking the way you imagined it to be? Share with me your experience.
Sep 3, 2014
Renovating parts of a house (or the entire thing) is definitively a task full of surprises. For me, the accelerating feeling one gets when starting to see the space taking a new shape, is definitively a priceless moment. But it never goes as happy and smooth as one might think because the “Renovating Road” is sometimes full of unpleasant obstacles and lots of doubting paths.
Today I’m sharing with you 5 tips that helped me make this “Renovation” process a bit peaceful and a lot less stressful.
1.Make the waste count: When doing tile flooring, keep in mind that you have to add to the final square footage a 10%-15% of waste. This will help in the events of broken pieces or when making specific cuts. Also, you don’t want to find yourself needing an extra box of tiles if something breaks in the future. You’ll soon realize that either the color is completely different or they ran out of stock. So make that waste (overage) count!
2. Use Primer: Nowadays there is a vast variety of wall paints that come with primer. I know some of you might think that primers are not always a requirement, but I have to say that for me they make a painting job a lot easier and the color selected for that wall comes out beautifully.
3. Ask around: Social Media has grown to the point that you can almost find all your answers online. While planning on doing my hardwood floors, I suddenly found a dear Instagram friend who recently did hers. Since I had so many questions, I decided to write to her asking about this procedure and needless to say her information was incredibly beneficial.
switch and outlet wall plates. Add this to your new colored walls, and your house will look like new.
5. From the inside out: We all want to show off the updates in our new home; and perhaps making an “Epcot-Center-type-of-garden” seems the first thing on the “to-do-list”. But keep in mind that budget plays a big role in how you move around while remodeling. First thing we did was the bathroom instead of the kitchen or any other part of the house (there is always pizza delivery!). This allowed us to move in quickly and to pay just for the mortgage and not for another month on the rental.
Hope these tips can come in handy if you are in middle of buying an old house and remodeling. Now, bring in the greens!