Incredible Ikat

March 30, 2011

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I'm always taken back when I see a pattern "make" (or sometimes break) a room.  Lately, I've been enthralled with patterns and there are certainly some beauties out there.  From my recent post on the chevron pattern and the DIY chevron rug I created, I'm sure you can tell that I'm a little obsessed loving the look of different patterns and depending on the color, style, and texture, a pattern can transform a space and give it new life.  Ikat has been around the block a few times (and then some), but I still love it's bold and unique flavor.  Truly older than old, Ikat is still going strong … [Read more...]

Tour My Home: Girls Room ~ Honeysuckle Retreat

March 28, 2011

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A few weeks ago I shared a glimpse of my daughters room with the bow holder that I created for all of her pretty hair accessories.  I received some questions from readers about the specifics of the space and thought it would be fun to do a "tour" of her girlified room. The moment I found out I was having a girl, I couldn't wait to design her "pad" (what else would an Interior Designer think about??).  I wanted to create a space using color and decor that would be perfect for NOW, as well as her future ages and stages.  After much thought, I chose a color palette of fuschia (similar to the … [Read more...]

Saturday Spotlight #5

March 26, 2011

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Welcome to the 5th edition of Saturday Spotlight! This linky party hosted by Jenna of SAS Interiors and Jenn of Green Door Designs is fun and unique! Link up your project ONCE and it's showcased on TWO blogs = More exposure...how FUN?! Jenna and Jenn's FEATURE pick from week #4 ~Love this beautiful stained glass created by All Thumbs Craft Jenna's Top Pick for week #4Waiting for Spring?  The V Spot created this beautiful distressed Subway Art Jenn's Top Pick for week #4Such a great redo of a sofa for next to nothing!  Great Job - Mary Kathryn from The Matthews Family Happenings Be … [Read more...]

The New Addition to our Family

March 25, 2011

haha...  gotcha...  NOT "that kind" of NEW ADDITION! But,this kind...... I always have SO many projects going on at my time and once I get something stuck in my head, I become fixated on it.  FOR EXAMPLE...   The latest stuck-in-my-head project was to find a desk for my living room.  I immediately was on the HUNT! My requirements: old vintage, clean lines/simple, solid wood, drawer space, inexpensive. In just a few days....I found the desk (well actually my friend found it for me, thanks Elaina) on Craigslist for $50!   She emailed me a couple of options which weren't cutting it, and then … [Read more...]

How to Make Fake Flowers Look Real

March 23, 2011

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Even though it's technically Spring, it's difficult to believe, with all the snow still on the ground here in NY.  Thankfully my mindset is already on pretty Spring flowers to get me through the final days of the long drawn-out Winter.  I'm continually changing and updating my Dining Room display depending on the season and holiday.  I love the look of fresh flowers (who doesn't?), but sometimes an artificial arrangement is simpler and more practical to maintain. When shopping for your arrangement, look for flowers that have a natural, "real" appearance and that hang similar to a real … [Read more...]

Valspar FREE Sample & Prepping to Paint Tips

March 21, 2011

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Since I've been on the subject of paint lately, I couldn't resist sharing this awesome deal. Valspar has been giving away paint samples since mid January and will continue to, until early May. Get your FREE paint sample today with there 100 days. 1000 chances. Millions of possibilities campaign.  I signed up and received my FREE package last week. It's quite easy, and here's how ~ Click {here}. Starting at 10am (central time) everyday, the first 1000 people can select their color of choice and receive a free sample kit (seen above).  If you miss out, try again tomorrow. Everything you … [Read more...]

Saturday Spotlight #4

March 19, 2011

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Welcome to the 4th edition of Saturday Spotlight! This linky party hosted by Jenna of SAS Interiors and Jenn of Green Door Designs is fun and unique! Link up your project ONCE and it's showcased on TWO blogs = More exposure...how FUN?! Jenna and Jenn's FEATURE pick from week #3 ~What a unique and creative way to display Silhouette pictures of your children.  Using the App, Sketch Me!, June and Bear created these adorable pictures. Jenna's Top 2 Picks for week #3 This Pottery Barn Knock off by Vintage Skye is unbelievable ~ "$5 and a little effort" is all it took to create this Spring … [Read more...]

{Tutorial} Using Benjamin Moore’s Virtual Fan Deck

March 18, 2011

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Yesterday I shared with you my new favorite Paint Visualizer Tool that can help you virtually see and play with different paint colors BEFORE making the investment and spending endless hours painting.  Another helpful tool that I often use when looking through and selecting colors, is the Benjamin Moore Virtual Fan Deck.  Once downloaded, you can flip through thousands of paint colors within seconds. Here's a Step by Step ~ 1. First, head to Benjamin Moore Virtual Fan Deck 2. Click: Download the Virtual Fan Deck to your computer 3. Click: Install Now 4. Follow the remaining steps to … [Read more...]

5 Simple Steps to Using an Online Paint Visualizer

March 17, 2011

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Have you ever been reluctant to paint a room because you simply CAN NOT CHOOSE A COLOR??  Fear no more.  Most paint companies, if not all, offer a feature on their website that allows you to upload and virtually see your room with other paint colors.  Virtual visualizers are a great way to see how your space would look BEFORE investing endless hours and lots of money. With the kids bathroom being the next space on my list to renovate, I thought virtually playing with some colors would help me hone in on what color to paint.  After checking out a few paint manufacturer sites, I found Sherwin … [Read more...]

Creating a Kids Art Gallery Wall

March 16, 2011

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Over the past month, I've been sharing the various steps of my basement transformation. It has taken on a life of it's own, BUT I can gladly say it is slowly, but surely, nearing the point of completion.  It's not a perfectly designed masterpiece, but a space that is fun and enjoyable for the kids to hang out and play.  Along with my craft area / mom cave and built-in chalkboard wall for the kids, I recently transformed the scary ugly end feature wall in the room, to create an art gallery to display the kids beautiful creations. … [Read more...]