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Friday
Oct262018

before + after: luca's grass cloth bookshelf

FINALLY sharing a little before and after of Luca's room today and it happens to be one of my favorite DIY/furniture transformations yet!! Luca's room has become somewhat of a dump-all for toys in rotation, the hubby's work bags and just about anything and everything else that I don't want to lay eyes on in the living areas of the house (since he has yet to sleep anywhere else but where Momma is).  BUT....his room is now also warmed up with this gorgeous, grass cloth-backed bookshelf that we transformed from a dark, uninteresting piece from our last house, too!

The bookshelf was a clearance purchase from World Market years ago when we bought our first house, but it had been sitting in a corner of the garage in our current home collecting dust and random crap since we moved in eight years ago.  It happens to be the perfect size for behind the door in Luca's room, and Lord knows extra surface space and shelving is never a bad idea when you have littles, so we decided to clean it up and give it a little facelift.  Here is what it looked like before:

We used our air compressor and sprayed two light coats of Sherwin Williams Extra White to match the walls and then I used some of the leftover grass cloth from our dining room to back it.  I absolutely LOVE how it turned out.  It adds just the right amount of texture, warmth and so much interest to this corner and is such a pretty background for his beautiful books and die cast VW bus collection (we are OBSESSED).  It also is such a pretty compliment to all the aqua (I made sure to inclue a little sliver of the aqua linen window treatments in the top photo!)

I'm a huge fan of decorating with things that hold special meaning and that goes for in kid's rooms, too, so his shelves are filled with nods to Daddy's career as a Marine (a VW bus was his ride when stationed in Hawaii, which is why we have so many of them), our love of the sea and Luca's obsession with fire trucks.  All of my Little Golden Books from when I was little and an almost-complete set of vintage Hardy Boys books have pride of place here, too (Lydia has my mom's complete set of original Nancy Drew's!)  I even framed a picture Lydia made for him when we came home from the hospital!

I still need some bed linens and to frame some artwork before this room is complete (I plan to have it all done in time for family to visit this Christmas!), so I'll be sure to post progress shots along the way.  Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday
Dec072017

a vintage JB Van Sciver bamboo bed for Lydia

            

I'm a firm believer that good things come to those who wait - or, in my case, when you aren't even looking in the first place!  It seems like whenever I'm on the hunt for something in particular, I always come up empty handed, but my best finds to date have always been popped up when I least expected.  A prime example of this was earlier this summer when I was searching Craig's List for a bamboo table for the upstairs guest room; I typed in "bamboo" and the very first image to pop up was of an original JB Van Sciver four poster bamboo bed in all its yellowed glory.  I didn't have a place for another bed and I hadn't planned on getting a new one for Lydia - she was in love with the daybed her daddy made for her - but I just couldn't stop thinking about how amazing this one would look with a fresh coat of white paint, or how my little miss would feel even more like the princess she is in this four poster beauty.  I called the owner, who set it aside for me, and made the hour and a half trek to pick it up.  In the end, it was so worth it - it was even prettier in person, it was in great shape, is super sturdy and the price just couldn't be beat. 

Here is what it looked like before painting:

After cleaning it and giving it a light sanding with 250 grit sand paper, we used our air compressor to spray a light coat of primer and then followed it up with two coats of Benjamin Moore White, the same color as her walls, but in a semi gloss finish. I absolutely love how it turned out; the white is so fresh and clean and it truly looks fit for a little princess! 

I still need to find something to replace the Animal Print Shop prints above the bed (a mirror? new art?) and she needs some end tables, something for all her books and a duvet; right now, she's got flamingo sheets from Target's Pillow Fort line and two of her Euro pillows from her daybed.  We are making headway, slowly but surely, but she's so happy with her new bed and that's all the matters to me; the rest will come in time (probably when I'm searching high and low for something else!)

 Any recommendations for replacing the animal prints, I'm all ears!  I'm leaning toward a small, gold mirror but I'm open to any ideas!  Happy Thursday, everyone!

Friday
Apr172015

an amazing before + after for the kiddos

While scouring Pinterest the other day for some creative and inspiring use of space for our plan to turn our room over the garage into another bedroom, full bath and walk-in closet, I about died when I saw this cramped attic-turned-chic kids room by Shannon Wollack and Brittany Zwickl of LA-based design firm LIFE.STYLE.  Not only did they nail every single detail, from the Osborne and Little Coronata Star wallpaper, satin brass hardware and neutral color palette, but they made brilliant use of every single inch of space (the bookshelves on either side of the windows adds surface space and the trundel beds are great for hosting lots of friends for sleepovers!) Attics are tricky in the first place, thanks to usually low, sloped ceilings, but this room feels open and airy.  I love the simple white and gold color palette with subtle, patterned pillows and coordinating Roman shade and a beautiful herringbone jute rug for a little texture, leaving the pops of color to come from the books and toys on the shelves.  This is about as perfect as a kids space gets!  This layout could work for an adult space, too, or needed extra space to house guests!  To read more about this before and after, and to see where to purchase a lot of the items used, check out the article here.

Wednesday
Nov202013

before + after: porthole mirror

I've always loved round mirrors and if you do, too, you know that larger ones are pretty hard to find on a budget, so when I spotted this porthole mirror at Target a few weeks ago, I grabbed it for Baby Girl's nursery without a second thought.  I loved the shape and the size, but the black finish was just not what I wanted for her room, so I decided to put a few quick coats of paint on it to give it a chalky, whitewashed finish, instead, and it turned out beautifully. I used Sherwin Williams Adhesion Primer, my favorite (you don't have to sand or strip it first, this stuff sticks to everything!), followed by two coats of Pratt and Lambert's Creme Liqueur and then whitewashed and dry brushed some white paint over top.  This was a super quick DIY and I absolutely love how it turned out.  Here it is before:

And here is the chalky after:

Porthole and convex mirrors can be tough to find but they are oh so pretty!  Whether hung alone on the wall, in smaller groupings, en masse with a gallery wall or suspended from bookshelves, they make such a beautiful focal point:

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