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28 May A fiddle leaf fig plant adds definitive California style to any space.

Whenever I see a California home featured in a magazine, I always think to myself, ” I want to live there.” Since it doesn’t seem we will be moving to the golden state anytime soon, can’t I just inject a bit of that sunny, eclectic and welcoming vibe into my home right now? Why yes I can! I think it’s just what I need to get me in the mood for summer. Here are a few ways I plan on mixing in some bohemian California design right here at home. Most of these changes are going to happen in my dining room. Also, check out my Pinterest board called Cali Style, for inspiration!

1. Mix patterns! I already do this in my living room, but the dining room has always felt a tad stale. I plan on making a cushion for my dining bench out of this large-scale paisley pattern, and adding a few pillows in various other ethnic feeling prints.

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2. Add in a happy accent color. I’m going to get myself a paint sprayer and coat my dining chairs in a warm, tomato red-orange to highlight the many happy moments that already occur at our dining table. I’m also going to do a chalk paint treatment in a deep lagoon blue, on this desk in my entry area.

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3. Mid-century lines. This is a harder one, since most of my furniture verges on the traditional side. I think that by painting the bookcases in the dining room white and adding some retro knobs, they’ll at least feel fresher and more contemporary.

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4. Create a slightly beachy vibe with texture. I’m planning on refinishing my dining table in a pickled oak, like I did with Lucy’s dresser, to really draw out the beautiful grain of the wood.

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5. Bring in the outdoors. I’d LOVE to get a giant fiddle leaf fig plant for the living room. It would be a statement piece and look beautiful. They are sort of pricey though! For sure, I’ll be adding some herbs in pots for my kitchen window sill and a few little succulents in the dining room.

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Image from Apartment Therapy.

Whew! That’s a lot of projects.  Unfortunately, that is just the tip of the iceberg as far as my to-do list goes. I  do hope to get all of these things done before summer truly hits, so I can head outside for some more self-imposed DIY punishment!

 

Buffet Refresh

8 May Fresh look in the dining room!

Although it’s not technically a buffet, this wonderful piece which I inherited from my grandmother, was looking a bit dull and dated. It’s got great pull down bins, deep enough to hold lots of table linens and two drawers for candles, paper napkins and miscellaneous dining room things.

My grandma once used it as an island in her kitchen, which is why my grandfather retro-fitted it with a plexiglass top. After years of using it for everything except food prep, I finally decided to take the oppressive plastic off and reveal the beautiful wood underneath. I believe it is walnut, and it has a LOVELY patina.  I’m so glad I freed it!

The mirror on top is a great size and style, but the dark brown color was only dating it and making it fade into the background. It’s now snappy, happy and a bit more modern looking with a coat of white paint.  But, friends, please remind me never to paint this mirror again! It’s spindly little details made it impossible to get the 5 layers of paint and primer even. Don’t look to close! It’s so far from perfect!

I styled it with a few accessories in blue, white, brass and orange for a fresh, springy feel.

Dresser Makeover

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The dresser that I’m using as a changing table was in a sad state when I spotted it at Goodwill.  The finish was yellowed and worn and some of the veneer was chipped. I loved its clean lined, mid-century style and could see that it was a solid, well-built piece.  Plus, it was only $14.99!!! Who could say no to that? I knew that I could uncover its true potential with just a bit of sanding and paint.

I had seen a painted/raw wood piece in West Elm that I loved, and used that for my inspiration. Sanding was the first step. Then I primed the body and painted it Behr’s Ultra Pure White in high gloss. The drawers got Minwax’s Pickled Oak stain, to give it a weathered, beachy vibe. The brass drawer pulls were beyond needing just a polish, so I spray painted them with Rusteolum’s Gloss White.

The final result is just the look I was after. It’s also the perfect size for all of Lucy’s baby changing needs, clothes, swaddling blankets, burp rags and crib sheets.

Nursery Reveal!

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Well, this took long enough to write about!!! Baby Lucy was born on February 19th, healthy and happy.  Now that we are settling into our new normal, I have every intention of getting back into the blogging habit.  I figured I’d start it off with a bang!  Here are photos of Lucy’s nursery.

I left the pale aqua paint color on the walls and accented with hits of happy coral pink and various shades of soft peachy-pink. I’ll soon post more details of the specific projects, like the letters above the crib, the dresser revamp and the little side table project. I’ve also got a few more decor projects I want to tackle: a fabric flag garland, and crib bedding. Mainly, I just wanted to share this cheerful space, and the good news of Lucy’s arrival. Happy Spring everyone!

Nursery Inspiration

13 Oct

With a baby girl on the way, I’ve been madly pinning cute nurseries, color schemes and decor ideas on Pinterest. Lots of room rearranging and clever space planning needs to happen before I can just start decorating the nursery, but I think I have finally honed in on the look and mood I want to create. She is due in February, so I have some time, but as with other aspects of this pregnancy, I have noticed my nesting urge kicking in pretty early this time around.  Here are a few photos of looks that I have consistently come back to:

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All of these photos and more are on my Pinterest board, Baby Girl Nursery.

With a color scheme of pale aqua blue and various shades of coral and peach, I want the nursery to be vibrant, but relaxed, and girly, but not too precious. I’ve actually already got most of the key pieces I need, waiting in the basement-  a combination of furniture and decor cast offs from the house and some pieces that I intended to sell at flea markets. As always, I am on a serious budget, so lots of homemade and vintage love is going into this space.

First, we have to move our bed out of its current room and into what was formerly our office. Then, I can really get crafty. Little Thomas, almost four now, has already been quite the helper, from painting to adding ideas of his own. I can’t wait to share the transformation of our cozy home, as we make room for this little bundle!

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