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Freshen Your Decor for Spring

8 Mar

This month, I talked to three local designers and shop owners about their favorite ways to switch up decor for the season. Here is a link to the Kitsap Sun article here, and a few photos to get you inspired!

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Air plants add natural spring color at Conservatory Coastal Home.

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Gorgeous green and white watercolor inspired throw pillows at Conservatory Coastal Home.

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Springy accents at Conservatory Coastal Home.

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An inspirational collection of spring design elements.

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Mise en Place Design in downtown Bremerton.

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Photo by Valley Vintage Market.

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Photo supplied by Valley Vintage Market.

 

Reclaiming the Basement: A Kid’s Art Studio

8 Feb

It turns out that our small house can actually live a lot larger than it’s marketable square footage suggests. In an effort to find some more space for the kids to play, I transformed an area of our basement that was previously cluttered with junk and depressingly dark and ugly. Read my latest feature in the Kitsap Sun for more details on how I organized the space. We now have a bright art studio and small play area as well, giving us room to breathe and grow, for a few more years, anyway. You can make the most of the space you have too, with a little creative thinking and DIY ingenuity.

Here are some photos of the new area, before and after the changes.

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BEFORE: This area was a cluttered dumping ground.

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AFTER: Now it is a cheerful art area for the kids.

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BEFORE: Unloved, cluttered space.

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AFTER: A little extra play space for the growing kids.

DIY Snow Globe and a Pretty Holiday Tablescape

13 Dec

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This month for the Kitsap Sun, I wrote about the importance of taking time to be crafty with your kids and of slowing down to appreciate time with family and friends. Making a mason jar snow globe with your munchkins is so simple and creates lasting fun. Decorating the table for a holiday meal can be both easy and elegant, while enhancing your enjoyment of spending time with loved ones! Have a lovely, cozy holiday.

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California Style

28 May

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

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.

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