dear readers. I am back after a brief blog lull and ready to show
you a fun bedroom redecorating project that I just completed. You
may remember that I recently added some
drop cloth curtains to the bedroom. I loved the curtains, but
the room seemed kind of heavy and a little too dark for my liking
after I hung them. The added privacy they offered was necessary,
so, well, you know how one thing leads to another…I decided to
brighten up some of the bedroom accessories to give an added
lightness and brightness to the room.
is the before:
liked the overall look of our bedroom, but I felt like the black
lamps, bed skirt, dark headboard, dark wood side tables and black
picture frames were just a little, well, dark. The rest of the
room, drapes, walls and bedding, were a wash of various neutrals
and though the space was clean a tailored looking it was just
missing a bit of sparkle.
purchases I made for this room redo were
mirrored side tables that I found on sale at Target (I love
them) and new sheets, bed skirt, shams and accent pillow from TJ Maxx Homegoods. I
got everything on the cheap, especially the side tables. I noticed
a small chip on the corner of one that landed me an additional 20%
off the pair after speaking to a store manager. Did I mention that
I love them? Like truly, madly deeply? We are talking real side
table love here people!
can of grass green spray paint and some new oblong lamp shades
(also on sale at Target) brightened up the formerly black lamps.
These guys were originally a steel, at $10 each, from the
Habitat for Humanity ReStore. If you have not already found the
ReStore nearest you, stop reading this IMMEDATELY and RUN to your
neighborhood location. I'm serious. It's an emergency!
swapped out the black and white prints in black frames for colorful
prints in silver frames (it's really nice having a talented
photographer for my husband!) and added some mosaic glass
hurricane votive holders as accents. I have actually had
these for more than 5 years and originally bought them for a dollar
each from the Dollar
Tree as table decorations for our wedding!
element is a mirror on the wall opposite the bed by the closet.
This mirror was actually just chilling next to the washing machine
in our place and must belong to our landlady. I cleaned it up and
now it not only is functional for helping to choose the perfect
outfit, but also reflects the light from the windows on the
opposite side of the room.
our Danish modern style dresser ($60 from Craig's list) got a mad
facelift thanks to some paint, hardware, and the help of my amazing
friend Rachael from Lovely.Crafty.Home.
all the details on this beauty tomorrow so, stay tuned. But, in the
mean time, here are a few more shots of our much sunnier and
I totally scored at Ross! Check out my new
livingroom chair for $99 bucks. Silver leather club chair with
I think it looks quite nice in the living room :)
On a recent trip to Oak Island, NC, my mom, Leslie, and I hit up
a great little shop in neighboring Southport. Rebecca's
Fabrications, on Howe Street, is a delight. First off, like
many quaint Southport boutiques, Rebecca's is in a sweet little
seaside cottage with lots of gingerbread and a sassy paint job.
Inside, the shop is chalked full of treasures. Vintage items,
china, furniture, fabrics and other notions, it's kind of like
being at grandmother's house and getting permission to take home
Although, I could have spent a small fortune, my keeps sake from
Rebecca's was a large fabric remnant. I had hoped to find enough
fabric to make a table runner, and for six dollars, came home with
enough fabric to make that and four coordinating placemats for the
breakfast bar plus eight napkins. Score!
Once back home in the mountains, I recruited the help of good
friend Rachel Evans from Lovely.Crafty.Home. to help
me get my sew on. She had a new sewing machine boxed up in the
basement that she hadn't gotten the nerve up to bust out. It's
funny, Rachael and I are both very skilled DIYer's but for some
reason, we are both a little intimidated by sewing. Each of us
learned to sew from relatives when we were younger, but most of our
sewing experience came long ago and under close supervision.
With the help of some caffeine
courage, we drummed up enough gusto to take out the machine.
With some careful instruction manual study, and a few practice
stitches, we were off to the races---sewing like pro's (sort of)
and not hitting too many snags. We were even motivated enough to
make a few pillows and wrap up another small sewing project. Go us!
And although the stitches are not perfectly straight---and yes,
great Aunt Jane, seamstress extraordinaire, would have probably
made me rip some of them out and start over-I am just pleased as
punch with the result. Not many things as satisfying as doing it
I had to share this lovely new pie safe
my dad built for me to use as a hutch in my dining room.
Could it be any more adorable? I am
totally in love with the color, style and all the little details
that make it so perfectly retro: the hardware, the vintage inspired
pressed glass (in a daisy pattern) in the doors, the fact that it
is built out of reclaimed pine. It looks amazing with my refinished
farm table and I could not be more excited to have it in my
If you would like some of this goodness for your own, you're in
luck! My dad makes custom furniture for folks other than yours
truly. And, in case you couldn't tell from the photos, he is very
skilled. It's Ernie Cross with Precision Hard Woods in Oak Island,
NC. Drop me a line and I'll put you in touch.