HOLIDAY (TABLE) SCAPPING

It’s about that time of year again! Holiday lovers decorate their tables with their seasons essentials to bring together friends and family for a time of celebrations. Do you tablescape for the holidays? If not, there might be something to inspire you to add to your table this year. Add a little or a lot.
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P.S. Please send in pics of your table decorating.

SORRY, I’M ALREADY TAKEN

When was the last time you looked to Craigslist for furniture pieces?! Did you know its still a great place to look for hidden gems. I found this beauty below on the site, as excited as I was to be the potential owner someone else got to it before I did. Whomp Whomp!
20131024-191214.jpgI have been looking so long for a queen headboard (+ footboard), to update my bed. The price was well in my budget ($25). My loss is now someone’s gain. I’m going to have to keep a close eye on the site to make sure I don’t miss another gorgeous find.

Here are a few of my tips on what I would’ve done, if I got to it first! Because my side tables are black and the room theme is romantic with a touch of glam.

– Change the wood stain to a high gloss black.

I love the rattan inserts however, I would’ve like to show off the line details of the headboard. –

– Replace it with some pops of color, like this:
20131024-194204.jpgWhat I love about this fabric is the pop of colors. Because of the romantic theme space; you’ve gotta add some red. I love birds and Chinese ancient history. I naturally gravitated towards this because of its portrait of nature and history.

Daily Find

It’s a rainy day here in southern CT. In my continue search for some seating for my friend S’s new office. I decided to check my favorite place for some inspirational finds! I found this modern chair. What attracted me to this was the lines and its simplicity.

20130508-132420.jpg The price for this is right and best of all the client is on board with this chair. Once it’s purchased I’ll give it a new coat of paint and reupholster the bottom cushion. I also found this GORGE large mirror that had some beautiful details in the framing around the mirror.

20130508-133015.jpgLast but certainly not least! I couldn’t take my eyes of this!

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Currently it holds on top a record player which probably is holding records below for storage. I’d use this as a small bar. Where the record player sits. I’d use this space for the variety of alcohol bottles. To the left will display champaign, wine or martini glasses. Below will be storage for any other beverages/glasses. I’m so tempted to buy & flip this! Happy hump (Wednesday) day!

Let There Be Light

Lighting is one of the most important details in everything we do. Especially in your home. Take a look at some of these finds I’ve come across.Copper hanging lamps!!! This is GORGE to say the least!!! This would look great in either a kitchen or an industrial loft. I’m rooting more towards the kitchen. Picture dark kitchen cabinetry with matching copper pulls and light tile flooring.
Green with envy! Imagine the light coming through the beading of this. But this will be an amazing focal point in an entry way to any room or even your foyer.

Hail the Queen of England. A chandelier dripping in pearls can we say GLAMOROUS!!Disco party in the dining room. But it must look great when it’s lit at night.
Twigs placed under floating candles sets the mood for the occassion.
Thanks for viewing and enjoy the weekend!

I’m back!!

Ok so I’ve been gone now for about a year and half. But while I’ve been away from posting anything here I’ve done a lot. I’ve moved to the sunshine state! That’s right Florida & I’ve put myself back in school & graduated a few months back. However, since this blog has cobwebs and all over it I’ll do my best to update it since a lot has changed since the last time I’ve posted something. Today I’d like to show you. Something old turned new.

Below I have some before and after pics of a bamboo chair that I’ve purchased off the infamous Craigslist site. You know everything is a chance and a gamble and I chance it every time I see something on this site. But when I went to purchase this chair I fell in love with it when I actually got to see it in person. The owner was a pleasant middle aged Asian man. The reason he was parting with this piece of furniture is because he didn’t have any use for it any longer as it was in storage. Like they say one man’s trash is another’s treasure. And in this case I scored BIG!! I have some other pieces I purchased again from the same infamous site but I’ll share those with you tomorrow or at a later date!

Tell me your thoughts on my chair.
p.s. He has more of these chairs so I plan to purchase some more. I guess it’s from a dinner set or something but I’d like to sell them as I get them.

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From Scraps To Roman

Despite the rainy cold weather were still having and the snow that’s slowly but surely melting. I’m ready for spring to finally arrive. It’ been a while since I’ve posted something I created. So my recent DIY project is a roman shade that’s easily washable (dry clean). Here’s how I created the look. I used the remaining scraps from a previous drapery project.

I’m over this snow and ready to see some green! Tell me your thoughts about my new project. Any suggestions?

Happy Friday & enjoy your weekend!!

Working On A Pin Point Budget

Designed by Steven Gambrel, he transformed this beautiful Bronxville, New York home library (see below) into a lavish retreat. However, some of us may not have the same deep pockets to design such a lavish room.

The first place where you can start that’s the cheapest way is to freshen up your space is with a new coat of paint. It breaths life back into the room! Next accessories. As mentioned before in one of my old post just take something from another room. But make sure it serves a purpose while bringing function and style. It doesn’t makes sense to bring clutter into the new space. Check out your local antique, thrift, tag stores and let’s not forget the flea market. These places can be gold mines! What’s old is now new and what’s new is now being reproduced for 2x the price of what you just paid for in these places. You can also check out online sites such as E-bay, Etsy, Craigslist and E-bay Classifieds (formerly known as Kijiji).

Not everything you want to decorate has to be expensive. If you’re willing to put in a little elbow grease and research you’ll be well on your way with a new space transformed.

How would you transform your space? Where would you start? What would you keep or throw away? Send me your pictures and maybe I’ll post them.

Photo: Elle Decor
Enjoy Your Tuesday Decorating Tips!

Good-Bye Domino Magazine

Last week one of my fellow bloggers Emily, House of Turquoise. Posted that Domino Magazine was no longer going to be in existence. Emily was able to grab some photos just before it was taken down. Coincidentally, I went to the library earlier that week to take out one of their books to get some new inspirations. I also took a look at the site because I couldn’t believe it. Low and behold the site that was once the home of Domino Magazine has now been forwarded to Architectural Digest.  So in honor of Domino Magazine I too wanted to pay my respects to them and share some of their past pieces of decorating. Here are a few of my favorites from, “Domino The Book of Decorating”.

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Note: pages will appear blurry, because the crease between both pages.

Happy President’s Day!!

It’s Raining Red!

February is best known for the month of love [Valentine’s Day]. Also in this month we celebrate the Chinese New Year – known for their vibrant reds and other bright colors. And the Heart Association. Here are some rooms I found as an inspiration that carries out red whether it be accessories, furniture or wall colors.

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Photos: Veranda & House Beautiful

Happy Valentines Day & Enjoy!!

Red Pagoda

Marshalls

Yesterday, I purchased this beautiful Red Pagoda by Ralph Lauren and then shortly went to another Marshall’s to return it. I came home talking about it. And I think I almost dreamed about it last night! Oh the horror if this was gone and I’d be left with the what if’s? So this morning I called the store hoping it was still there…and while waiting on hold that felt like a life time. I was busy preparing myself for someone to return and say it was already gone. Fortunately, he came back and said, “it’s still here”. I quickly asked him to please hold it and I’ll be there after lunch!

This cookie jar will serve as display on my desk or even on my floating shelf. But my plan is to use it as a storage container, to store pens, pencils, note pads & mail.