Choices, choices, choices- My love of wing chairs

Hi All! Happy Tuesday! I have been trying to get some small projects tackled around the house before back-to-school craziness sets in. One item on the to do list is to have some chairs finally reupholstered. Every year I think to do this project around the holidays (when I need the extra seating) so instead, I am pulling the trigger and getting them d.o.n.e.  Which leads to the big question….what fabric do I use? How do I possibly narrow down the infinite awesome possibilities? I went back to my Pinterest folder, saved for this very occasion, and found some really fun options.  I have two wing chairs I am repurposing, along with a cool chair for hubs office (which will have to remain a surprise for now in case he reads this).

I want to do a modern twist on the classic wing chair design, so I am contemplating something like this:

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So you can see I have really narrowed it down…Yikes! I think I am going to need more chairs! And while on the wing back chair topic…here is some additional eye candy:

Clear, gorgeous lines-

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and a chinoiserie statement-

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and seagrass for a textured look-

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and a modified Adirondack chair for outdoors-

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Have a great day!

Best,

Kelly

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It’s All About the Trim- Details, Details, Details

Hi All! I have been spending mucho time on Pinterest lately researching paint colors (see yesterday’s post) and gaining some layout inspiration for a project I am working on which I will share later….aaaaaannnnd while on Pinterest I got sidetracked (shocker!) drooling over ribbon and trim details on all things decor and fashion.  It is such an easy way to update a look and make it totally personal.  I bought these curtains from West Elm (similar here) a few years ago and added pink greek key ribbon to them for my older daughter’s room, and loved the key tape so much I recently added it to pillows for her as well. Coordination and personalization…Done!sara langley designsSara Langley Designs Greek Key Trim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And for the love of navy, I added the navy key tape to my fav curtains du jour for the dining room:

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and then on some pillows for the living room (did I mention I love navy?):

 

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and solid navy for a lampshade in my younger’s daughter room (along with a pop o’ polka on the pillow):IMG_5525

and I love my stripes, in navy of course, so naturally I added some to the bamboo shades we hung in our kitchen:

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Here are some great trim options from around the web that would also make fab DIY projects:

Some gorgeous trim on monogrammed napkins from Mark and Graham;

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Why not add some ribbon to a pinboard just in time for back to school like this one from PBTeen;

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Love the infinite possibilities of adding multiple trims to a solid pillow case like this one shown at BHG;

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Here is another drape option (though no longer available at Serena & Lily ,p.s. they are having their tent sale through 8/7);

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And I would be totally remiss if I didn’t add some fashion pics that showcase all things ribbon (and bows!):

My daughter chose these cute sneakers with ribbon laces for back to school (guess some things are really genetic);

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Although this tank sold out, it would be very easy to add your choice of ribbon to a simple top for some DIY fashion;

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and there are many examples such as this one of gorgeous necklaces with ribbon tie closures;

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and lastly, while technically not trim, here is some arm candy with a purpose, which I ordered stamped with Perspective as “my word” because I truly believe it is how you choose to look at things that defines your journey;

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Have a wonderful day All!

Best,

Kelly

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Moody Dark Paint Colors

Hi All! Welcome to August…wait, what!? Not sure how it is 8/2 already! Anyhoo, Happy Wednesday! Not sure if anyone remembers the Friends episode with Monica’s closet? She is OCD with organization and cleanliness, but her friends discover her messy closet where she hides everything and it all comes tumbling out?  I think we all have a closet, drawer, or in my case, basement, that could use a little more….. ahem, attention.  Or at least I am hoping we all have that space of de-organized horror because, well, misery loves company right?  Well I am giving us all permission to NOT tackle those over the Summer as  planned and instead get outside and enjoy some Vitamin D.

In other news, I saw this fabulous pic from the latest issue of HGTV magazine.  It stopped me in my tracks because of the amazing wall color… The velvet green couch doesn’t hurt either. It got me thinking about the dark moody paint colors that seem to be everywhere lately.

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My own living room is a rich chocolate brown that I have been itching to change, despite the fact that 1) I still like the color; 2) Hubs thinks I’m nuts to change it; and 3) It would be a huge undertaking that would disturb a room in the house that we use everyday.  Even if I painted at record speed it would be at least a three week project to pull together-did I mention hubby thinks I am nuts!? Still…I cannot help but dream about pulling the trigger on a rich navy like the HGTV one, or a warm dark gray that would pair oh so nicely with the light pine floors. Sigh.

While I debate some more, here are some pin-worthy inspiration photos of how to implement this moody paint trend in your own home…

A beautiful dark gray (leaning toward black) powder room:

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and this amazing navy living room (looooove those moldings!):

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and this gorgeous gray creates a blank slate for this dining room from MA Allen Interiors (fell down the rabbit hole perusing their amazing portfolio):

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and I love the use of Benjamin Moore’s Cheating Heart, on these kitchen cabinets (p.s. the hardware is amazing!):

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and this warm bedroom:

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and one of my Favs, Benjamin Moore’s Nightfall, as used by Driven By Decor as the backdrop for a gallery wall:

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and this serene chocolate brown living room:

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and a corner of my living room in a deep chocolate brown from Olympic called Granite:

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and lastly, a gorgeous exterior with a pop o’ color- I love it because it reminds me of the Adirondacks…

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Off to the pool to soak in some much needed sunshine! Have a wonderful Wednesday All!

Best,

Kelly

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Red, White and Blue and Countdown to a Long Weekend

Hello All! Hope you are having a great week! I am trying to organize myself ahead of the long weekend to tackle some procrastination projects.. though not very successful thus far. I am looking forward to getting together with friends and taking time to recharge a bit.  The weather is not going to be very cooperative, with only one day looking sunny, so I am going to make the best of it and pack it all into one day!

Here are some red, white and blue inspiration photos should you be hosting your own Summer kickoff party:

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Enjoy!

Best,

Kelly

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Family Brunch and Projects in the Works

Hello All! I am still thinking about the wonderful Mother’s Day Brunch we had with our family. It was so nice to get everyone together, and while we couldn’t be outside, it was fun to come together and celebrate the Moms.

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Speaking of getting outside, it is gorgeous here today so I made myself several lists (doesn’t everyone?).  I know I get this crazy  quirky trait from my Dad who still organizes his lists by the weather.  Outside projects to be tackled are on one yellow pad, inside on another…naturally. So, in the midst of tackling home and office projects, I am helping my friend style her gorgeous house in advance of her bridal shower this weekend. It was a last minute, let’s do it! so all items had to be sourced locally, not even Amazon Prime could save us.  We hit Target, TJ, Michaels, and Lowes and I cannot wait to show you the styled result.  Here are some before and afters of their house that I worked on beginning last year, future posts on this to come (with sources):

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BEFORE- Kitchen
BEFORE- Kitchen
AFTER- Kitchen on Moving Day
AFTER- Kitchen on Moving Day
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KITCHEN- After
BEFORE- Master Suite Tear Down and Rebuild
BEFORE- Master Suite Tear Down and Rebuild
BEFORE- Master Suite Framed Space
BEFORE- Master Suite Framed Space
AFTER- Master Bath
AFTER- Master Bath
AFTER- Custom Vanity with Quartz Countertops
AFTER- Custom Vanity with Quartz Countertops

This was a fantastic project from start to finish because I got to work with people I love, who were adventurous and creative with design and laying out everything from scratch was.the.best. Who knew choosing where the outlets go could make you giddy…oh wait that’s just me? Anyhoo, looking forward to styling this gem with all our fab finds! Sneak peek- we are incorporating this Ikea chair they fell for and the color is AWESOME in the space!

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If you are interested in a design refresh just drop me a note via email through the Design Services link above.

Enjoy this amazing day!

Best,

Kelly

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It’s Week Six of the One Room Challenge! I Made It!

Morning All! I cannot believe all six weeks of the One Room Challenge have flown by! (You can check out all the amazing designers and their finished rooms here) I originally thought I would have time to tackle both of my daughters’ rooms (HA!), but quickly realized after plaster repair set me back that I needed to focus on one room at a time. It was down to the wire, painting the bookshelf side table late into the night…the night before the photoshoot. Full disclosure, I was off by a week and thought last week was the reveal.  HOWEVER, when I realized my mistake I added more projects…and more late nights.  This project was totally DIY so I am happy to now rest, enjoy the room, and celebrate Mother’s Day with my family.

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Ta Da!
Bookshelves with her favorite things
Bookshelves with her favorite things

Photo Sources: Bins– Target| Printable– The 36th Avenue| Navy Polka Dot Vase- Michaels (in store)| Flamingo– Target| Curtains– Overstock| Room paint colors (all Benjamin Moore): Walls-Stonington Gray; Ceiling- Caribbean Breeze; Trim- Decorator’s White; Closet Door Abstract Color- Razzle Dazzle; Bedside Bookshelf (see below)- Hale Navy

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Photo Sources: Bed (similar)- Pottery Barn Kids| Duvet (similar)- Pottery Barn Kids| Custom Pillows- Sara Langley Designs (my own!)- see shop link above| Blanket– Annie Selke (now only $18 in the outlet!)| Artwork- my own creations

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Photo Sources: Desk (I painted legs)- Target| Wrapping Paper to Decorate Top- Target| Chair– Amazon| Trophy– Michaels (in store only)| Rug– Pottery Barn Kids

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Closet Details

Photo Sources: Flamingo jewelry holder- TJ Maxx|Trophy holder– Michael’s (in store only)| Silver jewelry box- Gift| Shoes– Target| Laundry bin– Pottery Barn Kids

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New Photos from Our Family Vacation
My husband's late grandfather made this so it is really special to have in the room
My husband’s late grandfather made this shelf, so it is really special to have in her room
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Fierce flamingo card game

I had a great time pulling this together and am counting down to the next Challenge. Already picked my room…and warned hubby. Now I am off to prepare to host Mother’s Day brunch.. so stay tuned for pics! Thanks for following this adventure.

Best,

Kelly

P.S. Do I really believe the room will stay this way!? Nah, but I have pictures for posterity and accomplished my client’s goal of having more space to play.  Now if I can only keep the Barbie Dream house in the playroom!

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Week Five- One More Week Until the Reveal!

Morning All! It’s Thurrrrrrrrrsday! Which also means a One Room Challenge update! You can see last week here and check out all the amazing participants’ progress here. I cannot believe five weeks have gone by! Well, here is what I have tackled so far, completely DIY (with a shoutout to hubby for his help installing the trim and laying out the design on the closet door #thatfastidiousnessreallycomesinhandy):

  1. Prep, paint, prep, paint, prep, paint….(you get the idea) for ceiling and walls
  2. Tore out the carpet
  3. Added base molding
  4. Painted abstract closet door design
  5. Sourced new curtains, pillows, rug, lampshades and linens
  6. Created fun desk area and added new chair
  7. Changed up furniture layout to create better flow  make my client happy
  8. Tackled closet for better storage and to remove dresser
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Love the pop of pink!
Used this adorable wrapping paper for my desk project
Used this adorable wrapping paper for my desk project- cannot wait to show you!

And, here is my list to complete this week before the final reveal next Thursday. It is all about the details at this point:

  1. Choose art and photos and get them framed and hung
  2. Style bookshelves
  3. Try my hand at creating a unique abstract as a gift for my daughter.
  4. IF the weather cooperates (they are showing a snowflake for Monday…really!) then I will paint this cute shelf my husband’s grandfather made and incorporate it into the room as a nightstand. It is pretty beat-up having moved with us from city to city, but with major sanding and a few coats of Hale Navy it will shine!
Perfect size for beside the bed
Perfect size for beside the bed

Cannot wait to show you the reveal- down to the wire on this one!
Best,

Kelly

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One Room Challenge Week 4- Yikes!

Good Morning All! Time is marching on and I am draaaaaagging.  How is it that when Spring arrives every year I promise myself to be ready (I was obsessively counting down afterall), and yet I am always doing the last minute scramble. This week, as the weather turned warmer, I found myself less than prepared. The kids need spring clothes that fit, the windows need cleaning (just love seeing that dirt when the sun beams in blech), the deck needs to be stained before we host Mother’s Day brunch, I need a spray tan if I am ever going to go out in anything other than pants, and don’t get me started on soccer cleats.  And then the whole spring cleaning thing… is that biological? Why this time of year do I feel the urge to purge everything and give it all a good Lysol wipe down? So what’s a girl to do? Make.A.List. Or possibly several lists. Getting it all down on paper always seems to help….as does crossing things off when complete!

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Found by my awesome Mom, familiar with my neuroses, at Marshalls/Home Goods- Thanks Mom!

Per my list, today I am diving into our overflowing closets, starting with my daughter’s room, as part of what I want to accomplish for the One Room Challenge.  You can read about what got checked off last week here, and follow along with all the amazing designers here.  I am struggling with this project because the closet is small….. really small.  The opening is just shy of two feet, so I have my work cut out for me! Annnnnnnd my daughter wants to move all her clothes from the dresser into the closet as well, in order to take more furniture out of the room and make more space for Barbie and Pony houses, naturally.  I have scoured both the internet and stores near and far to find solutions that fit both the tiny space and my budget. Here is what I am thinking, for which I may be able to utilize things I already have:

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Here is what I am tackling, though to be fair we piled things in while painting…..but yeah, it really is a mess.

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I ordered these cute bins that I am hoping will help me:

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Land of Nod

So to come full circle, here is my list for the room:

  1. Tackle closet
  2. Choose art and photos and get them framed and hung
  3. Set up desk top (fun details going here)
  4. Get all bedding pulled together
  5. Paint closet door detail

I think that may be it, until other things crop up.  My original intention was to update my older daughter’s room as well, but I think I am going to focus on art, new pillows, and closet organization for the time being.  She is still not sure of paint colors, and I am going to have the same issues with fixing the plaster in her room soooooo that will have to wait until a long weekend when she can be out of her room for awhile.

Wish me luck!

Best,

Kelly

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One Room Challenge Week 3!

Morning All! I am so inspired and impressed by both the featured designers and fellow guest participants alike in the One Room Challenge.  You can see all their hard work here and here. I have been working feverishly this week to catch up (see week one and two), and with the kids off from school I wanted to get all the painting done while they could have sleepovers, and not worry about them being tired for school!

Right after we celebrated a fantastic Easter weekend, and our family from out of town left, I decided there was no time like the present (knowing I was a week behind) and started ripping out the carpet. We found amazing hardwoods underneath that are in great condition and will need very little repair.  But as anyone who has lived in an older home knows sometimes a house giveth and then taketh away…sigh.

Hardwoods recovered under the carpet
Hardwoods recovered under the carpet

The plaster ceiling was a huge project that I had not planned for in my timeline.  Thanks to my dear dad who has been restoring an 1800s beauty for over 40 years, I got a lesson in plaster repair and it wasn’t pretty.  I had to carve a trough with a an Exacto-knife in order for the spackle to have something to “grab on to”. I am neither exacto nor patient when it comes to working on a project for two days with your arms over your head. And it required two coats of spackle, so needless to say I took a big hit on the timeline.  My result is not perfect but after “troughing”, spackling, sanding, spackling again, sanding again, priming and then painting…I am happy with it.

Yikes! Plaster cracks after "troughing"
Yikes! Plaster cracks after “troughing”
Spackle and spackle some more
Spackle and spackle some more
with a gorgeous coat of caribbean breeze from Ben Moore
With a gorgeous coat of caribbean breeze from Ben Moore

This weekend hubs and I are adding the baseboard trim that is missing since the carpet is now out, and I need to paint all the window casings, doors etc.  Also on the docket is to find a closet storage solution so we can take the dresser out of the room….I was informed by my client that she needs more space to play.  I also want to do a fun geometric print on the closet door- something like this:

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And, while I am thrilled my daughter picked a soothing gray color for the walls, I have to say I am really missing the Navy, especially with the gorgeous ceiling color. So, I plan to bring it back in through curtains, pillow accents and some DIY projects. My sister-in-law says that if the sun is out get the spray out (we really need shirts made) so I tackled this one before the rain set in.

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Updated mirror frame
Sneak Peek: Trying this geometric navy and adding a trim
Sneak Peek: Trying this geometric navy and adding a trim

This week I ordered most of the items on the source list and updated my timeline to reflect a more realistic schedule (picture hubs on the floor because he is laughing so hard) and off we go into week 4!

Stay tuned!

Best,

Kelly

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Room Challenge- Week Two!

Hi All! How did an entire week sneak by me? One word sickness! And not just me, the.entire.family. Blech! On the bright side, we are starting to come around and having the windows open and sun shining has definitely helped us recuperate faster! Needless to say not much has happened with my ORC except to plan… plan… plan. This was pretty expected since we are hosting Easter and didn’t want it to be in the middle of a construction zone. So here is where we stand so far…..

If you are just joining me, welcome! I am doing BOTH of my daughters’ bedrooms for the One Room Challenge. Most of the changes will be occurring in my younger daughter’s room, while implementing more of a refresh for my older daughter.  You cannot do one without the other…or so I am told.

For my youngest, I purchased this cozy chenille rug in a herringbone print, which is perfect for the girl who prefers to play legos on the floor;

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Pottery Barn Kids

She wanted to choose the wall color and went with gray (read: internal mom happy dance), and is urging me to go darker than I had planned. The exact shade is still being heavily debated, but the room gets painted next week so we shall see how this one pans out.

This room challenge is going to be all about the details, so if I can get hubs on board to help me, I would like to add a cool background between the bookshelves like this inspiration pic:

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To do so, I would love to try this reposition-able wallpaper from Chasing Paper. I am leaning toward this print and LOVE the color which will bring the ceiling color down into the room:

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Chasing Paper

I also ordered this desk mat from Pottery Barn Kids so I can layer photos and some of her own art as a backdrop to the top of her desk:

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We decided on Caribbean Breeze from Ben Moore for the ceiling and painted a swatch in an inconspicuous area to see it in multiple lights:

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I also plan on using this free printable that pulls in all the colors of the room:

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I am still on the hunt for curtains (another bold print?) and additional artwork. Next week the kids are off from school, so first thing Monday morning (after a monstrous cup of coffee of course) they are helping me empty my youngest daughter’s room so I can tackle the carpet removal pronto!

I saw this on IG this week and really think I need to order it to make it through the next few weeks!

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Stay tuned and keep track of all the amazing talent participating in the ORC here.

Best,

Kelly

 

 

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