Friday, May 22, 2009
Last weekend I came home with 4 dining chairs that needed some major overhauling. I loved the curvy look and just had to have them for my kitchen!!! Several of the chairs needed reinforcements which meant gluing and clamping for 48 hours. Once that was complete, I applied several coats of glossy black 'Benjamin Moore ebony' low voc paint.
I'm pleased with the work so far. I still need to reupholster the seat cushions. I found this insanely gorgeous Waverly fabric and have decided to make a matching curtain for my kitchen window, as well. (I'll show you that project next week!!)
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
If your home or apartment is suffering from 'identity crisis'...(you know how some neighborhoods have no personality and every house looks identical to the one next door)... here's a solution. Add a simple door sign, welcome mat or a monogrammed planter to your front porch or flower bed and...voila...everything looks better and your home stands out from all of the rest. Hint: Kirklands and Big Lots always seem to offer decorative plaques and such.
The weather was unseasonably cool this past weekend so I went treasure seeking near my neighborhood and found a few items that I just couldn't pass up.
This adorable bird cage will be perfect in my sunroom and just needs a little paint touchup and that's about it...
I found four curlique dining chairs and I plan to paint them either glossy black or an antique beige/white. The lady I purchased them from said that she paid $650 a chair a little more than six years ago. What a deal... I snagged them for $20 each!!! I'll post this little project when I finish it. I definitely will need to recover the seat cushions...this country look just won't cut it!!!!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
I just took an amazing stroll through one of my favorite stores in all of Houston...Jubilee in the Heights.
Nestled among antique stores, delis and shopping strips, Jubilee provides a breath of fresh air with its unique offerings. I picked up some mercury glass and a few 'whacked-out' greeting cards that I just had to have. I even know I'll be back for several chandelier wall stickers that I need for my living room walls...they are fabulous and very reasonable. A large sticker is $22, smaller ones go for $16 or so.
The beauty of this boutique lies in its eclectic taste and affordibility. Candles, clothing, jewelry, furniture and lots of bling are just a few of the things that await shoppers. I can't say enough about Jubilee...you just gotta go!!Jubilee, 321 W. 19th Street, Houston, TX, 713-869-5885
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Bless Sunbrella, Waverly and other fabric manufacturers for creating fashionable outdoor cushions, pillows, umbrellas and other accessories. What once was an overlooked area, today's outdoor patio can look as good, or even better, than indoor furnishings and accessories.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
The name says it all...High Fashion Home. I've never seen a furniture showroom quite like this place, except perhaps ABC Furniture in NYC. A quick run over there this past weekend had me on cloud 9!!! Here's a glimpse at a few of my favorite looks.
High Fashion Home
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Anyone with children knows that the special watercolor or crayola artwork they bring home from school can be quite entertaining and totally whimsical. My two little Picassos were very prolific, especially in elementary school, and there were a few special pieces that I just had to frame, not only for my enjoyment, but secretly I hoped to also inspire my kids by highlighting their work. No ordinary frame would do, however. My goal was to make the artwork shine, yet more importantly, convey to my little artists just how talented they were. Now with my kids in high school, their handiwork still graces the walls in my entry, study and gameroom. I will cherish these masterpieces forever...
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I have to send a big 'THANKS' to ZGallerie for giving us eco-gals an alternative to the very stylish, cowhide rug. No animals were harmed in the making of this great reproduction. This 5x7 version sells for $189.00, much less than the real thing.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
This Louis XV-style chair went from 'plain Jane' to 'fur-a-licious' in a matter of a few hours with the help of a tattered 1960's faux fur jacket and a staple gun. Yes, believe it or not, I now have my very own faux fur chair and ottoman. It's funky and not for everyone, but I'm in love and I can't help it!!!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Need I say more? These chairs are insanely fabulous!!! To mimic these looks on the cheap, try several options. 1. Purchase a few yards of burlap, duck or a muslin-type fabric. Locate an embroidery store (or check your local JoAnns or Hancock for individual seamstresses) and have your initials applied. Begin with a simple chair and cover the back of the chair with the letters; 2. Search on Ebay or a feed store for burlap feed sacks; or 3. Use fabric paint and a decorative stencil to make your own design. (I will post my latest stenciling project tomorrow!!!)