Friday, May 22, 2009

Kitchen Dining Area Goes All Out!!!

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!!)
Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend. Thank you to our troops!!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Give Your Home Some Personality

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.

Successful Treasure Hunting this Past Weekend

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

If Money Were No Object...Here's What I Would Buy!!

Nothing against generic furniture stores, but I loathe the concept of 'everything must match.' In fact, I can't imagine myself ever owning a matching sofa and loveseat and coordinating pillows!!! How BORING!!!
Even one interesting accent can mean the difference between ho-hum and wow!!!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Jubilee...I'm Cuckoo Over You

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

Outdoor Decor Goes Upscale

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.
This collection of new pillows can be found at Walmart. Target, Pier 1, Lowes and Home Depot also offer a great line of outdoor accessories.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

High Fashion Home...Just As the Name Implies

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
3100 Travis
Houston, TX
713.528.3838

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Nothing Says WOW Like Red

For a powerful impact, nothing beats the color red. But don't go too wild...a little bit of color goes a long way! Here are a few colorful ideas that I wanted to share.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Art Is All Around Us...Find Your Inspiration Right at Home!

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

This Hide is Worth Displaying!!!

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

Furniture with Panache

These pieces are so 'OFF the WALL' that I just had to share. It just confirms that creativity has no limits. Enjoy!!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

CHAIR AFFAIR...When You Can't Afford or Don't Want the REAL Thing...FAKE It!!

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

A Touch of Fancy...Just Another Way to Express Yourself

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!!!)