Friday, November 30, 2012

rainy day spaces

The weather today in Southern California is not so great.  It's a little chilly, rainy, and gray...basically one of those days where you just want to stay in, curl up, and read a good book.  Here are some cozy spaces perfect for a day like this...

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

hanging around

I was looking around the Anthropologie website and saw this hanging bed.

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I am not sure how comfortable a hanging bed would be to sleep on or how practical they really are in a space.  However, they do look pretty neat and definitely make a statement.  Here are some fun spaces with hanging beds...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

before & after: reupholstered chair

I wanted to share another thrift store furniture project.  I bought this chair this past summer at Salvation Army for $25.  It kind of looks like an old office chair.



The first step was to take off all of the old fabric and batting.  This part was the most time consuming because it seemed like there were a million staples in that sucker.  Next, I sanded down the legs and then stained them with Minwax stain in Dark Walnut from Home Depot.  After two coats of stain (with drying in between), I added a layer of poly.  Since the original padding was in pretty good shape, I opted to just add some batting over the old padding.  Here are pictures of the chair before the batting.



I reupholstered the chair using Schooner Nautical print fabric I found at Big Y Yardage Outlet.  For the back, I added some decorative nails from Jo-Ann's (Dritz Decorative Nails 7/16" in Antique Brass).  For the arms and apron, I used cotton cording from Jo-Ann's to create some piping.

The chair now sits in our guest bedroom which has a nautical theme to it.  It's amazing what some wood stain and new fabric can do for an old chair.






Monday, November 26, 2012

entertaining four-legged friends

We have two dogs as you can see here...
Tater & Panda
Obviously, we are dog lovers and it seems like most of our friends and family are too.  Therefore, it is not uncommon for us to have extra dogs in our home when we have people over.  For instance, here are a couple of our four-legged friends that came over last week...


With all these dogs running around, it sometimes feels like our pups entertain guests more than we do.  

So here are some spaces that are great for your dogs (and their guests)...
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And if you have some extra budget, you can really pamper them with a pet cabana...

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or be like Paris Hilton and just get them a separate home.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

a sunny christmas...

Now that the end of November is near, it is time to pull out the decorations and start getting ready for the Christmas holidays (if you have not already).  We put our decorations up today and even though we just had Thanksgiving and it is almost December, it just did not feel like Christmas time yet.  Maybe because we live in southern California and it was still 80 degrees outside!

Here are some decorations that are more in tune with sunny southern California...

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

happy thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!  I have very much to be thankful for and am looking forward to good food with family and friends this holiday.  Below are some great Thanksgiving dinners from some people you may recognize.  Whose dinner would you want to go to?

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

animal prints

We went to the San Diego Zoo Wild Animal Park this past weekend.  On the way back, I was thinking about how a lot of the animals there are the inspiration for some great interior design.  For example...

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Monday, November 19, 2012

birch decor

I love these birch candles from Pottery Barn.  They are great for the winter season.  I am definitely going to get some for our holiday decorations this year.

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Here are some other great birch decorations...

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These guys really like birch...

                         Eclectic Bedroom design by Other Metro Interior Designer Design 
                         Associates - Lynette Zambon, Carol Merica

                                      Contemporary Bedroom design by Ottawa Interior Designer Leclair Decor

Monday, November 12, 2012

diy: embroidery hoop decor accents

Here is a DIY project for some decor accents I made out of embroidery hoops.  I used the tutorial from here as a guide.  It was a pretty easy, quick, and inexpensive way to add some decorations to our fireplace mantel.  The stain is Minwax Classic Gray which I bought at Home Depot.



The hoops are just from Michaels.  As you can see, they come in many different sizes so the orbs can be as big or small as you want!



 Here are some other really great DIY projects made out of embroidery hoops...

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