Monday, December 31, 2012

happy new year!

Just wanted to send out a quick Happy New Year!  2012 was great.  Here's hoping 2013 is even better!


Friday, December 28, 2012

before & after: reupholstered chairs

Today I wanted to share my very first reupholstery project.  I got these two chairs at Salvation Army for $20 a piece.  I picked these chairs because they had wood legs and were sturdy, comfortable, and had a nice wide base.  Another appealing factor was that they did not look like they would be too complicated to reupholster.

This is what the chairs looked like before.

I wanted to re-use the nail heads so the first step was to pry them off with a flathead screwdriver and pliers.  Next step was to take off the old fabric with an upholstery staple remover, pliers, and a lot of patience!  The old fabric was a thick grasscloth material so the batting and padding underneath looked virtually new and did not need to be replaced.  I stained the legs using two coats of the same Dark Walnut Minwax stain that I used for my Salvation Army armchair {see here}.

Here are the uncovered chairs while the stain was drying.

Next, I upholstered the chair using the old fabric as a template.  Because there are really no edges to these chairs, stapling the fabric on was fairly easy.  I used a small rubber mallet to add the nail heads back.  The fabric is from a store in the Los Angeles Fashion District and was $20.  The LA Fashion District is amazing by the way.  I definitely recommend a trip there if you are looking for bargains for fabric, notions, clothing, and accessories.

Here are the chairs all finished.  They now sit at the head of our dining room table.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

fire and ice...

As I mentioned in last week's post, we hosted Christmas dinner this year.  Since we had a lot going on with house guests and the various food preparations, I wanted some quick and easy table decorations that didn't involve going to the store for flowers.

I came across this great pin on Pinterest and decided to try it.

Source: via Meredith on Pinterest
Just add plastic wrap and water in the vase and you get a great faux ice look!  For mine, I added some floating candles to the top to add some lighting to the table.

I also had two square vases left over from our wedding.  For these vases, I added some Christmas ornaments for filler and then a tealight at the top.  The candleholder is from tpt home.

These decorations were great because they were super quick and did not involve an extra trip to the store!

Monday, December 24, 2012

merry christmas eve...

Merry Christmas Eve!  I hope everyone is having a great holiday season and enjoying some time with their loved ones.  This year, my family is in town so we will be celebrating together here in California.  Today I wanted to share some of the holiday decorations from around our house.

First up is our "vertically challenged" tree.  This was the first tree my husband and I got together so I still like putting it up every year.  It's too short to stick on the floor so we put it on top of the table next to the couch.  This year, my niece added some additional decorations with some letters to Santa.

Tree {Home Depot} / Tree Skirt {Michael's}
Next up are some wreaths I made for our front door.  

Wreaths / Burlap Ribbon / Ribbon / Berries

I also made a couple wreaths for the windows inside our living room.  
Wreaths / Burlap Ribbon / Accents {Michael's}

Here are some "winter" decorations on the console table in the living room.  We bought this console table at Salvation Army with the dining room hutch that I wrote about {here}.
Lamp / Owls / Snow Globe / Urn {Home Goods}
Silver Vase / Pine Branches {Michael's}

Here is the fireplace in the living room.  The stockings are not my favorite.  Next year I plan to make some to replace these.
Lamp {Ikea} / Garden Stool {The Foundary} / Stockings & Holders {Target}
Mini Trees / Branches / Flowers / Pearls {Michael's}
Mirror {Home Goods}

And finally, my favorite...our Christmas Tree!
Tree {Home Depot} / Tree Skirt {Home Goods}
Ornaments {Target / Michael's}
Tree Topper {Target}

Thursday, December 13, 2012

window shopping...

As I mentioned here, we just came back from NYC.  One of the coolest things we saw was all the Christmas decorations at the stores.  These decorations bring window shopping to a whole new level! 

I couldn't help taking pictures of all the lights and decorations.  Here are a few of my favorites...

Cartier and Versace
Harry Winston
Bergdorf Goodman

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

nyc christmas spirit...

We just got back from a trip to New York City.  The trip was so much fun.  We did all the regular touristy things like Times Square, Central Park, 5th Avenue, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Lincoln Center to name just a few.  It was awesome to see such a vibrant exciting city especially during the holiday season!  It's hard not to get into the Christmas spirit with these kind of decorations around you...

The Met 

NY Public Library
Exxon Building
and of course...Rockefeller Center

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

be our guest

Lately we have had a lot of guests at our house.  Even though we have two guest bedrooms, it still sometimes feels like we could use some extra beds in our home.  If we fill up our guest rooms, we usually end up relegating people to the couch which I always feel bad about.  At the risk of making our guests feel like they are at summer camp, I sometimes wish we had spaces like these for them...


Monday, December 3, 2012

closet envy

Jennifer Hudson was on The Ellen Show a few weeks ago and shared a picture of her closet.

Needless to say, the closet is HUGE and seems to have space for just about anything a girl could ever want in there.  I love the purple couches too.

Here are some more celebrity closets that I wouldn't mind having...

Kate Bosworth
Khloe Kardashian
Whitney Port
Jenna Lyons of J. Crew

And then of course, there is always Carrie and Big's closet in Sex and the City 2.