Saturday, February 19, 2011

Advertising Apology

Dear Readers-

I just wanted to apologize for the ad that appeared on my blog yesterday. I don't even want to mention the advertiser by name because I don't want to give it any more publicity. I just wanted to put it out there that it was extremely upsetting to me personally and I'm really upset that any benefit (no matter how small) came to this particular advertiser from my blog especially since I don't know how long it appeared on my site.

I sincerely apologize if any of you were upset by it. I just recently added Google Adsense to my blog and apparently I didn't have the filters set properly. I think I have fixed the problem, but please- if any of you notice an ad on my site that you don't approve of, or don't think I would approve of- I would very much appreciate it if you would let me know so that I can rectify the situation.

I'm considering taking Adsense off of my blog completely just because it creeps me out so much to know that I'm participating in something in common with this advertiser. If any other bloggers out there have had good experiences with other, perhaps Christian-based advertising networks, I would very much like to hear about it!

In order to perhaps counter-act yesterday's ad I would like to put it out there that if anyone knows of a woman facing a difficult pregnancy, here is a loving option.


Friday, February 18, 2011

Easy Silver "Leaf" and CL Scores!

It all started with Jenny's suggestion for turning this:

into this:

So, I went to the craft store in search of gold leafing materials, but they were all out of gold leaf... and silver leaf. They only had copper left. That idea didn't appeal to me and I was all set to leave the store empty handed when I spotted this:

Rub 'n' Buff in silver leaf. I've only seen rub 'n' buff used in small applications before, but for $3.99 I figured, why not give it a try?

An hour after I got home my mirror looked like this:

not bad, eh?!

It was super easy. You seriously just wipe it on with a soft cloth, let it set for a couple of minutes and then buff it a little. A little goes a long way. I bought the last 3 tubes the store had on the shelf, but after doing the whole mirror I had barely put a dent in the first tube!

BTW- I came home from the store with R&B in "silver leaf" and in "gold leaf" unsure of which finish I would prefer. For some reason when I experimented with them, the silver went on beautifully, but I couldn't get the gold to adhere, so silver it was!

In my inspiration photo the mirror was surrounded by some beautiful and no doubt expensive prints, beautifully matted and framed. I opted to finally take the portraits I had taken of the girls out of the envelope and get them up where we can enjoy them! I picked up a bunch of super inexpensive frames and gave them a little R&B too, bought some mattes at the craft store and this is what I got:

I've had those little gold sconce/shelves for a decade (they were one of my first ebay purchases ever!). I'm still on the hunt for the right vases to set on top of them. I also haven't decided whether to leave them as is in hopes of tying in the other gold tone items in the room or give them the R&B treatment too?

BTW- if you're in the Baltimore area and you're looking for a good photographer, check out my friend Amy Donahue. She's great with kids, she's really reasonable and she does beautiful work:

After finishing the mirror the craigslist stars aligned and I scored two great deals in two days!

First was this gorgeous 8x10 PB wool rug:

then- remember how I wanted some kind of low profile coffee table for in front of the other sofa? I found this fun MCM bench.

It took some elbow grease to clean it up, but it looks pretty good now. It's still covered in the original vinyl. I may give it a makeover, but for the time being, at least it's totally kidproof!

Oh, and I found that starburst mirror on CL a couple of weeks ago.

Have you had any good CL scores lately?

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Pretty Cabinet Hardware

Hello Loves! First off- thank you all for your feedback on my living room arrangement. I quite agree that the sofa table was too much going on behind the chairs. I moved it and now the room feels much better. I got my mirror "leafed" and hung (I found a ridiculously easy way to silver leaf the mirror- I'll show you soon!) and I'm working on hanging the other items around it. Hopefully I'll be able to show you tomorrow!

I'm also still working on the kitchen window treatments. I thought I had the fabric all figured out and then my BFF offered me some fabric she had left over from a project and I think it may be just the ticket, so I'm waiting for it to arrive (thanks, Becky!)

I'd love to replace my kitchen backsplash, countertops and floor, but in the meantime I'm making some cosmetic changes to freshen up the kitchen a bit.

My cabinets are solid wood and the door design is traditional. I was tempted to paint them, but I can't bring myself to (and couldn't convince my hubby) since there's nothing "wrong" with them. I opted to use Howard's restore-a-finish in a shade darker than they require to richen the wood tone a bit and hopefully tone down any orange-y tones. If you've never used RAF before, it's a miracle product! It's on the shelf at Home Depot, but not Lowe's. You can check out their website for more info.

I wanted to share with you some pretty and inexpensive cabinet hardware I found recently.

I was looking for hardware to replace my early 90's fake brass tone hardware.
I found these on ebay:
Satin Nickel Cabinet Door Drawer Handle Pull Amerock 25

I loved how the design sort of looked like a bamboo reed. They're made by Amerock and they're selling for roughly $2 each and free shipping. I love them but they're slightly too large for my cabinets (3 3/4" CTC instead of the standard 3"), so I had to pass.

Then I found these available here for $1.79 each:

They should be arriving any day...

Have you made any kitchen updates lately?


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Changin' and Rearrangin'

Have I mentioned that I've been nesting like crazy? My poor husband was put to work after work on Monday night rearranging furniture for me. Here's a "before" shot of our living room taken during the holidays (the wing chair is ordinarily in the opposite corner but its usual spot was taken by the Christmas tree.)

Here's the view of the other side of the room:

the only other photo I could find of this side of the room is outdated (aw, remember the pink fireplace?!) but you get the idea.

Our living room is narrow and long, almost too long to treat as one space. That is why I separated it into two areas- a living room and a reading nook. The problem was, no one ever used the "reading nook" side of the room, and the wasted space was driving me nuts. Also, the fireplace, which I now enjoy looking at, was sort of blocked by the arrangement.

So, here is the new arrangement:

Please excuse the cords and mess in the background!

I'm not sure about the booksellers table. Maybe a simpler console/sofa table there? Or nix it all together?

The only other thing that bugs me about this arrangement is that having the slipcovered sofa in front of the window blocks the window a bit. I'd also like to add some kind of low profile coffee table or bench/ottoman in front of the slipcovered sofa.

What do you think? Do you like it this way or do you prefer the old arrangement?

BTW- here's what I'm thinking for the big blank space on the wall above the sofa:

I've been dreaming of this photo ever since Jenny posted it on LGN a couple of months ago. I think it was originally in Lonny, but I'm not sure. I happen to have a Louis Phillipe bedroom set that I've been wanting to break up, so I think I'll take Jenny's advice and gold leaf the mirror to hang above the sofa with some wall sconces and other pretties on the sides.

BTW- I finished the kitchen chairs and will hopefully have some photos to share soon!


Monday, February 7, 2011

Kitchen Plans and Progress...

I got the table and chairs painted this weekend and now I'm on to fabrics! The paint is still a little tacky so the chairs are not yet upholstered, but I pulled one of them into the kitchen (the rest are in the basement drying) so you could see...

The fabric is just wrapped around the seat of the chair- not stapled in place yet.

My next step (other than upholstering the chairs) will be the windows. I have enough of the duralee "diamante" fabric from my dining room left over to do the windows in here and I think I like these fabrics together, although I'd kinda like to pull in some persimmon red and/or citrine yellow- what do you think?

The windows in here present me with a bit of a challenge:
  • I love the natural light from the bay window, but we need some degree of privacy since the window faces my neighbors house
  • The view through the bottom half of the window is of the shared side yard between my neighbor's and my house and it's so sloped we haven't had any luck getting grass to grow there. We affectionately refer to it as "the dirt hill"- yeah- it's not pretty.
  • There's not enough space on either side of the bay for full drape panels to hang.
So, it seems some type of cafe curtain is in order.

Now I'm not sure if I'll do a more traditional cafe curtain like I had on the windows before (but hanging from rings instead of shirred and perhaps with some degree of pinch pleats?), or if I'll do sleeker flat panels that just fit the window as shown on whitehaven interiors:

cool, right? They were inspired by this MS room:

In either case I'll trim them in peacock blue.

I also have to decide what (if anything) will go on the top half of the windows?! And I plan to change the cabinet hardware and update the chandelier a little. Stay tuned!


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I Heart Debois Textiles

Here's a before shot of the kitchen:

The peanut butter and jelly color scheme was driving me nuts yesterday, and my hubby's on a business trip (so my crazy prego-nesting tendencies are going completely unchecked!) so last night I pulled some beigey-cream paint out of our storage room and did this:

Do you see what's hanging from the window?

Yesterday I stopped by my favorite fabric store- Debois Textiles in Baltimore. It's an absolute treasure trove. I don't know about you, but it takes me for-eva to shop for fabrics, especially someplace like Debois where you never know what you'll find.

I was searching through the piles of fabics and was doing my 3rd lap when the manager came by and asked me if I'd like to look at more fabrics they had in the warehouse. Um, yes please!!

I'd been there plenty of times before (thanks to Jenny's recommendation a year or so ago) but didn't know there were additional fabrics in the warehouse!

So, I'm looking through more piles of fabrics and out of the corner of my eye I spy this hanging out of, well, a trash can!!

That's right y'all- it's Kelly Wearstler "Bengal Bazaar" and because it's a little dirty she sold me the piece for $6.50!! I just found the same fabric online for $123 per yard! I have about a yard and a half, which (I checked and double checked) is just enough for the chair seats if I'm really careful.

I also picked up two yards of this pretty ralph lauren print:

Here's the paint I'm planning on using on the chairs:

"Night Tide" -I'm hoping it will be the perfect dark peacock. I can't decide if I should paint the table creamy-white, gray, or the same peacock? I'd love to hear your opinion!

Here's my dilemma- I can't commit to using the new fabrics in the kitchen because they also look fantastic in my living room! Love how the KW fabric looks against the blue grasscloth in my built-ins:

Either one would look great to reupholster the CC armchairs in my living room (which are in need of new upholstery)

Hmmmm- decisions, decisions.

Well, I'll have some time to think about it because I'm taking the girlies down to grandma's house for a couple of days.


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