Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Update: FABULOUS TEN DOLLAR FIND!

I went digging again and earthed up this lovely grey and chartreuse damask at $3/yd!





And then I scored a matching grey cotton blend with the perfect sheen for $2.50/yd!



I am loving these colors together!

AND I LOVE how these fabrics go with a collection of buttons that I have been wanting to use.



It got me thinking about my ten dollar find from the Goodwill. Remember this:



This chair got me thinking about how I can transform it into something like this:



This GORGEOUS chair is by Celine Dupuy and I found it in this book:



I have wanted to do something similar to this chair since I saw it over three years ago. I have been collecting the buttons and I might just have enough to do something! We'll see if I can pull it off!

In Celine's book, Simple Sewing with a French Twist, she not only shares her beautiful projects, but gives you all the instructions you need. I highly recommend this book!

I just couldn't pass up these fabrics for that price and I thought I would share my inspiration! Hope you enjoy!

Kelle
xx

Sunday, April 25, 2010

FOCAL WALL FOR THE FRONT ENTRY...on a shoestring!

Remember my previous post about my Goodwill finds and my idea for an interesting focal wall for my front hallway? It is finally at a point worth posting about!

Here are the frames as you last saw them:





We finally finished the project! Here is my view from the couch:



P.S. The Villa de Fleur pillow is from Marley & Lockyer. I had to have it!

Here is the view as you walk in the front door:




The frames are all from Goodwill and cost a total of $21. The mirror was also a Goodwill find for $4. All the frames needed was a little spray paint and a light sanding to create their aged look. The striped background was created with a striped cotton chenille fabric that I found in the clearance bin at the fabric store for $6! The grand total for this interesting entry wall was about $32. As I always say, NEVER underestimate the possibilities at your local thrift shop!

What I absolutely love about this wall is that it is functional, creative, and can be rearranged on a whim! The empty frames provide endless opportunities for seasonal decor and the stripes provide a great neutral background that will allow whatever goes inside the frames to really stand out.

I thought I would start out with some black and white photos:



I'm thinking I found the perfect home for a beautiful photo of my grandmother LaVerne, aka Lovie. She was a COMPLETELY FABULOUS and creative woman, and I couldn't think of a better way to honor her memory. I never had the privilege of meeting her, but she left behind plenty of evidence that she could make something fabulous out of ANYTHING! If she had some expired eggs and some broken crayons, she made beautiful hand painted Easter eggs. If she found an elegant looking branch washed up on the beach, she turned it into an Easter egg tree. If she found some pesky snags in her pantyhose, she didn't just throw them away, she used them to make fancy tights for my mom's dolls. I might not have met her, but through her creations that she left behind, I know her.



As far as I'm concerned, Martha Stewart ain't got nothin on our Lovie!

Hope you enjoy the finished project as much as we do! Got any unique ideas on what else can go in the frames? Leave me some comments...I love to hear from you!

Have a Lovie kind of day!

Kelle
xx

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

When It Rains It Pours...and Erupts

The past few weeks have been insane. You know what THEY say, "when it rains it pours". I don't know who THEY are, but THEY were right. Thankfully, THEY also say, "It can't rain ALL the time" :)

So, now that the rain is stopping, I finally have some time to do a new post! I wish the post was about a COMPLETED project, with pictures galore, but a completed project just hasn't happened. Unless you count the completion of two ear infections, a couple cases of strep throat, and two and a half weeks of complete insanity whilst my husband was stranded in Germany because of a volcano and it's RIDICULOUS amounts of ash. I mean, HELLO Volcano! Next time, please RSVP! Maybe the fabulous Mother of Nature could just send a little warning written on a fabulous piece of stationary...kind of like this:






I suppose that would be out of the question.

Maybe instead of leaving a thick layer of ash in her wake she could simply leave a ridiculously classy calling card??





Dearest Mother Nature,

These are merely suggestions from an insane person. Please do not send a lightening rod my way :)

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

A LOVELY MESS INDEED! A fabulous "artpron"





This chick couldn't make creating a kitchen disaster look more fun or fabulous!


I fell in love with this "artpron" from Third Drawer Down (all the wrinkles are courtesy of me) quite some time ago. It's name, is appropriately, "A Lovely Mess". I'm not usually an apron kind of a gal, but putting on this apron makes cooking and cleaning a little bit less chore-like. Call me silly, but for a non-stop mom, a little touch of fabulous can go a long way!

Third Drawer Down and The Museum of Art Souvenirs Store is a storefront museum and place of trade in Fitzroy, Australia. They feature a curated array of art and designer products, the store functions as both showroom, design studio, museum and retail space with objects either hand picked from various popular cultural contexts or made by Third Drawer Down for leading Museums around the world.


They have expanded their selection since my last order and now you can find many more unique and artsy things for your home.

Next on my list are these mugs:






Don't know about you, but I know I could use a silly mug in the morning!

All images via http://thirddrawerdown.com/ CHECK IT OUT!!!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

INTERESTING ENTRY WALL...in the making

What am I doing today while my little babe is with the Grands???



Working on a frame project...with lots of spray paint! All of these frames came from the Goodwill and cost a total of $32!!! The large frame is a whopping 48"X38" and is constructed of solid pine! Never underestimate the possibilities of your local thrift store!

These frames may become an empty frame collage in our entryway ... we shall see.
I can't wait to see how it all comes together!

Here are some shots of the smaller frames. They have beautiful details that really stand out once they are painted white.







Empty frames have endless possibilities and can be filled with different items depending on the season. AND frames can add architectural interest where there is NONE.



The finished wall shall be posted soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

Kelle
xx

FABULOUS TEN DOLLAR FIND!




I found this chair today at the local Goodwill for $10! The chair itself is in great shape, but the fabric is not doing so good. It is yellowing in some spots and just looks down right dingy!

I have some ideas on how to spiff this thing up a bit.

First, the fabric must go or be covered with a slipcover. Then, I was thinking of adding some slightly dramatic and taller legs to add some height to the chair. Lastly, maybe I can add some over abundant fluff to the cushion so that it looks a little more cushy for my tushy!

I'm having trouble deciding on the fabric! This is where you come in! Let me know what you think. Here are some hints about our bedroom where this fabulous find shall live: The wall color is the blue that you see, our bedding is all white, and I have an overall feeling of light airiness going on, with a subtle hint of a beachy theme (sandy colored carpet, some interesting sea shells, and a capiz shell pendant fixture...nothing extremely literal), and a lovebird romantic feeling as well. I know it may seem like a lot, but it's really a very simple room.

So have it! Leave me some comments and some links that inspire.

Thanks for stopping by! I can't wait to hear what you think :)

Kelle
xx