Tuesday, November 27, 2012

You Crazy Birch!!


Do you watch it??

Once Upon A Time??

I will warn you. It will suck you in....and then you'll be hooked. Every week you will sit yourself on the couch with a glass of wine and ultimately find yourself all stressed out and worried, and then....green with envy!! 

Like this, "OH NOoOoO!! Is Charming EVER going to find Snow White?!?!?....will they EVER get to live happily ever after?!?!?!?.....Oooooh, I LOVE that wallpaper....AND that mirror!!! OMG!! DON'T eat that apple!!!! That stupid birch!! Wait. That lamp is freaking awesome and LOOK at those delicious red apples with the birch wallpaper!! I Neeeed that wallpaper!!"

Every week.

Look at that stupid birch....


She's so pretty, but she's just so mean!


I have never wanted to be a wicked queen/evil mayor so badly!!

I have even gone so far as to locate my wicked queens chair....


The "Deconstructed 19th Century English Wing Chair from Restoration Hardware. I found one at the outlet for $1000 less than retail!! Now.....to make her mine......muhahaha......

As the wicked queen/evil mayor, I would like to make one tiny change to my evil office. ...I don't like the silver rings on the tops of columns.... 


....I would prefer them to be all black or all white. The silver next to the creamy white just isn't working for me. So, on my first day as the wicked queen/evil mayor, I will have that changed. 

In the meantime, I will figure out how to get some of this birch wallpaper in my own, REAL, life! 


Here is a version of the reverse. SO COOL isn't it?!

One with patience COULD make this happen with chalk....on a chalk wall....I'll bet you're shocked that I figured out another thing to to do with chalk paint....



...to go with my chalkboard chargers AND birch candles. My hubs cut up some of our logs this weekend and I LOVE them!!! I am supposed to sell these....but I can't seem to let them go!! Would you? I didn't think so!

Are you crazy for birch?? What is going on??





Monday, November 19, 2012

And The Dish Ran Away.....


....with the spoons...



OR is it that THIS GIRL got a little carried away with spoons??
Yep. I think it did.

I mean, framed spoons, spoon mirror, more framed spoons, imagining a chandelier a la spoons, I could go on!! Maybe I should talk to someone about my problem.


AND THEN after I talk about my spoon obsession, I will have to bring up my chalk paint obsession....


....and how everything around me suddenly seems like it needs a coat of chalk paint...

...OR even worse....A STENCIL!!!



Stenciling, as my fellow design addicts know, is also highly addictive. It also has pretty harsh side effects, like sleepless nights, excessive cursing, and random outbursts directed towards strangers. Even worse, alcohol abuse. AND did you know that stenciling is the gateway drug to wall paper??? If you don't keep your stenciling under control, it could lead to gluing fabric to your walls, or even worse....sponge painting!

So, my dear readers, I urge you to proceed with caution when it comes to spoons and stencils. I don't want you to find yourself framing plastic silverware OR making sunburst mirrors out of those fancy tooth picks with the little ribbons on top! AND I REALLY don't want to see your dog covered in pink Imperial Trellis.

He really DOES NOT need to coordinate with your pillows.....or does he...


OMG!! he already does! Check that off my list! Phew! :)

Happy Monday (I will be stenciling!! How bout you?)




Monday, November 12, 2012

Not Just Your Ordinary......



....Sunburst Mirror!!



This one is very special, and VERY heavy!

I'm not the type to sit around and polish the silver and then hand wash each piece after I'm done using it. There is just too much to be done every day and those other things are much more rewarding. Delicate things that require attention just don't stand a chance in my house, so in order for them to be used and appreciated,  they must be turned into something else. Something more fabulous!


BUT Isn't she pretty???

The mirror was a find from Target that happened to be on clearance!! So you're looking at a sunburst mirror that cost me a total of $15!! 

Did I mention that each piece is wired onto the mirror in at least two places? That equals a lot of wire ($3) and a LOT of time (mostly free), but it is so worth it!! Now, instead of being stashed away in a drawer, never used, it is out, and adding some shiny bling to the room every day! 
Now that is how you put pretty and meaningful things to work!

In other news.....



A girl I know is getting a really neat and navy window seat with some fun pillows!!

My client, a sophisticated 13 year old, has some great taste! 

Her first pick for a pretty fabric....


Duralee 72066 in Pool.

It's such a great piece to get the inspiration going!

I'll keep you posted!! In the meantime, ask yourself what you have stashed away in the attic or basement and how it can come out to play!

Have a great week!!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Little Additions Here and There....



A new settee for the consignment shop.....




This little settee was parked in my basement for a reallllllly long time, and then it went to someone else's basement, and then it finally got the attention it deserves with some new fabric.......



....and some pillows made of scarves and sweaters.
I wish I still had the picture of what it used to look like! 



And the perfect framed etchings for a client's front hallway....







my favorite of the group....


I wanted to take these little lovelies to my own house, but sometimes, I know that my loves will have a more suiting, beautiful life, with a client. I guess I can't hang on to all the art that I love or else I will be on an episode of hoarders some day and that is not a life goal of mine.

AND something I am really excited to get started on at Linnea bakery.....


...it will involve a birch tree stencil!! 

I can't wait to give more details!

Hope you are all having a great week!