Thursday, March 28, 2013

Craigslist Potential

I've been searching for more seating for our living room for a while now. It's been tough because I wasn't really sure what would look good with our existing furniture. I had originally planned on getting a long mid century credenza to go on the art wall. 

I still think that would look fabulous but the fact is, we have people over quite a bit and we need  more seating. We often end up with all our dining and breakfast chairs in here. Now one extra piece is not going to totally solve that but it will help. Plus there's plenty of space in here for more furniture.

So here is my idea...

After a lot of searching I found this pretty chaise for a good price on craig. I'm hoping they respond and I can grab it this weekend. 

It would go in front of the fireplace. The sofa would go along the gallery wall with a console behind for lamps (we really need non overhead lighting in here) and the suzani chairs would go in front of the opening to the dining room.

Chaise there in front of fireplace.

Chairs where the couch is now.

For reference our TV is here. I love it tucked out of the way in this little nook.

I'm thinking this needs to be covered in some kind of velvet, maybe with a geo print, maybe a solid who knows. I also will probably paint the frame, it looks a bit light wood colored which is yucky. A shot of black might be nice in this room, hmm considerations. I like this piece because of it's curviness in contrast to my square lined sofa and wing chairs. I think a bit if frenchy might be nice in the mix.

What do you guys think? Would you arrange differently? Use a settee or love seat instead? I'm all ears!


Friday, March 22, 2013

Mid Century House: Before & After

I have a special treat for you today! My good friend recently had her house featured on and today I have some juicy before an afters for you.

I just love me some before and afters, don't you?

The house in Dallas, TX and was built in 1955. The bones and character are what drew them in. They saw huge potential. And in just 18 short months they have already transformed the space!

                                                    Eclectic Living Room by Dallas Media And Blogs Sarah Greenman

The living room after!



Dining before

And now!

The kitchen has had the biggest change so far.

Painted cabinets, new hardware and lighting. A DIY island redo. New granite counter tops and subway tile in a herringbone pattern on the back splash.

Bold in the bedroom!

And my favorite photo of the tour. Bright blue wall with family heirloom roll top desk.

See the full house tour here!


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Details Around My House

Freshening things up for Spring with a few little things here and there.

New pillows from Ecuador are out.

The detail on them is fabulous. All embroidered on velvet. Can't believe I scored both of these for $35.

Added some new art to the gallery wall. (the one on the left) My husband said most of the art in our home was made by me and he wanted to make something. So naturally, Mr. Computer Guy wrote a program to generate these sweet abstract images from a photo. Of course his art is still made by a computer, love that!

Been thinking about rearranging my living room, but that's a whole other post!

Changed things up on the mantle.

I'm in love with this agate clock my parents got me for Christmas. You know rocks are my thang!

Monday, March 18, 2013

New DIY Upholstered Headboard

Hello friends!

Wow, life is busy! I'll spare you all my excuses about my absence so let's just get straight to the pretty.

New Headboards!

And tons of pattern!

You may recall the headboard I built forever ago. I covered it with a kantha cloth, which I loved, but I knew it wasn't forever. I had admired this crewel work fabric for a long time and finally decided to order it.

Then I waited...and waited...and waited more. It took over 6 months to come! And for that reason I won't link you to the website. They are full of lies and I wouldn't wish that on anyone. Good thing this was for me and not a client. Could you imagine?!

Pillows are sewn by me. The blue fabric is hand blocked brought by my father in law back from Indonesia.

Atari approves of his napping digs.


Gray Linen Bedding: CB2
Sheets: Ikea
Pink Lamps: Target
Rug, Kantha Cloth, Tufted Bench: Wisteria
Curtains: JcPenney with trim I sewed on
Nightstand, Vanity, Accessories, Art: All vintage

So what do you guys think? I'm just loving the way all the color and pattern mixes together. It's not something I planned or even think can be planned. It has to be layered and collected over time. Not good for those of us who like instant gratification but so satisfying in the end!

Next I would like to replace the lamps, I think emerald green needs to go in here like I need dark chocolate (which is really bad!)

Happy Monday lovers!