Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

'Tis the Season for Dwell Studio Holiday Decor!


I receive so many catalogs this time of year. Though it kind of drives me nuts, I usually look through each one (quickly) and find some holiday inspiration or a gift idea. The most inspiring catalog lately? Dwell Studio's Holiday 2013. The holiday specific pieces are super chic and modern, but what I love is the use of things they carry all year. The sparkle of gold candleholders and objects, mixed with seasonal garlands makes for a beautiful holiday setting. I love every page but here are a few of my favorites.
This wreath is made from the Wire Prism Objet (gold leaves not included). The other items are available all year, and still, how festive!

Mercury glass is available all year as well but is even more appropriate in this little tree shape. This is where I would stress the word inspiration, since they are sold out. Try Home Goods or West Elm for great pieces with this finish. 

Felt garlands are a good investment since they'll last for years. I imagine the Evergreen Garland will sell out like the Jubilee Garland has so order them soon if you're a fan! Or try Jamali Garden, West Elm or Etsy for amazing garlands in a multitude of colors. 


Happy Holiday Decorating!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I.O. Metro & the color BLUE

When I was asked by I.O. Metro to be a guest blogger, I was extremely excited! The Arkansas-based home decor retailer opened its Dallas store this past March and it is gorgeous. The store is a mix of rustic and modern furnishings, rich in color and textures, accented with metallic accessories. You really will want to take the entire store home! Go here to find a location near you.

I'm sure you've noticed that the color blue has been trending like crazy this year. I.O. Metro does the color quite well with their Fall collection. The Utica sofa...well it's is just delicious! So hop on over to their blog HERE to check out my furniture picks and tips for using the color blue in your interior. I think you're going to love it. Enjoy!

Monday, December 9, 2013

DIY: Adding Glam to a Vintage Coffee Table

I haven't taken on an interior design project in quite a long time. Many years actually. When a friend called recently requesting my services for a late 1940's Tudor-style home in South Carolina, I couldn't say no. Tudors are my favorite type of home. Full of character and surprises! We've just completed a full bathroom and kitchen renovation and the home is coming along great. I hope to share the finished project with you in the next few months. I'm so excited!

Shopping around in Charleston last week I found the most amazing coffee table at Page's Thieves Market. My client's style is very Hollywood Glam so the elaborate white table base was perfect. It just needed a little bling. Using Rub n' Buff (gold leaf), my new favorite product, it instantly went from a boring white to a dazzling metallic gold.

Rub n' Buff if very easy to use. Just wipe on a little at a time using a dry cloth onto a porous material. Buff with the cloth until it has the sheen that you want. That's it! Check out the Before/After below.

Click here for more ways to use Rub 'n Buff.

Monday, December 2, 2013

DIY: A Console for a Small Space

I have a really small dining room. So small that my area rug is 5 feet-by-5 feet. Nonetheless, I've been on the hunt for the perfect storage buffet and with such specific needs, it's no surprise that I never found it. Those specific needs you ask? 
  1. If it has doors they need to be sliding doors (or have none at all).
  2. It can't be ugly or deeper than 12 inches. 
  3. I need it to have a bit of storage.
  4. I don't want a natural wood finish.
  5. I prefer a modern style. 
  6. The list goes on… 
So far everything readily available has not worked, until now.
I started thinking outside-the-box and realized I needed to repurpose something if I wasn't willing to pay a professional to build something for me. While shopping for other reasons, I was inspired by the Carlson Tower at CB2. It's perfect size and price got me thinking. Let's turn it on it's side. Table legs are easy to get, and I ordered four of these 24 inch hairpin legs online. For kicks, I got a quote to see how much it would be to plate each leg in a satin brass. It would be $175 each, so I decided to skip it.  (*but can always do it later!)  

Tools needed:
  • Screw gun
  • Steel drill bit
  • Machine screws, bolts & flat washers
  • Paper or painter's tape 

Optional tools (but not tested for this project):
  • Right angle drill
  • Counter sink bit
  1. Place legs and trace holes with a marker
  2. Tape over the marks.  *Tape will prevent the drill from slipping and sliding off your mark, avoiding major scratches.  It's going to be the bottom, but why not keep it pretty?
  3. Attach the legs with screws, bolts & washers. Tighten with a wrench. 
One not-so-great detail is this one. I didn't have a right angle drill, so I wasn't able to counter sink the screws.  It'll work for now.
     Voilà! The perfect sized console for a small dining space.

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