Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Free Christmas Card Printables

You can diy your own Christmas or holiday cards by grabbing free graphics from the Graphics Fairy and editing them on PicMonkey.  Here are a few I made. Feel free to print them out and use them if you like.


Monday, November 26, 2012

A Cozy Wintery Dining Room

 

1.il_570xN.304115329  
2.lekker lightinglekker lighting14138240_1210240214173.
4.Pottery Barn reclaimed wood tableeames chair knockoff=baxton studio steel based armchair set5.
6.ikea flokati-rug-high-pilenumi-candleholders cb27.blomster-candlestick-set-of-ikea11.westelm mongolian lambskin pillowcover8.
oresund anthropologie9.westelm mongolian pillow10.

1)Wild Hoof Beats
2)Buffer Lamp
3)Nate Berkus Gold Bowl
4)Pottery Barn Benchwright Reclaimed Wood Dining Table
5)Baxton Studio Cettina Steel-Base White Plastic Arm Chair
6)Serena & Lilly White Flokati Rug
7)Numi Candleholders CB2
8)Platinum West Elm Mongolian Lambskin Pillow Cover
9)Oresund Chair Anthropologie
10)Stone White Mongolian Lambskin Pillow Cover
11)Ikea Blomster Candlestick, set of 3

This look would consist of 2 large flokati rugs for under the dining table. I personally would use real wool flokati rugs, but the real ones tend to be a cream color instead of white and I realize that would bother some readers. So, I’ve listed the white flokati rug from Serena & Lilly, which is synthetic. If you want the real thing on a budget grab 2 from Ikea. I can personally attest to how amazing they are so far. They feel like pools of billowy clouds beneath your feet and the softness reminds me of rabbits fur (not dead rabbits btw).The Eames chair look-a –likes are by Baxton Studio and are the side chairs, with the head of the table chairs,which is what I refer to them as being, are the Oresund Chairs by Anthropologie.

I personally would make a hand-made bench for the other side of the table. It’s not stylish to have every chair match and I personally find it boring. However, I feel when decorating and or designing your home you are to do what makes you happy, even if it means breaking “rules” of style. If you are going for a soothing look, yet want to mix up your pieces, then you can keep all of your chairs within similar neutral colors, such as gray and cream.

I plan on using some of these pieces for my dining room so stay tuned for the reveal.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

DIY Gift Tags







  
                                                                                    
                                                                                  















A fun project for the holidays is diy'ing your own gift tags. I used PicMonkey to design these slightly unconventional holiday gift tags. Feel free to copy and print these if you'd like. Most of the gift tags are meant to have a metallic element to them. You could use a Krylon gold and silver leaf pen to go over them with a steady hand for a little pop.




Linking up HERE                                                                           


Monday, November 19, 2012

Site update

You may have arrived and the site may look all wonky. I'm tinkering around with an update. Be back soon. Forgive the mess.



**I seem to have lost all of my comments, again. Not sure why I have the wonkiest commenting system on Blogger, but if any of you needed me to get back to you about something, you can re-post here now that I have gotten rid of intense debates. Perhaps the change back to blogger caused me to lose the comments. Sorry!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Gold Dipped Rhino Horns from Z Gallerie

Z Gallerie rhino bust and Krylon 18 kt gold leafing pen.

Gold gilt Z Gallerie Rhino Bust




Attention: I am having comment issues. I had intense debates installed as my commenting platform. There were several comments on here from those of you that loved the post. Somehow they have all disappeared and are now showing up in Blogger instead. I'm not sure what is going on. If I missed a comment, please bear with me! You can always repost in blogger if you prefer. 

Linking up HERE

ANTHROPOLOGIE LOVE

BOOK, CHAIR, SKULL




**I seem to have lost all of my comments, again. Not sure why I have the wonkiest commenting system on Blogger, but if any of you needed me to get back to you about something, you can re-post here now that I have gotten rid of intense debates. Perhaps the change back to blogger caused me to lose the comments. Sorry!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Gold, Silver, Tobacco, Cream Design Board

I was inspired by some of my pins on Pinterest to put together a style board for a living room I would like to have in the future.  I used a site called Kaboodle to put it together. Unfortunately, there is very limited things you can do with the program, but it's fun because Kaboodle allows you to "pin" any image you like to their site and it will cut the backgrounds out for you. As you can see with my design board the background cutting is not the program's strong suit. It's still a good program for a novice like myself.


I chose a silver, gold, tobacco, and cream colored setup. People are a little afraid of mixing silver and gold, I know that I am at times. The trick to it, I believe, is incorporating items with a champagne color in your space and then adding your silver and gold pieces in. Champagne is a mix of the two and to me it sort of "marries" the colors together.

I think the key to using a lot of metallic pieces in your room of the same color is to make sure they are different shades of the same color.



Where you can get the items:
Room color- Elephant Tusk by Benjamin Moore. It’s a luscious dark cream.              
Chesterfield Sofa - One Kings Lane - The Living Library - Chip Chesterfield
Coffee Table- Peekaboo coffee table from CB2.com
Console Table- Encore Console Table- ZGallerie
Mirror- Kicher Lara Wall Mirror
Chandelier-  Allure Chandelier
Art-  Z Gallerie - Pirouette 1
Rug- Konstrukt Rug in Charcoal
Flower Pillow- Four-Flower 20x20 Pillow, Gold on OneKingsLane.com
White Pillow-  Bansuri Pillow from Elizabeth Bauer Design
Tray- Polished Nickel Mirror Tray from Shopten25.com
Gold Lamp- ARTERIORS Home Bishop Table Lamp



**I seem to have lost all of my comments, again. Not sure why I have the wonkiest commenting system on Blogger, but if any of you needed me to get back to you about something, you can re-post here now that I have gotten rid of intense debates. Perhaps the change back to blogger caused me to lose the comments. Sorry!

Designs 4 Less: Jonathan Adler Lampert sofa vs Z Gallerie Royce Sofa

Lampert Sofa in brussels charcoal


I confess. I'm drooling over a new love. I call him Lam for short. No, Lam is not a new naughty love affair I'm having. I wish!  Sadly, Lam doesn't even know I exist. He's far too outta my league.  He's $3495 from Jonathan Adler.

 Oh well Lampert, it wasn't meant to be. And sadly, I don't think I could  be Mrs. Lampert anyways. I mean really what kind of name is that?  But I'm happy to
say he has a twin.  And oh what a twin
he has!














Ladies, meet his brother, Royce!  
Ok, so he's not an identical twin,
but he's close!  Royce is considerably
cheaper. Don't be sad, Royce. I'm not calling you cheap. Cheap in this instance is good!  Royce goes for
$1699 at ZGallerie. And he appears to be one beautiful, strong, hunk of a couch!  Hunk?








**I seem to have lost all of my comments, again. Not sure why I have the wonkiest commenting system on Blogger, but if any of you needed me to get back to you about something, you can re-post here now that I have gotten rid of intense debates. Perhaps the change back to blogger caused me to lose the comments. Sorry!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Shopping for a Sofa

We are using a couch that was here when we first moved in. It's a horrid and uncomfortable couch.
In fact, I'm not even going to bother photographing it for you because it's that hideous. It's not the looks of it so much, as I could simply reupholster or recover the thing. It's the fact that it has arms that are caved in and feels like you have a 2x4 in your bum when you sit on it.

 So, I'm looking at sofas to buy after the holidays are over. I'm also looking into when is the best time to buy a sofa.

 Here are some I'm looking at:

I'm thinking about the Ektorp.  I fell in love with the Ektorp in one of Ikea's catalogs. It looks cozy, inviting,  and like something that would fit in with my mish mash of style. Besides the incredibly affordable price tag of  399.00 for the Blekinge white sofa, I love that the covers are removable so that I can change things up. I love that they are washable so that I can actually have kids and a white or cream sofa at the same time. I  H.E.A.R.T white/cream sofas!

The down side is that I've seen many bloggers who have Ektorps and they look very frumpy after you sit on them. As if maybe a 100 kindergarteners were told to 'have at it' during recess. Don't get me wrong, from what I can tell, they all love their Ektorps! But I can't stand frumpy furniture! Despite Ikea's description of a sofa that regains it's shape quickly after you have stood up, I find other blogger's photos to be quite telling and quite the opposite.

In their defense, the sofa does look like you can shape it back to almost perfection. But I'm not sure if I want that task!

Meet, Royce. Hello, Royce. Did I ever tell you how beautiful you are?


The next sofa I'm looking at is the Royce Sofa from Z Gallerie. This sofa is some serious Eye Candy. I H.E.A.R.T white furniture but I seriously also love a sofa with clean lines, gorgeous tufting, luxurious velvet fabric, and what really can sell me on a sofa is the arms being level with the back of the sofa. It's much like the iconic Chesterfield. The down side of this sofa, and the only downside is the 1,699.00 price tag. I'm not counting it out yet, though. Z Gallerie often has 10-15 percent off sales for their furniture line. Who knows, maybe I will get lucky and find it 35 percent off! A girl can dream.


Much like the Royce Sofa with it's high back and equally high arms, Z Gallerie has the Benny Sofa minus the gorgeous side pillows. The sofa is pretty and modern. I'm not crazy about the one row of tufting on the back and I'm not crazy about the tufting on the seat. It looks as if it's sectioned off in squares.  All in all though, it's a nice sofa at a much more affordable 999.00 dollars.  With their 10-15 percent off coupon, this will make a pretty and  affordable sofa for my living room.



The Chesterfield Sofa. Need I say more? Hello Beautiful.

The Kensington Sofa from Restoration Hardware is a gorgeous rendition of the ever so classic Chesterfield. It comes in 6 lengths, 2 depths, a large assortment of colors and fabrics, and whole lotta gorgeous.

Unfortunately, a whole lotta price tag too. Depending on your selection from the mid 2,000's to $11,710.  Maybe one day when I grow up I'll get this sofa.


Which leads me to my final selection, a pretty and affordable remake of the Chesterfield by Martha Stewart at Macy's, the Saybridge sofa.  It comes in 25 different colors, velvet fabric if you'd like, and it's on sale for 999.00 smackaroos.



What sofa are you salivating over in your life right now?

**I seem to have lost all of my comments, again. Not sure why I have the wonkiest commenting system on Blogger, but if any of you needed me to get back to you about something, you can re-post here now that I have gotten rid of intense debates. Perhaps the change back to blogger caused me to lose the comments. Sorry!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Drawer Fronts: Decorating With Tape


If you remember I decorated my mantel with frog tape + rub-n-buff.  We used frog tape to make a large lattice design, much like my mantel, then went over the tape with gold rub-n-buff. I was inspired by my idea to decorate with tape and by the ladies who make design cut outs that you can decorate your drawers with over at O'verlays.


I wouldn't use it on a dresser that is going to have heavy use. But using this technique on a "dummy" drawer would be perfect. I think as long as you have handles it should be fine on a dresser with moderate use, but I would prefer something more permanent at that point.

I'm not sure who originally came up with the design of the 3rd drawer down.   I believe it's possibly the lovely ladies who make O'verlays.  If you want something permanent for your dresser drawers I would definitely go with them. I know I may purchase some when I decide how I want to update my dresser.




**I seem to have lost all of my comments, again. Not sure why I have the wonkiest commenting system on Blogger, but if any of you needed me to get back to you about something, you can re-post here now that I have gotten rid of intense debates. Perhaps the change back to blogger caused me to lose the comments. Sorry!