10.29.2012

Tiny little tree

I created this little project back in August, but, as you have probably noticed, I have been a bit busy and/or lazy about posting on my blog (shame on me!).  But the "little tree" project did happen, so I wanted to share it.

During one of my many field trips to Home Goods, I found a funky artichoke-like bowl/vase/table decoration.  I didn't really know what to do with it, but loved the shape and the texture it brought to my living room.  After having it around, looking empty, for a month or two, I decided to spruce it up.  So I pulled out some left over white sand and tiny pebbles.  And then, I went to a hobby shop to purchase a miniature tree (you know the type that people use when they build a little winter scene or perhaps a train track scene)... they are soooo tiny and cute!


THIS is what this bowl/vase thing was for!  I am totally loving the little green tree... it adds color and confuses visitors.


8.23.2012

Front Door Update

I was looking around my entry and noticed that, although it’s nice, open and airy, it’s just a bit too... monotonous.   This is caused by several factors: too many doors in a small area (entry, garage, closet, powder room), no large wall for hanging colorful art, no real corner for an entry table or out-of-the-way space for placing some large decoration to break up the gray/ white motif.


As I walked around my entry, I walked into the dining space, which consists of a glass table and a built-in bench with gray seat cushions and coral pillows.  Coral, huh?



Yes, I like it.  It's the exact vibrant color that is missing from my entry.... so I took some left over fabric from the pillows and got a quart of color-matched paint.


And then, we painted... the interior side of my front door!  The risky move definitely paid off.  It also helps that my front door has a glass window with white trim that breaks up the bold statement.  Love!

 
 

Every time my eye catches the coral door from the kitchen or the living room, my lips curl in a cute tiny smile.

7.12.2012

Gladiolus Leftovers

Earlier this week, I stumbled upon the most beautiful gladiolus at Whole Foods. They were HUGE, bright and at the peak of perfection.  I arranged them in a tall glass vase, simply criss-crossing each stalk so they would hold each other up and create a balanced look.  It's hard to tell how enormous this arrangement turned out simply because the gladiolus were so tall.

 
After a few days, the pretty gladiolus started to wither away (true story of real flowers).   However, the very tips of each stalk have just started to bloom.  So to save those bright blooms, I cut them off the dead stalks and placed them in a much shorter and smaller round glass vase.  To add a little bit of balance (and, let's be honest, pizzazz!), I added a mixture of large stones and tiny pebbles to the bottom of the vase.  Now I can enjoy a few extra days with these gorgeous blooms.


6.28.2012

TV Wall

Although I am not yet ready to reveal my living room, I'm going to give you a sneak peak of my TV wall.

To set the mood... my living room has been completely re-modeled (you can see a before shot in this past post).  The carpet was torn out and replaced with Brazilian Cherry hardwood.  The room was painted in shades of grey, as a continuation from the entry/ hallway.  Crown molding and extra tall base boards were added and all of the trim has been painted white.

I opted to make the TV wall the focal point of the room (instead of the fireplace... for now).  The entire living room is painted in Behr's Gray Timber Wolf, however, for the accent wall, I went with a darker Behr Dark Granite.  Since it's such a large, uninterrupted wall in the room, I wanted to add a little "something-something" to the darkness.  After Pinteresting for hours, I really fell in love with an all-over stenciling idea.  I decided to go with a more subtle approach, so I bought the same Dark Granite paint, but in a high gloss finish.  I then found this Rabat stencil (gorgeous!) and started the 2-day process of transforming my focal wall (so glad I did not have to do the entire room).



The end result is... well, FABULOUS!
No one can walk past the wall without touching it :)

When it's dark, the stencil is hardly visible (see how it fades into the darkness in the photo below?).  However, when the light hits the high gloss finish, the reflection of the all-over print suddenly appears.  Subtle...yet definitely dramatic.



Side note: the chairs are facing the sectional on the other side of the room.  TV watching is saved for the couch.  The chairs are used when entertaining, as they create a circular social setting in the living room.  Cowhide rug still to come!


3.14.2012

Fashion Trend: Colored Jeans

You've seen them.  And you tried to look away.  But they are everywhere you turn... at the store, at Starbucks, on a girl walking her dog.

Colored jeans are "it" this spring season.

 *images from LOFT, Nordstrom and Gap

They make quiet a statement, so if you are a bit unsure, start off with a blue pair (they stand out from regular jeans, but do not draw too much attention).  If you are ready to take this trend by the pant leg (hehe), go for a bold green or pink.

I actually was not sure if I would really wear a colored jean or just add it to the piles of jeans pleasantly resting in my closet.  Until I came across a Lauren Conrad pair at Kohl's, which were not only the perfect petite length, but were also on sale!  Granted they were petite length only because they are "ankle" jeans... so not sure how they will fit on normal-sized humans.  But they are "Malibu Doll" red and have a comfy skinny fit, which can be dressed down with flats for the weekend or dressed up with stilettos for a night out.  Either way, they are going to be red hot!

3.06.2012

Summer Shades

This winter, Chicagoans have been spoiled rotten!  After being scared to death by meteorologists that predicted this "winter’s going to clobber Chicago," the lack of snow and freezing temperatures have been a pleasant surprise.  Should have known better than to trust a meteorologist.

And as we approach spring, nothing feels more right than purchasing a new pair of shades.  Right?!

For the past 8 months, I have been drooling over the Tom Ford's Whitney.... oooh aaaah [insert drool].  It's a classic (and always stylish) over-sized shape, but since the lenses are rounded off and wrap around the face, they don't look TOO big even on my little face.  The distinct elements of the Whitney's are the crisscrossed bridge, gradient tinted lenses and open sides.


I decided to go with a Dark Grey pair.  It give the same dramatic affect, but in a softer manner.


Let the sun shine! 

2.28.2012

Master Bathroom Reveal


The Aztec-patterned linoleum is gone!

In fact, everything but the bathtub and shower is gone.  Here is a refresh of the "before" bathroom.  Pretty, huh?


So, to break it down... the walls were painted a pretty greige Behr Elephant Skin.  The floors were replaced with gorgeous over-sized tile in a brick pattern.  The double vanity is brand new and floats in the air.  It has bowl sinks and polished faucets.  The toilet is brand new (you know it).  Nothing was done to the tub or shower, however, plans are already being discussed for the shower area.  The mirror was framed and a new lamp fixture was added.  Also, as the focal point, super pretty glass and stainless steel backsplash was added, which completed the whole look.

 
My retreat is complete.

1.30.2012

Front Door Window Treatment


My front door has a large window on the top half.  It's pretty and adds some interest to the door.  But it also adds a question of window treatment and privacy.

When I first purchased my place, the door had an off-white (or dirty... hard to tell) honeycomb blind.  Functional: yes.  Attractive: noooo.

After google-ing solutions to replace the blind, nothing seems appealing.  My options consisted of: getting a new blind (and have to deal with it flying all over the place every time I open and close the front door), adding fabric curtains (do I even need to comment on why this option is super unappealing?) or leaving the glass wide open (privacy concern).


And then, I stumbled upon privacy film/ cling.  Found it at Bed Bath & Beyond.  Easy to install (it's a cling, so you can reposition it as often as necessary) and looks incredible!  Allows light to filter through; has an interesting texture to add something pretty to the door; AND provides substantial privacy as you can only see shapes on the other side.

Final result (it is only fair to disclose that the entire door also received a fresh coat of white paint):

 


1.25.2012

Guest Bathroom Reveal


I hope that when guests stay at my place, they feel comfortable, relaxed and like they are treating themselves to a chic stay at a boutique hotel.  Although the guest bedroom still has a ways to go, the guest bathroom is completely remodeled.  I still need to add some decorative touches, but wanted to share this with you because I think the "before/after" photos are dramatic enough!

Quick reminder of the before (hold your breath):


The cabinets were repainted and I added some sleek door handles for a quick updated look.  One of the largest impacts was framing the mirror, which created an instant "complete" look.  Switched out those hidious lamp bulbs for a very pretty vanity lamp and got a gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous marble countertop with a shiny new faucet.  Finished off the bathroom with new hardware.

The after:


Come on over and stay for a bit with me :)



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