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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Duck Egg Blue Chalkpaint...Finally!

My last post was about the transformation of an older sofa I have had for years.
This post is to complete the circle of events.
Since we bought the new TV, the whole living room has been in an uproar.
First the sofa leaves, and then the TV.
We have had the large TV encased with black wall units and shelves.
This is all gone.
I have re homed the cabinets to my husbands office.
His old shelves were needing updated...so what better way to do this.
The light bridge is being stored for now.
So you can see, I have been in a total mess.
I don't like messes, and I don't like things to be unorganized, so I have to get a grip on this, and finish my redo.

A friend told me about a piece of furniture that he thought I would like for our new TV to sit on.
I was wanting a fairly long piece, as the wall is very big, and something small would not only be dwarfed by the wall, but the new TV as well.

I loved the furniture, and the deal was made.
I now owned a blonde piece of furniture...that would become some other color, as soon as I could figure out what "that" color was going to be.



I tossed around distressing it black...been there, done that.
I thought about doing it a white tone, distressed....still not there.
One evening I text my daughter in law, and asked her what she thought I should do.
She suggested a turquoise color....hmmmm, sounds interesting.

I got on my trusty IPad and starting searching.
I kept looking at Ann Sloan's Duck Egg Blue.
I have always loved that color, and never had anything to use it on.
I bet you can guess where this is going.

The color I selected was Duck Egg Blue from Ann Sloan.
I loved it just the regular color, but felt I needed to go ahead and antique it a bit, so it wouldn't be so loud in the room.
Not that the color is bright or anything, but since the piece was fairly large, I just didn't want it to jump out and be the only thing you see when you walk in the room.






I think I nailed it!!!
The new TV's have those sound bars, and I wasn't happy with the sound bar sitting in front of the TV the way it was, so my husband and I added a little shelf to it to tuck the sound bar away.

I have to say, I am very pleased with the outcome.
I know that my mismatched style of decorating isn't for everyone, but it works for us.
We just like a non stuffy and comfortable room.




I think I have achieved the look I was after. (but I am going to paint the walls)
At one point in this whole thing, I was wondering if I would ever like what I had done.
I made a mistake and bought a smaller area rug for the living room.
I knew I had made a mistake when I brought it home, but I thought I could grow to like it.
After all the dust has settled in the room, I still don't like the area rug.
I ended up moving this first rug to the dining area, and went back and bought the larger one.

Instant happy!
Sometimes you just have to stick with that "gut" instinct, and I guess looking back at the rug incident, I didn't want to lug that big ole rug to the car and home and unload myself.  (one of the purchases made when the husband was out of town)  :)

Things are getting back to a dull roar in the living room, and as I sit in my recliner and look around the room, I am pleased with the outcome.

I am so ready for the snow and gray days to leave Oklahoma.
It gives me way too much time to sit and think of more decorating changes I need to be making at our house.
But, hey, isn't that what I am supposed to do....but I think it needs to be for others homes, not mine!!!!

Bring on Spring...we are ready!!!!
Happy Decorating  :)

Working on a paint color at this time.  And a little more tweaking to be done.  





Thursday, February 26, 2015

Decorator in Crisis-Reclaiming a Old Sofa

My saga of the sofa started in October.
We have owned a great sofa for quite a while but
I just was tired of it being a sofa bed, and not needing to use it.
Our neighbors that live next to us bought a new home, and guess what!!!!
Yep, she was needing a sofa.
She love it, she bought it, and then it was gone.

Now starts that age old quest to find a new one.
Being in the "business" would make you think this will be an easy task.
Hah!!!!
Before I even got around to looking, my husband and I came up with a good idea.
I have owned a sofa for over 30 yrs.
It has been in a lot of places.
It's been in 2 stores, but when we moved to our home we are in now, I decided to bring it home and use in our back room.
The sofa has served us well back there.
The kids play in this area, and therefor the sofa was nice to sit and watch them play, or whatever it needed to do.

One evening while watching tv in our very "empty" room, I asked my husband if we could bring the sofa into the living area.




We did, and guess what, we like it.
The sofa is a Drexel Heritage and has really good bones.
It doesn't look like the sofas you will see in the furniture stores right now.
That is totally fine with me, because I always like the more eclectic look anyway.










That weekend a decision was made.
I was hot on the trail for fabric on Monday morning.
I visited a great little wholesale fabric company and walked out with my fabrics.
Wow, this was moving quickly!!!!!

This too shall pass, as I hit the brick wall.
You know the one.....seems like there is always one!







The holidays are fast approaching and my upholster is snowed under.
That's ok, I will just have my Thanksgiving and Christmas get togethers with my "old" sofa.
To tell you the truth, it is "old" but the fabric is still in very good shape.

So fast forward to the New Year.
It's my turn...well, or so I thought!
It is actually February before it actually happens.

During all this, we purchase a new tv, and the other end of the room has been in a total uproar.
Yes, I guess I love a challenge!
We got the new Samsung 60" Curved TV, and of course all the old stuff had to go!
But that is a different blog all together...as soon as I get it written I will share this with you.



Sofa is finally finished, and delivered.
Much to my dismay, I was not happy with it!
I sat in my recliner staring at it....
I had restyled it a bit, and not put any of the nail heads back on.
It was just blahhh looking...and the cushion....OMG really!
I whined and discussed and cussed over the next few days.
Being snowed in doesn't help the matter.

My poor husband thinks he is married to a crazy woman.
I told him I can adapt to about anything...if my food isn't just right, it's ok....if something goes wrong in life, adjust!   But mess with my decorating, and I am a basket case.


I truly understand how my customers feel when they get something and it just isn't quite right.
I was all over the Internet....tagging pics on HOUZZ....
Then he light bulb moment......it's the cushion...it looks so flat!
Looks really cheap to me...needs some loft!  More poof!!!

Finally get to open the store and get back in the regular grind.
This helps me handle things like. Business person and not a consumer. LOL
I make the call and explain my issue to the upholster.
His words are " bring in the cushion and I will fill it more".
How easy was that!
I also took the original kidney pillows to have them covered as well.
This sofa just has to have those pillows to make it comfortable.






I was so excited to get the call that he had the cushion and pillows ready in record time.
I rush them home and plop them on the sofa frame.
Instant happy!!!









I wanted to write this blow by blow accounting of my experience for people to understand that we as decorators get frustrated and have second thoughts as much as the next guy.

Happy to say the living area is finally coming together and I am beginning to like it again.

After all, isn't that really what it's all about....we just want to enjoy our little piece of our world....sometimes it's just easier to achieve than other times.

We must have to adjust our ideas and plans to make it all happen.
Signed, a Happy Decorator/client...  :)










Monday, February 2, 2015

Roman Shades, Headboards & Bedspreads

I have to say, some of the jobs I am get to do are so much fun.
This one I am posting about was one of them.
I have been doing work for this client for probably 20 years now.
She and I just seem to think alike.
I always love what she wants to do, and enjoy every minute of the transformation.

The pictures that I am attaching to this are bare bones pics.
No fluffing and adding to the room has been done as of yet.
It was actually a surprise that we were able to get the headboards and roman shades finished by Christmas.
She was so excited!

What a wonderful way to end 2014.  
I just love happy customers ;)








Sunday, December 21, 2014

Painting and other randomness

Sometimes just a little paint and a change of color is all it takes to make the changes that can make you smile.

I have been moving some furniture around the last month. 
I sold our sofa to a neighbor and had plans of purchasing another one. 



I have owned a Drexel heritage sofa for almost 30 yrs and let me tell you this sofa has been everywhere.

It even resided in our store for several years.
The last 10 years it has been in our back room. 
I kept it covered with seasonal quilts and one of our dogs thought it was hers.

After the sofa was gone my hubs and I were sitting watching TV and I asked if he would help me move the sofa into our empty spot. 
We both agreed it looks great. 
Not the usual look that you see, but that has always been my style. 
It didn't take me long to pick out fabric and get some new ideas for the sofa.
It was unfortunate that our upholster couldn't get to it anytime soon so it sits in the living room with the old plaid fabric of yesteryear. Lol 
The changes in the rooms got me to thinking of the vacated sofa in the back room
The kids play in this area so I didn't want to junk it up with a lot of furniture again.

The secretary in this room has been closed up but now it is opened 
It adorns a lamp and a newly purchased chair.
As you can see the chair has really good "bones" and all it needs is a little TLC.

With Cece Caldwell paint in hand it has been transformed. 
I am so happy with the outcome. 
Makes the area so much more inviting. 
The grand kids like it as well 
Great place to color and write!!



















As soon as the sofa gets the fresh new fabric in it I will post a picture of it.

I hope everyone has been able to get a project or two done this year that puts a smile on their face.  

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year friends. 




Sunday, April 20, 2014

Bureau gets a new home

Our daughter in law knew I was out cruising Garage Sales a few weeks ago.  She sent me a pic and told me to be on the look out for a piece of furniture she could redo.  Sounds like a mission to me.



Wish I could say I found the piece at the next garage sale I went to, but instead, I found our grandson the cutest little Jeep bicycle....but that is another story.











Before


I sent the inspiration pic to my good friend Phil.  He tells me he has a piece in storage that might fit the bill.  He said when he was over there the next time, he would send me a picture.














A few days have passed,  and I get a text with a picture attached.  I immediately love the piece.  I forward it to our daughter in law.  She is a teacher and the last thing she wants to think about is a furniture piece.  First thoughts from her is that she thinks it might be too tall.




Forward a week, and my husband and I are at the kids house as my son and him are going to install these wonderful new plugs in a couple of areas for them.  These plugs are the best things that have been invented if you are needing USB plugs.















Back to the bureau.  I asked Heather if she had thought much more about the furniture.  We get a tape out and measure the area she is wanting to put this said piece.  Looks like we have a winner after all.  She is thinking it will work great.  I make a call to Phil and ask if he still has the piece, and he says yes he does.  Consider it sold!!!!

During


Now for the fun part.  Our daughter in law is in love with chalk paint....almost as much as I am.  I don't think the piece sat in the garage for just a few hours, and she was on it.  She got the first coat of paint on it and let it dry for the rest of the night.













She has now put the second coat on and it has dried.  She has also distressed it.  Oh wow, this is really looking good.  The drawers are going to remain the original mahogany color.  They are a bit scratched, so Howard Refinish is used to clean them up and cover the scratches.












The piece was missing 2 pulls, so now the search to replace the originals or find 2 that match the originals.  The piece is made by Thomasville and it such a sturdy addition to their furniture.

So excited to see the new piece of furniture getting placed in its new home.  The accessories have been chosen,  and it has really been a fun project to see blossom.

Heather used CeCe Caldwell paint in the color of Simply White.  The Howard Refinish is mahogany.

The finished product!!!  








Sunday, March 30, 2014

Ding Dong

We are finally getting a little bit of nice Spring weather and now it's time to get a few projects done around the house.

Normally I would tackle this seemingly simple task, but after our Electrical friend warned me of possibly loosing the wire I opted for my husband to do it.












What project am I speaking of.  A door bell button......sounds simple right!  Well, all I can say is I am glad I didn't attempt.  I even suggested " forgetting" it as I watched my husband mess with it.  

After about 3 trips to the shop, and digging around in my box of parts, he made the bell ring again.  

I just love the new look.  Can't wait until someone comes to the house to use it.  I know, it's kinda crazy to be excited for a new door bell button, but it doesn't take much for me.

Hope your projects are moving along smoothly.  I am going to go back outside and admire the newest addition to the front porch.  

Have a great week, and tackle a project, even if it is a small one.  

Friday, January 24, 2014

I'm Seeing "Red"



Does an idea just pop in your head sometimes?  Well, I am here to tell you, I have been thinking about my bar stools.  They are just these ugly wooden plain ole things.  They need something.  I have thought about colors to paint them...turquoise?  Yellow?  Nope, it's settled.....going to use the color red.




I am not sure if I chose this color because of all the "red" that I am seeing on the internet due to the up and coming Valentines day or not, but I just know, "red" is the color I need.





I have had a sample "Traverse City Cherry" for quite some time.  It isn't that deep barn red color that I really love, but a much brighter red.  Heck, might as well try it...It IS only paint, you know.  If I totally hate it, I can always go to Plan "B".









After the paint brush!  

The Polar Vortex and all this other weather is about to wear me thin, and I am getting bored with being stuck inside....and when that happens, you better look out, because I might just paint something.

The last statement brings me full circle.  I have paint brush and paint in hand...so here goes.

I think I am going to like the outcome.  Are you ready to take the plunge and paint something!!!





My color selection actually comes from this table setting that I have in the kitchen area.  You see, I have a larger table that has a turquoise painted top on it...I found this wonderful table square about a year ago, and I have just loved the pop of color that it adds to the kitchen.

The wonderful little cups came from a quick run into Starbucks over the holidays.  I saw them, and they were on sale, so you know the rest of that story.  :)





The I-phone pic doesn't really do the color justice, but you get the idea.  I think it has gotten me out of my funk.  I am really liking the pop of color.  So for now, I am Happy, Happy, Happy.  :)
Happy, Happy, Happy