Tuesday, February 25, 2014

pretty little settee

Hello there, pretty little settee. I don't usually find good steals like this one ($20!). But one day last summer, I was driving and spotted it at a garage sale, couldn't stop thinking of it, and turned around to get it. Oh the potential it had! It didn't fit in the car I was driving, so I called my sister who also loves a good makeover, and luckily she was nearby and it squeaked into her hatchback. And the best part? My sister offered to give it to me as my birthday gift. So it actually wasn't even $20. It was free!

Although it definitely has vintage, shabby-chic charm as-is, I can't help but wonder what it has seen in its lifetime. It needs some refreshing.

Should I stick with velvet, perhaps a grey, like this beautiful settee from Nickey Kehoe?

Or this lovely geometric Dwell Studio fabric, Casablanca Geo, Citrine.

I'm loving these stripes too, as seen on Little Green Notebook

All would look great in my living room! And as a prop for photos. Now to decide the fate of this pretty little settee...any input is welcome.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

the dining room is coming together

It's been a while since I've shown any of our house improvements. Between two little ones and work, it's taken a long, long while to come together. We aren't there yet! But certainly on our way. Over the holidays we worked really hard at getting our dining room in order. There are still a few more pieces of furniture to buy, art to put on the walls, but here we are so far.

This once was a blank, carpeted room that was a dumping ground for bags, boxes, and a lot of junk. Now it's a fabulous room for family dinners and parties. We are in love with our custom 'roughed up and rustic' harvest table that sits 10 comfortably (remember my quest for a rustic, large table way back when?).

This is a happy room.

Custom harvest table and bench - Heritage Harvest Tables
Chairs - Structube
Curtains - West Elm
Chandelier - West Elm
Chicago Poster - Ork Posters
Custom trim and mouldings - Millard Bautista Designs

Thursday, February 13, 2014

happy day, valentine!

Happy Valentine's Day! Here are some Valentine tags created for my kids' daycare friends. I'm seriously loving Target lately, and found these cute Valentine bubbles for Sage's pre-school class. Finley's toddler class will receive these more age-appropriate stickers, also from Target.

(By the way, I can't seem to leave Target without spending $150. That seems to be my number. Every time. Anyone else have that problem?!).