Chalkboard Paint…Fussy or Functional?

Poppy Talk

Poppy Talk

Chalkboard paint is everywhere…and on everything.  This crafty little paint has worked its way from the classroom into our living rooms, and our kitchen walls and furniture – it’s all over the place!  Is it a passing trend or a new staple in home design? 

Interiorspl

Interiorspl

Here’s what I think; the flexibility of chalkboard paint is awesome.  If you use it on your walls it allows you to be creative and fun; changing up the theme of your bedroom or den with the swipe of an eraser.

Dwell

Dwell

One of my favorite applications is the chalkboard wall in the kitchen.  I love this one because it’s practical – shopping lists, phone messages, weekly dinner menus and calender events; it’s functional and trendy.

Johanna-Vintage

Johanna-Vintage

The same applies for the home office; it’s much harder for your husband to tell you he’s forgotten to pay the water bill when the due date is written on the wall behind his head, right? (Don’t tell my husband I said that).

Inspired By This

Inspired By This

And of course, awesome idea for the kid’s rooms…

Muliccia

Muliccia

Weekday Carnival

Weekday Carnival

So, what are your thoughts on chalkboard paint…fussy or functional?  Would you use it in your home?

Interiorspl

Interiorspl

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5 Ways to Incorporate Vintage Pieces In Your Home…

Apartment Living

Apartment Living

There is a delicate balance between adding used vintage pieces in your home and having your living room look like it was transplanted from the staging area at Goodwill.  Balance.  It’s something I’m still trying to master but in the end, adding vintage pieces to your home bring a character and depth that you just can’t find at your local Rooms-to-Go.  It can be tricky but it’s worth trying to figure out – you’ll end up with better quality furniture and you’ll have something cheap and trendy to brag about when your friends stop by.  So, win-win.

Here are 5 Ways to Incorporate Vintage Pieces In Your Home…

#1.  Look for Solid Wood

Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy

If you come across a vintage piece of solid wood furniture, chances are it’s worth refinishing.  If we’ve learned nothing else from HGTV we should at least know this, right?  Paint it, stain it, cover it with wallpaper…the possibilities are endless.  Look for pieces with sleek, classic lines and vintage character – something that will fit in easily with your existing decor.

#2.  Find a Sofa with Good Structure

Babble

Babble

I Love Copper Jewelry

I Love Copper Jewelry

A statement piece like a sofa is an excellent way to incorporate a vintage vibe into your home; the key here is to look for good structure. Weigh the cost of reupholstering and whenever possible, look for a sofa that may just need a good cleaning rather than a complete makeover.  Try pairing a vintage couch with modern throw pillows to pull everything together.

#3.  Look for Vintage Light Fixtures

A Sort o Fairy Tale

A Sort o Fairy Tale

Oak Ridge Revival

I see old lighting fixtures every time I walk into a thrift store and lately I’ve been forcing myself to give them a second look.  I love the contrast of old and new; a rusty vintage light against a clean white wall.  Lighting gives a room so much character! If you’re too conservative to bring in big vintage pieces, try starting with an old lighting fixture…it may catch on!

#4.  Find Statement Pieces

This Next

This Next

Deborah Hall Lifestyle

Esty

Esty

Like a lighting fixture, a simple vintage statement piece like a coat hanger or drying rack can add so much visual interest and depth to a room.  Try adding a fresh coat of spray paint to modernize the piece while still maintaining the vintage framework.

#5.  Look for a Vintage Throw Rug

Spearmint Decor

Spearmint Decor

T&G Interiors

T&G Interiors

This might be the hardest to find at a decent price but there would be no better way to add a little touch of vintage love to your living space than to find a beautifully worn vintage rug.  Even against polished wood furniture, a vintage rug just makes it feel so homey, right?  I need one of these!

5 Cheap and Easy Coffee Table DIY Designs…

Design-That-Inspires

Design-That-Inspires

#1.  Hairpin legs attached to a flat surface such as a worn piece of wood or a salvaged door make this a quick and easy coffee table DIY project.

Knick of Time

Knick of Time

#2.  Vintage trunk painted shabby chic style; the added legs make this a really cool conversation piece and functional table.

Retro To Go

Retro To Go

#3.  I know, I know…you’ve seen this pallet turned into coffee table idea so many times…but it never gets less cool.  Low to the ground and mobile this is the trendiest and cheapest way to DIY a coffee table.

Lowes

Lowes

#4.  Lowes got all artsy on us and found an industrial shortcut to the DIY coffee table.  Making two or three of these can create a really cool focal point in your living space.

Happy and Harried

Happy and Harried

#5.  Remove the backing from a thrift shop chair and paint a funky color.  Use as a coffee or corner table and spark some visual interest in your home.

Creating a Dining Room Space…Apartment DIY

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

Last year my husband and I rented out our home and decided to rent an apartment closer to work and to my children’s school.  The location is perfect but the apartment is a bit older and very cookie cutter as apartments go.  Since we’re limited to what we can do on the inside I’ve turned my attention to our furnishings  – lighting up the space and making it feel more like a home.

This weekend’s project:  creating a dining room space.

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

This is where we started.  I’m big on repurposing so we picked up this lovely dining room set (I say that sarcastically) off of Craigslist for $70.  It came with 6 chairs, a buffet and hutch so the price wasn’t bad.

The major issue with repainting this set was the fact that is was covered in a lacquer coating.  Since we have no outdoor space, sanding or spray painting wasn’t an option which lead me to our local Home Depot to ask for a little advise.

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

They directed  me towards Kilz Original Oil Based Primer.  It smells like nail polish remover but wow, this stuff will cover just about anything.  It recommends two coats but I found that one was more than enough.  I allowed the primer to dry for about 30 minutes and then applied two coats of white semi-gloss oil-based paint.

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

I anchored the space with a throw rug (IKEA; $19.99) and created a wide runner with a curtain panel I picked up at our local thrift store, still in the box from Target ($9.99 / originally sold for $24.99).  While I was there I grabbed a set of 8 stoneware mugs ($0.49 a piece) great for juice or coffee in the morning and 4 matching pillows to use as cushions ($1.00 a piece).

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

I love fresh flowers in the Spring but keeping those on the table can get a little costly.  Baby’s Breath is a great alternative…it’s cheap, lasts forever, and the wispy white flowers are perfect for the season.

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

Our apartment does have a separate dining room but it’s directly off the front door and has no windows…who wants to eat there!  I split off the buffet table that came with our dining set to be used as an entryway table and it’s also destined for a new coat of paint.

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

Design Trends…India and the Far East

Two Worlds Arts

Two Worlds Arts

If you’re anything like me you’ve been snooping through magazines and hitting up Pinterest for some inspiration on livening up your home for the coming Summer months.  From colors, to materials, to patterns and trends it can really be overwhelming!  

With that in mind, I’ve decided to dedicate Mondays to featuring some of the better home design trends I’ve seen out there.  The goal is to keep your space interesting; not just for entertaining but so you and your family can stay entertained!  Adding a few small trendy pieces around the house keeps your home looking fresh and inspired without breaking the bank.

 INDIA AND THE FAR EAST

Elle Decor did a trend alert on Far East home decor recently and I like this one for a lot of reasons.  Colors from India and the Far East are bold and vibrant (perfect for Summer) and the angles and shapes of this style are visually interesting. 

Take a look at some examples of this current trend; can you work the Far East into your home this season?

Overstock

Overstock

Malibu Creations

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Suzys Vintage Attic

Houzz

Houzz

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Joss and Main

Joss and Main

Crafts in India

Bright Rooms Bursting with Color…

Half Asleep Studio

Half Asleep Studio

One of the biggest points of contention between my husband and I in terms of decorating is his love for modern, sleek, monochromatic furnishings and my love for bold, bright colors and prints that rarely ever match.  Here’s the thing; I love the kind of decorating that masters the skill of putting two or more colors or patterns together that at first glance make no sense but as one piece look high-end and chic.  Normally we discuss and come to a happy median somewhere between what I consider boring and what he considers too bold…but tonight, since this is my blog, we’ll celebrate the better of the two options and explore rooms bursting with color : )

Habitually Chic

Habitually Chic

6th Street Design School

6th Street Design School

Etc-All The Rest

Etc-All The Rest

Flickr

Flickr

iVillage

ivillage

ivillage

ivillage

ivillage

ivillage

Lolalina

Lolalina

See…I knew you would agree with me!