My Black Bathroom - Finally

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

At long last, here is my black bathroom. If you have been following along, providing counseling along the way, thank you. Once you see it, you may wonder why it took me so long. The reason - there is none. It just did.

To back track a bit, our bathroom has black and white tile original to our 1930's house.  I have always wanted to paint the walls black and finally took the leap a couple of months ago.  Also, I found this little soap dish  and absolutely had to use it in this room and somehow tie blue into the decor.

One solution was to add a metal box to the toilet tank to hold all of my girl junk.  I found this box at Garden Ridge and it was an ugly rusty blah color.  I painted it blue and love it.  Originally, I had made this tray to go in this spot, but felt that blue worked better.

A while back, I posted a teaser about the bathroom progress and showed black and white photos for artwork.  I lived with this for a while and felt that the bathroom needed more color and particularly more blue.  So I went to my favorite place for free art and found a few images.

Here you see a bit of the shower curtain.  I decided to go with this curtain from Target and am so glad to have read the comments because it shrinks - big time.  I bought an extra long length, thankfully.

All of the frames that you see were black and I spray painted them in glossy white.  They really pop against the black walls.

A friend of mine here in Greensboro did the monogramming.  I highly recommend Thurl's Threads for all of your monogramming needs.  She can be contacted by email,

To create a seamless look, I painted all of the switch plates and vent glossy black.

Note to self, dust things before taking pictures.

Paint color:  Benjamin Moore, Black (it took less than a quart to cover the walls)  One coat gave complete coverage.  LOVE.

This is So Last Year

Monday, November 29, 2010

This week is off to a very unproductive start and this is not the time of the year to lose momentum.  If you could only see our dining room and the piles of junk sitting everywhere.  We received an early Christmas present that I love -  a Federal sideboard.  Anyway, long story short, moving dishes from one piece of furniture to another in the dining room somehow evolved into cleaning the kitchen cabinets.  It's the old "Give a Mouse a Cookie" routine.  So now we have huge mess and I really want to decorate for Christmas.
OK, moving on.  Layla from The Lettered Cottage is hosting a mantle party and we are all invited.  Even though this image is from my mantle last year ~ thanks to my compulsive cleaning frenzy and because picasa ran out of storage space and is fixed now by the way ~ I am hoping to find inspiration at the party for our 2010 mantle.  Honestly, I usually do the same thing year after year which involves a wreath, greenery, and lots of candles.  It is too early to bring in fresh greenery, but when I do, my 2010 mantle for all practical purposes may end up looking like the one above, ha!

Did you know that mantle can be spelled mantel and mantle?  I learned something new today. 

To join the party, go here.

Having a Monday

Art - A Good Read? traditional living room

Musical Notes traditional living room

domino eclectic home office

Dining  dining room

I am so thankful for the wonderful holiday weekend that I shared with my family.  We ate too much and did absolutely nothing and it was perfect.  After several days of doing nothing, I must admit that I am ready to get back to the gym and push my body bit.  And that is exactly what Mr. and I did this morning.

Now, I'm having a Monday.  My Picassa is full and I purchased more space last night, which thankfully was only $5, but it hasn't updated yet.  Supposedly it takes 24 hours.  Seriously?  What would take it so long I wonder - in this world of instant everything.

Anyway, I had a different post planned today.  I was going to finally share my black bathroom with you.  After I uploaded one picture my album was full.  So maybe tomorrow...

In case you are wondering about the shelves, I have been tweaking the shelves again - the ones that are lined with grass cloth - and now after seeing the shelves above, I really like a white background.  Unless you can talk me down from the bridge, I might put the yank on the grass cloth.

Images:  Houzz

By the way, thanks to everyone who has left comments about my table runner.  You all are so sweet!  If you haven't entered the giveaway, it's not too late.  Oh and another thing, I started an Etsy shop over the weekend.  Yes, I got a wild hair and did it.  As of now, there is only one thing in it, but hopefully, I will be adding more.  Any suggestions?

Holiday Deals & Giveaways From My Wonderful Sponsors

Saturday, November 27, 2010

In case you are beginning your holiday shopping, I just wanted to let you know about a few deals from my sponsors.

If you haven't visited Brydferth on Etsy, you are in for a treat.
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I have picked several favorites just in case Santa is reading. 
These beautiful rosettes would make a perfect gift, stocking stuffer, 
or add the finishing touch for your holiday outfit.

Brydferth is currently offering free shipping for the holidays.
  Enter message to seller "Holidayship2010" and your shipping cost will be refunded.

 Out of the Closet Hangers

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Visit Ootch on Etsy between December 1st - 14th
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Please include your email address so you may be contacted should you win.
A winner will be chosen at random on 12/15/10


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Oval Leather Mail Holder

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Cottage and Vine Wreaths

Friday, November 26, 2010

How was your Thanksgiving?  We are still having a ball with family, eating too much, and watching all of the cousins play together.

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it is time to turn our thoughts towards Christmas.  Each year, Mom and I get together to make wreaths.  I thought that you might enjoy seeing some of the wreaths we made last year.

 Mom's front door

Our mantle

Go here, for the tutorial for both magnolia wreaths.  They are the same only Mom's is bigger - as it should be.

Our front door

Now that I think about it, I didn't post a tutorial for this boxwood wreath.  One will be coming very soon.

Pantry door

Go here for the tutorial.

This is blurry, sorry, but it is faster to make than the first one.  To learn how, go here.

Our garden gate

This wreath so difficult.  Ha!  Purchase a grapevine wreath and paint it red.  There you have it - the cottage and vine wreaths.  If you have questions that aren't answered in the tutorials, please feel free to email me @ 

Have a great weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Gobble, gobble.
Ready or not, it is Thanksgiving Day.
I hope that you have a wonderful day
filled with friends, family, good food, and good times.

The other day, I was with Mom in the Antique Mall in my home town.  I found this quirky little table setting to be delightful.  You've got to hand it to whomever set this table and their eye for color.  It is almost as though the china and chair fabric were made for one another.  And how about those emerald and amber glasses? Told you it was quirky...and perfect for Thanksgiving.

Child's Thanksgiving Prayer 

Thank you God for all that grows,
Thank you for the sky's rainbows,
Thank you for the stars that shine,
Thank you for these friends of mine,
Thank you for the moon and sun,
Thank you God for all you've done!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Did you see the new giveaway?

Fringed Burlap Table Runner Tutorial & Giveaway

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


***Now available in my Etsy Store***

Ever since I saw the reveal of Trina's dining room, I have been thinking about the pretty table runner on her dining table.  After googling, I didn't come up with any tutorials for fringed runners, but did find a table runner for around $60.  Knowing how little burlap costs, I couldn't justify paying that much.  So I decided to try making it myself.

Both of our tables are pretty long, so I purchased 3 yards of fabric.  The care instructions said to wash by hand, but I took the risk and washed the fabric on gentle in the washing machine.  Burlap is m.e.s.s.y so after it washed, I took it outside a gave it a good shake then left it to dry in the sun.

As you can see in the picture above, I cut the fabric in half length wise a began to turn under the edges and pin in place.

Turn under 1/2" once, then again and pinRepeat to the end on each side.

Once you are finished it should look something like this.

Now take your fabric and press the folded edges.

Stitch both sides leaving room at each end to unravel.  I wanted 8" fringe, so I stopped stitching 8 1/2" from the bottom.  Learn from my mistakes - the first time I stitched all the way to the end.  Not good. :(

 The next step is to unravel each end.  How long do you want your fringe to be?  Take that and add about 1/2" for the knot.
(someone needs a manicure)

For the fringe, I grabbed about 6 strands and knotted it.

Here is the result.  What do you think?

I simply had to see what it would look like all prettied up, so in about 5 minutes, and when I should have been doing something much more important, I grabbed some props and put together a little place setting.  The rush job might explain why the utensils are on the wrong sides of the plate.  Sorry Mom.  Don't laugh.

If like you my table runner, then you are in luck because I am giving one away.  Just consider it my way of thanking you.

To enter the giveaway:

1.  You must be a follower through google friend connect (over on the right).  Leave a comment.
2.  For an extra entry, post on your blog, facebook, or twitter about the giveaway.  Be sure to leave a comment for each extra thing you do.

Winner will be announced Friday, December 3rd.

Good luck!

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Kitchen Inpsiration

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

When we remodeled out kitchen, the one thing we left out due to size restraints, was an island.  I would still love to have one even if it is super skinny.  I can just picture people gathered around the island at parties and during dinner preparations.  Here are a few images that I love...

House in the Hamptons traditional kitchen

Image source: Houzz