An Etsy Giveaway With Emily Clark!!!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

I'm so excited!!!
Today I am sponsoring a giveaway from my etsy store on Emily's blog.

To get the full scoop, go here.

Market calls, so I am signing off for the week.
 Enjoy your weekend!

Gallery Wall Inspiration

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Gallery walls are an excellent way to add interest to a room.  This is one place in your home where you can tell a story or showcase an interest.  In the past I was attracted to gallery walls that were made up of artwork in similar or matching frames.  Over time my taste has changed and I really like a more collected look in various frames of gold, white, black, natural/stained wood, or even unframed canvas. 

elle decor
Lagoon Residence eclectic hall
Barbara Chambers via houzz
Catalano Residence eclectic dining room
Kerrie L. Kelly via houzz
Nursery eclectic kids
Lauren Liess via houzz

Vintage Renewal Loft eclectic hall
Vintage Renewal via houzz
living room eclectic living room
A Few Things From My Life via houzz

Art wall eclectic bedroom
Tamar Schechner via houzz

 Vancouver Sun via?
You can find great tips on hanging art and creating your own gallery wall right here.

Check out this post for more on art walls with lighting.

The Furniture Market Clothing Quandary

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

It's that time again.  The furniture market starts this week in High Point which means that over the next few days I am going to be digging deep into my closet to come up with outfits.  I simply cannot justify purchasing clothes to wear for a few days when most days I remain in my gym clothes until 9PM. 

Me, Thom Filicia, friend - taken last spring with a cell phone

Just as a side note, Thom Filicia has to be the nicest man I have ever met (except for you honey).  Seriously, no matter how busy he is he always takes the time to speak and pose for a picture.  Love that!

Back to clothing.  If money were no object, I would gladly pick up a few things to get me through the work week...and here they are.


2 Questions for you:

Do you read clothing blogs?  If so which ones?
Do you purchase clothes in thrift stores?

OK maybe that is 3 questions.

Thank You, A Vine, and Forked

Monday, March 28, 2011

Thank you to everyone who voted for my dining room.  Odds are that I will not win, but it doesn't hurt to try - so thank you for your support.  Also, thank so much to those who have tweeted and posted about the contest.  I really appreciate it more than you know!

It is rainy, snowy, and unseasonably cold here in Greensboro today. The flowers in the garden are shivering, but seem to glow even brighter against the gray day that surrounds them.

This is a vine that grows over our front door.  It is Clematis Armandi and is one of the only varieties that is an evergreen.  Every March it blooms and the flowers give just a hint of fragrance that tells me spring is here.

Here is a picture of our front porch taken last summer.  I get a lot of questions about the paint color on the door.  It is Benjamin Moore, whythe blue.  To prove what a small it world it is, my neighbor, who had no idea that I had a blog, googled images of blue doors and found my blog.  She recognized the door and immediately emailed me.  Several people have inquired about the house color too.  To be honest, we have lost the paint can.  So when the time comes to paint, we will have to pull a chip off the house and have it matched.  As you can see, it isn't a true white, but more of a light taupe or putty.

In other news, this is the image I saw Sunday morning when I opened the shade.  Apparently we were forked.

After a closer look it turns out that we were forked...and spooned...and knifed.  Oh the joys of teenagers!  I mean this sincerely.  Being a mother of 12 and 15 year old boys is an absolute joy!  I'm thinking this was pay back for rolling someone's house the previous night.  This might go back and forth a few more times.  Really, it is all in good fun - and fun it was.

Could I Ask a Favor?

Saturday, March 26, 2011

It isn't like me to ask for help, but I sure could sure use your help right now.  A friend of mine suggested I enter my dining room in a contest - so I did.  Would you please vote for me?  All you have to do is click on the thumbs up button.  Easy.  Thank you for helping me!

DIY Snow Leopard Bulletin Board

Friday, March 25, 2011

When I saw how this person transformed her dining room chairs using a sharpie, I simply had to try the same technique on fabric.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, all it took was a linen remnant and black sharpies.  I used one medium and one small.  The medium is best for creating the spot and the smaller is great for the detailing around the edge.

The old frame is one I scored from Mom's basement.  By the way, she always has a treasure or three down there.  After looking at several stores and contemplating how to proceed with my bulletin board, I found this pack of cork board, 4 for $5 at Walmart.

When taped together front and back, the pieces were slightly larger than the size I needed.  To cut them down, I used scissors.  This was the part I was most worried about, but it turned out to be super easy.

To secure the fabric to the board, I wrapped and stapled it, but you also use a spray adhesive.  (sorry I don't have a picture of this, but you all are visual ;) )

Here it is - my $5 bulletin board.  What do you think?

DIY Bulletin Boards

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thanks again for all of the dining room comments!  I am always amazed by what a little paint can do.

Rie eclectic home office

This image has been in my office inspiration file for a while now.  Such a clever way to organize your days.  Using a rubber stamp or a stencil, you could also make one for each family member to hang in a central location.

The other day at Walmart, I found these cork boards, $5 for a 4-pack.  They also come with adhesive strips making hanging them on the wall a breeze.  I love projects like this that are inexpensive and easy. 

Come back tomorrow to see what I made with them.

Image:  Houzz

The Dining Room Details

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Thank you to everyone who has left nice comments about the dining room!  Many of you had questions so I thought a re-cap was in order.  Prepare for a very hi-low mix.

Paint colors:

Wall - Sherwin Williams, sensible hue (6198) in eggshell
Trim - Valspar white in semi-gloss
Below chair rail - Valspar white in eggshell

Dining Chairs:

You can read the before & after here.

Botanical Prints:

Frames - Walmart (I think they were $5 each)
Prints - Vintage Printables (free)


Ikea - Ritva  $29/pair.  Cotton, washable.  Love.  (They even come in orange.)

Sideboard & Lamps:

These were a gift and came from a local antique mall.

Bamboo Mirror:

The Re-Store - painted BM black


Milk glass & compotes are available here and here.

The decanter is available here.  The gold rimmed glasses will be listed very soon.

I think that does it.  Let me know if you have any more questions.

The Dining Room

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The dining room is finally finished, well as far as painting is concerned.  It took forever to pick a paint color.  There must be a million and twelve grays out there and I like just about all of them.  Needless to say, this wasn't easy, but I am absolutely thrilled with the color I chose.  Also, painting the wall below the chair rail white was probably the best upgrade in the room.  For a while now, I have wanted to add picture molding on the lower portion of the wall, but for now a coat of white will buy my husband some time.  This is a hint because he reads the blog.

Before I show you the dining room, I thought you might like to see the before.

Not bad, but kind of boring.  We got rid of the table and chairs "set", which by the way, I will never buy a set again.  I wanted a collected look in here with a fresh vibe so we pulled a table out of storage that was made by a local craftsman.  We also scored some old chairs and gave them an update with fabric and paint.  The china cabinet is now in another spot and was replaced with the sideboard. 

Here is the after.  We still need a few things, but overall it is such an improvement.

***Added*** the room details are available here.

A Pillow Sale, a New Lamp & a Winner!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Great news!   Idari is adding lots of new pillow designs for spring which means many pillows have been marked down.  The going price is $5.  So head on over.

After a long weekend away, not the relaxing kind,  think sporting event where you sit for hours to watch your child less than 2 minutes, I was thrilled to return home last night to find this.

I ordered this lamp from Joss & Main last week and it arrived over the weekend.  There is nothing like a pretty lamp for a little pick me up.

Speaking of Joss & Main, I'll bet you would like to know who won the giveaway.

The winner is lucky number 17 who said:

michelle February 21, 2011 12:46 PM  
I am very excited about Josh and Main and the Rustic Signs look like they would be great! Thanks for the chance to win!!
Congratulations Michelle and thanks to everyone who entered!

Simple Thoughts

Friday, March 18, 2011

Last weekend this image was featured in a wall gallery idea book on Houzz.  I loved the way the artwork made by children was arranged and wanted to see more from the person who posted the picture.  I was pleasantly surprised.

our home 
our home 

our home 
The painting of the cow reminds me of Cheri's work which I adore.

our home 
our home 

To see more on Houzz, go here.  Or you can visit the blog, Simple Thoughts.

Enjoy your weekend everybody!   We are once again off to the races ~ literally.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Irish Proverb:  Bricks and mortar make a house, but the laughter of children makes a home.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  Images: Decor Pad


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Thought I would share a peek at the dining room progress.  Because of all of the painting, etc. I am behind on blog reading and follow up.  I hope you understand.

Yesterday I finished painting the wall below the chair rail white.  It was really difficult to chose a wall color for the top of the wall with the bottom still painted the old color.  So yesterday I hunkered down and just went for it.  Now my decision is confirmed to go with Sherwin Williams, sensible hue.  You can see it on the back wall.  I purchased these curtains last weekend from Ikea and am surprised with the quality and weight.  The curtains come with self hem tape which I still need to do.

This is for all of my friends who say, "Rene, you never have a messy house".  Here is living proof that yes, I have a messy house.  Shipping and receiving, homework, rock band sold on ebay still waiting for payment grrr, ironing, and cheese by the pound.  It's all here.

Have a great day!