Friday, July 29, 2011

A Project Update


 I finally finished the black table that I posted about here.  When I told you about it, many of you thought I should take the plunge and go with a bold color and I agreed.  Well, I tried it and it didn't work.  Let me re-phrase that - my guys didn't like it.

Do you see my helper?


They thought going with a green was too random.  Maybe a different green would have worked better, but I decided to go with my original plan and paint the table black.


Here it is in its new spot under the window.  I really like the new layout of our living room, by the way.  I think even my husband would agree that this is the most content I have ever been in this room.  And I'm sure his fingers are crossed that it stays this way.  The key was getting rid of the big armoire and mounting the TV above the mantle.  I fought it for years, but when it came down to it - with limited space and many doors, windows, and stairs to contend with - this was the way to go.  You may have also noticed that the striped curtains are gone.  They sold in the yard sale last weekend and have since been replaced with simple linen curtains from Ikea.  Much better.

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Thanks for stopping by today.  I don't say it often enough, but thank you for making this one of your regular stops.  With the millions of blogs out there to choose from, I am very grateful that you choose to hang out here.



Happy weekend!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

My Thoughts on Rugs

A while back I posted about the new rug in the sun room and a reader left this comment:
Picking out rugs is so hard. I always end up leaning towards really generic colors and patterns. Because even a couple hundred dollars is enough of an investment to me that I don't want to get tired of it and I don't want to have to replace it until it's worn out. I'd love to hear your tips on how to choose a rug that will accent a room but not look dated in a year (or five).

I have been thinking about rugs ever since I read this comment.  I think we can all agree that committing to certain items that go into our homes can be a challenge - especially the expensive ones.  I for one wonder if I will like (fill in the blank with item of your choice) next year.  This holds true even when I have the opportunity to review a "free" rug.  Sometimes it is simply hard to make a decision.  If you have followed my blog for a while, then you know that I have changed my mind a time or two.  One of those changes included getting rid of an oriental rug with colors that just "no longer worked".  Which brings me back to the question, "how do you choose a rug that won't look dated in a year (or five)?"

Well, good question - and not one that can easily be answered.  First let me say that there are several rugs that I consider to be timeless.  When I think of timeless rugs, I think of sisal and seagrass.  I also think of Turkish and oriental.  Then the modern girl in me ventures into the modern classics like stripes, trellis, and geometrics.  Which one is the best option?  It all depends on your lifestyle, end use, furnishings, and taste.  I don't think there is a right or wrong answer.

Let's look at some rooms...

 Seagrass
Cottage and Vine


If I could only pick one rug for the rest of my life that would go into every room in our home, I would pick something in the seagrass/sisal family.  If you had asked me this same question when our babies were in the crawling stage the answer would have been to go with something softer.  My guys aren't the best at wiping their feet before entering the house and neither is our dog.  So these rugs are by far the best for us given our current lifestyle.  A quick pass with the vacuum and it is clean.  Clearly the size is wrong now that the furniture has moved, but until then, it is what it is.

Traditional Home

Seagrass rugs relax traditional interiors and add warmth to modern ones.  


Pinterest

 
The neutral color is like a blank canvas that frees you to take more risks with color in accessories & fabrics.  Is this really an accent rug?  No, which leads me to the next style.

 Persian/Turkish/Kelim

Cottage and Vine


What if your room calls for something with more color?  Take our black and white bathroom for example.  This tiny little rug gave it just the pop it needed to keep the room from being boring.  Colorful rugs work especially well when the rest of the room is calm....


 Apartment Therapy

...or in this case modern.  I really like the character a kelim rug adds to a streamlined, modern kitchen.  And in this case, the colors balance out the yellow tones in the floor.



Pinterest


Generous doses of white mixed with neutral fabrics are key to making this rug work.  And did you notice, it is also layered over a seagrass rug?
 Modern
 Cottage and Vine
 While some modern rugs tend to be more on the trendy side, I believe certain ones are here to stay.  There will always be a place for a stripe, trellis, or animal pattern.  Because the pattern alone gives a graphic punch the colors can be more on the neutral side which may "work" for longer in your home.

 Lynn Morgan Design

I really love what this striped rug does for this room.  It looks modern, but not cold - very live-able.  The pillows could easily be switched out to come up with a whole new look/feel for the room.  




 House Beautiful

Those are my thoughts, now I would love to hear what you think.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

My Favorite Room: Emily Hewett of a Well Dressed Home


 Here today to share her favorite room is Emily Hewett from A Well Dressed Home.  Welcome Emily!




Hello everyone! My name is Emily Hewett, and I am owner/operator of A Well Dressed Home and author of A Well Dressed Home Blog. I am so honored to be here today as a part of this amazing series!

Determining my favorite room was unexpectedly difficult for me! Initially I thought I'd say my favorite room is our living room because it is a great mix of my husband's and my different styles.



And then I got to thinking, maybe it's our master bedroom as it is cozy and calming....and let's face it, I am appreciative of any amount of sleep I can get these days!



Finally, I came to the conclusion that my favorite room is definitely our kitchen. Is it because I spend a lot of time in there slaving away over home cooked meals? Ummmm, no. I don't cook. But there was so much TLC that went into remodeling our kitchen that it is definitely best-loved.

For those of you that have not seen the transformation on my blog, here is what our kitchen looked like before:



And here it is after the big remodel! Quite a difference, don't you think?!







And for those of you that are interested in the window shade...it was a $25 diy project. To learn more or how to make one yourself, click HERE.

Thanks so much to Miss Rene for including me in this wonderful series! I can't wait to see what other bloggers have in store for us!
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Thanks Emily!  You know I love that window shade ;)  To check out more of Emily's work go here.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tablecloths as Curtains

Yesterday while visiting Cassie's blog I discovered a fun little blog called Hello Newman's!.

When it comes to inexpensive DIY projects, Anne is a girl after my own heart.  Just look what she has done with Dwell tablecloths from Target!



To see more pictures from Anne's home go here.


Monday, July 25, 2011

Purged & a Summer Recipe


The yard sale was a great success last weekend and probably the easiest one we have ever had.  Very few items were left at the end of the day which is an added bonus.  Thank you nice man with the big biceps who bought the Avon cologne cars!

Friday while I was scurrying around getting ready for the sale, I received a text that read, "got corn & maters".  This was my husbands funny way of telling me that someone at work had shared corn and tomatoes from their garden.  We had so much of it that I made one of our favorite summer dishes.


The ingredients are simple:

fresh tomatoes
fresh raw corn
red onion (or if you want sweeter, use vidalia)
Italian dressing made according to package directions.

Use what you have.  Add dressing to taste.  Mix together, chill, and serve.  Sometimes I throw in a handful of herbs.  Enjoy!


I have been invited to share my recipe with StoneGable & 33 Shades of Green.

Friday, July 22, 2011

It's Time...

Thank you for all of your feedback yesterday about dark vs. light wall color.  I read each and every comment and took it all to heart.  One thing is certain, just because we like the way a room looks doesn't mean we want our rooms to look that way.  Thankfully we have all sorts of bookmarking options on the internet so that we can simply look at those rooms that we like but don't want whenever we need a fix.  I will either go with a white or a light gray on the walls just as soon as time allows.

In other news, I don't know if this comes from watching back to back episodes of hoarders or not, but we are having a teeny tiny yard sale this weekend.  Even though we have a clear path to the bathroom and bedrooms we feel the need to purge ;).  There are several sales in our neighborhood tomorrow so perhaps I will see one or two of you out and about.  Gotta run...

Enjoy your weekend!

Image via: pinterest

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Decisions, Decisions

Recently I ordered this new Greek key bedding from Joss & Main.

 It arrived the other day and I couldn't be happier.  Now comes decision making time.  Thanks to pinterest there is lots of inspiration and also thanks to pinterest I am thoroughly confused. 

Do I go dark...

or light?...

Even though I love images of dark rooms for the mystery and moodiness they provide, I love white walls more and more. 

What about you - do you find yourself going dark or light these days?

And the Winner is.....

Kim from Savvy Southern Style.  Don't be discouraged if you didn't win.  I will try to have a giveaway each month.  Did you know that returning customers receive 10% off future purchases in my store?  Use promo code THANKYOU1 at check out to receive your discount.  Sorry, this discount is not good with other promotions.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My Favorite Room: Casey of Loft & Cottage

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Today I am so excited to be kicking off my new series "My Favorite Room".  My first guest is Casey of Loft & Cottage.  Welcome Casey!


Thanks so much, Rene, for inviting me to share my favorite room! As anyone who knows me or reads my blog can probably guess, my favorite room is what I've been working on most recently, and what I've put the most time and attention into lately. And while I used to really loathe this room for it's small size, odd layout, and lack of interest, it is now my favorite space—and it's all because of the daybed.



I'd been wanting a daybed for ages: a seat in the window to transform my most awkward living room spot into something utterly sublime. A pretty and comfortable place piled with pillows, surrounded by light, where I can lounge, read, sip a drink, and generally kick back and relax. I layered curtains to create a cozy feel, added a beaded chandelier for light at night, and piled a stack of books to make a little table, with just enough room for an iced tea or coffee. Perfection!



Go to see how I made the frame, and slipcover, myself. And maybe make your own favorite spot?!

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Thanks Casey!  You are a girl after my heart with this wonderful use of drop cloth ;)  To check out Casey's blog and to see more of her work, go here.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

About the Butterflies...

When I shared pictures from the kitchen last week, a few of you inquired about the butterflies.  I know there must a million and three butterfly projects around the blogs, and here is one more.

I used unfinished shadow boxes from AC Moore that I bought with a coupon.  The must have cost around $5 after the coupon.  I primed and sprayed them with a can of glossy black on the exterior and white on the inside edges.  The inside backs were rough so I used spray adhesive to line the backs with white card stock.


These are the butterflies I used.  They are made of thin wood and are located in the scrap book section at Micheals.  I think they were around $2 after the coupon.

I played around with several different arrangements, but finally settled on this one with the blues together and the yellows together.  They were attached to the shadow boxes using a hot glue gun.  I'm tempted to go back and get another set to fill them in more, but for now they make me happy.



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In case you missed it, I am having a giveaway on etsy.  Read about it here.  Also, in case you don't follow me on facebook or twitter, the burlap placemats are back by popular demand.  After many requests for them I decided to add them back to the store.  You all sure know how to make a girl feel loved ;)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Blue on the Inside

Black interior doors have certainly made their way around the blogs lately and how could you not love them for the pop they bring to a space?  I actually considered painting our front door black on the inside, but decided to try something different.


Did I mention that the family room and entry have been painted BM White Dove?  That's right, and this means no more happy tape.  In its place is a large mirror which does wonders for opening up the not so grand foyer. I really should be ashamed of myself for changing this little space so many times, but I think I've finally figured out this ill arranged area.

Here is a workinprogress shot of the mirror before I painted it.  It is now black and hanging on the wall - pictures to come.  Today's tip:  Make any room instantly appear larger by using a mirror.  So this brings me back to the front door.  Painting it black and the mirror black and the rail black seemed like too much of the same.  So for something a little different, I painted it blue.

Here it is with the first coat of paint - and doesn't Mr. look happy watching the World Cup?  Any soccer fans out there?

I never thought I would say this, but this room is quickly becoming my favorite room.  Which reminds me, I am really excited to announce a new series here on the blog called, "My Favorite Room".  I have an incredible line-up of guests who are going to share their favorite rooms with us beginning this Wednesday.  Don't we all love to see real homes where real people live?  This should be lots of fun so stay tuned.

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

...and Another Thing

With all of the changes taking place in my sun room, this little foot stool seemed to stand out - in a not so good way.


I love the stool itself and the meaning behind it.  To brief you, my mother did the needle point and gave it to my late grandmother who used it every day for many years.  My goal was to preserve what is there, but to cover it with something that will work with the neutral pallet in the room and add more texture, the key to getting a neutral room to work.  Needlepoint was not injured in the process.


 I decided to use a scrap of burlap that was left from another project.  I made a stencil from freezer paper with the number 1938, the year our house was built, and filled it in with permanent marker.  You can read more about the how-to here.






Joining Savvy Southern Style.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Shhh! It's a Secret...

...sale that is.  And it is going today, Saturday, and Sunday only over at DIY Pillows.

If you are like me, Imelda Marcos of pillows, then you want them all and you want them now.  The good thing about DIY Pillows is that the pillow covers don't cost a lot so you can stock up.


Even better news, this weekend my followers get 30% off.  Use promo code COTTAGE30 at checkout.  Now run and  make your selection before someone beats you there!

Have a great weekend young people!  I'm off to one last sporting event for the summer which happens to be in close proximity to Ikea.  Yippee!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

It's Time For a Giveaway!!!



As a way to say thank you for reading my blog, I am offering a giveaway to one lucky reader.  The giveaway is for a $20 store credit in my etsy shop.  While $20 may not sound like a lot, it is in my little store where more than 50 items are $20 or less.  Here are just a few of the items available...

Here are the rules for entering:

1.  You must be a follower of my blog through google friend connect over on the right.  Go to my etsy store and have a look around.  Leave a comment here telling me what you would like to win.


For additional entries:


1.  You may tweet about the giveaway and include @cottageandvine in the tweet.  Be sure to leave a comment.
2.  Like Cottage and Vine on facebook.  Be sure to leave a comment.
3.  Post about the giveaway on your blog.  Be sure to leave a comment with a link.


This giveaway does not include shipping.  The winner will be announced next Thursday.


Good luck!
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