Bedrooms To Love

Thursday, June 28, 2012

I wanted to share a couple of bedrooms that I recently discovered.  I found them after comments were left on the blog - when time allows, I love to go poking around to see what others have been up to.

I adore every detail of the this guest bedroom.  Have you heard of Urban Orchard Interiors?  I had not until the other day, but it is definitely on my radar now.  You can read more about this room here.

I fell in  love with this arrangement of art found on Winder & Main blog.  You can read more about it here.

That's it for me this week my dears.  The pool is can work poolside right?  See you next week!

A Mood Board Comes To Life

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Does anyone remember the mood board I gave away way back when?  Lisa, from the blog A Vintage Vine was the lucky recipient and she wanted help with her game room.  Her style is mostly vintage ecclectic and she is quite the diy yourself maven.  Lisa wanted help with the shelves and general clutter control.  The sectional sofa and chair were to remain in the room.  I made a few recommendations on wall color as well as a new color for the background of the shelves and provided Lisa with some ideas for accessories.

Before I show the final result, you need to see the before picture.

And now for the after...

The walls were painted Benjamin Moore Decorator's White.  The background of the shelves is Benjamin Moore Rock Quarry to balance out the heavy warm tones in the sofa.  I recommended a low cost solution to hide the electronics by hanging a curtain rod and simple fabric on the bottom portion of the shelves.  Lisa executed this perfectly!  Baskets were added to contain dvds, etc.  To fill in the shelves, Lisa shopped the house, used spray paint, and found items on clearance at Target - again proving that you do not need to spend a lot to make huge improvements in your home.

Thanks for letting me share Lisa!  To read more about the transformation, go here.

Do you need help with a room?  Email me to learn more.

Summer Lovin'

Monday, June 25, 2012

With each season comes a new group of stylin' favorites.  Now that summer is in full swing, I am finding that there are a few things that I could not live without.  Well, I could, but choose not too ;).

Here they are in no particular order...

(has a cheerful orange tint)

Sanuk flip flops
 (very cushy)
(an old favorite)

  (spf 30)

(barely there, perfect for summer)

Now it is your turn.  Do you have a summer favorite?

A special thank you to everyone who helped me choose a photo last Friday!  I was blown away to hear from so many of you - lots were first time commenters.  Thanks so much!  I have done the official count yet so feel free to vote.

And the Winner Is....

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Thank you to everyone who entered the Novica giveaway!  I wish you all could win!

The lucky winner said...

Congratulations Melanie!  Please email me so that I can give you the promo code.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everybody!

Could You Help Me Pick a Pic?

Friday, June 22, 2012

I have been invited to write an article on raising boys and need to supply a photograph to go with the article. I'm having trouble choosing and would love your feedback.

Do I go with:




Just a reminder - today is the last day to enter the giveaway.  Winner to be announced tomorrow.  Have a great weekend!

Skirted Tables: Client Inspiration

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A new client of mine is looking for ways to inject freshness into her living room.  Most of the furniture/decor is neutral.  She currently has a skirted round table between to loveseats and I think this would be a great place to have a little fun.
These tables are super cheap.  You can find them at Bed, Bath, & Beyond for under $20.  And there must be a million and twelve different ways to trick them out with fabric & trim.  Just use your imagination.

Hang 'Em High & Wide

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

When it comes to hanging curtains, high and wide is almost always the way to go.  As you can see below, option 2 makes the window AND room appear more finished.

Of course there are always windows that are better off with little or no window treatment such as this example from BDG Style.  Love her blog, by the way.

However, if you do have larger windows that call for curtains, I almost always recommend hanging the rod just under the crown moulding and to either side of the window so that the majority of the window (minus the casing) is exposed.  This allows maximum natural light to enter the room and it just looks better.

Here are a few examples...

 Ashley Whittaker via

Are you convinced?

Contrast Piping and a Funny Story

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The other day I was down town having lunch and saw this great chair in the window at Design Archives.  How great is the contrast piping?  Do I dare say that it makes the chair?!

I have a somewhat similar chair that has been in line to be recovered for some time now.  This chair might just be the inspiration I needed.  Painted white, flax linen, coral or blue piping.  Yums.

And now for the funny story...

"didn't do it.  I swear."

If any of you have a Weimaraner, then you know there is always a story.

  The other night, Mattie Gray was looking out of the sunroom window while we were saying good-bye to the boys.  Somehow she became tangled in the cord of the Roman shade and managed to pull this chair across the room.  Then another chair joined the pile on. 

This is what it looked like by the time she came out of the sunroom as if being chased by a monster.   Crazy dog.  Anyway, my question to you is, wouldn't that chair (the brown one) look great painted white with linen fabric and contrast trim.  Can't you picture it?  Yes you can girl, yes you can ;)

Happy day!

P.S.  Did you check out the giveaway?

Time For A Giveaway!!!

Monday, June 18, 2012

My friends at Novica have offered another wonderful giveaway to one of my lucky readers.  I was doing a little browsing and found some fun items to summer up your porch or patio.

To Enter the Giveaway:

1. You must be a follower of this blog.  I love my followers!  Leave a comment.

2.  Get an extra entry for tweeting the giveaway.  Be sure to include @cottageandvine in your tweet.

Winner will be announced Saturday.  Good luck!

Explore more from Novica:

Happy Father's Day!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

 Williamsburg 2012

 Our garden

Happy Father's Day to all of the men who have made a difference in our lives!  Sometimes fathers are more than family.  They are friends or mentors who took the time to care for someone else.  Today, I celebrate you!  Thank you for being you!

Many of you know that I lost my father when he was 46.  Not a day goes by that I do not think of him.  I am blessed to have a wonderful stepfather who has loved us as much as anyone possibly could.  Happy Father's Day Darrell!  We love you!

P.S. To my dear friends who left sweet messages Friday, thank you!  We had a ball!

P.P. S.  Stop by tomorrow for a new giveaway.

A Special Weekend

Friday, June 15, 2012

Rick and I have been counting the days leading up to this weekend.  We are going away, just the two of us, for the first time in quite a while.  It will be so nice to get away from the crazy schedule and fully enjoy each other for a couple of days.  We treasure our time together so much, but as many of you know, being part of a busy family often means romantic getaways do not come around very often.  Now if you'll excuse me, I must go pack.

Happy weekend sweeties!

Images 1, 2, 3

My New Favorite Ikea Hack

Thursday, June 14, 2012

This may very well be my new favorite Ikea hack.

The shelves are part of the Vittsjo collection from Ikea. 

Take one $70 shelving unit...

plus gold Rust-oleum.

 And now you have a very high end look for under $80.  Brilliant!

We Like It, Like It!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

We have a notebook, a 3-ring binder, that we use to put our favorite recipes in.  If we try something once and like it, we usually have it one more time to be sure.  After that, if the whole family agrees, the dish becomes a "Zieg Family Favorite".  I print the recipe out, stick it in a clear plastic sleeve, and it goes in the notebook.

Thanks to pinterest, I am quickly adding to the collection of favorites.  Great recipes come by the dozens on pinterest; do they not?  Here are a few new favorites...

I found this recipe through Katie last week and made them last night for the swim meet.  The kids kept coming by for more.  Not a crumb left.

My family used to dread chicken.  Not anymore.  Can be made with lowfat mayo.

Love this dressing!  I even use it on pasta salad.

Made these for a swim meet last night & used Laughing Cow Swiss Cheese - yum!  For an extra kick add some Srirachi sauce.

Super creamy without all the extra fat.  The secret is that it cooks in milk.  

Now it is your turn...what tried and true recipes have you found on pinterest?

A Friend's Living Room

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I was recently asked to help a friend/neighbor with her living room.  She wanted to recover her existing sofa and chairs and rework the layout of the room to make it more useable.  I love working on projects like this that are close to home because the homes in my neighborhood are all very similar yet very unique at the same time.

This image shows the newly recovered sofa and chairs.  I found the fabrics at 1502 in High Point and they worked perfectly with the existing rug.  My friend wanted the room to have a serene feel with a bit of freshness.  Nothing crazy or extremely colorful.

 For starters, we chose BM Coastal Fog for the walls.  The new arrangement left us with few options for lighting placement and because the room has the space, I recommended a sofa table with large lamps.  I have used these lamps from World Market several times and really like them.  I will say that they look much different in person than on the website - by the way, they are no longer available on-line? 

A few other details - the pillows are all from etsy.  The round mirror will add a different shape to the room, breaking up the squares.  The barrel table will go between the two swivel chairs.  The coffee table is obviously, well, a coffee table.  We are also planning to work on the built-ins by changing the color and style it up a bit.  This has been a slow process making small changes a little at a time.  Sometimes those are the best projects.