Breakfast Nook Before & After

Last spring I started helping a good friend of mine decorate her breakfast nook. She, and her family moved into the house just before last Christmas. The space is significantly larger than the last space, so we needed to try to incorporate good pieces with some pieces that we could rescue to help save on the cost.

and a quick before….

as you can see the space was pretty empty, table was too small, bar stools too short, and a big blank wall that needed some love….

For this space one of the unique furniture rescues we did was this console table. I found it at a local consignment shop, and I refinished it in a beautiful high gloss laquer using Fine Paints of Eurpoe Paint. Have you ever used this paint. It is super tricky to paint with, but its super high quality and if you get it done right the after is beautiful.

I am the worst at taking before pictures, but here is the before of the console. Special shout out to my Uncle Bill for his help in fixing one of the feet on this piece. When I brought it home I realized one of the feet was busted off, and he kindly help me fix it. It’s a good reminder for those hunting for great pieces out there. Slow down, take your time, and make sure you know what you are getting. This worked out, but if I didn’t have someone to help, it would not have turned out nearly as good!

I also love love the art that we filled the wall with. To start we featured a vintage car picture that my brother and law and I took together on vacation last summer. The vintage car sitting on a dock on the coast of Maine was  a perfect piece for this family, and the color worked so well in the space. We mixed this with Vintage Royal Coppenhagen Christmas Plates. My mother has featured these plates in her homes the entire time I have been growing up, and considering the navy and white trend that is currently going on I am surprised I haven’t seen anyone else take on these accents. I love the way the vignette turned out!

The other rescue that we did was this chandelier. If you remember we tackled an old brass chandelier like this one for my sunroom (check it out here). It turned out so well that I wanted to do it again here. The space is so big, and the previous chandelier was just teeny tiny. So I wanted something that filled the space but didn’t break the bank. We all know that chandliers this size can come with a mightly price tag, so this was a perfect solution.

Like every good table we had to set it pretty for the pictures. Do you like this table setting? Check out the items for purchase in my coming pop up shop!

What do you think of the space? I personally love how well the big open area is filled out now. It’s the kind of space you just want to curl up in and have a cup of tea and a quiche.

Black and White Sophisticated Home Office

So recently, a great friend of mine got the amazing opportunity to work from home. What a treat! I wish I could work from home! So we thought we would drum up a new decor concept to help her be inspired in her space and to feel a separation from her house.

The rest of her home is all beautiful grays and whites. So I thought the black and white would be great to create separation, but also blend in and compliment the rest of her home. She also fell in love with black and white floral fabric, which in my book is always a great way to start some inspiration.

We are going to use Ikea bookshelves to create a custom built in like design, but easy on the dime. I am also making her custom cornices for the windows, which I am so excited about!

We will be sure to share the progress with you as it comes!

ORC: There’s No Place Like Home Navy Bedroom

So in the last week we have been working on a lot of little finishing details, but feels like we didn’t get much done. Don’t you  hate that?

I still can’t decide on the yellow vs the white console. Part of me now wishes we had time for me to paint the buffet navy with a white stripe. Oh well. That might have to be saved for a later project.

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We’ve been spraying away….

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and spraying….

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So excited about our little Ikea Sconces inspired by Shine Your Light. She changed up the lamp shade a bit but for our aesthetic I thought the more traditional white fit in just fine.

Good luck to everyone in the final weeks! Make sure to link up with everyone else here!

Decisions, Decisions…

So I have had a lot of little touches start to happen at the house as of late.

new craigslist chairs

The living room is looking a little cozier, after I found two of these amazing chairs on craigslist ($40 each whoop whoop). I need to finalize a fabric and ship them off to my upholsterer to breathe new life into them!

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This fabric is in the running……

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I also keep ordering a bunch of wallpaper samples for my bathroom…..I am liking the top middle one the best. Which one do you like?

ORC: There’s No Place Like Home Navy Bedroom

So I have gotten a couple things done over the last week.

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You can see that I upholstered the console table in the croc pleather I mentioned. I think it turned out pretty cool. Not bad for only costing about $75. You can see I already had a yellow buffet in here, and I am still deciding between the two. The yellow goes really well with the art, however I was going for really clean lines and keeping it all navy and white. Shout out a comment with your favorite! Help me decide! So you will have to wait till the reveal to see which I pick!

But I am still trying to figure out what fabric I want to upholster my ottoman’s in and to make euro pillow for on the bed. I want these to match. I already made the below zig zag pillows, but honestly if I find another fabric that I am in love with I can always use those somewhere else.

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Here are my options that I just ordered samples for. Remember they will be doing on either all white bedding or tucked until the all white console table, up against the navy background.

pisces slub fabric

Because there is so much other white I thought this fun fish print might look cool.

geo navy

Thought a nice geo option would be good since I already have so much floral.

ikat dot fabric

So in the next two weeks I still have to….

hang the sconce lights

find pillow fabric and sew

upholster ottomans

buy new crisp white bedding

find some decor for the console/buffet!

Can’t wait for it to be finished!

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Friends Living Room Update Reveal!!!

So a while back, a good friend’s sister asked me to help bring some life into her space. She has a young family and wanted something that was fun, yet livable.

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TNPLH: Friends Living Room Reveal Before 1

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Now here’s the after!

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We brightened up the space by removing that large dark bookshelf and replacing it with this fun mirrored buffet. I like that it still allows for good storage (it’s filled with toys), but is really fun and updated at the same time. The room all began around the two prints above the buffet. She had picked that print out, however since the space is so big I recommended adding the second to fill the space and give nice symmetry.

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She had a little console table under the TV before, but the scale was a bit too small. So we used this fun West Elm table to create a nice little vignette with ottomans tucked underneath for extra seating.

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we also traded out the heavy second sofa facing the TV for these two Pottery Barn tufted accent chairs. This room opens up to the kitchen behind it, so I feel that the lower accent pieces help keep the room open to the rest of the space.

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We still have a couple accent things to finish up. First I am looking for some additional pillow fabric options for the wing back chair and the coach, and as always continuing to look for any fun little decor accent pieces. But I think so far it’s a great transformation!