Month: February 2014

Who Doesn’t love Before and Afters?

Interior ‘before and afters’ are my personal design crack – the sad confused before – watching the make over and then the big reveal. When I see the ‘after’ I get flashes of Freddie Prinze Jr seeing Rachel Leigh Cook walk down the stairs in She’s All That…

I am going to share some of my favorite sites to get a good ‘before and after’ fix – first is the lovely interior designer, Emily Henderson.
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and Design Sponge
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And then if you just like to virtual creep around peoples homes you have to hit up:

Young House Love
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Apartment Therapy
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and Domaine
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Now go get addicted!

Now & Then – Home Tour

It’s time for a little now and then here on the blog. When we first moved into the apartment it looked like this:
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And then it looked like this for awhile…full
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And up until last week, the office/dining room/sexy vinyl lounge looked like this…IMG_1407
But then I picked these up at Boomerangs in JP and all hell broke loose…
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but don’t worry its Bruin approved – more to come on these lovies
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HomeMade Modern…DIY Fail

I found the most amazing website – HomeMade Modern, a few months ago and have been dying to try one of their DIY projects (I am sucker for a good modern DIY). And this weekend, I got real adventurous and went to Home Depot (for those of you in New England – you understand that trekking out in this weather basically made me an arctic explorer) and picked up some Quickrete and tried to make these:
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While I was intricately cutting the patterns and gluing them together my boyfriend and his friend looked and me said, “But what plant is going to fit inside of there?” So I decided to turn them into candle holders because I obviously do not have enough…
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 The Quickrete came in a $7 bag, directions were simple, you just add water and mix up in. The directions suggested 1/2 cup – but looking back I wish I added more because it was a little dry and lumpy. This image below was after I made my holes with an old screw driver and mid way through the drying process.

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At this point I started to have my doubts… I cut the paper molds off the cement after it dried for a couple hours – and it was soooo lumpy! I only took a picture with a few of them because the other ones look like I found some rocks outside with a perfect hole in them : ( I also tried to give it a ‘dip dye’ look and spray paint the top with a silver chrome color – this was a DIY FAIL.

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In conclusion – I needed to add more water and this DIY project will not defeat me! I will try it again this week when I will probably be snowed in…

Pretty Little Thieves

I love how Pretty Little Thieves creator, Nancy transforms vintage plates into pieces of art! I had the chance to chat with Nancy about her amazing creations.
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I have been drawing, painting and making things since childhood and never really stopped.

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I have stacks of plates waiting to be used. I often choose the plate and then decide the illustration. I started painting on vintage plates because I kept seeing so many of them.  Most of the plates come from thirfting, garage sales, flea markets and some have been given to me.

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In true artist fashion, Pretty Little Thieves pieces are spontaneous works, “I just start painting and will see where it goes. ” Check out the rest of Pretty Little Thieves (pictured above) Etsy shop here!

Kitchen DIY

As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, I am renting an apartment with my boyfriend, therefore we do not want to invest any $$ into our palace. But I do have some DIY ideas of kitchen decor updates:

1. Replace 90’s Country kitchen table set (thanks Mom & Dad, but you can have it back now) with smaller Ikea table for two. When I first moved I imagined I would be throwing elaborate dinner parties for 10… and then I realized, ain’t nobody got time for that.  After reading some Ikea hacks I envisioned something like this:

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So picture that happening – with industrial chairs. Poppy Talk also did a faux marble table top, click here to see.

2. Taking down my previous ‘transition DIY Project’ (stuck blue and white wrapping paper on the wall with painter’s tape) from earlier this summer and do something cool with Washi Tape…  here is a refresher of what the kitchen looks like now:41
But I would like to do something like these designers did on Pinterest:

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Black and White Home Accessories

To go along with the previous post of Classic Black and White Home Decor – here are some cute and affordable accent pieces to get that chic look:Black_white_home
1. Nate Berkus Black and White Pillow (coming out this month!)
2. Amazing Swiss Cross blanket from Lief
3. Eames inspired White Accent Chair from Overstock
4. Half Moon Basket
5. Waterstone Succulent Sculpture

Tea for Two

New England is still trapped under 5 + inches of snow, so with that in mind… I thought this post would remind us how to stay cozy!

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1. Macarons! In honor of valentines day one should pick some of these up – or do it yourself! (See how I did here).
2. Tea Pot from Ebenotti
3. Sweet Neon Tea Towels from Clumsy Colour
4. Tray for Macarons from Ebenotti
5. Tea Cup from Ebenotti