Sunday, October 30, 2011

Mirror Mirror.....

Hi all!  I just ordered some samples from this great website Mirror Mate.  They sell a framing system to transform an ordinary stock mirror into a custom look.  We've got an oversized mirror in our master bathroom that would be perfect to try this out on.  So I ordered 3 samples to see which color & style will look best. 

Brushed aluminum look:

Deep walnut:

Standard White:
When the samples arrive, I'll post some pics of the samples in the space.  The best part about this system is that its super easy to install.  It just attaches to your existing mirror with a heavy tape....and its pretty well priced.  I priced out a 3'x6' mirror on there site and it was only $185.  Not too bad for getting a custom looking mirror. Here are some Before & Afters to check out.

So what's your favorite option?

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Night Painting Party

Happy weekend everyone!  I've been organizing myself all week (i.e.  spending half my work day browsing pintrest) so that I could get started on some fun projects this weekend.  Starting a blog is hard work, I feel obligated to keep the content flowing and I already feel like I'm slacking.  

So project #1.  I saw this great idea on JandJHome.  

It looked like a fun little project and my powder room needs a little spunk.  So I'm adapting this idea into my own version.  I bought four 10x10 square canvases at Michaels and some silver acrylic paint.  Tonight I did step 1, painted all 4 acrylics.

I'm letting these guys dry overnight and then tomorrow onto step 2.  I love the way this silver paint dries.  It has a nice brused stainless steel look.  Love it.

Next, Project #2.  I bought 2 unfinished wood picture frames.  Tonight, I spray painted them white.  I have to admit, I'm new to the whole spray painting thing so I'm a bit concerned about how these are going to turn out.  I'm not sure how many coats to paint and there seems to be alot of dripping going on.  I'll post some photos of those later.  For now I'm just getting high on the fumes!  

Stay tuned for the final products!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Everyone Loves a Good Deal

Hi Everyone!  Hope you all had a fabulous fall weekend, i know i did!  I just wanted to share an invite to one of my new favorite websites, Joss & Main.  Everyday at 11:00 they open new sales on there site - anything from Dog Accessories to Home Appliances to Alarm Clocks.  Everything is truly unique which is why I love this site so much.  The good stuff goes fast, so mark your calendar for 11am sharp!


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Designing Built-Ins

Sooo, I have been working on designing custom shelving and storage for our living room.  We have two little niches next to our fireplace that are perfect little spots to build in something useful.  Last week, we had a contractor come by the house to help us figure out how to build these.  I gave him the following sketches to work with:

We basically want to add a closed storage cabinet on the bottom with open shelving on top that we can keep all our books displayed on.  We talked about adding lighting to the shelves but decided in the end that we didn't need it because we have two can lights right in front of the shelving areas. 

The other piece to this project is figuring out what to clad the fireplace in.  We've talked about every material under the sun - brick veneer, porcelain tile, wallcovering, paint, etc.  What do you think?? 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Coffee Talk

We finally found a great new coffee table!  This was really my husbands doing, so I owe all the credit to him.  He stumbled into the local Crate & Barrel last week during his lunch break and found a table he loved.  We were looking for a table with two tiers so we could put all our junk underneath it, but still easily access it, with a sturdy top.  And low and behold, he finds it.  Apparently C&B just came out with a new table line that met our needs.  So naturally we get excited and try to buy it, but then we find out its not available until Jan 2011....Wha??  Not cool, who puts a table in there line but wont sell it to you for 6 months.  So lame, but i digress.

So we went to another store to see if we could buy there floor model, and no, they wont sell it to us.  We were bummed, written off the table.  And then what do you know, a few days later Marc goes back to the original store, sweet talks the sales guy and walked out of the store with the table.  And now its in our living room.

Its a beauty.  Its made of reclaimed wood with a granite top.  The side detailing is kind of fram-housey and has an aesthetic that matches our shelving and dining room table, while still maintaining a uniqueness.  The light wood color was also appealing, because everything else in our house is dark so it stands apart.

Every little piece we finds makes a big difference.  My husband was the most excited, he was so proud of himself for finding it!  Good job baby :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Fall Harvest

So, my weekend list of projects was twice as long as i actually had time for (as usual).  But I did manage to accomplish a few outdoor things to get the house pretty for fall.  

First the easy stuff, we bought a few pumpkins, some mums and a new pot for the front stoop.  Pretty basic stuff, but it changes the whole look of your entryway.  I love getting ready for fall.  It makes me start thinking about pumpkin pie and hot toddies.  

Next, i planted about 50 bulbs in our flower patch.  Sounds easy, but it took hours and the yard is now a huge mess.  I've never planted bulbs before so the whole thing is a big experiment.  The package said to plant the bulbs about 4 inches apart and 4-6 inches deep.  I was very diligent about this at first but by the time i had dug hole number 20, I was just throwing the bulbs in as fast as I could.  I planted a variety of flowers with varying heights, but I kept them all in a similar color paletter for a similar look.  I choose yellows, blues and whites to match the exterior colors of our house, planting the tallest ones in the back and shortest in the front.  It was a difficult task, but I think it will pay off.  So, we'll let the cold air do its work and in 6 months we'll see how this little experiment goes.

Friday, October 7, 2011

There is no original idea

hello bloggers!

I've recently become fascinated with all the fun and fresh ideas I've seen on blogs.  These people are amazing, I'm impressed and more importantly...inspired!

One of the most important things that i learned in design school was that there are no original ideas.  So, with that in mind, I'm using the inspiration of the other blogs out there to inspire my own.  I mean really, how hard can it be?? 

Here is what I'm thinking:  I'm a designer and i often feel like people expect me to be really designery and i feel like i fall flat in that department sometimes.  So, I'm kicking it up a notch, I'm challenging myself to incorporate this more into my daily life in a way that can hopefully inspire others.  That's what design is all about after all.  So here is where I'm gonna start - My house + My neighborhood:
  • My House:  There are a ton of projects I want to start working on in my house...painting, stenciling, designing and building custom millwork, creating tackable fabric panels, to name a few.  I'm hoping to provide some good how-tos and instructions on how to do these projects yourself. 
  • My Neighborhood:  The Navy Yard, where is live is changing day by day and i find the construction projects fascinating.  I thought it would be fun to track the progress and show some before and afters of interesting projects.  I love construction.  Seeing something transform from a pile of dirt into a brand new building is the best!  Am i right??
Ok, so stay tuned.  This weekend we're tackling project #1:  Picking paint colors.  My husband says I can pick whatever i want, but there is no way he'll be able to give me that much control. 
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