Five Minute, $5 Holiday Fix

My favorite part of the holidays is decorating. It is hardly ever cold in LA, so its especially important to make your house feel extra homey so it feels like the holidays.

Other than decorating the tree, I like to put poinsettias everywhere. Usually they just come in the plastic containers or are wrapped in that bright shiny red or green paper that just never seems to be the right color.

Here's what I was working with before... these pots just aren't working.

Here’s what I was working with before… these pots just kill the effect.

Since I have a black thumb, my plants never last much longer than the holidays, so I don’t want to spend a ton of time and money buying pots and transferring the plants. Wandering through the giftwrap aisle, I had a brilliant idea. What if I just wrapped them in ribbon and called it a day?

I set out on a quick search for burlap looking ribbon, and lucked out when I found a roll of extra thick ribbon for $5 at World Market. At home, I just cut the ribbon in sections and wrapped it around the plastic pots, tying a loose knot to secure the ribbon.

I am pretty pleased with the results! The plants look a million times better and there was a minimal amount of work and cost. That’s what I call Roadside Rehab!

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After! I still have to keep them in the little trays to protect the floor, but they really don’t bother me.

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The beginnings of my little holiday nook.

End of the Semester

Wow! This semester is finally over! That means I only have one more semester of classes (and however long it takes to finish my thesis) and I’ll have a masters degree! I’m specializing in internet ads and credibility and I’m so excited to have a thesis committee together with literally the nicest thesis chair ever.

This semester has been filled with ups (a beautiful wedding for good friends in Mexico) and downs (my grandmother, who also loved arts and crafts, unexpectedly passed away.)

My biggest personal accomplishment in the past couple of months has been finishing a 141 page ad plan for a company I created called Vintage Baby.

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I’m looking forward to looking into what it would take to get this thing off the ground. There’s still a lot more research to be done, but having this plan makes the semester seem that much more worth it.

I’m celebrating the end of the semester with a short trip to New York City, which I have always wanted to see at Christmas time! I’m looking forward to seeing the big tree, being in cold weather (LA is eternally warm and sunny) and checking out a couple of shops I love to browse online in person!

Bright Baby Shelves

Today is all about bright baby shelves I helped a girlfriend paint for her new baby’s room.

She wanted to add a touch of color and to create a reading space for when the baby gets a little bigger, so we started out with a cute denim “Bean” chair from Pottery Barn Kids and some plain wood shelves.

Here's an image of the bean chair I grabbed off of PB's site. Cozy and cute!

Here’s an image of the bean chair I grabbed off of PB’s site. Cozy and cute!

Kate (the mommy-to-be) bought some unfinished shelves online, and it was up to us to make them shine.

First, we sanded around the edges just to make the wood smooth and get rid of possible splinters. Then, we went over the whole thing with a tack cloth (sticky cloths that get all debris off of an item before you paint… believe me, they’re worth it!)

My biggest recommendation when painting anything a bright color is to use primer. Sounds simple, but every time I skip the primer, I feel like my projects don’t look as clean. While she stood well away from any possible fumes, I primed them with a spray primer (which is my favorite, it just looks better than one you’d paint on, and you can control the coverage.)

Me priming in her yard.

Me priming in her yard.

After a couple of coats, we left them outside to dry. A few days later, she painted them a bright orange that we chose and had mixed. She painted them with a brush.

Ready to be installed!

Ready to be installed!

After a couple of texts back and forth on technique, I think I should tell you guys that the best advice I have for painting with a brush is light strokes with less paint than you think you need so you don’t get those streaky brush marks.

Streaky brush marks are the equivalent to paint drips. In other words, avoid at all costs. But if you do get streaky brush marks or paint drips (we all do sometimes), I to sand them down a bit with a fine grain sandpaper, run a tack cloth over the piece, then get back to painting!

Okay, so here are the finished shelves installed. Cute, right?!

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And, just for fun, here is another corner of baby Caden’s bedroom. I love the animal theme!

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Nate Berkus Spoke to Me Through the Pages of BHG

I love this quote I found while flipping through Better Homes and Gardens.

You don’t have to have the most expensive pieces to have a great room, and this is a great reminder of that fact! It may take a little more time to find or make pieces that are truly great, but if you can honestly say you love everything in a room, it is so worth it!

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Another Imaginary Room!

I’ve probably been spending a little too much time online because I have so many photos to create imaginary rooms with! This one started with the chair. I love the pops of red, white, blue, and green!

I’ve got a chair I’ve been working on, and it just hasn’t been going anywhere because I’ve been waiting to find that perfect fabric. I keep flip flopping between something traditional (because it does have cane backing) or something a little funkier (I’ve looked at tribal prints, monkey prints, sea horses…) After creating this board, I think I’ve decided on a funky pattern in traditional colors, like red or blue.

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Inspiration: Imaginary Rooms

What do I do in my spare time? Create imaginary rooms for my future homes!
Here’s the latest!

Slide1It all started with this gorgeous Max Gottschalk bench I stumbled across on 1st Dibs. The rug is from West Elm (!!!) (they have some rugs that are so chic at such a good price point!) The lamp is midcentury (also from 1st Dibs). Both pillows come from One Kings Lane. I love the white one and use it for “inspiration boards” all the time. And I love these antique pitchers because they’re a different take on classic blue and white.

 

 

 

Current Obsession: Linen Settees

So my current obsession is linen seating. I just can’t help it, its just so… chic.

All of these except the bottom right are random photos from Houzz. The bottom right is a custom sofa from Restoration Hardware.

All of these except the bottom right are random photos from Houzz. The bottom right is a custom sofa from Restoration Hardware.

Now you might be asking “where did this random obsession come from?!”

Here’s my story. In Paris, I came across a blue linen settee that the vendor had rehabbed himself. It was SO charming, but it was also SO expensive (and let’s not even talk about how much it would have cost to ship… I’ll tell you guys about a recent shipping nightmare as soon as I get it resolved!)

The settee that started it all at the Paris Flea Market.

The settee that started it all at the Paris Flea Market.

Anyway, ever since I have been back in LA, I have been thinking about linen settees, looking around for the perfect find, keeping it in the back on my mind during every shopping trip and every Craigslist scavenger hunt.

Natural Elements for Fall Decorating

I love decorating around the house using natural elements… especially in the Fall. It is a surefire way to change the whole vibe of your space with minimal effort. There is so much more you can do to get ready for fall than adding an old tired wreath of fake orange and red leaves.

I have been saving so many photos of pretty flowers lately, I just wanted to share a few that I find inspiring.

I love the idea of a wreath made out of cotton bolls. I found this photo on Pinterest.

I love the idea of a wreath made out of cotton bolls. I found this photo on Pinterest.

This is just so pretty and not too overdone. I love the idea of fresh flowers above the bed. Unfortunately, I did not save who posted this photo, so if you know, let me know so I can give them credit!

This is just so pretty and not too overdone. I love the idea of fresh flowers above the bed. Unfortunately, I did not save who posted this photo, so if you know, let me know so I can give them credit!

I am obsessed with this wreath from "Finding Home." You can find Laura's tutorial here.

I am obsessed with this wreath from “Finding Home.” You can find Laura’s tutorial here.

I love this wreath that I found from @mooncanyon on Instagram.

I love this wreath that I found from @mooncanyon on Instagram.

This photo of dahlias in a prep bucket from @hedgerow on Instagram is magical.

This photo of dahlias in a prep bucket from @hedgerow on Instagram is magical. Their arrangements are also magical.

I hope you’ve enjoyed checking out my inspirations for Fall decor! Don’t forget to check me out on Instagram @Chair_candy to see all the awesome chairs I find!