Mid Century Modern Makeover

Maybe I’m a little behind, but I can’t get enough Mid Century Modern furniture right now!

I’ve always liked lots of pattern, flowy curtains, and a more romantic feel in general but sometimes it’s good to step outside the box. I doubt I will ever like a totally pared down utilitarian space (I need to be comfy!) but I would love to throw these items into the mix:

I am absolutely obsessed with these chairs. The lines, the colors, everything. Here's a link to the sale on Fab: http://fab.com/sale/21893/product/405852/

I am absolutely obsessed with these chairs that are for sale on Fab.com. The lines, the colors, everything. They’re a bit too pricey at nearly $1300 on sale, but I’ll be on the look out for something similar at flea markets and yard sales.

I love the lines and colors of this desk, which is from Hutch Vintage in Echo Park.

I love the lines and colors of this desk, which is from Hutch Vintage in Echo Park.

This coffee table from Hutch Vintage in Echo Park is simple and gorgeous (and a steal at only $60).

This coffee table, also from Hutch Vintage, is simple but gorgeous (and a steal at only $60). No rehabbing required!

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Flea Market Flip Favorites

It is nearly impossible to choose a favorite project from when Shea and I competed on HGTV’s Flea Market Flip.

I think that I am the most proud of the bed-into-a-bench job that we did.

Before: A Junky Old Bed

Before: A Junky Old Bed

After: An Elegant Addition to Any Room

After: An Elegant Addition to Any Room

I loved the colors we ended up choosing, and it was my own personal mission to mix the blue with the teal patterned seat and the velvet pillows. Shea and I can practically read each other’s mind when it comes to decor, so she loved the color combo, too.

World Market Does It Again!

I love World Market. It’s a great place to find pillows, tabletop decor, and all kinds of accessories. Here are my favorite finds from a recent trip:

At $550, this piece is pretty pricey for WM, but would make a huge statement and fit in pretty much anywhere.

At $550, this piece is pretty pricey for WM, but would make a huge statement and fit in pretty much anywhere.

Very pretty

The Camille Tall Chest is very on-trend. I feel like everyone wants pieces with bold colors and stenciling right now. At $420 it's a pretty good option.

The Camille Tall Chest is very on-trend. I feel like everyone wants pieces with bold colors and stenciling right now. At $420 it’s kind of a lot, but great inspiration for a look to recreate.

These pieces are kinda pricey for World Market, but if you join their “Explorer” club, you even get emails with coupons and special offers (hey, 20% off adds up!)

And my favorite accessories:

I love a floral placemat/ napkin combo. The napkins would be especially cute used with woven placemats.

This milk bottle makes a great vase and only set me back five bucks!

This milk bottle makes a great vase and only set me back five bucks!

Breaking the Rules

So Mother’s Day, I ended up in Laguna for the first time. I absolutely loved it- the shops, the beach! And going to a new place isn’t complete unless I check out some of the furniture shops. So, there I am, walking around a shop in bliss (the shop shall remain nameless) and I see a sign- no pictures. Oops! Here’s what I snapped against the rules–

2013-05-12 13.40.01This mermaid vase felt magical- perfect for a beach house, or to make you feel like you’re a little closer to the water if you’re stranded inland.

Burlap Seahorse PillowThese burlap seahorse pillows are just too cute… and seem like they’d be easy to make!

2013-05-12 13.31.25Loved the texture on this little chest. I also loved the size- it would be a good nightstand or dresser.

Shell ChandelierThis seashell chandelier made me think of my mom. I think it’d look great (and feel super luxe) hanging over a footed bathtub.

 

Big News!

Looks like there will be a lot of posts on decorating a new place soon. It seems as though I will be moving to Malibu to attend Pepperdine University for graduate school!

I couldn’t be more excited! (To start classes and to decorate!)

My $2000 Coffee Table

gold coffee table

Just kidding! If you know me at all, you should know better! I am wayyy too cheap to spend $2K on a coffee table. And you really don’t need to in order to get a great piece. I’ll tell you how much I spent after I tell you the story.

For weeks, I was searching for a gold and glass coffee table. Especially after reading an article in HGTV Magazine that featured a gold and glass beauty.

I started out looking for the table in the article, which is from Worlds Away. Epic fail, HGTV Magazine, because this table is only available as a wholesale item. So then I did a google shopping search for this specific table. Almost $2000. Yikes!

So I decided a replica would be good. World Market is a good go-to for items similar to this, but they didn’t have anything. More googling got me to tables between $420- $500. Still too much for this thrifty chick.

What to do, what to do? Craigslist!! I found a table listed for very little and went to check it out… deep deep in the Valley. It was in awful shape. Rusted, dirty, spider webbed up from sitting in a garage. But perfect for me– clean lines and good bones.

 coffee tableDetail Coffee Table

So how did I transform this little guy? I simply sanded off the rusty spots with my handy power sander, then hit it with two coats of gold spray paint.

The total cost? After some negotiating, I paid $10 for the table. The spray paint cost about $7, so for under $20, I got a great piece. That’s like A HUNDRED TIMES LESS than the Worlds Away version. I must say that I’m a pretty happy rehabber!