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!

Ocean-y Ombre

Ocean-y Ombre

Everyone knows that ombre is all the rage right now. You can see it in hair, on fingertips, in fashion, and now in home design.

I found this super cute set for sale on Craigslist the other day. I just love how the ombre effect plays out on this pair. This would be a really easy project to dress up a plain chest of drawers.
I can just see shades of pink for a little girl’s room, but these blues are appropriate for any age!

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.

 

How Much Time Is Too Much?

How Much Time Is Too Much?

Today I happened across this pillow, which was marked down to $45 from $87. My immediate reaction was, “I wonder if you could use a bleach pen on burlap and make the same thing for a couple of bucks?”
Then I thought, well, once you go buy the burlap, bleach pen, and pillow insert, then stencil the pattern, bleach it, and sew it up, isn’t it worth the $45?
It may be fun to make a bunch of pillows like this for gifts or for party favors (or for a really beachy bed) but if you’re sticking to just one, I’d probably just go ahead and buy the pillow.
Why?
You have to factor in the value of the time and effort that you put into each project. If you’d rather just have something homemade, or if you have a ton of free time, by all means, go for it!
Hey, I still may try my hand at bleach pen designs!

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!)