Trend Report: The New Neutrals

I am absolutely loving the new neutral trend going on right now. What is it, you ask? I call it “less is more but with a little bit more.”

Seems to me like lots of fabrics are popping up in neutral colors that would otherwise be wild…an understated statement maybe?   It adds dimension, depth, that “I just wanna touch it” factor; which is perfect for the home.

Don't you just wanna touch it?

Don’t you just wanna touch it?

Even better, you can move to animal prints without making the room look safari themed (unless that’s what you’re going for, of course.) I do love a zebra or cow hide rug, but remember my “Lesson in Textiles” post? A fake-y looking animal print can totally ruin an otherwise beautiful piece of furniture.

Added bonus: its reversible!

Added bonus: this fabric is reversible!

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The black dots are soft and velvety. Talk about luxe.

Want a beach vibe without traditional blues or corals? This brown print blends in anytime of year.

Want a beach vibe without traditional blues or corals? This brown print blends in (but still stands out) anytime of year.

Try out the new neutrals in your home. You get major bang for your buck, the look transcends seasons, and if you want some color, it is so easy to add bright throw pillows or throws. Let me know what you think!

Ps. I ended up buying the reversible striped fabric to make HUGE throw pillows for my all white bed! Photos soon 🙂

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Trend Report: Color, Color, Color

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A while back, someone sent me a  couple of pictures of this catalog from Crate and Barrel saying, “Look! Colored chairs- you’re ahead of the curve!” (Referring to my table with multicolored chairs set, aka the project that would never end!)

I just love getting messages like this one.
Even coming across it in my email this morning made me smile, because, after all, who doesn’t want to be ahead of the curve!?

Inlay Effect: Making a $10 Table Look Luxe

Yes, I am all about inlay. Yes, I have been debating getting a similar effect with stencil, yes I struggled to find just the right side table to stencil, and, yes, I had a bit of trouble learning the “right” way to stencil. The key seems to be patience, which I severely lack.

And since I lack patience, I want to give you an update on how the stenciling project is coming along. It isn’t quite finished yet, but I just can’t wait.

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Isn’t it just GORGEOUS!? I have painted the different underhang-y parts (we’re technical here) with different designs to see what looks best, and since the legs are curved, it has been a bit hard to line the stencil up just right, but I’m still pretty pleased.

Here are a few photos of the process:

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After being sanded- since I was painting it black, the main purpose of sanding was a smooth surface. I didn’t care about removing all of the paint.

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After the first coat of black paint (I opted for two).

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After the stenciling process began. See how messy it is around the edges? Yeah, that took some getting used to!

Again, here are the before and after photos:

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Saying Goodbye to the Tricolor Table

Okay, so we’ve established that I don’t know when to quit. And that it is sometimes a good thing.

By now you probably know I’m a furniture hoarder and that I fall so in love with everything that I feel I just must keep it. Welp, I parted with the tricolor table yesterday. (Yes, be proud! Baby steps!)

The people who bought it were super excited, exclaiming that it looked even better in person than in photos (hey, I’m no photographer!) That made me so proud. It was a little sad seeing it go because I put so much blood, sweat, and tears into this project (okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic, but you get the point) but I am so happy to have space to spread out and work on new projects!

On the way out... I felt like a mom sending her kid off for the first day of school!

On the way out… I felt like a mom sending her kid off for the first day of school!

Flea Market Flip Favorites: High Flyin’ Chandelier

I have to say I love a good light fixture. And when filming Flea Market Flip for HGTV, I loved making this one!
Why? Because I got to use a saw-zaw to cut the legs off of a nasty old birdcage. There’s just something special that gets my blood pumping while tearing stuff up with power tools(I blame my inner redneck.)

Birdcage Chandelier. Here's a secret: I hung it in my living room!

Birdcage Chandelier. Here’s a secret: I hung it in my living room!

I’m definitely not saying we were copied, but great minds certainly think alike. Shortly after we made the chandelier, similar fixtures started popping up for a fortune in stores like Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn.
What did we spend? Probably about $250 between the birdcage, paint, and chandelier. The good thing about elbow grease is that it is totally free.
Not a bad deal to make such a statement!

Our birdcage looked a lot like this when we bought it, but bigger and probably dirtier. This one was at Olde Good Things in West LA for $600 a couple of months ago (after the trend was big- that's why the price is so much higher than what we paid.)

Our birdcage looked a lot like this when we bought it, but bigger and probably dirtier. This one was at Olde Good Things in West LA for $600 a couple of months ago (after the trend was big- that’s why the price is so much higher than what we paid.)