This is what you can do in 9 days and twelve hours of work! The deadline was tight, so I had to shop locally, which is limiting, but made the best of it and accomplished the goals of the space. The main requests for the room were to be functional, comfortable and colorful.
The office space is in an old brick building with new paint, floor covering & built in’s.
This office was the last to undergo any attention, so the funds were tight. Seating was important and I was able to find an affordable set. The color of the seating went really well with the room and the neutral cushions gave me a neutral palette to work with.
The bookcases just needed some rearranging of books and added a few other small personal touches, such as candles, plants and small vase and photos.
A sweet work of art, given to Lisa as a gift was hung above the loveseat. The art against the bricks is the first thing you see when walking to the office, but your eye immediately goes down to the blue throw that is draped perfectly between the colorful pillows.
The old desk was replaced with a sleek simple desk. The key to having an inviting office is the placement of the furniture. Floating the desk at an angle gave enough room for office supplies behind and opened up the rest of the room for a comfortable sitting area.
A pop of color is just what the room needed to tie everything together! Since the chairs are neutral everything around them could be very colorful. Teal and yellow are also found in the pillows on the loveseat and of course the books. The artwork is done by a local Dover artist, Caryn of “Creative Spirit Art Studio“.
Lisa Flynn of ChildLight Yoga~
Old Hollywood reminds me of hair pinned up, bright lips, gold shoes and fur. When I dress for a special occasion, just putting on a pretty dress is not enough. I enjoy having a vision and this time my vision started with wearing a fur. I didn’t own a fur, or any of my look but I get jazzed by the challenge of finding my outfit. The fundraiser was held at the Ritz-Carlton in Boston for Jaden’s Ladder. When I’m at a classy hotel, I like to dress the part.
The skinny on my look~
I found this simple brown DVF dress at a friend’s shop for $50! The next thing I found were these gold and black sequence shoes from J. Crew. Over time I found the fur vest on Ebay but with the shipping time, it would arrive with only 10 days to spare. I really wasn’t sure if it would be perfect, but to my surprise it’s gorgeous.
I picked up the clutch on winter clearance at Lord & Taylor. I chose it to tie the black and gold together with a bit of hard to play off the soft fur. The last item I picked, which didn’t really end up showing is my gold and Swarovski crystal necklace. But, I love it and am glad I bought it. The symbol means, “double luck” in Chinese.’
Dress $50, J.Crew Shoes $32 (clearance), Fur $75, Swarovski necklace $60 (outlet), clutch $28
Total cost $245
I’m picky about what I’ll display in my home or clients homes. I do like rooms to feel personal and decided my mantle needed our last name initial. This DIY was pretty simple and recommend you making your own.
Supplies you need: Burlap, paint, pencil, font type, glue, and frame
The process: Find the frame you’ll be using first. Make sure it fits well on your mantel and I recommend using a glassless frame. If you use a frame with glass then glue your fabric on the glass.
Measure the area inside of the frame. Cut your fabric to size. No worries if you’re off a bit, as I was then just grabbed some trim I had and glued that layer on to cover my mistakes. You can use any kind of plain fabric. I like added texture, so went for burlap.
Find the font you want to use. There are so many fonts out there. Check out tootledoo designs, as they are amazing! You can write anything you want, a full monogram, entire last name, or just an initial. You may want to enlarge one of the fonts and copy it, make a stencil and trace on your fabric, or freehand it using pencil.
Once you’ve drawn your letter, go ahead and use a smaller brush to apply paint (any kind works) on the outline of the letter. Then fill in the entire letter with paint.
After the paint drys decide if your letter needs anything else. You may want to outline the letter in another color, or glitter…think about what makes sense with your style. Go ahead and use clear glue on the surface of your frame. Affix your fabric and let dry. Add any additional trim on the inside of your frame.
If you are looking to spruce up your home and aren’t ready to drop too drain your bank account then I have some inexpensive upgrades you should consider, as they have worked for me time and time again.
Inexpensive Home Upgrades
1. Rearrange your furniture. This will give you a new feeling in your space, make you consider what you really need or can get rid off, put away and clean.
2. Paint a new wall color. I know everyone always says it, but boy does paint enhance banged up, dull walls into a space that can feel calm or fun, you decide which way to go!
3. Replace your toilets or just the seats. Need not say more on why!
4. Replace your hardware on your cabinets. This can bring your style up to date. I bought mine at Pottery Barn, for very little nine years ago, and still love them.
5. Change your bedding. I finally found a duvet cover that works and I’m sticking with it, but in the winter I add a beautiful thick blanket at the foot of the bed and it changes the feel of my bed. I do know some people who change their duvet covers a couple times a year!
6. Replace your light fixtures or just add dimers! New lighting gives a whole new feel to any room.
7. Slip cover that furniture. If your sick of it, cover it.
8. Purge. Getting rid of extra clutter in the home, will really lighten the feeling and change how your home looks.
Good Luck! Happy Home= Happy Me, You too?
I picked up this wood mantel down the road at a yard sale a good six years ago for $45.00. I adore the elderly couple who I bought it from and enjoy knowing that this was in their home as well.
We took out our cast iron wood burning stove, since I have allergies and found the wood to be messy and hard to restock and replaced it with a gas burning remote fireplace- now were talking!
Once the fireplace was installed, we started to add the buy-on’s like a stone background, fake logs, etc. It took us a while to figure out how to incorporate the wood mantel since we had a larger opening…with some additional building, painting and molding we were able to ‘fake’ our professional looking fireplace.
I wanted a light colored mantel but didn’t want it to be flat, so found this texture paint by Valspar, called Tuscan Accents.
The second coat is where the texture gets added. You must make sure to get this into all your nooks so that you will have an even looking project. As you can the paint has these bits that you have to flatten out with a plastic or metal tool. I used the same tool that I use to remove the excess putty from a hole that I’m filling in. I did this step in stages as you want to flatten bits before they dry, so take your time. Once you get the texture that you desire, then your job is finished. It is a very simple DYI project.
I dug out my old, DKNY silver tapered jeans that at the time were a little, ok a lot strange… but I just had to have them and over the years I have held on to them. Several times I have wanted to get rid of them, but every time I looked at them, I thought they are cool.
It has been about 9 years, 2 babies, and a whole lot of jean styles since I wore my funky silver jeans, but it was time to give them a try again. I was pleasantly surprised at how well they worked out.
They have a high waist, with a zipper on the side and aren’t as flattering on my rear as I’d like, so I paired them with this ‘funky lady’ shirt that is longer. I love this shirt since the back is a bit of a surprise! I picked up at a great local second hand store, the Wear House. I love the colors of this shirt and it has a lot of life left. It was a great find.
By giving my old jeans the right shirt and accessories I was able to update these, at the time, futuristic jeans right into 2012. I did get a lot of “ooohhh very cool” and “I like your jeans” comments from my friends and a couple of strangers. I’m not ready to let them go yet, so I can’t wait to see what they’ll look like with boots this Fall.