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My new Office

This fall i completely overhauled my office space.  everything was removed, room repainted and bought all new items.  now i have a space that reflects my style & inspires me to be creative!

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I had a small area to place desk, so went simple

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The lamps add the right amount of glam

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Simple accessories keep the top functional & stylish

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Drawers for storage are a must

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the sheepskin for comfort

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Art is important to me and where I don’t mind investing my money

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Keeping my kid’s art close brings a smile to my face

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Overall this area is functional and stylish

TOTAL COST BREAKDOWN: Desk <homeclick>$199, Lamps <target>$80, Seat <crate&Barrel>$15, Lambskin <homegoods>$19, decorative Box <homegoods> $15, Framed Art <antique store>$300

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Planning a Party

Sharing a special occasion with a celebration should be well thought about.  As always, great presentation is in the details.  Think about the location, setting, food & drink and don’t forget the decor.  Decorations can be as simple as specialized cups, plates, napkins, signs, balloons and more.  It doesn’t have to be ‘over the top’ to make the party special, just keep things simple and do them well!

Some simple and affordable ideas on what I’ve put together for parties or parties I’ve attended!

Invitations~ send them out and make them personal and reflect the feel of your party!  Get them made by shopping Etsy.

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Table setting~  this is what people usually see first, so make sure it is set and personalized.

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Cups~ can be a lot of fun as there are so many great inexpensive options and don’t forget that you can embellish them!  Here are the one’s I recently made using three different stickers.  All the glasses don’t have to be the same and the guest of honor should have a special cup!  Don’t forget the small cups~ they can be decorated as well!

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Banners & Signs~ everyone enjoys signs, especially if they can be a photo backdrop.  Again, handmade is best!  Be creative!

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Cake~ this is where you can really go all out!  All of these cakes were handmade!  There is nothing more fun than a theme  cake!

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Other ways to make the party special~ note tree, specialty drink, table signs-photos/quotes, silverware bundle with handmade napkins.

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Endless ideas on making your celebration special!  Contact me if you need any ideas!!  The key is to keep things easy & fun!!

Make your own custom art

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.

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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.

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Introducing my new Living Room

After 13 years, last March I decided it was time to revamp the living room!  We were using our 13 year sofa that was all wrong.  The rug is only 10 years old, but I was ready for a new style.  Since my kids were babies I’ve used a round soft ottoman with tray on top, but now the kids are 6 and 9 time to have some sharp corners!  Our tv was in a cabinet which was outdated as well.

The Process

Cover the sofa or buy a new one….we bought a new one!

Painted the wall a new lighter creamy color.

Cover the chair or buy a new one….new one of course!

Swapped out the rug for a new style.  My old style was more traditional and now I like cozy mod.

Ditched the TV, stand and ottoman

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I wanted a more neutral and cohesive look when you walked into my living room.  The focal point is the fireplace and after I painted it, it felt so fresh and light and that’s when I made the decision to start “Project Living room”.

The old wall color was a brownish taupe that worked really well with gold tones.  Painting the walls was my first change and I went for a creamy color.  The color really lightened up the room and gave me room to play with the upholstery colors.  Before I was really stuck with golden/taupe sofa.

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Moving away from brown tones to cream tones gave me the freedom to switch to gray.  I loved going for a deeper sofa color since all the walls went so much lighter.

You can also see my old oriental rug in photo above with my old chesterfield sofa.  Below is my new chevron rug in gray and cream.

I ditched the soft round ottoman and added two square mirrored tables that I had from three years ago.  I picked them up at Target for $35.00 each.

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Before my sofa faced our fireplace but once I knew I was ready for a change, I wanted to have a chaise on my sofa and move it to the right of our fireplace.  The antique brown cabinet stores my china, candles and various decor items.

I didn’t want to have the TV in a cabinet any longer, so I talked my husband into getting a flat screen and console.

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I found this stunning mirror and silver Paltrow Console Table on Joss and Main for $450.  This console not only matches my coffee tables, but my starburst mirror that is high above my fireplace.

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Though the brown paisley chair was so cozy with the matching ottoman, it was worn out and ready for a new home.  Our new chair is in a solid light gray.  By keeping the sofa and chair print free, I had the freedom to go bold on the floor and will have fun with throw pillows and blankets.

My New Living Room!

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I accessorize with antique, new and collectables.  The mantel turned out far better than expected.  Several items are one of a kind, from various trips my father in law took.  The large jar is filled with beach finds than my boys search endlessly in the summer on several Maine beaches.  The other two tables in the room are antique finds.  The mirror and copper bowl of over sized grapes are also antiques from our family.  I’m not afraid to repaint things as you can see from the items that are hung high over the mantel.  I have several framed photographs and figurines that are put away or in other rooms, but if there’s anything I can’t say enough is ‘edit’ and ‘edit again’.  Less is more and quality is always better.

Gray & Taupe Dream

Neutral designs are happening with taupe and gray everywhere, even in my own home!  What I love about using these two colors is that they are so calming, classic, old world, a bit of traditional meets modern and oh so neutral!  Here are some of my favorite gray and taupe designs.

Farrow & Ball

Houzz- Lauren Nelson
Eddie Ross
Serene Escape Master Bath eclectic bathroom
Lilu
Decor pad
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Verdigris Cie

Decorating with Etsy

Etsy is such a mecca of talented artisans who construct quality handcrafted goods.  I of course am drawn to the home items!  Here are some of the top goods any one would be proud to display in their home.

Teal Corner Dahlia on Gray and White Bella Porte Print Pillow 14 X 14 -Flower Pillow--NEW PRINT-
Dahlia 14×14 Pillow by bedbuggs
Wood Art -  Skinny Rectangles - 12 x 12 - greens, blues, grays, browns and white
Wood Art 12×12 by moderntextures
PEONIES and PAISLEY Print
Peonies and Paisley Print by Annechovie
Live Edge Wood Chandelier with Antique bulbs and Quartz Crystals
Wood Chandelier with Antique bulbs and Quartz Crystals by urbanchandy
Nesting Bowl Set, Rustic Primitive Pottery , Scrunchy Crude Tableware, Hobbitware Nested Bowls
Rustic Nesting Bowls by bazketmakr
Reclaimed Wood Colorful Sunburst Mirror Art Wreath MADE TO ORDER
Reclaimed Wood Sunburst Mirror by FallenWalnut
grey cable knit blanket
Cable Knit Blanket by CraftArtStudio
KITCHEN CHALKBOARD For Sale Framed Magnetic Chalkboard Red Furniture Red Framed Chalk board  Baroque Home Office Organizer
Chalkboard by Revivedvintage
upcycled wood wall hanging,  mason jar candle, vase, metal flower, rustic, shabby chic
Upcycled wood and mason jar wall hanging by EnchantingGardenArt
Huge 50x100 Canvas Blanket - Furniture Throw - Beach Outdoors Camping Picnic - Choose from over 600 Fabrics
Canvas Blanket by CanvasCarnival
Mid-Century Reclaimed Dresser or Television Stand (NYC LOCAL PICKUP only)
Reclaimed Stand by AllNewVintage
Barn Doors in Reclaimed Wood - Tracks Included
Reclaimed wood for indoor Barn Doors by DancingGrains
Tuscan Sky Hand Blown Glass Bowl in Turquoise and Terracotta
Hand Blown glass bowl by corporanglass
Live Edge Cats Cradle Barstool
Wood & Metal Stools by popcelona

Wall of Art

I enjoy being creative so I am drawn towards art work that evokes feelings, is modern with a heavy frame or mixed with traditional decor.  I love photographs mixed other eye catching art.  To me a frame is the bow on how the image is presented and enhanced.  One of my most favorite things to do is create an eclectic collection of images and art that hang together.  They don’t have to be like one another, but how they relate to each other or how you feel when you look at the pictures together.  Here are a few collections that I appreciate and admire.

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Love the different sizes and styles of grouped art.

One giant piece of work surround by various frames.
Black and white photographs that are the same size and same frames, but matted differently!
Similar color pallet, gold tones and art famed and unframed.  The the various sizes but all rectangles.
A mass of pictures that are symmetrical in style.
All this colorful art is created with white backgrounds.  Pops of color!
Framed the same!
Similar color pallet
Styles are very much the same and mostly unframed.
I tend to create photo collections that are of different styles and mixed medium.

Things that Inspire

NATURE

I think if using natural items from nature like recycling.

I come from Alaska and everyone hunts, not for sport but for food.  If you hunt, then why not use the bones…. not for everyone, but I find them to be beautiful.

Stone

Marble is one of my fav’s, but it is hard to take care of, but as a back splash- clever!

kitchens - pot filler marble subway tiles backsplash Kitchen cooktop with pot filler and marble subway tiles backsplash.

Wood

I really love drift wood and reclaimed barn wood.  I love how the wood was used to make a beautiful headboard.

Skins

Fur or animal skins, hopefully from sustainable hunting and not sport or faux!

bedrooms - taupe silk organze drapes gray tufted headboard chocolate brown faux fur throw layered yellow blanket zebra cowhide rug black chest

Trees

I love how this deck was built around and with the trees.  No need to cut them down!

home exteriors - Craftsman Pool Ipe Pool Ipe Stair Stadium Stairs Ipe Staircase Oak Trees Ipe Deck Ipe Decking Redwood Trellis Reclaimed Redwood Redwood Vertical Grain Redwood Clear Heart Ipe Daybed Ceramic Stool Garden Stool Ceramic Pot Pillow Wood Stump Board and Batten Redwood Shake Cedar Shake Shake Siding Cedar Shingle Red Cedar Western Red Cedar Traditional Teak Furniture Modern Urban Farm House French Window Japanese Siding Ranch House Ranch Home California Ranch

Flowers & Greens

My Mantel-DYI

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.

As you can see we had a lot going on here.  To unify everything I went with neutral color paints.

First coat came out smooth and creamy in color.

I also brought the brush they suggested to use, which was basically a long bristle brush.

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.

You can see that the Tuscan texture is very light, but gives good depth to the appearance of my mantel.

We painted our other accessories a similar color, but there isn’t any texture to the finish.

We have a light marble tile that completed our entire look.

The tile on top gives our mantel a lot of natural color and texture.  I have some panels high above that have a similar texture and coloring of our mantel.

Maine, the way life should be

We’ve lived in Maine for the past eleven years and I love everything about it, but if I had to pick my most favorite thing about living here, hands down I’d pick our stunning coastline and welcoming beaches.  On any given summer day, I have 7 different beaches to choose from all being with in fifteen minutes from my house.  I have developed such a fondness for our beaches, I was inspired to create Maine compositions for my son’s room.

My boys combing a Maine beach for treasures!

Our beach finds.

I love how the wood, shells, watercolor, lobster claw and stickers work well to create a cohesive Maine collection.

When my kids found this lobster claw they felt like they found a diamond in the rough!

While antiquing I found these two Jonesort, Maine canned fish labels.  I love the way they look mounted together, so I attached them to a canvas that I painted bright yellow to add a punch of color.  Since they are in a child’s room, I added playful stickers.

I bought a nautical themed mirror from an inexpensive store, but on it’s own, it was too simple so I found this small handmade buoy created by a local Mainer!  Maine has several do it yourselfer’s so you never know what you’ll find in local shops.

Maine is also known as vacation land! Lucky Me!