Tuesday, January 8, 2013

What's been up

So as the holidays were beyond hectic and time consuming I have foolishly neglected to let you in on my life as of late. I mean lots of things happening. DIY projects (ahem one), selling furniture, buying furniture. Wheeling and dealing basically. The story of a true hustler. One thing I will tell you, I finished my DIY tray inspired by one of my lovely and talented blog friends, My Crafty Home Life. Believe it or not, the before product of this tray is from Lowe's. With a little gold spray paint and some cabinet hardware, the finished product looks like the real deal. Mine is really serving a purpose acting as the container for my barista station. Can someone get me a freaking espresso machine? Santa dropped the ball on that one. 
And while we are on the subject of My Crafty Home Life, Linda watches out for me on the regular. She picked up this unfathomably cute terrier knick knack. It opens up to reveal any treasures that you might want to stow. My treasures happen to be no calorie sweetener packets. The heart wants what the heart wants. 
In other news, I sold my old couch! I did. Finally. I am obsessed with contrast piping right now and am hell bent on making it happen in my house. Insert this fabulously affordable option. Now I am still going to change some things up on this piece to make it more custom such as getting rid of the front pillows, and adding framing trim as mentioned here. I told you I would hit the ground running on those resolutions. Eat your heart out. 
Still in the seating department, I snagged these unbelievable cane barrel chairs up for an absolute steal this week. How much you ask? I thought you would never ask. $18.00 a piece. I know. I am not giving you my address. Resist the temptation. After a little paint and reupholstery, these babies are going to be knocking my socks off. Speaking of which, where did that saying ever come from? It is kind of disgusting if you think about it. I really don't want to be knocking anyone's socks off. 
The other woman. 
So I know I said I will be recovering the chairs, and this is where you come in. Of course I adore and value your opinions. I am thinking of painting the frame navy or color. I know, opposite sides of the color wheel. I like to keep it interesting. So keep that in mind.

Option 1: With navy or coral. 
Option 2: With just navy I think. Coral would be entirely too much. 
Option 3: With navy or coral. 
So what say you, you design geniuses? Also in adding seating news, I, like everyone else in blogosphere, snagged these incredible X-benches up from Target. Swear. I went on my normal Saturday Target run to pick up some contrast piping pajamas I had seen online and of course I just had to browse the end caps. It is habit. What did I see? I saw these perfectly coral and white piped x benches. $59.99. As opposed to the normal price tag of an x-bench being $300+. Do I really need these? It's debatable. I just couldn't fathom them being in someone else's home. Where will these go? TBD. Again, I really don't care where they go, I am just happy they are mine. 
In other news, my go to store for home decor, Home Goods asked me to take their Stylescope Quiz to determine my actual "style". This will come as no surprise to you, it claims that I am sassy with a touch of boho. My other blogger gal pal, Camila with Effortless Style also joins me in this category. Super exciting!
On the subject of features, iVillage recently featured my dining room for budget friendly home decor tips. You know I gussied this room up on the cheap. Check it out!
Well that is all for right now kitty cats. Hope you have a fabulous Tuesday, which I woke up to thinking it was Wednesday. Buzz kill. Love you. Mean it! XOXO

41 comments:

  1. I vote leopard, option 2. Great finds!

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  2. I have been thinking about those X benches. Unfortunately, I probably thought my way right out of ever getting finding them since I waited.
    New sofa is going to be awesome! Can't wait to see it.

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  3. Can't wait to see the new sofa. A while back I found a similar chair and I am pumped to redo for a friend of mine. I vote for leopard 2. It will look great.

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  4. I vote leopard with navy! I too am guilty if buying furniture as I see it without having any idea where it will end up! Oh well, I like it that way!!

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  5. OMG too funny!! I also vote for leopard with navy in the chair....Congrats on iVillage...and I didn't know about those X benches...do you think they are still around?? hhhmmm....probably not...but will check it out... Love your home of sweetners...Linda is amazing.You have been busy lady!

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  6. I'm in love with the three fabric choices, they are super gorgeous, and the chairs are stunning!

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  7. Love those chairs- what a steal!! I have been on the hunt for those chairs forever. I like the the first fabric best it would look fab with navy or coral.

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  8. Where do I begin sweet dear!!! The DIY tray pure genius. I vote for fabric one or two but I think number one is my favorite. Love the Target benches. What a score!! You have been a bust bee. and Yay for Ivillage- congrats!

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  9. I might be the only one but I vote for number 3. No matter which way you go, those chairs will look great!

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  10. Tough call...I love them all! I think the snow leopard or the floral will look best with navy or coral. What is the floral fabric?

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  11. That tray is fabulous. Went I went to Lowe's I couldn't believe how huge and great it is.. Love those x benches, gotta go to Target! I vote Choice #2, LOVE LOVE LOVE that fabric. Have fun you cute thing!
    xo Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  12. Snow leopard!!! Love your tray and the terrier. And holy god about the Target benches- that is just madness...SO wish that darn store would hurry up and get here!

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  13. So pleased you are taking on a reupholstery project similar to one I'm planning on doing.... maybe we should have a contest to see who gets theirs done first (I mostly say this bc I need a kick in the butt!!)

    http://mainstreetchic.blogspot.com/2012/12/orange-chair-make-over-decision-time.html

    xoxo,Emily

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  14. That tray ... amazing! Such a fun DIY project!

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  15. i think the last pattern with navy would look amazing!!

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  16. Snow leopard in navy with the coral floral pattern in a 20X20 pillow or bolster pillow. Love your blog!

    www.XoLindsay.blogspot.com

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  17. I like the snow leopard with navy frame and maybe a coral throw pillow! I also bought one of those trays from lowes. Got the last one. Gotta get some painters tape so I can paint that bad boy up!

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  18. There is so much going on here that I l.o.v.e. First, I repinned that cute little coffee station this morning. I want that couch to be mine, as well. Jealous. I love either the snow leopard or floral fabric, both with coral - I like a little POP! Clicking over now to check out your dining room feature!! Oh, and I hate Tuesday. Be Friday already!! xoxo

    PS - Apologies for writing a novel.

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  19. snow leopard with coral alllllll day.

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  20. those benches from target are awesome! i like the floral fabric with any of the colors in it for the paint!

    smiles.

    michele

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  21. Seriously love that tray diy and have been meaning to do it! That sofa is so on point.

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  22. I vote option 3 with navy. THEN put those adorable X benches nearby!

    xo
    ann e
    annelliott.blogspot.com

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  23. Snow leopard and Navy for sure!!! Girl go look at my blog, I have the EXACT same chair that I recovered in black greek key and white. I reupholstered it myself and got rid of the tufting but you should definitely get yours done and keep the gorgeous tufting! Yours is much better than mine was! xo

    Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

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  24. I vote for option 1 w/ coral for someone not afraid of color. Can't wait to see the finished product! Ashley (naturalelementsbayashley.com)

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  25. Whattttt those are from Target?? They've been killin it lately. I wish I could think of somewhere, anywhere to put those!

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  26. You are such a sweetie. I am so glad the Terrier has a happy home. You did a fantastic job on the tray. Everyone is chattering about you doing the chair? I am guessing you are not doing the upholstery yourself? Not that you couldn't. I vote for navy with snow leopard. Chat with you soon, my newly adopted Niece.

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  27. Love your tray! I just did a search at Lowe's online but couldn't find it- do you remember what it was called? Maybe my area doesn't carry it :( And that terrier is so cute!

    Alyssa @ www.ruffleandcurl.com

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    1. Darling. Go to the store. They do not sell it online. Look for the Allen and Roth display and you will find them there in a stack!

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  28. See the problem is you're just too good...you picked three perfect fabrics so how can I possibly give an opinion? I love them all!

    xx

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  29. I just came across the exact same chairs on CL -- but for $200 for the pair. Not $36. Lucky!

    Tough call on the fabric. You can't go wrong with any, but I say option 1 for the chairs with coral. Maybe a toss pillow in the floral?

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  30. you are my hero!!! $18 a piece?! OMG!! So proud of you that your dining room was featured on village. Well deserved lady.

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  31. There's one of those chairs on OKL for $765 for one today! You just got them for a million percent off!!

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  32. One more vote for snow leopard! Quick question though: do you know where to buy that third fabric? I saw pillows on etsy but haven't been able to track down the original fabric source!

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  33. beautiful!! I LOVE option 3, only because I have huge pillows in that fabulous fabric! (my fill in until I can afford Chiang Mai!) and I'm sooo about to head to Target for the x-benches. Awesome!

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