Farmhouse Glam

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I think I freaked some people out with my last decorating post.  Especially my husband and my Mom.  I hope you lovely readers aren’t too put off by the direction my tastes are moving, and that you continue to see something here in my posts, whether  it be quilting or decorating, that  interests you.  And if not we can still be friends!  Just think of it as if your friend got a really bad haircut: you still stay friends, say nice things, and wait for it to grow out! LOL

I can only explain it as I’ve had the some of the same furniture and decor for 12 years or more, and quite frankly I just get sick of looking at it after all that time.  I explained it to my husband as: you wouldn’t want the same stuff in the year 2000 as you would in 1988 right?  I think he is mostly concerned about me spending a ton of cash on new things.

Change doesn’t have to mean buying all new things, sometimes you can just add a little paint!

I got a change bug this week and incorporated some of the design elements I was talking about last time in this little nook under the stairs.

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I cut a template out of  cereal box cardboard and traced it on the wall with chalk. I used chalk paint to trace the lines.

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Then I *GASP* painted the sideboard with the same chalk paint. I still need to wax and distress it.  It’s looking a little starkly white at the moment.  Added a pretty mirror and some new lamps.

Viola! Something new to look at!

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I can add the quilt shelf back when I get sick of looking at it like this, but for now it’s feeling fresh, uncluttered,  and spring like

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Enjoy the weekend!

Melissa

Linking here.

Back In Time Decorating

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I haven’t had a decorating post in awhile. That is probably because I’m going through a little bit of a change of mood.

Given our affinity for making over mid century campers and my love for vintage everything, it was only a matter of time before some of that spilled over into my decorating tastes for the homestead. And heck, because of our lack of kitchen remodel funds,  my kitchen is basically straight out of 1940. Maybe it’s rubbed off on me?

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I’m really crushing on a mix of Hollywood Regency and Mid-Century Modern/Art Deco right now.  The hey day of Hollywood glam in the 40’s, and the clean lines/ artisty of mid century furniture is calling my name.  I could literally spend hours pouring over pictures and designer’s blogs staring at this gorgeous style.

Then I walk back into reality and see my farmhouse styled rooms and think hmmm, I really need some bling-bling up in here! LOL

Some elements of the style I love have slowly crept into my rooms without me even knowing it.  Star burst mirror, vintage gold bar cart, mod-ish looking love seat.  So I don’t have to throw out the baby with the bathwater as they say, but I’m definitely going to be slowly making some other changes around here.

I can practically see my Mom’s eyes rolling with some of the stuff I’m crushing on, because of when she was born, she is Mid Century! LOL  She’s been there/ done that and frankly doesn’t want to return. I know there are many who feel that way, but I think Hollywood Regency can be done in a really toned down, beautiful way.  It can be incorporated without being too theme-y.

First let’s explore some of my favorite elements of Hollywood Regency and then we’ll look at some rooms that I think use these elements perfectly without being garish.

 1. Reflective Surfaces like lacquered pieces and mirrored pieces.

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 My Dad recently broke his foot, but when he’s healed up I have plans to make a new tv stand with these principles. I’m coming to your workshop Dad!! =)

2.  The amazing, awe inspiring, drool worthy stunning lighting!

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This is something I haven’t figured out how to diy or save money on. If you want this all important “jewelry” for your room, your going to have to spend some cash.  I’m saving up!

 3.Glass Coffee Tables

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4. Tufted or Clean line Furniture.

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chairsIf you are really fast, you can check thrift, antique, and flea markets for these pieces and reupholster them.

I found this on Craigslist for a hundred bucks which is an amazing deal. I know it would look beautiful after I reupholstered it, but so far I haven’t talked the hubs into letting me drag it home.

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5. Bold pattern accent walls.

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6. Fabulous Accessories!

Bamboo, chinoiserie, and Greek key are some of the staples of the style.

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I find this style fascinating and if you do too I encourage you to do some internet searches for designers who started it like Dorthy Draper, William Haines, Elsie de Wolfe and current designers Kelly Wearstler, and Jonathan Adler.

Later gators!

melissa

Sewing Room Makeover

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Let’s talk about how wonderful sewing/craft rooms are for a minute. Is there a more important room in the house? I think not! I mean sure I like to eat, so kitchens are good, but I like to sew more!!  In my house it is the one room that no one else goes, so that means it’s ALL MINE. Can I get a WOO HOO!   If ever I need an escape, I just go in, close the door, then peace and tranquility is mine all mine.

We spend so very much time in our sewing/craft rooms, so why not make them as personal, and as best as they can be.  If that means painting the walls hot pink, or displaying your kitschy collection of Florida souvenir shell art I say Go For It Girl! You don’t have to be a grown up in this room, it’s alllll yours.

Now if all that is sounding a bit selfish, to that I say:

1.  there are way too many sharp objects in a sewing room for kids and the clumsy to be let in.

2. you do so much for everyone, treat yo self!

To make my sewing room the best it could be I took stock of the things that were bothering me.

listOkay these issues are very fixable without having to bust the budget. Paint is a cheap fix, employing my husband and kid to take out the bed was free, I had an old t.v. cabinet my dad built me in the basement for storage, and I shopped around for fabric and a light fixture with more wattage than the one 60 watt bulb that was in there.

I only realized now that I was a bad blogger and didn’t take real before photos. I snapped some iphone shots mid-painting. Everything looks really more of a mess than it normally would be,  but these horrid pictures will give you an idea of the before.

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There was a twin bed in the room that we thought we would need for guests, but in the 2 years we’ve lived here it’s only been used about 3 times.  This room shares a closet with our bed room (it passes through the end of the hallway) and it was so hard to get into that my scrap baskets kept dumping over and everything was a mess in there. So taking out the bed to make room for a storage piece was essential, and moving the cutting table station away from the wall allowed me even more storage in the opening in back. There are rolling drawers under the top of the cutting table.

I drew out a little layout that I thought would give me more space for laying quilts out on the floor.

Sewing Room layoutIt’s not a big room, but I think I have maximized the space was well as I know how.

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The new cutting area with storage under and access from the window wall side:

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Sewing table remained in the same area due to the electrical.

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My little bitty desk.

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With my prized Florida shell art.  It’s so pretty and sparkly in real life, it’s hard to capture in a picture.

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The t.v. cabinet turned scraps and what-not’s storage.

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The hutch with a fresh coat of paint. It holds my ironing supplies because I usually have the ironing board right in front of it nice and close to where I sew.

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 I built this little faux fur covered window bench with a piece of wood, some retro looking wooden legs painted with Martha Stewart metallic paint, some foam, and faux fur. It’s waiting for a cute pillow to be made for it.

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The cute new light fixture that gives off twice the light as before! 150 watts baby!!! hahaha

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Would I still like to rip that wood paneling off, calk the trim around the top, fix the cracking ceiling? Sure, but those weren’t on the list! LOL

It’s still looks much better.

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I hope my little sewing room redo has inspired someone out there to do a little refresh of your own space!

Later gators,

Melissa

 Linking here!

A Modern Take on Cafe Curtains

Project Sewing Room Redo is moving right along.  Even my iphone got a cute sewing themed makeover a little bit ago!

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I have finished the new curtains, put a fresh coat of paint on the storage furniture, made a new ironing board cover (finally!! OMGOSH when I took the old one off it literally stood up by itself from all the starch and grime.)   I am waiting on my fuchsia chandelier to arrive before doing some after photos. It’s looking much lighter and brighter!

The previous owner had sewn simple blinds from cream linen and hung them like a cafe curtain. That is what I’ve lived with in the space. And here you also get a glimpse of the horrifying green  and nasty beige paint!

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Since it is a sewing room AND on the second floor, there really is no need for full blinds or curtains.  I actually love the extra light that comes from having the top portion of the window uncovered.

I wanted to stick with a cafe type curtain, but didn’t want anything ruffly.   Something a little more that just a chunk of fabric hanging there like before was needed though.

I decided to make just one box pleat in the middle and let the print of the fabric be the “design.” They are lined with white cotton on the back.

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I think they turned out looking pretty cool and modern!

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I had just enough left over to make two skinny panels for the other window to bring some pattern to that wall.

Kitschy Sewing Room Craft

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In between coats of paint drying on my re-purposed storage furniture for the sewing room, I’ve been putting the shelves back up, and putting things back ON the shelves.

I stumbled across this kitschy little project and thought I’d share.

It’s probably the easiest craft EVER.

The deer head was my Christmas ornament this year, but it was so cute I couldn’t pack it away, so I threw it in my sewing room instead. When I came across it today I thought HEY! I should hang this up.

You could use an ornament, an old toy, a pez dispenser, anything fun that you like.  Mount it in a frame for some funky wall art for your sewing room.

I hate it when people say this, but I really DID have all the stuff to make it laying around. If you are a sewer/crafter I bet you do too.

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I cut a piece of scrapbook paper, glued it to the cardboard back of my little pink  dollar bin frame from the craft store.  I used E600 to glue the deer head in the middle.

Wha-lah! Instant kitch:

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Incidentally, while I was looking up how to spell kitsch, I read the definition.  Apparently kitsch is considered something in poor taste but appreciated in an ironic way.  Huh, and all this time I was appreciating kitsch completely non-ironically.

Beating the winter blahs

It’s tough to get motivated in January when the funds are low from Christmas expenses, and it too dang cold to go outside.

 I’ve wallowed around as much as I can without going full blow cabin fever crazy. So a few days ago while I was in my sewing room trying to straighten it up, I decided it was time for a makeover. A project is just what I need to beat the winter blahs!!

Paint is not too expensive, right? It’s especially not too expensive if it saves me from going crazy!! LOL At least that is what I told The BG.

After we bought our house, and before we even moved in, we HAD to paint the sewing room. It was the first thing we did.  The room was old wood paneling, not a pretty kind, the ugly 70’s kind. And the window wall was that horrible 80’s forest green.  We were broke (of course) so I just used some paint that was already on hand.  It’s a really ugly cream color that looks like it used to be white but someone smoked cigars around it for 100 years.  We ran out before we got to the window wall, so that has remained the ugly forest green.

But that is all changing as we speak.

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I painted all day yesterday and will finish up today.  I brought a storage piece up from the basement for a makeover. I will rearrange the furniture, make new curtains, and solve my closet, and lighting problem

Please come back for some before and after photos… after the  new light and curtain fabric get here.  Those two things are going into the budget next paycheck (don’t tell The BG!!!)

p.s Just kidding The BG knows all.

p.p.s. The BG is happy to make me happy.

p.p.p.s I love him.

My dream light

I’ve fallen in love…with a light fixture.

It all started out innocently enough. I was searching cyber land for a new light fixture for the kitchen.  Currently there is a circa 1979 ceiling fan in there that would make a grown man cry from the shear pain its ugliness casts upon the eyes.

Then I saw it. Love at first sight.  Even though it would not go in my kitchen, it sure would look beautiful in my piano room, or maybe my dining room?

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Here’s the picture that made me fall in love:

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Only problem is that the lowest price I have found it for is $722.00.

Eh…yeah. I guess I’ll keep dreaming!

Later gators,

Melissa