If you read this post or this post, you know I’m on a mission to get our sweet little rental house spiffed up for summer, and for my own sanity. I’ve had 99 unfinished projects just hangin’ out since I moved in last June. So, last night’s weeknights consisted of a lot of painting, sewing, rearranging and tweaking. You’ll see these pics and think I spray painted my entire house in gold and decorated in lilac, but they’re just accents. The walls are all pale, airy colors with a neutral upholstery. Here she blows, en photos:
Wall Color: Sherwin Williams Opaline
Floral Pillow: Schumacher Pyne Hollyhock Print in Tobacco ($92 a yard? Yeah right! I just used the $5 swatch I ordered and made an 18×18 pillow.)
Otomi Fabric: This was a table runner I got in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Cut it in two, backed in linen, made into 2 oblong pillows.
Charcoal & White Shams: Calico Corners Cross Section Charcoal – $17.99/yard
Bench: I reupholstered this guy I’ve had for awhile (reupholstered = staple-gunned). Gold spray paint. Lilac Fabric from eBay. Duvet from Goodwill, $2.
Bedskirt: eBay burlappy-linen I’ve had for years that I just tucked between the box spring and mattress and hand pleated it. Idea via Rachel Halvorson.
COFFEE TABLE UPGRADE
I snagged this sweet gold tray at the Eclectiques Antique Mall for $25 bones in my ‘hood. She’s PERFECT with peonies in a Ball Jar and plenty o’literature. PS, look who just haaaad to be in the shot. What up, Gus?!
DINING CHAIRS, RE-DID
Antique Louis XVI Dining Chairs: purchased YEARS ago in Charleston. Gold spray paint. Cestlaviv Lattice in Raspberry Linen, $27/yard. I cheated and didn’t *fully* reupholster these guys; I just upholstery-pinned them in, since I think I was still pinning them as weekend guests were rolling into the driveway. #whoops
DINING ROOM PILLOWS SEWN… FINALLY.
(Is it sewed or sewn? …ah whatever.)
Pillow Fabric: Lee Jofa/Threads, via Shannon Darby at Designer’s Attic. I made (2) 18×18 pillows out of 1 yard for $50. Wanted to use it EVERYWHERE.
Rug: Rugs USA Windsor Overdyed in Violet. 50% off right now, and also awesome in Turquoise.
Settee: World Market Hayden Linen Banquette. Got it on super sale a few months back.
Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Hushed Hue. It’s a good, pale greige neutral with the faintest, palest hint of green.
OUR FIRST BIT OF PRESS, FINALLY FRAMED. IT’S ONLY BEEN 3 YEARS.
I will never forget the day in 2010 when I got the most gracious email from House Beautiful Editor-in-Chief (and now Hearst Design Group’s Editor-in-Chief) Newell Turner. I don’t think I let out a little pee, I think I let out the whole tank of pee when I saw it in my inbox. He proceeded to say that he’d just spent 45 minutes perusing Covet Living, and thought it was “fresh, fun, and original.” Then I proceeded to ask him to keep us in mind if they had any upcoming features we could contribute to. And so they did (!) That entertaining spread is MONEY – 101 genius ideas from Celebrity Party Planners like Colin Cowie, Celebrity Designers like Kelly Wearstler & Miles Redd, and then Blogger Muggles, like us perched at Tip #59. I still keep a copy of it in my kitchen cabinet. READ ‘EM ALL HERE.
A sweet little addition to the entry table, with the happiest photo ever taken from a wedding last year. Notice our tongues are out in unison. What a coupla nerds!
Frame: Preppy Patterns Jodie Picture Frame from Joss & Main
Lamps: Vintage Gerald Thurston for Lightolier
Curtains: I made these out of this fabric I saw on Young House Love. I called the store and scored the rest of the bolt for $9.99/yard.
It’s gettin’ there! Hope you guys have a great rest of the week – Happy Hump Day!