A Bedroom/Office Paradise

Bedroom Paradise Refresh

I am so excited to share this recent project which I started just before the new year. In doing so much freelance work, it became evident that I needed a designated space at home specifically to do work. So I decided to convert a portion of our bedroom into my personal home office/workspace. But in the process of doing that, I decided to take the opportunity to transform our boringly decorated, mishmash of a bedroom and give it a style refresh in the theme of a Hawaiian paradise!

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Bar Cart Before and After

We had purchased this little bar cart from one our favorite Antique Malls – King Richards in Whittier – long before bar carts were cool and being sold everywhere. So it was looking a bit sad and needed a little pick me up. Luckily, sometimes all it takes to give an old piece of furniture a lift is some gold spray paint, marble contact paper, and about an hour of your time.

bar cart before and after

I’ll admit that there was something about the rundown brass of the cart’s frame that I sort of found interesting. But beyond looking pretty dingy, we had also allowed our cart to get cluttered with too many cocktail accoutrements and glasses, and it had basically become an eyesore in our living room. Continue reading

Fireplace Restyle

Fireplace Restyling

This little project is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while, and I finally got around to it!  The concept was simply to refresh the look of our somewhat basic fireplace and mantle with a few sheets of brick wallpaper.  Here’s how it went down…

Fireplace Restyling

Fireplace Restyling

Fireplace Restyling

The paper is a simple peel and stick style that’s easy to remove and reposition; plus it doesn’t cause any damage to the walls which is  essential for us as renters.  Plus it’s textured, making it really seem like we have a brick fireplace (which I love) and at only $35 a roll, this is perhaps one of the most inexpensive restyle projects I’ve ever done.

Fireplace Restyling

Fireplace Restyling

Once again, temporary wallpaper comes in FTW! 😉

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DIY Honeycomb Shelves on a Budget

I love the look of hexagonal wooden shelves, like these from Urban Outfitters.  My problem is with the price… so I decided to make a shelf set of my own.  
Knowing that I wasn’t going to display anything too large or heavy on my honeycomb shelves, I opted to create the look with a much lighter material, specifically paper-mache gift boxes from office.com.
At only 4 bucks a pop, I bought seven boxes and had them shipped to my home.  I removed the lids and set aside for another project (still not sure what that will be, but I am sure it will be fabulous!)  I laid out the seven boxes on the floor and moved them around till I got an arrangement I liked.  Taking a bit of hot-glue, I secured the sides together and allowed to dry.  
Next, I gave the whole thing a few coats of gold spray paint, giving it an instant jolt of pretty! Because it is so light, this honeycomb shelf was super easy to mount on the wall and while it can’t hold anything too weighty, it’s perfect for displaying photos, little succulents, and cute nicknacks! 

This may be my favorite DIY project in a while.  I’m so pleased with the finished result and it was quick, easy and so inexpensive to pull together, thereby ticking off all the boxes I like in my projects!

Recovering a Couch is Easy! (Sort of.)

Perhaps easy is an overstatement, but as this is my 4th time doing it, I do feel like I’ve basically mastered the skill of unprofessionally reupholstering a couch without any skill.  Here’s the story…

I rescued our tiny little couch from my office during a cross-town office move.  It had been a completely pointless reception area couch that hardly ever got used and as we moved into a swanky new space it was deemed that all new swanky furniture was going to be brought in.  The boss asked if anyone wanted the couch and I immediately squealed out a “pick me, pick me!”  (No one else wanted this thing, so it was a done deal.)  I got the intern to load it into the bed of his truck and drive it to my place.  Easiest couch purchase ever.  
I love this couch for reasons Moondoggie can’t understand.  I love its unusual shape, its mid-century style legs, and its adorable “love seat” size.  It was the ideal size for our pokey, 1 bedroom apartment at the time, and I loved the way it fit into our living room without swallowing the whole room as any modern sofa would have done.  But I didn’t love the color, or the fabric.  Not a problem.  The broke, 26 year old version of me saw no reason that I couldn’t just recover the couch in a fabric I liked… That positive attitude was truly all it took.  I went from this to this….

 Then, after a year or so of the red, I wanted something a bit more 1970’s subdued – Avocado, natch!  I followed the same process for recovering and voila!  It was a whole new couch again. 

We kept the avocado for several years, though I did actually re-do it with the same fabric a few years ago after someone left a giant ink stain in the center of the cushion.  [The culprit was never convicted.]  But about a month ago, I had the urge to change it up again.  In our current place, we have the room to have a bigger couch (I have my eyes set on this one.)  But I wasn’t ready to give up my favorite little love-seat sofa, and the expense wasn’t really in the cards so far this year, so I decided to do one more DIY reupholstery job.  
This time, I selected a thicker fabric in a bright teal shade.  While I adore the color and texture, the fabric wasn’t as malleable as the thinner versions I used before, making this round of couch-covering was actually the hardest yet!  Lesson learned.

I switched up the throw pillows with a couple of citrus-colored round, pintuck pillows from Urban Outfitters and the final result is a truly happy looking couch that totally complements all the bold artwork in our living room.

While it may cost a bit of sweat and tears, I love that I can continue to breath new life and style into my little rescue couch and that, no matter the cover, it continues to look simply classic in my home! 

A Touch of Tiki

There is a portion of our home which I’ve informally deemed the “Tiki Section.”  It’s become my go to spot for displaying any of my tiki-style decor and details, as well as our drinks cart (seemed fitting.)   While I’ve never really liked the uber-cheesy tiki bar look, I am slowly building a collection of 1950s/60s Hawaiian souvenirs, and I like the kitchy, island holiday feel they lend to our living room.

Who knows, maybe the “Tiki Section” will morph into a whole Tiki Room in years to come!  (Where the birds sing words and the flowers croon…) In the meantime, here’s a touch more tiki inspiration for your Tuesday…

Sparse tiki action above.  That’s my jam. 
Love this geometric pineapple!