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Painted Upholstered Chair

Today I wanted to share with you a french chair makeover that I worked on this past week. I originally planned on reupholstering this chair but then decided to give painted upholstery a try instead. I'm so glad I did because I didn't have much invested in this thrifty chair. 

It makes a great addition in our foyer. 

So here's how it looked when I bought it.

Not awful but pink definitely doesn't coordinate with our decor.

Wow, what a difference!  I'm very pleased how it turned out.

Here's a close up shot.

To paint this chair I used two 8 oz cans of chalk paint and two 8 oz bottles of fabric medium mixed together. The chair fabric was super easy to paint. I ended up doing 2 coats with several extra strokes here and there for more coverage. The paint went on and covered really well. The fabric ended up feeling a little like leather once finished.

What do you think? Would you ever paint upholstery?

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Spring Dining Room

I just wanted to share with you a little spring decor that I added in our dining room this past week. I found the large birds nests at World Market last year and just knew they would be a perfect addition to my spring decor. 

We've updated several things in our dining room lately, including our china cabinet makeover, an ironstone plate collection on two walls, and a relocated cabinet across from the buffet.

In case you missed the makeover post from last week you can click here to see what the china cabinet looked like before I painted it. It really is a huge before and after transformation! 

For a springtime feel, I simply added green moss to the nests and the table centerpiece, added succulents and birds nests with speckled eggs in the china cabinet, dried hydrangeas, and classic white plates.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Sharing at French Country Cottage, The Shabby Nest, My Romantic Home, DIY Showoff, Finding Silver Pennies, A Stroll Thru Life, Stone Gable, Savvy Southern Style, Knick of Time, DIY by Design, Miss Mustard Seed, and Craftberry Bush.

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China Cabinet Makeover

Hey there. It has been awhile since I blogged last. A certain sweet little girl is keeping me busy these days! This past week I started working on several projects that I'll be sharing in the coming weeks. 

First I'd like to share this china cabinet that I updated in our dining room. We've had this vintage piece of furniture since we got married over seven years ago. I always knew someday I'd love to freshen the dark wood with some light colored paint.

I absolutely love the way it turned out and how well it fits in our dining room with the other painted furniture. The cabinet fits perfect on this wall since it's narrow, while still allowing plenty of walking room from the kitchen.

The details are stunning and really stand out now since I updated it.

Later this week I'll be sharing more of our spring dining room.

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Welcoming Eleanor!

Our baby girl Eleanor arrived on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 4:28 pm. She weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, 19 1/4" long and oh so perfect. She has a head full of dark brown hair and big blue eyes. She is such a good baby and we are overjoyed with love for this little bundle. 

This past week Eleanor had her first photo shoot taken by Fair Photography. She mainly specializes in newborn photography and did an amazing job capturing Eleanor's many facial expressions and her big blue eyes in several of the photos. I can't wait to see all of the photos she took! We will cherish them forever. 

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Baby Girl's Nursery

Our baby girl's nursery has been a work in progress since we found out the baby's gender at 18 weeks. It's been so much fun decorating for our little girl. I wanted to keep the room sophisticated and mainly neutral with bits of pink accessories for an easy transition as she grows older. 

We already had the distressed gray bookcases and the antique dresser so we knew a dark crib would coordinate well with the two. The muted oushak rug layered on the large jute area rug really brings the whole color scheme of the room together. The light linen glider and drapery help soften the space.

We decided to wait until she's born to reveal her name for an added surprise. It's been a lot of fun for everyone trying to guess her name. 

 I was excited to incorporate a vintage brass floor lamp that was passed down from my grandmother in this seating area. We've had the side table for several years and just updated it with a little paint.

I infused salvaged architectural finds in her nursery with the pink and green shutter and the 1800's distressed, mirrored closet doors. I love the extra character they add to the room. We sealed all the old paint for added safety. 

I found this antique dresser at an auction last year and it couldn't fit more perfect on this wall. It functions as a changing table now and will later easily transition for a big girl room.

I framed a few of my favorite maternity pictures for her bookcases which will eventually be filled with books and toys.

The bedding is kept simple in all white linen from Restoration Hardware with pink and white buffalo check pillows from Ikea.

I can't wait to see our baby girl wear this beautiful handmade, smocked pink dress from a dear friend. Her closet is getting full pretty fast, it's just so much fun buying for little girls!

My due date is less than three weeks away! It's all starting to get real at this point in my pregnancy with preparing, nesting, and now just patiently waiting to meet our sweet E.

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Top Projects of 2014

As 2014 comes to a close I'm taking a look back at the year and sharing my top blog posts. 

This has been an eventful year in so many ways. Jacob and I started adding to our family and are expecting our first child in January and we decided to close our antique store after four wonderful years of business- to spend more time as a family. 

Both of these events have kept us busy and will change our lives forever. I'm looking forward to being a stay-at-home-mom and this new chapter in our lives while continuing my decorating business and furniture projects too!

So, here are my top projects of 2014.

Thank you so much for following along and reading my blog! I want to wish you and your family a Happy New Year!

Here are my top projects from 2013. 

I'm sharing this at Southern Hospitality and SAS Interiors.

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2014 Christmas Home Tour

Link party holiday house walk tag

Welcome to our Christmas Home Tour! This is our second year in our new house for Christmas. We are slowly making our house a home, one decorating project at a time.

As you enter our front doors a two-story foyer greets you, along with a gold tree and garland draped on the staircase. (I wrote individual posts about each space on this tour so click on the links for more images.)

This year I changed the garland on our staircase railing for a more natural draped look. I started out with plain green garland, then added lights and sprigs of faux pine all throughout the garland for a more natural look. For the finishing touches I added real magnolia leaves and a gold bow.

At night the glow from the foyer tree and garland lights are so beautiful looking in from the outside. 

The living room is straight ahead from the foyer. It's a cozy room that we spend a lot of time relaxing as a family. This is the space we gather for TV and movie watching. On cold nights it's nice to light a fire and stay warm while drinking hot cocoa. 

A natural themed tree is decorated with grapevine branches, twigs, pine cones, burlap ribbon, and birds. 

The mantel is adorned with pine garland, magnolia leaves, driftwood, and our burlap stockings. I'm excited to add a third stocking this year for our baby girl that's due in January!

This is the view from the opposite side of the living room looking into the kitchen.

The  kitchen and dining nook area are open to the living room.

On the hood vent you can see a natural boxwood wreath that's used throughout the year with a large metal ornament added.

The kitchen dining area is kept understated with a sheet music table runner, my Christmas china, vintage glassware, and an ironstone dish and boxwood ball as the centerpiece.

The dining room is right off the kitchen. It's sprinkled with bits of green, red, and plaid for Christmas. I've enjoyed adding a little color to our overall neutral house just for the season. 

Here's a closer look at the concrete statue that I recently found at an estate sale. It takes the spotlight on the buffet surrounded by greenery, pine cones, and red berries. 

I love the versatility of our large wooden dough bowl on the dining room table, it's perfect for decorating as each season changes. 

Lastly, lets head to the simply decorated master bedroom with a natural wreath that I made to hang on our antique mirrored doors.

Thank you so much for visiting our Christmas Home Tour. 

Merry Christmas!
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