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3.20.2012

Spring Mantel

I just wanted to share with you the spring mantel I put together at our store. I gathered a few of my favorite things... architectural pieces, fresh greenery, a mirror, vintage books, old keys, and glassware. Then I added a few handmade items in the mix.



I took a plain frame- painted and distressed it, made fabric flowers, added my initial, a bird nest and eggs then hung it with burlap ribbon for a natural looking spring wreath. 



I layered moss in a silver container, added a small bright floral arrangement, and a fern for some fresh greenery.


This charming mantel was salvaged from New Orleans. Some of my favorite characteristics about this old mantel is the detailed curved top along with the years of chipped and layered paint- in all the right places. 



Happy Spring. Thanks for stopping by!

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3.19.2012

Spring Burlap Wreath

Hello Friends! I hope you are having a good day so far.

I wanted to share with you a cute little burlap wreath I made for spring. The weather has been beautiful here in Alabama so I have been decorating and spring cleaning.


I love how this wreath turned out, originally I wanted to use natural colored burlap, but purple was all I had at the time. I knew I wanted it to be easily interchangeable because I plan on gifting this burlap beauty to a friend.

Here's how I made it.

Materials:
A straw wreath form
Approx. 1 yard of burlap
Straight pins
Extra decorative accessories of your choice 
{I used a newspaper bird, birds nest, and my DIY moss initial}

1. I started out wrapping the wreath form with 3" wide strips of burlap {I cut along the length of the burlap so the strips were long}. It took about 3 strips to get all the way around. I just pinned them in place.  

2. I cut A LOT of 4x4 square burlap pieces. It doesn't have to be perfect at all. 


3. Next, I took the squares one at a time and folded them in half.

4. And then in half again.

Then I simply used straight pins to pin them into the wreath form. I pinned two together {side by side} at a time, which sped up the tedious process of folding and pinning. Go all the way around until you're done. 


I made the moss initial from a wooden letter wrapped in sheet moss using craft glue. Just cut the sheet moss about an inch or so extra around the letter- then wrap and glue. So simple! It was made for less than $5.


Then, I just added a burlap ribbon and hung it up. Now I'm ready for spring!


Thanks for stopping by today.


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3.17.2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day


Have a happy day!
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3.15.2012

Arm Chair Update

On a recent outing we found a pair of beautiful mahogany arm chairs that just needed a little TLC. I was immediately drawn to the curves and detailed lines of the chair. When we found the chairs the overall structure was very sturdy and in mint condition. They only needed minor wood repairs, painting, distressing, and reupholstered seats. I knew these chairs would be perfect to sell at our store. 

This guy started out nice enough, but it just had a huge case of the boring blahs. 


Now it's heavily distressed, so much brighter and more of my style. 

Hmm. . . If only I had a spot for them in my house! 




I'm so pleased with this arm chair update, now I'm just waiting for a SOLD sticker. I don't think they will last very long in our store. 

Thanks for stopping by.

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3.13.2012

Wordless Wednesday: Branching Out


centsational girl


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via etsy


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west elm


 

brad ford

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3.08.2012

Buffet Makeover

We've had this secondhand buffet sitting in our living room for about two years now. I knew I wanted to eventually paint it and bring a more updated and fresh color in the room that we spend most of our time in. So, for the last two days I have been prepping and painting this buffet along with freshening up two side tables from our living room as well... and revamping a patio coffee table in the mix {a post to come later}.  



The buffet really brightens up our living room and I'm so pleased how it turned out. The beautiful details just seem to pop since I painted it.


I did have some help from my husband, tearing off the top layer of water damaged laminate, scraping and sanding it down to the natural wood top. This was the most tedious task in the whole makeover, but so worth it.


While all of that was going on, I decided to paint the two side tables and complete our patio coffee table. It's amazing what paint can do to a piece of furniture! I'm so excited because I feel like I have three NEW pieces of furniture in our living room. 


Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great weekend!

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