Wednesday, August 31, 2011

August: Three Things Under $30

Where did August go?
While I'm still trying to wrap my brain around the disappearance of an entire summer month, getting back to the back-to-school routine and - dare I say - the retreat of the oppressive heat.... I leave you with this month's 3 under $30 finds....

I love this pillow cover from PB.
I love it so much I put it in my living room.
The porcelain blue stripes made it a lovely color pop for spring, and the rich warm golds and browns are now a perfect fall accent.
For $25 (and free shipping if you don't have a Pottery Barn near you) it's a perfect neutral-but-not-so-neutral touch.
Pottery Barn Stripe Pillow

I always forget about Save-On-Crafts as a decorating resource, and these adorable milk bottles are just one reason I really should utilize them more.
The set of 3 comes in this cute willow basket for just $8.39!

Perfect as bud vases or totally cute all on their own.

 Save-On-Crafts Milk Bottles

 I love, love LOVE these stencils from Urban Outfitters.
On the surface they look easy enough to DIY (or at least something that looks close enough), but because they're actually metal, I'm gonna go ahead and leave these up to the professionals.
I love the clean look and the simple feel.
And for just $8?  Sign me up, please. 

OK, so I know the title of this series is 3 things under $30, and this next item  is A) the 4th mentioned here and B) slightly over thirty bucks, but I don't care.  Its awesomeness defies all rules.
Eco-friendly?  Check.
Wall-mounted animal?  Check, Check.
UNICORN??? Check! Check! Check!

34 Bones worth of mythical goodness.

So awesome, right?
Because um, Cardboard Unicorn?  You had me at "Hello".


Monday, August 29, 2011

Making Make-Up: A Mom's Solution

Mr. V and I both work, so juggling getting ourselves ready for work, the dog fed, out and loved, and a certain adorable Redhead ready for a day with her friends can make our morning routine a little hectic.

To help manage time, I've started putting my makeup on in the downstairs bathroom off the kitchen, so I can multitask a little - get myself ready and still supervise the kiddo's breakfast while Mr. V. hops in the shower.

Lately, a certain rosy-cheeked face will be popping up in the mirror beside me, wanting to put on "her makeup".  I used to just give her a clean powder brush that I don't use, but lately she's been handing it back saying she wants to "put makeup on it".

I searched high and low for a play makeup kit for her, thinking she could play pretend right alongside Mom in the mornings.
Would you believe that every "makeup kit" I found marketed to toddlers has REAL makeup in it?
Um.... NO.  Have they met my child?

So, I figured if I wanted something, I had to make it myself.

As luck would have it, my mom was just coming to the end of an eye shadow compact, so she sent the empty container my way.

From there, I just gave it a good scrubbing, and then added my own fake makeup.

The secret?
Nail Polish!

It's that easy - just dig your old, probably-never-going-to-use-again nail polish bottles out of the drawer and pour them into the empty pods.

You'll want to let them sit to dry and harden - overnight is best.
You'll also notice that the nail polish will shrink a little when it dries, so I went back the next day and added a second layer to make it look full.  Same wait time.

And... there you go!

Now, The Redhead has her own "Big Girl Makeup", and I don't have to worry about a mess.  And THAT means, I still have my sanity.  For now. :)


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Friday, August 26, 2011

Artist Spotlight: Alan Klug

Ever since I posted about my free living room update, emails have trickled in about the artwork I hung in the room.  I figured it's probably easiest to post about it, and since I'm a fan of his work, I have no problem tooting the horn of the talented artist behind this piece,

This photo is one of two in his "jib" series.

I adore the lines in this smaller one - the billowing sail in the wind is a breath of fresh air.  I'm trying to find a home in this house for this one, too.

These pieces are the first works of "real" art - not some cheap reproduction - that I've ever owned.  
Their purchase was not only an investment for me, but also a representation of a first step into a new stage of my life that taught me quite a bit about myself.
I was not long out of college, had only months prior purchased my first home (a cute little townhouse that was mine, all mine) and I was in the process of making it my own.  
This was the first purchase of significance that I had made in my entire life that I hadn't consulted my father's financial advice or my mother's good taste.  I bought them because they spoke to me and seeing them displayed in my home reminds me of that sense of self-assuredness and independence that I sometimes forget I had.
I love that Art can invoke feeling and rustle up memory in me.
That's why I love this work.

Check it out for yourself.....
I'm most drawn to his work in sepia tones, but Alan's website shows a range of color and subjects.

See what I mean?
(click on the photos to be taken to Alan's site)

**Disclaimer: I have not been compensated for the content of this post.  I'm not above that... but at least for this post I wasn't.  :)  I just write about what I like, and I like this stuff.  The end.**


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sneak Peek: the Redhead's Room

Remember when I started working on The Redhead's Room... oh, about a YEAR ago?

You totally forgot, didn't you.

Well I don't blame you.  So you're forgiven.

But now we're FINALLY finishing up some of the final touches, hanging this and that and the other thing, and prepping my grown-up girl for her big girl bed! [sniff]

So until we're ready for the ol' "Ta Da!", here are some teasers to tide you over...and keep you guessing :)


Thursday, August 11, 2011

New Sponsor!

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Haven't heard of 'em? Well, let me fill you in:

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Monday, August 8, 2011

A Coat of Coastal Charm

Dude, you knew I was going to do it.

It started when I posted pictures of this console table, while I was adding summer accents to my living room.
Something was bugging me.

Love it!
But something still wasn't quiiiiite right.
So I stared at this picture.  And stared at it.
Mr. V. went out of town for a weekend and I commandeered the kitchen.
A good scrubbing, a good primer and a couple coats of paint later, and


The paint is a custom mix from Sherwin Williams, but it's awful close to SW Navajo White.
Sigh.  I'm so happy with it.
I didn't change a thing with the hardware, but I love how the new color plays up the rubbed pewter in the pulls.

For fun and good measure, I lined the drawers with fabric.
(this fabric is actually from a couple placemats I bought on deep clearance at Pier 1 a few years ago and just trimmed to fit).

For fun, let's take another look at that before and after, yeah?


Oh, YES.  :)

The great paint change-up was exactly the missing piece I was looking for - it feels like the perfect touch of coastal charm.

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Friday, August 5, 2011

My Dreamhouse

When you were a kid, did you look at houses in the neighborhood as you passed by, and pick out a favorite you'd like to live in?
I loved that game.  I did that all the time, until my dream house landed in my living room.

I had wanted a dollhouse So.Badly.  For Christmas one year (I was 6 or 7, maybe?), Santa brought me the motherload - it was this DIY Dollhouse kit (yep, I started on the do-it-yourself-kick early! :) )
For weeks my Dad and I worked to put it together. 
Well that's not entirely true - Dad built the house, I was on shingle duty.  Every.Last.One.
But it was fun.  I loved that house, loved seeing it take shape, and I loved that time downstairs in the workshop, just me and my dad.  Wood glue on our fingers, classic music from the old, beat-up radio, sometimes up past bedtime.  So fun.

 And now I get to stand where he stood, watching a daughter enjoy something you [helped] create with your own two hands.
Hearing her talk to the inhabitants... 
..laughing as she acts out our lives on this tiny stage... 
...and smiling as she furrows her brow, deciding where to carefully place every last chair.

 So that's my dream house.
3 stories, 4 bedrooms, and a lotta love.