Friday, April 15, 2011

Madison's Allsaints Bedroom

Madison's Room

My 17 year old sister-in-law Madison, whom I love and adore, gets to re-do her bedroom and asked me to help her create a space inspired by her favorite clothing store, Allsaints.

This place has simple yet totally complicated, asymmetrical clothing in neutral colors... and Madison totally rocks it! The stores are unique and kind of vintage, they definitely have a distinct vibe. Madi wanted something old and antique but with a little bling and a fresh twist. We took Allsaints as a starting point but lightened it up and added a little color. So here we have it folks!

A few details of what we have in mind:

The wall color will be a medium charcoal w/ white trim.

We are going to use mostly all of her existing furniture, except for the new upholstered headboard in linen (or a similar look) with nail head trim. This will be a little DIY:)

Allsaints has a bunch of antique sewing machines in their store, so we will purchase some pics from etsy and frame them in gold.

One of their logos includes a ram head, which inspired an animal head above the bed. Madi ended up loving the gray deer print so to keep things consistent we'll go with a deer above the bed. Doesn't my Madison have good taste?!

Can't wait to get started and show you the results!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

$9 Capiz Shell Chandelier

Susan from Freshly Picked, and her friends, made these AMAZING capiz shell knock-off chandeliers for just 9 bones!! An old lamp shade, wax paper and a sewing machine. I'm thinkin' you get the girlfriends together and sew your little hearts out!!

Amy Furstenau (p.s. her home is dang cute!)

All I have to say about that chandelier is LOVE, like A LOT!!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

7 Things

Cute Kat over at Maple Leaves and Sycamore Trees gave me the Stylish Blogger Award last week. Thanks so much for thinking of wee little me:)

So I need to tell you 7 things about myself...hmm...I'll try not to bore you...too much.

1. I have a degree in Apparel and Textiles from Utah State University. Its a fashion merchandising degree and back in the day I kind of knew what I was doing in that field. 9 years and 3 kids later, I haven't kept up with the ever changing fashion industry too much. Good thing I've got some really stylish friends to alert me of new trends:)

2. My dream job when I graduated college was to be a buyer for Nordstrom, where I had the opportunity to intern and work while in school, or to be a personal shopper. I ended up getting married the fall after I graduated and staying in our valley where I taught fashion merchandising to juniors and seniors in high school. I still love teaching!

I'm doing my dream job at this stage of my life by being a mom to my three boys. Its definitely been the most trying job I've ever had, and I struggle everyday to find a good balance, but its the best I've ever had too.

3. I love anything sweet, like love it A LOT! I have a problem. My weaknesses are cookies, cherry twizzler bites, ice cream and anything chocolate. I have a cup of hot chocolate almost every night after we put kids to bed. There's something relaxing about it to me.

4. My husband and I have moved 9 times in the 8 years we've been married (and those moves were all in the first 6 years of our marriage). Yeah, sucky! It sure does make us appreciate where we are now though, we are living in the 4th house we've owned and plan to be here FOR- EV-ER! My blog Cove Street is named after the street we live on. That's just what my neighborhood is, a little cove of about 25 lots. As cheese ball as it sounds, there's no where in the world I'd rather be than right where we are. I love our community, being close to family and friends and how beautiful it is in Cache Valley (except for this blasted snow that keeps falling, seriously so done!)

5. I'm not a good cook. I came to this realization a couple of weeks ago when I completed another failed attempt at a new recipe.

6. I am the youngest of 3 kids, I have two older brothers. Growing up I always wanted a sister, but now that I'm older my mom is one of my best friends. I'm kind of a "mom and dad's girl" (not in a clingy, pathetic way), we see them at least twice a week and I love spending time with them.

Me and my brothers, not the best picture of Chris...he usually doesn't look like this:)

7. Lastly, my dream vacation would consist of scouring flea markets and fabric stores. Anyone game?

Don't ya hate in when people just talk about themselves? Me too, sorry! Thanks for reading friends!

I am passing the Stylish Blogger Award on to Joi from Nuestra Vida Dulce. This girl is my thrifting hero! Check out her house, I want to live in her living room. And she is just as sweet as she is stylish!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Living Room Love

I'm on a mini spring break with my mom and boys, but I wanted to share a couple of living rooms that I wouldn't mind calling my own.

The various shades of blue with a hint of yellow and orange in the background, as well as the modern shaped chair, make this room feel pulled together and a hair funky.

Coastal Living via My Home Ideas

This may be a Christmas scene but I love everything about it!

My Home Ideas

Beautiful, fresh, sophisticated and comfy.


Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Textiles Thursday

I'm over at Danielle Oakey Interiors today talking about some of my favorite textiles in my home. This is such a fun series that she does every Thursday, be sure to check it out!

Entry Re-Vamp: Before and After

So after I got my new rug I decided that my entry way needed a little re-vamp.

Disclaimer: (The sconces look odd in this picture, they really do look a lot better with the space when looked at straight on...hmm... or maybe they just don't)

I lacquered the chest of drawers black, it was black before but was dull and had sanded edges.

My inspiration was this stack of old books from the thrift store, I love the color combo together and thought it would be fresh and different for me. These colors are a little (or a lot) out of my decorating comfort zone:)

I framed a piece of my favorite fabric from Calico Corners, I love the interest it gives the space.

Fresh flowers for a bit of luxury:) in my $3 Ross bowl. And a photograph of Will's baby feet that my mom took.

I also stole a mirror from my bedroom and a bird I previously had on the table to complete the look.

My boys and their friends need a place to sit while they put their shoes on and this little ottoman is the perfect spot. I painted it a Rustoleum high gloss blue, had Trevor cut a wood circle and then covered it with two layers of batting and Premier Prints black and white "chipper". Its kind of fun and definitely a statement piece. (I'm thinking I might add a couple of gold frames stacked on the wall above the ottoman)

Here is the entry way before:
A change is good every now and then:)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Two Great Resources

First off, thanks so much for your kind comments on my bench makeover. They sure put big old smiles on my face:)

I love having new websites to browse for great, affordable items for my home! Kirsten posted an awesome lamp link to Kirklands, and while I was checking out this gorgeous lamp I got sucked into the prices and cuteness of some of their items. Have I been living under a rock, or have you guys heard of this store?

$24.99 (my kind of price!)

$169.99 LOVE!

$59.98 How great is this little side table?!


I'm always in search of an inspiring pillow, something unique that calls my name, but doesn't break the bank. How does $12-$40 a pillow sound? Yes, please! Pearl's Quality Fabric Cushions on e-bay is all of those things. (I can't remember whose blog I found this link on, sorry)

$21.63 Would make a fresh spring addition!

$24.03 This is vintage goodness!

$16.82, love!

Its refreshing to see a few unique pieces!

I hope you all had a fun weekend! Wish me luck as my boys are all home for 9 days on spring break, I better start getting creative with some Easter activities.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Bench Makeover

This week I took my $5 DI bench (or ottoman, whatever it is) to a new level.

Amazing the difference a little spray paint and fabric can make!

Here is the before...ouch!

Have a fabulous weekend! I can't wait to enjoy some much needed warm weather:)