Archive for June, 2011

Guest Post: DIY Rustic Wood Coffee Table

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Wow, so excited to be browsing 170+ links from the Favorite Destinations Party that began yesterday, with bloggers showing off their amazing getaways.  I thought my “Need to Travel Here” list was long, now it’s so much longer.  You’ve simply got to visit some of these links, filled with inspiring stories of places as exotic as Fiji and Greece, to fun adventures found in our Fifty States.  There’s still time to link up a favorite travel destination of yours as well.   

Today I have a very special guest, Kristi of Addicted to Decorating.  I spied Kristi’s amazing rustic coffee table a few weeks ago on her blog, and asked her to share her step by step with all of you while I’m away.  Enjoy this project, it’s fantastic!  

“Hello, all of you Centsational people!  I’m just thrilled to be here today while Kate is still off on vacation!  Allow me to introduce myself:  I’m Kristi, and by day, I’m a self employed interior decorator here in the big bustling metropolis of Waco, Texas. 

But in the evenings and on the weekends, I’m a D.I.Y. fanatic and a slightly obsessed blogger.  My own little virtual home is called Addicted 2 Decorating.

Hands-on D.I.Y. projects are what I love the most.  In my free time, I’ve been slowly but surely putting my touch on my own little home, an 834-square-foot condo that I share with my husband, Matt, and our three furry kiddos.

Several months ago, my day job as an interior decorator and my evening/weekend passion for all things D.I.Y. began to merge when I met a very brave couple who agreed to let me use several rooms in their newly-purchased home as my D.I.Y. playground.  So far, I’ve finished their master bedroom and master bathroom

These rooms have been harder work than any other client work I’ve ever done (where I generally hire the work out to painters, tile installers, window treatment fabricators, etc.), but I’ve had an absolute ball doing the work myself, getting my hands dirty, and seeing just how little money I can spend while making huge changes to the rooms. 

I’m currently finishing up the last two rooms that I’ll be tackling in their home:  the kitchen and family room.  And just like the other two rooms, I’m looking for any way to decorate these rooms on the cheap, which of course means DIY projects!  Here’s how they started out…

For the family room, I had originally intended to make a diamond-tufted upholstered ottoman by altering my diamond-tufted upholstered headboard plans just a bit.  At least, that was the original plan, right up until the day I pulled up at their house, and saw that they were having their fence replaced. 

OH.MY.GOODNESS! 

There were piles of beautiful old cedar, weathered to perfection with the most gorgeous grayed patina.  It pained me to see that amazing wood headed for the landfill, so I snagged about 15 boards and put them aside.

 

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Favorite Destinations + Link Party

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Greetings all, happy Monday!  How’s your summer so far?  Hope it’s going well!   I’m headed home this week, but so happy to be talking about favorite destinations today.  Nothing inspires me more than travel to faraway places.   Given the cost, travel is a luxury these days.  Nevertheless, I think it’s important to venture beyond our own backyard, and to live life as others do in this world, if only for a short time. 

There are always a few places that leave a lasting impression, so much so that they last your entire life.  Those places that leave you with not just a visual picture but an actual feeling when you conjure up images of days and nights spent there.  While some of our favorite and most relaxing adventures have taken place in our own home state, many of our favorite travels have taken place far away.  Here are my my top five favorites so far, however we have plans to travel to even more exotic places later in life!   

#5  Salzburg, Austria

I spent several weeks living and studying here many years ago.  My fellow students and I would spend afternoons in the markets and biergartens, and then weekends in Munich, Vienna. and Switzerland.  It was bliss.  The cobblestone streets, shops, Mirabel Castle, and the Salzach river stay with me to this day.  

#4  Barcelona, Spain

I celebrated my first anniversary here, and I’ll never forget the sounds and flavors of this city.   There is no shortage of things to see from La Rambla and Old Town, to the Picasso Museum and La Sagrada Familia.  Want to be inspired?  Be sure to visit Barcelona in your lifetime.  

 

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Our Patio Cabana

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Hey all, happy Friday, and welcome to anyone who caught my appearance on the Nate Berkus Show yesterday!   I”m still on vacation, but promised a peek at our new patio.  I’ve been working on the design for this space over the past few weeks, and I’m proud to announce this patio is one we now call our outdoor oasis!   How about a quick tour?

You may recall how our patio looked a month ago, pretty lousy and void of any appeal, except for the nice view of our vines.  We started this transformation by installing a new stone circular patio which leads to this concrete patio.  We then turned our attention to this 13′ x 16′ long space  to create a place to relax and entertain.   It required an open plan with two entrances, and we didn’t want to obstruct the view from the kitchen window.

The design plan was to create an outdoor “room” protected from the sun with the feeling of an enclosed space, but still one that feels open and breezy.   We shopped four retailers courtesy of the American Express Membership Rewards program:  Home Depot, West Elm, Crate + Barrel, and Pottery Barn.   I also threw in a few of my own finds so the space didn’t look completely ‘out of a catalog’.

Here is the patio last month:

And today: 

 

Come take a closer peek of the inside!

I ordered some new deep seat cushions online from Home Depot, and I’m digging the fact that they’re the same color as our house, an unexpected bonus when they arrived on our doorstep.  Jute trim pillow covers from Pottery Barn. 

 

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Instead of the mosquito netting that comes with this 12′ x 12′ cabana from Home Depot,  I hung off-white curtains instead.  The “curtains” are cotton/linen flat sheets I found on clearance for $5 at a local outlet hemmed to the height of the cabana and hung with simple rings.  Both the curtains and the cover come down in autumn when it rains, then I imagine the metal structure will look fantastic all lit up with a ton of twinkle lights.

The side tables are halves of wine barrels simply turned upside down.  I found them at a local hardware store for $20, they make the perfect rustic end table and also fit the style of our yard.  Lantern from Pottery Barn, square planter from Crate + Barrel.

 

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