Before & After

The Happy Staircase

Monday, September 29th, 2014

I have a friend named Kara with a beautiful family. Several months ago Kara had a very dingy carpeted staircase so she decided to rip that carpet off the stairs because she felt it was better to live with unfinished particle board risers and treads than to stare at that dirty carpet for one more day. I know just how she felt, I’ve been there too.

stairs before

Instead of replacing the treads with stained wood, Kara decided to tackle this staircase in a more colorful and economical way. She took a ‘work with what ya got’ approach and painted the risers white and the treads a pretty shade of blue/green (Glidden’s ‘Seaside Village’) and filled the gaps where the carpet once wrapped around with a very clever idea (details below).

painted blue and white staircase

The paint medley is lovely don’t you agree? Kara decided to make her staircase softer underfoot and give it more personality by adding striped Dash & Albert runners. I do declare this is the happiest staircase ever!

striped runner on painted staircase

I documented the process along the way, here’s the step by step on how Kara transformed her staircase from blah to beautiful.

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Coral + Aqua Guest Room

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Welcome back from the last weekend of summer! I’m always sad when summer ends, it represents the best of times and while I enjoy fall and the holidays and eagerly await spring, summer reigns supreme as my favorite season of all.

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I accepted a design challenge to create a space in partnership with Del Mar fans. They sent me a gorgeous fan and the long weekend spent in Las Vegas gave me that extra day to put the finishing touches on the room.

This is the guest bedroom for the house we bought earlier this year. With the decorating I did my usual thing, combining second hand or vintage finds with stuff from flash sale sites or discount retail stores, much of it on sale or clearance. It’s a small space, only 10 x 11′ but now it’s cozy, colorful, and comfortable (see the before in this post). Here are some of the pictures I took yesterday with sources at the end.

coral guest room centsational girl

 

coral guest bedroom centsational girl

coral bedroom and chair centsational girl

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