More Trellis Awesomeness

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

I was oh so giddy to receive a note from a reader that he had recently stenciled his walls with an amazing trellis pattern in his living room just like I did in our master bedroom.  

Courtney wrote:

“I have been reading your blog for awhile now and love everything about it, and because you are in the Bay Area!  Your blog motivated me me to create my own Jonathan Adler "lite" lamp using parts from the St. Vincent de Paul store in Oakland and to do some plantings in my garden/patio.  However, when I saw you were stenciling your wall, I thought I would share a recent project I just completed for my living room.  While I was not as industrious as yourself in making my own stencil (I bought it online) our desire for a similar pattern is evident.”


trellis before


trellis after


Doesn’t his living room have that ‘wow’ factor with that amazing wall ?   I also love the gray sofa, the shag rug, and the Lucite coffee table.  Completely fantastic Courtney!

Courtney purchased a trellis stencil online ~ you can read his entire tutorial right here  including the paint colors and tricks he used to achieve this stunning effect, and the source of his fabulous stencil. 

Love it!


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DIY Chess End Table

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

For the longest time, I’ve been wanting to create a chess/checkerboard table for our own family room, so how excited was I to see one of my cousins actually take on this project herself !  I’m lucky to be Stephanie’s cousin by marriage, and I just love how with a little ingenuity, she transformed someone else’s discarded end table into a chess game table with two types of stain and imagination !  

The best part is, this was her first DIY project.  Bravo Stephanie ! 

  time to play

Here is Stephanie’s DIY story:

“I found this table no one wanted next to a dumpster and I thought it would be fun to transform it into a chess/checkerboard table, an idea inspired by a table at my local coffee shop. 

The table had a lot of water marks, the finish was peeling, and one panel of the table was uneven.  So, a friend and I brought it home and set to work to transform it. 

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Winners !

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Oh, I just love when people win free goodies ! 

The two winners of The Vintage Pearl giveaway are:

#268: Meg Tully who wrote:

“If fate smiled upon me enough to win this, I would get the “layered circles of love” for my mom and put my grandparent’s names on the outer ring and her kids’ names on the inner ring, because she’s been a fantastic caregiver now for both her kids and her parents.”


#44 Jackie Fo who wrote:

“I LOVE the Mama Bird necklace! It’s too cute !!”


You know what I also love ? 

I love when other blogs post roundups of what they think others are doing that is super cool in blogland.  Here’s a few that caught my eye this weekend. 

Call it a ‘Roundup of Roundups’ . . . a ‘Lovefest of Links’ . . . a ‘Plethora of Posts’ . . .

Well, I’m still working on the title. 

Anyway, here’s some more ‘roundup’ weekend reading for you. 


A Soft Place to Land: Favorite Things

Hooked on Houses: Fun Weekly Links

Just A Girl: Feature Saturday

It’s Great To Be Home: Weekend DIY Projects

Tatertots and Jello: Weekend Wrap Up Party

Knock Off Wood: Bragging Board

Serenity Now: Weekend Bloggy Reading

One Pretty Thing


And because no post is complete without a pretty picture.

white lilacsSource


Enjoy your day ! 

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