DIY to Try

August 13th, 2013

The catalogs have been arriving in great numbers again (‘tis the season) and they can be overwhelming – most of them end up in the recycling bin but I do like to browse through the pages of the favorites for inspiration because I like to see how the stylists arrange the rooms to showcase the merchandise. There’s always one or two things on the pages that pop out at me and I think for that price it could be done as a DIY project for much cheaper. For example…

This Paris Art set is for sale for $999 at Wisteria. Why not buy a giant vintage map print on Etsy or eBay and spray paint some basic frames gold to recreate at a fraction of the price.

paris art wisteria

 

I absolutely love bone inlay but it’s so pricey. This small Aleppo Inlay Table at Serena & Lily is $895. What about using a $99 IKEA Chest and a Nagoya Stencil with two tone paint for nightstand to mimic the look for less?

inlay chest diy

 

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Rustic + Refined Dining Room

August 12th, 2013

A few months ago I was approached by World Market to partner on a room makeover – they inquired if I would take their products and completely redo a space top to bottom. Um * ahem * “Yes!” I replied being a fan of their store for over a decade. I had the perfect candidates in mind – a very deserving family. 

My friends Cheryl and Jay are teachers and they’ve spent many years teaching in the local school system. They bought a house last year with a formal dining room and have wanted to entertain friends and family but didn’t have the time or budget to pull a space together. CG and World Market to the rescue!

The plan was to introduce contrast, color, pattern, and warmth to the room by mixing classic elements with rustic finishes. I used the window panels as the jumping off point for the entire space, pairing grays, plums, and yellows with warm metallic sheens.

rustic dining room makeover

 

The plan included a rustic dining table and mixed seating (I love those hourglass gold tables used as stools!), various wood finishes, a layered plum palette, and a casual table setting.

world market dining room plan

Here’s what the dining room looked like two months ago when I started:

dining room before

 

Here is the dining room totally transformed!

dining room makeover with world market

We added the tongue and groove wall treatment in July and I painted above it a contrasting charcoal gray with a hint of taupe (Glidden’s ‘Arrowwood’) pulling the paint color from the fabric in the window panels.  Favorite elements?  Where to begin… let’s start with the fabulous sideboard.      

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World Market $5K Sweepstakes

August 11th, 2013

Hello friends, happy weekend! I’ve been working behind the scenes with Cost Plus World Market for almost two months on a dining room project and last week was the install. I can’t wait to share it with you all tomorrow! (Sneak peek here.)

Cost Plus World Market is hosting a Spruce Up Your Space Sweepstakes where one lucky winner will get a $5,000 room makeover. Can you imagine?!

SpruceUpYourSpace

Click here for Official Rules – and see there are plenty of ways to get bonus entries. The Grand Prize winner will receive one (1) $5,000 World Market Gift Card and a “shopping experience with a World Market Design Blogger” (hint hint, that could be ME coming to your door!)  There are also three first prizes that include a $1,000 gift card, squeal! All the details of the sweepstakes are right here. Enter now!

Be back tomorrow with the full dining room reveal, see you then.

 

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