Clearly the Harry Potter theme is going to be around throughout my bestie’s pregnancy. How can it not? The room itself is not Harry Potter themed but that doesn’t mean we can’t add some Harry Potter nursery art to the mix. So far the nursery is lending itself to a modern, adventurer feel. I picked up these birchwood wood slices at Michael’s a few weeks ago with no plan in mind. I have a bit of a craft hoarding problem. I randomly just buy things I have no concrete plan for (please tell me I am not alone!) Any way, here are the slices I bought. About 6 inches or so in diameter and a perfectly smooth surface to work with. So glad I bought them now because they are perfect for this. [Read more...]
As I hinted earlier this week here or on Instagram. I found it. I finally, finally found it. I had been on the search for a midcentury dresser or sideboard to use as a media center for years. I’ve always been a thrift store failure so I never expected to find something worthwhile. I had a piece I picked up that we used temporarily, but it wasn’t big enough, wasn’t solid wood, and overall was a bit of a disappointment. But this is it. I actually found a Broyhill Brasilia sideboard (or dresser whatever you want to call it) at a garage sale.
Adding a little color helps, right? I’m all for maintaing the classic appeal and natural finish of MCM furniture, but sometimes painted Midcentury modern furniture is the way to go. I honestly struggled with this piece so much. I bought it a few years ago for less than $25. It was beat up and not solid wood. It sat in its natural beat up state for a very long time but it needed help.
The hubs and I have been living together for over 10 years. When we moved into our first house we were dirt broke and just dealt with the furniture we had, or whatever we could scrounge up. I really, really, really wanted modern coffee and side tables from Room and Board. I had specifically fallen for a certain design that I was sure would be perfect for our space. All fine and dandy until I realized there is no was no way I could afford those in real life. This is where I am happy I married my ingenious husband. He doesn’t get that kind of praise often, but this was one of his finer moments I think our DIY modern coffee table was one of our first building projects together. Couples who DIY together, stay together?
The saga of making the front of our house presentable continues. We are not close to being done, but we’ve made the porch and the front of our house a goal for 2014. We’ve made progress with lots of paint on the brick, door & ceiling, etc. But it still needs helps. Those old scroll-like columns drive me nuts. I’ve lived in two old Florida homes with them and I want them gone in this house. In comes my dad who is going to help us figure out decent porch column cover ups.
Picture me doing a happy dance because I am doing an awkward one right now. This Cuban can’t dance by the way. Once we refinished the bar area, we knew we wanted artwork or something to anchor the space. I used our IKEA hack bar all the time for parties or as my mantle for holidays. Using the bar as a buffet was perfect use for it but the space was so bare. For a while I was set on using a mirror at the top but Ray was not having it. I honestly thought it would be possible to find a painting or photograph we would BOTH like that would fit the space. Neither of us like the idea of art as a form decor, but more for the art itself so I with us two stubborn folks involved I was pretty content with just having a plain ‘ol space. [Read more...]