Sunday, April 28, 2013

Fluffy Love - DIY Stool Makeover!

A Fluff Puff Stool!

I had so much making two of these stools for a friend using these items from Ikea.

I started with plywood,

and gathered the other items.

I measured the circumference of the seat and added 3/4" to the edge
(to add room for stapling the sheepskin)

I cut the circle with a hand saw and then sanded down the edges.

Drilled some holes in the plywood.....

and attached the Ikea seat using zip ties secured through the drilled holes.

I cut a 1 inch thick piece of foam, the same size as the plywood circle and glued it on to the wood prior to stapling the sheepskin.

Secured the seat to the stool legs,

And voila!

This project was inspired by this lovely DIY from Preciously Me


(P.S.  I linked up with Serenity Now!)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

A Sweet Deal

So, you know I check every day to see what fabulous piece(s) of furniture are available....

These chairs are newly reupholstered in Quadrille-Alan Campbell fabric and are selling for $900 for the pair.  I swear if I had a spot for these chairs, they would be mine, right now!

This, my friends, is an incredible deal -- as Quadrille fabric (to the trade only) has a multiple minimum yardage order and the fabric retails for well over $150 a yard.....

You do the math.

This equals a sweet deal!

(I love my sponsors!  And this is a sponsored post, but it is my complete opinion and all my own words!  Tra la!)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I'm a Cheetah Girl

I love cheetah prints!

As I've mentioned before, I love to incorporate animals prints into my decor in my home, and in my staging business.

I just finished re-doing this little vintage chair in a Lee Jofa print and she is super cute!


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Real Estate Staging Works. It really really works.

Greetings Peoples!

I have been remiss in regular blogging lately because I am back in the Real Estate Staging Biz! 

 "Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in!"

Oh Michael Corleone, I miss you so!

Anywho......I'm super excited to show you this.....

When I first got to the house, it looked like this....

Just so that you know, I am not negating anything that the homeowners did or had in their living room.  "Living" is most often not like "Staging".  They had these big comfy sofas that worked for them and their family....but I was taken, (I tell you TAKEN!) by that piece of art above the fireplace.  I told the homeowner that I would arm wrestle her for it, but she didn't go for it.....

Darn it!

 I wanted to showcase that colorful, warm, inviting piece of art and lighten up the room a bit.

Who doesn't love pink zebra pillows on a red sofa?
Tra la!

Real Estate Staging is all about light, space, architecture and creating a feeling of 'home' for a potential new buyer!

And of course, the pillows are imperative!


Monday, April 22, 2013

Pillow of the Day- And I bought it!

Loving this outdoor ikat pillow from Pottery Barn!

I love it so much that upon finding this on the internet, I promptly placed an order for my outdoor seating area!

My backyard was just screaming for pillows!

Woo hoo! Free shipping and one week later:

 One cool thing is all the pillows are slightly different.  So it doesn't look super matchy matchy...

Sherman loves them too.

He is the best dog, ever!


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Before and After - Styling rooms for a photo shoot

I had the fun opportunity recently to work with designer extraordinaire, Kelly Scanlon, helping her 'style, stage and accessorize' one of her residential interior design projects for a photo shoot.

My job was to purchase accessories and style the bookshelves and hard surfaces in the two rooms that we were photographing.

Being the shopoholic that I am, I was in at 'hello'!

Here is the first before shot of one of the rooms that we were going to photograph:

Kelly designed these bookshelves that feature Kelly Wearstler wallpaper on interchangeable back panels.  Notice the homeowner is showcasing the center back wallpapered panel and had switched out the other two to the 'neutral' back panel.

For the photo shoot, we switched out all of the back panels to feature the wallpaper design.

After a little shoppin' and stylin' I made the bookcases look like this:

A note about styling bookcases -- make them simple with a few books, textured items, something personal and all in the same color scheme as the room.  Notice that I styled all the books facing 'backwards' -- pages in the front instead of the bound edge -- It makes all those crazy non-matching bookcovers have some symmetry!  

Next up is the sideboard next to the dining table - before:

I added some vases and faux cherry blossoms from Crate & Barrel along with art that Kelly selected from the Lost Art Salon in San Francisco and voila!

Ugh, sorry about the blurry photos -- I'm a stylist, not a photographer! :)

The dining room before:


The fireplace before:


A shot of the designer and photographer analyzing the shots.....

BTW, loved the photographer! 

Scott Hargis
(super super nice guy!)
(for more info on him click here)

I had so much fun picking out items for this shoot from West Elm, Z Gallerie, Crate & Barrel and Home Goods!

The air plants were some of my favorite picks (from West Elm).

And of course, you know I have a thing for elephants!

Kelly Scanlon Designs sourced and curated all of the art for this photo shoot, along with designing the room.  She is amazing!

Tra la!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Drapery Love- Customizing Ikea Curtains

Custom window treatments are so darn expensive, but Ikea has some awesome drapery panels that are so easy to 'customize'.

I just bought these for $24.99

I cut a two inch strip of fabric and sewed it on to the edge.

Folded it over and serged the edge to prevent fraying

(I LOVE my serging machine!  Seriously!)

Then I hand stitched the serged edge to the inside.


I hung the curtains up higher than the frame of the closet, and I think it makes the room feel bigger somehow!