Let me start by telling you about this wonderful family I have had the opportunity to work with. The Parker's relocated from Sandy Hook Connecticut to their new home in Washington. Robbie and Alissa had lost their oldest daughter in the Sandy Hook shooting. I have followed Alissa Parker's blog for some time now and found her a genuine and gracious person. I read about the struggles Alissa and her family faced moving to this new home and knew I had to find a way to display their special pieces of memory of their sweet daughter Emilie. If you get the chance you should check out Alissa's blog.
They bought a home that needed some TLC and updating for sure. But I knew we could breath new life into this outdated home. I knew this was going to be a long process for them. Basically stripped their home down to the bare bones. Decorating your entire home can be very overwhelming. We’ve all been there. You start working on your home and you’re overflowing with ideas. And one day, you realize you’re out of steam. Whether you’ve hit a challenge you can’t solve, you have no idea how to use a space, or you’re just tired of thinking about it. I was more then happy to go in and help solve some of these problems the Parker's were having.
I prefer adding unique pieces that you can not pick up at any ol' store. Mixing old and new is my favorite ways to decorate. Not only will your antique pieces stand out, your new find will last longer. They do not make furniture like that anymore. Now a days it seems everything is cheap plywood.
The Parker's loved the idea of using antiques in their home. Off Craiglist I found a antique buffet and desk. I was thrilled they were willing to paint and stain the antique pieces. They did a fantastic job!
I want to share these pictures with you. My friend Teryn Rae is a local photographer. I have to say she is absolutely amazing. I love her work!! I am using her to take photos for my portfolio.
If you guys get the chance go check out her beautiful work!!
How dreamy is that quatrefoil tile backsplash?
Thanks so much for stopping by I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
I have been searching for the perfect cabinet for my son's industrial room. I absolutely love the one's from Restoration Hardware but I can not bring myself to spend $1200 on them. I knew I would be able to find something similar, it was just going to take a little patience to find the right thing.
A former client of mine had a set of lockers sitting on her front porch. Graciously she sold me a set which had six cubbies. I knew they had some potential and with a little TLC they would be perfect for my son's room. Here's the before picture.
With a little cleaning it was ready for a fresh coat of paint. I started by taping off the locker numbers. I went with a metallic spray paint. I usually am not a fan of metallic but this is a flat metallic spray paint. Love, love, love it!!
I used the color "Soft Iron". I ended up using 2 can's total on this project. This stuff covers so well. I have also used this product on my outdoor light fixtures, door knobs and cabinet pulls. Endless possibilities!
Now the top of the lockers were another story. These were going in my six year old's room. This kid is so accident prone it's a little ridiculous. The lockers had some sharp edges, I decided to add some plywood to the top for safety reasons.
Now I needed to distress the wood to make it look like it goes with the lockers. I use a color wash and dark stain to get the right look. I used this paint for his dresser and nightstand. I knew this would be the perfect color to use as wash on the top. I used half water half paint mixture. Here is the paint color I used.
After I applied the wash and let it dry I used a dark stain over the paint. The reason I use a wash is that way you can still see the wood grain. Once the dark stain is applied over that you get a aged farmhouse wood. This is a very simple easy process. This is what it looks like once the stain is applied.
I ended up adding another coat of stain to darken it a little more. I love how it turned out.
I love how it turned out. My little man was so excited about the new addition in his room. His room is not done by any means. I am very detailed oriented and am waiting till I find the right pieces for his room. This has been a very fun process, especially since Austin has been there helping me along the way. He's helped me paint his room and put the board and batten up on the walls.
Here is the finished product.
I have new knobs on order for his dresser. These knobs are not staying.
I wanted a vintage map for his wall. I could not find any in my price range. I have a vinyl machine and figured I could save some cash and make my own for way less. If you are interested in this vinyl feel free to get in touch with me.
I'll post some more pictures once his room is complete.
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This master bedroom I recently worked on was a lot of fun. I was contacted by this client who was in need a room where she could escape and relax. As a mother of five she more then deserves a room where she can close the door and relax. I have to say she was a joy to work with! Like most of us we are on a budget. Instead of going out and buying new furniture, she revamped her furniture and gave it fresh coat of white paint. I have to say she did a fabulous job!
Decorating a room can be very overwhelming. Best thing you can do, take your time. Do not rush, if your in a hurry to get a room done, you'll settle for decorations or items you really do not like.
I took my client out with me and we had a wonderful time picking pieces that she loved. Like this bench.
Here are a few pictures of the finished product.
I am always asked where I find these items and I'll share a few with you here
White curtains as pictured -IKEA RITVA curtain panels
White pitcher -IKEA
Large mirror -Craigslist find, $20 can you believe that?
Frame and mercury glass vase -Home Goods
Lamps -World Market
Wing-back chair -World Market
Pillows and Throws -Home Goods
Have a wonderful day!!
Hello! Thank you for visiting my site. My name is Aundra and I have always had a passion for interior design. With much coaxing from family and friends I decided to start this blog in hopes to help inspire others to get that look they desire. I love the challenge of beautiful design on a budget. I am also here to help with design questions.