Thursday, May 16, 2013

Home Improvement ? Covet Living

If you read this post or this post, you know I?m on a mission to get our sweet little rental house spiffed up for summer, and for my own sanity. ?I?ve had 99 unfinished projects just hangin? out since I moved in last June. ?So, last night?s weeknights consisted of a lot of painting, sewing, rearranging and tweaking. ?You?ll see these pics and think I spray painted my entire house in gold and decorated in lilac, but they?re just accents. ?The walls are all pale, airy colors with a neutral upholstery. ?Here she blows, en photos:


Wall Color: Sherwin Williams Opaline

Floral Pillow: Schumacher Pyne Hollyhock Print in Tobacco ($92 a yard? ?Yeah right! ?I just used the $5 swatch I ordered and made an 18?18 pillow.)

Otomi Fabric: This was a table runner I got in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. ?Cut it in two, backed in linen, made into 2 oblong pillows.

Charcoal & White Shams: ?Calico Corners Cross Section Charcoal ? $17.99/yard

Bench: ?I reupholstered?this guy I?ve had for awhile (reupholstered = staple-gunned). ?Gold spray paint. ?Lilac Fabric from eBay. ?Duvet from Goodwill, $2.

Bedskirt: eBay burlappy-linen I?ve had for years that I just tucked between the box spring and mattress and hand pleated it. ?Idea via Rachel Halvorson.


I snagged this sweet gold tray at the Eclectiques Antique Mall for $25 bones in my ?hood. ?She?s PERFECT with peonies in a Ball Jar and plenty o?literature. ?PS, look who just haaaad to be in the shot. ?What up, Gus?!


Antique Louis XVI Dining Chairs: purchased YEARS ago in Charleston. ?Gold spray paint. ?Cestlaviv Lattice in Raspberry Linen, $27/yard. ?I cheated and didn?t *fully* reupholster these guys; I just upholstery-pinned them in, since I think I was still pinning them as weekend guests were rolling into the driveway. ?#whoops


(Is it sewed or sewn? ??ah whatever.)

Pillow Fabric: Lee Jofa/Threads, via Shannon Darby at Designer?s Attic. ?I made (2) 18?18 pillows out of 1 yard for $50. ?Wanted to use it EVERYWHERE.

Rug: Rugs USA Windsor Overdyed in Violet. ?50% off right now, and also awesome in Turquoise.

Settee: World Market Hayden Linen Banquette. ?Got it on super sale a few months back.

Wall Color: ?Benjamin Moore Hushed Hue. ?It?s a good, pale greige neutral with the faintest, palest hint of green.


I will never forget the day in 2010 when I got the most gracious email from House Beautiful Editor-in-Chief (and now Hearst Design Group?s Editor-in-Chief)?Newell Turner. ?I don?t think I let out a little pee, I think I let out the whole tank of pee when I saw it in my inbox. ?He proceeded to say that he?d just spent 45 minutes perusing Covet Living, and thought it was ?fresh, fun, and original.? ?Then I proceeded to ask him to keep us in mind if they had any upcoming features we could contribute to. ?And so they did (!) ?That entertaining spread is MONEY ? 101 genius ideas from Celebrity Party Planners like Colin Cowie, Celebrity Designers like Kelly Wearstler & Miles Redd, and then Blogger Muggles, like us perched at Tip #59.? I still keep a copy of it in my kitchen cabinet. ?READ ?EM ALL HERE.


A sweet little addition to the entry table, with the happiest photo ever taken from a wedding last year. ?Notice our tongues are out in unison. ?What a coupla nerds!

Frame: Preppy Patterns Jodie Picture Frame from Joss & Main

Lamps: Vintage Gerald Thurston for Lightolier

Curtains: I made these out of this fabric I saw on Young House Love. ?I called the store and scored the rest of the bolt for $9.99/yard.

It?s gettin? there! ?Hope you guys have a great rest of the week ? Happy Hump Day!



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