Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Beauty Product Alert

I never claim to be a beauty expert (or a design expert) by any means, but thought I'd let you in on a tip.  I have a sister-in-law who lives in Paris France. When she comes to the states for a visit, she always stocks up on a certain beauty product because she has a hard time finding it in Paris. Her product of choice? Lubriderm Daily Moisturizer.  I finally bought it & have been using it for about 2 weeks now. I have to agree, it is a fantastic moisturizer & never leaves your skin with that greasy feeling. It also leaves your skin with a shine that I love. You can get it scented or fragrance free, which is what I have so I can't comment on the scented version.  Hope you enjoy this quick tip.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

DIY Laurel Wreath

I am jumping on the easy DIY laurel wreath bandwagon after being inspired by this pic from Casa Sugar:

I couldn't find many colorful plastic spoons so went with white & figured I could always spray paint it. 

In process using:
1 pack white plastic spoons
glue sticks & glue gun
Chardonnay (optional)

And the finished wreath:

Happy Tuesday!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Zebra Obsession

I am loving this rug & think it would go great in my bedroom! 

UPDATE: Click here for an awesome tutorial on painting your own zebra rug!

Loving all things zebra lately & hope to add more!

Coasters Source


How about you? Are you loving zebra?!

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fish Decor?

Are you a lover of fish in your decor, specifically Marlins? I've been noticing that a lot of bloggers love it. If you are local, I found this on Craigslist:

$70 on Craigslist
Here are a few examples of Marlins in home decor:

The Nester 



Yes or No on the Marlins? I say if you got a large wall, this would be a fun way to decorate it.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Office Rug

See this rug in our office entry way? It has oil stains that won't go away. 
Answer? Stain the rug!

I was inspired by this rug update by 'Gorgeous Shiny Things' & how she transformed her rug with Rit Dye.  Hmm, maybe I can do that to our office rug?

Enter in the Rit Dye. I mixed it together with warm water & salt in an old spray bottle:


Ah, much better. I used 3 bottles of the dye. 

Smile. Happy Monday!

Friday, July 15, 2011


So ready for the weekend.  No projects to post. Just this video of Carrie Underwood & Vince Gill performing 'How Great Thou Art'. Simply amazing!

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Inspiration Pics

I stumbled on this designers pics via Houzz & love this sun room.

Plantation Sunroom tropical family room

According to the comments, the paint color is Benjamin Moore 'Courtyard Green'.

Here is a pic of my sun room that needs an update!

I also love this bathroom re-do. Check out the tile on the ceiling!

Warm Elegance eclectic bathroom

Click here for more beautiful pics from her portfolio!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Brass Transformation

While at Goodwill this past weekend (the dressers were gone!), I spotted a nice brass console table for 50% off.  It was in great shape & I decided to go for it with the idea of changing the brass to chrome. I have blogged about this type transformation before back in May, and thought this was a great chance to try it out.    Here is the before pic:

I sprayed the 'secret ingredient' to the brass & let it sit for 30 minutes before rubbing it with fine
steel wool:

You can see in this pic that it is starting to do it's job.  

I cleaned up the glass shelves & moved the console into our dining room.




My new table reminds me of this table on 1stdibs:


Do you have any brass pieces that could use an update? You should try it.

Linking up to:

Today's Thrifty Treasures @ Southern Hospitality

Happy Monday to you!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Should I go back?

Do you like either of these 2 Dorothy Draper style dressers? White or Black?


I even saw these horse lamps locally at TJMaxx.  So, why did I walk past 2 of these dressers at our local Goodwill yesterday when they were 50% off? They were only a little banged up & 1 was missing a knob.  I don't know why I walked passed them. I talked myself out of them.  Do you ever do that?  Good thing there is another 50% off furniture sale tomorrow. I just might head back out there.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Table Progress

Hi Guys!!   Hope you had a nice holiday weekend & were able to get to some projects. Us? Just a little. Our backyard project is progressing slowly due to volleyball tournaments, welder rebuilds, wisdom teeth extraction, etc. Just lots going on this summer & projects seem to be put on the back burner. We did manage to do some spray painting this past weekend on the patio furniture.  I decided to prime it all first with:

Using my birthday gift:

It's not finished yet but here are a few progress pics:



I was able to find the granite tiles at a great local source, Surplus Warehouse. Minor detail: the new tiles are 12x12 but the opening is a tiny bit smaller than that:

This will involve getting out the tile cutter. Stay tuned....
Happy Thursday!