I Love Mirrors!

 

I love mirrors! I know...as if you didn't notice, right?  I have them all over our house! Many of you have inquired about where I have purchased all of the mirrors that have been featured in some of my posts, so here goes......From "Making His House Our Home:" I found these two sunbursts at Home Goods for only $59.99 each! They are trimmed in an antiqued gold, which I love!

Sunburst Mirrors
Sunburst Mirrors

Again, from"Making His House Our Home:" not the best picture....but the mirror in the top right corner is bordered with weathered tree branches...a gift from my in-laws. We have two of them to create symmetry....something else I can't seem to get enough of!

Living Room After
Living Room After

Another shot of the mirrors...I like that they add another rustic element to the space.

Living and Dining
Living and Dining

From "Staircase Photo Gallery:" The mirror on our staircase is probably my favorite mirror in the house! Layer upon layer of sparkle and shine...such a unique shape, too! Again...I found this mirror at Home Goods for $39.99!

Stair Wall 2
Stair Wall 2

From "Frugal Find of the Week!! Mirrored Nightstand:" Mirrors aren't just for hanging! They also make stunning furniture pieces like this one from Home Goods for only $199.99!

Master Bedroom Mirrored Side Table Frugal Find
Master Bedroom Mirrored Side Table Frugal Find

I am now on the hunt for the perfect sunburst to go over our bed. It needs to be very small and preferably gold. It is one of the last items that I need to complete our master bedroom, so I am very anxious! Any ideas? Here is what I have in mind:

The larger one pictured below would be perfect!

This one is nice....maybe a little too small though...? The size kind of makes it more interesting...

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Maybe this one from Ballard Designs...designed by Suzanne Kasler.

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What do you think about me trying out this DIY sunburst that I saw on Isabella & Max via Honey We're Home?!?! Sooooo dramatic!! Don't you love it?! I'm seriously considering making a smaller version in gold! What do you think??

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Frugal Find of the Week! West Elm Zebra Print Pillow

 
West Elm Pillow
West Elm Pillow

I hate to admit it, but I am a sucker for animal print...especially zebra. No...I don't feel the need to blanket my home in cheetah spots and zebra stripes, but I am very fond of a little punch of zebra print here and there. So it should be no surprise that I fell in love these zebra print pillows when I encountered them at West Elm several months ago! In fact, I loved them so much I bought two of them!

Animal print can be very edgy....it can add just the right touch of pizazz to a space that may otherwise feel drab and boring. At least that's what I was thinking when I bought them for our Master Bedroom anyway. The room is full of cool neutrals, so I wanted something bold to spice things up a bit!

Master Bedroom After
Master Bedroom After

Because these pillows have been very sought after, I was not surprised when I found a very similar pillow (for much less) at Home Goods!

This pillow, which is constructed of the same material as the one at West Elm, is very similar to the espresso/ivory version and  includes the insert for only $19.99! The pillow from West Elm is $39.99 and includes the cover only (inserts usually run around $14). Love this Frugal Find!

Frugal Find Zebra Pillow
Frugal Find Zebra Pillow
 

A Little D.I.Y. Greek Key Lamp Shade

 

I have this great little consignment store in my neighborhood which I try to visit as often as possible as they have some really unique finds. During one of my visits, I stumbled upon a great lamp shade with a greek key trim... I loved the idea, so I decided that this would be the inspiration for a little DIY project I had in mind for lamp shades of my own!

Here is a picture of the lamp shade in our master bedroom....there are 2...one on each side of the bed. The shades are linen, which I love; however I wanted to jazz them up a bit as I felt they needed a little detail to help them stand apart from our linen head board.

Lamp Shade Before
Lamp Shade Before

Linen Lamp Shade Before

So I chose an ivory ribbon with metallic gold greek keys...and with nothing but a little fabric glue, I trimmed the top and bottom border. I am happy with the end result as I feel that the width of the ribbon gives it a slightly understated look, but the metallic in the greek keys is just enough to make the shades pop.

Lamp Shade After Trim
Lamp Shade After Trim

Lamp Shade with Greek Key Trim

Lamp Shade with Greek Key Trim
Lamp Shade with Greek Key Trim

My Shade with Greek Key Ribbon

 

Frugal Find of the Week! Z Gallerie's Angelique Mirror

 
ZGallerie angelique mirror white Frugal Find
ZGallerie angelique mirror white Frugal Find

I am loving this Angelique mirror from Z Gallerie! The shape gives sort of an antique feel, but the high gloss white finish lends a modern twist.

The price of the Angelique mirror  is $349.00....a bit pricey for an "accent" mirror if you ask me (or maybe I'm just too frugal!). Anyhow, check out this great alternative that I found for 80% LESS!

Mirror from Garden Ridge / co ZGallerie Frugal Find
Mirror from Garden Ridge / co ZGallerie Frugal Find

WHERE, you ask?  Garden Ridge (Garden Ridge!! Can you believe it?!) for only $59.99!! The shape and style is similar to the Angelique, and with a little high gloss paint you could turn this piece into high glam!

I am dying to use this mirror somewhere, but unfortunately it doesn't quite "go" with the style of our home. So I found a few spaces where it would really fit in!

It would be fantastic in this room!! I would paint it black and hang it in place of the painting on the far wall...it's not that I don't like the painting, I just think the curves of the mirror would add a nice contrast as most everything else in the room is very square.

Black and White room
Black and White room

Same goes for this room! The frugal find would fit right in....maybe over some sort of vanity on the wall opposite the bed to mirror the curves of the headboard.

Nicky Hilton Bedroom
Nicky Hilton Bedroom

Just because it'a a baby's room, doesn't mean everything in it has to be "baby-ish!" Just look at that wall paper...I love it!! If I were to use the mirror in this room, rather than painting it black or white, I would paint it in a crackled gold and hang it in place of the vertically stacked shadow boxes. Oh, my goodness....that would be amazing...

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nursery

About a million of my girlfriends are pregnant right now, but as far as I know they are all having boys....I need someone to have a girl so I can design a nursery around this week's frugal find already!! :-)

 

Another Bachelor Pad Makeover!

 

A couple of months ago, my good friend Tony approached me about doing a home makeover for him. Tony owns the most beautiful Mediterranean style home here in Dallas, so I was thrilled to take on this project! I immediately went to his home to take pictures of the space....and that's when it hit me...this was going to be yet another Bachelor Pad Makeover!  You see, this isn't only Tony's home...he shares it with a couple of other bachelors, and trust me when I tell you that this place was in desperate need of a woman's touch! The great news is that they already had all of the furniture they needed, however it was cluttered with golf magazines, video game gadgets, sports paraphernalia, etc. What this home needed was accessories to incorporate color and warmth. 

Because this is a Mediterranean style home, I wanted to use rich Earth tones such as terracotta oranges, olive greens and amber golds. These colors are often used in Mediterranean/Spanish style resorts throughout Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (one of Tony's favorite vacation spots), so I knew that he would appreciate creating this type of atmosphere in his own home. 

The majority of the house is still a work in progress, however the Living Room is very close to being finished, so I wanted to go ahead and share those pictures with you today. I will be sure to post pictures of the rest of the house as it starts to come together. 

Here is Tony's Living Room before... 

Tony Living Room Before
Tony Living Room Before
Tony Living from Dining
Tony Living from Dining
Tony Living Room and Fireplace Before
Tony Living Room and Fireplace Before

And here it is after...... 

It's amazing how a little color and a lot of de-cluttering can really brighten up a space and make it more inviting! 

Tony Living Room After
Tony Living Room After
Tony Fireplace After
Tony Fireplace After

Notice the baskets underneath the coffee table....these are perfect for storing magazines, remotes, etc... 

Tony Coffee Table Storage
Tony Coffee Table Storage

Stay tuned for more  pictures of Tony's Bachelor Pad Makeover!

 

Quick and Easy DIY Window Shade

 

After posting, "Our Kitchen Remodel is Complete," I received several emails regarding the fabric shade over the kitchen sink. Most of you wanted to know where I purchased it, but truth be told, I made it! A couple of months ago I was perusing through one of my favorite design blogs emilyaclark.blogspot.com. Emily is an incredibly talented Home Stylist with many crafty DIY ideas...but this one in particular really captured my attention, and I just knew I needed to try it myself!

During the process of our kitchen remodel we decided to remove the previous shutter over the kitchen sink as it was hindering the amount of natural light we acquired. I still wanted some sort of a window covering for privacy, but I preferred something less obstructive and with a little more character. I knew this would be the perfect time to try out Emily's "Easy (and inexpensive) DIY Fabric Roller Shade."

So I purchased a roller shade from Home Depot for about $9 along with a yard of patterned fabric for about $12 and put myself to work! First, I cleared off a work space on my kitchen floor, unrolled the shade and placed the fabric underneath it. I then proceeded to trim the sides of the fabric to a width that is about 2" wider than the shade.

DIY Fabric Shade 1
DIY Fabric Shade 1

A great big thank you, once again, to the talented Emily Clark for inspiring me to take on this project! It was fun and easy, and I am thrilled with the end result!

 

Our Kitchen Remodel is Complete!!!

 

I am THRILLED to announce that our Kitchen Remodel is complete! As I mentioned in "Making His House Our Home," I originally assisted in designing this home 6 years ago when my husband, who was single at the time, elected to build a rustic style home where him and a couple of his roommates would live in "bachelorhood" for the next several years. Little did either one of us know, we would eventually end up getting married and living in the home together!

Soon after we got married we discussed possibly selling the home and building in a neighborhood with a better school district...but because we love the area and do not yet have kids, we decided to stay in the house for the next 3-4 years....I agreed, under one condition of course...that we do a total home make over!

For the last year or so I have been hard at work converting my husband's bachelor pad into a stylish, more sophisticated home for the two of us. Our latest and most substantial project was our kitchen remodel. In my recent post, "A Little Design Inspiration for Your Wednesday," I introduced a few of my ideas and inspiration photos. I have been dreaming of white kitchen cabinets, Absolute Black honed granite counter tops and a backsplash filled with White Carrara marble, similar to this kitchen....

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Kitchen Remodel Inspiration Photo

I am happy to finally have my dream kitchen become a reality! So with no further ado, here are the photos of our kitchen before....

Kitchen Before 5
Kitchen Before 5

Our Kitchen Before

Kitchen 3
Kitchen 3

Our Kitchen Before

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Kitchen Before 7

Our Kitchen Before

And here is our kitchen today!

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Our Kitchen Remodel

Not only did we paint our cabinets off white, we also added glass uppers to extend the cabinets to the ceiling (of course one of the upper lights went out right before I took the pictures...go figure). I am now on a mission to find the perfect decor for these fun little cabinets. I would love to incorporate the blue-ish turquoise color that used I in the adjacent living room...

We replaced the tiled counter tops with honed Absolute Black granite. I am pleased that I selected honed rather than polished as it gives it a more casual feel...

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Our Kitchen Remodel

The tile backsplash has been replaced with a 1/2" x 1/2" White Carrara marble which is polished, so when the under cabinet lighting hits it just right, it's as if it sparkles!

We removed the stained shutter over the kitchen window and replaced it with a fabric shade which was my Friday night D.I.Y project......I'll tell you more about it later this week!

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Our Kitchen Remodel

As you can see from the before pictures, this bar was about 12" taller before the remodel. We had it dropped to a more comfortable level and added a trash drawer (which I love!), 2 pot and pan drawers and wine storage...which in return added more counter top space. We also added 2 clear glass lantern pendant lights over the serving bar

Kitchen After PS3
Kitchen After PS3

Trash Drawer, Wine Rack, Pot & Pan Drawers

We selected these satin nickel drawer pulls for the drawers...

Kitchen After PS5
Kitchen After PS5

Drawer Pulls

And this satin nickel hardware for the cabinet doors...

Kitchen After PS10
Kitchen After PS10

Cabinet Hardware

Thanks for visiting today...I will keep you updated on what I find for the glass uppers...I have a feeling that might turn into a huge project of it's own...!

 

Frugal Find of the Week! Linen Dining Chairs

 

Restoration Hardware is one of my beloved retailers! Fortunately there is a store located near my house, so it is convenient for me to pop in every now and then to marvel at their creations. I dream of one day having an entire house full of Restoration Hardware furniture, accessories and linens! I adore their Dining Room assemblies! Just look at this table....and those over sized lanterns....absolutely stunning!

I also fancy this stylish Dining Room set up...particularly the upholstered dining chairs... When I saw them, I knew I had to have them!

But as I mentioned in my "Welcome" post a few weeks ago, "My struggle is that I fall out of love with pieces just as quickly as I fall in love with them, which makes for very expensive decorating!" So I knew that I would feel much more comfortable purchasing a slightly less expensive alternative... just in case.

Here is the chair that started it all...the Martine Upholstered armchair from Restoration Hardware priced at $419.00

What I love most about this chair is the shape and the nail head trim...

And here is my Frugal Find! The Becca Linen Dining Room Chair from Overstock.com priced at $189.99! I ordered 2 of them...one for each end of our Dining Room table.

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It doesn't have the tufted back like the Martine from RH, but I prefer that as they sit near our sofa, which does have tufting, and I thought it might be a little much. I also like the darker stain on the legs and the chrome nail head trim that wraps around the front of the seat...

I hope everyone has a great weekend...and don't forget to check back Monday for  pictures of our Kitchen Remodel!

 

Project!

 

Wow! We have a lot of projects going on in our house today...from designing for a clients nursery to creating a picture gallery for our stair way....not to mention our kitchen remodel that I wrote about last week! But what I want to share with you today is this little DIY project that I worked on first thing this morning...

A couple of months ago, my friend Jenny asked me to help her with her and her husband's Master Bedroom. I was thrilled as they have a beautiful home and great taste! The best part was that we basically started with a clean slate as all they had purchased at that point was a bed and end tables.

Over the last several weeks Jenny and I have been hard at work selecting paint, fabric, drapes and accessories to create a stylish master bedroom for her and her husband. In the process, we decided that we would create a sitting area in front of the bay window...the great news was that she already had nice comfy leather chair to fit the space, but we needed to find a coordinating table with storage without spending a fortune! So last week I suggested to Jenny that we hit up one of my favorite discount retailers, Garden Ridge. Needless to say Jenny was a little leery of this suggestion...ok, very leery...but I assured her that at the very least we would find some great accessories.

As it turns out, we found the perfect table for her master bedroom sitting area! The size, shape and price were all right....but the decorative floral pattern that littered the table was all wrong!

Side Table Before 1
Side Table Before 1

Garden Ridge Table - Before

So I talked Jenny into purchasing the table as it was a steal at only $99.00! And I knew that with a little sanding and a $3.00 can of paint we could turn this table into the perfect piece for her master bedroom! So that's exactly what we did! What do you think?! The gold drawer pulls were an after thought, but I think they make a huge impact!

Side Table After 1
Side Table After 1

Garden Ridge Table - After

Over the next couple of weeks Jenny and I will apply the finishing touches...at that point I will post before and after pictures of her beautiful new master bedroom! I can't wait to share the end result!

 

A Little Design Inspiration for your Wednesday...

 

A couple of days ago, I wrote about the transformation of our Living Room as well as some of the current finishes in our home in my post, "Making His House Our Home"... And today I am excited to announce the beginning of our Kitchen Remodel! Actually, this whole idea started with me (of course) suggesting we remodel our kitchen. The conversations went something like, "Hey, I think we should paint the Kitchen cabinets white...it would really brighten up the space." Which then led to, "Well if we are going to do the cabinets, we might as well install granite counter tops." And then, "You know I love White Carrara Marble...I would love to find a way to incorporate White Carrara...maybe on the back splash?" And so on...

Now that we have a plan in place, I have been told by our team of contractors that the entire remodel will take 2 weeks....so I have prepared myself for 3. And if it takes any longer than 3 weeks I am in serious trouble because I promised my husband that it would in no way interfere with his beloved annual Texas/OU game watching party which is held at our house...so I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Anyways, I've pulled together a few pictures that I've used as my inspiration for our new kitchen....

Our kitchen only has 30" solid front uppers, so instead of tearing them out and adding 42" uppers to extend to the height of the ceiling, my oh-so-smart friend Katie suggested having glass cabinets like these built above our existing cabinets. I am in love with the idea! In fact, I have already started thinking about how to fill these fun little cabinets. I'm thinking of either painting the back wall of the cabinets a bright peacock-blue color and showcasing some of my white serving dishes....OR...I might leave the inside of the cabinets painted white and find some really fun turquoise vases to showcase....what do you think?

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kitchen 2

More Glass Uppers...

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kitchen

Ok, let's face it...I am in love with this kitchen....from the white cabinets to the White Carrara subway backsplash. Of course, I love the wood hood, 6 burner stove top and the pot filler as well, but we'll hold off on that until our next house. :-)

Kitchen 6
Kitchen 6

We have selected an Absolute Black Granite for our kitchen...honed of course. I have been there, done that with Absolute Black polished and am ready for something a little different...

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black_honed

Stay tuned for the before and after pictures!

 

Making His House Our Home...

 

In May of 2004, I received a random phone call from an acquaintance of mine inquiring about freelance design services. He explained that he was in the process of building a house in a popular downtown Dallas neighborhood and that he needed someone to guide him through the processes of making his interior selections.

So together we selected cabinets, flooring, wall tile, paint, etc. While keeping his lifestyle and interests in mind, I worked with him over the next 7-8 months to design his Bachelor Pad, where he and his 2 roommates intended to live for the next several years....

To encounter the barbaric destruction we had anticipated with 3 males in living in the house, we selected an indestructible natural colored laminate floor for all of the main living areas,  maple cabinets for the kitchen and baths, orange tile  for the wet areas (yes, I said orange...we were going for a saltillo/Spanish tile look and we were running out of money!) and tiled counter tops for the kitchen (yep - tile...like I said...running out of money).

When the house was complete, he put his final touches on everything.....he added cow skin rugs, antler lamps, Texas stars and (much to my dismay), several animal heads to cover the walls. It was his perfect Bachelor Pad!!

Fast forward to 4 years later and this "acquaintance" of mine was now my soon-to-be husband!! I was so excited! However, I was about to be living in a house that I had designed as a Bachelor Pad, so I knew that I had a lot of hard work ahead of me and I was up for the challenge!

So here we are, happily married for over a year, and I am excited about the fact that this house has once again become my project. It has been quite a struggle blending my love for girly, chic, glam interiors with his love for heavy, rustic, Southwestern decor, but I think we are well on our way to a great compromise!

Regrettably I don't have a single picture of the house in it's state of "bachelorhood," but I'm sure you get the picture from the description above...

Here are a few before pictures of our Living Room taken right after we got married. As you can see, we had recently replaced the natural laminate floors with hand scraped hardwoods and cleared out most of his furniture and accessories, giving me a clean slate to work with...

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6010 velasco living room before 2

Living Room Before

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6010 velasco living room before 1

Living Room Before

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6010 velasco living room and dining room before 1

Living/Dining Before

And here is our Living Room today....still a work in progress, but a long way from where we started...

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6010 Velasco Living

Living Room After

6010 Velasco Sunburst Mirrors
6010 Velasco Sunburst Mirrors

Living Room After

 

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6010 Velasco Livning and Dining 6

Living/Dining After

Stay tuned for more before and after pictures as I document the process of making his house our home....