Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Cable Knit Crazy

We all know I'm mad for plaid right? I think if I were to pick a second favorite thing that I adore in the fall and winter, it's got to be cable knits. Dreamy, chunky cable knits...

Source: via Joy on Pinterest

Source: via Joy on Pinterest

Source: None via Kim on Pinterest

Not only are they super comfy to wear, but I am loving using them in the home. Throws, pillows, name it, a cable knit looks fantastic!

Source: via Joy on Pinterest

Unfortunately, cable knit accessories for the home can be expensive. Just check out Pottery Barn's website ($50 for a pillow cover?!). So I've come up with a way to incorporate cable knit in my fall/winter decor for a fraction of the PB cost. Wanna know what it is?

You'll have to check back soon. I think you'll like what you find! (I'm such a tease!)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Mad About Plaid

Source: via Joy on Pinterest

I'm a Scottish girl, through and through. Granted, my family has been in America for generations now, but I still feel the blood of my Scottish ancestors run fiercely through my veins. It's no surprise, then, that there's not much that I love more than plaid, especially around the holiday season.

Source: via Joy on Pinterest

I've decided that this year I'm going to go plaid crazy with my Christmas decor. Why I haven't done it before now is beyond me. I guess I never really knew what to do. But I've come across a few ideas in the past few days that have inspired me and I'm super excited to get started on my new projects. You'll have to stay tuned to see the ideas I've come up with...

I know, I know. I'm adding yet more projects to my ever expanding list. It's a sickness. And, yes, I do realize that it's not even Halloween yet and I'm already thinking about Christmas decorations. That's also a sickness. But at least I'll be prepared come jingle bell time, right?

What's inspiring you this season? Are you already thinking about Christmas or am I the only wacko out there already getting my decorations in order?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Two Mini Projects Down, 4,387 To Go

Last weekend, Lobster got food poisoning or the flu. We're not real sure which it was. But he was out of commission Sunday through today. So what's a girl to do when her hubs is laid up in bed?

Paint something, of course!

Remember that time we painted our front door red? Well, we were so impressed with how easy it was that I decided I wanted to paint the interior of our front door black. Lately, I've been digging how black doors look in entryways so I wanted to see how it looked in our little cottage.

Just like when we painted the front of the door, we decided to use Rust-Oleum's Door Paint in black. I used an angled Purdy brush for the crevices of the door and a dense foam roller for the flat parts. In about 12 hours (including dry time) our door went from ho-hum:

To holy crap what have I done (after the first coat):

To Oooooh, me likey!:

I really like the impact it makes, don't you? So, the first time we did this, we had the door open for 6 hours or so and didn't realize how stinky the fumes of the paint were. This time, we had the door closed the whole time and I really think we were high on paint fumes the whole weekend. It was awful. I felt so bad for my pets. So please, for the love of God, open some windows or something when you're using this paint!

Oh, and here's my little entryway table with all of my fall decorations. Funny story, I got that mirror at an antique store that was going out of business for an absolute steal. I finally got it painted (it was a disgusting yellow and fake gold) and hung and I was so pleased with myself when, thirty minutes after it was hung, it came crashing down, shattering the mirror and busting the frame. I was so sad I cried. So I searched all my local antique stores for a suitable replacement to no avail. Fast forward one week and I'm shopping the Round Top Antique Fair with my sister when, lo and behold, leaning up against a random table stacked with odds and ends is the EXACT mirror! It was a MIRACLE! Not only that, but the woman who was selling it said it had been there for three days and she was just looking to get it sold so I got it for a steal....AGAIN! Once again, though, it was yellow and gold and I had to paint it but since I had done it once before, the process went pretty quick. This time, the mirror was already wired to hang (so I didn't wire it which was the problem the first time) and it has been hanging happily (and safely) in it's new home for a couple of weeks now. Yay!

Okay, tangent over. Moving on...

Anyhoo, the other thing I finally got done was hanging baskets on the wall in my guest bath. This was my inspiration for this project:

And here is my version:

Not too shabby, eh? I took the picture before I had all the towels put in the basket. I guess I got too excited. But you get the idea. I love how it adds storage for towels without taking up a whole lot of space in a small bathroom.

Oh, and do you notice the curtains under the sink? I took the doors to the cabinets off and installed two small tension rods and then hung some dropcloth material. Behind those curtains is the kitty litter box. I hated having the litter box out in one of our extra rooms and there is really nowhere else to put it so this was my solution to an unsightly necessity. The kitties took to it right away; they just slip in and out from behind the curtains and leave less of a mess trailing litter behind.

Anyway, they weren't big or hard projects, but it sure felt nice ticking something off of my to-do list!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Kaleidoscope Home Tours: Maison de la Normandie

Getting back to our home tours...

This is the Maison de la Normandie by Glendarroch Homes. This house was, by far, Lobster's and my favorite! Here's the floorplan:
The exterior of the house had me at hello, but then I walked inside. Oh, Lordie.

Those ceilings! The lighting! That floor! I was already drooling at this point...

The living room was open and elegant. Just enough light was flowing in from the large windows facing the backyard.

I loved the manliness of this office. It was gorgeous and refined and elegant and classy. But it had an old-world English aristocrat vibe going on that I loved.

The high tray ceilings and the colors of this room were perfect. And the little seating area (below) was fantastic and chic. I wanted to live in this bedroom.

The ceilings in the master bath were just as gorgeous as the entry hall. Can you imagine getting ready for work in this space? I'd want to dress to the nines all the time just to do my bathroom justice!

I loved the robin's egg blue china cabinets in the dining room. And look at that unusual ceiling!

This WILL be my kitchen one day. I swear it!

I thought this was an interesting concept: the small office nook inside of the mudroom/laundry room. What do you think about that? Good idea or bad? I can't decide...

I really liked this back patio area with the fantastic outdoor kitchen. I'd probably spend every mild night outside if I had one of these.

Here is Lobster's favorite part of the house: the upstairs "man" loft. Look at that bar! The lights changed colors every few seconds. Who wouldn't want a full bar, a big screen projection t.v. and a poker table in the upstairs loft?

This little upstairs bathroom blew my mind. Have you ever seen a bathroom in the round? I loved it! I can just imagine a little girl getting ready up there in the mornings and fantasizing about being a beautiful princess locked away in a castle tower, waiting for her prince to come.

One of my favorite rooms: the wine cellar! How gorgeous is that door? How amazing is the color of that wood? Be still my heart (and give me a glass of wine!).

I just had to look at those amazing ceilings again. Sigh...

So what did you think? Did you like the tour? Did your heart go pitter-pat over this house as much as mine? If only I had a million buckaroos...

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Just a Leetle Bit Behind...

So I may have mentioned in the past that I tend to create lots and lots of projects for myself. And every now and then I get a little lazy and fall behind. So my “To Do” list gets longer and longer and my “Done” list gets shorter and shorter. Lately, I've been feeling like I’ll never get anything done.

Of course, instead of tackling any one of the projects on my list, right now I’m just going to daydream about what my projects will look like when they’re done. Wanna see?

After paining my kitchen cabinets white, hopefully my kitchen will resemble the likes of these beauties:

Source: None via Joy on Pinterest

After stenciling the walls in my home office, I hope to be able to work in a room that has walls as nice as these:

After I paint the buffet/t.v. stand in my living room, I hope my t.v. will rest a little easier on something that looks like this:

After I repaint my guest bath and hang a few baskets, I hope my guests can take care of their “bidness” in a bathroom that looks a little like this:

After I paint the interior of my front door a glossy black, I’d love for my foyer to resemble these lovely spaces:

Does my list intimidate you as much as it does me? It doesn’t help that I’ve got guests coming to town or the hubs and I will be out of town every weekend in the foreseeable future. Can’t a girl just stay home and work her tail off and take pictures and blog about it? Is that too much to ask? Sheesh.

So, what’s on your To Do list? Are you drowning in projects too? I’m not the only over-ambitions DIY-er, right?

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