|HOUSE COLOR SCHEME|

All of the colors for our house have been chosen. I am going to share them with you here, along with example pics from Pinterest. (None of the photos are of my house – I’ll reveal those later.)

All paint is Sherwin Williams (SW).

KITCHEN – MASTER BEDROOM

ELLIE GRAY – SW7650


DINING ROOM/HALL/TRIM

EXTRA WHITE – SW7006


ENTRY/LIVING/STAIRWAY/BONUS ROOM

SILVERPLATE – SW


MASTER BATH

GLIMMER – SW6476


GIRLS BATHROOM

WATERFALL – SW6750


OFFICE

SEA SALT – SW6204


LAUNDRY ROOM/PANTRY

GREEK VILLA – SW7551


TEEN BEDROOMS


LITTLE GIRLS ROOM

SILVER PEONY (@half tint) SW6547


The painters have been hard at work in our home for 4 weeks. It’s moving right along nicely. It’s a big job.

Shout out to Barry Morgan Painting in Waycross, Georgia. They do fantastic work.

{Operation Rustic *Glam*}

When asked about my decor taste, I’m definitely a fan of rustic but I also love sparkle and metallics. 

My design pallet for our new home is Rustic Glam. Rustic Glam is achieved by incorporating natural elements with glamourous elements. Think concrete, wood, brick, iron, crystals, mercury glass, metallics and glitter all invited to the same party. Vintage meets modern. Boom. Rustic Glam.

Below are some examples of this decor/design style that I am using as inspiration for our new home makeover. These photos will help you envision what I am going for.

All images are from Pinterest searches.

KITCHENS:

I love everything about the picture above, especially the polished faucets and glass chandelier that scream glam and reclaimed beams that ground the rustic element.

The picture below has farmhouse cabinetry and beams for the rustic feel, while the fancy linen chairs with nailhead trim bring in some fancy.

The kitchens above and below are absolutely beautiful, but a little too over the top for my taste. It’s is still on the rustic glam scale, but also borderlines gaudy with the bulky, ornate trims on the cabinetry. I am not a fan of that at all. Too much “French” styling for me. The French style is overboard and bulky. However, I do love the mixes of Farmhouse colors and shapes along with the combination of wood and iron along side glass and silver these designs offer. Rustic yet classy.

This last picture is near perfection. You’ve got wood, brick, iron, marble, glass. A few pops of some silver and metallic accents. Upgrade those cheap looking bar stools and perfection is achieved. 

DINING:

(The first two pics are the same room from different angles.)

Love it all. 

Still in love…

Wouldn’t change a thing. 

What a cute little space shown down below. But for heavens sake, get rid of that style cramping mini blind. Yikes. One word: drapes.

There’s promise below. Nice drapes. Cute settee. The chandelier needs to bulk up a bit while the thighs on those table legs need to go a few weeks carb free. All wood chairs would help too with a linen covered chair seat.

Dark beams and metal bar stools would make this home scheme shown below brilliant.

This last pic is a little too “French” for me also. Not as bulky as the kitchen photo examples above but signs in French sayings are not appealing to me, nor is a beadboard ceiling (looks cheap) or the provincial styled dining chairs. I would use a black windsor styled chair instead. The chandeliers, beams, chalkboard and the table can all stay. The rest is evicted. 


LIVING ROOMS:

Chandeliers, sequins and beams; oh my. Heavenly.

This next one is a master bedroom, but it resembles my current family room fireplace so it’s a living room inspiration pic in my case.


This last room is beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but screams hospital waiting room deep in the woods. Needs some color depth, badly. Get some kind of contrast in there. It makes me itch a bit.

MASTER BED/BATH:

I love the top picture but I’d switch out the linens. I see something more like this:

The pic above is of a master bedroom painted in Sherwin Williams Eider White. It happens to be the paint color I have picked out for some of my rooms during our fire restoration process.

This next picture is a bit too “shabby chic” for me. I like shabby chic, there’s just too much of it in this one little space.

Not feeling that light fixture below. Chandelamp? Nah. Pass.

The stuff dreams are made of:

Ooooh, marble.

Ruffles! Love ruffles.

RUSTIC GLAM ODDS & ENDS:

Just a few photos of random rooms, accessories, decor and furniture pieces that fit the decor style profile.

Mason jars AND crystals. Brilliant. ^

Must haves; mercury glass and silver. Thank goodness these come in spray paint form. I have the perfectly shaped pieces that just need a little Rustoleum makeover.

I love the mixed media of the light fixture above and that silver candelabra below I want for my house!

Cute entry.

That buffet table below is perfect. I kinda dig those antler candlestick holders too. Maybe bottom tips dipped in gold? Or metallic candlesticks instead? Options.

Oooh la la. 

Tufted and nailhead sofa. I’m in love.

More tufting and nailheads…

Fur has joined the party!

Sequins! Speaking my language.

Polished silver. Classy.


I think you get the idea.

Now, I’m going to attempt to achieve it.

|House Colors|

I have had a few questions regarding the paint colors that I currently have in my home. 

Believe it or not, we have lived in this house for almost three years, and I have repainted the entire pallet three times. Yes, that is more times than most people paint their homes interior in a lifetime. I was never quite satisfied with the outcome. I really love the current colors and am finally more than satisfied with the new palette. 

Main color: Arid Plains (Valspar)



Accent color: New Avocado (Valspar)


Green and gray are my favorite colors, especially the chartreuse (green) and charcoal or silver (gray) shades. 

The Arid Plains color is classified as a greige (gray+beige) that works well with my love of chartreuse. My furniture is charcoal in color and my accents are gray shades, both light and dark, cream and of course, chartreuse.  These colors look fantastic together. I will definitely be using the same combination in our next home.

(P.S. A little trick of the trade: I buy contractor paint. It’s less than $20 a gallon and works just as good as all that fancy $40+ a gallon paint – a waste of money.) 

Here’s what I use, specifically:

I always use Eggshell finish. This paint is nice and thick so the coverage is great. I use two coats. In very high traffic areas, I roll three coats for durability. At such a cheap price per gallon, it’s more coverage for the money.

And, don’t forget to use the best brush on the market for those cut in jobs; Wooster shortcut (my opinion, no compensation):


I get mine at Home Depot. 

My paint comes from Lowes, where they have a similar brush by Blue Hawk, but I won’t buy them anymore as they lose bristles constantly during paint jobs. I’d rather make an extra stop and have the job done right.

What colors did you fall in love with for your home?

…Major Cover Up

Whenever I look to change something in my home, my ultimate goal is to design something that isn’t permanent in case the next homeowner isn’t a fan. We relocate every few years so we aren’t in one place for long and I’m always afraid people will hate my design ideas and I want the change to be quick and easy to make my home appeal to them.

This weeks project was our fireplace mantel. I wanted something more rustic than what we have. I have completely transformed the entire fireplace wall since we bought the house but I wasn’t 100% satisfied with the full result. 

Here is what the place looked like when we moved in: Cookie cutter, builder grade, drab and boring.

This is what I turned it into: Much better. But, I still longed for another rustic element, like a large, bulky, rustic, distressed mantel. 

So, I went to the drawing board and decided to make a sleeve of sorts that just slips over my existing mantel that can be removed without effort.

I made the box out of:

– 1×6 boards

– 1×4 board

– 1/4″ round trim piece

The piece is held together with wood glue and brad tacks. 

I cut the two 1×6 side pieces the exact length that my mantel sides measured. My 1×6 front piece was cut 1 1/2 inches longer than my front mantel measurement so that the end pieces cut edge was covered and not visible from the front. I glued and nailed these piece together. My 1×4 board was cut the same length as the mantel and that is the underside of my box to cover the gap underneath. Also glued and tacked in. The 1/4″ round is what holds the mantel cover over the existing mantel. They simply slide over the top of the existing mantel and hold on the decorative rustic piece.   

      
 (Yes, that is MY toolbox…no, my husband is not allowed to use it…)

I distressed the wood pieces by beating them with a hammer, scraping out chunks with a chisel, tapped a screw end to make worm holes, tapped screw head and thread marks into the wood and then stained with Rustoleum “Honey” stain.  Then, mantel cover just slides over existing mantel. Perfect fit.

  
   Finished look:

   Now, if the next homeowner hates it, they can simply slide it off and trash it. That’s my kind of DIY.

Design time: 10 minutes

Build time: 20 minutes

Cost: $20 

Happy Tuesday!!

Thanks for reading.

 

~DIY [canvas tote] Throw Pillow~

I am a thrifter. I LOVE finding a good deal on neat, preloved stuff. I found a fantastic wingback chair that originally, someone paid a lot of money for. It needed a good cleaning and a pillow. Cleaning done. Now, pillow.

I searched far and wide for a pillow that I liked to stay on my treasure year round but the selection right now is scarce second hand, and mostly Christmas items brand new sporting price tags of $20+. Not happening. So, after leaving store after store yesterday, I headed home.

Pillowless.

This morning I was hustling my kids out the door for school and laid eyes on my cream colored canvas bag with “hello” painted on it and wondered what I was going to do with it. I love it and knew if it hung on the coat hanger long enough, I would have some grand inspiration on how to put it to good use in my home. I received it as a gift bag carrying neat little treasures from one of my daycare kids for Thanksgiving.

I gawked at it for a couple of minutes and thought, “What am I going to do with this canvas-y pillow material bag?” Suddenly, it HIT me. PILLOW!! Oh, the excitement! And, the perfect ugly pillow came to mind (I had just taken it to the basement yesterday – pre-fabulous chair purchasing)!

So, here is what I used:

Canvas tote, ugly pillow similar in size to tote, thread (matches canvas), needle, and scissors (I had everything on hand. SCORE.)

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So, here is what I did:

1.) Stuff pillow into tote.

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2.) Pinch the opening together keeping tote handles aligned (left pic) then whip stitch with raw edges turned in (right pic). **You could use hot glue instead of stitching, but the durability isn’t there like it is with thread. And, I hate redoing a project because I took a shortcut in the first place. But, if hot glue is what you have on hand and you are in a pinch, go with it.

Note: I left about 1 inch on each end unstitched. I started in the center and stitched toward the outside and ran out of thread. I liked the look, so I went with it. Then with a new piece of thread, I started in the middle again and stitched toward the other side just short of 1 inch.

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3.) Cut tote straps on center. (I cut mine at a bit of an angle like the ends of a fancy bow.)

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4.) Tie straps into bows.

(How I did it: Make straps into rabbit ears and cross, then go around the tree and into the burrow. Pull tight.) 🙂

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5.) Arrange bows as you would like. (I tied both and decided I liked mine covering the stitching best rather than sitting crossways over it.)

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DONE!! Now, ready to display on my “new” old (clean) chair!

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TA-DAH!!!

Don’t you just LOVE it?! I know I do! What did you work on today?