Monday
Aug042014

Backless in the Dining Room

I feel like in the past two places we've lived, I've always been on the hunt for the perfect high back {or in some way remarkable} hostess chairs for my dining table. You see, I have my 4 Tucroma chairs {@here} that are one of my favorite finds pretty much ever, so whatever I choose needs to play nice with them, obviously.

I'm always searching for vintage, but I've also considered buying something brand new and reupholstering it. However, at this moment I'm loving the idea of pulling up an upholstered, backless bench or stools to one side of the table...

 

I'm sort of a stool/bench hoarder- I've got a few great pieces I've been holding on to for the past couple of years in hopes that the right project would come along. I think this just might be it! Would you go backless in the dining room? 

Thursday
Jul312014

Anti-Mag Feature

We were so privileged to have the lovely Jo Ann from Anti-Mag come over to our home and interview my hubs and I a few weeks ago. Richmond is filled with so many creative people, I'm constantly amazed by all of the talent this city has to offer! And to be considered as being "interview-worthy"...well that's just the coolest : ) You can read the full article @here

 

Wednesday
Jul302014

Shoe Closet Dreams Do Come True

Those who know me well, know I'm crazy about shoes. I like to think of myself as a shoe collector really. I have no idea how many pairs I have- I'm not obsessive about it or anything- but it's quite a few. I like to think I'm giving these shoes a good home- I often shop consignment shops, which allows me the ability to afford some pretty nice things. They are like pieces of art that I can wear, so it's a great investment in my eyes.

I have always loved the idea of displaying the things you love, but I've never had the space until we moved into the new house. When I spied this tiny "closet" off of the master, I knew it was destined to become the future home for all of my beautiful shoes, jewelry and accessories...

 

The wire shelves and bland white walls weren't doing it for me, obviously. So I went in a bolder direction...

I started by painting the walls the most lovely shade of olive green- it's called Pup Tent by Martha Stewart Living paint at Home Depot. I can't find it online, but they have swatches of it in store. Then I picked up some simple {cheap} shelf brackets and painted them black. After this, of course we used our trusty Ryobi Circular Saw {also used @here and @here} to make the cleanest cuts for the shelves. Seriously, just a note about this tool- it has changed our lives! Basically, anything I can dream up around the house, the saw has allowed us the ability to create. It's super easy to use and very exact, which my husband loves {he's not as charmed by the little imperfections as I am}. We painted the shelves and I started unloading my shoes...

I found the Chinoiserie screen when we still lived in Connecticut, and it's the perfect decadent piece to add into the mix in here. It's also perfect for displaying some of my larger necklaces. To the left right when you walk in, is where I store the majority of my jewelry. I found this little campaign cabinet at a thrift store. I lined the drawers with velvet fabric so all of my baubles stay in place...

On the side under the window, I have cubbies for all of my flat shoes. On top I keep some of my lovelier, small purses and accessories. My bigger bags are on a shelf over the doorway...

And of course I cannot forget to mention my old tattered rug that makes the space for me. I've loved this piece for many years, and I finally have the perfect spot for it to live...

 

Obviously, I know I really lucked out in here- not everyone has the space for such a lovely shoe closet. However, I feel it is so important to carve out a space just for you in your home. Even if it is a lovely and perfectly organized drawer in your dresser or a basket where you keep you favorite things- make it your own and enjoy your space! 

Tuesday
Jul292014

Edgy Cool Prep

Since Hunters Alley is no more {sad face}, I've been poking around Etsy much more recently to get my affordable find fix. Which reminds me, you should check out my shop @here for a nice mix of interesting things {shameless plug}. Anyway, I spied these pillows the other day and fell in love... 

The mix of the black leather with the fabric is unreal. Certainly edgy and cool, but could you imagine if you threw some prep into the mix for good measure? I think these beauties would feel right at home in a room like this...

The touches of black help to ground the softer, preppier blues. Cool shapes and natural materials keep the room feeling modern. Perfection. 

Monday
Jul282014

Turning One Table into Two

Hi all! Sorry for the MIA-ness...Summer in the South is just so magical...I've been spending as little time as possible on my computer and maximizing my quality of life over here! But don't you worry, I'm about to make up for all the radio silence with a week of new projects to share with you all! 

First up is a doozy, if I do say so myself. Remember @here I shared some plans for our dining room? Well, this room has taken a while to come together. It's rather expansive in actuality, so every piece has got to have some kind of gravity to it to work in here. The room is sort of squarish-shaped, and one wall houses our floor to ceiling brick 100 year old fireplace. I always knew on either side of the fireplace I wanted a pair of console tables with some character and symmetry to them...something like so...

The only problem was, that all of my vintage hunting was not turning up anything that was both big enough to fill the space properly, but also a pair- I needed TWO of them after all! 

A lightbulb went off for me when I found this French Provencial dining table for $25 at an antique store...

I threw it in the car and had my husband pull out his trusty Ryobi Circular Saw (the same one he used for our shelves @here) as soon as we got home. He cut the table in half length wise and mounted each half to the wall on either side of the fireplace...

 

I went through and filled the seam in the middle with wood filler and gave the whole piece a good sanding before I started painting...

I love how the emerald green pops against the dark eggplant-y walls. However, I wanted these beauties to be really special, so I added a black stripe down the center and went through and added some gold leaf detailing as well...

But I don't think I was totally sure about this project until I started styling these two. Styling is an ever evolving process for me, but here's a few snaps I took earlier today...

I love how there is some symmetry happening here, but they each have their own personality to them in how they are styled...

A lot still needs to come together before I'm feeling ready to share more photos of this room with you, but I'm pleased with the progress so far! Eeeek...now onto painting shoe moulding...Follow along on Instagram @here for more progress shots!