Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Ode To Craig

Oh Craig how do I love thee.  Let me count the ways....

It's no secret that I have a thing for Craig.  He's always there for me.  He's pure eye candy.  He's diverse.  He knows what I need, when I need it, and he gives it to me.  He's the perfect man!

And he gets around.  I can't think of a single friend who hasn't used him yet.  But it's ok, I don't mind sharing.  He's THAT good!

See that picture over the sofa?  It's from Craig.

The lattice rug?  He gave me that too.

And this here coffee table?  Uh-huh.

Of course I have my studly man to thank for that.  He traveled across the state to get it for that man.  And Craig has nothing on him.

But I do have Craig to thank for helping me to pull this room together.

I couldn't have done it without him.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulicious day.

Joining:  Savvy Southern Style

Monday, May 21, 2012

Old Ochre in the Dining Room

Rain is in the forecast for most of this week, and Big Daddy took the week off so we could work on sprucing up the outside of our home.  As disappointing as that is, there is always something to be done on the inside.  So BD tackled the monumental task of cleaning out the garage.

Since I started my business with Denise over a year ago the garage has been our workplace.  It's not a very conducive space to painting large pieces of furniture and the end result is clutter everywhere.  My workbench looks like an assembly line at the Annie Sloan paint factory with half open cans of half empty chalk paint in every color of the rainbow. In fact, I found some Old Ochre with just a few drips left at the bottom of the can that the average person would have thrown in the trash.  But any savvy blogger knows that an entire dining room set can be transformed by merely adding a few tablespoons of water to that can.  Am I right?

And only a fellow blogger could understand how painting one simple accessory on the buffet can translate into the sudden urge to transform an entire dining room set. Can I get an "Amen"?

This yellow vase, as lovely as it was, needed a little somethin-somthin.

So I grabbed a brush and some Old Ochre to give 'er a facelift.

No sanding, no waxing, no muss, no fuss, just a little bit o'paint.

Let's talk about what happened next, and tell me if this happens to you.  I'm now staring at an open can of paint with a brush that is already wet, and the only logical thing to do is look around and find something else to paint.  Might as well, right?  Why waste the opportunity?

Course it didn't take long for me to figure out what to paint....


Mom and Dad if you are reading this, now would be a good time to go read the paper....
And yes I still care what my parents think!  Darcy - you're just as impulsive as I am so I'm not worried about you!

Ooooooh, Aaaaaaaaaah!

I heavily distressed and then applied just clear wax as I wanted to keep it light in here.

I had this chalkboard on a side wall that barely anyone ever saw, so I moved it in and I love it over the buffet.  I stole the lettering from Dear Lillie - my new favorite blog to stalk.  I didn't do nearly as good a job as she does but it's not bad.

Two recent antiquing finds...

This fun piece of coral was only $2 at a yardsale recently.

I love the new look!

I've decided that next I'm going to paint the base of the table the same color but leave the top stained.  And the chairs are getting a makeover too.  Here's where I need your help.  I'm thinking slip covers, but I don't want to cover all of them.  So - do I just slip the two arm chairs and paint the others?  Or do I slip the other chairs and paint the armchairs?  Help please.

The china cabinet is too big of a task for me to even think about, but I'm hoping by making some other small changes it will fit right in as is.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulicious week!

Joining:  Between Naps on the Porch

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Get Thee To Marshalls!

I'm telling ya - run, don't walk!!

So many of you asked where I got the burlap container in my last post, that I thought I'd share my secret.

It was $7.99 at Marshalls.  I kid you not!

And I went back to a different Marshalls after that post and came home with this wicker basket with leather handles for only $7.99.  It replaces the tray above.

And guess what, there's more!  Lots, lots more.

I also got this little guy for $5.99

It sits on the same table as this new lamp, also from Marshalls.

And this cute little number was just on clearance for $10.

It grew wings and flew into my cart.

And this little tub works perfectly in the kids' bathroom to hold toilet paper.  It was only $9.99!

I should probably mention here that I did NOTHING to any of these pieces - they were already burlapped and stenciled!  Suh-WEET!

Lastly, I picked up this hu-mon-gous beveled mirror for a mere $35.  It's exactly what this room needed to finish the new lighter look.  You can't tell from the pic, but it has a faux wood look to it.

Here is how the mantle looked before with the old mirror:

I like it now so much better.

I also replaced the apothecary jar with some books, and aged the finial using sandpaper and brown wax.

Better, don't ya think?

Now hurry up and get to Marshalls.  Then come back and show me what ya got!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulicious day!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Blue, White & Burlap

Makes me smile every time I walk by...

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulicious day!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Clover Market Pix

It was another successful show for Larkspur Interiors yesterday at Clover Market in Ardmore, PA.  The weather was cooperative and the crowd was eager to buy.

I was quite happy with how our entry display was set up.

This Paris barrel sold before the show even started!  The two tins on top were perfectly stenciled and at the last minute I decided to Mod Podge them - disaster!  They weren't supposed to even be put out, but somehow they ended up on display - EEK!

This apothecary table is perhaps one of my favorite pieces ever.  It was very hard to part with, but the customers were literally fighting over it!

Isn't it the bomb-diggity?

This is the second show that didn't sell one single demi-john and believe me, they were NOT expensive!  I've come to the conclusion that this is just not a demographic for those.  Must be a Southern Thang!

Another pretty that didn't sell.  It will go to the barn.

This is another favorite, an old china cabinet.  Sold.

The banners were made by Emily Anne's Kloset, one of my sponsors.  You can see more of her goodies by clicking the link on my sidebar.

A sweet owl pillow - also from Emily Anne's Kloset.

It was a great day and we had a lot of fun.  But the best part is, we don't have another show until Sept. so we can finally relax and focus on our booth in the barn.

I hope you enjoyed the pix!  Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulicious week!