Monday, June 6, 2011

I've moved.

It's been about 3 months since I launched my new blog Suite Revival!

 For my real life friends, I'm pretty good at linking to Facebook when I have a new post but I was looking at my blogger dashboard and I noticed something that I've never really noticed!

This blog had a few followers...26 to be exact! I know it's nothing to get all crazy about but I appreciate all 26 of you and would love for you to join me at Suite Revival!

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

New blog.

It's true...I never thought I'd have a blog. But then I did and I loved it!

As any regular reader of this blog can tell, I've taken a liking to all things decorating, design, and repurposing over the last year.  And I've given a lot of thought as to how I can expand on that passion. The idea of starting a business is a little overwhelming right now, so I did the 2nd best thing - I started a new blog. There are a lot of regular 'ole folks who started blogs to share their passion with the world and they are now going to blogger/creative conferences, being featured in magazines, and doing guest segments on the Nate Berkus Show or Martha Stewart! I wouldn't mind heading down that same road some day and I decided to start a new blog that fits that mission! So ladies and gentleman, I would like to introduce you to:

I hope you take a second to head over there and add it to your favorites or reader! It's still a work in progress but it has a bird on it so it's good for now!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A suite revival.

I have the most amazing best friend in the whole world! Linda's hilarious, smart, beautiful and so much fun to be around. But nobody's perfect, right? There has to be something wrong with her. Now I hate to be the one to point this out, but she does have a flaw.

She's not much of a decorator. So she was thrilled when I mentioned how badly I wanted to re-decorate her master bedroom and give her a brand new space! And I was thrilled when she and her husband gave me complete freedom with the design! I believe his exact words were "I don't care what you do." It was music to my ears!

So here's the first area I tackled - it's an adorable little nook where they had a simple little IKEA dresser and a full length mirror. Functional but not much of conversation starter.
So anyhow, going into the project I was inspired by this little green number - I loved the shape and lines of the dresser but was leaning toward more of a lime color (which would go well with their current and remaining brown bedding.) But then something happened - we stopped at a Kirkland's Home Store and saw this gorgeous piece in a muted turquoise shade. We both loved everything about it and knew immediately that this was the look to go for! Gorgeous, right? However, the $269 price tag was most definitely not what we were going for! Luckily, I found an diamond in the rough on Craigslist a few weeks back for a mere $20 bucks! I don't have a really good before pic so these two will have to do. We had already taken out all the drawers and it was on it's back so we could paint it. Here's the top and you can see the drawers here, too. It didn't come with any hardware but that was an easy fix! And besides the finished product, the price tag on this bad boy was the best thing about it!!
Are you ready for the after? I'll warn you - it's taken several people's breath away. Including mine!I had high hopes for this dresser but truth be told, it has exceeded all expectations! And it was only $20...take that Kirkland's.

Friday, February 4, 2011

One year.

Tomorrow marks one year since my grandfather passed away. What can I say except that he was my hero, the epitome of generosity and love, I miss him every single day and the last year has been harder than I could have ever imagined. Words cannot begin to express how grateful I am to have spent the past year (and the 4 prior) living in his home. Those four walls on 53rd Street were one of the few constants I had in my childhood and living there this past year without my grandfather has been difficult. I remember those first few nights so vividly - there was a strange silence and a sense of emptiness and feelings of loss that I had never felt in that house. And I hated it. I knew I had to do something to fill my time since I couldn't bear just to sit and be still. So I started cleaning and Lord knows there was a lot of that needed to be done! From the time I got home from work until the time I went bed, I went through closets and drawers and boxes and rooms. Spending that time going through my grandfather's belongings was most certainly therapeutic and led me to discover just how much I love giving new life to old things. That little hobby of mine has helped me more than I can possibly say. Looking back, I can't believe the sun has risen and set 365 times since that horrible morning but it's a reminder that life goes on and with each passing day it gets a little easier. I thank the Lord for carrying my family and I through this past year when we could barely walk and I trust Him to see us through the next. I recently found this quote from Memoirs of a Geisha that I'd like to end with...

"Grief is the most peculiar thing; we're so helpless in the face of it. It's like a window that will simply open of its own accord. The room grows cold, and we can do nothing but shiver. But it opens a little less each time, and a little less; and one day we wonder what has become of it."

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Easiest headboard ever.

For months, I've been searching DIY blogs on how to make your own headboard. And for months, I've been looking for the right materials. And for months, I came up empty handed. Well yesterday, at my home away from home, I finally found exactly what I've been looking for!!
This may look like a really big frame with really big flowers but to me it was pure gold!! The best part of the project (besides how much it cost!) was it took me less than hour - start to finish! Initially, I was planning on painting the frame and stapling the fabric on the inside so I removed the picture - but once I did that I realize that wasn't going to work so I moved onto Plan B and just wrapped the entire frame with fabric and stapled away. Did I mention how simple this was?? Because it was simple. Like. Really. Simple. And since this was a picture it already had what it needed to hang making it even more so! Picture frame - $19.99
1 yard of fabric - $5.99
Total cost - $25.98
I absolutely adore this and it feels like a whole new bedroom! Love it!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Yellow chair.

I follow a lot of decorating/re-purposing/crafty blogs and I've noticed a fun trend lately that's had me contemplating how I could implement it in my design style. I see a ton of gorgeous rooms in greys, whites, and purples (which just so happens to me my living room color palette) that have one bright pop of color. I always love the look but have been a little hesitant to commit to that "pop". But this week, I finally took some action!
Enter this old chair.
It one of many great things that were in my grandpa's garage that I saved knowing that I had to fix up! It was pretty scratched and worn but in over all decent shape and nothing that a light sanding and can of spray paint couldn't fix! Have I mentioned how much I adore spray paint...because I do. It's awesome. Anyway....back to business.
I spent a good 30 minutes standing in front of the spray paint cage at Home Depot going back and forth between colors when I finally decided on this one!
I'm quite pleased with my choice and the final product!!
I love my new yellow chair!
So tell me, what have you spray painted lately?

Monday, January 10, 2011

New spice cupboard.

Within my grandparent's peach kitchen is a cute little cupboard tucked in the side of the main cabinets right next to the stove. I've always loved that space and remember thinking how cool it was when I was a kid. I figure if I thought it was cool, prospective buyers will too. We'll be putting the house in the market soon so thought I'd spruce it up a bit now and give me the chance to enjoy it as well. Here's the before...a hodge podge of different spices and cupcake liners (I can't remember the last time I made why they would get to take up 2 shelves of this precious space - I haven't a clue.)
Anyway, I took inventory of the spices...
Transferred them into these cute little jars from IKEA...
Added some free labels that I printed out from Martha Stewart and viola!
This totally makes me what to cook from scratch. I don't think I've ever used that Ginger...but now that's in a pretty little jar, I just might!

Ugly frame.

Sometimes during my lunch break I'll aimlessly walk the aisles of the Habitat for Humanity store looking for some inspiration. And thankfully, that's exactly what I found last week with this dusty, out of date frame and "art".
For a mere $4.99 I couldn't pass it up! I really liked the outside and inside frame and the pop from the interior artwork. I knew some spray paint would magically transform it so I cleaned it up a bit and then busted out the paint!
I had my standard grey on hand so I just used that.
It was already looking better but I knew it needed a little more pizazz so I took some scrap booking paper and cut it down to fit the inside border. It was harder that it looks and I was annoyed because I couldn't get the little flower things to line up and I ran out of double sided tape but I won't concern you with those details! Here's the final product!
I tried it in a few different places around the house but I think it has found it's home above the mantle!
I love when simple things like an old frame can be turned into something new and pretty to look at!
My next project is the organization my spice cupboard! There's nothing original about it...I'm flat out stealing this idea! Stay tuned...

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

I got the cry.

I wanted to give you an update on the clock reaction! If you recall, awhile back I decided to make my mom's Christmas present and made her a clock out of one of my grandfather's old Artie Shaw albums. I think she liked it...
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!

Holiday silence.

It's been awhile since I last updated with a project. I don't know if I've just been busy or uninspired or a combination of both - but the lull is about to end! It's a new year and I'm ready to roll again! I paid the Habitat store a visit during my lunch break and picked up a little something something! I hope to work on it tonight and have pictures for you tomorrow!

Stay tuned!