April 18, 2014

Friday Favorites and a Giveaway!

Happy Friday, friends! This week has been so long. H and I have been working on projects like crazy to get the house ready to show to potential renters next week, and I am exhausted. I've been mentally escaping from the endless to do lists and building myself a lust list on Pinterest, because what I reeeeally need to be doing right now is shopping (yeah, right). Here are a few things that I'm loving lately!

Friday Favorites

1. I love this Kate Spade necklace. Perfect for both Spring and Summer!

2. Speaking of summer, I need this beach towel.

3. I recently signed up for Ipsy (I love it!) and I received a sample of Benefit's Lollitint in last month's box. It's the perfect lip stain, and it also looks great on cheeks! Definitely going to be buying the full size version.

4. This bag is on my bag list. One day. Also, please tell me you have a bag list, right?

5. Target is selling a pretty set of gold flatware that is similar but less expensive than West Elm's version.

In other news, I might have hinted that you were in for a treat today...and you ARE! Remember that lovely leopard pillow that I shared yesterday is from a beautiful Etsy shop called Stuck on Hue. The shop's owner, Hollie, is so sweet and so talented. She sent me this leopard pillow to use in my One Room Challenge, but to be honest, I had a hard time choosing which pillow I wanted! There are so many good ones.

And guess what?! Hollie is giving away a $50 credit towards a pillow of your choice from her shop! So that way, if you win, you can have as much trouble deciding as I did :) Enter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good news! Hollie is also offering 10% off all orders until April 30th with the code BURLAPANDLACE. Exciting right? Good luck, and happy weekend!

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April 17, 2014

ORC: Week 3 | Making Progress

I can't believe that it's Week 3 of the One Room Challenge! After getting the upstairs carpet replaced last week, I moved all of the furniture back into the space. I'm still not sure on furniture placement yet, but I'm really loving my desk on the opposite wall than I had originally planned, so I'll keep you posted on that. Here's what it currently looks like:

Messy. #keepingitreal

I couldn't even be bothered to close the drawer for a photo. You're welcome.

I had been working on some art before the ORC even started. Here's what I'm working with so far. I snagged a large frame from Ikea that was being discontinued and on clearance for $6, found a photo of Brigitte Bardot, and sent it to Staples for printing. Since I wanted it to be black and white, I chose to get it blown up as an engineering print, which was less than $2. I love how it turned out! If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I painted this little abstract painting a few months ago. It reminds me of the art inspiration that I shared in Week One!

I've also been hoarding this vintage milk glass light fixture for a few months, knowing that it was going to go in the office. The brass was tarnished, but it was only $3 at a Habitat ReStore.

It polished right up with a little bit of elbow grease and some Brasso! (between this and the campaign dresser hardware, I'm going to have a hand cramp for weeks).

Thanks for all of your suggestions on last week's post about fixing scuffs on bamboo. A few of you suggested using Restor-A-Finish, and I happened to have some on hand, so I gave it a go. Since it was a dark walnut color, I only used it lightly on the desk chair.

It worked like a charm!

I also used it on the pink tufted bamboo bench I'm planning on using in the room. I applied it with a heavier hand since the color of the wood is a little darker than the desk chair. Here's what it looked like before:

and after:

Amazing, right? I also gathered a few pillows that I'm planning to use in the space. Isn't that leopard one great? It's from an Etsy shop called Stuck on Hue...make sure to come back tomorrow for a little treat! Trust me...you won't want to miss it! ;)

This week, I'm planning on spiffing up my inspiration board and nailing down the furniture placement. I also have a DIY planned for the bookshelf, and maybe even some news in the table department! Make sure to check back next week!




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April 16, 2014

DIY Stenciled Accent Wall Reveal!

Hi friends! Thank you all so much for your kind words about our move. We are very overwhelmed, but very excited! 

I mentioned that I was going to be finishing up projects around the house before we left, but some of those projects had to be cut short, like the plans for the guest room. It didn't make much sense to set up an entire room when we might not even have an extra bedroom in our apartment! Just as a reminder, here's what the room looked like before (hint: bad):

I wanted to go with a Palm Beach feel to the room, and Royal Design Studio was kind enough to send me a stencil to help me accomplish that! I chose the Camel Bone Weave Stencil because it reminded me of lattice or bamboo. I painted an accent wall and left the room pretty bare since I wasn't sure what our plans were. Since I'm not decorating a whole bedroom, I just set up a vignette on the few pieces of furniture that I was planning to use in this room instead!

Please pardon the quality of the first few photos; my 18-55mm lens had been dropped too many times to count. The photo quality greatly improves when I switch lenses about halfway through the post!

I bought the green dresser from the lovely Emily A. Clark. I responded to a post on her FB page about getting rid of it, and the next day I was at her house with a baby in my arms and we were chatting like old friends.

Ok, about the details: the lamp was a $12 Habitat purchase, and I added blue ribbon to the shade. The Matisse lithograph print was another Habitat find (for $10!). I painted the black and white abstract myself, and the palm candlesticks and blue and white jar were thrift store finds. 

I found this large Foo Dog at Ross (of all places) for $6 on clearance. He was black and silver, but there's nothing a little gloss white spray paint can't fix!

He's much more Jonathan Adler now, no?

The palm candlesticks combined with the color scheme really give the space that Palm Beach vibe I was going for.

It's finally hydrangea season!

When I bought the dresser from Emily, she said that someone had spray painted the hardware silver before she bought it (who would do that?) I stripped off the paint and polished the brass back to its original finish with some Brasso. It was quite a task, but it was worth it!

Looking at these photos makes me a little sad that I cannot finish this room. At least I got to enjoy the stencil for a little while!

I big thanks to Royal Design Studio for sending me this stencil. I'm really loving the bright and colorful vibe of this room! And PS- it's staying when we rent our house. Not painting over this baby!

I was not paid to write this post, but I was gifted a stencil. All opinions are 100% mine.

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