Wednesday, January 30, 2013

guest bedroom: before and after

Woke up this morning and decided it was time to post some pictures of some other rooms in my house that aren't on the main level.  So since it was more or less neat and photo-ready, I thought it might be a nice idea to show some pictures of my guest bedroom, which came together in one inspired night at about 2 a.m., and was most definitely done on the cheap, with lots of vintage finds and sale furniture.  First, here's a photo of the space before:


Yes, this was taken before I moved in - the previous residents used it as a kids' play room.  As you can see, the room is dormer-style, with sloping walls, which, while annoying for some, has always just been cozy in my book.  In my ideal world, I would have wallpapered the entire room (walls + ceiling), but since I had zero money by the time I got to this room, I decided to just paint the entire thing (actually, my mom and I painted it together, with my mom doing most of the dirty work of painting the ceiling and slanted walls).  I wanted the space to feel super snug, even lodge-y (I moved in during the late Fall/early Winter season, so I was into plaids and flannels and fur and the like), and I also wanted the color to read as serene.  I picked this green-grey color (Behr's celtic gray), which I sometimes like, and sometimes don't like, but which is neutral enough to work with lots of different colors.

Here are some first photos of the space before I break things down!







There's only a single window in the room, and even though I wasn't too crazy about covering most of it up with a headboard, there really wasn't much choice in terms of bed placement.  I wanted to use the Lillesand bed frame from IKEA for a lighter feel, but it was out of stock and I didn't feel like waiting around for it to show up again.  One night I was up late looking at Target.com, and found this charcoal grey pinstriped upholstered headboard for $149, which was a steal I couldn't very well pass up.  Even though it's a heavier look, I like how it's kind of masculine, but can still be dressed up or dressed down, depending on the bedding.  


Speaking of bedding, the plaid and ticking stripe pillows, along with the duvet cover, are all from Target; the red Staffordshire dog throw pillows are from West Elm, and the yellow wool blanket at the foot of the bed is an old hand me down from my paternal grandmother.  The tufted white leather bench is from Home Goods.

I got really lucky one night right before Christmas; apparently these side tables were part of some holiday collection, and were on sale for $39 each in the store.  I had stopped (again, late night - do we see a pattern developing here?) at Target for a few groceries and ended up walking out with two of these.  I like how they have a slightly tapered leg and glass top + shelf.  They were really a great buy.

The lamps are vintage (etsy) and the I covered the shades myself with fabric from Joann.  The print behind the lamp is huge, and one of my first purchased for my old condo - from Alicia Bock Photography.  It was actually kind of difficult to hang anything on these little walls, so I just ended up hanging things low and also propped a mirror against a wall. 



 The rug is from eBay (straight from Turkey!) and the colors are just gorgeous.  These pictures don't do it justice.



The bamboo campaign-style desk was a craigslist score ($25!), as was the chair (I actually have a set of six; but the other five are in storage right now).  Sheepskin is from IKEA; mother of pearl lamp is a few years old, but pretty sure I got it at World Market.  Chinoiserie mirror was also a craigslist find a couple of years ago.

The room isn't all that large, but it really does have a nice cozy feel;  I've already had a few people stay in it, and I think they were happy (Kelly B.; I'm looking at you!).  Maybe if I come into a small fortune I can finally fulfill my dream of having the entire thing wallpapered, but for now, I'm happy with how it turned out.  

Thanks for looking!

Monday, January 21, 2013

living room: before and after (finally)

So, I'm finally getting around to posting photos of the first floor of my new house, finished and ready to be shown!  I know I've already put some images here of the room(s) in various stages of being complete, but at long last, I think I'm more or less done with making changes here on the main level (with maybe one or two small exceptions).  Before I kick off this massive photo dump, let me remind you of what the room looked like before I moved in (photos below taken by the previous owner of the house):



And now, here's a first look at how things have changed, before I break it down, step by step!  Kevin, of course, is saying hello.

You might be wondering, if you're one of my three regular readers, where exactly that new couch came from, since I had already purchased a new leather sofa for this house shortly before moving in.  Well, I have a confession to make.  I am woefully fickle when it comes to where I live and the items that I use in my place, and so, after dropping some cash on that first leather sofa and having it delivered, I decided I didn't like it (and in truth, I had reservations about it shortly after it was delivered).  It wasn't comfortable, I didn't like the shape of the arms, it was too small, and the leather always felt cold.  So in a moment of indulgence, I ended up selling it on craigslist and buying a new Chesterfield style sofa (actually the Saybridge sofa from the Martha Stewart collection at Macy's, upholstered in the "cocoa" colorway), which I totally LOVE.  It's the perfect size, comfortable, and the tufting keeps it always looking neat (i.e. not a total sloppy mess like my old sofa that always looked shapeless and messy).   But let's talk customizing.  When the new sofa was delivered, it looked like this:

Not bad, but the pillows seem huge and the whole thing is kind of blah.  So I hopped over to Joann fabrics and Target and got myself busy buying/making some pillows.  I must admit, I'm pretty proud of myself for becoming increasingly handy with the old sewing machine; I've finally learned how to 1) tuft, and 2) add piping/trim to pillows.  These newly acquired skills have now been put to use on the new sofa:









The black ribbon trim pillows and the yellow pillow in the center of the couch are from Target (my favorite store in the world) and the blue pillows w/burgundy trim and the striped tufted pillows I made on my own.  I love that pom pom trim.

But let's get back to the rest of the room.  Here are a few shots, from different angles:


The living room, with the dining room behind, and off to the right, my (striped!) powder room.  Quick sneak peek of the powder room below (more to come on that later).  I painted those stripes myself!


Back to the living room.  Here, a shot of the fireplace and the eBay oil painting I bought when I moved in.  Curiously, various friends have asked me if this picture is either a) Ayn Rand (good lord, I hope not), or b) an effeminate man. Bookshelves are "Hemnes" from IKEA; coffee table was $40 on craigslist; red chairs are from overstock; gold pouf (almost hidden by sofa) is Nate Berkus collection from hsn.com; brass and lucite floor lamp is from eBay; leopard rug is from overstock.


My blue painted credenza with some majorly oversized brass lamps (also found on eBay); I covered the lampshades with some fun zig zag red/pink/gold paper from Paper Source.  Sorry for the backlighting on this one.  Black and white chevron pillows are from Nate Berkus collection from Target.

Close up of lamp:



Moving right along, here are some shots of the dining area behind the living space. 


I  love the look of wingback chairs at the head(s) of the table, and found these at IKEA, of all  places.  Really like the mid century shape.  Since they kind of tilt back- and downward, I made those big pillows (with the same fabric as the couch pillows - incidentally also purchased at IKEA) so that anyone sitting there is propped up to the appropriate distance to the table.  It actually works really well and the chairs are really comfy.  Bought that new rug from overstock and re-covered my dining room chairs with a blue/white toile fabric (still loved the old fabric I had on the chairs, but it was looking dingy and little worn). 



Here's the new bar that's located across from the dining area:


As promised, a small update on this, too.  The deer head was a DIY project; I bought it on eBay and it originally looked like this:


He's got a cute face, but the whole thing is a little too rustic.  I spray painted him (took MANY coats), and I think the new look is still fun, and a little more modern (and a little less country cabin).   The credenza itself is a nice piece by Drexel that I found on craigslist.  Doors are birdseye maple (so pretty) and I really like the 1950s Asian inspired legs.  

And I think that's about it!  All that I have left to do is get a lighting fixture for above the dining room table, but that's proving to be difficult to find (of course, the one I really like - Meurice chandelier by Jonathan Adler - is waaaaaay out of my price range, so back to craigslist and eBay for me).  The kitchen, incidentally, is located behind and off to the side of the dining area - will post pictures of that later on, since this seems to be a long enough post for one day.  Thanks for looking!  I'll leave you with one last instagram photo of the space, since everything looks nicer through those fun vintage filters.



Thursday, January 10, 2013

pretty happy table

I don't normally post images from other sources, but this table by the incomparable Eddie Ross, and featured in the Jan/Feb 2013 issue of Lonny, was just too pretty not to share.  Everything about this room is perfect.  Love it.  And this is the push I needed to finally get myself a pair of Staffordshire dogs, which I've been wanting for years and years, but have never gotten around to buying.   Better get my tuchus over to eBay to see if I can find me a bargain!