3 Steps to Creating a Cohesive Home, only one is illegal.

If you’ve ever spent any time on Christy’s blog, Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer, you’ve probably come away with feelings of inadequacy and disgust at your own home because every inch of hers is perfect! Girlfriend, what is your secret?

Is it millions of dollars and a personal decorator? No, judging by the name of her blog, she does it all herself, and on a budget. Like this laminate dining set she found at a thrift-store. Nothing worth taking a second-glance at …

 

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Until now! Take a second and third glance all over this thing. Isn’t it it so charming and sweet? It fits perfectly into her coastal cottage style. I’m pretty sure that’s the secret in the sauce. She knows exactly what her style is and stays true to it. She also keeps the color scheme constant throughout her entire house which makes everything feel cohesive and complete.

For instance, this she scooped up this assortment of aqua dishes when she found them at a thrift-store, even though she wasn’t exactly sure where to use them. But she knew that lovely color would work anywhere in her home. And sure enough, she found a perfect place: in the bedroom!

 

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She cut the candlestick in two and painted it white, then glued the dishes in between for this cute and custom jewelry organizer. Not only is the color scheme spot-on, but it also matches the curves of the kitchen table too! Cohesiveness, that’s the key.

Let’s review.  To create a beautiful home you should:

  • Discover your style and stay true to it.
  • Create a color scheme and stick with it.
  • Kidnap Christy and make her decorate your house for you.

Easy!

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Raising the Bar {Cart}

Is your day off to a great start, or did you wake up feeling a little worn out? Are you well rested or just rusted? Do you look like a million bucks, or like you couldn’t fetch five bucks at a yard sale? Am I projecting a description of this decrepit bar cart onto you? Maybe.

I hope you’re feeling at least a few steps ahead of this battle-scarred bar cart, but even if you’re not, there’s hope yet!

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Just look what a little TLC can do.

After paying $2 for this cart at a yard sale, Stacey dragged it home and attacked it with her drill and wire brush attachment to remove all the rust.  I’m surprised she had anything left to work with, but sure enough, there really was a bar cart under there. She painted it gold and turquoise and dolled it up with a hand-painted herringbone design on the shelves.

You should do the same thing if you’re also a bit burnt out. Not the wire brush part, ouch. But a little spit n’ polish might get you feeling brand new too. Or a massage and a manicure. Y’know, something like that. You deserve it.

See more from Stacey at Addison Meadows Lane

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas Light Garland

Are you Christmas fanatic who had your tree up in September? Do you wait until after Thanksgiving to get started? Are you like me and decided that now would be a great time to paint the entire inside of your house?

Yeah, timing is not my strong suit. But I am excited to finally get rid of this filthy, flat builder-beige! I chose a white-white shade of … white.  Ahhh, it’s like a breath of fresh air for my walls. I can’t describe to you how disgusting flat paint gets in a house full of kids. But I’ll try. Way disgusting.

But now that the walls are white-white, I’m noticing how yellowy-white the doors and trim are in comparison. So I’ll be painting those too. Wheee! Nothing like a monumental project to add more stress and anxiety to the holidays!  I will probably not have my decorations up until New Years.

But not you! You have your decorations up, your Christmas shopping is done, you’ve got a batch of homemade cookies in the oven and you’re just sitting there twiddling your over-productive thumbs.

You could: A) Get your buns over here and help me paint. Or B) Do a little Christmas crafting!

Here is a most adorable idea from Kristi at Chatfield Court. She took a handful of burned-out Christmas bulbs and threw them in the trash. Wait, that’s what I would have done. Creative-pants Kristi, on the other hand, spray-painted them with Rust-Oleum Mirror Effect Spray followed by a quick spritz of vinegar and water. This resulted in a mercury-glass look:

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Um, hello gorgeous. She simply strung them together with baker’s twine for the cutest Christmas garland you’ve seen all day. LOVE this idea!

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And it’s such a simple project, you could make it today and STILL have plenty of time to get over here and help me paint. At least think about it.


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Marimekko Makeovers!

If Marimekko makes your eyeballs squeal with delight, I’ve got a treat for you.

If you are unsure what Marimekko is, I’ve got a paragraph copied and pasted from Wikipedia for you:

Marimekko is a Finnish home furnishings, textiles and fashion company based in Helsinki. It made important contributions to fashion in the 1960s. It is particularly noted for its brightly colored printed fabrics and simple styles, used both in women’s garments and in home furnishings.”

Okay, now that we’re all caught up, here are some Marimekko inspired makeovers. Fun for everyone!

 

Claire is a self-professed Marimekko maniac. She has added touches of their iconic designs all over her home, inside and out.

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She decoupaged this weather-beaten bench with paper napkins and it’s so darn cute I almost didn’t even notice her equally cute dog. Isn’t he posing so nicely? Who’s a good boy? You’re a good boy, yes you are!

Right. I bet you are wondering how she plans to protect her paper-covered bench. Two words. Yacht varnish. Unofficial slogan: Protect Anything From Everything.

See the how-to on her blog Pillar Box Blue.

 

As for the inside of her home, Claire was looking for any reason to say goodbye to the beige-colored carpet on her stairs. They are the first thing you see when you enter the front door, so she decided to make them worthy of center stage with Marimekko wallpaper.

 

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Not only a huge improvement from before, but she smiles every time she walks in her home now. Her teenage boys even told her (without prompting!) that they really liked the new look. She said “I know they maybe a bit over the top for some people. They are what we British call ‘A bit Marmite.’ (You either love’m or hate’m).  So far more people seem to love’m than hate’m.”

I bet they do! Also, I had to look up what Marmite is, and was stunned to find out. Ummm, my British friends, can we talk? WHAT? WHYYYY?? Please explain.

See more on her blog Pillar Box Blue.

 

If you love Marimekko but aren’t ready to make a staircase-sized commitment, here’s a cute little project from Kat at Just Crafty Enough.

She thought she could recreate their most famous pattern, Unikki on a pair of shoes, but her husband thought she shouldn’t bother. It would be too hard. Yeahhhh. Who do you think won that argument?

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Kat, of course. “Challenge accepted and accomplished!” She executed it perfectly. Many people have used acrylic craft paint to do something similar, but Kat thought paint pens would give her more control. Unfortunately, she found that fabric paint pens lacked great color saturation. No big deal, she used Sharpies instead, and as you can see, she had no problems with bleeding. They look fantastic.

 

Next, it wouldn’t be the internet without a Mason jar or two. Linda from Mason Jar Crafts Love created this cute Marimekko-style vase from a plain-jane jar.

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Girrrl, you are looking SO influential-Finnish-designer now!

I bet you have everything you need to make yourself one of these today.

 

And lastly, the only thing in the cards for this card table was a trip to the dump. It was less ‘Marimekko’ and more ‘Jackson Pollack as angry toddler with a hammer.’

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But Stacey somehow saw potential here and brought it back to life with a fresh coat of paint and a yard or so of the Siirtolapuutarha fabric in vinyl. If you can’t find vinyl or PVC fabric you could always use … yacht varnish. On second thought, that doesn’t sound very food-safe, so yeah, maybe don’t.

See Stacey’s step-by-step on her blog Addison Meadows Lane.

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