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Real Readers: Caroline, Taylor, and Sheridan

23 Jan

These days, I am obsessed with the chic, sophisticated and downright pretty house of these cute girls!

Names: Caroline, Taylor, Sheridan

Age: 24-ish

Current City: Houston, TX

Jobs:
Caroline – Event/Fundraiser Coordinator for a Non-Profit Organization
Taylor – Law Firm Recruiter
Sheridan – Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse

Decorating Styles:
Caroline – Traditional,  anything “anqituey” — she likes having a neutral base and then throwing in a splash of color.
Taylor – Shabby Chic, French Country…a self-proclaimed “Plain Jane” who gravitates towards creams, whites, and neutrals over bold and bright.
Sheridan – Likes coming home to a soft, calming atmosphere. She chooses any piece that makes her happy.

Right when you walk in, you are greeted with a quaint little set up. The antique-looking carte goes great with the wall sconces and framed artwork.

The streamers hanging down from the door frames are not a part of their usual decor. They were party decorations for Caroline’s 24th birthday! (Happy Birthday!) This is the visual you get in when you come out of the entry way. Believe it or not, all of these pieces of furniture are hand-me-downs from their various grandparents. The chairs were a completely different fabric and got recovered in simple white from the Design Center of Houston to match the house’s clean motif.

Cute crystal-looking lamps! Try Target, Marshalls’, West Elm or Pottery Barn for some inexpensive ones.

Taylor already had this zebra print pillow in her possession but lacked its matching partner. Thankfully, she found it at a cute boutique in Houston called, A Bientot. Don’t forget to try gift shop and jewelry boutiques for small home accents.

This pretty piece is perfect for holding all your knick-knacks. I even have the same painting they do at the top! Love!

Pretty little dining room set up. All antique hand-me-downs from the grandparents again…slipcovered in a softer linen fabric to protect the seats and cover up older fabric.

It’s all about the crystal and clear glass. Classic and easy to find at so many stores.

Islands in kitchens add SO much space and personality. Obviously not everyone has one built in but if you have the room, you can buy a stainless steel table/island and use it much in the same way. Here are all of Caroline’s birthday treats laid out!

The  curtains actually came with the house! Rather than spending a fortune on new Roman shades (that’s what they’re called) they added a few cute candlitas (little candles? si?) and made it their own.

The couches were covered in white by Sheridan and the unique end tables are from Nadeua in Highland Village in Houston. The glass lamps are from Marshall’s, and the pristine linen lampshades are from Pottery Barn. The pine wooden coffee table is from her parents’ house, but try Craigslist for other people’s old pieces.

 

These paintings are another great bi-product of Pinot’s Palette…the place in Houston where you get to BYOB and learn to paint a famous painting in a group. It’s only $35 for the canvas and a 3 hour class then you get beautiful art work to bring home.

CAROLINE’S ROOM

A beautiful 4 poster bed (handed down from her parents) with stunning white bedding from Kuhl-Linscomb make for a fresh combination or old and new. The walls came the pale seafoam color and Caroline used it to her advantage to keep it classy with the white linens and paisley euro shams (Pottery Barn). Although she is not the biggest fan of her room (she thinks the Pottery Barn pillows were a random impulse buy)…I think it is sooo much more sophisticated than I could ever hope to be. But then again I guess I am 2 years younger than her? Does that count? Let’s hope so.

Crystal knobs on the dresser are a fun add too! Pretty, pretty!

TAYLOR’S ROOM

All of Taylor’s gorgeous bed linens are from Pine Cone Hill. At the store I’m working at now, we sell this brand all the time. It has so many beautiful options for a VERY reasonable price. And it looks custom! Check out their website for more details (or come into Nest & Cot to order!).


BATHROOM

Even the bathroom is pretty! Baskets are an easy way to both hide and store all of your bathroom necessities. And wicker and white go so well together!

SHERIDAN’S ROOM

Coral, white and turquoise…oh my! This traditional bed belonged to her grandparents and she had it recovered by a local guy in a flax linen color. She then uses this linen again to create a romantic little vanity.

Cute knobs!

And she has a coral bowl! LOVE!

A plastic organizer for jewelry. It’s great for storage and being able to see exactly what you’re looking for.

In case you didn’t know…How To Be A Lady. I may actually need a copy of this?

A vanity is both romantic and practical. Every girl needs one! (I know all the guys are rolling their eyes at this point…if there is even one reading). The mirror is from Marshall’s. Further proof that you can always find something to fit your style for cheap there!

Caroline, Taylor and Sheridan’s house is proof that you can mix old and new, vintage and modern, inexpensive and expensive to create a comfortable and chic home. And despite all of their class and style, they say their favorite part is actually one of their more modern creature comforts: Speakers all over the house! This includes the backyard and the bathroom (I would know — I was listening to a football game while I was using it!). TMI?! Who cares.

Hope you enjoyed visiting their home as much as I did!

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Real Readers: Caroline

18 Aug

Today is a special day when I allow my first guest blogger to have her say here on my blog. Nepotism is alive and well, people… and hard at work here at the Funky Bear. The guest blogger is my sister, Caroline! (Sidenote: If you’d like to be a guest blogger on the Funky Bear or feel you have something to share in this creative space, please email me at thefunkybear@gmail.com)

Name: Caroline

Age: 20

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Current Town: College Station, Texas

Fun Fact: Besides being my one and only little sister, Caroline was born with 2 stuck together toes! Yes, as in webbed, like a duck. The nurse who helped deliver her proudly proclaimed: “Oh don’t worry, good for swim!”  TMI? Perhaps…

Decorating Style: Classy. Colorful. Chic.

But Caroline is qualified to talk decorating in other ways than her blood relation to me. Out of the two of us, she is the one more inclined towards home design. In fact, when I told her I was starting the Funky Bear, I’m pretty sure she shunned me for no less than 3 days because it’s more her forte than mine. She probably couldn’t understand how or why I was dabbling in her world. Hmmf…but now she is helping me provide creative inspiration to all of my followers. She has always been interested in home decorating and design since the ripe age of 6 when she started her very own design notebook. She pulled scraps out of magazines and wrote on sticky notes things such as “Nice curtains” and “Good lamp” so she wouldn’t forget when she was all grown and had her own place.

Well, now she does at her first house at Texas A&M University and she would like to share her tips of the trade with YOU. Keep in mind, she has just moved in in the past few weeks and the walls are still very bare. But you can definitely get some great ideas looking through the decorating mecca that is her house. I’m OBSESSED and I know you will be to.

So without further ado, here is Caroline’s point of view:

Hello Funky Bear followers! I’m excited to be able to share with ya’ll my new love affair – my very first house, and it has a red door! Love at first sight. I’ve always loved design & decorating, but am in a whole new arena now that I have my own house (and all the fun stuff inside is coming out of my wallet! Yikes.)  My 3 lovely roommates and I just moved in this Summer and have been having a ball putting it together. I can tell they’re true friends because they have completely let me take the reins decorating wise.

Our little red door house is a work in progress! One thing I’ve learned so far is that decorating (the right way) takes time and patience. It doesn’t happen all at once, no matter how much you want it to, and it turns out a whole lot better that way. I’m going to share a few tid bits on what’s been going on in my house thus far…

Welcome to my room! I took this old wrought iron bed from my room at my parent’s house and threw my freshman dorm Pottery Barn bedding on it. I’m a big fan of color, and love that the red comforter incorporates lots of fun, bright ones. The white on the bed adds a clean crisp vibe to the loud colors. Then for finish, I added a few accent pillows (thanks to Marshall’s and Stein Mart — awesome throw pillows at a great price.)

The lamps beside my bed were a Target purchase! I love the lining of the shades with that fun design so that when you turn the light on, it adds a little somethin’ extra.

My mom and I found this great old pine desk at a resale shop in Austin for $70! I’d been looking for so long, and this was hands down the best deal. I leaned this old mirror (another Mom find) up against the wall. At first it was out of the laziness that came from trying to hang it all by myself, but I’m really starting to kind of like the lean, laid-back, chic look.


I set on top of the mirror this little sign (with some wise words from Cinderella) found at Marshall’s.


On top of my desk sits this classy little lamp. Believe it or not, it was a Target find! It’s got the silver candlestick look and the shade is this soft blue that I love.

The jewelry box was an Urban Outfitters find ($40) and the little bird-earring holder was $7 from Marshall’s. If you can’t tell by now, I’m a huge Marshall’s fan and bargain shopper extraordinaire.

Touches of leopard print here and there never get old. My mom found this chair for me a long time ago at a resale shop in Houston (The Guild – for any of you Houstonians). Again, the throw pillow was a recent buy at Target!

And here we have my first painting project! My mom had this funky old wood table. Since it was just a practice/starter piece, I decided to go bold and put a coat of this hummingbird turquoise on it. It was way easier to paint and distress than I thought! New hobby? Possibly.

Here are some quick instructions to Do It Yourself if you’re interested:

Step 1: Find old piece of furniture – Craigslist, around the house, resale shops…you name it!

Step 2: If it’s already got a coat of paint on it or a stain, you’ll need to sand it off so that the paint and finish will stick (which is all I did). Or you can do a combination of sanding and priming. Priming is easy as well and anyone at Home Depot can help you find the right primer depending on the piece. Make sure to wipe the piece down to get off all the dust particles etc. off before you start applying paint!

Step 3: Now you get to paint! Turn on some music, lay out a old sheet or tarp, and go to work. You don’t need fancy paint brushes, but cheapy ones will just make your piece look cheap. Quality is better, even if it’s a few bucks more. Worth it. Ask someone at your local hardware store and they’ll point you in the right direction.

Step 4: Re-apply another coat to make the color rich and non-streaky! Let it dry overnight.

Step 5: To give it an antique, distressed look – you’ll need some sandpaper! Go over all the edges where a piece of furniture is prone to wear over time. Corners, lines, etc. – you can distress it however much or little you’d like.

Step 6: Once you’re done with this, you’ll want to wipe down with a damp cloth to get off all the dust and anything left over on it. Now you’ll put a clear, glossy sealer over it to help it resist stains and give it a nice finished look! It’s like putting on clear nail polish, you can’t really mess it up, but if you do it right, it makes a big difference. And voila! You’re done.

An old vase from a flower delivery a while back and some one dollar colorful daisies from Michael’s serve as our “centerpiece” for our kitchen table.

This one gets props from Funky Bear herself and my momma, the one who taught me everything I know! My mom painted and distressed this fun piece and my sister gets credit for the artwork. She was going to throw that away! Someone’s trash is another’s treasure…

Our cozy living room! All pieces from our old house mixed and matched together.

A little home-made artwork around the house! Me and my friends had a girls night one evening consisting of canvases, an array of acrylic paints, Alanis Morrisette setting the mood, and a little bit of wine. Artistic inspiration in a nutshell.

Here are some little touches around my room. Everyone knows it’s the little touches that make a house a home…

Found this little silver tray at a resale shop for $4! Put a candle on it and it sits right on one of my bed side tables.

I like filling shelves with all my books – the bindings bring in color and a homey feel.

I love trays of perfume, gives it a feminine feel, even if most of the bottles are basically empty.  I found the white oval plate the perfumes are sitting on at Marshall’s.

More homemade stuff. Here is a fun card I found at a boutique in Austin! I found some scrapbooking paper and matted it on that and stuck it in a 8 x 10 black frame.

This is in my roommate (Kristin’s) room and I’ve always wanted to do this! She found an old window pane at an antique store for $12. She cleaned up the glass a little and stuck some pictures in! She recently bought another one for our house that I’m sure we’ll do something fun with.

As you can tell, our house is still kind of empty feeling – but we’re trying to pace ourselves! That only means we get to prolong the fun of getting to decorate and add to the house. But for now, I’d say it’s a pretty good start. When it starts coming together even more, maybe Claire will let me update you guys on how it’s looking. Thanks, hope you enjoyed!

Do It Yourself: Mason Jars

25 Jun

It’s FRIDAY! My almost favorite day of the week. Obviously I prefer Saturdays because there is no work but Fridays build anticipation for the weekend. Love it.

Please watch this great scene from The Break Up with Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn before reading further. It will give you great insight into my idea behind today’s post…sort of. (Just sit tight through the commercial).

"What my baby wants, my baby gets. You know that."

So here I am today writing to you about lemon centerpieces.

Inspired by: Franklin Crafts

No, just kidding.

But that is where today’s inspiration came from. Although there is a time and a place for beautiful lemon and fruit centerpieces (my mom makes cranberry and green apple ones every Christmas), today’s Funky Bear post is not that time. This is mostly because when I thought through the idea of using fruit suspended in water to decorate your home, I realized that after about a month of that fruit just sitting in there, this is what you’d end up with:

Believe it or not, these once held incredibly drinkable water.

While repressing the urge to vomit, I noticed these yucky glasses above were actually kind of cute (minus the sludge in them). This brings me to today’s topic: Mason Jars.

Mason jars are some of the easiest ways to add color and spunk around the house. With their antique, Southern charm and pretty, simple look, mason jars are a welcome addition in any room. They remind me of the deep Southern blown glass in Sweet Home Alabama, too. If you don’t like that movie, I’m not sure we can be friends.

Jake: "What do you want to be married to me for, anyhow?" Melanie: "So I can kiss you anytime I want."

Anyhoo, nothing I post today is going to be life-altering or something you’ve never seen before. But it just might give you a great idea for a DIY over the weekend.

In order to do any of the below projects, you will first need to purchase mason jars. The major brand that has manufactured mason jars is Ball. So look for their signature logo to give it an extra authentic feel. I have found both the clear and the turquoise (yay!) jars online.

The only place that I could find offline to stock mason jars is Ace Hardware. They only have the clear ones, but they are inexpensive at about $11 for 10  jars. So if you don’t feel like waiting all weekend to get started on your DIY, head to Ace or another hardware store.

They're stackable, too.

You can find some on Ebay. If you are reading this after the auction has expired, then just type in “Mason Jars” in an Ebay search and more will certainly pop up.

Or you can find a bunch on Etsy. Some are even already hanging jars, which finishes half the work for you!

The way I see it, you’ve got four obvious options for using these jars:

1. Candle holders.

2. Flower vases.

3. Alone in all their Southern glory.

4. As a weird picture display.

We’ll start with candle holders. This by far is the most glorious and exquisite use of the jars. Making these is easy peasy lemon squeezy. Did you like how I brought it back to lemons?!

All you have to do is get your mason jar, fill it with your choice of items (Epsom salt, sand, beads, water, etc.), and plop a candle in it. It seems the candles that work best are the small tea candles, but there are taller ones stuck in there too. If you want to be extra safe, you should invest in the electric tea candles that emit the same glow but with no danger of setting fire to yourself or anyone else. Sounds good to me. You can also make them into hanging decorations by wrapping string or wire around the rim, or just purchasing them pre-made. Extra special tips: Change it up a little by choosing colored candles or colored beads to put in the jar. You can also add ribbons of your choice around the rim or even decorate the jar with rhinestones or paint pens. Here are some great traditional inspirations of mason jar candles:

Very simple.

Inspired by: Wedding Bells

The longer candle sticks work too and add depth to the arrangement.

Inspired by: Weeping Cherries

Sweet and easy. The perfect outdoor decoration too!

Inspired by: Simply Perfect Weddings

The Epsom salt makes it look like glittery snow. Try it out at Christmas time! (Just try to remember this post in 6 months)

Inspired by: The Inspired Room

Love the glow they give off at night. They look like fireflies, another Southern treat.

Inspired by: Wedding Bells

Umm...can this be my backyard and/or wedding please? Thanks.

Inspired by: Etsy

If this were in your house, it would definitely require electric tea lights for safety reasons.


Even Anthropologie got in on the action one year at Christmas when decorating their stores.

Inspired by: Flickr

Another sweet and obvious way to use a mason jar is to turn it into a living space for flowers (a.k.a. a vase). Sidenote: I’m sorry to whoever has the rights to these pictures — I forgot to take note of where I found many of them!

Here are the mason jars in action as a centerpiece.

A country version of the Beauty and the Beast rose.

Love the hanging bulbs underneath the flowers.

Of course, another easy peasy way to use these mason jars in your home is just to…use them. Place them on any shelf or table in need of some personality.

Adds some antique flair to any shelf.

Inspired by: Flickr

These aren't mason jars per se, but you can see that some people are obsessed with glass jars and bottles.

Inspired by: Design Sponge Online

Lastly, a less common but very interesting way to use mason jars is to make it into a one-of-a-kind picture frame.  The clear jars would be best for this, and by pouring olive oil (try to avoid the garlic kind — could get stinky!) in the jar with an upright picture, you can get a sepia effect and a new way to display your pics.

"Honey, do you smell garlic?"

Inspired by: Flickr

So this weekend if you find yourself longing for something new to add to your house (I hear people actually do this strange thing), then try some mason jars on for size. They are sweet in a shabby chic, Southern way and can be used in so many different forms. If you are already using mason jars in your home, send me some of your pictures so I can update everyone!

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