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Casa de Funky Bear: Day 3 – The Rest of the Apt.

27 Dec

Time to finish what I started a few weeks ago — my own apartment reveal. Enjoy!

Of course, I had to include my favorite thing in the world: Picture clustering. It all starts with a blank room…

And a blank wall…

Then with a little bit of pre-planning and luck…

You get your final product!

Excuse Blair in this picutre — she’s just doing a little half marathon training stretch. It all ended up coming together amazingly. We love our bright blue we chose — Sherwin Williams “Jay Blue” SW6797. We were worried it would be a little obnoxious in such a small space but it adds so much character. If you notice, we did change our apartment floors from carpeting to wood and it made SUCH a difference. I definitely recommend this for a small living area because it immediately made our whole apartment feel more spacious. The power of optical illusions amazes me.

One day when I was terribly bored, I decided to make some personal art work for our little casa. After a quick trip to Michael’s and a bottle of Modge Podge. This is what I came up with. Cute-ish, right? I decopauged pretty paper onto tiny canvases. Then I painted wooden letters to spell what I wanted and hot glued them to the canvases. With a wire hanger on the back of each…they were complete. Maybe not the best creation I’ve ever claimed but they fill up space in our picture cluster.

Same goes with these. Not the best but at least it’s something. I wrapped big letters for Blair’s and my initials in leftover leopard print from the chairs.

More personalized artwork…both of these posters represent where Blair and I attended college. We call this our media center. Again — pretending to live the high life.

One is a real picture a student took of Athens’ Georgia Theater — a landmark and UGA point of pride. Sadly, the Georgia Theater burned down last year and is being gutted and renovated. It has housed famous acts from all over the country and from all different generations. I saw Taylor Swift there right before she made it big. AH-MAZING! If you’re interested, please visit their website and donate to the cause to rebuild this historic monument for future students to enjoy as so many of us have. I did my part by buying this poster the student photographer created to raise money for the cause. Your turn!

And of course for all of you non-Texans, the other poster is a blown-up Sports Illustrated cover with the University of Texas’ Vince Young when they won the Rose Bowl in 2006. The best part about this poster is that it is signed by the man himself. I received this as a special gift from a friend in high school…and I love being able to use it in my apartment and all of my houses to come.

The chair and custom painted and upholstered chairs I made a few months ago look funky and chic in our breakfast nook. Gotta have animal print somewher – Rawr!

And the beautiful painting above our table? A custom canvas painting by the one and only B. There is a fabulous place in Houston called Pinot’s Palette where for $35 you can re-create a famous painting and BYOB to enjoy wine with friends. Now it graces our presence in our breakfast nook.

Next to the nook is our “bar.” Really it is nothing more than a fun little table we set up a wine rack on but we like to think we’re living the high life with a built-in bar. We keep koozies and wine openers in the drawer for our alcoholic-friendly occasions.

We invested in a few pieces of artwork that remind us of fun times in our life. We bought this one from AllPosters.com to remember our semester abroad in Barcelona, Spain. The dark colors are very handsome and tone down the bright blue wall it sits across from without losing the color palette.

Our kitchen is small and sort of hard to work with but we just decorated a few key places to give it personality. My mom used to collect roosters so that’s our placeholder until we find something better. But the red little lamp adds much-needed light and looks so cute in the corner. Every kitchen needs a lamp. Overhead light is harsh and unflattering.

There…finished! Obviously, every home is a work in progress and mine is no different. I definitely plan on adding to and updating my digs over time as my taste and style develop.

And guess what?!…there is a big surprise in store for all of my Funky Bear followers in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned for more details!

Oh, and Merry Christmas, Happy New Year’s and all that jazz 🙂

Casa de Funky Bear: Day 2 – My Room

21 Dec

As much as I wanted to wait until my room is absolute decoration perfection before revealing it to the blogosphere, I have decided that now is the time. No matter how complete or incomplete it is. I still look at my room and not all of it feels like me — the only pieces I am truly obsessed with are my bed and my necklace holder. Everything else to me is just “eh.” I know over time I will accumulate nicer, more quality pieces that speak to me but for now, hand-me-down furniture and re-sale shop mirrors suit me just fine. So without further adieu…here is my room!

This picture definitely makes my accent wall look more green than it actually is. The color is Sherwin-Williams Hazel 6471  which is more of a blue turquoise than green (Blair’s is SW Interesting Aqua 6220 if you are interested). My mom and dad introduced me to this wonderful color as it coats the walls of their laundry room! Ultimately the color scheme of my room is turquoise, white, gray, and dark brown. I am OBSESSED with these colors together 🙂

My bedding is from West Elm and I got both the duvet cover and standard shams in white ruched. Tip: If you like your bed and duvet cover extra fluffy, buy a King size down comforter to slip into the Queen size duvet cover. It will bunch up to fit in the smaller case and be super puffy, fluffy and awesome.

Above my self-upholstered headboard (see my DIY article here), I artfully placed a mirror and two canvas paintings I did.

I simply used spray and acrylic paint to re-create some type of branchy/flowery/Japanese-y drawings I feel like I have seen before. They are just supposed to be little blossoms but I used the silver backgrounds to tie in the gray in my room without making it dull.

I randomly found the brown and white zebra pillows at Marshall’s — which is quickly becoming my favorite spot to buy household items on a budget. I cannot tell you enough how great this store is. Especially Marshall’s HomeGoods stores. You can always find unique, neat little pieces for less than $15.00. What’s not to like?

Here are my gray sheets and pillow cases that I am absolutely in love with. They are a fairly dark shade of gray but surprisingly not boring or gothic at all. With the white they look crisp yet edgy. I ended up getting Calvin Klein sheets because they had the highest thread count I could find in the color I wanted. Sheets are everything people – don’t skimp on them!

One day, I decided to tile a mirror with smaller pieces of glassed mirror. I thought I could make a great mosaic-ed piece. Instead I wasted about $100 and am so bitter about how it turned out, I couldn’t even finish. I think I had the right idea but wasted so much time, energy and money on it. You can buy just as cute of one from West Elm, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, or Marshall’s for a lot less everything  So worth the money to save your sanity. Next time, that is the route I’m going.

Here are my amazing turquoise lamps I found at Marshall’s so long ago this Summer! I have been waiting and waiting to incorporate them into my room and now the time is finally here. I practically planned the color of my room around them. I wanted them to match the walls so they were almost camouflaged in — I thought it would make a cool effect. Turns out I was right.

Then I used an oversized crystal doorknob that my sister gave me as a book end. So cute and ties in all of my crystal and silver picture frames.

I got this old dresser from Goodwill and after cleaning it off, I added two new knobs I got from Hobby Lobby. You can get all different kinds of knobs at stores like Hobby Lobby, Anthropologie and Home Depot or Lowe’s. Or try specialty stores online. Mine are turquoise and brown — duh!

This little area of my room sits at the foot of my bed. I have an old slipper chair in pink and white that I toss this cool hand-quilted blanket over. Again…that is my dresser from Goodwill. It cleaned up nice, didn’t it?

To tie this wall in with the rest of the room, I used a third canvas painting of my branches above the TV. I have started collecting jewelry more and more in recent years and decided to display them so I can enjoy them every day, even when I’m not wearing them.

I bought an antique-looking frame from a frame store (think: Aaron Brothers if you’re from Houston) to show case all of my dangly earrings. For the time being, I am using a scrap piece of leopard print fabric from my chairs to hold it up. Finding a better ribbon or fabric is on my to-do list.

This has got to be one of my favorite things ever. I bought an inexpensive shelf with hooks attached and spray painted it Satin Nickel. After letting it dry overnight, I hung it up and put all of my long and chunky necklaces on it. This makes for easy access and an artful appearance on my wall. Hooks of any sort are always great for jewelry display.

My bathroom is a awesome as well. Huge bathtubs are a great commodity — except that I don’t even like taking baths (I think it’s nast-ay to sit in stagnant water and act like you’re getting “clean”. Ew). My turquoise and brown shower curtain (again…duh) is from Marshall’s. I bought shiny gem-looking curtain holders from there too. Love!

My absolute favorite thing in my bathroom is the antique shelving unit. It used to be my grandmother’s and my parents were ready to hawk it…I salvaged this baby. I put some of my favorite things and pictures of my favorite people on here too.

A long time ago, I saw a painting from a street vendor when I was on a family vacation in Italy of a naked woman’s back. I know it is weird — but it spoke to me. I loved the way it looked with the water colors. So I have been scouring the internet and finally found something similar on Etsy.com. Don’t you like it in my bathroom?

My room is definitely a work in progress and I haven’t totally pinned down my personal style in life. I’m working on it though and I think the best piece of advice I can give/lesson I’ve learned is that you have to surround yourself with art, furniture, and bedding that really make you happy and comfortable when you see them. My unique pieces such as my antique shelving unit and painting in the bathroom, how I display my jewelry, and my soft gray sheets make me SO happy. So find what makes you happy and surround yourself with it in your room 🙂

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DIY: Re-upholstering Chairs

11 Oct

After having great (personal) success with upholstering my brand new, super fab headboard, I decided to take a a few more upholstery projects under consideration. This time around my medium is chairs.

We have had these chairs in our family’s possession for a long time (maybe even the 40’s?) but they have been in major need of an update.

Bleh, look at these nast-ay seats! Time has definitely taken its toll.

It was time for a big change. Inspired by this picture of a the re-painting of a similarly structured bamboo-esque chair…

…I decided to take matters into my own hands. All it took was a couple of cans of spray paint, two yards of fabric and patience!

Here is my final product, I am so proud and obsessed!

If you like what you see, read below to find out how you can do it yourself, too!

**Please note — everything noted below is only my personal opinion about how to dive into the process of re-upholstering chairs. Please check with more websites for extra help and steps…I am just an amateur working with what I’ve got.

**Also note — I am using two different projects to illustrate the steps for re-upholstery. Don’t be alarmed by the sudden switch of fabric and scenery!

MATERIALS:

1. Old chairs — if you don’t have a spare set, try local garage sales or thrift stores for great prices.

2. Spray paint — most spray paint from Home Depot or Lowe’s works on both metal and wood. You do need to choose whether you want a matte or shiny finish (I chose shiny navy paint)j.

3. Drop cloth — this plastic film will help protect the floors or outdoors from excess paint.

4. New fabric — try Joann’s Fabric, etc.

5. Scissors — good fabric scissors are best.

6. Staple Gun — invest in electric!

7. Staples — use 1/2 inch staples or best judgement based on the thickness of fabric and chair.

8. Measuring tape — to measure your seats and help you decide upon the amount of new fabric needed.

PROCESS:

Skip to step 7 if you do not want to spray paint your chairs.

1. Remove seats. In order to spray paint your chairs, you will need to first remove the seats to keep excess paint off of them. Move them aside for the time being.

2. Place drop cloth on ground. Always spray paint outside since little flecks will fly every where. Use a drop cloth (plastic sheet that can be purchased at Home Depot etc) to protect the ground.

3. Spray paint chairs. Most spray paints are the same, but always read the instructions on the outer label before using. Hold the spray paint about 6 inches away from what you are spraying and give it one generous coat.

4. Let chairs dry. For best results, let your chairs sit to ensure they are completely dry. You can let them sit outside if the weather is less than 90 degrees (otherwise it may bubble like mine did at first!).

5. Re-spray paint. You will get the highest quality by following up the next day with another coat of spray paint. Looking at your chairs in a different light may help you see spots you missed the day before.

6. Let chairs dry (again). Once again, let your chairs dry completely. It’s almost time to re-upholster…

7. Measure your seats. Make sure you have enough fabric to cover all of your seats. Most seats can be covered in a half (1/2) square yard of fabric. For my 4 seats, I purchased 2 yards of fabric.. FYI — 1 yard = 3 feet = 36 inches.

8. Pick and buy a fabric. Try Joann’s or your local fabric store for a wide selection. It is best to invest in a nicer form of fabric made for upholstery because it is thicker and more durable than simple cotton. You may want to keep in mind where and how much the chairs will be used when picking out the fabric. White or light colors can be dangerous in a kitchen area! And always get a little more than you think you will need, just in case.

9. Cut fabric. Once home, measure your fabric to fit each of your seats. You can make sure it fits by wrapping the cut fabric around the seat leaving 3-4 inches on the back of each edge.

10. Place fabric. Begin the process one chair seat at a time. Place the fabric upside down on the floor and the seat on top of it. Wrap the fabric around the seat, secure with your hands or fabric pins.

11. Staple the edges of the fabric. With the seat turned upside down towards the floor, begin folding the fabric over all of the edges, pulling tight and stapling as you go. I started with 2 parallel sides to pull the fabric tight, and then repeated on the other 2 sides. Always start in the middle and work your way out on both sides, making sure to smooth wrinkles as you go.

12. Work the corners. Corners are always tricky (even on making the bed!). I’m sure there are better tips out there, but I seriously worked the corners by making them like a bed. Fold one side over its edge, and the adjacent side on top of that. In my opinion, it looks better and more professional to try to keep the fold line on the corner. It can take a few extra tries to get right, but if you play with it enough it will look great.

13. Check your work. Check all of your work and then congratulations! You are the proud owner of new, re-furbished chairs!

P.S. Check out these chairs I helped my mom with after the successfully complete my leopard print chairs 🙂 They are FULL of IKAT  FABULOSITY.

The best part about both of these projects is that ANYONE can do them, I promise. Truly, all it takes is a little patience, amateur engineering of fabric and a staple gun. Think you’re up for it? Give it a try this week and send me your pictures! Good luck!

Obsession: More Ikat

29 Aug

If you recall from my last ikat article, ikat is a fun and vibrant fabric that can add a great deal of personality to any room. This is just a little update of some more ikat inspiration.

Earlier this week, my friend Jodi told me that she was inspired by the Funky Bear to buy some pillows. I was pleasantly surprised when she sent me the pictures of these pillow and they were ikat! She clicked through the websites from my ikat article and found a few cute pillows she loved on Etsy. She said they were affordable and are great quality. So if my first article didn’t have you convinced that you need to own some ikat, I hope looking at Jodi’s cute pillows will!

Love ’em! Also, as I’ve been scouring the web for deals on cute things for my new apartment (I finally get to move in September 17!), I stumbled across these lovely ikat slipper chairs from Urban Outfitters (which is quickly becoming one of my fav places to find FUNKY pieces to decorate).

Whether you are in the market for a chair or just like to window shop to earmark things for the future, check out Urban Outfitters’ website to find out more about these great ikat-patterned chairs.

And FYI — chairs are expensive. I know when I saw the price of these chairs ($328 each) I balked a lit tle, but nice sitting and lounge chairs for your own room or den can be around $500 depending where you look. Just keep that in mind when shopping for chairs (on Pottery Barn, patterned slipper chairs similar to the ones below are $699).

All images inspired by Urban Outfitters.

Moral of the story: If you haven’t found a way to work some ikat magic into your home, now you don’t have an excuse. Everyone needs pillows and chairs. So get on Etsy or  Urban Outfitters and buy that ikat!

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