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Obsession: Moroccan/Trellis/Link/Lattice Pattern

30 Mar

Talk about graphic traffic…this pattern is so amazing it has multiple names. Geometric without being harsh — start brainstorming where you can find a place for it in your home!

Inspired by: Studio Ten 25

Inspired by: Decor Pad

Inspired by: Apartment Therapy

Inspired by: Canadian House & Home

Inspired by: Lovely Undergrad

Inspired by: ME! These is one of two twin headboards I covered for a friend.

NOW BUY ME !

Inspired by: Dash & Albert

Inspired by: Dash & Albert

Inspired by: Dash & Albert

Inspired by: PillowThrowDecor on Etsy

Inspired by: nenavon on Etsy

Inspired by: thecottagecupboard on Etsy

Inspired by: WillaSkyeHome on Etsy

Inspired by: nenavon on Etsy

** For more on Etsy…search “lattice trellis” or “trellis pillow”

Inspired by: “Bocce” fabric from Calico Corners

Inspired by: JoAnn Fabrics

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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!

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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Spotlight On: The Apartment Registry

17 Sep

TODAY IS MOVE-IN DAY! I finally will get the keys to my brand new, freshly accent-wall-painted apartment and I could not be more excited. Can you tell? Well technically, I don’t move in until tomorrow when my mom and dad drive my UHAUL of junk down from Austin but still – So. Freaking. Pumped.

The only issue is that the cable guy is coming to install our TV stuff today while we are at work — oh just sometime between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm. Hmm…hope my roomie will be there because I will be at work!

All of the excitement of moving on got me thinking about a few of the important things in life: Weddings…Babies…

And what they have in common: Gift Registries.

When people get married and/or have kids, it is common practice to go to certain stores and create product wish lists for their new lifestyle change. Usually these are household items or baby products. Common stores for registry include: Macy’s, Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, Babies R Us, Williams-Sonoma, Target, etc. — whatever you want, really!

I totally support that. As you phase into new stages of your life, certain needs and wants arise. That’s when your friends and family come in with the registries. You pick and choose what you need, then you hope that your crazy Aunt Erma springs for that pink George Forman grill you’ve secretly been dying for.

Who knew Barbie could grill?.

Here’s what  I don’t understand: If you get to register to stock up on gifts for these two big lifestyle changes, then why not for your first apartment as well? Hence the need for an “Apartment Registry.”

I know this may seem a little self-serving since I am moving into my first post-college apartment today and let’s be honest — it totally is.

I wish I could have a registry! And I’m not sorry about it. There are so many items I wish I could have to furnish, decorate, and complete my apartment. My thought is that in this alternate world I’m dreaming of, you could send out an apartment registry or wish lists to close family and friends or even include it on an invitation to a housewarming party. That way, if people decide to bring you gifts to your first housewarming get-together, they know what you are still lacking to round out your apartment.

What can I say, when I’m right…I’m right.

Alas, the Apartment Registry is not something we practice in the United States (or at least not in my neck of the woods — but please enlighten me if you do). However, just for giggles I’m going to show you what I would pick if I could register for the gifts, knick-knacks and necessities that I am envisioning for the big move.

Maybe if I’m very good, I’ll get some of these pressies at my next birthday (next July!) or Christmas. Either way, enjoy my random wish list of first apartment needs, at least I enjoyed creating it.

BATHROOM

Hello fluffy, ruffle-y loveliness.

Inspired by: Urban Outfitters

YES! Animal print has to live somewhere in my house...

Gotta have the waffle robe to use while doing your make up and getting ready. I wish they had one in navy blue...

Inspired by: Houston Monogram Shop

BEDROOM

I just bought this duvet cover from West Elm. I'm so excited about the clean white and the ruched fabric!

Inspired by: West Elm

Any sort of mirrored furniture is so Hollywood glam -- I want it! Only downfall: sticky finger prints can ruin the drama.

Inspired by: House of Turquoise

Every room needs a textured or furry pillow, don't you think? I've seen these pillows everywhere from West Elm to Crate and Barrel to Marshall's. Once I get settled, I'm going to stock up in some good colors.

Inspired by: Crate & Barrel

Note: My internet is not working right now for Etsy.com but there are at least 2 million pillows I want from there. If you are ever in need of any kind of pillow: fun, pastel, bohemian, plain, furry, long, short…Etsy is the place for you.

LIVING AREA

Ghost Furniture -- another fave. I love how this clear acrylic furniture can modernize any style room. I'll take it with a soft, furry rug any day.

Inspired by: The Decorista

A cute, upholstered chair in a fun fabric would be a great accent to any living room or even a bedroom.

Inspired by: Anthropologie

This West Elm Andalusia Rug looks a lot like designer Madeline Weinrib's rugs. But paying a fraction of the cost for something I most certainly will spill on and literally walk all over is something I'm down with.

Inspired by: West Elm

Inspired by: Helzani Designs

WALL ART

I would take one in every color but for now I'd settle for Pebble Gray or Soothing Seafoam. I know they're sort of "old news"-- but I still love them.

Inspired by: By Order of the Crown (Etsy)

I don't think this is an actual purchase someone could make for me, but I'm keeping my eyes peeled for a collection of vintage magazine covers or prints like these so I can create the ultimate picture cluster.

Inspired by: The Decorista

This is a mirror that was created locally in Houston but I bet given the right starting materials, anyone could lacquer a mirror up in a bright fun color. How fabulous would this look on the wall?

Inspired by: Scroggie Studio (Houston)

KITCHEN

Found these cute plates at Anthro one weekend -- I love the black and flowers! Too bad they are $16 a plates. Not sure I can justify that one when I have a perfectly good set of white dishes...

Inspired by: Anthropologie

They claim they mean "bitch" in a good way. I don't care -- this is such a funny cookbook to display in the kitchen even if you never open it!

Inspired by: Amazon.com (and you can find it at Paula Fridkin in Houston)

RANDOM

I don't care where, but I have GOT TO have a turquoise lamp somewhere in my apartment. Thankfully, I have 2 at home just begging to be placed in my bedroom. Yay!

Inspired by: The Decorista

Every room needs a gorgeous jewelry box -- this one from Urban Outfitters might just be the ticket.

Inspired by: Urban Outfitters

Um...I just like this 🙂

Inspired by: Urban Outfitters

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Obsession: Nest Beds

7 Sep

Today we are going to have a nice long chat about one of my most favorite places in the world.

My bed. Which is a nest. Hence, the obsession with nest beds.

A literal nest bed.

Okay just kidding. I wish this fairy tale of a bed could be my own but alas, it is not.

However, I do still have my mattress from high school. One of the best hand-me-downs my parents have ever gifted me with.

Words cannot express how much I love my bed. I love my bed like a fat kid loves cake. And as a fat kid at heart who loves cake (especially chocolate), I believe I bring a certain degree of authenticity to this comparison that allows my readers to understand how deep my love runs for my bed.

After a long day, don’t you just get that amazing feeling relief when you see your bed? Magically, the fatigue of the day wears away. You muster up just enough energy to run from the doorway to jump onto your bed – face first obviously – and let it bounce you up and down for a minute while you smile.

Hmm…maybe that’s just me.

Anyhoo, today is a celebration of the most nest-ful beds I could find. The ones that would even make those “I’ll Sleep When I Die” people want to wander over and take a quick nappy-poo.

Check out these clean, fluffy, dark, wonderful, encapsulating beds. It’s probably a good thing my bed doesn’t look like any of these or I’d sleep all day, lose my job and Funky Bear would go out of style. What a world…

Um I believe this bed belongs to Rachel Zoe. Enough said as to why it is fabulous.

Inspired by: The Decorista

Nests usually involve twigs and branches, this one opted for fine fur of mink.

Inspired by: The Decorista

Evokes the feeling of super clean linen -- this type of nest bed does it for some people.

Inspired by: My Home Ideas

This is the exact bedding I would choose to nest in all winter if I was a bear or something. But you can try flannels too if you like 'em.

Inspired by: Kelly Green Interiors

Whoa, talk about a nest? This one must be inhabited by a flamingo with all that pink.

Inspired by: The Decorista

This entire bed was built for a modern day Sleeping Beauty.

Inspired by: The Decorista

This looks like a huge wedding dress, bustle, and train thrown haphazardly over a 4 poster bed. Mama likee!

Inspired by : The Decorista

Crisply made (you could bounce a quarter off those sheets) but with just enough bed foot luscious color and texture to officially make it a nest bed.

Inspired by: The Decorista

Look at these lurvers jumping on the bed!

Inspired by: The Decorista

I know I have mentioned my feelings about over-using gray in previous posts, but come on, even I have to admit that this bed looks cozy on all levels.

Inspired by: Apartment Therapy

This soft comforter practically spills over the sides of the bed. Obsession.

Inspired by: Apartment Therapy

**Side Note: I am currently in the market for one of these types of bedspreads. I think I’m going to go with the ruched bows duvet cover from West Elm (see the 3 above this). Thoughts?

I think we have all learned a valuable lesson here today. Nest beds are those that:

  • Have pillows for days — in case you need on for not only between your knees and behind your back, but to prop those up too.
  • Pure white can work to reassure those of us that are cleanly that there is a spick and span place of fluffy rest just waiting for you.
  • Or deep colors to help you drift into la-la land for an undisclosed amount of time.
  • Have many layers for hiding within and under.
  • Involve major types of textures so you never know what’s going to caress your face next. Not as creepy as it sounds…
  • That you love!

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!

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!

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