Living Room Reveal


I know I’ve shared a few photos here and there mostly of this angle of our living room but there has never been a true reveal. To be honest this is because I’ve never really felt like this room was “done.” It has always been awkward to me with a lot of traffic flow, the mantel which should be the focal point but of course for practical reasons can not because we also need a place for the TV, all without impeding the door out to the screened porch.


On the opposite direction there are three doors, the one on the far right (you can’t see) leads to the bedrooms, the middle one into the entry hall and the one on the left into the kitchen, and lets not forget the oddly placed built-in right in the center of an off-center wall. The whole room is awkward and a feels like it needs to be about 3′ wider to make the traffic flow really work.


Well guys today I’m “revealing” it all because I finally feel like I’ve got it settled. I last week’s Eddie Ross mantel was the final piece of the puzzle that made it complete. Before adding the painted mantel the sofa wall felt too heavy but now with a big statement reclaiming the mantel as the focal point, it all seems balanced.


In the end there was only one way to make this room work. I had to leave the two traffic paths open and arrange everything around those. I put the TV opposite the sofa leaving space in front for traffic out to the porch without sacrificing a good TV viewing (well as long as no one walks by.)


And by leaving the pathway between the built-ins and the back of the sofa open I created a separation between the living space and work space I was able to make by adding an extension to the built-in.


plus the built-ins can house all my files and work supplies as well as my collected goodies.


The sectional we already owned has worked perfectly in this room, we tried our regular sofa with all different chair arrangements and I never could get it to make sense but the sectional, because it is not too large, fills the space nicely.


Now with the addition of my colorful collections I finally have this living space feeling like home.


Mid-Century Plant Stand Makeover


This week I have been a busy bee getting my mid-century plant stands back into shape and ready to add to my kitchen collection. You may remember these guys from Thrift Score Thursday a few weeks back. Then they were not looking quite so nice. Paint on the wood and rusty metal was not exactly the look I was going for so I decided on a makeover to get them back, or at least close, to their former glory!


I started with a little Citrus strip on the wood, since it had a little spray paint and pealing clear coat that needed to be removed. This only took a few minutes since there wasn’t very much finish to remove.


Once the stripper had done its job I scrubbed the wood clean with steel wool and gave it a quick sanding to remove any debris.

At this point I also took the time to scrub down all the metal parts with a heavy wire brush to remove any loose rust.


After wiping everything clean the wood was ready for a new coat of stain, I chose Minwax Red Chestnut.


Once the stain was dry, I masked the wood with paper and painter’s tape and the exposed areas got a fresh coat of gold spray paint. My favorite gold paint for a nice brassy finish is Design Master Metallic Spray Paint.


once the masking was removed my plant stands were looking good as new.


and even better once they made it into the kitchen.

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It’s Friday, High Five!

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This was my kid’s last full week of school, yesterday was the last full day of school. If you are a Mom you know that means more activities than you can keep track of, parties, awards ceremonies, field day, and things you volunteered for at the first of the year that you have absolutely no recollection of. The high-five, it will all be over in five days. The not so high-five, it will all be over in five days. That means 24/7 you get to see those sweet little smiling faces in your house, only after 48 hours they are not sweet or smiling, they are hungry and bored and they want you to do something about it. Fortunately, we have some travels planned, camps, and cousins to visit so with some luck we will all make it through the summer intact. High-five to that!

Here are a few more high-fives for the week…


 1.I pinned the photo above of Erica Reitman‘s L.A. apartment tour on My Domaine months ago and every time I see it I smile. Bold and moody I thought today it might make you smile too, have a look.

2. If you don’t mind that I ruin TV coffee drinking for you forever check out this fun video on “The Empty Cup.” #EmptyCupAwards

3. Check out how amazing the scientific collections are at the National Museum of Natural History, what I wouldn’t give for just a few of these specimens.

4. Architecture is art and in 1972 SITE Architects was commissioned by BEST Products Company to design a series of nine ‘big box’ shopping centers that were true works of art. You won’t find storefronts like these at Walmart.

5. Would you buy the moon? What about Luna an amazing lamp inspired by the moon?

Have a great weekend everyone!


Thrift Score Thursday No. 112


Happy #ThriftScoreThursday my friends. I admit the last few weeks the thrifting game has been a little slow. Fortunately, yesterday’s haul more than made up for it. With $40 in my pocket I hit my local thrift stores and came back with a whole car load of goodies.

Have a look at this cute little faux bamboo table. The top is Formica but for some reason I don’t mind it on this piece because it makes it perfect for out on my screen porch.


I found also bunch of pretty pastel items including a U.S.A. McCoy style planter and a plate I actually bought at my children’s school. They had an evening Art Walk and some of the older kid’s had ceramics for sale. This $4 beauty is a one of a kind, “SAS” whoever you are, I love it!


I scored a lucky brass pocket change dish (all the cool kids have them) and a few item that are usually pretty hard to find for cheap, a globe and my Asian inspired paint by number.


I love the colors in these particular paint by numbers because they have a real 50’s flare about them. Here is the rest of  my Asian collection I have thrifted over the years. Now you know why I was so excited to find this one.

Plus a few other goodies that seem to work perfectly with today’s theme…


Now let’s have a closer look at what you guys found …

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But first for the new comers let me explain just what #ThriftScoreThursday is.  We want you to participate! Hit up your local thrift stores, craigslist, yard sales, estate sales, side of the road, anything! Thrifty doesn’t necessarily mean from a thrift store. We want to see your good deals, wacky finds and true treasures.

You can share your finds any day of the week but features are shared on our blogs and Instagram on Thursdays, but we’re all checking in on (and using!) the hashtag all week-long. So, when you see/find it, feel free to share it!  And we love it when you tag your friends to play along, too!

Each week Cassie from Primitive and Proper, Corinna from A Designer At Home, Brynne from The Gathered Home, myself and occasionally a guest co-host will pick a few favorite thrift scores to feature on our blogs! Please note that by linking up with #ThriftScoreThursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.

My Favorite Finds:

In the spirit of my faux bamboo find, how good would Thriftcandy’s rattan chair for $14 look hanging out next to it? All it needs is a cushion!


‘ Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!’ Doug_Fritock found this great abstract by guess who? Marsha!


 I totally agree with thewhitebuffalostylingco on the fact that every room needs some antlers, but I think they are twice as nice with a little tassel action involved.


and homeologymodernvintage’s newest favorite find might be one of mine too. This teak wall divider she scored for just $7 is perfect!


Well done everyone, more scores I’d loved to have taken home!

Now don’t forget to stop by and check out all my co-hosts to see what they’ve been up and their favorite #ThriftScoreThursday finds.

Thrift-Score-Thursday-CassieBlog //  Instagram

Thrift-Score-Thursday-Corinna-ADAHBlog //  Instagram

Would you like to be a guest host? If re you an avid blogger + Instagrammer who also loves thrifty finds? We’d love to have you join us for a week of Thrift Score Thursday! If you’re interested, you can apply right here!

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Inspired By DIY: Eddie Ross


Today I am excited to be participating, for the first time, in a fun new feature The Inspired by DIY Challenge organized by my good friend Jess of Domicile 37. Each month, we find a piece from a store or designer that we find inspiring and create our own version, DIY style. This month’s inspiration is the amazing designer Eddie Ross. If you pop over to his site or have caught a glimpse of the cover of his new book Modern Mix you’ll know right away what inspire this weeks DIY.

This aqua mantel display that graces the cover of Modern Mix is bold and breathtaking but I admit the idea of taking it on was just a little bit scary. The Eddie Ross mantle has lots of amazing details and looks very expensive.

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My builder grade mantel looks like this, I was a little nervous about how it would translate.


but when I went to scout paint colors at Lowe’s and found a $5 can of oops paint in the perfect shade (Olympic Paint: Bermuda) I knew it was a risk I could afford.


The first few strokes were scary…


but by the time the full paint job was done, it was really growing on me.


Now, how could I pull off the gold accents?

I found the perfect solution in this foil washi tapes I found on clearance at Micheal’s for $5. The two different widths of solid tape would be my accent bands.


By applying the tape along a few details of the mantel and cutting the edges with an Exacto knife I got just the look I wanted with minimal effort.


While my mantel doesn’t have as many fancy a detail a little gold tape sure made it look like it did.


When I started this DIY I was concerned about how the red brick would look against the blue. I loved Eddie’s black brick but because we are in rental I can’t do anything that can’t be reversed.


In the end I didn’t mind the red at all and once I painted our vintage style wood grate to look brass everything seemed to come together.


Now all it needed was a little collected styling full of color and whimsy a’la Eddie Ross


Fortunately, I’m a collector too so I had that covered. Me and Eddie, we see eye to eye! (Okay grammar police I know that is not grammatically correct but “Eddie and I” just doesn’t work in that sentence.)


and there you have it my friends Inspired by DIY, Eddie Ross mantel styled and colorful!


Okay and I may have added a little Eddie to the coffee table too.


What can I say?

Eddie Ross, you are a genius!

Do you want to see more Eddie Ross inspired DIY?  I have a few friends joining in the fun so be sure to stop by and check them it out!

  Casa Watkins // Up To Date Interiors // Domicile 37 // Monica Wants It 

This is Our Bliss //Homeology Modern Vintage // Scotch & Nonsense



One Room Challenge Favorites Spring 2016


As you guys know for the last six week I was deep into the One Room Challenge updating my master bedroom. For those six weeks, other than a quick peek here and there, I didn’t have a whole lot of time to check in to see what the other participants were up. Now that I am finished with my own project and everyone else has revealed theirs, I am enjoying hours of entertainment touring these new spaces.

Today after all my blog browsing I thought I’d share some of my favorite Spring 2016 reveals. There were some amazing transformations but I have to tell you my favorites were spaces that seemed like home, cozy and collected instead of a designer show room. While “designer spaces” are beautiful I find they feel a little flat and un-lived in. My favorites are the spaces that look realistic, collected over time, bring in pattern and color, and have an unexpected dash of whimsy. Oh yes, and this go round I’m really loving wallpaper!

Let’s have a look…


Making it Lovely  conquered a bedroom and den makeover, both spaces are lovely but what I can’t get over are the oversized bug graphics she created herself. They may not be for everyone but I think they are great. Talk about unexpected!


Suburban Bitches conquered two rooms as well this rock star dining room,


and an amazing boho master bedroom. I love collected look of each these rooms and that she added something a little unexpected to each. Don’t forget to look up.


Stephanie from Olive and Tate and Amanda Louise Interiors collaborated on Stephanie’s living room which surprisingly also has a pool table. I love the pops of color in this space and the neutral back ground means it could be easily changed out from season to season. If you stop by for a closer look you might also catch a glimpse of some wallpaper I’ve been crushing on!


I guess I must be feeling the green this go round because CAD Interiors did a dining room that was fairly neutral but the few added pops of green really caught my eye. Doesn’t that bit of color make it come alive?

Jest Cafe created a  kid’s room that is cool and collected and not at all contrived. Plus, I can’t get over the wallpaper she chose.


Erin Spain created a beautiful master bedroom that would be realistic for any home. She added a few dramatic new pieces but overall used many things that where already in the room. I loved seeing this drastic change that wasn’t an over the top budget buster.


Clair Brody Designs  redecorated  her parent’s living room and I have to say this was one of the biggest transformations this spring. The before was dated traditional but the after is super hip!


The White Buffalo Styling Co. did a bedroom makeover that just might be my favorite of the season. A basic background with some pretty amazing color and pattern additions makes a perfect combination. That rug is killer!

Amazing what everyone accomplished in just six weeks. Huge thanks to Linda at Calling it Home for putting it all together.

How about you… Do you have any favorites? What details drew you in?


It’s Friday, High Five!

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Hello my beautiful people, It’s Friday and I feel like I got so much accomplished this week. I completed my master bedroom for the One Room Challenge, which was quite the project. Now that it is all complete I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to walk into a finished bedroom especially after nine months of looking at half torn wallpaper border. High-five and a whole lot of better sleep to that! With this project complete I spent yesterday going down my list of to-call and to-email and got a lot of those little tedious tasks off my plate which always feels good. These little things can easily weigh me down if I let them pile up. Now that a few of them are done I can move on to a new project without feeling guilty. High-five and a big pat on my back!

Here are a few more high-five’s for the week…

friday1 How about this Humlegården Apartment design by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter with It’s oversized, multicolored parquet flooring? Each room directly relates to it’s setting overlooking Humlegården park, where the greenery outside changes with the season. The tile is so lovely it doesn’t need any furniture at all.

2. I think I’m in love with the Humlegården Apartment floor plan as much as I am with the apartment…

3. What to do with that worn out aluminum lawn chair, why give it a makeover of course!

4.I kind of fell in love with this Rainbow Pom Pom Blanket, it could be all the pretty colors or the pom poms, but it’s probably both!

5. Science is cool and quite pretty. When given colored construction paper, wasps build rainbow colored nests. These are my kind of wasps.

Have a great weekend,


Thrift Score Thursday No. 111


It’s #ThriftScoreThursday and today I thought I’d something a little different. Not to long ago when posting some of my weekly favorites Cassie from Primitive and Proper commented that they would work well in a room together. That one comment got me thinking why not design a room entirely from the thrift scores you guys have shared. My entire house is pretty much a thrift score so why not a house of your finds? So this week decided to do just that. The mood board above is created entirely from objects you guys shared on the #ThriftScoreThursday Istagram feed. I’d say we created a pretty amazing space.

Now let’s have a closer look at all these beauties and see just who found them all…

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But first for the new comers let me explain just what #ThriftScoreThursday is.  We want you to participate! Hit up your local thrift stores, craigslist, yard sales, estate sales, side of the road, anything! Thrifty doesn’t necessarily mean from a thrift store. We want to see your good deals, wacky finds and true treasures.

You can share your finds any day of the week but features are shared on our blogs and Instagram on Thursdays, but we’re all checking in on (and using!) the hashtag all week-long. So, when you see/find it, feel free to share it!  And we love it when you tag your friends to play along, too!

Each week Cassie from Primitive and Proper, Corinna from A Designer At Home, Brynne from The Gathered Home, myself and occasionally a guest co-host will pick a few favorite thrift scores to feature on our blogs! Please note that by linking up with #ThriftScoreThursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.

My favorite finds that went into the mood board:

I started with my very own maggieoverbystudios thrift score, a pair of super cool globe pendants I scored for just $35


and I can always count on thebeauideal to find the good stuff like this shelf and lamps he found on his way home from work.


curatedcayman added a rattan daybed to the mix.


and  jenc184 my #moschairjunkie soul sister brought on these pink velvet cuties.13118295_1743070979242373_232453043_n

 midmodinspirations scored this original painting at Salvation Army that perfectly match our pink chairs.


and I can always count on lunemkt for a few great accessories like these guys.

For the floor our rug addict, diyconfessions brings this perfect addition


 for a place to set our drinks pursuingvintage found this brass beauty


and jenc184 ‘s vintage metal giraffe makes a great accessory in any space.


finally theeventmaker rounded out the bunch with this gold leaf crane print in a brass frame.


Well done everyone, we made a great space!

Now don’t forget to stop by and check out all my co-hosts to see what they’ve been up and their favorite #ThriftScoreThursday finds.

Thrift-Score-Thursday-Brynne-colorBlog //  Instagram

Thrift-Score-Thursday-CassieBlog //  Instagram

Thrift-Score-Thursday-Corinna-ADAHBlog //  Instagram

Would you like to be a guest host? If re you an avid blogger + Instagrammer who also loves thrifty finds? We’d love to have you join us for a week of Thrift Score Thursday! If you’re interested, you can apply right here!

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One Room Challenge Master Bedroom – Week Six Reveal


I can’t believe it’s finally here, the big day when I get to reveal what I have accomplished in the last six weeks. If you haven’t been keeping up let me remind you that twice a year Linda of Calling It Home hosts the  One Room Challenge, during this event twenty design bloggers take on the challenge to transform one space in just six weeks. Every Wednesday, the designers document their progress while sharing their sources and professional advice. In addition to following along, everyone with a blog, (that’s me!) is welcome to join the fun as a guest participant by linking their own room transformations to Calling It Home. Today is the final post in my spring 2016 master bedroom makeover and I’m so excited to share how far it’s come.

ORCIf you missed the progress so far you can have a look back:

  WEEK 1, WEEK 2, WEEK 3, WEEK 4 and Week 5

First let’s take a peek at where it all began. A mishmash of furniture, bad wallpaper border and ugly brown paint job. This room made me want to cry.


Now with some inspiration from Oly Studios and a whole lot of hard work


the master bedroom now has a brand new look…


I won’t go into long explanations on what went on this week because most of you have followed along and seen it all happen in real-time. Instead I am going to share all my pretty pictures of the once ugly room that now makes me completely happy!


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to a cozy place to sit, I now have a master bedroom that is all grown up.


My collection of paper cut silhouettes finally made it off the floor of our closet and onto to the wall.



A perfect complement opposite the black shades on my vintage lamps.


The hideous 1990’s ceiling fan is gone!


And my new king size bed and vintage Henredon headboard are stealing the show.


I can’t tell you how pleased I am with the results, I hope you love it too.


Source List

Paint/ Valspar Morning Lake

Headboard/ Vintage

Shams/ Pottery Barn

Euro Shams/ DIY

Quilt/ Target

Throw pillows/ TJMaxx ,H&M, Target

Starburst/ All Modern

Bench/Vintage DIY

Night Stands/Vintage DIY

Curtains/ Ikea DIY

Rug/ Vintage

Ceiling fan/ Lamps Plus


Special thanks to Lamps Plus for providing our ceiling fan the 52″ Minka Aire Aluma in Oil-Rubbed Bronze and Purdy Paint Tools for the providing all our painting supplies.

And to Linda at Calling It Home for putting this fun project together.

If you like this be sure to stop by and check out all the linking participants and featured bloggers, there are some pretty amazing projects you going to want to see.


Home Tour – Ariel from PMQ for Two


Good morning everyone. Today I am super excited because I get to share the home tour of one of my blogger friends from across the border (the Canadian border that is.) Ariel from PMQ for Two, (FYI: PMQ stands for Private Military/Married Quarters (PMQs) are housing provided to members of the military and their families.) Ariel, like me, is a military spouse. She is always on the move but you’d never know it by the looks of her perfectly styled home. Today Ariel has been kind enough to share her home along with a few tips for those of you who may have a big move coming up, be living in a rental, or just decorating on a budget.


So let’s get to it!

How often do you normally move? What number move is this? (the house we will be touring)

We’ve moved every 12-16 months since we met, and before that, we had each been moving about once a year during university. Together, this was our third home, although we’re moving again shortly to our fourth! At this point I think of myself as a turtle hauling my precious belongings along from spot to spot.


If you could give one piece of moving advice what would it be?

Don’t sweat the small stuff. Much like deployments and courses, things won’t go perfectly and you’ll often feel frustrated with the process. As long as you, your family and most of your belongings get to the end destination in one piece I’d say it was a successful move. I have a big file folder that I take with me everywhere: full of agreements, forms, moving slips and every piece of paper that has been signed or given to me during the process. Even if it’s not particularly ordered, at least I can say it’s all there!  



Moving can suck, but what is the plus side of moving often?

Not everybody agrees with me on this one, but I see the constant moves as a huge plus for me. I love that I get to try new things in each house and only bring the “best of” forward with us. For example, I really wanted to try a vibrant raspberry pink bathroom accent wall so I did it in this house. I loved it here, but I won’t be bringing it with us to the next place.  A lot of my design choices are contingent upon the home we have at the time, but overall I love that my style gets to evolve and grow as we move from base to base.

What would you call your style?

I still struggle to define my style to be honest because it’s not easily pegged as one thing or another. I love mid century modern design items, but I rely on a heavy dose of IKEA to fill out more practical elements like bookshelves and desks. I’d say I’m a cross between mid-century modern and classic design elements used in a contemporary way ex. The bookshelves in the dining room, the sitting room etc. Above all though, I am colourful!

You are in military housing, what is the extent of the changes you can make?

I’m in Canadian military housing, so this may be different than American military housing. We’re not technically allowed to do much. We need to request to paint or change light fixtures, and you need a permit to put up a fence or an above-ground pool. I’ve painted with impunity and always return things to approved colours before we march out. I switch out light fixtures all the time and replace dome lighting with drum shades for more colour and dimension.

Other then that, no renos allowed.IMG_5171b

Do you have a favorite item that seem to work perfectly in every home?

Nothing has been around long enough to say it’s the perfect piece… not yet at least. In our first home we were combining items from his household and my household, so style was a mish-mash. Our next place was what survived the cull. Our two houses since have been different enough that we’ve acquired furniture in the process. Our dining room table has been with us since our first home and was the first thing we refinished together, although our sitting room couch and chairs are our new favorites, and will be reupholstered for our next home.


What is our favorite spot in this house and why?

I love our sitting room. It was the first space where I felt free enough to experiment with form vs. function, and got creative with the walls. It’s also the most acclaimed space in the house, having been feature on Martha Stewart and won the Apartment Therapy The Big Reveal 2015.

It’s right off the kitchen and is the hub of our entertaining. We don’t have a TV in there so it’s really a conversation room full of textures, colours and throw pillows. Our bar cart is also there and gets quite a bit of use. I’ve spent many hours looking out the windows at falling snow, watching birds in the backyard, watching the leaves change in the fall and then napping on the couch. Our friend who passed away this fall helped us paint the room so it holds a special place in our hearts. I’ll be sad to paint it over in a few weeks.


What is the biggest project you’ve ever tackled in a rental/PMQ?

Honestly, building a fence. In our first PMQ we had to build a backyard fence to keep our dog in and delimit our space from other peoples. It took planning and permits and we snagged the fence at the right time so everything was on sale. It only took a day to assemble but required the most prep work.

Since then, we’ve laboured over our 12 foot harvest table, but that has less to do with the PMQ and more to do with access to tools and time spent staining.


Do you have any tips for making a rental your own?

Hang things on the walls. This sounds pretty pointless as far as advice goes, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t hang anything because they don’t want to have to patch holes and paint when they leave. It’s silly really. I love seeing our art and pictures up on the walls, I don’t think it would feel like home if there was nothing on the walls. Patching and painting will take a weekend – at most – and that’s definitely worth it to me. If this doesn’t interest you though, I’ve also got a post with my tips for decorating post-move.



Do you have any tips for design on a budget?

Thrifting DIY and planning are a girl’s best friend! I purchased our sitting room and living room furniture from our local thrift stores and paid a fraction of what they would cost new! I got fantastic items at great prices that are built to last.

When all else fails, DIY it! We wanted a big table for our backyard entertaining, so we built one! I wanted fancy new upholstered headboards so I built them! Buffet? No problem.

Planning is the mother of all time and money savers though. If you take the time to plan out the progression of furniture and items within your household over moves and homes, you’ll be able to justify the cost of an item over several years and utility cycles.


If you love Ariel’s style and great tips as much as I do you’ll want to stop by PMQ for Two and learn more.

Thanks so much Ariel for letting me share your amazing home!