4.17.2014

PAINTED FRENCH FLOWER MARKET BUCKETS - BEFORE & AFTER

During the holiday season last November, I lucked out and scored these great French Flower Market Buckets while thrifting. During Christmas, I left them in their natural galvanized finished. For Spring, I painted them two-toned black & white, a better contrast for our front entryway. Last Spring, I had done this finish to the large urn I already have at the entry: painted the base black and just the top quarter white. Painting this treatment now to the galvanized containers created a more cohesive look. Rather than being all black, the white banded tops set a nice contrast for a crisp look that will work for both Spring & Summer. Since the flowers I've planted for our Spring Stoop the past two years here in Arizona have died (from the heat) within two weeks, I did less flowers and more green - still a fresh look for Spring and Summer...


Here's what I did...


Cleaned and pre-drilled holes in container bottoms...



I sprayed on a FLAT black from Rustoleum - and just rough brushed on the white to the tops, and inside tops too...



After the paint dried, I sanded off some of the patina from the handles to reveal a little copper glow...



I cleaned and refreshed the larger urns. During holiday, I had painted over the white with black - now they're back to their white tops...


  I found these French flower market buckets at Goodwill, during a Super Saturday Sale, so they were 50% off. A floral shop had closed and donated a TON of these containers to Goodwill. I bought four: two medium and two large. The two medium containers also still had the black plastic reservoir insert I was able to use (in reverse) inside the large container, as a riser for the plants...



While I painted the galvanized containers, I also refreshed a few existing containers with the same finish to use in the back yard (last year, I had used the pots on the right for my Spring Stoop...


I use rocks in the bottoms of the containers as weight, and I use them in the bottoms of the planter, before adding potting soil + plants. The rocks help with drainage. The white flowers are simple petunias I picked up at home Depot (my mother use to call me that - Petunia)They were a pretty reasonable deal during their Spring Black Friday Event: 5 pks of 8 for only $10. Since they're white, I'll be able to use them both in the back yard and front stoop for my Spring Spruce-Up...


 The containers helped to create a simple Spring stoop... Here's a peek:



 Happy Spring & Thrifting!


Thanks for stopping by!


 


4.16.2014

EASTER IDEAS FOR ENTERTAINING & EGG DECORATING

As Easter approaches this weekend, which color palette do you prefer for your Easter table? Will you do pinks and yellows? Will you go for Robins egg or China blues? Will you go with a hue variation from Pantone's color of the year - Radiant Orchid? Or will you keep it simple, pure, white and natural? From inspirational pictures, tips, details, menu ideas and even Easter Egg Decorating ideas to inspire and help you celebrate Easter, visit the blog Hadley Court today to read my guest blog post:  - Easter Entertaining + Easter Egg Decorating: Preparing for A Gracious Holiday. Here's a peek at what you'll find...


Lovely Lavender table ideas...

Relaxed outdoor Easter Brunch ideas...

Ideas to welcome guests at your door...

Using your favorite collection for a Formal Easter table...

Beautiful blue table ideas...

Easter Egg Decorating ideas... and more.


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you 
enjoy my guest post at Hadley Court.


4.14.2014

Local Love: #StyleHunt at My Sister's Closet


Consignment stores and thrift shops don't usually have 'sales' as big box retailers do. To help drive business, but still make shopping a fun experience for consumers, they'll have shopping events. A consignment chain here in AZ (and located in California too) does a good job at hosting fun events - from their end of season progressive sales to their seasonal unveiling -- and now, a Style Hunt! What is a Style Hunt? A Style Hunt is a way for you to be rewarded for shopping all 11 Sister locations or all 6 locations here in the Valley. If you shop all 11 April 14 thru May 31, you can be rewarded with a $75 store certificate and if you shop all 6 Valley locations within the same time frame, you can receive a $25 store certificate.
 
 

Just pick up you store location map at any location, including their Men's Store: Well Suited AND their Home Store: My Sister's Attic, and start shopping. This is a great way to save on some wardrobe or home updates for Spring / Summer, and have a little fun hunting while you're at it - with a reward in the end for additional savings.


While you're shopping, share your finds with them at
@MySistersCloset on Twitter (or their Facebook page) and use the hashtag #StyleHunt.


Happy hunting and Thanks for stopping by!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

4.10.2014

DREAMING OF SUMMER AT POTTERY BARN

Probably because some of my background is in retail, I always enjoy touring stores for decor inspiration. One of my favorite stores to tour during the change of seasons is Pottery Barn. Their visual merchandising teams always do such an excellent job truly featuring lifestyle for the seasons. Although Spring has just sprung, Pottery Barn is already "Dreaming Of Summer", as their catalog + site + stores stories tell. Living here in the desert, I particularly enjoyed the coastal inspirations I saw when I toured the Chandler Arizona store yesterday - Although if I were still living in South Florida, those enormous banana tree palms would be real (and free!). But that is what 'inspiration' is all about - seeing something you are personally drawn to, and making a variation of it to create your own style. Not ALL good styling ideas for decorating come off of Pinterest, blogs, Facebook and Instagram - From time to time, it's really good to get offline, and get into some of your local brick and mortar stores, before they're no longer around. Here's some of what I saw for Pottery Barn's Dreaming Of Summer set....

LOVED these Indoor/Outdoor slip-covered dining chairs (also available in white)...


Great storage ideas - tucked behind the family room sofa...

Love the look - Could also possibly recreate for an outdoor setting...



Great idea! 
I think I have a round metal plant stand in the garage & a glass globe or two in the living room! Inspiration for a new look!

Love the look of the Tuscan artisan olive jars from Fall, now creating a simple Summer story...

Sun-bleach branch bundles - SO SIMPLE to recreate here in the desert!

Love the Look - Not all hurricanes hold candles. Above has the bleach branch bundle.
For sand to full cylinders & glass containers for Summer: Get a bag of play sand from Lowes - 50 lbs is only $4.67.


That's wild! It reminds me of the cat tails my mom would decorate with back in the 70s!

These are probably my favorite pottery barn baskets!

Stylish pet & floor pillows - Love the ticking stripe + denim + canvas mix!


Love all the blues & naturals...


Over the years, I've collected quite a bit of wooden beads from thrift. Love their look on this glass jug...




Adorable navy polka-dot pillow cover plus LOVE. THIS. CHAIR!
It's called the Bennet Chair.
 


Great little side table!





 Have you been to Pottery Barn lately?
Tons of inspiration to see!



Thanks for stopping by!



4.08.2014

THRIFT LATTICE LAMP REVAMP & SPRING VIGNETTE

The Spring weather here in AZ has been amazing lately - perfect for outdoor painting projects and thrifting. Over the weekend, I drove out of my area to  explore some thrift shops more north and I picked up an awesome lamp to makeover. Since I'm done with spring cleaning and purging, I decided to restyle the bedroom for Spring / Summer and this lamp was the perfect little update for a window vignette, on my chest drawers. The lamp had awesome scale & texture - plus it was a GREAT deal at 50% off the thrift price at Goodwill AZ during their Super Saturday Sale. When lamps easily go for $50 each and up, finding this for only $7.50 was a steal! It didn't have a shade, but I had seen one sitting on the top of one of their fixtures that would work great, also for 50% off of $3 - Shades too can easily run $20 and up, depending on their size, pattern and material.  Since I was refreshing a few accessories with blue, I only used half a can of paint plus I already had the Primer, a harp and a finial, although I'd like to find a more decorative finial to really make it special. I have been looking at the blue & white ginger jar lamps at HomeGoods, but they're out of my budget ($69 - $99 ea) and I did see a solid navy Ralph Lauren lamp at HomeGoods, but it too was $99. I didn't want to blow my entire gift-card on the one item, so I used those lamps as inspiration to create this Look For Less for my Spring / Summer Bedroom ReStyle. Blue Ralph Lauren lamps on their 'Home' site go for $600 - $1800 -- and my thrift lamp + revamp total came to only $11 total, which is why I heart thrifting: You never know what treasure you'll find, you can personalize it, and you save these items from ending up in a land-fill. Here's a thrift lattice lamp revamp...


The all-in-one Before & After + How To DIY is above (perfect for pinning!)
Below is the breakdown and vignette details... 

Color Inspiration from Ralph Lauren Lamps




The lamp had been passed over since March 6!  
Thrift Tip: Look at style + texture + scale when thrifting for home accents: Anything can be refreshed and coordinate with your decor with a fresh coat of paint!


I use foil to cover the socket and painters tape for crisp edges.


After cleaning the lamp, I gave it two coats of Primer (since the lamp was glazed ceramic). This will help the new gloss paint better adhere to the lamp.



Using gloss on this piece really helps show off its texture & details, plus the furniture in the space is flat finished. Gloss accents add interest in a space.

 

 Here's a peek at the other accessories I painted at the same time - all with the same serpentine line...



These terracotta urns I've had since my apartment days - LOVE their shape + weight. They originally were their natural color (terracotta) but I've painted them white, black & gold, back to white, and now the blue. I may add banding at the neck with sisal rope.



These rattan storage jars were black when I bought them (from Pier 1) back in '07, and I painted them white in 2010, which made a great base now for the navy to be a true blue.  Painting Tip: Whenever painting something woven, paint upside down FIRST to ensure an even and strong coverage.


  
These accessories have the serpentine line (a "serpentine line is an "S" shaped form), similar to the lamp. The lamp originally had a white base, I thought I would like to keep, so I had covered it, But when I removed the tape after painting, I didn't like it. Rather than spray the base the same as the lamp, I dry-brushed the Old Navy paint I still have from the buffet I painted last year (see Summer ReStyle) and it worked to still give a two-tone effect - which contrasts better on the silver-leaf chest of drawers...




I love the texture & scale of the shade, but since it's so old, how would I clean it before adding it to the bedroom? A light brushing took away some of the dust from the textured crevices and I sealed it with two coats of clear matte sealer. It brought back its life and made the shade look like new. It's texture & tone pairs great with the sifting baskets I've collected here in AZ, and I use as wall decor...



Since we're renting, I'm not spending money on making custom draperies. A great alternative for panels to frame a window is to use drop cloths (you can paint your own design or leave natural) or buy patterned tablecloths. For us: this window faces north, so it doesn't get direct sun and doesn't need heavy black panels. These linen blend cloths with a blue ticking stripe helped to soften the window lines and frame the bedroom vignette. I picked up the pair at HomeGoods for under $35, which is a great deal on panels, especially since these are both 108".


Layers of light are essential to a Bedroom ReStyle: Here I included natural, ambient and a scented candle, from HomeGoods.



Details for the vignette:
Lattice Lamp + Burlap Shade - Thrift ($9 + $2 for half can of paint)
Sifting basket as a tray - Thrift ($1)
Small glass dish with shell - Thrift ($2)
Blue Book - Thrift ($.50)
Keepsake shell - our anniversary trip to San Diego 2012
Blue & White covered jar & vase - Ross (both under $20)
White pedestal bowl - TurnStyle Consignment $2
White linen sheer from West Elm - Thrift ($4)
Scented candle + 2 cloths as panels - HomeGoods (gift-card)
Branches (Free)
Blossoms - Micheal's ('05)
Silver-leaf chest of drawers - Florida Furniture Clearance Center ('05) $200
Merging old and new + new to you = Personalizing Your Style!

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 Note: This post is sponsored by HomeGoods and the Happy By Design project. All thoughts and opinions are of my own.

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