Thursday, April 16, 2015

I Made a Tray! ORC Post #3 !!!

"I made a tray"
ranks right up there with
I carried a watermelon poster, dirty dancing poster, instant download, film quote poster
in lame statements
considering the awesomeness other ORC'ers are posting by Week 3!!

I probably should have chosen my front door area as my "room" and gone with this look:

Classic black and white, natural fiber baskets and those to die for monster plants!! What are they???
I want one!!! Or two!!
But you gotta go with whatcha got and that tray's a highlight this week.
I mentioned the yard sale at church last week.
 Someone dropped off a tub with miscellaneous items in it.
This heavy plastic rectangle was in there.
It has two or three small notches on one edge - I have no idea what it was and they probably just threw it in there because they hated to throw it away.
I don't know what it was but I knew what I was going to do with it!!
Knock off Lucite tray!!

I went to World Market and bought a roll of heavy, handmade gift wrap for $2.99.
It was perfect for this project.
It's very thick and made with fabric fibers.
 I had considered using fabric for this
because so many bloggers had complained about gift wrap wrinkling
 when they tried making these trays.
It took the whole roll - it's only about 22 x 28 inches and this tray is large.
I simply spread an even coat of Mod Podge over the back of the tray with a large brush and worked quickly. Then I put the paper on the wet MP and started smoothing. This is where the thick paper comes in handy. It was easy to smooth - no tearing.
The thickness helped it to lay flat. The paper is slightly textured and has some raised metallic areas. On the back you can see this slightly. It doesn't bother me. It looks perfect from the top. There were a couple of tiny scratches in the plastic tray/lid/whatever it is, but the busy paper hides that.
I can't even find them now.
All I have left to do is trim the edges with an exacto. You could cut your paper to size first but I was concerned about getting it lined on up the back before the MP dried so I chose this route.
Since I like trays, I now have one for the dresser in the 'challenge' room.
'Challenge' being the key word here.
It has been mucked out.
It is rainy and dreary here in Atlanta so the iPhone pictures are even grainier than usual.
And this room is not as Kiwi Green as it looks here.
But no matter. Painting has commenced.
( After the watermelon reference,
 I'll have to stream Dirty Dancing while painting this weekend.)
The lamps in the corner might just show up in this room after a paint job and new shades.
On the dresser with the fabulous tray!
The mirror is leaving but another one is coming.
It's dark wood but we might have to give it a pop of color.
We'll know more after the walls are white and the bed moves in.
I uncovered this rattan and wicker tray table I have had and never found a home for.
 It fits the inspiration "look" perfectly.
I hope it will be able to stay - this room is tiny!!

Hat rack leaving. Definitely leaving.
But here is the wall you see when you walk in -
 a large off- centered window and folding closet doors to the right.
I think it will all be less noticeable when everything is white.
The fabulous daybed is going on the wall opposite
the off-center window
 (can you tell it drives me nuts??)
 The window will not be perfectly centered with the bed which will be to the right of the doorway where I am standing but I am hoping to "fool the eye" a bit with long panels at the window and create the illusion of balance.
 Oy - we'll see. I've measured and done some math but you know how math can be!

Check out the other "linkers" here.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

ORC - First Things First

The very first step would be to muck out the chosen room.
We took the bed out of the room a year or so ago.
College Girl was in the midst of one of her many, many, many, many, many moves and she ended up without a bed in her room here.
Since she pops in and out we moved the queen bed  from the guest room into her room.
 And then.
What happens to an almost empty room?
We could have admired the space and the light filled emptiness.
In my house we 'stick' stuff in there.
Just until we have a chance to do whatever it is we need to do with said junk.
And then it happens again.
And nothing makes it to the attic and so on and so on.
And then you have a room full of 'stuff.'
We are channeling "Hoarders."

Hoarders (2009) Poster

If we have barely used any of it in a year, do we really need it?
I'm thinking not.
Luckily, beginning to think about the ORC and this particular room coincided with Lent
 and for the last few years (except last year) I have done
40 Bags in 40 days.. (This is a great blog post/explanation.)
This year I decided to do 40Bin40D and we were having a yard sale at church so win/win.
I hauled my 'good junk' to the church :)

And then I looked at my Pinterest board for inspiration rooms to post for the ORC.
I have said many times before that I am a coastal gal, born in Charleston, SC.
I love that British Colonial/West Indies look that is traditional
to the old, deep Coastal South.
 White is my favorite color (or lack of color as the case may be.)
 I love palm trees, globes and maps.
 Seashells and souvenirs from the places I visit.
I love Iz.
I want to live here.
( Oh, India Hicks, you have made us all want to live here.)

In  a white house.
 On an island.
Where it's warm.
Surrounded by palm trees.

So my number one favorite inspirational room of all time is this one.

I could live in this room forever...
It's in the Bahia beach home of Sig Bergamin.
I would never leave this room.
And this room is a close second.
(Bahamas vacation home.)
Castaway Chic - Lonny
And all of the rooms at Hibiscus Hill ( The big white house on an island,
surrounded by palm trees, that belongs to India Hicks.)
Are you absolutely dying to get her new book.? I am.
And I love all things Anna Spiro.
Since ol' Sig isn't going to jet up here from Brazil and give me any tips for my room and Anna Spiro is down under,  here's what I'm thinking...
White walls.
I have been painting walls white like crazy which is a huge change because for years I have had daring colors on my walls - red in the kitchen at one point, black and dark green walls, khaki, pink, yellow.
You name it. We've painted it.
I still love color on the walls but I just need white right now.
I'd like to rip up carpet and paint the floors white too
but I do not wish to give my husband heart failure.
So layering a rug will have to satisfy me for now.
We had painted wooden floors in the upstairs of a 100 year old house we restored
 when we were newlyweds.
I loved them more than the oak hardwoods downstairs.
Other inspirations from my Pinterest board:
 ( You can find the original links to these images there as well.
 Please "pin" from the original sites)
I have  the daybed that I need to paint.
It's white, which needs to be freshened up if it is staying white or
british colonial decor | British Colonial look- pls. post pics - Home Decorating & Design Forum ...
what if it were dark?
It would have to be painted not stained wood, but still.
Beach Living | Decor Ideas | Home Design Ideas | DIY | Interior Design | home decor | Coastal living
I like it both ways.
And I want a pop of color.
Chinoiserie Chic
Chartreuse and pink. That's a pop for sure.
ciao! newport beach
I'm always drawn to turquoise. And mirrors.
And coral.
The image and
the color
( I used it in the master bath and bedroom)
blue and white ginger jar collection, coral painted china cabinet
Or a great green like one of these.
The bamboo chair |  3 coats of Krylon’s Emerald Green in Gloss. - Perfectly Imperfect
I have several yards of this fabric that I bought years and years ago....
I'm not sure about the greens in it yet
but I can also visualize it as a long bolster on the daybed.
And I have had this print forever and never used it.
colorful foyer
Inspiration I have.
Now it's time to make some decisions.
( Just curious - did the fabulous pictures and banter distract you from the fact that I didn't post before pics of the room and its fabulous off center window?? Good! Because it is still in hoarder mode. I have made strides in other areas of this project but not in getting cleared and painted. I should be in full panic mode by Week 4. You know, the week when the experienced ORCers and the organized newbies are pulling it all together! What's that quote about life being a daring adventure or nothing!??! Yep.)
Be sure to check out all the progress
with the other participants here!!!!

Friday, April 3, 2015

I Like Trays

Maybe too much.
Is there a rule on when to stop?
I have this one on my family room coffee table.
I like things grouped together.
And it makes it easy to move everything off the glass top at once
 for the many.many.many times I have to clean the glass top.
Vintage wicker found in one of my favorite places to look for great items at amazing prices. And the oval shape is nice.
 I've had this one for years but recently moved it here.
I like to keep India Hicks first book close at hand in case I need a "tropical fix"
 while I'm landlocked 5 hours inland.
This tray is wooden with a great scalloped edge.
Found at Goodwill in rough shape.
A coat of Sherwin Williams Lagoon which we fell in love with
 during one of CG's many moves.
A fantastic tortoiseshell bamboo tray.
The basket is from a trip to a mountain village in Honduras.
 It's made from pine needles and is remarkably like the pine needle baskets
 made in South Carolina.
The lighthouse is a model of one we saw in Hawaii and it lights up. Love it at night.
The lamp is a hand me down from my mom. Clear glass bamboo design. Love it.

Wicker yard sale find.
I cannot walk away from a tray.
A globe from my collection and my Eiffel Tower souvenir
from our trip to France last Fall.
(Yes, we were those American tourists buying Eiffel Tower souvenirs right and left.)

On the kitchen island.
On the kitchen table.
This is actually a huge porcelain pasta platter
 that doesn't fit in any of our kitchen cabinets.
 It's that big.
 We use it when my husband makes his locally famous shrimp scampi
and it fills the platter to overflowing and feeds many!!
In between it has become a tray!

 And this grainy photo below was taken in poor light with my iPhone.
I bought the snapdragons at Wal Mart a few days ago because they were coral colored,
they remind me of the windowboxes in Charleston
 and because I feel bad for flowers that have been cleareanced and no one wants -
 sort of the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Syndrome.
The blue and white pot came from Goodwill and they are sitting on an oval silver tray
 on my beloved Craigslist bamboo shelves.
 It was such a grainy shot that I decided to give my Waterlogue app a try.
 It turned out like this and I posted it on my Instagram
and it got a lot of IG love.
That's a lot of trays.
I hope it's not overkill.
Because I have more!!
Do you like to organize your life on trays, too?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

ORC - Post One - Does She or Doesn't She??

I have followed the One Room Challenge on Calling It Home Blog 
through  a couple of challenges.
(I wrote this post last week and have had an ongoing conversation with myself about doing this or not or am I crazy because I haven't really planned this or budgeted or have time or, or or... but somehow I hit the "publish' button and here we are. In this together!)
There are professional designers who create amazing rooms. Great ideas.
They are fun to look at but what I like best are the many, many rooms created by bloggers and their progress is posted every Thursday.
These rooms are being done on budgets more like mine than a designers
and the creativity is off the charts.
Sort of a "necessity is the Mother of invention" push to create amazing rooms.
I loved seeing what was going on in "real time" with "real life" projects.

It seems to be a great motivator to get a room completed.
Who doesn't need that little push to wrap things up?
Around here we tend to be 85%ers.
I used to think I was a 95%er
but I have come to terms with the fact that I get close on a project
 and then fizzle out and don't quite seal the deal.
I don't know if I lose interest, run out of money or time, want to go get margaritas and guacamole, or want something I can't find or afford to put the cherry on top and finish a room.
Not sure.
But I'm thinking about jumping in and seeing if I can finish a room
 - beginning to end -
 in 6 short weeks.
I'm thinking about jumping in with the smallest room in my house that isn't a bathroom.
(commitment issues? playing it safe by keeping it small??)
A guest bedroom.
And the designers and linking bloggers usually post inspiration pictures.
I have a great starting point for my inspiration.
I found this bed at a nearby Goodwill in February.
It has been leaning up against bookcases in the Library since then. See what I mean?
 It was in fantastic condition.
A very nice Stanley daybed with cane detailing.
I couldn't believe it was not sold!
It was a steal!!
Yes, please.
It needs a coat of paint. Stay white? Fun color?
( We may need a few more bed slats!!)

Isn't this an awesome motivator??
I love daybeds anyway
 ( we had a Victorian style iron and brass one in CG's nursery years ago)
 but this one is pretty amazing.
Spoiler alert: I left the brown and blue striped chair on the right behind.
And be sure to visit Linda's blog  and see all of the ORC Linking Participants!
I checked out the ORC "Invitees" yesterday and they are going to be awesome to watch - some of my all time favorites are in the line up!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Hunt Is On!!

I love all the Easter mantels, Spring d├ęcor and cute tablescapes for Easter dinner out there on blogs and Pinterest
but the truth is that I was lucky to get a
 bunny banner on the door.
I was just reading a favorite blog, The Pink Clutch,  and she commented
 that it's hard to think of things for Easter baskets once your kiddos get older.
It's true and the older they get the costlier their items are
and this is not Christmas or a birthday, after all.
 I also do not like to spend money on inexpensive, silly trinkets that don't serve any purpose other than to fill up a basket.
 But I do not want to stop filling a basket for CG either.
It's fun for both of us.
I'll head off to Sunrise Service and our early service and they will all join me at 11 o'clock service.
We'll "do" baskets when we get home.
So to get back on track. I responded to Paige at The Pink Clutch with the following.
 This was my "big kid" solution to the Easter goodies dilemma a few years ago
and it is a big hit (and gets them off their iphones) :

A few years ago, the 'children' in our regular Easter dinner get together group (no family in town) decided that they were in HS and college
and too old to participate in my traditional Egg Hunt.
Challenge taken.
 I filled plastic eggs with loose change that I collect in a jar
 and my car console and numbered slips of paper.
The numbered slips of paper corresponded to numbered
$5.00 and $10.00 gift cards to favorite places like
QT for gas, Target, Chi-Fil-A, of course, and Starbucks.
 They scrambled like we hadn't seen them move since they were little
and the adults laughed at their antics to find the eggs and collect the goods.
(College Girl counting up her "egg money" after a hunt a couple of years ago)
 Hard to say if they were happier about the change which added up or the gift cards.
 Here we are 4 years later
and the first thing they tell their dates and friends, who now come along on Easter, about 
 is the Egg Hunt.
 If the weather is great. then outside it is.
 If it is rainy then you can hide less eggs, avoid crazy running in the house and possible breakage of treasures and just give them a list with clues to find their 10 or 12 eggs.
 They can even be color coded if it's just your own kids.
They really love this as much or more than the goods in the basket!!
And it's pretty easy, too - change and a run to one place with lots of gift cards
 and a quick drive thru for tea, gift cards, and a salad for you for lunch at CFA!!
Happy Easter!!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Burlap and Bunnies

While the burlap and paints were still hanging around
 I made last week for a friends' Girls Night Out activity,
 I decided I should at least make an effort to put something on the front door that would give us a little Easter decor before it's too late.
So Burlap and Bunnies it is!
A quick outline on the burlap runner remnant.
 I just use a flat paintbrush about 1/2 inch wide and paint the shape.
I filled it in with a larger brush and then while the white was still wet,
 I gave the bunny pale pink insides of his ears and cheeks.
I love to paint leaping bunnies.
I sketched in some carrots at the bottom
 and started painting grass in multiple shades of green.
All very quick and simple.

I painted lots of blades of grass.
Then I used a Spouncer and added yellow polka dots all around the bunny.

I gave him a pink nose and a black dot for an eye.
After he dries I will erase the chalk outlines you can see around the carrots.
I'll use a sharpie to draw a few whiskers!
And it's on the front door -and it's not the day before!
Time to spare.
I didn't have a dowel rod long enough so I used a fairly straight branch from the yard.
 We've been pruning so plenty of branches on hand.
It was impossible to get a non- shadowy picture on the front door yesterday so I took one of it flat on my kitchen table so you can see the branch.
I just added a hanger from orange gingham ribbon.
 I had it on hand and it looks good against my SW Urbane Bronze front door.

So quick and easy with the hemmed burlap table runner.
Other than drying time this whole project takes less than an hour.
So, hop to it and get one made before Easter!!