Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Most Inspiring Home

Have you ever come across images of a home that was so perfectly inspiring to you that you poured over every image? That's exactly what I've done for the past six months or so with the home I'm sharing today, originally found in BHG's Flea Market Style magazine. From the moment I saw the opening image I knew I loved this house. My copy of the magazine is becoming worn from constantly going back to the article for inspiration. I have been waiting patiently for BHG to post the photos on their website so I could share it with you, and I recently discovered they were finally online {here}.

This image is the one I'm absolutely obsessed with. I feel like it's my ideal style to a tee. It's vintage and neutral but sophisticated and modern all at once. It's perfectly collected and elegant while still being down to earth. Perfection!

I love the mix of woods and silver in the dining room - everything feels very luxurious, but still lived-in.

This photo wasn't in the magazine, so I was happy to see another angle of the home.

Can you even imagine having windows like this?!

The bedroom is simple and airy, a little cottage and a little elegant. Just my style!

I've obsessed over the details in this room. The marble tray, the convex mirrors, the oversized corbels. Love it all.

Love the sinks and the mirrored closet doors in the bath!

Can I have this side table, please?! And all the artwork is amazing. The homeowner finds it at antique shops and tag sales. I have never been so lucky to come across such beautiful artwork or vintage frames.

Oh my goodness, this photo. Layering, patina and vintage done perfectly. 

The kitchen is just incredible. One of my favorite parts is actually cut off in this photo, a collection of small antique framed prints on the right side of the shot. Don't you love all the ironstone and perfect displays?

Do you love this house as much as I do? I take so much inspiration from the details and layers throughout the home. Hope you enjoyed the tour!

{live beautifully}

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A New {Milk Paint} Buffet

Oh friends, do I have a gorgeous piece of furniture to share with you today!

I had been looking for a buffet to place in the alcove of our dining room, across from the church pew and off the kitchen.

I was telling Abbe about my hunt and what I had in mind. Abbe is none other than Abbe Doll of All Dolled Up. She owns The Cottage Collective, the shop I'm a part of, and is an expert furniture painter. In fact, she works for Miss Mustard Seed herself. She's the National Primary Educator for Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, as well as working for the paint's parent company, Homestead House. When you email MMS Milk Paint with a question, Abbe will be the one to respond to you : ) I am blessed to be able to work with her and learn from her creativity!

Well, after describing what I had in mind, she found this gorgeous piece on Craigslist for me. It was cherry stained to begin with, and she was a total saint and stripped the whole thing and got it to be pure white.

It's finished in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Ironstone, the pure white in her line. The top is stained a rich brown, and it has the original oval hardware, which I adore.

I love the lines and the clean yet vintage feel to the piece. It goes in the space perfectly.

Here you can see how the buffet relates to the rest of the room. The dining space is to the right in this picture. 

Mmmm that hardware and detailing gets me every time!

I love this shot of the entire dining area. I'm standing in the corner of the room, so you can see how the dining table, shelving, pew, buffet and kitchen are laid out. The layout of our home is what sold us!

These alabaster lamps were at the shop, but I knew they would be perfect on the new buffet! Plus, alabaster lamps are one of those things no one in Wichita really appreciates the value of : ) I had $150 on the pair, even though I've seen them go for $250 a piece online. Things like that don't sell in good 'ole Kansas very well though haha! I brought home a bunch of different lamp shades for them and ended up with these. They are not completely perfect but I like them well enough. The mirror is actually for our guest bath but it worked perfectly to style the buffet for now. I think I would actually like a vintage leaded glass window to hang here, but we shall see what I find.

I also wanted to show you my latest flea market score - this great antique farm table! I got it for just $85 and it is just what I was envisioning for the nook in our kitchen. I do plan to paint the legs white, oil the top wood and perhaps even remove the leaves so it can be used more as a desk. But the lines, legs and original castors are all so charming!

I'm debating a lot about what to do on the wall behind it, but I moved an old door in here for now. I envision it functioning as a drop spot and office, since it's right off the garage entrance and in the kitchen. A place to drop bags, pay bills, stay organized. We'll see how it turns out!

Love those legs! I feel bad painting them because the patina is amazing on the original paint, but it's a very yellow color and I really want true white. I also noticed that Miss Mustard Seed painted the legs on the farm table currently in her  dining room even though it had great original blue paint, so I figure if she can do it, I can do it!

Always so much going on around here! I am so loving being a home owner and finding unique pieces to turn our house into a home. Thanks so much for reading along!

{live beautifully}

Monday, January 27, 2014

Powder Room Reveal

We are having our first out-of-town guests this weekend and I'm hosting a baby shower the weekend after that, so to say I've been on a bit of a decorating tear would be an understatement! I got home from work on Friday night and tore into the powder room. Needless to say, I am not the best with measuring/leveling/drilling and it probably took me longer than it should have to install the shelving. But some elbow grease and several hours later and we finally have a much fresher looking powder room!

Here's the jumping off point... 

 And the finished product (a complete source list is at the bottom of the post)...

I think the change that helped the most is the sink skirt. You won't believe it but I used hot glue to make it! I don't sew, and was going to use hem tape, but got too impatient and hot glued it together in about 10 minutes. I think it looks just fine! 

It's made from this upholstery-grade linen and a $3 tension rod from Target. It was a simple, cheap way to soften the space and make it look more custom without buying a new vanity. 

In the corner I hung decorative ledges from Target to add some interest, as well as two framed prints. The frame I had originally planned to use (in the inspiration board) was sold out online, but I stumbled across these in our storage room and they worked perfectly! And free is even better! I just printed the two photos found on Pinterest on cardstock. 

Just a few accessories make such a difference in the space! It adds tons of interest where there was none. 


I also replaced the mirror with this vintage one I had in the garage. It adds some character and shape to the space.

As you can see, I didn't add the roman shade like I was planning to. I just never could find the right fabric and was ready to be done with the project, so I may work on it eventually.

Most of the accessories came from TJ Maxx or are vintage. I do intend to get the hobnail candle from World Market, but they hadn't arrived at our local store yet. The wicker candle is from another room in the house but worked for the photos.

I always loved the combination of the little farmhouse stool and a wire basket in our last bathroom, so I added that again here. I think it finishes off the room perfectly!

This has turned into one of my favorite projects in the house so far! It's amazing to me how far just a few accessories and some styling goes to make a room feel completely different! Hope you enjoyed the make over!

{live beautifully}


Paint Color: Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore
Sink Skirt Fabric: Jo Ann Fabrics
Hand Towel: TJ Maxx
Soap: JR Watkins Apothecary
Mirror: Flea Market
Shelves: Target
Accessories: TJ Maxx and vintage


Friday, January 17, 2014

Powder Room Progress & Updates

TGIF! Is anyone else as glad it's Friday as I am?! This weekend is the monthly Cottage sale (the store I'm a part of) plus I hope to make some headway on the powder room and begin painting our guest room.

I have been doing quite a bit of collecting for the powder room, but so far haven't actually started redecorating. As a refresh, here is my inspiration board:

And here are some lovely before shots...I even left the trash in the wastecan for you : )

As you can see, nothing really wrong with the space, it's just pretty basic. I'm hoping to pretty it up a bit! I think a new mirror and fresh accessories will make a big difference. Here's what I've found so far:

The shelves are from Target, and came in a two-pack for $30 (with pretty brackets, too). The wastecan and candle are also from Target - I love the way the candle smells! When I planned the room, though, I had a hobnail candle in mind (not sure why, just what I thought of). I discovered that World Market just came out with these so I'm thinking about trading, just to get the look I had envisioned.

The frame, orchid and jar are all from TJ Maxx. I bartered the wreath through my store. I still need to purchase the fabric for the sink skirt and roman shade, but it's coming together!

I also finally got the window treatments up in the living room. They make everything so light and bright!

For Christmas, I got this beautiful trumeau mirror from Pier 1 to go above our dining table. I absolutely love it, but I am debating painting it white to stand out a little more against the walls and chandelier.

 What do you think? Paint or no?

Things are coming along...always a project! What will you be up to this weekend?
{live beautifully}

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A Quick, Easy Update in the Hearth Room

Happy new year! You may remember when I first showed our hearth room that I mentioned wanting to paint the trim on our bar and the bar stool legs. I tackled that little project a few days ago and it only took a couple hours, but made a big difference. Here is the before, with dark trim and black stool legs...

And after...

 It's amazing to me how far a little bit of paint goes. Just that small strip of trim and little bit of gray makes the whole room seem brighter and cleaner. 

I painted the stools in Silver Fox by Benjamin Moore (the same color as our living/dining room) to go with the grays and browns in the wicker.

I also restyled the shelves and changed out the mantel a little, and I feel this is at least a bit closer to how I'd like this room to look. I had been looking for something tall to go on either side of the arched window above the fireplace, and these old shutters fit the bill at just $4 each.  

I've also decided the jute rug is too brown with the limestone fireplace and leather chair, and so I'd love to change it out with a gray trellis rug (something like this) to lighten the feel a little. The jute fits perfectly with my plans for our guest bedroom, so I'll move it in there. But since there are about 10 things that cost $100-500 a piece that I'd still like for the house, the rug may not be happening too soon : )

My paperwhites were slow growers this year, with only one little bloom so far. They still provide a pretty pop of green though!

I think this corner is my favorite. I used entirely what I already had, except for the metal box on the middle shelf, which I picked up during a sale at my favorite antique mall. 

On both sides, I used pops of black to stand out against all the white trim. 

I am much happier with this room now with just these simple changes. But I also probably need to keep in mind that we've only lived here for three months.

We hosted a New Year's Eve party and several people commented at how "done" everything seemed for the short time we've lived here. Sometimes I get impatient and want to have every piece of furniture purchased, every curtain hung and rug in place. But as a friend pointed out, what would you do the rest of the year if it were all done now? As I've always said, the hunt is half the fun, so I need to remember to enjoy hunting for just the right piece or accent or finishing touch. 

It'll all come together in time, right? : )

{live beautifully}

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