Thursday, October 30, 2014

One Room Challenge: Week 5: Back to Basics

This is Week FIVE of the One Room Challenge™ Link-up, hosted and trademarked by Linda of Calling it Home! Each Thursday for six weeks I am showing you the progress I've made in my Entryway Revamp.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you may have seen this over the weekend. It's an address plaque to spiff up the area immediately outside the front door.
This succulent hanging address plaque from Etsy was on the style board I presented in week one.

The star detail on this door knob also influenced my original vision. Is there anything that evokes the 1950s like a star shape?? I have something being delivered today that should help me get that look.

I spray painted this coat tree gold during the beautiful weather this past weekend. It was 73 degrees on Monday and for Friday--Halloween--they are predicting snow. :(  All trick, no treat if you ask me.

via The Foo Dog Ate My Homework

But, I digress. The gold against the green velvet makes me think of this inspiration image.

And a quick look back at where we started five weeks ago...

I'm  not sure it's going to be that overwhelming of a transformation, but it will look better than it did before. And that's what counts. For sure. Right?

I still have a lot that I want to do. I haven't even bought a paint brush to do the stenciling in the powder room. And above is what happened when I tried to mix the paint. Turquoise and black do not make the shade of blue I was going for.

Now go check out what everyone else has been up to! There is so much good talent and creative inspiration involved in this challenge!  

Read about my week one, week two, week three, and week four

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

OMG! OKL garden stool sale

It's a one-day only sale on garden stools at One Kings Lane with prices starting at $35. Hurry!!! One day only and these prices will NOT last long!
If you need an invitation to shop One Kings Lane, please use mine here.

If you need some inspiration for how to use a garden stool in your home, please see below. :)

I love the vibrant colors of this wing chair. Notice how easily a garden stool can be pulled up to a chair to create a comfy place to sit.

BDG Style
A garden stool works great next to a sofa too, and can be styled perfectly with just a few books and a small vase of flowers.


At this price point, why not buy a pair of garden stools and put them under a desk?!


Or under a console in an entryway? 

Garden stools fit a variety of decor styles, are small & easy to move, and can offer a pop of color in an otherwise neutral space. 

 Here again are a few of my favorites from the sale. Get yours before they are gone!!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

24 Hours in: Northern Michigan: My Mini-Vaca

Do you love fall colors? How can you not?! So get in your car or head to your nearest airport, because you need to take a trip with me to northern Michigan.

via Marty All Over Michigan
Where I live in East Lansing the leaves have mostly fallen off the trees. But north of Grand Rapids? As of last Thursday, they were still in their full glory! 

My mom, Sophie Kinsella, and me

I headed "home" for a mini-vacation in the middle of last week. My mom and I were off to a National Writer Series event with Sophie Kinsella, whose latest book Shopaholic to the Stars had been released the day before. We are huge fans of her books; I binge read everything under her pen name before the event. (She also released several best sellers under her given name Madeleine Wickham before the first Shopaholic book was published.) Anyway, Sophie/Maddy is absolutely just as funny and sweet as her characters!

This was my outfit inspiration for the night. If you haven't read Shopaholic, the main character, Becky Bloomwood, loves fashion. Whatever I wore had to be Becky-worthy. My outfit was put together within the limits of my budget: black crewneck from Old Navy, fleece leggings, emerald green jeweled flats from Target, and statement necklace from Anthropologie. And Sophie/Maddy complimented my necklace!! (It's also the necklace I wore on my wedding day. That thing gets around!)

When we got to downtown Traverse City, my mom and I stopped at Espresso Bay for some coffees while we chatted in the big sofas by the fireplace. You must check out this post which has even more great information about the area and nearby Suttons Bay.

Then we headed out for a bit of shopping in the cute downtown boutiques. In high school I spent a lot of time and babysitting money in Traverse City; in fact, I think I drove up at least once a week. Ah, to be a teenager again! My favorite store back then was a funky place called Irreverence that sold Doc Martens, manic panic hair dye, and message tee-shirts. Sadly, it is long gone. A women's clothing boutique called Kay's is in the space now, I think. Although the ladies working there didn't remember Irreverence, they did love my camel swing coat. :)

After shopping my mom and I headed over to Sorellina for dinner. It was AMAZING! We ordered bruschetta and the house red wine to start, followed by their eponymous salad. It's a baby spinach salad with candied nuts and feta topped by a citrus vinaigrette like no other. 
photo by Carin Cryderman
My mom and her friends call it "the Italian place" and love to go there when they are in town shopping. She and one of those good friends are in the center of the above photo by my friend Carin. 

My parents live only about an hour from Traverse City; however, if they did not I would have loved to stay at the Park Place Hotel, which is where I'm quite sure Sophie/Maddy stayed because I saw her walking back there from shopping before the event!

The hotel is within easy walking distance of everything in downtown Traverse City and has a gorgeous view of the Bay. The number one reason I want to stay there, though, is its verdigris tower. It's just architecturally so beautiful.

Before heading home the following day, I went off on a little research/shopping adventure in my hometown and discovered Orinoco, a hair and makeup salon run by New York-transplant Vivienne Kessler. The salon is inside her home which is a historic old Victorian home. She even has her own line of mineral makeup!

I also stopped at the Ideal Kitchen and took home one of the cutting boards shown below, shaped like my home state with a star denoting my hometown. 

Overall, a fantastic mini-vaca in the middle of the week!

Friday, October 24, 2014

One Room Challenge: Belated Week Four

Welcome back to my version of the One Room Challenge™ Link-up, hosted and trademarked by Linda of Calling it Home! Each Thursday for six weeks I'll show you the progress I've made in my Entryway Revamp. This is week four--and I'm late! 

If you're new here you can catch up with week one, week two, and week three

For those of you who've been here all along, THANK YOU!!! Your words of encouragement have meant the world to me!!

The reason that Week Four is so hard, in my humble opinion, is that my scatterbrained self loses interest and goes off on a mini-vacation and re-styles shelves instead of just finishing what I've started. 

But, I got a few key things done in the entryway for this week so there is some progress to report.

Last week I had mentioned the problem of how to hang the velvet drapes. I decided to buy two tension rods and mount the curtains below the bulkhead. Bed Bath & Beyond had them. Not only were they less than $10 for the two but I had a gift card. Cha-ching!

The drapes still need to be steamed but here's a rough look at how they appear in the space.

Since the rug is a peacock blue with greenish tones, the drapes work with it. Anyway, I like the mix of colors.

I also worked on framing some art and styling the etagere in the powder room. The blue photo above was a postcard I picked up when my husband and I were in Saint Paul last month. The mat is a Farrow & Ball lotus wallpaper sample that I trimmed to fit.

I mixed frame materials with abandon for this vignette: black, brass, and stainless. I like the eclectic feel of it. The image inside the above frame is a note card that shows downtown Lansing, Michigan, in the 1950s. That's around the time that our house was built and just down the road from our house in East Lansing. 

The blue and white tray is Threshold for Target. The silver metal frame has a notecard image from Michigan artist Mary Brodbeck. The part of the wallpaper sample I cut out for making the mat above, I put in the black frame in the center. It seems like it kind of ties the two areas together.

I also decided to turn this huge Ralph Lauren fabric sample into a curtain for the small window in the powder room. It's a high window and the shrub blocks any visibility, so a curtain is not necessary but I think it will add a nice detail. Again I mixed metals, using a black IKEA rod with brass curtain rings. 

Still to do? Paint. I need to re-paint the front door step, which is peeling and unattractive. However, it might be too cold now to do any outdoor painting. :(  I also need to decide, once and for all, about the stenciling in the powder room: wall or ceiling?? There might be a spray paint project involved. And you all know how much I hate fear painting, right?? There's also a DIY I'm dying to try. A bit of closet organization. Finally a little zhushing and I should be done!

Now off to see what everyone else is up to... The pros are here and link-ups here. Good luck everyone!!


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