" 500 Favorite Paint Colors". It has been a really intriguing read...seriously. If you love design...and color...or even if your a beige and white fan, you'll really enjoy this!
It is essentially a collection of favorite paint colors from real designers...not just paint manufacturers. And the photographs are gorgeous.
I had a periwinkle purple room when I was 8 years old...I must admit, I've never thought of it as being sophisticated, but in the room above? Absolutely lovely and sophisticated.
There is even a section about colorful neutrals. I found this section to be very intriguing. In the photo above, the lavendar is used as a neutral. And I think it totally works. In the words of Jeffrey Bilhuber, "Lavendar is the new beige. From lilac to amethyst, it's an extraordinary neutral and great unifier - a soothing, peaceful color that is timeless." Other colors they suggest using as neutrals...pale pink, blue-gray, even peach. Gives neutral a whole new spin, huh?
Having my wonderful family visiting has kept me playing...and having a blast! But I've been so busy (and tired) that everything else has taken a back seat.
Okay, speaking of wonderful ideas....I'm afraid I don't have any this week. Oh, I had grand plans to revamp the console in our dining area that I showed you all last week. But then the hubby's family arrived and I have been running around like a mad woman ever since. But boy has it ever been fun! And I'm not making any promises for next week either because one of my very favorite people in the ENTIRE world arrives tomorrow...and you can bet that I'll be spending just about every minute I can with her.
My little sis Holly will be here!! Hooray!! She's very creative and inspiring, however, so maybe, just maybe, she'll help me get some stuff done around here. Then again, we might be too busy playing. But isn't that what having company is all about?
Alrighty then folks!!
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First up, a couple of great light fixture makeovers...
The Painted Hive shared this amazing modern light fixture redo...so chic!
If you haven't had a chance to check out the Frugal Goodness that is last week's party, click here.
Have a great day~
Turns out, however, that she had another storebought terrarium hanging around (of course she did), so yesterday, when I popped over for a minute, she sent it home with me. Gotta love my Mom!! "What is this terrarium I speak of ?" you may ask...it's that cute little glass-house-looking-thingie in the background.
It now has a home on the white buffet in my living room. And, you know what? It was the perfect touch! Thanks Mom!!
Shopping Sources: Lamps..............................HomeGoods
Bird Tray.....gift from a dear friend
Floral Frog..........gift from Mom
House number "5".......vintage from our first house
Printer block letters...Brimfield Antique Fair
EDITED TO ADD: I had some readers mention that they had seen a tutorial in Country Living. This very well may have been the tutorial my Mother has (the photo - below - looks like the terrarium my father made)...she subscribes to both magazines...but I can't get in touch with her right now to check...so I'm just going to post the link. Thanks to Nita from Mod Vintage Life and to Laura for telling me about the Country Living Tutorial!
I really love this one...I'm a typography nut anyway, and the fact that the words are sideways is intriguing to me.
Photo by Kasey of Lola B's
Then I pulled out a lovely robin's egg blue plate and put them together. And voila! a little summer sunshine right there in that boring corner. (Still needs a little sumthin' sumthin' though). So there you have it...a funny, little Frugal Friday.
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I just love this room! So why is it not 100% complete? Well, if you've read my blog for any length of time at all, you probably realize by now, that no room is EVER complete. I'm a tweaker. Yes, I am. And the two things I'd still like to tweak in this room?
First, the rug. I want something a little more boyish than the abstract floral-type rug I have in there. The colors are right, but the pattern is all wrong.
Second, I want to wallpaper the inside of the closet.
Since this house has no doors on the closets, they need to become a design feature. I thought adding a little punch with wallpaper would accomplish that task nicely. But since we rent, it can't be permanent. So I'm thinking of trying some of this. Easy Change wallpaper from Sherwin Williams. Removes simply by pulling it off the wall. No solvents...no damage. Perfect for renters. What do you all think?
And last, but not least, the winner of the Modern Bird Studios giveaway is... Mindy Gauthier. Mindy, drop me an email and we'll get you set up with your uber-fabulous prize!!
Have a great day~
Without a lot of pomp and circumstance...I must admit that yes, today is my birthday. I am celebrating 38 years today. Yep. 38. Wow, time flies when you're havin' fun. (And I must admit...I shocked even myself that I am admitting how old I am on this here blog...I guess with age comes confidence...or senility....ha!)
To make myself feel better, here's a list of proof that I'm not that old yet...
- I have no gray hair...nope....not one single strand.
- I only have laugh lines...they are NOT crow's feet. (That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.)
- I still have a memory like a steel trap...only forgetting things "conveniently". Guess I'm not senile after all...must be more confident than I thought.
- I don't need my reading glasses much - unless I'm really tired.
- I can sing along to the Hannah Montana theme song with the Princess...although that probably just proves that I'm a nerd.
- But the biggest reason (and my favorite)...my kids still think I'm cool.
Taking those cute kiddos to the pool today to celebrate...because they still think I'm cool...and as long as that's the case...I'm one happy thirty-something.
Oh, and just a reminder that the Modern Bird Studios giveaway is still open until tonight at 11:59 MST. If you haven't had a chance to enter...click here.
Have a great day~
Finally, while I was cleaning out my "favorites" file, I ran across a post that I had bookmarked a couple of years ago about creating vinyl wall clings. Turns out, it was exactly what the doctor ordered.
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On to the kids' art...
I simply loved this idea that Janell from Isabella and Max Rooms used in one of her client's homes. The picture rail on the wainscotting in this dining room provides a resting spot for a whimsical display of children's art. (And the beauty of it is, that it can change whenever a new masterpiece is created!)
I also really love this idea from designer Jan Eleni. See that great big piece of art? It's actually composed of a bunch of little square reproductions of one child's art! You could easily recreate this look with your own child's (or children's) artwork...what a great way to display them all without crowding your refrigerator door! ;-)
A perfect summer project...go round up all that art your kids
Frugal Friday goes up tonight at 11:59 EST. Get your frugal inspiration going, and I'll see you then!
One last note: My Summer Sponsor Sale is still going on....one month for $35 or all 3 for $90. That's a lot of advertising bang for your buck! Email me if you'd like more information.
Have a great day~
This week, the Princess and I were browsing the Frugal Friday party, and she was getting a kick out of looking at all the thumbnails. (Oh! How I love those thumbnails!!) We were noticing how many of the photos contained turquoise/aqua projects. Now, since I love me some turquoise/aqua (and so does the Princess) today I'm sharing with you all a few of the inspirational projects involving those colors...
The Pennington Point shared her amazing piano makeover. I think this is seriously adorable...and no, I don't mind at all that she painted a piano...I love it!
Perfectly Imperfect Life shared an extremely clever coffee table redo. I need one of these for my patio, thank you very much!
Little Mac Shack made this amazing upholstered headboard...love the fabric!!
And last but not least, Life in my PJs shared this darling necklace made out of...wait for it....duct tape, washers, and paint chips. No, seriously. Very creative!!
If you haven't had a chance to check out last week's Frugal Friday, get your little self over there right now...you won't be disappointed!!!
And if you haven't had a chance to enter the Modern Bird Studios giveaway, you still have time, click here!
Have a great Wednesday~
Okay, so maybe they don't use a magic wand, but they do combine both technology and hand painting to create these fabulous pieces of wonderfulness. Gregg and Megan Deal are the talented husband and wife team who own and operate Modern Bird Studios. Gregg is the very talented artist who creates the pieces (so talented, in fact, that he is having a solo art show in their home town of Washington DC). And Megan is the marketing/PR, office manager, super-ninja behind the business end of Modern Bird. She is amazing to work with and one of my newest BFFs.
I can't get over how adorable they are! I emailed Megan to tell her that I find reasons to go into the boys' room now just so I can look at the wonderful Modern Bird pieces (and that says a lot, because their room was already one of my favorites in the house!)
You can earn extra entries by following Modern Bird Studios on Twitter or becoming a fan of Modern Bird Studios on Facebook. (please make sure to leave an extra comment for each thing that you do...I use Random.org to pick the winner, and each comment will only count once.)
No previous winners are eligible to enter.
Contest open until June 14th at 11:59 EST.
Finally, those sweethearts are offering a 15% discount to Shabby Nest readers....simply use the code SHABBYNEST at checkout. Offer expires ONE week AFTER the contest ends.