byo decorator.

April 12th, 2012 by bethie b.

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chalk it up to…

April 12th, 2012 by bethie b.

Is it just us, or is there something a little special about writing with chalk? Maybe it’s school day memories or remembering sidewalk hopscotch designs, but there’s something about it that reminds us to take a few breaths and remember life’s about the simple things. In addition to being functional, it’s the perfect way to add some style to some unexpected areas of your home. Available in multiple colors (tip: we love Rustoleum brand) and as easy to use as regular paint, it allows you to transform a space in your home in a few hours or less. Here’s a few ideas: 1. Paint a closet or bedroom door to add your own art as you’re inspired or messages to start the day off right. 2. Update your kitchen backsplash or pantry entrance – a perfect spot to write your latest Pinterest recipes, menu ideas and grocery store lists. 3. Paint a whole wall or room in an office – the black and white colors are classic for any space and the blank palette provides the perfect backdrop to add quotes to keep you motivated, to-do lists, and your latest inspiration. 4. Add the perfect, functional fun zone to a baby or child’s wall or room that screams “even though mom has great style, she’s cool enough to let us write on the walls.”  

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midnight in paris.

April 12th, 2012 by bethie b.

It’s hard to deny the magic and style that Paris has as an influencer and icon for every day design. Whether you’re a frequent visitor or it’s on your short list to get to soon, you can easily smuggle some of the charm of Paris into your own home. Our minds seem go in overdrive mode when we visit, so here’s just a few of our favorite Paris inspired ideas to easily incorporate: Doors. The architecture and doors of Paris were instantly what caught my eye. As if envisioning the picturesque lives of those living behind them wasn’t enough, the doors themselves were street level art that made turning every new corner that much more surreal and museum-esque. Get the look by turning a salvaged door, from a local antique mall or flea market, into a statement piece in any room by spray painting it a bright color in a matte or high gloss. Simply lean it against a wall for instant art, turn it sideways for a unique headboard, or make your own dining room table by setting it atop two pedestals, saw-horses or one-of-a-kind base. Landscapes. Bring the outdoors in by choosing the right art and architectural furniture pieces for your home. Art. Create your own Louve-esque gallery in your space by arranging your favorite art in various mis-matched or uniform frames. Frame your favorite cards, screen prints, posterboard, fabric….really anything you can think of that speaks to you. It’s the perfect way to fake it til you make it …. or hey, simple make it yourself. Worried the aligning and nailing task seems daunting – no worries. Simply use newspaper or magazine pages to trace out the size of your frames, tape them on the wall in the arrangement you desire, mark where you want your nails on the paper for each frame, and oila – your own gallery arrangement.    

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chairlift.

March 22nd, 2012 by bethie b.

We found these great finds while out walking our pup one morning at a neighborhood garage sale. (Luckily, I think my body has an internal radar for good pop-up sales).  Yes, they needed a little TLC, but we could easily see their inner potential and obviously couldn’t pass them up. With less than $50 of supplies (some black burlap fabric, a few cans of white high gloss spray paint, black trim, silver tacs and some new batting for the seat) and an afternoon “rainy day” project later – we converted the outdated, tired  chairs into sleek and modern statement pieces perfect for our living space.    

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