Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Choosing The Right Coffee Table For Our Small Living Room

If you are staying up to date on the Living Room Makeover Saga, then you know that since I removed the huge mirror, I have been auditioning replacement pieces for this room.

The coffee table I have been using is a beautiful traditional treasure that I love, however I am in the mood to give the room a more classic transitional feel.  This is not a large area so I really wanted something light and airy that didn't take up too much visual space.  I think I found the perfect piece.





 My previous coffee table was a beautiful mahogany oval drop leaf table.  A beautiful table but I am ready for a change.  (I have moved it upstairs to the loft and it is perfect there.)


I love the soft champagne gold frame on the new one and the pretty beveled glass.   I also love that it has two shelves so I can display some of my favorite books.  A great 32" size.  I chose a square shape that would fit the space better than the 46" oval of my previous table.  I saw something similar on several different sites, however this one was the least expensive.  $134.34 from Overstock with a promo discount.   This is not a sponsored post, I just like to pass on great buys when I find them.


Several have asked.  The art is on loan from my daughter.  She had them hanging in her stairs and loaned them to me so I didn't have such a huge blank wall after I gave the mirror away.  They really are beautiful and look stunning in her home.  They are a really pretty abstract in shades of cream, gold, mint green, cocoa and have brass frames.









I am still trying to decide what I want on this wall. but at least I think I have the coffee table problem solved.









Ok, this is good for now, so on to the art or another mirror or - or - or.   

So what do you think?  Did I make the right choice? 


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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

440th Inspire Me Tuesday

Welcome to the 440th Inspire Me Tuesday.  I love seeing all the fabulous Fall decor that everyone is sharing.  So many great ideas and tons of inspiration.

I love this pretty Farmhouse Fall Dining Room.  See all the details at Clean and Scentsible.

Need a small nightstand or dresser.  Then Anika's DIY Life has you covered.  She is sharing 25 Ikea Rast Nightstand hacks.  Here is just a sample.

I love how pretty this room is and the finishing touch are her No Sew Roman Shades.  Check out Lantern Lane Designs for her step by step tutorial. 


I love these night time pictures of this gorgeous fireplace that Designs by Pinky shared.  You need to go see all the pretty pictures and beautiful detail.


I have seen some amazing pumpkins this year and these are just a sample.  If you are looking for some Glamorous ones, then you have to go see all of these and more.  I made a small collage of just a few that she has created.  Go check out  Ornate Splendor to see them all. 

Ok, let's see what you have for this week.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Gold Accessories - Dipped - Dyed - Taped - DIY

Yesterday I was a guest at my friend Amber @ Follow The Yellow Brick Home's blog.  I love her home and her style.  She has the most amazing antique collection and the ability to create the most amazing vignettes.  She asked me if I would share some of the ways I use Gold accessories in my home.  Most of all, I love to share how to DIY a few of these for pennies.  If you missed that post on her blog, I thought I would share it again here. 

Gold accessories have been around forever and when most people thought gold or brass was out, it came back with a huge bang.  I love using it to accent all kinds of things in my home and it is so easy to have a few really elegant looking accessories for just pennies with just a little DIY.








This is one of the easiest projects in the whole world.  Just find a container at the $1 store and get a can of gold spray paint.  Tape off your container and go to town.  It will look like a million dollars in no time.




I use Design Master 24kt pure gold spray.  You can buy it at Joann's and online.  I like it best for a true gold leaf color and a can goes a really long way.



Here's another $1 item. I just taped it off in several places and then sprayed away.  Great for a bud vase of maybe a pencil holder on your desk.




This technique is a little bit different.  Tape your hurricane off - spray and when dry take a really, really fine steel wool and lightly go over it to distress it a tiny bit.


Mixed with a gold tray, this gives a coffee table vignette an upscale vibe with just a simple candle.





I picked up some black and gold tape from Target in their stationary/craft section and just taped off my design the way I wanted it.  I made sure to press the edges down really well.  No paint needed at all, just tape.  Think of all the things you could tape!!!


When we did the makeover on our kitchen, I used gold hardware, so a touch of gold in my counter accessories are a great compliment.


Gold Desk Accessories - Same method as before.  I just taped things off and sprayed them.  These little dishes came from $1 store and the tape dispenser was one I already had.  





Definitely dresses up my desk.  It's fun to have a little sparkle and glitz while you are working.







 When you find a tendy item that you love, change it to fit your decor.  I found this piece on the clearance aisle.  Not in love with the silver, but a little gold paint totally transformed it.


If you really want to amp up the glitz factor, use a gold mirror, and a gold frame on your art too.  Now what could be a boring powder room looks like it came right out of a designer's magazine.


One of my favorite ways to dress up a bathroom counter is with a pretty tray and accessories.  Of course the sparkle of some gold is my favorite choice.


My favorite view in my home is this one of my wonderful horse painting.  I think it comes to life with the addition of my large gold candle sconces and the gold coffee table.  Instead of rugged and rustic, I love how it now looks up-town.


You can find gold everywhere, it is here to stay, so add a few pieces here and there in your decor and see if you like the added sparkle too. 

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