Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Chinese Chippendale Chair


The iconic chair design of the Chinese Chippendale Chair is timeless.  The first version of the Chippendale Chair was created in the 18th century and named after the cabinet maker Thomas Chippendale.  But WHO KNEW, after all these years, they are still being sold at such a high price!  Some versions are available for up to $600 each.  I've seen these chairs everywhere, in every color -- white, black, yellow, green, light wood, dark wood.  Used as an office chair, dining room chairs, accent chairs or kitchen chairs.  They can go with any design style, in any room of the house. 

I couldn't pass these up.  Now I just need to figure out what I am going to do with mine! Keep them? Or refinish and sell them?

My 4 chairs dyeing for a makeover!
We'll see what I decide to do with my Chinese Chinese Chippendale chairs!

Monday, September 23, 2013

What I Did This Weekend

This weekend I attended a beautiful country, garden wedding!  I had the honor of designing and creating the wedding programs for my cousin's big day!  I was very pleased with how they turned out and received lots of compliments on them!  (Again, I made these on Power Point, friends.  Just like these and these.)  My favorite part is the antler detail I used throughout the program.

They also had some interesting wedding decor to direct traffic to the correct location!

The hay bale bride + groom was definitely a first for me!  I had never seen anything like it. But they definitely win the award for creativity and DIY skills here.

I am still loving the trend of photo booths at weddings!  It makes for such a memorable take-home gift for the guests.

Husband + I
I have a new custom piece to refinish for a customer!  Picked up a great antique desk she has had for years and didn't know what to do with it, so now it is time for a bit of a facelift.  It will be getting painted a beautiful turquoise color, kind of like this one from my pinterest board.

I also saw that Target has some fab new furniture pieces in their Threshold line!  I am swooning over anything gold or brass right now.  Target Threshold once again knocks this one out of the park!  Love it all, but here are some of my top LOVES right now.  Did I mention these are all under $150?!?  I must  go  RUN to Target immediately!

Have a great week!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Lions, Tigers, & Bears, Oh My! {Axton's Nursery Design}

One of my closest friends asked me to design the nursery for her baby boy.  We have been friends since we were kids and now she is having baby #2!  I was so honored to be asked.  I love doing projects for friends because they trust that I will make the room beautiful and they won't have to worry about anything.  It all started with a jungle animal theme for this little guy!  His momma already had some great hand-me-downs to get me started with the animal theme and the navy and green color palette was born from there.  Babies are expensive!  So we were on a very tight budget for this project.  Which just meant being a little more creative.  Most of the artwork I made myself on Power Point.  Yes, Power Point!  I'm old school and haven't invested in those fancy designer softwares, yet.  One of my favorite parts of the room is the little reading area.  Where the books are low enough for him to reach in a couple of years.  

Even though babies need a lot of stuff, which I never understood because they are so little, yet still need so many things, it didn't really take a lot to make this room warm and inviting for when this little guy decided to arrive.  It was just the basics here.  (a rocker was moved in from big sis's room shortly after this)  The curtains are from Target.  Actually, the same curtains are in my master bedroom, but in navy here.

A close up view of more hand made artwork for over the crib.

When my friends built their home last year, we decided to paint the entire second floor this great neutral color from Sherwin Williams called Whole Wheat.  This was the guest room at the time, so it was fine.  When we changed it to a nursery, they didn't want to make a lot of changes since it was freshly painted, so in came the stripes.  The creamy stripe color, also by Sherwin Williams in Antique White, went right over the darker color to add the horizontal stripe effect. 

Welcome home baby Axton!
My biggest tip or rule of thumb for a nursery: design a room that will grow with the child. Everything in this room is appropriate for a toddler and ages on up from the wall colors to the furniture.  Kids grow up so fast!  You don't want to be completely changing everything in the room every 3 years.  Just small things that are easy to change like accessories or artwork here and there.  So keep the larger pieces adult-like!

Friday, September 6, 2013

What I Did This Week + New Project

Happy Friday!

What a great week! Started Labor Day weekend off with a bang -- and took a much needed girls road trip to NASHVILLE, TN!!  Yee Haw!! :) Great city with amazing music, great food, and historical architecture.  I love the history of the city. 

Speaking of history...this is now my favorite restaurant in Nashville, TN.  Merchants Restaurant is located right downtown Nashville on Broadway St. and is a must-see if you're in the area.  The building is an old hotel from the 1890's and almost everything in the interior is original, including the AMAZING black and white floors!
These floors were to die for! 

My Antique Booth Refurbish and Refinish opened this weekend!! Yay! This brand new Antique Mall in Westfield/Cicero Indiana area is filled with vendors.  We specialize in painted furniture, decorative antiques, and dabbling in some craft projects for your home right now too! 

New Project...the start of one anyways!  Gallery wall at my sister's house.
Measured out the space we had (or wanted to stay within) and arranged the frames until we came to a layout we could live with.  Snap a picture of this step to help remember the layout when hanging the frames on the wall.
Look at my adorable design assistant!  "Looks great Auntie Jess!" - Emersyn Leigh

Just need some pictures in the frames, but it turned out great!  I love how the modern wood frames all beautifully matted in bright white pop off the dark charcoal gray wall. 

Frames from Pottery Barn + Target.
Wall Color Valspar Rugged Suede (same color I used in my master bedroom)

Have a great weekend!!  We'll see what I can get into next week!

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