February 28, 2011

Stripes and Laundry

My project this weekend was to tackle my laundry room. It had become a junk/storage room with no character or style. I decided I could do something out of the ordinary here because who really looks in the laundry room. I painted horizontal stripes on the wall and I am so in love with this room now. It came out better than I ever imagined!!!!

The wall color was already White Linen from Benjamin Moore, for the stripes I went with Manchester Tan. The room is small and I wanted a calm nautical look so I picked some light colors and went horizontal . Cause everyone knows horizontal stripes make you look fat, and I needed this room to be fat. I planned on working on this project all day Saturday but it surprising only took me about 4 hours with an 1 hour break for drying time!!!

List of things you will need:

long level
painters tape
measuring tape
paint brush
small roller

Step 1 - TAPE: I decided on 9" stripes so I got my tape measure out and started measuring from the ceiling down. I used small pieces of tape to mark off every 9 inches (I did not want to deal with pencil marks on the wall). The hardest part was remembering that the tape goes on the outside of the stripes you are painting and inside on the part you are leaving alone. Basically the stripe part you are painting will measure 9" and the stripe part you are not painting will measure smaller (I used 1" tape so my "don't paint" stripe was 7"). And now I have confused all of you - I promise that is the most thinking you will have to do for this project. Use your long level when taping the wall so you will have a nice clean, even stripe!!! Once you have all your tape on the wall I used a credit card and passed it over all the tape to make sure in was stuck on the wall and to smooth out any bubbles in the tape.

Step 2 - BRUSH: Take out your brush before the roller. Use the brush for the areas near the ceiling, trim or adjacent wall where you need to paint a straight line. Then use an almost dry brush and paint along the edges of the tape. This will help you prevent any bleeding through the tape.

Step 3 - ROLLER: I waited about 30 minutes for the brushed edges to dry then I took my roller out and got to rolling on the stripe. I went with an eggshell finish and almost wish I would have picked up a satin finish paint to give the room a little depth with the different finishes. After waiting an hour I rolled a second coat of paint on my stripes.

Step 4 - TAPE OFF - It is very important that you take the tape off as soon as you finish rolling. Do not wait till the paint has dried, pull that tape off the minute you finish rolling the second coat. If you wait till it is dry the paint will peel and mess up your pretty straight lines.

And here you go, a before and after picture......

February 25, 2011


February 22, 2011

Who Needs Picasso?

This is the new custom art hanging in my bedroom for only $25 bucks each. I'll let you in on how I scored such a great deal.

First I went to the digital gallery of the NY public library and found these two cool prints.

Then I made my way down to Office Depot to get some thick nice paper to print my old chairs on. After looking through all the paper I came home with this....

I printed the art on my new paper on the best quality that my little deskjet printer could handle. I brought my "art" to Hobby Lobby to see what kinda deal I could find to get these babies in a frame. Low and behold they had a 50% off sale for all backless frames. I found this rustic looking frame for $27.99 and since it was half off I got the other for free!!! I got an 11x17 mat that fit my 8x10 art (also 1/2 off at $2.99) and two pieces of plexiglass for $6.54.

And for 10 bucks and a 10 minutes waiting time I had the nice girl in the framing department put it together for me....

I dished out my $51.32 to the cashier, got home with my hammer and nails and volia!!!!

Finally we have some art hanging in our bedroom, and it did not break the bank account!!!!

February 21, 2011

Free Art

Searching for art to fill your house can be a very expensive task but not when you have the help of the New York Public Library!!!! The digital gallery provides free and open access to over 700,000 images, all you need is a printer. I had fun searching through the vast collection and here are a few of my favorites.....

Antique Architecture Etchings - 1. / 2. / 3. / 4.

I just did a search for sports team and came up with these. They have the Brooklyn Dodger football team, Wesleyan University basketball team cira 1903, John Hopkins lacrosse team cira 1928, and the Haverford cricket team cira 1926. Restoration Hardware has old vintage sports teams for sale right now just like these, I think they would look really cool in a man cave.

I also got this idea from Restoration Hardware, they made a gallery of sketched face in a bedroom with individual different type frames - it looks very vintage and very unique.

Map of America from 1690

Octopus - I watched Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom yesterday about octopus and they are fascinating creatures, I love this little guy!!

February 15, 2011

Cool Stuff at West Elm

I need these things at my house.....

Blackened roosting owl sculptures made of iron

Honeycomb tassel hand towel (100% cotton)

February 14, 2011

The Letter E

Wool Flower Monogram Letter

This was my big project this week, making my little niece Emily a flower letter to hang in her room. It was a very daunting task but it was worth every little square I cut out. I found the idea on this blog and had to try it out myself.

First let me start with how I made the letter. I tried to buy a paper mache letter already made at the craft store but could not find one big enough and I did not have the patience to order one online. So I made my own. I used cardboard, straight razor, and a pencil for this part of the project.

1. Start with a thick piece of cardboard and trace or draw you letter, and using a razor or heavy duty scissors cut out 2 letters.

2. I found some little plastic cups we had in the cabinet and glued them to one of the letters. When it dried I added glue to the edge of the cups making a sandwich with the second letter. Make sure the letters are aligned.

3. Next I wrap the letter with a layer of the wool to make it look like a box letter. Trace the letter onto the wool twice and add an extra 2" for it to wrap around. Cut the fabric, wrap letter, and glue with a hot glue gun. Turn and do it to the other side. Bottom line - just wrap it like a big Christmas present.

4. Once my letter E was ready I began cutting and tracing out literally hundreds of little flowers. I made a cardboard cutout of a flower with six petals and traced it on the wool.

5. The fun part is actually gluing the flowers on the letter. All you need is scissors and a hot glue gun. Fold the flower in half and then in half again and cut off the tip. Put some hot glue to the bottom and apply. I took pics of my sister making a pin with some red wool so you could see how easy it is............

This is 100 flowers, so I had to get back to tracing and cutting flowers again. I think total I used about 150-170 little flowers - wowsers!!!

For the finished product I got a 1/2 yard of hot pink ribbon and hot glued it to the back of the letter to hang it on the wall.

And voila - the happy little girl with the wool flower hanging on her wall!!!!!

In total the project only cost me $7.50 for the fabric and $1 for the ribbon, but I put in about 8 hours of work.

February 10, 2011

Blue Eyed Beauty

Miss Elizabeth......

I get to hang out with this kid all night tonight!!!
I may not answer the door when her Mommy comes to get her.

February 09, 2011

Boy O Boy

Today we will give the little men a shot out with some of my favorite boys rooms. Can you tell I love green and geometric shapes.

(via Lonny Mag)

(via Beaux Arts mansion in St. Louis)

Love the David Hicks fabric of the sofa its from Lee Jofa called La Fiorentina

(via MyHomeIdeas)

(via Elle Decor)

And a confession: I am completely obsessed with giraffes.
I love this Melissa and Doug stuffed giraffe.....

February 04, 2011

Hey Good Lookin

What you got cooking? We love fish in our house, that means that we eat grilled, broiled, baked and sautéed fish about three times a week. During the weekdays we try and stay on the healthy side of eating so this recipe comes in very handy in a pinch. It's hard trying to make the same fish taste different and nutritious week after week. This is one of my favorite recipes partly because I LOVE spices and easily had these in my spice rack and partly because I love good salmon.

Indian Spiced Salmon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
salt and ground red pepper to taste
4 (6 oz) salmon fillets

Preheat broiler. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over fish. Combine all 4 spices and rub evenly over salmon, add salt and pepper to taste. Place fillets on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Cover with foil and broil for 7 minutes. Remove foil and broil an additional 4 minutes.

February 02, 2011


This is the most romantic thing I have ever seen, and a bit emotional for me.
Watch it........

His name is Kristian Anderson, he has been diagnosed with cancer at the age of 35.
He has two small children and made this video for his wife on her birthday.
WOW!!! I love this song. Go home and hug your family tonight!!