Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Let's dish!

I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you kind ladies for all of your great words of encouragement. It's been a bit difficult these last couple of weeks, but I have such high hopes for the future. So for the moment no more boo-hooing out of me.

Now on to design....

When I got my latest issue of Country Living a couple of weeks ago I was happy to see some advice from Eddie Ross that I had already taken part in weeks prior. I love being a head of the game. Here is the little tidbit that
Eddie gave Country Living readers:

For the last couple of months I've been looking at my living room and feeling like something was missing. I felt like it was almost finished, but who I am a kidding in my world rooms are never finished they just keep on revolving. I had been itching to make more of an impact around the fireplace and since I wanted to stay on budget I knew the impact had to be cost effective. A quick trip to my local TJ MAXX along with a visit to JoAnn's and I was set to go.

The mirror was already above the fireplace. It was a thrift store find. I loved the patina look on the mirror that I knew it had to be mine. It was about 10 bucks and with a coat of white paint it looked brand new. Originally that was the only thing above the fireplace. From TJ MAXX I got a variety of white plates at around $2.50-$3.00 each then to JoAnn's I went to pick up some plate holders for 1.99 each. The plates at the top of the mirror were a find from Anthropologie that I got after the Christmas season and they were on sale for $2.95 each! So voila there is my quick little change that has made quick an impact.

Another great tip from this month's Country Living was the idea of making some custom artwork with your blank plates. You could either decoupage an old picture or even make a custom silhouette of your family members, but my favorite idea was using rub-on stencils from Hambly.

My favorite patterned sheet is called, Silhouette:

So for right now this is a little sneak peek at my living room. Since I do love to switch things up I can guarantee it's not going to look like this forever. I already have another plan for what I would like to see above the fireplace.

Now I just have to break the news to my hubby who probably isn't going to be happy, because I just made him put 9 additional holes in the wall and I'm now thinking of changing it.

Ah you gotta love me.


Blogger Sweet Nothings said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE how it looks!!!

March 3, 2009 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

It looks so good!!! Love the initial plates!!! (and what a great deal on everything!!! :)

March 3, 2009 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger Beautiful Living said...

LOVE it! I especially love your etagere and the lamps.. Stunning! The new plates are beautiful! Think I have to go get myself some plate hangers as well! Definitly inspirational!

March 3, 2009 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Sarah Danielle: Jeune Marie said...

I want to see this whole room/fly you to Texas to help me with a potential new house!! :)

March 3, 2009 at 2:44 PM  
Blogger LindsB said...

It looks awesome, I love the plates!! The three at the top are my favorite, so pretty! I'm with you on changing things up often, it drives my BF nuts since he could live with the same thing for years and years, but I need to change it up!

Glad you are feeling alot better, and are back in the land of the livng :) xoxox

March 3, 2009 at 5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bravo! It's stunning!
P.S. Don't you just love TJ Maxx.

March 3, 2009 at 10:34 PM  
Blogger Colour Me Happy said...

Hey, I've done that too. . . fabric along an upholstered chair to make it look all dramatic and cool! Love it.

March 3, 2009 at 11:10 PM  
Blogger Kwana said...

Love it! It looks great. Now in order to get out of hot water with the hubby you should invest in Command hooks. They really work. You don't have to use the hooks I use the velcro and it's great. Comes right off.

March 5, 2009 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Haven and Home said...

LOVE your house! I have those decals marked for a rainy day..

March 6, 2009 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger No.35style said...

i wish i was moving as fast as you with all my projects! what are the framed things in the corner?

March 7, 2009 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

No 35...the frames are actually vintage reproductions of french notebooks and I have them matted on burlap!

I love them, but I'm actually thinking of moving them around. I'm thinking of re-doing my home office so I think they will be moving upstairs. I'll show better pictures once everything is complete.

March 9, 2009 at 1:30 PM  

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