Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Lamp: Before & After

Hey All, We're back from our weekend trip to the Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, Australia.  We had a great whirlwind trip with the highlight, actually, being the ranch B&B we stayed at.  I'll have a post all about it and pictures soon. 

In the meantime, my mom recently posted an after photo of a thrift store lamp she purchased, while I was in Texas, back in March.  While I was there helping her with decorating projects, I painted the lamp yellow, but we didn't find a new shade for it before I left.  A few days ago she decided to recover a plain shade in some black and white chevron fabric and here is the result...

You can also see the formal dining room, that we decorated, in this picture.  The blue table, the lamp is sitting on, is the old one from the breakfast room that we moved out and was on its way out to the garage.
There you go.  For, I would guess, under $10 she now has a 'new' lamp on her repurposed TV cabinet....another DIY project we tackled during that trip.  We were very busy!  Remember the breakfast room bench we built too?  I'll share some before and after pics of the TV console soon.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Kilim Ottoman Coffee Table & Life

Lately, I've been thinking about changing out our coffee table for an upholstered kilim ottoman.  Currently, we have a live edge vintage wood coffee table (which I do like), but my husband is constantly using my lovely Turkish kilim pillows as cushions for his feet when he props them up on the table.  So not cool!  Since he just has to have his feet up, I figured I may as well make it more comfy for him and at the same time save my poor throw pillows. 

Not to worry about the current coffee table, I'm planning to use it as a TV stand.  I've actually been looking for a cool low stand for the tele.  The coffee table should work out perfectly, since it has a bottom shelf for the VCR and cable box.

One of the local shops, I frequent, has kilim ottomans I've been eyeing for a while, but sadly they don't have any pics on their website, but I did find another one I like at Eco Chic.

This one is a bit pricey, but I do like it and it has a plethora of color options.  The ones at the other shop have more of a traditional Moroccan rug pattern (kind of like the throw pillow in the above pic). Decisions, Decisions.
In other news, the trainer at the gym has decided to torture me.  She put together my personal fitness plan and it's grueling.  I'm beginning to think that she believes I'm wanting to train to be some sort of an athlete (can you say Iron Man?!).  I think I need to explain to her that I really am only wanting to look halfway decent in a swimsuit.  My son is out for two weeks on school holiday, so it's messing with my routine.  I'm going to have to go to my classes and stuff in the evening now. 
Fitness motivation
Also, we're going on our little mini vacation to the Taronga Zoo, in Dubbo, this coming weekend, so I'll miss a couple classes, but I'm told that the zoo is huge and we'll be renting bikes to ride around. I'll also be packing up the cooler and several totes with all our fruits and veggies and I'll be bringing the blender for our morning smoothies.  We plan to stay right on track with our plant based lifestyle. 
{image and ideas for staying vegan on vacation via Cadry's Kitchen}
My husband has still been rocking his weight loss and fitness.  Tomorrow is the last day of the fitness boot camp he's been attending, three days per week, and is signing up for another four weeks.  Our six year old is dying to attend boot camp too (they actually have one for kids) and says he's saving up all his money to go.  He's just a tiny little thing, but has been doing jumping jacks and sit ups every evening and eating all his fruits and veggies, in preparation.  He's always telling us that he needs his broccoli and avocados, because they're heart healthy foods.  We don't want to burst his bubble, just yet, but, we think, he's still a couple years away from going to a kid's boot camp.
Oh and one more (small) thing.  This past weekend my husband and I celebrated our seventeen year wedding anniversary.  He bought me a nice tripod for my new camera and said that he put some money back for our Bali trip, as my gift.  Plus, we are going on that little trip this weekend too.  It's funny, but looking back over all the years, it feels like we've lived so many different lives together (probably because we've lived so many places).  On one hand, it feels like the time has passed by in the blink of an eye, but on the other, so much has happened and changed over the past seventeen years (and pretty much all for the better).  It will be interesting to see what's to come.
need this for the future home... Printable

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Texas Client Project {Gallery Wall}

This is something I talked about the other day.  Remember those cool prints I shared?  Today, I want to show you guys the full concept for the gallery wall, I'm proposing, for above the sofa.  Of course, this can be a gradual process, but I think I like this better than what we have going on right now with the driftwood and oyster shell mirror.  Decorating is definitely a fluid (costly) thing...always adjusting and changing. 

Here is how it will look with the newly striped walls. 

You can find all the art sources on my Texas Client Project board.

Before & After {Ottoman}

Today, I want to share a before and after DIY my mom did.  She bought this old vinyl covered ottoman at a second hand shop and recovered it in a great bold and colorful geometric print.


So, what do you guys think?  My mom is pretty talented!  I'll be sharing those after photos of her striped walls, soon.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Texas Client Project {Art}

The wall striping is now finished (more pics coming soon) and now it's time to add a couple prints to the wall above the sofa.

So far we have a collection of three large pieces of driftwood and a mirror covered in oyster shells hanging above the sofa.  To round it out and make it feel like a gallery feature wall, I think we should add some abstract art.

Here are my two favorites and the ones I'll be suggesting...

I really love this blue print...I may even order one for myself!
Trees Singing the Blues Giclee Print by Samantha Hallenus at Art.com
{image: print by Samantha Hallenus}
Untitled D0034 Giclee Print by Douglas David Walker at Art.com
{image: print by Douglas David Walker}
To keep costs down, I suggest using the same RIBBA frame from Ikea, to unify the pair.
RIBBA Frame IKEA 8x10" photo fits if used with the mat. The mat enhances the picture and makes framing easy.