Obsession of the Week...Spring Colors

I love color! But you wouldn't guess that by looking at my wardrobe. The majority of my clothes are black, grey and neutral colors but lately, I have been obsessed with bright colors for spring! I have all kinds of ideas for my up coming projects, including bold patterns, colors and new styles.

Recently, I picked up several vintage and antique pieces of furniture in northern New Jersey and have decided to venture into a bold palette with my refurbishing. I have selected bright corals, turquoises and greens. I will be using these colors on lamps, lamp shades, rugs, tables and much more!

Behr Tropical Waters
Behr Cool Melon

Behr Cool Lava


I will post images soon of my new projects!

Obsession of the Week... Lamps

Lamps are a great accent for any room and almost everyone has one, so why not make it a statement, like this teacup lamp. I discovered this DIY teacup lamp on the blog Vintage Revival and fell in love with it.

It's super cute and totally inspiring! I will admit drilling through glass tea cups and saucers somewhat scares me, but this blog also gives great tips for drilling into glass. Can't wait to try it.

Here is another example from blogger Rocky Bella of a glass vase turned into a lamp. She was inspired by the glass lamps from Crate and Barrel. I saw something similar at Target the other day and I really like them.

After seeing these DIY lamps I am on a mission to start making my own. As for the teacup lamp, I like how she added color by spray painting the teapot. I think I will do the same when I attempt this.  As for the glass vase lamps I envision it with a fun lamp shade of a bold pattern and color. 

fabric images via Fabrics.com

In addition to making these lamps I also want to refurbish some vintage lamps I picked up at my local thrift store. I will keep you posted on how it goes. I'm crossing my fingers hoping I don't break to many glasses!

Obsession of the Week...Mad for the Chevron Pattern

My latest obsession is the chevron pattern. I like it on fabric, rugs, furniture, dishware, frames, pillows, on floors, everywhere! I know this style has been around for a while, but I have seen it popping up more and more lately.  Currently, I am working up the courage to paint the pattern on a rug! I want a new 5x7 area rug for my bedroom, but the idea of painting carpet kind of scares me. I know it shouldn't, because I have worked on harder projects than painting a rug, but I am afraid it's going to turn out stiff. Here is the before and after rug that inspired me. You can see the tutorial here at Remodelaholic.com.

Here is another great example of the chevron pattern on a table top.

I definitely want to try it on a piece of furniture, but I think after that I should probably call it quits or I will have to check myself into a chevron rehab program! Well maybe a throw pillow too, but then that's it, I swear!

Obsession of the Week...Stencil Mania

Lately I have been obsessed with stenciling. I love all the different patterns and how easy it is to apply. Stenciling can transform almost anything. It can be done on a wall, a piece of fabric, a table, rug, chair or dresser. As of now I have two items on my stencil to do list and they are a rug and an end table. I can't wait to get started. Recently, I purchased a beautiful Moroccan stencil on Etsy from the Royal Design Stencil Shop. They have some of the best patterns and a big selection.

moroccan stencil

My first stencil project will be on this two tiered table, also referred to a dumb-waiter table which I found over the summer. I am envisioning a pretty stencil pattern on the tops of each tier. The pattern will give the table a unique look.

two tier end table also know as dumb waiter table

Also, in my search for stencils I came across these beautiful leather bar stools with stencil work on the leather.  I love this pattern and would like to stencil it on a rug. Although, I am also obsessed with the chevron pattern and I think it would be pretty on a rug too.

I will post pictures of the finished table soon.

Happy Stenciling!

Obsession of the week...Keep Calm and Carry On

I have always wanted a framed Keep Calm and Carry On poster to hang in my aparment. In my search for one I came across this great rug on the Apartment Therapy website. I love the look of this rug, but it wouldn't stay clean in my house with my dog or the dirt brought in from the dirty streets of New York.

In addition to the poster I had another idea on how to showcase this saying, I want to embroider it on a chair. I envision it on the back of a large fabric chair.  It would the be chair for my sewing table, that way I can see it every time I enter the room. I think it would be a nice touch in my sewing room. And since both my mother and my sister have embroidery machines I just might try it!

Obsession of the week... Silver foiling or some say Silver Leafing

My dear friend Kristine sent me this AP story about silver foiling on furniture and I love it! I have written about this technique before, it was my first Obsession of the Week post about metallic silver and mirrored silver. I still love this look, but have not been successful at recreating it. However, after reading this AP story I have new hope! I am very excited to try silver foiling on this vintage1950's end table. I purchased the table for five dollars and hopefully after some silver leafing it will be worth much more! Silver leafing can be purchased at most craft stores and online. 

I plan to purchase the silver leafing this weekend. With the research I have done online, it says a project such as this can be completed in just a few days! So wish me luck!

Obsession of the Week

I found my latest decorative obsession during my trip home when I went visit my family in Houston. My sister recently remodeled her kitchen and purchased new living room furniture. When I was there I fell in love with the changes she made to some of her existing furniture, when she added a decorative glaze to them. The biggest transformations were with the fireplace mantel and the kitchen table. Both pieces were originally a dark mahogany wood.

mantel scroll

pedestal bottom of kitchen table
As you can see decorative glazing and paint were used to create this aged and distressed look. My sister did not do this herself; it was done by her decorator. I have done some intense research and want to recreate this look myself on this end table.

I originally bought this table to refurbish it as a new seat for my dog because right now she sits on my ottoman and I want it back. However, I have decided against using this table because it's too high for her to climb. Moreover, once I started working on the table I didn't like the finish I chose and put the table on the back burner. But now that I have seen this decorative glaze on my sister's furniture I love it! I think it will look great on this end table with it's trim and corner pieces. Once I finish my kitchen cabinets I will tackle this project!

Obsession of the Week...

It seems as though everyday of the week I fall in love with something new! Whether it is a fabric, new decorating technique, a piece of furniture or a newly decorated space I can easily spend hours online or thumbing through magazines looking at all of these things. Therefore, I decided why not share my obsessions with you, whoever you are out there. I can't be the only one falling in love, right?  At least I hope not.

This year at the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair), a new finishing technique for wood was showcased. One of my favorite blogs, Apartment Therapy, refers to it as Metallic & Mirrored Silver. I love it! It's super modern yet on a log of wood I think it looks contemporary with a rugged edge. I have tried to recreate this look three times on a sample of wood and can't seem to get it to be as shiny or reflective as in the pictures. It's really frustrating, but I promise I am going to master this! I don't care how many times it takes me. I have the perfect 1950's retro end table that would look amazing with this finish. So here's hoping!

As soon as it is finished I will post the pictures. Until then if anyone has any tips or advice please share!