Living Room Deluxe Redoux

As promised, here is the living room in all it’s Maximalist glory, finally (mostly) complete since buying the house in October 2017. I completed all the painting and wallpaper in a busy two-day whirlwind of back-aching labor, and it was worth it! So happy to have this part finished. There will be a couple small odds and ends to come (like a proper curtain and rod and the main window) but it is for all intents and purposes Fini!

BEFORE

This is what the living looked like when we moved in, sans the previous owner’s furniture.

 

AFTER

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I LOVE how the room came out! The paint is 3 shades of grey, dark eggshell on the ceiling, medium on the walls and pale grey semi-gloss on the trim and baseboards. The big splurge was the Ellie Cashman floral wallpaper (about $400) but so worth it for the big drama. Most everything was brought from the old Denver house; the sofa, ottoman, rug and 2 etagere are new, all found online at great deals.livingroomafter8

The sofa was a big mark-down at Z Gallerie ($699), the grey velvet ottoman $160 at Wayfair, the rug $140 on houzz (I don’t buy nice rugs because, dogs 🙂 and the brass and glass etageres were about $260 each. I did a lot of comparison shopping and it really paid off. (painting to the right by Sandi Calistro)livingroomafter6Almost all of our art is thrifted, gifts, and trades with other artists. The big floor lamp was an awesome free alley score! I found the portrait painting on the right on shopgoodwill.com.

livingroomafter7The big lucite sofa table and 2 pink side tables were all thrift finds back in Denver, as was the signed “Los Angeles” print on the left, the white ceramic pots, and much of the accessories. The oil painting on the right I found recently on shopgoodwill.com.

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Yes, there are 3 disco balls on the bookshelves 🙂 (and yea I know, I really need to hide the wires…) Herman the Peacock (A yard sale find) seems quite at home here among the flowers.livingroomafter3

Here’s where I really let my inner maximalist out to play. Inspired by the amazing art of Nick Cave, I bedecked our old chandelier in about 20 pounds of costume jewelry, most of which came from grab bags at the thrift store.livingroomafter9livingroomafter4livingroomafter1

Thanks for looking! Next up: the Holidays.

Kitchen & Dining Room Before and After – a Glam Makeover for under $500

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I’ve finally been getting some of the big projects checked off the to-do list since moving to our new home last October. Without further ado, here is the kitchen and dining room redo!

These rooms didn’t need much so I focused on updating and freshening things up. I changed the cabinet hardware (new pulls and knobs, all for about $50 on Amazon), painted the walls and trim in lovely shades of grey (about $75 for paint and supplies) and finally added a high-end wallpaper as an accent (this is where the big money went, about $130 for a roll of this Cole & Sons paper. I love this as a fun alternative to a tile backsplash, and it’s a whole lot cheaper. (I did install clear plastic sheets over the wallpaper above the sink to protect it, $25 on amazon). This was my first time installing wallpaper and it’s far from perfect, but I did a decent job 🙂

In the dining room I changed out the ceiling light for a black chandelier. Can you believe it’s plastic? You’d never know, and it was just over $100 on Houzz.com. I also added new curtains and rods, both found on Amazon. Most everything else we already owned.

I will be changing out the ceiling fan and outlet covers soon to finish it off, and we will be replacing the dining room rug with a larger one. Someday I’d love to redo the tile…

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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Next Up: The Living Room

We Moved! First Holiday in the New House…

2 months ago we moved from Denver, Colorado to Salt Lake City, Utah. It’s been a crazy whirlwind but we are finally starting to feel settled in our new city. There is still a ton of work to do, lots of painting, wallpaper, landscaping etc. etc., and of course I will be blogging lots of “Before & After” projects as things progress. It’s been a big challenge as we have seriously down-sized (the new house is much smaller) and got rid of at least half of our stuff in the move. It’s been good for us 🙂 Even though I havn’t had time to do any painting yet, I just had to get some holiday decorations up. It’s definitely scaled down after our over-the-top Denver Victorian, much more streamlined. On the bright side, I can do it in a day instead of the 2-3 days it took in the old house. You’ll see that most of the decor has been “recycled” from the old house. The only new holiday stuff are some stunning flowers and fresh greens from good ol’ Trader Joe’s (I wouldn’t have moved here if SLC didn’t have a TJs 😉  I spent a total of just $29 on 3 bunches of flowers, a bunch of greens, and cedar garland, and got enough goodies to make 3 flower arrangements and had enough greens left over to spread around the house. Oh and a tried a couple waxed amaryllis bulbs on the dining room table (also from TJs, $7.99 each) and I love them! Zero maintenance, perfect. TJs is the BEST place for flowers!

 

I will get pics of the outside in the next couple of days. In the meantime, enjoy. Happy Holidays!

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The entry to our house is actually what was originally the back of the house. Long story, but they apparently moved the street some time ago, so we live in the Backwards House 🙂 For now our front door is a sliding glass door ( we may change it to French doors in the future). The front room serves as an entry and my art studio. More pics in the near future, I promise. holidayhouse2017o

I spoiled myself with a lovely flower arrangement and an orchid on my desk. (all from TJs) It’s the perfect spot to work at, with a view of the yard and the city and mountains to the West.holidayhouse2017m

Our quirky home came with this antique wood-burner (yes it works!) Right now it is functioning as a fancy plant stand.holidayhouse2017e

Our little dining room is just big enough and flooded with light. This area gets the most action in the house so it has most of the holiday decor. You may recognize most of these metallic ornaments as being on our mantle in the old house in previous years. They look great in their new space.holidayhouse2017lholidayhouse2017j

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The living room is much more minimal than at the old house, just the tree and holiday flowers under the TV (I really need to work on hiding the wires! Add that project to the list 🙂holidayhouse2017dholidayhouse2017c

Can’t wait to see how it all looks next year after I’ve painted and wallpapered…

I will post the outside decorations in a few days. Have a great weekend everyone! Happy decorating!

A Fabulous Red Shelf For the Bedroom…Free!

Another fabulous Alley Find…someone threw out this great red Ikea shelf unit just a block from the house, and it works great in the bedroom. The bottom shelf was broken off, but easily repaired with glue. Gotta love free! My neighbors toss out the best stuff 😉

(all the stuff on the shelves we already had. Matchbook art by artist friend Paul Moschell. The black hand is a recent thrift store find for $3. See more of the bedroom projects on the Decorating link.)

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Crazy-Easy DIY Duvet Cover Made from Sheets! (In Less than an Hour!)

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Can you sew a straight line? Then you can make your own duvet covers, cheap! All it takes is two flat sheets the same size as your comforter. I found this beautiful 100% cotton designer (Yves Saint Laurent) top sheet Brand New at the thrift store for $6.99. I paired it with a (also New (with tags!) from the thrift store for $8.99) quality 100% cotton black flat sheet for a nice contrast when folded over. The detailing on the top edge of the sheet is so pretty I put it at the bottom to show it off.

It’s easy as pie (actually, easier!). I just matched up the two sheets with the facing sides together, sewed all around the outside of three sides, leaving the fourth (bottom edge) open. The whole project took less than an hour. You can create a proper duvet by sewing in buttons and holes or Velcro on the open end, but I like the extra length that drapes over the end of the bed and it stays in place just fine even with the long end open.

The possibilities are endless! Just pick out pretty sheets you like in the same size as your comforter and sew them together. This makes it inexpensive (Mine cost only $15 total!) to have new looks for each season or to just change it up when the mood strikes. Happy sewing!

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The two sheets before sewing.

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…just pin together and sew!

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Pretty New Duvet Cover!

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See the DIY for that fun Hot Pink Union Jack pillow HERE,

and the DIY for the Nightstand made from old Art Forum Magazines HERE

My Top Picks for the Most Inspirational Home Tours of 2014

As 2014 comes to a close (and being snowed-in and a bit cabin-feverish) I’m thinking about all the DIY projects I want to do in 2015. Below are my favorite fun, artsy and eclectic home tours that have inspired me. Some of them you’ve seen here before, some are new. Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!

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The second I saw the stunning exterior of the New Orlean’s abode of Artist Miranda Lake, I was hooked, but the rest of it blew me away. And there’s a double-Decker bus in the backyard next to the pool.

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/miranda-lakes-curious-collections-house-tour-204899#

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Another New Orlean’s gem, the home of Valorie Hart is a DIY paradise.

https://theyearoflivingfabulously.com/2014/09/20/a-new-orleans-house-tour-too-good-not-to-share/

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Artist Adam Wallacavage has just about the most amazing home I’ve ever seen. He’s a Maximalist after my own heart, and his decorating courage inspires me to bring those over-the-top ideas in my head to life.

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/adams-diy-meets-opulence-home-house-tour-195369#

I just love love love this gorgeous London apartment. It inspired my bedroom make-over.

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/3308250/list?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u150&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery3

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A fun home form down under chock-full of great ideas.

https://theyearoflivingfabulously.com/2014/01/15/an-extraordinary-artists-home-just-too-good-not-to-share-and-chock-full-of-unique-diy-ideas/

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A Killer-Glam Chicago loft full of DIY Goodness.

https://theyearoflivingfabulously.com/2014/01/17/stealing-from-other-peoples-homes-decorating-ideas-that-is-killer-glam-chicago-loft-full-of-diy-goodness/

Fun DIY Fornasetti Decoupage Ceiling Design for the Rock Star Glam Bedroom

I adore Fornasetti. I’d love to paper a wall with Fornasetti wallpaper, but since $300+ a roll is a bit out of my price range (and it seems to be discontinued at that) I wanted to create my own look with the Fornasetti “Julia” images. I’ve been looking for the right project to use the imagery on for awhile now, and came up with this fun design that I decoupaged onto my bedroom ceiling around the medallion. It was easy and cost almost nothing.

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Ceiling Before:

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I started out by finding the images I wanted through a Google image search. In addition to the Fornasetti, I wanted to add a touch of color to the design, so I printed out these Damian Hurst butterfly images as well. I then sized the Julia faces all to 8″ and the butterflies about 2″ and printed them all on plain white paper and cut them out carefully. Then I played around on the rug with various layouts and finally decided on this one:

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Now it’s time to decoupage! Just mix 3 parts Elmer’s glue (any basic white glue should work), to 1 part water, brush it lightly but thoroughly on the back of the image and on the surface to be covered and carefully lay on the image. This can be a little tricky as you want to avoid air bubbles. I start at one corner and smooth it gently to the other corner. If you get a bubble gently work it out with the damp brush.

And here it is finished! The whole process took about an hour and cost only the cash to cover the ink, paper and glue, so pennies!

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…I also had a little fun on the back of the bedroom door with some Fornasetti arms and a couple more butterflies…

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A Note on Copyrighted Images: It’s ok to do things like this for your own personal use, but you cannot use copyrighted images on anything you are going to sell, or you can be sued for copyright infringement.

You can see some of the Rock Star Glam bedroom DIY’s here:

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Found Hipster Art Make-Over

And the rest HERE.