This is just a sneak peek, but I am currently doing a living room for a client who loves color.  There were many places we were able to save some money (her MIL is a fantastic sewer and made these curtains) but we did splurge on the fabric.  It really makes the space.

Forgive the grainy photos–it was actually a really cloudy morning.  This is the beginning of her vignette in her front picture window.  The table was repurposed–she had it elsewhere in the house and I painted it to freshen it up a bit.  The walls had old striped gold wallpaper and we nixed that in favor of a neutral wall color to balanced the brightness of all that cranberry.  You can see the top of her cranberry colored sofa in the above shot.  These sofas that she had purchased a few years ago were the jumping off point for the whole scheme.

Here is a close up of the painted table.  We chose black to help it disappear into the window.  It has some mild distressing on the edges.

I was also able to repurpose some lamps she had with some paint and then adding some trim detail on the shades.

Another bonus was removing some old carpeting to find lovely hardwood floors underneath.  Although there is some damage, we were able to hide most of it with neutral sisal rugs.  This also helps balance out the color and large scale pattern by adding some neutral texture.

I think some more will be going in this weekend so hopefully I will have more pictures soon.  She has been a really fun client to work with.  Thanks for checking it out!

DIY Entryway Organization

As my kids are getting bigger (oldest in first grade this year) I am starting to realize how much better we all need to be about organization.  With homework, after school activities, and play dates ever-increasing, I knew I needed to start to find a system to corral all their stuff.

I also knew I wanted whatever we had to be somewhat cute.  It’s one of the first things people will see as they walk in the front door.  Jackets, books, shin guards, hats, etc. all needed a place to go. 

First I bought these large baskets from Cost Plus about a year ago.  I sewed some cloth letters of each child’s initial and attached them to the baskets with twine.  The baskets are pretty deep so so far, not too much of the clutter has been visible.  This could possibly change as they get busier and the stuff grows…

Next, I got an old window at our local salvage yard and screwed these hooks to the bottom (one queen and two kings!).  I found these hooks at a little shop in Tallahassee, FL called Miss Mandy’s but here are some similar ones on Amazon.

Forgive the weird angles–it’s a narrow space for picture taking.  Thanks for stopping by!

Antique Books and Photographs

I was reaccessorizing these bookshelves the other day and decided to do a post about antique books.  They can add so much richness and texture to a shelf or display.  It’s even better when the books mean something to you–these happen to have belonged to my great great grandfather.

But if not, antique books can be found at flea markets and antique shops all over the place.  My thoughtful hubby brings back books from other countries for me when he goes on business trips.  Antique books are great souvenirs to remember special places or trips.  Here is one my husband got in France along with an antique book from a friend on another subject dear to me: opera!

In addition, I love the warmth and texture of antique photographs.  These happen to be of my great great grandfather and a family home from decades (over a century?) ago.  But finding antique photographs of a special place or  person is a great way to tell a story and make a space personal.

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Thanksgiving Table

Getting ready for Thanksgiving, I went looking around the house today for something to liven up our dining room table.   I remembered the tapestry I had to take down when I was painting the entryway and thought it might make a nice table covering. 

This piece was a find from the Antiques Faire a year or so ago.  It’s a 19th century French tapestry.  It used to hang in our hallway but no longer works with the new scheme but I’m liking the way it warms up the table. 

 The linen runner is vintage Hungarian linen.  I bought that on Ebay a few years ago.

I am looking so forward to sharing Thanksgiving this year with my family.  Thanks to my fabulous bros-in-law for making the trip out to Berkeley to visit.  Hope everyone is getting to be with loved ones this weekend. 

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New Pillows

Just a few shots of some new pillows for my TV room that I made over the weekend.  I found the blue and brown damask on sale and the burlap and crushed velvet were remnants from a previous project.

The burlap pillow I used to christen the embroidery attachment on my sewing machine.  Now I want to embroider everything!

Also, I was having fun with my new camera and trying to learn how to use it too.

Finally, this is a close up of the blue side table.  It was a salvage find and I painted it and distressed it.  Here is the before:

And here is the after: 

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Chair Project

Here is my latest furniture project.  I’m redoing a client’s dining room and we decided to just freshen up her table and chairs instead of replacing them.  I haven’t done the table yet but I got her chairs finished just in time for Thanksgiving.  Below is the before:

The chairs are pretty typical beechwood from probably 15 or so years ago.  I painted them with ASCP base coat in Aubusson blue under Old White and the spindles in Versailles.  Then some light distressing and burnishing with wax.

The finished dining room is going to be lovely.

Also, here is a sneak peek of a bench I found that needs some serious love:

I haven’t decided yet what fabric and paint to use to fix it up but I can’t wait for the transformation.

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Kitchen Table Find

Well things are moving along a little bit with our kitchen reno.  I have a dishwasher and farmhouse sink sitting on my front porch and a brass bridge faucet at a plumbing specialty store having the lacquer stripped off of it.  And today while I was out shopping with my two little ones (hence the terrible, blurry photo), I found the most amazing antique grain table at my favorite salvage shop, Urban Ore.  The green paint is amazing on it and will be such a great shock of color for my mostly white kitchen.

Since the reno won’t actually start until the cabinets arrive in about 4-5 weeks, here are some photos of the things going into the kitchen:

Now I just have to figure out where I’m going to store that table for the next 5 weeks!

And some more good news if you follow my blog–I finally got a real camera!  So no more blurry, grainy iphone photos–That is if I can figure out how to use the new camera…

Pure Style Home’s New Fabric Launch

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Just had to share some beautiful images from Lauren Liess’s new fabric line.  It just launched today and I love all the patterns and the washed, gauzy look of the fabric.  I would love to use the Queen Anne (image 1 and 2) or Star Fern (last image) on the windows with one of her ticking stripes on a chair.  And can’t you see that gorgeous Magnolia (image 4) on a beautiful tablescape.  So pretty! 

Treats from the Flea Market

Today was the Alameda Antiques Faire again–I can’t believe it has been a month since the last time I was there!  Here are a few images of some of the great items I saw.  Above is a booth of items just arrived from France.

More French finds…

The next three photos are of a booth entirely consisting of antique hardware–doorknobs, pulls, knobs, hinges, locks, keys, everything!

And finally, I loved this giant birdcage below.  So beautiful and what a dramatic statement it would make.  I can just see it in a garden…

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