31 Days of Spray Paint – Day 2


I am currently in the middle of collecting old, ornate, flea market/thrift store frames with the intention of creating a beautiful art installation.  I’m going with white but that’s a personal choice.

This is what I have so far

Just found these gems, plan to remove the mirrors

This is my dream installation – although my walls are not white, the sizes and layout is what I’m working towards

Great way to add color, love the blues

Or even better – blues, corals, and white from Theshabbyshak at Etsy

Very sweet

Love the shapes and colors

While I love the emtpy frames; how darling are these white ornate frames with family pics?  source: Brocade Home





I’ve decided to join The Nester in the 31 Days series. She has a wonderful blog and  I’ve been following her for a while now as she creates her “imperfect” home.  I love her mantra “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.”  For the entire month of October, along with her and many other bloggers, I’ll post on my blog everyday.  My subject is dedicated to objects transformed by spray paint.  I love spray paint ; it’s easy, affordable, and can be used on pretty much anything.  My favorite brands are Krylon and Valspar, I always prime first (both Krylon and Valspar have spray primers).  When using spray paint, I generally do it outside on a big sheet or drop cloth or in the garage with doors open.

Day 1 – Spray Paint Glass Bottles

It is so simple and easy to transform glass bottles with spray paint.  First prime and paint any bottle, any color you want.  Check out some of these ideas.  Shop your own home or local thrifts stores and garages sales


Root beer bottles, so cute!

Wine bottles


Love the twine embellishment


Rolled in Epsom salt and then spray painted

Here is my recent project, I found a bunch of oil bottles at Goodwill for .50; I like their shape and love it even more with a number stenciled on it.

Burlap Happy

Burlap makes me happy and lately I’ve been totally burlap happy!  I use it a lot in my own home, on the windows, lamp shades, table cloth, and even christmas stockings. I love the texture it adds to my home and spaces I decorate.  It’s very inexpensive and comes in a variety of textures and colors.  Recently I staged a model home (will post on that soon when I get the pics) and used it in the nursery, yes the nursery!  The uses for the fabric are limitless, here are some of my favorites.



I love the juxtaposition of the burlap paired with the romantic elements, gorgeous


Fresh and clean used as a runner on top of a crisp white table cloth



So sweet, DIY roman shades

Ballard Designs

Love the white on burlap from ballarddesigns.com


Paired with mercury glass, beautiful!


Budget/DIY Tip – update a shade you already own using spray adhesive and wrap burlap around the shade.  Finish the edges with trim or ribbon or, as  I prefer , leave as is






How awesome is this DIY headboard?  For step-by-step instructions – http://www.dooleynotedblog.com/2011/11/02/diy-burlap-headboard/


O Romeo Bridal – etsy.com

Rustic burlap and lace, so sweet wedding guest book

Katie Two Shoes Vintage – etsy.com

Gather a stack of books


Southern Living

Creative way to wrap a gift and so pretty!

Accent on Design

Cute Christmas candle

Apartment Therapy

And even wallpaper, very cool






Candy Coated Inspiration

Want to add color to your home?  Having trouble selecting a color scheme?  Why not look to your favorite candy?  It’s ok to indulge, no calories found here but rather bright and cheery color combinations sure to enliven any room!

With fall right around the corner, let’s start with orange and yellow.  Orange is associated with joy and sunshine and yellow is associated with joy, intellect, and energy.  These smart and cheery rooms will surely energize the people that live there and their guests.



Pink and White – not just for the little princess of the house.  All grown up, these rooms are beautiful and sophisticated.  Pink is associated with hope and a positive color inspiring warm and comforting feelings and thus a wonderful color to surround yourself with.





Corea Sotropa Interior Design




Red and White – not just for Christmas although we did throw one in!  The color red is associated with energy and passion and also stimulates the appetite, making it an excellent choice for dining rooms.








Jewel Tones – if you love the vibrant color of jewel tones and are not afraid to decorate with color, this color scheme is for you!  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – people who aren’t afraid of color, create the most beautiful spaces and these rooms are a testament to that!










Mid-Century Home in Kirkland

This classic mid-century home in Kirkland went through some light remodeling before we staged it.  Check out the transformation of the now updated home.

Living Room before

After…so bright and cheery

Dining Room before


Kitchen before

After…by bringing in the bistro table we are showing that is is a real eat-in kitchen

Master before

After…serene color pallete and DIY headboard make the room so inviting (DIY headboard post coming soon)

Bedroom before

After…another DIY headboard

Bedroom before

After…we chose bright and cheery colors to brighten the basement bedroom which had limited light coming in.

Office before

After…we positioned the desk to showcase the beautiful view outside


Staging an Awkward Layout

Our latest staging project presented a bit of a challenge as the 950 sq foot condo’s living/dining area were a little tricky.  The bar/living/dining room space were all one room with the fireplace directly in the middle.  It was difficult for potential buyers to visualize how their furniture would fit in the space.  By carefully selecting furniture to compliment the space, we transformed it from awkward to wow!

Listing by Debbie Lee of Matrix Real Estate

We opted to place the dining area in this nook.  It’s away from the kitchen but overlooks the incredible pool area.  It also lends a more formal dining room feel.

Awesome and inviting pool!

Craft Rooms

Today we are staging a large, new construction home with 5 bedrooms.  Rather than stage all of them with traditional bedroom setup, we decided to showcase one of them as a craft room.  Here are some crafty ways to create an inspiring room or organize your craft supplies.

Love the added touch of greenery

Galvanized bucket holders – so clever and beautiful

Colorful and inspiring

Easy DIY project – make your own paper/ribbon holder – link to instructions: http://www.shelterness.com/diy-wall-organizer-for-wrapping-paper-and-ribbons/



Man Caves

We thought today would be a great day to celebrate man caves, here are some of our favorites. Happy Father’s Day!

The Urban Dictionary definition:

A room, space, corner or area of a dwelling that is specifically reserved for a male person to be in a solitary condition, away from the rest of the household in order to work, play, involve himself in certain hobbies, activities without interuption. This area is usually decorated by the male that uses it without interferance from any female influence.


DIY Network

Ego TV


The Lipman Group



Zillow Blog



Plates As Art

I love dishes, especially vintage ones with a past.  My grandmother passed on the love of collecting, especially plates and tea cups and most specifically Depression Glass.  I am constantly looking for new and fresh ways to display them so I decided to share some of my favorites.  I have also included a very simple and easy art installation I made with some ‘not so old’ plates that I received as a gift a few years ago.  Since they are decorative and not for use with food, I decided to frame and display them on the wall.


Apartment Therapy

Sunset Magazine

Sarah Richardson

Here is the installation I created – shadow boxes, attached tangerine art paper to the box with double stick tape, glued the plates with Gorilla glue

Also wanted to point out for hanging plates you might want to try the adhesive plate hangers, most craft and hardware store carry them.


Sweater Knit Pillow

I was in Pottery Barn the other day and came across some gorgeous sweater pillows, priced a little high for my next staging project budget!  I love the look of sweater pillows but as usual, I must stick to my budget.  I left the store and went straight to goodwill hoping to find some sweaters that could be made into pillows.  To my surprise there were many to pick from and in great condition!  I bought 3, came home and immediately looked up some ideas on “how-to.”  As usual, I found a great tutorial on one of my favorite blogs – http://www.thefarmersnest.com/p/diy.html  I used the same tools to draw out the pattern (ruler and sharpie), it took about 10 minutes per pillow and here are the results.  Oh and here is a great idea – keep the arms to use as leggings when wearing your boots!

Here are the sweaters I found, all for around 4.00 each, sorry about picture quality.  Some of the pics look like the sweaters are stained but they were not, all were free of stains and snags, really good condition.

Used ruler and sharpie to mark where to cut –


Final result –

May favorite, love the buttons –

And don’t forget to save the arms for leggings!

The Farmer's Nest