a chair challenge


Alright--the Chairish train is leaving the station, and I am sprinting to jump on it. 

If you have not yet had a chance to explore Chairish yourself, block out a few hours and save up some money, because you gonna need it--Chairish is dangerous in the best of ways. 

A heaven for us hunters of fabulous vintage finds, Chairish is an online marketplace offering everything from statement furniture to unique accessories--Chairish even profiles shops and designers...and bloggers! Is there anything they don't do?! (nope.)

So you can imagine how excited I was the other day when Chairish reached out to me (me?!) with a challenge to take a room from white to bright using one of their colorful accent chairs as inspiration. 

I'm not one to shy away from color, but I admit I questioned my ability to design an entire room around a chair...until I saw the options and quickly became overwhelmed by the possibilities.

Here were a few of my faves, which are all waiting patiently on Chairish to find a new home:

But ultimately it was this Danish Teak Lounge Chair that stole my heart and inspired some big plans:

Lately I have been channeling the laid-back surfer side of myself--maybe it is the summer, or maybe it is my subconscious making an effort to balance the new job. Regardless, my design aesthetic is mirroring my Santa Monica surf shack moment, and this chair fits the part. Perfectly.

So on I went to find some more colorful furniture and accessories to compliment my chair, most of which I found on Chairish. I figured why look any further? I certainly didn't need to!

Here's what I found:

I also incorporated this sofa from Ikea:

And here's how they all came together:

Courtesy of Chairish and the Danish Teak Lounge Chair, this colorful and eclectic space certainly speaks to my inner surfer..aaand most of my other personalities.

So do yourself a favor and go check out Chairish if you haven't already. You'll thank me.


wednesday wishlist: the olive leaf light


Our home is still coming along slowly but surely--"slowly" being the key word. Although we have found most of our furniture, I have become overwhelmed by the process of selecting lighting and many of the other little accents that are so important to pulling a space together.

One room that I have been hemming and hawing over is our downstairs powder room. So far I have covered the walls in Thibaut Tanzania and placed a large gold mirror above the sink:

Check and check.

I also found a small bamboo plant stand (which I spray painted gold, of course) and a fuchsia orchid to place upon it for a pop of color. And although I have yet to settle on a towel rack, I bought some beautiful embroidered linen hand towels from TG Hatfield Company (aka Splendid Sass) on Etsy:

But that's all I have in the powder room. Well, that and a potty!

So as you can imagine, in addition to a towel rack, I have been searching for a fabulous light fixture, and I think I may have finally found one!

Behold the beautiful Olive Leaf Light:

I am confident this gilded fixture will look stunning against the white ceiling, as well as compliment the other decorative accents in the powder room. I think.

The main reason it has taken me so long to select a fixture is because I am one of the most indecisive people you will ever meet--I mean, there are so many options out there! On that note, one of the other fixtures I had been considering was this drum pendant/crystal chandelier which I found on Overstock:

I think a flushmount will work best, as I wouldn't want the light fixture to compete with my mirror, but I suppose I could affix this drum pendant quite close to the ceiling...

Feel free to chime in with your ever-so-helpful and kind comments! They always make my day!

a year of change challenge...completed?


Hello again!

Unless you have been following me on Instagram, you are probably wondering where I have disappeared to this time. Some of you have even been so sweet as to message me to make sure I am OK (read: I didn't check myself in to a hospital following the One Room Challenge Linking Event reveal). Well--I am OK, and...I got a job! Mama needed some money to decorate the rest of this house! So I beg of you to bear with me as I find the balance between working and blogging, but rest assured--shell and chinoiserie isn't going anywhere!

So, let's move on to today's post, shall we?

I cannot believe we have already reached the end of May! I was so flattered in the beginning of month when the Suburban Bitches asked me and Kari Joy to join them and their fabulous friends Commona My HouseRosa Beltran Design, and Life on Virginia Street for the month of May in their A Year of Change challenge.

Each month, these ladies pick the same project to complete and showcase their unique approaches and talents in their reveals. The year began in March when they used Cutting Edge Stencils for a stencil project, and in April they challenged each other to revamp a piece of furniture. Their goal is to demonstrate that completing these little projects can make a big change.

This month's challenge was to take it outside and tackle an exterior project in anticipation of this summer's outdoor entertaining. You can see the Suburban Bitches' reveal here, and be sure to check out  Commona My HouseLife on Virginia StreetRosa Beltran Design, and of course Kari Joy, as well!:

As for me, I decided to give my garage a facelift.

In my first post, I discussed how one of my pet peeves is when you drive up to a house--such as ours--and all you see is garage:

I cringe.

So in an easy and affordable effort to treat this big blemish on the face of our home, I planned to add a pretty plant between the garage doors, some lanterns above each door, and place window decals--yes, decals--on the doors themselves. My goal was to demonstrate that these three little changes could make a big difference for the curb appeal of our home.

And I failed. Miserably.

The plant was no problem--easy peasy lime squeezy (because I bought a little lime tree).

The lanterns turned out to be a little more involved than I thought they would be, as apparently electricians are expensive! Really expensive. So I nixed that and planned to simply mount decorative lanterns instead. That was until I gave-up altogether following the decal disaster...

Perhaps the smallest change that would have the biggest impact on my garage was these these window decals which I spent $125 for on Etsy. The decals promised to be an easy and affordable (check and check!) way to turn standard garage doors into charming ones.

Case in point:

Man do I wish I could say those doors are mine, but alas...

The directions warned that the doors must be clean in order for the stickers to stick to the surface, so we had our home power washed. And then we hosed and scrubbed (with Clorox wipes) for good measure:

But the stickers didn't stick. At. All. After some swearing and perhaps even a tear (a moment we did not capture on film), my husband and I surrendered to the stickers and have decided to explore stencils. At least I know who to turn to for stencil advice ;-)

So the only semi-successful part of this project is my little lime tree, which seems to think it is the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree (but still looks a lot better than my second Fiddle Leaf Fig...).

So here is my pathetic "after" photo, which I still consider to be a before photo:

I promise to keep you all posted about the progress of this ongoing project. (Settle down--it's not that exciting!).

But in the meantime, in an effort to redeem myself, I scrambled to complete another outdoor project for my post.

I was so inspired by Simple StylingsOne Room Challenge Linking Event deck reveal that I decided to follow suit by attempting to create that same, ethereal look in my own backyard.

When we first toured our home, I fell in love with all of the limb-y trees in the backyard, which I like to think is quite Twilight/The Hunger Games-esque, even though we are smack in the middle of a giant subdivision:

Anyway, the privacy is nice, especially considering all of the time we hope to spend outdoors now that we are no longer in New England!

I immediately imagined hanging little lanterns from the tree limbs to create a twinkling canopy under which we could sit and socialize. Because these trees are set back a bit from our house, there is no electrical source nearby, so instead of strung lights, I took to making mason jar lanterns:

I filled them with little, twinkling LED votives:

And hung them from the trees!:

We also finally set-up our fire pit, which was a wedding present (from--you guessed it--my brother-in-law/the best gift-giver in the world!) that has been sitting in its box since we got married almost two years ago:

Next stop, s'more town! And perhaps Lowe's to get some outdoor furniture to place around our fire pit...

Nothing crazy, albeit a little project that made a big difference in our backyard!

And be sure to head over to check out the reveals of Suburban Bitches, Commona My HouseLife on Virginia StreetRosa Beltran Design, and Kari Joy! I am willing to bet their reveals are a bit more impressive... ;-/

As promised, I will keep you all posted about future improvements to my ongoing projects!

some ticking stripe for your tuesday


Summer is almost here! For some of us, it has already arrived--the high has hit 90 for going on two weeks straight in South Carolina. I am so grateful that we are by the beach and those coastal breezes!

But for those of you who still have a bit more of spring to go before summer, or for those of you who are simply stuck in a landlocked sauna, one of the quickest and easiest ways to achieve a classic coastal vibe in your home is with some ticking stripe!:

Originally used to encase mattresses and pillows (and the down feathers that filled them), the durable cotton fabric has since become a staple in classic home decor. Furthermore, it's simplicity and traditional blue and white color scheme fit well by the beach. 

Here are some seaside inspired examples of how to incorporate ticking stripe in your own home, whether it is by the beach or not!:

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