Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Merry Christmas to me!

I'm finally getting around to showing off my new chandelier! 

All I wanted for Christmas was for Brady to finish up our guest room-turned office.  Oh and I also wanted him to refinish a chandelier I had my eye on.  Brace yourself, because here it is...

This is a horrible before picture.  It was taken at the Restore. I saw so much potential! The size is gigantic. The lines are awesome. It is a quality chandelier... which is hard to find these days, unless you want to spend a couple hundred dollars. We bought this and a pack of replacement bulbs for a grand total of $21. I am a bargain hunter. I even talked them down $5 whole dollars.. It was a proud moment.

 Brady disassembled the fixture, gave it a really good cleaning and sprayed it a high gloss Kelley green.

We also painted a new ceiling medallion.

And the AFTER! I am beyond in love with the way it turned out.  I actually considered swapping it out with our kitchen chandelier

All lit up

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

quick and easy home improvement

Paint your front door!  So many people simply buy trim and doors and leave them with nothing but the factory primer.  We were guilty of this in our last house and I notice it all the time in properties that I show.  Painting makes it not only easier to clean but makes it look so polished.

For our front door, I was dying to try out Glidden's new Trim and Door paint.  It comes in 8 colors and is supposed to be drip free with no brush marks.

I was so surprised at how different a gel paint is from regular paint.  It was so thick!  They were right about it not creating drips but I certainly did get a few brush marks.  Perhaps I did something wrong?   Either way it doesn't bother me what so ever.  The high gloss finish out ways the bad.  Also, the fumes are SO SO strong. Don't paint unless it is warm enough outside to open the windows.



Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Speaking of dream ceilings...

As I mentioned, I dream about having gorgeous wooden/cathedral ceilings.  Just for fun, here are a few inspiring pix...

^This could be done in any home.. if you had the budget for it!

I would also LOVE to have beamed or tray ceilings, but don't get me started on that!

New Listing

I really need to start blogging more. I am going to make a bigger effort! The reason I've kind of fallin off of the bloggin wagon is because I have been SO busy at work. I am so thankful that the market is as good as it is, especially in the middle of the Winter! 
I am going to start to integrate a bit of the Real Estate world into this blog and see how that goes. I am not a professional home designer, so I think I should start talking about the things I DO know. Don't worry, it will be fun. No boring stats, more like fun pix and tips for Home Owners!

I just got a sweet new listing! It is so cute and has so much potential!  4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 fireplaces, across from a good school, $189,900.

I LOVE the ceilings!  I dream of ceilings like this.  If only my home had this much character.  I live in a box, this is not a boring box house.  {I just need to keep on dreaming.. maybe one day!}

Actually, the interior kinda reminds me of my parents old house.  Their house was 16 years newer, but the updates are very similar.  It has the same doors, trim, kitchen, patio door in the dining room.

I kinda miss that house.  BUT I love their new house more, so what am I blabbing about! 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Statement Chandelier

Happy New Year!

One of my 2012 resolutions is to take more risks with my decorating.  All my favorite designers (David Bromstad, Jonathan Adler) steer clear of boring decor... so why am I always, well sometimes, playing it safe? 

Lately, I can't get my mind off of statement chandeliers.  I love an over sized chandy in a funky color and/or dripping with bling.  It brings your eye up and makes a tiny room feel a whole lot bigger.  It is also extremely ballsy and fabulous when the walls are painted white to allow the color or bling of the fixture to stand out.  Yep, I am now lovin white walls... only with extremely good styling can white walls look chic... otherwise, do not attempt! 

Since my basement is still a work in progress(sigh), I have decided to convert our guest bedroom into an office.  This required a whole new paint color and a trip to the Re-Store for an old and neglected chandelier.  (Pix to come)  In the meantime, here are some inspiring photos of carazzzy and cool statement chandys.  Enjoy!

Abigail Aherns dining room eclectic dining room
I feel like this chandelier could be a good DIY project.  I can't get over how much I love this room.
Ira Frazin Architect modern living room

Decor Demons Loft eclectic living room

Modern Kitchen contemporary kitchen

That island is so amazing! And look how similar it is to my desk.. crazy! 

Abigail Aherns basement eclectic family room
I would kill for this chandelier.  KILL for it!!

MEA - Sausalito Residence eclectic dining room

Noe Valley Entry contemporary entry

studiobfg.com eclectic dining room

Penthouse Condo modern living room

beach bungalow 8 houzz tour eclectic dining room

Dining Room eclectic dining room

Vintage Revivals
Check out this AMAZING make over from Vintage Revivals, one of my favorite blogs.