Incorporating the Modern…A Wishful Room Update.

There’s something about colder, crisper weather that makes me want to redecorate my entire house. Add to that my nesting instinct and it’s a recipe for trouble!

Of course, with a baby on the way, my decorating budget has dramatically decreased. And I’m pretty certain once my little one is in my arms I won’t give a second thought to what my house looks like for at least the first month, but in the meantime, a girl can dream, right?

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Yep. There’s baby stuff around the house now!

When I moved into this home 2 years ago, I had a bit of an infatuation with Pottery Barn. Who doesn’t? But since then, my style has morphed a bit and I would love to incorporate a few modern touches. My new infatuation? Black and white!

However, I wasn’t sure how to incorporate this new infatuation with my much more rustic décor without spending an arm and a leg…until I realized that the answer was right under my feet!

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Since my floors are a lovely, distressed black and white, I figured that I could easily (and cheaply!) tie this into the décor with a few fun throw pillows and blankets without things looking too hodge podge. So I turned to Etsy and Zara Home for some inspiration…

Neon Plus Cross Throw Pillow Cover By Pencil Me In // Mint, Lime Green, Hot PinkBlack and White Triangle Throw Pillow By Pencil Me In // Black and White Pillow18x18 Decorative Throw Pillow Black and White Striped Medium Weight CottonTriangles pillow decorative throw pillow geometric pillow cover white cotton toss arrow pillow case rustic bedding set 18x18 inches ohtteam

Decorative Pillow Cover - 18 x 18 Yellow Black White Chevron Zig Zag  Designer Pillow Cover - Throw Pillow

Let me explain…the throw blanket and pillow with yellow detail you see directly above would go on the armchair and incorporate the few pops of yellow that I already have around the room. And the remaining pillows would get arranged on the couch and would incorporate the teal-ish blue on the entertainment unit and game table/bistro chair.

I would also love to find or create a large piece of canvas art next to my fiddle leaf fig, and print out some fun artwork to replace in the two frames hung above the bench.

And voila! With very little effort I would have a completely new, modern vintage (“modage”) look. Now to replace the couch…

What do you think? Love it or hate it? Do you think the black & white clashes too much with the rug?

DIY THURSDAY: REUPHOLSTERED DINING CHAIRS & A FEW NEW PURCHASES!

Ok ya’ll, let me start by stating: I am NOT a professional reupholsterer by any means. In fact, this was my very first attempt at reupholstering and, well, it isn’t my best work. But luckily, I practiced with very inexpensive drop cloth so…no harm no foul! And practice does make perfect, right?

So with that said, let me share with you my perfectly imperfect dining chairs!

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I had been in search of new dining chairs for over a year when I discovered these chairs in the hands of a dealer and friend that I work with. Needless to say, I immediately fell in love – they were exactly what I was looking for! She had two of them in her space and when I sputtered my love for them, she mentioned that she just so happened to have two more in storage – SCORE! I snagged all four of them for an exceptional deal and went home a very happy camper indeed (thanks Ellen!!).

I painted two of them fairly quickly, in my go-to ASCP Old White, but they then sat around for a while as I got up the nerve to replace the stuffing and reupholster the seat. Let me tell you, it looks exceptionally easy but after pulling out hundreds of old, rusty staples, you’ll think otherwise!

I had a bit of trouble with 1. cutting the thick foam stuffing, so the seat corners ended up much more squared than rounded and 2. properly folding the drop cloth around those edges, so I simply folded the whole thing just like I would wrap a package. Whatever works, right?!

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I have now finished two of them, have another painted and waxed and ready for reupholstering (waiting as I once again get up the nerve!), and one more needing the complete works.

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Perhaps guests should think twice before sitting at my dining table…between seatless chairs and large dogs under the table, it could be dangerous!

But it’s coming together, slowly but surely!

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I also recently snagged a few pieces that didn’t need the slightest bit of upcycling (which makes me very happy!):

Pie Safe

Ok, the mirror needs upcylcing, but the pie safe is pristine!

I had absolutely no intention of purchasing any furniture on my most recent thrifting trip – I have so many projects in the works that I’m already up to my ears! But when I came across this pie safe, I just couldn’t resist. Not only was it in perfect vintage condition, it was something I had every intention of keeping for myself. And when it was offered to me at an incredibly lowball price, I knew it was meant to be. I can’t wait to fill it with more ironstone!!

Next, I can’t say enough about a little town called Farmville, about an hour South of Charlottesville (VA). If you’re looking for furniture, this is THE place to go! In search of a new rug for the library and a glider for the nursery, my husband and I browsed through 12 warehouses and 700,000 square feet of showroom space that is Green Front Furniture. And holy moly! We ended up spending thousands of dollars and came home not only with exactly what we were looking for, but also a couple pieces that we weren’t. Like the leather chair you see next to the pie safe in the picture above (my husband is a very happy man!), and this guy…

Console Table

It’s the perfect industrial-rustic touch for the library (aka Man Room).

With all these purchases, I think I’m going to need a bigger house soon!

THE CORNER OFFICE

If you read my previous post, you just may have heard the happy news: we’re expecting! And with a baby on the way, my mind is running a million miles a minute with all the things I need to do before the big arrival. I want every room in my home to be picture-perfect and magazine ready. I want to finish every single unfinished project sitting around the house. And I already have a collection of quick, easy, and healthy recipes that may possibly rival Martha Stewart’s. Some people like to call it “nesting,” but I just call it “crazy.”

And I’m pretty sure my crazy started with the nursery.

I have grand plans for the nursery, you see, but before I could get started on la chambre de bebe, I had to move my office/craft room into an itty bitty corner of the guest room. I felt a little disgruntled about getting stuffed into a corner (nobody puts Baby in the corner!) so to ease my crazy and to give myself a little pick-me-up, I purchased a new desk.

I think we’ve all seen the parsons desk (via West Elm) through our Pinterest stalking browsing…

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…and since I’ve had my eye on it for quite some time, that’s exactly what I went with.

It’s a little outside my typical cottage-vintage style, but I love it. It’s sleek, it’s modern, and just a little glam with its glossy finish.

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I need to hide the wiring and one day get a new computer, but as far as the office goes, I think crazy is content for a little while. Now on to the next room….