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Guestroom after and…after

I’ve been working on decorating our guestroom, and while I would normally show a “before” photograph, the room was basically just a small white box. So picture an empty room with white walls, and you’ve pretty much got it.

Since the room was a blank canvas and all we had to go in there was the bed, that meant I got to start from scratch and do whatever I wanted in the there.

Our guestroom is small — about 9 feet by 10 feet — and the queen bed is about 5 feet by 7 feet, so we really only had room for the bed and side tables.

I love how this room turned out. It came together very organically, one piece at a time, each piece chosen based on the piece before. When I decided to paint the side tables that minty shade of green, I thought that red would be a good accent color. But when I tried it, the red was just too harsh for the room, so I decided to go with a soft peach instead.

We still need a few more things for the room, specifically lamps for the side tables. But I don’t want to rush it and buy something we don’t love, so the lamps will happen when they happen. 

I found the side tables at the Salvation Army and painted them “Cool Aloe.” I made the curtains and the throw pillows — the green and blue flowered fabric is Amy Butler. I’ve had the two small shelves for years. They were white, and we painted them with the leftover pale aqua paint from our dining room and guest bath. The white duvet cover is from Ikea.


September 7, 2009 at 4:26 pm 2 comments

That’s more like it

Now THAT’S what I’m talking about!

I took the green bowl back to Home Depot and picked out the matching paint color with my eyes, rather than relying on their color-matching machine that let us down the first time. It’s a perfect match, which seriously makes me giddy. It’s the little things. You know.

Alex and I painted both guestroom nightstands with the “Cool Aloe” paint, and we absolutely love how they turned out.

I also found an Amy Butler fabric that matches the tables that I’ll use to make throw pillows for the guestroom bed, which is an easy way to make the bright green look like it belongs without overdoing it.

It’s a beautiful color, but I think too much of it will overtake the room. So I’m mellowing it out with punches of red and aqua.

Once the room is finished, I’ll post pictures here, but it’s definitely the sort of room that is being pieced together, little by little, over time.  My favorite kind of room.

August 29, 2009 at 2:18 pm 4 comments

Going green

We’ve been in the new house for about a month now, and two weeks ago, finding nightstands for the guest room became a bit of an obsession for me. That’s nothing new. It’s how I work. I get something in my mind that I must have — a pair of gold sandals, a pink peacoat, red plastic retro chairs for the dining room, a white vintage kitchen table — and finding the perfect one becomes a mild obsession for me until I’ve found it.  

So for the past two weeks, I’ve looked through every local thrift store, vintage store, Salvation Army, Goodwill and Craigslist listing for the perfect side tables for the guest room. There were specific criteria, of course — less than $50 for the pair, no wider than 24 inches, couldn’t be too girly, etc.

I finally found this pair of rather interesting tables at the Salvation Army that I fell in love with, even though they’re pretty beat up and definitely need a coat of paint and some TLC. I knew this would be one of those purchases that I would have to explain to Alex with, “Trust me. I have a vision.” 


Luckily, he does trust me, because I’m pretty sure I saw him cringe when I dragged these puppies out of the back seat of my car.

So the next step was to choose a color of paint. I decided to go with a jade green to perfectly match a bowl that I purchased at a vintage store several years ago.

Unfortunately, the bowl’s shiny glare messed with Home Depot’s paint matching machine thingy, and I ended up with this dull, muddy, boring version of the beautiful minty shade of green I had in my mind.


I’m going back to Home Depot, and I’m going to try to find — with my own two eyes and not with the assistance of a machine — the shade of the bowl from within the paint color samples. If I can’t find the right shade, I’ll play it safe and paint them red.

August 22, 2009 at 1:40 pm Leave a comment

Lost in the Woods

My blog buddy BettyNinja recently opened an Etsy shop called Lost in the Woods to sell all of her gorgeous viewfinder photographs. Her camera is a vintage Argus, and it gives each photograph a scratchy, vintage, dreamy look that I just love.


She’s doing a give-away on her website. So definitely go check out her blog and her Etsy shop, and leave a comment on HER SITE (not mine) for a chance to win a set of three beautiful photographs.


I’d wish you good luck, but I really want to win.


Actually, I just remembered she’s doing two give-aways. So…good luck!!

October 2, 2008 at 9:14 am 4 comments


My parents are moving to the Keys, so I spent a good part of last weekend cleaning my stuff out of their attic. Almost all of it had been stored up there for years and forgotten about. I ended up giving the majority of it to charity and bringing home only two boxes consisting mostly of yearbooks and photographs.

I also found a gorgeous red pillow that my Tiny Grandma needle-pointed.

I have no idea why I boxed it up and stored it in the attic, but it’s now on display in our home where it belongs.

And do you see the retro blue chair that the delicate little pillow is sitting on? It was a sweet find. I bought it on major clearance — and I do mean major — at a discount store. It’s one thing to find the perfect chair for your home; it’s another thing entirely to buy it for a few bucks.

August 26, 2008 at 4:29 pm 2 comments

Our next project

I took a vacation day today so Alex and I could spend our second anniversary together. We slept in, had a late breakfast, and then took a leisurely walk around Old Hyde Park Village. His schedule is so crazy that we no longer take quiet, simple days like this for granted. 

While we were in Hyde Park, we decided to stop by one of my all-time favorite stores, Anthropologie, to get some new knobs for our hutch.


When I lived up in Fernandina, I searched every antique store for months to find the perfect (affordable) hutch. Then right before I moved to Tampa, my mom learned that her friend was getting rid of a bunch of furniture, including a hutch, and she wanted to know if I would like it. For free.


So funny how things just fall into place sometimes.


The hutch is great. It’s huge and sturdy with three big glass doors and tons of storage space. But the dark wood and bronze hardware just isn’t our style.

hutch close up

We’ve had “redo the hutch” on our project list for ages, and we finally took the first step today by switching out the hardware. We replaced the top door knobs with these…

new hardware 

…and replaced the knobs on the bottom of the hutch with these…


Because the old hardware was larger than the new, our next step will be to fill in all those extra holes with putty. Then we’ll sand, prime and paint the whole piece. The hutch is so large and heavy with so much glass that it’s going to be a huge project. One we’ll likely need a whole uninterrupted weekend to complete.

I’m leaning toward painting it white with a contrasting color for the back wall of the inside, but I’ll probably change my mind a million times before we actually get around to painting it.

June 23, 2008 at 6:51 pm 5 comments

Antique shops

One of the many things I love about Fernandina is the abundance of fabulous antique stores all packed into such a small area.

ice box

There are some great antique stores in Tampa, but they’re all spread out. In Fernandina, I can visit four or five solid antique shops in an afternoon with very little driving. Shops with so many rooms that you get lost if you’re not careful.

antique store

Even when I’m not in the market for anything, I have to look. Just being in a place filled with so many old, beautiful things with unknown histories makes me happy. It stimulates the senses.


Sometimes I’m relieved to live in such a small apartment. If I had more places to put things, I’d be tempted to drive away with my car filled to the roof. Since our space is so limited, I have to be very picky, and I usually walk out empty-handed.

June 10, 2008 at 6:22 pm 1 comment

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