Friday, June 29, 2012

Pelmut (Cornice) Wrapping

Good Morning!

Hope everyone is enjoying that this is Friday.  I believe just that thought brings immediate relaxation.. don't you?

If you remember in previous posts (here and here) my husband and I were making pelmuts or cornices (another word for them).  Now we begin the process of wrapping.

In this pic we are wrapping it with batting so it has a more plush look.
 We were trying to get these done before a visit from our family. 

 Here is my daughter cutting the batting to fit the pelmut.

 Then we took it outside and adhered the batting with a spray adhesive. It's really sticky so where rubber gloves.

 We took the fabric, cut it, and began stapling all around.

 My daughter making sure all staples are all the way in.  She is Mommy's helper : )

There is one completely done..2 more to go.

Do you have any projects that you are currently working on?  Would love to hear about it.

The Byron Forest Preserve remodel has begun.  This is exciting.  I will have pics to show you for Monday : )

One more thing..we haven't had rain here in forever and right now I hear the sound of thunder and rain hitting my skylights..such a wonderful sound : )

Monday, June 25, 2012

If You Want Statement Furniture..This Is It

Good Afternoon!

About a month ago I was in Chicago with one of my friends and I had to hit up one of my favorite stores

Here are some of my favorites..
 This sofa, which is extremely comfortable, speaks.  To me it has the right amount of funk, power and a touch of a tailored look.  I just have to point out the red die for.

 This light is not just organically beautiful but casts amazing shadows on the walls.  Adds depth.

 These illuminated planters are stunning.  Wonderful for a porch or around a swimming pool : )

I have not been able to get this chandelier out of my head.  This would be perfect in a smaller version over my dining table.  Definitely an investment piece.

What's catching your eye lately?  Any statement pieces?  

Thinking about everyone in the path of the fires in Colorado.  Our prayers are with you.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Not The Reveal But Pretty Close..

Good Morning!

On my last blog post  I was saying how my husband said one of my favorite things.  We picked up some goodies..
I had some people guess and say it could be a shelf we were making..
This has been on my list for at least 2yrs.
All I can say is Thank God for a man who is handy.
He cranked these out in a couple hours..and this is what we were up to : )
 We are making cornices for my laundry room..
(Yes, I still have to scrape the windows.  Don't pay that any mind..haha)
 breakfast nook

 and kitchen

I cleverly cropped out the mess in my kitchen. LOL
The result of being busy but I am not complaining : )
Here is what they look like from the back end.
My husband did them his way but here are great directions from the DIY Network .

I am not finished.  I have to wrap them yet but a huge step forward : )

I am very excited to be working on a logo and branding for Modern Earth Design.  I have been working with the amazing Sara Axelson, who is a guru in this area.  I can't wait to show everyone when completed.

Have a wonderful weekend : )

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I Love It When My Man Says...

 Good Morning!

I love it when my husband says.."Let's got to the hardware store."
Ok, ok, I am strange but that comment means we are about to take on one of the projects that I have had in my design notebook (for our home).
And, for this girl, that leads straight to my heart : )

Last night we headed out to Home Depot and with coffee in tow we are ready to make this happen..

All the parts we need..

Do you have an idea what we are making?
 I will hopefully have the reveal here by this weekend..hopefully : )

Monday, June 18, 2012

Rooom Of The Day : Corrugated Ceiling

Good Morning!

My job at the Byron Forest Preserve has grown.  We are designing for the bathrooms now and I was inspired to put in as a design element corrugated ceilings.

To me it gives a room a raw, textural quality that goes well with an elegant or rustic space.

I want to share this room with you that is elegant, airy, and unrefined.

What do you think?  Would you put in a corrugated metal ceiling in your home?

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Big Reveal : My DIY Garden Chandelier

Happy Friday!

If you remember how I took a trip to an awesome store here in town and I was inspired to create something a little unique.

I didn't walk away with much that day.
This project has been in my mind for 2yrs .. so..I hope you like it as much as we do : )

We started off with this..
 I bought the hanging planter for $1.98 had to change out the hanger though because they told me that wasn't for sale..darn. I bought a chain hanger for $4 instead.

Spanish Moss.  Perfect for me because it can handle dry spells and you can put it on anything .. no soil : )
 Looks a lot like spaghetti.  I bought 4 bunches of these to cover the planter well.

 You will also need galvanized steel wire.  I had this laying around the house from a previous project.

 I took the wire and began to wrap the base in a dream catcher fashion leaving enough space to get the spanish moss through.
  Just keep going round and round with it.  I did that so I could have a base for a candle plate and a candle.  Side Note..Please use battery operated ones in case of fire.

I did not use any wire for the spanish moss...simply loop them through.
(top rung)

 (bottom rung)

 Here is what it looked like with spanish moss complete..
I thought it needed more.  So back to the store I go and purchase faux forsythia.

 I thought about cutting them and adding them in for some color..
 (a little cardinal for something unexpected)

Some evening shots..

 In Nature..

What do you think?

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and Happy Father's Day : )

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sneak Peak At My DIY Garden Chandelier

Good afternoon! Hope everyone is well.

I finally finished my project I showed you guys recently I would be working on.

Here is a sneak peek.. Will show all of you on Friday : )

Monday, June 11, 2012

Who Knew Cardboard Could Be So Cool

Good morning!

I am so excited to see the design pieces come together for the Byron Forest Preserve.  I went up there this past week and picked up a couple of boxes of some stuff to put together.  I thought instead of using typical taxidermy we make it a little more interesting and green as well.
I got my kids in on the action and one of their friends that was spending the night to help.

 It was easy enough for them to put it together.  My daughter is into origami so this was right up her alley.  Cardboard Safari makes these really cool taxidermy heads that are laser cut and they come in brown or white.

 I think they did a great job and they had fun doing it.

Here is a closer look..

 All the pieces put together..

 I think they look amazing and it will cause people to stop and look..which is the goal.

 What do you think of taxidermy?  Would you put something up like this in your home?

Friday, June 8, 2012

Dress Up Your Patio / Garden

A real late blog post today but it has been crazy busy here.  I was running around trying to finalize flooring for the Byron Forest Preserve and we are now looking at remodeling the bathrooms as well.  So excited.  I am going to be coming up with another design plan.  

In the midst of it all summer is here and I was out and about the other day and saw some really cool items that would help to spruce up your deck or garden.

 This took my breath away..

 I love the cascading candle holders.  Couldn't you just see it all lit up at night on top of that rustic table?

 Here's a closer look..

 I love these wooden side tables..

 Fun pillows with a pop of blue..

 Putting out vases outside instead of pots..

Now this is seating that speaks..

In the loops I could place some airplants in there

 I walked away with this..

 I know it doesn't look like much but wait til you see what I make that into..  : )

 Hope you have a wonderful weekend : )

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