July 22, 2014

Diy Painted Gold Mirror ...


I'm so excited about my latest Diy project!  I painted a simple round mirror I purchased at Old Time Pottery for just 39.99 with Martha Stewart's craft paint in metallic gold.  Yes I am a huge fan of gold in home decor & design these days!  Here's my inspiration photo...

 I purchased my supplies at Michaels...

Martha Stewart's metallic gold craft paint
Acrylic paint in "burnt umber" (for glaze)

Here's the Before picture of the mirror below.  I loved the round shape, but the color was too flat and dark for the room.

For this project I applied the gold paint in circular motions on the frame of the mirror.  I focused on the top section first, then the bottom, and finally the middle.  I also let each section dry completely before moving onto the next.  And for coverage I used 3 full coats.

The final and most important step in this Diy project was adding glaze.  With a soft cloth I rubbed a brown glaze made with simple "burnt umber" craft paint and water onto the gold frame.  The glaze settles into cracks and crevasses giving a subtle distressed appearance.

And here's my new mirror finished...

Yup I love my new gold mirror!  And this was such a fun week-end project too.  So shop your house.  Do you have a mirror with a great shape but not a great color?  Then it might just be time to get your Gold ON!

July 18, 2014

Color Inspiration... turquoise & orange!


Hey guys, I hope everyone is having a fun Summer!  Today I am Inspired by the simple color combination - turquoise & orange.  These interior designs below scream vacation getaway don't they, and the colors are so vibrant and energizing!
Love the headboard and combination of colors    plus Eclectic Bedroom Design, Pictures, Remodel, Decor and Ideas - page 7
A wallpaper after my own heart!  And the orange and turqoise are GORGEOUS!
love the colour combo of pale turqoise and coral.
Coral, Turquoise and White colors in a relaxed and comfortable beach home. House of Turquoise: Nagwa Seif Interior Design
Here is another example of spray painting the frames all one color. What really makes the wall interesting is the shape and use of the frames themselves. Here the 'frames' almost become the art with subtle watercolors of shells. Look for interesting details when picking the frames. The ugliest frame can become stunning with a coat of paint!
Real Living July 2009 | Interior Design by Michelle Adams

Ahhh, how FUN!

Well as much as I'd love to spend a few weeks of my Summer vacay in one of these chic spaces above, our vacation plans include a baseball tourney in Myrtle and a dated oceanfront resort with a giant lazy river, gah!  However being together with my family, and seeing my kiddos so happy - I wouldn't trade it for the world!

Happy Summer!

July 1, 2014

A great new design resource - Plaid Fox!

Hey guys today I'd like to introduce you to a new Decorating Resource that I LOVE.  It's called Plaid Fox and this site is so cool.  

Plaid Fox offers the latest in designer furnishings & accessories for the home including furniture, rugs, pillows/linens, lighting and more.   But they don't just stop there.  They offer a Style Test to help you eliminate decorating mistakes and find the right pieces for you.  After all a beautifully decorated room doesn't just look good, it has to reflect you and your personality.  

  So I took the Style Test and the results were spot on.  It said my primary style is eclectic...

And my secondary style is coastal...
And yes I absolutely love both these styles.  In fact, my home is an eclectic mix of traditional, mid century modern and coastal.  Yup, I love it all!  

My favorite part about Plaid Fox is they have Designer Collections from top Interior Designers.  Below are a few picks from Ben Leavitt - owner of KuDesign.

Salto Side Chair - $299

Rambla - $499

Calabass - $199

Reachalle - $399
Pancini Sofa Dark Gray - $1199

Ahhh I am swooning over here...these pieces are beautiful and offered at great prices.  Another thing I love about Plaid Fox is that once you take the style test, you can shop by that specific style.  So if your style test says you like Industrial, then you can shop only industrial pieces here.   And if you love traditional, mid century modern, french country, coastal decor or even eclectic designs - Plaid Fox has you covered!

Okay guys, check out Plaid Fox if your looking for stylish and affordable designer furniture & decor that without a doubt will reflect you and your style!

{this post is Sponsored by Plaid Fox, however the opinions & text are 100 percent mine}

June 26, 2014

June Design Collaboration


Hey guys, I'm hosting our June Design Collaboration this month, I'm so excited!

The inspiration photo I chose for June has warm colors that I love in teal, orange, brown and cream - and I immediately thought these colors would be fun on a hip outdoor patio or deck. The overall design makes me think of Summer (and even Fall) in Southern California! This outdoor design is modern, comfortable and just the perfect place to relax on cool and breezy Summer evenings with family and friends. 

Okay check out a few other fabulous design boards...

Lizzy from Living Pretty created this cool sheltered urban patio.  She went for an urban patio, and mixed in a lot of indoor elements to create an outdoor sitting room.  Lizzy is also in LOVE with this Rattan hanging chair!  I couldn't agree more!

Carissa from the blog Carissa Miss created this eclectic bath refresh above for about $300 complete with plank wall & chunky shelves tutorial!  Ahhh, love those rustic chunky shelves!  Okay go here to find the complete source list.

Sarah from This Sarah Loves created a relaxing patio!  I love the play on patterns here.  And instead of teal and orange, she used turquoise and orange...perfect for Summer!  Stop by Sarah's blog for a complete list of sources.

Okay guys we do a Design Collaboration every month, so check back for more creative fun with Inspiration Photos!

June 18, 2014

Chic Decor Updates - Finding Fabulous Shop!


Hey guys, today I thought I'd share a few fresh finds from our Arcadian Home - Finding Fabulous Shop! 

If your home's decor is in need of a few updates, check out these fabulous finds below.  We've got eclectic patterns, a few coastal inspired pieces and even a pop of color.  And check out this beautiful 8 x 10' rug! It's unbelievably priced at under $400 and is hand tufted.  LOVE!

Britt Club Chair - $606.99

Okay check out my entire curated collection here.  Oh and if you spend $99 or more, enjoy free shipping :)

June 9, 2014

Week-end Shopping - Patterned Curtain Panels


Well I did a little on-line shopping over the week-end and found several patterned curtain panels I've had my eye on for our home office.  I recently removed brown curtains in our dining room and replaced them with Pottery Barn silk cream panels.  it's a change I am loving!  So I've been craving a lighter look with added pattern and texture.

I just used these panels above for a client and they are fabulous!  If your room needs a light sheer panel with added texture, then this curtain is for you.

I love these Ikat patterned ones above from West Elm.

Ahhh, now here's a pretty pattern that I love and that isn't too modern for our traditional brick colonial!  The soft blue would work well against our warm SW Believable Buff walls.  Also the sheer fabric will keep things light and airy.

Alston Slate Curtain Panels - Crate & Barrel

I have to say that I am in LOVE with these striped panels!  Aren't they simply beautiful in this modern space?

  Love Link Curtains - Neiman Markus

I really love the subtle pattern in these panels.  The pattern is there, but it doesn't jump out at you.  These would be my choice if they weren't $350 a panel, lol!!

Okay so that's my round up of patterned curtain panels.  There are so many choices available today in all price ranges.  And one more thing to think about is trend.  Do you think the trellis and quatrefoil patterned panels are a trend or here to stay?

June 2, 2014

Our Home's Paint Colors...

Happy Monday!  

I am so excited today because I've been wanting to share the paint colors we've used in our home, and also to get a visual of how they look side by side.  For us, it's been a journey.  Painting our older 1980's colonial home, literally room by room.  Some rooms we've painted ourselves, and others we've hired painters.  The trim we do ourselves, I actually don't mind painting trim.

1.  Worldly Gray - SW 7043
  2.  Magnetic Gray - SW 7058
 3.  Natural Choice - SW7011
  4.  Believable Buff - SW 6120 
5.  Useful Gray - SW 7050

We recently painted our bonus/media room in Worldly Gray - it's a a very warm, light gray.  Our once red dining room just got a few coats of Magnetic Gray - I'll have the reveal for that in a few days - I am totally in love with this soft gray/blue!  Our Master Bedroom is calm and serene with Natural Choice.  Our Home Office and Hallways are Believable Buff (very warm).  Finally our Family Room & kitchen are painted in Useful Gray - a fresh gray with a subtle green undertone.

So that's the scoop on the wall colors in our home.  So what paint colors are your tried and true favorites?  And have you made the switch to cooler grays/greens and blues.  Or are you still a fan of warm colors like beiges, yellows and reds?