Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The New/Old House: The Master Bedroom

The children's rooms have been done since the summer (you can see the girl's room here and the boy's room here) but the master bedroom has been untouched since they moved in over a year ago.  Our plan is to finish this room over the next few months. We've done a bit so far and here is the game plan.
 1. This Craig's list dresser is in great shape. It will get a fresh coat of white paint and corner hardware to transform it into a campaign dresser.
2. The walls will get a coat of light gray paint...still trying to find the best color.
3. West Elm's Organic Stamped Duvet cover. 
4. We'll DIY a tufted headboard like this one and use an inexpensive Ikea bed frame.
5. This herringbone cotton rug is a great look at a great price! 

That's step 1 —step 2 will be adding color with accessories and pillows. Stay tuned!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The New/Old House: The Foyer "Wallpaper"

Although the foyer of this house is mostly wood wainscoting, there was enough wall above it to do something dramatic. This Osborne and Little Coronata Star wallpaper was our first choice but we had to come up with a way to get that look for a fraction of the price.
We painted the walls and ceiling Benjamin Moore's Nimbus Gray--it's a beautiful blue/gray. (The original plan was to carry the stars onto the ceiling but I'm not sure my neck could take all that craning so for now it's just covering the walls.)
We found gold vinyl stars from this Etsy shop and stuck them on the walls in a pattern so it looks like wallpaper.

The stars would look great continuing up on the ceiling, but....we'll see!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Bar Stool Makeover

Although I've painted and upholstered countless pieces of furniture over the years, I'm always amazed at the results after a little paint and some new fabric.
I've been wanting new bar stools for a while. After we finished remodeling the kitchen two years ago I bought some inexpensive stools online. They were okay, but not very comfortable and when our grand children came to visit I was always nervous having them sit on backless stools. Here's a peek of the old stools...
This summer our local Habitat Restore opened and while looking around I spotted these stools for $40 a piece!
They were in perfect shape and super comfortable compared to what I already had. I brought them home in June and last week I finally got around to painting and recovering the seats.
They really changed the look of the kitchen too!
I found one yard of fabric on the clearance table at Calico Corners which was just enough to cover all three stools.
So much better!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The New/Old House: A First Floor Bathroom

In case you missed the post back in August, I explained how we were transforming a coat closet into a much needed bathroom. It's just about done and here is the reveal.
(There is no window in this room which make it tricky to photograph.) 
A tiny sink fits perfectly in the small space and exposed copper plumbing not only saved time and money but fits perfectly with the vibe of this very old house.  The walls were given a two tone paint treatment and whimsical artwork covers most of it.

Here is a reminder of what it looked like when we started...

 Almost all the frames were Goodwill finds under $6.00

some filled with Etsy artwork,
while others are campus maps of the four schools Chabad Nation covers.  No more shelping up to the second floor!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Loving Fall

It's my favorite season :) and I'm soaking in the beauty of New England while it lasts.  Here are some of my favorite things for fall...
these dried flower and berry Horns of Plenty from Martha Stewart...
note to self: download these for the Thanksgiving table...
Sunday was family apple picking in Massachusetts on a perfect 70 degree day...
how can you not love fall when most of the trees here are looking like this right now...
must try these pumpkin and walnut cookies that are gluten-free!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The New/Old House:A Coffee Bar

Since the third floor of this classic Victorian house boasts three bedrooms and a bath, when it's not filled with Amherst area students, it's an airBB for guests. The hallway outside the bedrooms is the perfect spot for a console table offering coffee and tea.
A mini fridge will tuck under the table for cold milk and bottled water, so the height of the table had to be tall enough to go over the fridge. We knew it would be impossible to find one the exact size and height so building one was the answer.
The table was so easy to make! All it took were three ready-to-paint pine boards from Lowe's, some wood glue and L-shaped brackets.
I asked the guy at Lowe's to cut two of the boards to the exact height I needed to form the table "legs".  A little wood glue, brackets and dark blue stain and it was done. :)
The dark blue stain made the inexpensive pine look so pretty!  Most of the accessories are from Target and Michael's.  The coffee poster and labels were created on PicMonkey. The frame is a Goodwill find spray-painted copper.

Visiting the Amherst, Massachusetts area? We got you covered!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Sukkahs Galore

It's day four of Sukkot I can't seem to get enough of Sukkahs...there are so many creative and beautiful sukkahs out there! Here are some favorites I discovered on Instagram and Facebook that I just had to share with you.
Am I missing any? Post them on my Facebook page!
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