Sunday, July 10, 2011

Decoration Inspiration July 2011

So...I am now a homeowner!!

I am slowly but surely getting my new condo together, and I finally to the fun part-DECORATING!! Much more fun than: mortgage applications, repairs, negotiations, credit checks...blahblahblah.

I am trying to update my look to match the modern look of the building. Actually, I want a mix of modern/simple lines and mid century modern. I have a real soft spot for furniture from the 50's, 60's and 70's. What I have now is mostly all matching furniture-dark wood, modern feminine, Target furtniture. Don't get me wrong, it was a nice look, but I want to get a little more sophisticated. Mix it up a little, not so matchy matchy. I thought I would share a few places I have been looking for inspiration.


Undecorate by Christine Lemieux- fantastic photography, a collection of spaces that embrace a 'no rules' approach to decorating. People who put together rooms by what feels good, not what people tell them look good.

Modern Vintage by Emily Chalmers. Written by the director of Dwell Studio. I love love love the rooms in this book. A great mix of vintage pieces, handmade, and modern design. I want her to come style my house!

Elle Decor. Mostly upscale and pricey products, but great eye candy!

Of course, there are roughly 566723110000 inspiration websited out there, and don't even talk to me about Pintrest. I refuse. But, here are a few I have bookmarked and check often:

Craigslist- I have found so many good deals and great furniture here. I got my stacked washer and dryer from someone who just wanted it gone...and gave to me for $350! New ones sell for $800 or up, so I am pretty impressed with myself on that one.

Apartment Therapy- I have talked about them before, lots of great ideas with a modern and DIY flair. I seriously want to do this and this.

Design Sponge- I have only had time to check this one out a few times, but I found a really good article that taught me alot about refinishing furniture. Hope fully my next project will be a little easier than this one was. ha! have died and gone to DIY heaven! And, lots of pictures.....hours and hours

Smile and Wave- Rachel Denbow used to run a scrapbook company, but now she focuses on lifestyle, mostly vintage ideas. She has lots of handmade ideas, which I love.

Thanks for stopping by, more pictures and updates soon!

Later, Michelle

p.s. I found this piece at a second hand shop here in Louisville. I think I love her:

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D.I.Y Bedside Table

Well, hello there. Having a good summer? good.

I've missed you guys, let's catch up!

The biggest thing happening here in Bazeleyland is I am soon to be a home owner! My recent blog absence is due to lots of paperwork, searching, negotiating, getting repairs done, packing, packing, packing...but-yawn..I know, tedious. However, I get to move in next Friday!! If you have been reading my blog for a while you read this post where I set out a goal of updating my apartment and redecorating a little. At the time I didn't plan on moving until next year, so I was hoping to freshen up the place without spending a lot of money. As life does, things changed and an opportunity came up that allowed me to buy a place a little earlier that I thought. So much better for me, as right now is a great time to be a buyer. I am very excited about getting into my own place (and of course decorating!).

I promised you a few pictures of my updates and projects that I did around the apartment. I did little things here and there, and took the advice of this book-and did a major clean up. Last hing I did was move a few pieces of furniture around. These little things really made a difference!

Major fail.

I am soooooo close to being done packing and I did NOT take any pictures....except these. I have had this bedside table for years, I got it for a steal. I have always loved the off white color, it matches well with the dressers set I inherited. The finish was old and worn, it had a shabby chic look to it. I wanted it to be more of a glossy coat, so I set out to refinish it. This is what it looked like as is....well, except the drawer cover:

It took a long, and I mean LONG time to get all that finish off with stripper and lots of sandpaper (sidenote- did you know bees are attracted to the scent of paint stripper? Um, yeah. I spent a good amount of time hiding for dear life). Recently I discovered that they make hand held power sanders for jobs like this. BRILLIANT! Definitely going on my Christmas list for the next time I want to tackle a project like this.

Once she was all scrubbed off, she looked like this:

To recreate a finish I liked I went to Home Depot. I swear, the people who work there are geniuses. They told me about a method of getting a shiny, off white finish. Mix one part blonde varnish with one part acrylic paint. Pretty easy, huh? Three coats later she looked like this:

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I love it. Looks so shiny and new, but also has that cool vintage look that I love!

So, there's my little project. I have a lot of posts in the works, what have you been up to? I would love to hear!