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Happy Chic

29 Apr

I had some great pictures to show you today (treasure hunting was good to me this weekend), then I left my camera at Clark yesterday with the pictures still on it.  Oh well, I guess I know what I’m posting here Wednesday!

With this flip, people keep asking me “how do you know how to do all this stuff?”  Wanna know a secret?

I don’t.

But I figure it out or make it up.  That’s why I absolutely loved this quote when I came across it on Pinterest.

passionatel curious

In other news, did you know that Jonathan Adler now has a budget line for J C Penney??  I’ve swooned over his collections for a while, but that’s all that my wallet would let me do.  Like the amazing non-budget-friendly vignette below.  I think I could die happy with that light in my dining room.  It’s only $395.  Very reasonable considering…..


But now my wallet can be happy too!  I still won’t be getting that light (sadface), but I have my choice of amazingly budget-friendly Jonathan Adler “Happy Chic” pieces.

jadler background_living

My office might need these curtains.  It might need to happen in the near future too.

jadler curtains

This lamp is kind of amazing.  If my nephew didn’t already have an awesome lamp, I’d require this in his room.

jadler lamp

But, thanks to my darling sister, and my impending 29th birthday tomorrow (yes, actual 29th birthday), I am now the proud owner of these Jonathan Adler book ends!

book ends

I was originally thinking my office would be their permanent home, but I’m rethinking it.  The white looks so good in the dining room!

images: 1/2/3/4/5

Winter Pinterest Challenge: Chair Sketch Art

27 Feb

I am now the proud owner of a Floor Nailer!

In other news, it’s Wednesday!  Do you know what that means??

It’s Pinterest Challenge Day!!


If you’re new to this blog, check out my previous challenge projects here.

When this latest challenge rolled around, I knew that I couldn’t take on any big undertakings (since I have my own collection of big undertakings over at Clark the Flip House).  After looking at my collection of pins, I knew exactly which one I wanted to attempt.

I love the informal feel of the sketch and the simple use of color.  So I had to try my hand at it.

polka dot chair

Naturally, though, I couldn’t stop there.  I decided the chair needed some friends.

chair sketches

The steps were very simple:

  • Use a pencil to sketch the desired chair- precision not necessary
  • When I was happy with the shape, I used a thin felt-tip pen to trace the outline.  Then erased the pencil guides.
  • Then I added color as desired.  Not too saturated, but a little pop of color/pattern in each.

I’m REALLY pleased with the way they came out.  I popped them into some frames I picked up on sale at Michael’s and hung them on my office wall (with 3m picture strips so I can change my mind on location if necessary).

chair frames

This collection adds a nice balance to this wall since to the right is a wall-mounted tv.  I must apologize for the lighting in these pics- it’s a dreary, rainy day here in New England and I was forced to turn on the lamps- boo.

office chair collection

So, what do you think of my new artwork?

I’m not worried about my computer blocking the art, since this is only a temporary home for the computer until I get my butt in gear and finish my secretary desk eventually.

Now that I have my picture ledge on the wall and these on the wall, my office is starting to feel like a finished space.  Yay!  Not quite finished yet, but definitely well on it’s way!

Go check out the Pinterest Challenge Projects from this season’s hosts:

Sherry’s Board and Batten

Katie’s Growth Chart

Megan’s Fabric Ottoman

Michelle’s Button Art

Clark Inspirations

26 Feb

Demoing a kitchen and bathroom went surprisingly fast, but I have a feeling the rebuilding process won’t be as much instant gratification.  Luckily this is the part that I’m most excited about!  I can’t wait to see it come together!! I haven’t ordered any of the finishes yet, but I plan to start today.

The style I’m going for is New Vintage Charm.

Clark Inspiration Board

  1. Wainscoting in the bathroom with the existing pedestal sink (as long as I can unclog it for good).  Image via
  2. Vintage inspired bathroom sconces, Hampton Bay Whitford from Home Depot
  3. Tile for bathroom floor, Daltile Octagon and Dot
  4. Hickory hardwoods in the main areas- Home Depot, in store only
  5. Kitchen inspiration: white cabinets, stone counter (whatever color I can get an amazing deal on), & mosaic backsplash.  Image also via

I can totally see the house all done in my head.  What do you think?

A Ledge and a Challenge

21 Feb

When I went to IKEA last week (and purchased these curtains), my primary purpose was to price out a kitchen for Clark.  My secondary purpose was to pick up a picture ledge for my office to show off a bunch of artwork that’s been piled in the closet for months.

I had pinned this image a while ago

gray living room picture ledge

and I figured a picture ledge was the perfect thing for my office so I can change out my inspiration whenever the mood strikes (or whenever I find some awesome thrift or tag sale deal).  The link on pinterest doesn’t lead to a source, so if you know where it came from, please share!

I installed my new picture ledge directly over my settee in my office and started loading it with pieces I’ve collected.  I still need to curate the collection a bit, but that’s the fun of using a picture ledge.  I can change it on a daily basis if I want to!

office picture ledge

I tried to convince my furry model that she wanted to curl up and get comfy for the photo, but the sunlight on the window sill was more enticing.  At least I was able to get one decent pic first!

Oh, and it’s time for this season’s Pinterest Challenge!  The hosts this season are Sherry from Young House Love & Katie Bower from Bower Power Blog as always, in addition to Michelle from Decor and the Dog and Megan from The Remodeled Life.


I already know what I want to do for it, but you’ll have to wait until next Wednesday to find out!

AND check back tomorrow for Clark the flip house’s week 1 update!!

Busy Bee

19 Feb

Construction workers must be in awesome shape- demo is TIRING!  The good news is that the demo is almost done in the kitchen and bath.  Demo-ing everything AND the kitchen sink.

demo sink

I’ve been trying to figure out how to chronicle this project for you guys without turning this blog into one all about the flip.  I’ve come up with the answer.  I’m going to give you weekly updates (I’m thinking on Thursdays or Fridays, any preference?) of everything that we did in the past week.  If I have a specific DIY project that I’m tackling, I’ll share that with you on another day.  So instead of talking about Clark everyday, you’ll get an average of 2 flip posts a week.  I can’t wait to show you what’s happened in the past week!!

In addition to my blood and sweat at Clark (no tears yet, and I hope to keep it that way) I’ve been chipping away at a few things here in our home… cuz apparently one ginormous project still isn’t enough for me, I have to do several little projects at the same time.  That’s just how I roll.

Remember how I VOWED to have dining room curtains before we dove into flipping?  We’ll I didn’t get them up before we closed, but they went up over the weekend.

curtain closeup

dining curtains

The curtains are these from IKEA and the mercury glass finial curtain rods are these from Target.

I still have a nagging feeling that something’s not right in this room.  My gut says the table.  I can totally see a lighter, rectangle farmers table or butcher block table.  Hubby’s gut thinks my gut is wrong and doesn’t want a new table.  When will his gut learn that my gut has a better eye for design than his?  In addition to the table, I need to finish refinishing my chair collection in the basement.  These 2 that I refinished are the curvier ones and this room needs some rectilinear shapes for balance.  I also have a plan for new art for between the windows, so stay tuned for that.

Are you guys able to focus on one project?  Please tell me I’m not the only one with design ADD.

Slow and Steady

12 Feb

Well this is weird.  Today is the second day that I don’t have to get up for the 9to5 and I’m not on vacation.  I am now self employed.

I am self employed!

Someone needs to tell my brain this, though- I totally had dreams the  past few nights about the office.  We don’t close on our first flip until Thursday (so you’ll have to wait until then to see it), but I have some prep and planning to get started on- like pricing out a kitchen!  I think the hardest part for me about self-employment will be creating a daily routine.  I’m sure I’ll figure it out, though.  Let me rephrase- I KNOW I’ll figure it out.  Hubby’s commented that he’s seen me more confident in the past few weeks talking about this flip than he has in a long time.  Bring it on!

In other news, I adopted the most adorable brass turtle box last night.

brass turtle 1

brass turtle 2

brass turtle office

He came from an awesome design shop in Boston, Twelve Chairs and just screamed “Take me home!”  I figure he can be cute and useful as a business card holder in my home office that I’m still working to get all set up.

Dining Dressings

31 Jan

Thank you guys so much for all your support of my Big News on Monday!

In addition to my new job, this transition will also mean great things for this blog!  The most obvious thing is that I’ll be able to blog about my flip house.  I don’t know how to tile a bathroom…yet…but you can rest assured that I’ll tell you all about it.  In more detail than you’d probably ever ask for.  The other blogging perks that come with my career shift is that I’ll have more flexibility to work on projects, take photos in the daylight (kind of hard when its dark by the time you get home from a 9to5), and generally blog the way I really want to blog.

Until we close on our first flip house on Valentine’s day, I’ve been naturally keeping my mind busy (much to Hubby’s dismay) planning a few projects here.  One design target is the dining room.  I’ve been thinking about curtains in the dining room for quite a while.  It’s felt pretty naked in there since it’s wall make-over, but I really wanted to step back and see what curtains, if any, the room wanted.

dining room updates

I had been thinking about one curtain per window to keep the space open and bright but still add some softness.  A few months ago, I saw this dining room on Pinterest and it confirmed my plans.

regal dining room

It wasn’t until I noticed today that West Elm is having an amazing curtain sale that I decided to finally pull the trigger.  The dining room’s been naked long enough.  Now I just have to decide what I really want (the hardest part!)

These have a nice, subtle pattern, but may be too beige for the room.

west elm curtain1

Simple and elegant.  Too simple?

west elm curtain3

Normally I’m not drawn to florals, but the watercolor feel to this one appeals to me in some way.

west elm curtain2

I’m not sure if any of these are quite right, but my design brain is on the job!  With you as my witnesses, I vow that the dining room will have curtains by the time I refocus my energies to the flip house.

West Elm curtains 1/2/3