Friday, July 19, 2013

Naked and Bare

Get your head out the gutters. I'm talking about walls. My rug came and I've added some pillows to the sectional and the living room is coming together, except all the walls in there are bare. Nude. Nada. Zilch. Check it out.

 I'm thinking of removing the ottoman and adding two high gloss lack tables side by side a la Jenny

Now that its coming together, I want a completely different room - with a leather chesterfield and brass etageres against deep navy walls with matching brass nesting coffee tables. Dark and moody. For now, I might do a series of smaller art pieces above the wall in different frames like these images from Lonny Mag. 

Apologies for all the jumping around in thought. My mind is never organized. In conclusion: I need to collect a horde of frames and vintage/original/diy art. It shouldn't take more than a decade to complete so stay tuned! 

(There are also new pictures of Ellie over here.) 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

DIY Tassel Garland: For People Who Can't Make Pom Poms

I tried making pom poms but they didn't work out... I kinda ended up shredding the paper as I was pulling it out from the center to make it in a ball. So, with the paper I had left, I made a tassel garland. I found the inspiration here:

I didn't have twine or a hot glue gun which you'll need if you follow the original instructions so I just used a LOT of string and one packet of tissue paper from Target which was $1.99, to come up with this. 

I know, the orange peel walls bug me too but I can't change them (#rentersproblems) so I'll just have to make do with some closet door makeovers later. Five easy instructions. 

1. Fold each sheet lengthwise.
2. Fold the sheet width wise. Your very long rectangle should now look like a less long rectangle. 
3. That width wise crease will be the top. Cut from the bottom up, leaving about two inches at the top. 
4. Unfold it all and roll the whole thing lengthwise. 
5. Twist the middles and wrap around with string, leaving a loop at the top. Pull through ribbon, string, etc and TA-DA!

I still want to add some white which is the tissue color I went to look for at Target at 10:55pm last night but they were out. This is currently too pink and coral for me - reminds me of a baby shower... for a girl... yea... Plus the white will work with all that string and my apartment is all gray, white, charcoal, navy blue... Yep... too much pink for me. I'll be back later with some white in it.

Monday, July 8, 2013

All the Little Pieces

We made a quick 30 minute trip to Ikea and grabbed some random things we needed like giant gray throw pillows for the living room to tie in to the rug which we ordered last week, white curtains, a lambskin, a living room clock, gray napkins (impulse buy), and dishtowels.
I've been sick so I haven't been able to put them away yet, plus last week I started on a wine crate bed for Ellie and a painting that I just spent five minutes on today to finish in semi-darkness due to a persistent migraine. Here's the painting though. 
It feels imperfect but if I paint more I think I would just make it worse. This is going to go up above the cabinet in the dining room... for now. Toodles! 

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