Modern Chairs for a Rustic Salon

During my last hair appointment back in December, my hairstylist delivered the great news that she was moving shops. Her new shop was just a few minutes down South Congress Avenue in Austin. There, she would have room to not only design her own salon, but also have chickens and a community garden—two things she had only dreamed about. With this new design, she had two chairs that she wanted me to tackle. These would serve as the “waiting room” chairs. Continue reading “Modern Chairs for a Rustic Salon”

Pallet Wood Ceilings

What’s a girl to do when she has a ton of pallet wood in her garage? I do have friends who have requested signs—and yes, I’m getting to those! But I have so much of this wood that I know I’ll never use it all and it’s taking up valuable real estate that need to be occupied by chairs.  It just so happens that I’ve had problem in my studio. I have two lofts with undersides that are unfinished. I tried to cover it with a thick coat of paint, but I realized quickly that paint would not do the trick. Continue reading “Pallet Wood Ceilings”

The Dorm Room Makeover

Well, it’s finally happened. My oldest daughter has gone off to college this past weekend. Am I really old enough for this to happen? Obviously, yes. It’s truly a bittersweet time for us left at home, but we are excited for her.

A couple of months ago we bought her bedding: a super cute Martha Stewart line called Whim! It’s a dark grey with gold, black, and light grey dots. She wasn’t interested in decorating her dorm, so I backed off and left it alone. Then, a week ago when I saw her spray painting stuff for her desk and wall, I realized that she really did want some cute things for her room. So, I got right to work on a chair (of course) and some art to hang above her dorm room desk. I just so happened to have this small French chair ready for a makeover. Continue reading “The Dorm Room Makeover”

If These Chairs Could Talk…

If you are ever wanting to find some treasures, look no further than your own furniture. It should be no surprise that we lose things inside our furniture. We put things in our pockets and they slide out. Long ago before cell phones held all my contact information, I had a tiny address book that went missing. It held all my family addresses and phone numbers. While stripping that chair—long before I really knew what I was doing—I found it wedged inside the chair. Continue reading “If These Chairs Could Talk…”

The Magic of Old Doors

Call me crazy, but I can’t pass up a great door. I especially love the ones that have layers of chippy paint showing multiple colors—it adds instant character to any space!

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I bought one a couple of summers ago, and of course, my family thought I was crazy. It’s too small to actually fit in a door jam (beware, many antique doors are smaller), so I decided to place the door in my entry way against a wall with a cute wreath on it. It’s like having a double entrance. It’s the magic door that leads to who knows what! Continue reading “The Magic of Old Doors”

The Versatility of Barn Wood

Reclaimed wood is all the rage now!  And why not?  Just a small piece of this salvage adds interest to any type of space, be it your kitchen, living area, bath, or bedroom.  No matter what your sense of style—industrial, eclectic, classic, beach, farmhouse, etc.—reclaimed wood can be that little something extra to make your space unique. Here’s a few reasons to consider using it in your space.

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Why You Should Use Architectural Salvage Pieces in Your Home

I am so grateful for antique and junk stores. Without them, my house would be missing many of the things that make it so unique. I used to think that any given store should give me what I am missing in my home. These stores should have multiple items that I could walk away with, but I always left frustrated. Sure, I might find one thing or two, but that’s it. It was the same story when I shopped any given antique or junk store. At best, I would find one thing…well, I had to learn to adjust my expectations, because one thing is all you really need to find. It’s that one treasure that makes the trip worth it. So, why should you use architectural salvage pieces in your home? Continue reading “Why You Should Use Architectural Salvage Pieces in Your Home”