Friday, February 26, 2010

My Home: Before and After

My husband and I bought our home about a year and a half ago and have enjoyed adding splashes of color to the walls and our own personal decorating style. We refinished the empty attic space and made it into a sunny guest room.

Olive colored walls, a new couch, chair, and rug bring the whole room together. The oil painting over the fireplace is one that I did in college of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

The olive colored walls also warmed up the kitchen.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Spring Pillows at Helix

These are some of my new pillows for sale at Helix this spring. Helix is a hip gift boutique in Athens, Ga.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Favorite Artist of the Week: Tsuru Bride

I love these fun metallic clutch purses by Tsuru Bride. She has all kinds of animals from sheep to sharks in different sizes and shades. Check out her shop on Etsy.

Zoe's Quilt

My niece Zoe was born a few months ago and I made this bright and girly quilt for her arrival. She started using it right away for a little nap!

Newborn Shots

I've been thinking a lot about babies lately of course with my own little one due this week... so I thought it would be fun to put together a montage of baby portraits I've done in the past.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

My Son's Nursery

I finally finished getting my son's nursery ready. He's going to be here in just a few days!

There were a lot of little projects I did in the room. I made him a baby quilt with sweet little elephants on it. I collected some fabulous art on Etsy and from family treasures. I distressed my husbands' childhood dresser (he carved a rocket on one of the drawers as a child.) This was the first time I ever distressed a piece of furniture before and I learned a lot, so I'm going to share my tips with you:

Distressing Furniture:

Step 1: Remove the handles. Sand off as much of the old paint or varnish as you can with sandpaper. (Mine still had a stained look which is fine. Just get all the shiny paint off.) An electric sander is not recommended because everything will look too perfect.

Step 2: Take a thick white or clear wax candle and rub it on all the edges of the dresser and drawers.

Step 3: Paint everything with acrylic latex house paint.

Step 4: Sand the edges and surfaces, especially where you put the candle wax.

Step 5: Apply a VERY THIN coat of Polyurethane. It is very important to only do one side of the dresser at a time while it is laying flat. I learned the hard way that if the furniture is standing up while you do this, you'll end up with a ton of runny drips running down the sides of the dresser.
Links to the Artwork I bought on Etsy: