I have followed Michelle of www.4men1lady.com for the past several years. She is an amazing designer. She is practical and creative. I've met her personally and she's super nice to boot. I thought I would share this amazing Christmas Display she did in her living room. I love how she used a bold choice like painting a wall black. Not your traditionally Christmas colors, but it works! Love it!
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A week ago I was at one of my favorite jaunts. I found this couch that was in great condition. They wanted $75 but I was able to get it for $50.00!!! Yep, that's right. This was a steal. The missing leg was hidden in the under the cushion. What drew me in was the hump on the back and the large one piece cushion.
Next up fabric. I know I wanted Linen. I searched online for hours. I didn't see anything I loved. I wanted to find something that was soft. Having Fibromyalgia there are days I need a soft place to land. Sometimes Linen can be rough depending on the weave. I found the perfect linen that has a bit of sheen and super soft.
I wanted to find a different fabric for the cushion. I wanted to add a bit of whimsy and fun. Something uThe look typography is something I've done on dresser and other furniture pieces. Why not fabric? When I brought my fabric up to the counter the lady that was helping said "This looks likes something you would see at Restoration Hardware." My intentions wasn't that but hey, I'll go with it!
This project I'm having Kevin, from Blue Chair Upholstery do. I wanted a crown on the cushion. He suggested using down feathers for part of the cushion.
Hi all, this post is more on a personal note. I sign off at the end of each post "Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful". I found this quote a few years ago. It inspires me everyday. It speaks to me. It summed up my life over the years.
In a few years I'll be 50 years old. It has been a long journey. I've experienced many highs and lows. I used to play this game with myself called comparing myself to others and trying to always please others. It made life challenging and caused deep pain in my heart and soul.
When I was diagnosised with Fibromyalgia my life changed over night. No longer could I continue the path that I was on. I couldn't please people like I use too. I was in so much pain physically and the fatigue that felt like I had been up for days. Basically Fibro is feeling like you have been hit by a truck. Muscles and joints that ache everyday through out my whole body. Extreme fatigue. Doing household chores are challenging. Depression, anxiety, and insomania were all part of this new life of mine. There are very dark days with this disease. I realized I only had a certain amount of energy everyday. When it was gone there was no filling up the tank again.
It gave me so much time to reflect where my life had been and where it was going. I had to lean into God like never before. I could only rely on his strength. I cherish that time that my relationship was being strengthened with Him. His words were so powerful. I can't express how sweet and precious was this time together. He became my rock. He opened areas of my heart that hadn't been open in years.
He sent butterflies in to my life. A God Wink. I can't tell you how many times I would see a butterfly whether on book, sky, or picture. Those images gave me hope. He spoke to me. I could soar again but maybe not in the way I use too. I had to learn a new path.
No, I can't plan my day like I use too. Some days I require a lot more sleep. My house is not always clean. I have to make choices in my daily life. Creating a new piece of furniture or do housework. Doing laundry or spending time with Grady. It seems so simple can't you do both, but exhaustion usually comes in the late afternoon. You'll find me napping or piled up on the couch. Right now while not living at our house due to flood damage. My hubby made a bed for me there. A small blow up mattress and sleeping bag. If I get exhausted with helping with the renovations I can go take a nap. There are times I feel that I'm useless. I've come to realize that this type of thinking does help me.
This quote by Maya Angelou became my strength.
"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."
I have had to learn a new kind of beautiful. There are days that I plead with God to take the pain and fatigue away.
I've learned that having an invisible chronic illness has brought me insight. I've seen God's unconditional love for me. I've seen by hubby's kindness and love grow in ways I've never seen before. My son is learning compassion and kindness. My beauty is'nt from human doing but by being a human being. Being our authentic self without comparing ourselves to anybody else or what my life use to be. Being imperfect is okay. God is never done with us. He can make weak things strong. He loves us in our beautiful mess. Truth be told I rely on him more in the hard times.
You have beauty that is uniquely yours. It's in the journey of becoming the butterfly is where the beauty lies.
This rocking chair is a family heirloom and from
New York State. The transformation is unbelievable. It had sat in her
bedroom for12 years in disrepair. It's possible that this rocking
chair is 80-100 years old.
The fabric was screaming 70's.
The binding in the seat was a in pieces.
The stuffing that was there had disintegrated. All of the rust color on the floor is old batting.
Amazing transformation! Great fabric which the owner choose herself.
The rich wood was not cleaned but walnut oil applied. It keeps the patina on the the goose neck arms.
The wood was so dry that oil was absorbed quickly. I love the details on this rocking chair.
Rich chocolate brown trim adds a richness to this piece.
I had a very happy customer when she came to pick it up.
Tips and Tricks:
1. Practice on a chair you don't care about. Pick one up at a local thrift store and practice on that.
You want to keep your own family heirloom just that an heirloom!
2. There are lots of pretty fabrics out there. Make sure you get upholstery fabric it will wear better over time. A few places to get fabric for an affordable price are Utah Design Center and Home Fabrics.
Buy extra fabric. It takes more fabric then you think. When covering a
dining chair I add at least 2 inches more around your seat pattern. It
will make it easier to wrap and tuck around the seat if you have extra.
You'll need a good staple gun and a hot glue gun. A sturdy staple gun
is your friend. It makes it go faster and less time pulling out
staples. You can usually find this at your local craft store.
Find a friend or helpful hubby. My hubby will staple while I hold the
fabric. You can do this on your own but i goes quicker if you have 2
One of my favorite blogs is Miss Mustard Seed. She has some great tutorials on DIY upolstery.
you don't want to do it yourself you can contact me. I only do dinning
chairs and rocking chairs. Anything else needs to go to a more skilled
professional. Hopefully you will feel comfortable tackling your own
DIY upolstery project!
I have found some useful tools to help us through our renovation of home due to water damage. Every room needs to be redone. Two bathrooms and one kitchen need complete renovations while most of the other rooms need paint, flooring, and base boards redone.
It's overwhelming to think about the whole picture. So much to do and so many decisions to make. My husband has always had the motto "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.". I am using this on a daily basis! Some days I feel like I'm losing my marbles one marble at time! Below are tools to that have helped me.
Tip #1 Use your cell phone.
Take pictures of the area you are renovating. Take pictures of colors, fabrics, faucets, tile, flooring, etc. This way you can keep track of what you like and what store you found it in. Another thing is you can later search on-line to see if you can buy it for less. Texting pictures to my husband pictures has been so helpful. It keeps him in the loop and relieves stress for both of us!
Tip #2 Use On-line Tools.
Example: Lowe's has a "My Lowe's Account". Sign up is free. You can search for an item let's say bathtubs. You can put in the size and all the ones in that size. We had an unusual dimension for our tub so this really helped. Then I would add the ones I liked to my lists so all I had to do was go to my list for the one I chose. The other thing with My Lowe's account is when ever you make a purchase it is scanned and then sent to your account. If you chosen a paint color say Azure Blue you can find that in your on-line account or they can search for it on-line in the store.
Tip #3 Get Samples of Items.
Get samples of tile, flooring, and paint colors. You can purchase a few pieces of tile, a box of laminate flooring, and paint. We loved a flooring at Lowe's we got a 3x3 square of flooring and took it home and thought it was perfect. I had the thought to buy one box of flooring and take it home and put it together. Boy, I'm glad we did this! Tim put it together and it was not what we wanted. It was blah and it was cheap flooring. It was only 8mm and you could tell after putting it together. We saved huge amount of money, time, and heartache! Make sure you bring all the pieces back to the store. If you don't you will not be able to return it.
Get paint samples not the ones on cards but actual small paint containers. I bought over 6 paint colors and tried them on the walls. I did big patches and applied them to different areas of the room. You need to do this because light bounces off walls differently which in turn can have slightly different color on the walls. Also be wise in choosing what sheen your going to use. I've chosen a semi-gloss because it is washable and it bounces light around the room. I've also chosen light colors which having a 11 year son who leaves fingerprints every where so I need washable quality of semigloss. I've used satin and eggshell and they are awful to clean and very dull looking.
Tip #4 Go to the source of expertise.
Last week I went to Standard Plumbing Supply. Recommended by our contractor (Red Leaf Design). I walked in and there were women customer service reps. The construction field is still a mans world. It was so refreshing to talk to a woman. Elaine understood my concerns and resolved them quickly. She was educated about the exact size tub I needed. She recommend some optional items. We have a very limited space to work with. She told me about under mounting the tile on the drop in bath tub which will save space. She then recommend a tile flange around the tub which will help in with any potential water damage and will help the water to flow in to the tub when using the shower. I was able to sit in the tub I bought which made me know I was making the right choice. Sometimes you need to see it in person to touch, feel, and sit in. On-line could have not answered these concerns. Standard Plumbing had the tub in stock. Other places in town and on-line would take 4-6 weeks because it was special order. I saved time and money by buying locally. By having great customer service I want to go back and pick out other finishes I will need in the future. Elaine was friendly, funny, and helpful.
Tip #5 Use On-Line Reviews.
I've used Lowe's,and Build Direct to help me make decisions especially on large purchases like flooring. Lowe's didn't have a great reviews on the Antique Hickory flooring.
I came across Build Direct through an on-line search. I reviewed what people said about the company. Mostly postitive. I then ordered free laminate flooring samples which they over nighted to me. These samples were large. Unlike the ones I got at a local hardware store. I was able to choose my flooring a 12 mm thickness instead of 8 mm because that was in my budget. It has a much richer look. By other people review products and services helped not what to buy.
Lowe's Antique Hickory Flooring 8 mm, $1.79 per square foot
Provence French Grey 12 mm, $1.79 per square foot. Regularly $12 a square foot.
I ordered it on Wednesday and it will be here by Tuesday. Sometimes taking the time to search on-line can save you a lot of money. The 12 mm flooring at Lowe's started at $3.49 a square foot which was way over budget for us. I'm head over heals in love with French flooring. Our contract really liked the quality we were getting. There are deals to be had on-line but buy beware. Can you return the item? Do they pay for the return shipping? What are the restrictions?
You may never be renovating an entire home but even if your renovating one room these tools can help you get things done in a timely manner with the plus of saving time and money buy using these tools.
Renovating comes with it own headaches but it has been a fun process to pick and choose the feel of our new home. I'm trying to create an airy, calming, atmosphere in our home. I'm calling it my French, Farm, and Beach inspired home. Let me break it down. French because I love the warm tones and curvy details. The Farm because I love white and memories of my grandparents home as a child. The Beach I grew up going to the Oregon coast often while growing up in Portland. It's were we honeymooned 22 years ago. I love the wind in my hair, the sound crashing of waves, and the sand under my feet. I want our home to reflect the things we love.
After spending 4 peaceful days in Big Cottonwood Canyon we came home to water damage in our home. We opened the door and we smelled a musty damp thickness in the air and we could hear water running. My husband, Tim ran to find where the water was coming from. It was from the upstairs bathroom. A compression hose had popped off and had been running for 3 to 4 days.
We accessed the damage and the thought it was mostly the basement. The ceilings had burst open from the water. Our master bedroom and bath was in at least 2 inches of water. Our laundry room which is also where the furnace and water heater was a mess. Part of are family room ceiling had burst open too.
It was so overwhelming. We didn't know what to do. We contacted our insurance and let them know. We thought we could at least stay upstairs. Uh, no I don't think so! Then we realized there was water upstairs in every area. We felt paralyzed! It felt like our vacation was a year ago.
We started calling around to see what company could help us with this horrible mess. We found a company that we felt comfortable with and in less 48 hours this was our house.
Master bedroom ceiling
Kitchen has been torn out. Cabinets were wet.
22 years of Stuff
Our whole life in a container.
I had know idea what water can do to a home. It has been 4 weeks and no work has started. Lots of red tape. Lots of frustration. Our lives have been turned upside down. No running water in house. No where to paint for Tattered Butterfly. No where to create. My son not being able to play in the neighborhood. Living in a two room hotel.
I wasn't ready for the detour in life. Are we ever ready for something like this? I don't think so. It is the uncharted waters that helps us grow and change. We can either become bitter in challenges or we can become better. It is a choice.
As we were driving away from our home my son, Grady said "Mom, the most important thing is we have each other." My heart melted. Grady has always had a way about persepective. This is a fresh new beginning. I've known for awhile I've need one. I didn't know how to do it.
We have a long road head of us. I'm learning to take it day by day. It has helped me to focus on God. He is hear in this mess. He's sent several angels our way.
It is through my tatteredness that I learn the most about God. God loves me in my weaknesses. He cherishes me even when I struggle. It is then when I truly turn to Him that there are no pretenses. It's in the struggle that I can bring glory to God. He makes the worst situation in to something beautiful and stunning. Trusting in Him.
I've been putting of writing on my blog. I'm not sure why. I'm trying to get into a good routine since leaving a brick and mortar store. It's been a bit chaotic.
We were able spend 4 Days up at a friend's cabin. It was located in Big Cottonwood Canyon. It was so beautiful. The cabin is quite secluded which made for the perfect getaway. No computers or cell phones.
My hubby had to work during the day but he came up after work. Grady and I did three amazing hikes.
The first hike was Desolation Lake. This was a huge hike but one of the most beautiful ones. It was 6 miles round trip. Uh, well let's just say 7 hours later and one thunderstorm fortunately we made it back safely. This hike is like steep hills and valleys.
Our second hike was Dog Lake. This was 3 mile hike round trip. This is a pretty steep climb. Not as pretty hike. It was the perfect place to sit under pine trees and have lunch.
Starting up the steep mountain. It gets much steeper. Really, it does!
Beautiful view of the mountains
Grady enjoying cooling off underneath the pine trees.
Tranquility at it's best!
Our third hike and last was Donut Falls. This was an easy hike about a 2 mile hike round trip. A wide trail that meanders around a creek. It was very relaxing and lots of adorable squirrels. Donut fall is so pretty and massive. We enjoyed our lunch and then walked around the creek bed for awhile. You can climb Donut Falls but it is steep and all rocks. Grady really wanted to climb it but I didn't think it was safe. Grady wasn't too happy about my decision. Many people did climb it.
Steep Donut Falls
Bottom of the Falls.
Creek bed. The water so clear and sooo COLD!
At night we had enjoyed the fire pit and sunset. Of course we had roasted hot dogs and S'mores. It was a very needed vacation. This sounds corny but nature fills up my soul. The quietness of the mountains helped me be able to listen to God and strengthen my relationship with him. It gave some special moments with my son and husband. Sometimes in life we need to s-l-o-w down. Have a retreat from all the worries and cares and focus on each other.
We left the cabin and came down the canyon to see this fiery sunset. A perfect ending to our little vacation.
My dear friend let us stay at her cabin. Thank so much for sharing your little piece of heaven on earth with us.. May God bless your generosity. What I didn't know was I would need this experience to hold on to in the coming weeks.