Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Cost Plus Makeover Final Reveal

Yesterday, I babysat for my favorite "clients!"
While my granddaughters napped, I took the opportunity to do some more staging and a follow-up photo shoot in their new Cost Plus living room.

Remember, it all started with these darling blue damask chairs.
Since then, I've added the bookshelf which is seen in the corner. Perfect for all their children's books!

A lamp that didn't quite go in my house, found a new home between the new chairs.
It was one of those impulse purchases from OKL. So glad it works here!

The end table was yet another Cost Plus purchase. The lamp and tray are from my collection.

Not bad hand-me-downs--right?

I also bought as many kubu wicker baskets as I could find. Cost Plus is phasing these out, so I was lucky to find this one which tucks neatly under the table.

The mantel is simply styled with mercury glass and silver candle holders.
I added a little fall foliage to warm things up.

Opposite the fireplace, I added another etagere, which was needed to complete the media wall, and also provides a lot more storage opportunities.

More kubu wicker baskets and lined chicken wire baskets are ready to hold CDs, books, magazines, etc.

I found this wine box in my garage and thought it would fit perfectly on the bottom shelf, elevating the components to basket height. I love how it adds that unexpected touch.

The blue houndstooth pillows that I ordered from The Foundary were delivered today, just in time for the photo shoot!

Although a little big, they add a punch of color and weight to this side of the room.

In the perfect world, this is how the living room would look!
But we all know that isn't realistic.

This family now has a fresh, new look with lots of storage for the toys and books that belong to these two darling little girls who, as you can see, just woke up from their naps!

The Details:
All Cost Plus purchases were discounted 25% because we are members of the World Market Explorer Rewards Program.
Sign up here, if you're interested in becoming a member. Trust me, it's worth it!

"The Reading Chair"

"Grey-Weathered Farmhouse End Table"

"Campaign Bookshelf"

"Aiden Etageres"
$259.99 each
"Aiden Console"

"Kubu Log Basket"
Various square kubu and wire baskets priced at $19.99 and $14.99

Tray: Joss & Main
Blue houndstooth pillows: The Foundary
Blue throw: Target
Lamp: One King's Lane

Paint by Kelly Moore
Walls: "Fuzzy Slippers"
Ceiling: "Country Cotton"

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

An Alice In Wonderland Shower

My friend Jane and I are always borrowing each others dishes, so when she asked to borrow my cabbage leaf plates in all three colors for a baby shower, I was intrigued!
It turned out the theme was Alice in Wonderland!

The table was set with my various cabbage leaf plates in green, red and purple for a lovely garden tea in Sacramento, right on the river!

Tea cups with roses were stacked "mad hatter style" for the centerpieces....

...along with tea pots full of roses.
How wonderful!

More stacking cake stands with pastries and roses.

I'm so glad the hostess sent me these lovely photos!
It looks like it was such a gorgeous day and a gorgeous party!

What a great theme for a party, I must say!

(Shower photos courtesy of Carley Moskat, invitation photos by yours truly!)
I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Some Kitchen Lights Up For Consideration

I did a little online shopping for pendants that would look good over my kitchen island.
Here are a few up for consideration, starting with this one from Shades of Light.

Shades of Light

Steel drum?

Classic lantern?

Pottery Barn
Mini pendants?

Pottery Barn
Large pendant?

Shades of Light
French fleur de lys?

I'm really leaning towards this one.
Love the white distressed wooden accents and the oiled bronze metal.
Above all, I think it's pretty!

What's your favorite?

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Big Daddy Inspiration

When the "going gets tough," I go to Big Daddy's Antiques for design inspiration.
I'm on the hunt for something unique and original to hang over my kitchen island.
You never know what you're going to find at Big Daddy's, plus they can make just about anything into a light.

I got a little distracted with all the succulents they had everywhere, like on this wall of crates.

What a great idea to stack old wooden crates on an outside wall and fill them with succulents and votives!

You also never know who you might see at Big Daddy's.
I got even more distracted when I realized the singer, Chris Isaac was shopping too.
I should have asked for his autograph or something...

I just acted nonchalant and went about my business!

I got lots of great ideas for succulent containers.

Fun candlesticks!

I fell in love with this console table. It would be perfect in my daughter's home.
Unfortunately, it did not have a World Market price tag!

The coffee table and end table would look wonderful just about anywhere!
But I'm looking for lighting, right?

Great sofa, great pillows!

Love this chandelier, even though it isn't electrified. It would be beautiful under an arbor or hanging from a tree outside. But not over my kitchen island.
So the hunt continues. And that's the best part.
Next stop: The Alameda Antique Faire next Sunday.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Demolition Derby

This week was demolition week, starting with Monday when Carlos the Fabricator and his crew came to take out the granite.

It's amazing how painless it was.

I was hoping some of it would come out in large pieces so my friend could have a piece for his apartment kitchen. But, it came out in small puzzle pieces.

It was all gone by noon, without any damage to cabinets and floors.
I even have my subway backsplash still! Not even a crack or a chip!

After the granite was gone, his crew started making a template.

This involved outlining the counter with balsa wood and stapling together a pattern to lay over the stone. The inside area is blank so that the stone pattern can be seen and selected before cutting.

This sounds crazy, but I like the plywood almost better than the granite?

Just kidding. But it did lighten up the room.

On Wednesday, the demolition crew showed up to demo the two bathrooms.

Also painless! They were here and gone by early afternoon.

The downstairs bathroom after demo.

Ashley's bathroom after demo.

I kept the tub, but didn't realize the silicone from the shower door is nearly impossible to get off. Still working on it!

Now, the fun begins!

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