farmhouse kitchen

Fresh Picked Friday [Vol. 21]

This week’s Fresh Picks…

[10/12/12]

I’m dreaming of… [The perfect farmhouse kitchen]

A twist on the original [peanut butter & chocolate chip shortbread cookies]

Don’t buy it, make it! [DIY coffee table ottoman]

Picture frame missing a hanger? [DIY soda tab hanger]

Cozy up with a cocktail [Fall cocktail recipes]

Spiff up the laundry room [DIY laundry soap dispenser]

Fall Style [elbow pad sweater]

“Forward” can be more than one direction…[elephant march fabric]

 

beach wood-iron rustic table-diy

Rustic Wood & Iron Table [DIY]

After finally completing our finished basement, Brett and I (let’s face it, mostly “I” ;)) were left with the task of furnishing it…  To me, this was the fun part, the moment I had been waiting for!  We had already decided that the basement would be Brett’s space, a “man cave” if you will, minus the flashing Budweiser signs and football branded memorabilia…I’m sorry, I just can’t!  So we found a style we both agreed on- coastal/ rustic (hence the comfy nautical striped built in seating area we created).

As we began filling up the space, one piece we were in need of was a sofa table.  There was no way I was going out to buy one…we’d spent enough money on this basement already!  So since we were going with the whole coastal-rustic vibe, I decided to hit up a nearby marina/ beach for some inspiration.  I came across a huge pile of salvage dock pieces, coincidentally the same length as the sofa table we needed ;)…I convinced Brett to help me load it into the car (despite how ridiculous we looked to onlookers!)  I had a clear vision for my DIY rustic sofa table…I wanted it made from this simple salvage beach wood, and black iron legs, sort of like this rustic farm table from Restoration Hardware:

Using lots of inspiration, I created my own rustic wood & metal table for a fraction of what it would cost to buy one!  Here’s how the finished product turned out…

Rustic Wood & Iron Table [DIY]

The first step I took in creating the rustic sofa table was to measure the exact height that I wanted it to be.  I took my measurements to Home Depot, where I found this fabulous threaded black iron pipe (1″ diameter).  The wonderful thing about good ol’ HD is that they’ll cut just about anything for you!  So I grabbed 4 pieces of black iron pipe, then brought them over to be cut and re-threaded (such a cool process if you’ve never seen it before!).  Once the pipes were cut, I grabbed 4 flanges to mount to the wood (which I would screw the pipes into), along with 4 black iron end caps (these would be the feet on my table).

Here’s a better image of the piece of salvage dock I picked up :)

Once I got my table parts home, I flipped the table top over then measured and marked where I wanted the legs to go.  This was the spot I would attach the flanges to.

l’m getting much better with the power tools!

Next, I simple screwed my pre-cut pieces of black iron pipe into the flanges underneath the table…this is too simple!

For the last step, I simply threaded the iron end caps onto the bottoms of the pipe so they would be the feet for my table….

…and that’ it!  I was really surprised at home simple this table turned out to be, and it looks truly amazing!  I think I’ll leave the table top raw for now, then maybe I’ll apply a coat of poly later…

 

chic pumpkin decorating

Pumpkins Galore! 12 Unique Pumpkin Projects {inspiration}

As Halloween slowly creeps up on us (no pun intended!), I’ve started searching for some unique ways I can decorate/carve pumpkins this year.  Of course jack-o-lanterns and ghost carvings will always have their place, I just think there’s always room for something new and exciting…plus, who says pumpkins can’t be chic?  I’ve pulled together some great inspiration for decorating pumpkins this year, so sit back with a Spiked Cider Spritzer (or a slice of pumpkin spice cake!) and soak up the pump-kin-spration…here goes!

PS. I’m LOVING white pumpkins this year, can you tell?

{inspiration}

Unripened Pumpkins on a Mantle (bhg)

Black & White Ric Rac Pumpkins (Eddie Ross)

Gold Gilding Painted Pumpkins (country living)

Mini Pumpkin Votive (country living)

Stunning White Painted Pumpkins (camillestyles)

Pattern Painted Pumpkins (country living)

The “strength in numbers” effect, white pumpkins up stairway…

Silver Metallic Painted Pumpkins & Fabric Covered Pumpkins (johnny in a dress)

Nail Head Studded Pumpkins (coastal living)

Moon Hole Punch Pumpkin (country living)

Black & White Stenciled Pumpkins

Carved Flame Pumpkins (country living)

dwell chevron pillow

Fresh Picked Friday [Vol. 17]

This week’s Fresh Picks!

[9/21/12]

Drooling [Dwell Studios Chevron Pillow in Citrine]

I could live in these shirts, comfy & timeless [Mikkat Pocket Sheer Blouse]

Sweet Treat [Boyfriend Cookies]

Fall Craft [DIY Rope Bowl]

Cozy up with this blanket! [learn to knit]

Unbelievable benefits, reduces cellulite & more! [benefits of dry brushing]

Favorite Fall getaway [North Conway, NH]

Pumpkin-Frozen-yogurt

Fresh Picked Friday {Vol. 13}

This week’s Fresh Picks have arrived!

{8/24/12}

Ready for fall? (12 healthy crockpot recipes)

Laundry Solution (sliding barn doors)

Up-cycle! (old draw ottoman DIY)

Old drawer ottoman by Beyond The Picket Fence via I Love That Junk

Healthy Treat (Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt)

For a rainy day (DIY simple napkin pillows)

Fun furniture painting technique (spray paint over lace)

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I will make you MINE (Melissa Frye Riding Boots)

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths”- Walt Disney

 

 

white and gold

Fresh Picked Friday {Vol. 13}

{8/17/12}

I hope you all had a lovely week!  Here’s a few of my favorite things to kick off the weekend…

The New Black (white & gold)

Take me away (Tuscany, Italy)

Who Knew? (transfer ink to wood with no heat!)

Rise & Shine! (Healthy Greek Yogurt Pancakes)

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Loving for this season (laid back prep)

Shut the barn door! (DIY barn door tutorial)

Betcha didn’t know…(Staples prints 3′ x 4′ “engineer” prints for 4.99!)

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“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.- Walt Disney

xo

 

blue chair

The Bright Painted Furniture Movement {Inspiration}

I’ve shared a few posts lately about brightly painted furniture, like the trash-to-treasure nightstands and little lime table.  Bright, vibrant colors have it going on right now, from jewelry, to clothes, to furniture… Adding one simple piece of brightly painted furniture to a room can bring it from simple & understated to frisky & fun instantly.  And the best part about this trend?  It’s the PERFECT opportunity to transform and revive any old piece of furniture, so you’ll save $$ too!  Normally, when I paint furniture I like to look for pieces with great detail and character, but the process is a bit different for me when I’m painting something a vibrant color. Since bright colors have a voice all on their own, it’s okay to use more old & boring simple pieces of furniture.  So dust off that old, forgotten about table in the attic and give it a fresh coat of FUN!

The Bright Painted Furniture Movement {Inspiration}

 

Turqouise floral print side chair (Style Key West)

Little Yellow Side Table (Style Key West)

Yellow painted Victorian table (TatorTotsJello)

Lime green side table with seagrass inlay (BelleMaison)

 

Coral Painted Island (NineMSN)

Orange Cane Arm Chair (Houzz)

Blue Dining Table (tumblr)

Traditional Periwinkle Table (centsational girl)

Coral Painted Mirror (lilhoot)

Aqua Dresser (Natty by Design)

Lime Kitchen Island (we heart it)

Coral Entry Table (the sweet beast)

Baby’s Yellow Dresser (houzz)

Red Retro Desk (pink wall paper)

Go paint something!

xo

hot tub boat

Fresh Picked Friday {Vol. 11}

Just a few things I’m lovin’ this week =)

{7/27/12}

Make a Statement {DIY Rustic shelf using black iron pipe)

Thrifty & Fabulous {DIY Mint Jeans}

So Clever {hot tub boat}

Fun & Practical {giant chalk board wall near kitchen)

Go Somewhere.

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Song (Slow Down-Three Legged Fox)

Fab Earrings  (Vintage Style Coral & Turquoise Glass Stone Earrings)

Vintage Style Coral and Turquoise Glass Stone Earrings

“All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them”-Walt Disney

Have a great weekend!

xo

beach blankets

Fresh Picked Inspiration {Vol. 10}

 Here’s a some great inspiration to kick off your weekend!

{7/20/12}

Vintage Inspired Dress (DIY)

Dress steps

Beach House Dining (beach-rustic dining room)

DIY Cost Saver (foam tube for wreaths)

*only .97 for 6ft of foam tube at Home Depot, cut it and tape…great base for a few wreaths!

a girl can dream (best.closet.ever)

Let’s have a party! (10 Gluten Free Dips)

 Beach Bum DIY (sew four fun beach towels together for a great beach blanket)

Leaving on a jet plane (the Amalfi Coast)

 Have a fabulous weekend!

XO

 

urban outfitters backpack

Fresh Picked Friday {Vol. 8}

It’s time for Fresh Picked Friday again!  Man, was I ready for the weekend…it’s just a big tease breaking up your week with a holiday in the middle!  I hope you all had a great 4th of July, and continue to enjoy whatever festivities this weekend brings; I know I will ;)

Fresh Picked Friday {7/6/12}

skinny & refreshing summer cocktail (the cuke)

coastal/rustic charm at it’s best (revived farmhouse living room)

under-rated design element (vintage tin tiles)

imagine tiling an accent wall in these bad boys?!

Using tin tiles in shabby chic decor

crave-worthy side dish (sweet potato corn cakes)

Sweet Potato Corn Cakes

 incredible skin care discovery (Kiehl’s facial fuel)

**YES, this lotion is marketed for men, but I use it religiously!  This stuff is amazing, and I have super sensitive skin, so this is BIG.  This lotion contains SPF 15 and it’s light and refreshing to apply–perfect for the summer!  No, I was not paid to say this ;)**

go-to-shoe (Sperry Topsider for J.Crew in Cerise)

Sperry Top-Sider® Authentic Original 2-eye boat shoes in twill

not your elementary school backpack (Urban Outfitters Kimchi blue backpack)

“If you can dream it, you can do it”-Walt Disney

xo