New additions to the living room.

There just aren’t enough hours in the day.  Life around here has been adjusting to elementary school homework again, an exciting new job for the Mr., a not-so-exciting week long business trip for the Mr., me single-parenting it for the week, trying to catch up on that herringbone wall, dealing with the irrationalizations of a 3 year old, taking out my stress on the treadmill…and trying to enjoy the journey along the way.  I keep reminding myself that growth doesn’t come without transition and stretching.

In the meantime, I finding little pieces of Heaven rearranging furniture and finding snippets of time to work on home projects.


Progress has been happening with the fireplace shelves.


They just need a coat of primer, paint and books.


AND, a couple new accent table additions made they way to our house via The Company Store. Not sure where their permanent place will be yet but they are versatile enough that they could work anywhere.

The Company StoreI have a handful of go-to stores that I look at when I’m searching for just the right piece.  I’ve always thought of The Company Store as a place for bedding (which they have an awesome selection) but little did I know that they also have a fabulous line of home decor items as well.  I’m definitely going to have to add them to my shopping list resources.

Keep tabs on them by following them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Stay tuned!

*The Company Store gifted me this side table.*

Ch-Ch-Ch Changes!

Happy Friday Folks!
For being a short week this past week sure went by slow.
If you follow me on Instagram you’ve noticed that we’ve been up to quite a few projects around here.
Let me get you up to speed…

First up the master bedroom.  It’s almost done.


If you remember I fell in love with a wallpaper very similar to this but at $600. to do just one wall I knew that option was out.  So instead I had a custom stencil made.  You guys know I know how to stencil…I’ve used several of them in my projects. I tried rolling it, stippling it with a brush and even using a sharpie to fill in each one of the almost 100 dots on each triangle but the design was so intricate that the dots kept bleeding together.  I just couldn’t get a consistent look.  After 6 tries I threw in the towel.


I don’t accept defeat well.
On the flip side, I’ve learned if you keep forcing something that wasn’t meant to be it just backfires.
So I painted over the whole darn thing and went back to the drawing board.

Using a Sharpie marker to draw on your walls is becoming hugely popular all over the internet so I decided to give that a try.
Inspired by the tile design we did in our basement bath I decided to see if I could give that a try.



Time consuming yes.


This is where I die.
When I re-painted the wall prior to marking it up with a Sharpie I got the white paint wrong.
The shade was slightly more yellow than the other three walls.
Not noticeable in these pictures.
But noticeable enough for the Mr. to point it out.
If the Mr. can recognize a white paint shade variance then that’s noticeable enough to bug the critters outta me.
The creamy, yellow-y wall amongst three clean, white walls just wasn’t gonna cut it.


So I got the right paint and painted over the whole darn wall…design and all.
I’m a little insane.
I prefer to call it “particular, perfectionist or detailed.”
This morning I’m starting all over again and should have a final reveal soon.

In other news the leather sofa arrived!

DP0606201317072364M.tifWe ended up going with the Darrin from JC Penny.  I love, love, love it.  But there’s a problem.  Cue eye roll. The style doesn’t fit right with our living room.  As I looked at it I realized I was going to have to change everything else in the room (curtains, ottoman, chaise, side tables) to create a cohesive look.  I’m not up for that challenge right now.


I knew however, it would look perfect in the new basement living room.  So we schlepped  the thing down the stairs and tried every which way to make it fit through our small, 1970′s door opening.  $%#@! The dang thing wouldn’t fit!

So we’re sending it back…unless someone would like to buy it.  We actually got a “special” deal on and paid less than it was listed for.  But sending it back means we’ll have to pay a re-stocking fee, argh.  It’s currently listed for $2037. plus tax.  It’s yours for $1500.
*Update: Sofa sold.*

Last but not least…this wall is getting 5 new shelves.


Change is good.  Change is stressful. Change is usually worth it in the end. (Most of the time).

Stay tuned!

Brass plated stool.

A long while ago I found this stool at my fave consignment store.
At the time I didn’t have any particular use for it but stools can be used for other things besides sitting…side tables, plant stands…

It was in rough shape but I left it outside for several months and it rusted even worse than when I first brought it home.

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Not wanting to get rid of it but feeling like I kind of ruined it my dad suggested I have it brass plated.  He has had several plumbing pipes chrome plated to make closet rods because he hates the cheap plastic ones.

If you’re not familiar with the plating process…they basically take a metal piece, remove all the corrosion they can through an intensive, multi-step process, then they apply the finish through several other steps.  It’s quite complicated. I called around to several plating companies here in Salt Lake and got all kinds of quotes ranging from $70. – $200.  Still kind of expensive for an old rusty stool but I had plans for it in my bedroom makeover so I decided to give it a go and went with the cheapest bid.

Here’s how it turned out:

PicMonkey CollageQuite a difference.  I had considered spray painting it but you just can’t get that bright, mirror finish with spray paint.  There’s also no way I could have achieved that smooth and glossy touch.



If you’re interested in having one of your own furniture pieces plated I would Google, “Metal plating” and then your city.  Keep in mind, many metal plating companies don’t typically work with the general public.  Most work with larger companies who send them bulk items so finding someone may be tricky.

Stay tuned to see where it ended up in my house.