Wednesday, February 4, 2015

My Dressing Room

I just wanted to share with you a quick tour of my dressing room.  Everything in this room was done with bargains, creativity, and lots of love.  These two bedrooms (the dressing room and the master)  were previously separated.  However, when we moved the kitchen, we had to close in the second door to the master to make extra space for the fridge and a pantry.  So this walk through bedroom made the perfect space for a dressing room.  The east and west walls are pained in a pretty coral color.  The two opposite walls are the same color, but several shades lighter to elongate the room.  I also used  as much vertical space as possible, not only for storage purposes, but to give the appearance of height in the room as well.  This rug is from TJ Maxx and pulls in the color of the trim, as well as my chair, vanity, and dresser.

I used gold as an accent color, which I think really dresses up the room.  This old coat rack used to be neon green, and the mirror was about 4 different colors.
This drawer unit was from Menards, and then I added a couple of cheaper cabinets and shelves from Target.  These are ALLLLL my dresses.  I can't help it, I'm a girly girl. Sometimes.

I also have tons of jewelry and this mirror doubles as a jewelry cabinet.  It reflects light which again, makes the room appear larger, as well as being multifunctional.

I love to add personal touches to a room to make it scream "Lindsay."  This is a print my husband did for me from one of our favorite songs.   Plus, my beautiful angels, my butterfly shelf which holds necklaces, and some pretty prints from the Dollar tree. I used a light, lacy valence that was my grandma's  to keep the girly/vintage vibe.

I've had this vanity since I was in high school.  My grandpa made it for me out of base kitchen cabinets.  Its stocked full of makeup and hair products and accessories.

I used one of my grandma's crocheted table scarfs for the top of the vanity and lots of pretty little boxes for jewelry, pins, and hair accessories.  The lamps were a 50% off clearance price from Hobby Lobby that reminded me of the roaring twenties!

I've got lots of little trinkets and photographs, and art that people have made for me, so they are displayed in little vignettes around the room, mixed in with pearls and glass boxes. Because pearls and pretty things are considered art in my world, and I like to see them all.

I love to group pretty perfume bottles together on a mirror, and this photo of my grandma and her sisters  in their sunglasses and bathing suits reminds me of my sister and my friends and I now.

I used a tiered pencil holder from the dollar bin at Target for easy access to my makeup brushes, and use little glass dishes to catch everyday things.

These shoe cabinets were installed by my grandpa who took kitchen wall cabinets, removed the doors and painted the insides.  I have been wearing many more of my shoes now that I can actually see them all!

These amazing pieces were done by my super talented sister, and they add so much sass to the room. I love it!

I used another bar and shelf to hold all of my skirts and cardigans or jackets.  All of my tops are in my closet in the other bedroom.  Being able to see the cardigans in color order and the skirts and shorts according to length makes getting ready so quick in the morning!

More art from my hubby, painting by my sister, and the indian with the little boy is my father-in-law as a child.  I just love this pic.  I tied all the art work together by using metallic frames with coordinating colors. The frames were $1 a piece from the Dollar Tree and gives the room a high class look, without the high price tag.

I used the side cabinet to store all of my tall boots, and used $1 pool noodles inside to keep them upright.

Adding feet to the bottom of a cabinet like this costs next to nothing (nothing in this case) and gives the feel of a fancy piece of furniture, rather than a basic wall cabinet.

This light fixture was  found in what I call my aunt's basement "store." She was done with it and I knew I had the perfect place to put it!

In order to match my vanity and dresser, which used to be in separate rooms, I stained them both using this pretty blue/grey wood color.  I painted the handles using the same gold spray paint to tie it in to the rooms accent pieces.

Here are some more details that I just love, and really make this room look pretty, but cozy.  I feel like if there is something you really love, you can always make it work in a room.  Just pair it with like colors, or as a collection.  I think that is why our house feels so super cozy.  We pick things that we are drawn to, not just because it matches something.

This is my favorite sweater that shrunk.  I couldn't get rid of it, so I decided to frame it.  That's where my wall color inspiration came from.

Turntables are one of my favorite ways to store small groups of things.  This is my massive collection of nail polishes in my closet.  They are in color order to make finding a polish quick and easy.  I hope you enjoyed this tour!  Get creative using things you have on hand to pull together a room that is functional without spending a lot of money, and one that is comfortably YOU!

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

DIY Spoon Rest


You all know how how much I love a quick project. Instant gratification!! Here is another one I whipped up one day after making a mess in the kitchen.  I never have had a spoon rest, which is surprising really, because I have every other gadget for the kitchen known to man.  I mean, seriously...some of the items look like they belong in a torture chamber, but hey! Whatever works, right? I had some sculpey clay that I had bought, knowing I'd make something with it, a little dish, or tags, or dinosaur fossils, you know, the basic things a 32 year old woman would make ;)  Well, after I splattered spaghetti sauce everywhere, I thought, "I'm gonna make a spoon rest out of that clay."  And that I did. Of course, it had to have a kitschy little saying on it. If you're a hot beverage lover, like me, it works great for keeping your stirring spoon, too, so you don't have to dirty spoons all day long.   This particular one would make a cute little Valentine's Day gift, or you could get creative and paint it or stamp it to your little heart's desire!  Here's how I made mine:

1. Get you some Sculpey clay! Here's a link if you aren't near a craft store: Polyform Sculpey III Polymer Clay 8 Oz: White

2. Roll it out flat with a rolling pin. Mine's about 1/4" thick. Use a spoon as a guide, and start shaping it!  Pretend like you're playing with play dough again...but try not to eat it this time, k?

3. I wanted some texture so I cut a piece of lace and pushed it into the sides.

4. Then to make my cutesy saying, I used this pack of rubber stamps I got in the dollar bin at Target.

5. Once you've got it smoothed and situated the way you want it, follow the instructions on the back of the package and bake it accordingly. It will firm up and then you'll be ready to paint. 

6.  I used Martha Stewart's Multi-Surface Paint which is my fave. You can use a q-tip to wipe around the crevasses. For the sides I used yellow first, and then used a brush to lightly dab white into the lace indentures. Then I dabbed over it with a paper towel to remove any excess so the yellow would show through.

7.  Let it dry, then follow up with a clear sealer like this one which adds protection and makes it easy to clean:

Now admire your handy work every time you are in the kitchen!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Date Night Outfits for the Vintage Sweetheart

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One of my favorite things to do is get dressed up for my honey on date night! Sound a little retro?  That's just fine and dandy, because I find vintage inspired style to be the bee's knees...ya see? I love to linger in my dressing room (which I'll be sharing with you soon), leisurely picking out an outfit that makes me feel good, styling my hair, applying makeup, and picking out the perfect jewlry and accessories to complete the ensemble. Your style and appearance reflects your individual creativity  and is a great way to express the inner being that is YOU.  Wearing what you LOVE is a perfect way to share that inner radiance with everyone you see, and it will automatically make you feel confident. Nothing is more attractive than that! So with Valentine's Day just around the corner, I wanted to share with you a couple of fun date night outfits. Here are a couple of snippets of my hubby and I so you can get a feel for our style (and how much fun we have together!)  If you love vintage inspired pieces, like I do, you will find these crazy threads from one of my favorite places to shop (Modcloth) will catch the eyes of all the cool cats....

If you  are going to the movies (or drive-in):

Attending a fun party:

Dinner and drinks:

Dancing the night away (my favorite kind of date):
Don't forget people: LIPSTICK CAN BE YOUR BEST ACCESSORY! You'll be a real baby doll, the cat's pajamas, the belle of the ball, ready for whatever adventure you take on! I'll leave you with one of my favorite old-timey sayings,  twisted by one of my favorite characters of TV (Micheal Scott on The Office): 
"Toby has been cruisin' for a bruisin' for 12 years, and I am now his cruise director, and my name is Captain Bruisin'."

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