Archive for May, 2011

Just a Taste

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Here is just a taste of some of the projects we did over the weekend.

That’s right!  Another painted chair!  It’s a wingback again and I am painting the legs and the upholstery the same color.   However,  this time, it’s textured,  and not velvet.  And, I skipped the latex phase to see what would happen!  Stay tuned.

I got really friendly with paint this weekend!  How hard is it to find lemon yellow spray paint?!  It’s all safety yellow, like a yield sign or school bus.  Yet, they have nice little names like Sunshine.

It took me forever to find one store with a more lemony shade, but in the end, Ace Hardware saved my booty.   Is there a good local source for spray paint that I just don’t know about?

I also enjoyed making some of my own printable art and some for others!  This is in my bathroom and is an Austin Powers reference.

And, here is where you gasp… I went to Savers for the first time today!!  I’ve been missing out.  It’s awesome – just like Goodwill but better.  I had no idea!  I had seen it a million times but never stopped in.  And, everything was 50% off today.  Wish I had more time!

I am changing the “craft room” to “my studio.”  I worked on it  as well and expect to have a reveal within a couple of weeks!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

kristysig

Update 6/6/11:  Reveal of second painted chair.

Photoshop Tutorial – Stretching A Canvas

A while back a I asked if anyone would be interested in a Photoshop tutorial - for me to share as I learn.  I thought it may be fun for my readers as we are all constantly taking and posting photos.

Here is my first shot at a Photoshop tutorial on video!

It’s my first time to do a video tutorial.  I had to try out 4-5 programs and learn to use them before finding one that would work, so it was a bit of a journey.  (It’s so weird to hear my recorded voice.  I’ve never liked hearing it.)

Below is the before photo from the video.  It’s an image from the rockies in Utah. We used to live not far from where this photo was taken. It’s a snow mobiling field.

This tutorial shows an easy way to take the car out of the lower left corner.  Here is the after photo.

Why would you want to learn this technique?
- To avoid having to use the clone tool.
- To avoid cropping so that the image can stay the same size.

Why a video?   Well, simply put, it’s much easier to learn Photoshop by watching.  To watch the video tutorial, simply hit play below (it’s posted on YouTube…that’s why the reference to this site).

Let me know how you like it and if you want more! Go easy on me – it was my first attempt at a video tutorial like this!

And, don’t forget to sign up for the giveaway!

Office Reveal (Glimpse) and Where You Can Find More!

I have not ever posted photos of our office on here other than a tiny little sneak peek on this giveaway post.   Well, I’ve decided that I’m ready to share our office with my readers.

This is the first room that I’ve revealed without talking about progress along the way or the plan. That is because it was “completed” just before I started blogging three months ago.

Here it is!   I’m giving you a taste here, but for more info, you’ll have to check out my guest post on Primitive and Proper.  You will find a complete tour there.

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How was it before?  Don’t we all love a good before and after.

Well, it was really just an empty white room.  Here is the very start of the room, after we painted the walls and hung curtains.

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To find out a lot more about what we did and see many more photos of the room, check out my guest post today on Primitive and Proper!  (You can also see a photo of my hubby there.)

I am so excited that Cassie asked me to share there with you all and her readers!

kristysig

Guest Post – DIY Sunburst Mirror

Don’t forget to enter the current giveaway.
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As soon as I saw this diy sunburst mirror on Our Humble A Bowed, I thought it was a brilliant alternative to expensive sunburst mirrors!   I immediately asked Amanda if she’d guest post about it on my blog.  She said sure!  So, take it away Amanda!
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Here is the finished sunburst mirror.

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Sunburst mirrors are a great home accessory.   There are many expensive versions available, but you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get the look. In fact, I made a 27 inch diameter mirror for only 3 dollars.   You’ll need around 50 paint stirrer sticks, a beveled edge mirror, paint and a picture hook.
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Paint all of your sticks, sides included and let dry. Then, using a permanent marker, draw dividers on the back of your mirror. Use a hot glue gun to glue the sticks in place, keeping the spacing as even as possible.
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Use this same process for the second layer, placing between the first layer.
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Secure a picture hook to the back using a strong glue or epoxy and let it dry for at least 24 hours. Then, hang that beauty up and try not to stare at it all day.
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If I had to change anything, I would have used a chop saw to cut all of my sticks quickly and evenly. But, because I have little kids, I made due with a wire cutter to cut the ends. Also, spray paint would make the painting process much quicker, but I like the depth and variation of the hand painted sticks.
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To get all the details on how I created my mirror, stop by Our Humble A{Bowe}d.

Thank you so much for chatting with us about your diy sunburst mirror. My favorite part is the cost!  Readers, if you try it, be sure to let Amanda know.

Giveaway from Kid Royal Studios

Guess what!  I’m working on those Photoshop tutorial videos that I asked you about a while back.  I should post my first one on Monday!  (If you want to preview it and give feedback, let me know.)

Remember Shelley’s story board that I made for her?  Do you recall the yellow art?  It’s amazing.  If you don’t recall, here it is below.

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I am giving my readers a chance to win a piece of art from the shop that made that art – Kid Royal Studios!

Kid Royal Studios is an Etsy shop. Jay, the owner, used to work in Silicon Valley, but made the huge leap over to art recently. His pieces are generally a bit vintage in feel and have an old sign vibe to them.  And, it’s all reasonably priced!

Jay is giving away this piece of art from his shop (below)!

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The piece is 24x14x3/4 and is hand painted on wood. The winner would receive it within 10 days of notification.

Wednesday, I posted about how “Keep Calm and Carry On” art is being used in home decor.

TO ENTER:
1. You don’t even have to follow!  This is just out of pure love!

2. Just visit Kid Royal Studios and come back and leave a comment on this post letting me know which item was your favorite.

3. Extra entry if you also tweet about it or share it on Facebook. Just add a second comment telling where you shared it.

This giveaway ends Friday, June 3rd at 7pm PST. The winner will be drawn at random and announced on Saturday, June 4th.

Check out some of his art below. But, be sure to go to the shop because there is a lot more!

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If you’d like to order art from his website, he is giving 20% off for the next two weeks to my readers!   Be sure to take advantage of this offer if you want a piece other than the giveaway piece, and if you don’t win the “Keep Calm and Carry On” piece, be sure to buy it!   For the discount, just enter the coupon code “hypeninteriors” when you checkout.

Do not miss out entering to win this awesome giveaway. Good luck readers!

Before the Paparazzi – Denise from Pink Postcard

First, I want to give a heads up about the giveaway that is coming tomorrow – see the bottom of yesterday’s post!
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This week’s guest for the series, “Before the Paparazzi,” is Denise from the blog Pink Postcard.  I met Denise not long after starting my blog.  She was so kind and patient with all of my questions.  I’ll never forget how much she helped me feel like I had a handle on how blogs worked.   I’m excited to have her here today sharing with all of you.  Take it away Denise.
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Hi there! I want to say thank you so much, Kristy, for the privilege to guest post here today! I met Kristy earlier this year, and she is one of the nicest people I have encountered here in blogland. She is super talented, and is already an old pro at blogging! :)
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My name is Denise, and my blog is called PinkPostcard. I started blogging last July after many months of trying to figure out a way to connect with other creative souls who had the same interest in the things I loved. My sister in laws encouraged me to start a website, which seemed daunting. But then I discovered blogging as an easy way to start, and I was hooked fast! I didn’t even know this world of other decor mamas existed!
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My blog chronicles my home projects, furniture refinishing and vintage finds, and a few recipes and gardening tips thrown in.
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Tips and Tricks:
Your most valuable blog real estate is to the left and top of your blog. People read from left to right, top to bottom, so put whatever it is you want people to see first in those spots!

Don’t be afraid to ask people how they did something when it comes to blogging. A nd never say “it’s too hard, I’m too technically challenged….” I’ve found that the majority of bloggers are more than willing to direct you to a site to help with technical stuff, or tell you how they did it. It saves you a lot of time and grief instead of suffering in silence. ;)

Take good photos. Look at magazines, blogs you admire, and see how they are photographing their items. You will gain alot more interest this way. I don’t have a fancy, expensive camera, but I’ve learned to take lots of photos for one post and to use the best natural light at the best time of day.
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Taking photos of things from different angles is great too. Show your reader as if they were standing in your room looking at it from different angles. Want proof that you don’t need a high end camera to take great photos? Check out my friend Courtney from French Country Cottage.   All of her photos are taken on her iPhone!


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What advice would you give to newbies?
Try not to get discouraged. There are some bloggers who take off like the space shuttle Discovery, and others of us who really have to work at being noticed. I wrote a post on my own feelings about this earlier this year. Remember, there are MILLIONS of blogs out there! I’m grateful for each and every person who has discovered me in the vast blogosphere! It’s a miracle! Some of my blog friends who have grown steadily and gained a large following have really worked hard at it, and put a lot of time into it. They also post frequently (3-5 days a week) and put their best work on display. Sometimes it can be hard to balance regular life, projects, and networking, but don’t give up. Just do your best, and be you! Most weeks I only get 3 posts in, but I am aiming to do more in the future.
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What do you think readers most like to read about?
Hands down, before and after posts!   Everyone loves to see a makeover.   It can be the simplest of transformations, but everyone loves it.   The best bit of advice I got in the last few months was to do the before and after together.   Sounds silly, but I had a few posts in the beginning where I was so excited about an item or a new project, that I would post the before as the post for the day. *yawn* Not much interest there.   But when I posted the beginning and the end together, much more love came my way!   Nobody is too interested in seeing a crummy, messy room, or a dilapidated piece of furniture.   And then wait for X amount of time for you to finish it!
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I see lots of new bloggers who do this, and I think they’re shooting themselves in the foot (as I was!) Also, put the ‘after’ picture as your first photo in your post. It’s what shows up first in your dashboard reader- where everyone is signing in to see what they want to check out at a glance- your shiny new project draws them in.   Not the ‘not so great’ before shot!
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Thanks again, Kristy, for including me in your series! I’m so excited!

Thank you, Denise.  Be sure to visit her blog.  If you enjoyed this post and want to learn more from other bloggers, be sure to read other posts in the series or to go to Type A Decorating, as she is hosting the same series on her blog, but with different guests.
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Keep Calm and Carry On Artwork – Trend Alert

Perhaps you’ve seen the posters that read “Keep Calm and Carry On.”  It was originally created by the British government in 1939 with the intent to raise morale should the war get bad.  It was barely used, and then rediscovered in 2000.  Since, it has been used as decorative art.  The designer is unknown.  And the copyright has long since expired, as it only lasts 50 years for such items.  So, the poster is public domain.  Because of that, this original poster (below) has been reproduced in many forms.

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I thought this particular poster design was very appropriate right now, not only because of the royal wedding, but because of all of the turmoil the world has been facing.  From tornados in the US to the earthquake in Japan to the strife in Israel.   It’s a great message.

There are many takes on this poster.

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And, the general idea can be found in all sorts of places.

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How is it used in homes?

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There are free printables out there and they are quite easy to change up.  One site that offers the original as a free printable is  Simply Fresh Designs.

Even cooler are the painted versions.  Guess what?  I will be hosting a giveaway where an artist will be giving a hand painted version away on Friday!!  Yep.  This Friday.  So be sure to come back to enter for a chance to win a hand painted “Keep Calm and Carry On” piece of art.

Have you used this design in your home?

kristysig

Guest Post by Shelli at Alamode

I’ve enjoyed Shelli’s recent home tour on her blog and thought I’d find out what her favorite room is and hear a little about how it came about.  She’s done a great job sharing that with us below!

Hi yall!  My name is Shelli from a’ la mode and I am beyond happy to be sharing my living room evolution with you guys today!  Kristy has been such a sweet and fun blogger to get to know, and not only do we share the love of interior decor but a mutual friend in real life!
My living room is one of the first rooms you see when you walk into my home, so I wanted it to feel calm and inviting.  If you click on my home tour, you will see that my LOVE for all things flax linen and layering of neutrals runs rampant throughout my home.
ps- see those larger pillows on my sofa?  they were made from napkins…a great way to incorporate pricier fabrics at a budget friendly price!

The newest piece to my living room decor is this mirrored side cabinet from HomeGoods.  We have a flat screen television above the fireplace and this little gem conveniently hides our DVD player and other ugly audio equipment.  I like the way the mirrors add a little glam to my rustic space.

Although I ADORE and CRAVE symmetry in my spaces, I try to avoid ‘matchy matchy’ if at all possible.  I added a copper topped round side table to the left of the striped sofa.  This is my FAVORITE pic of my sweet baby k and me.  She melts me.


Coffee table books and doo dads.  I must admit, with a 16 month ruling this house, the pretty books, flowers and glassware can’t typically be found here on a daily basis.  I’ll just have to enjoy it in this moment.  lol.
The club chairs are from this cool local place in Franklin, TN called P.D’s and I added the pewter side tables for a punch of sparkle and shiny.  These dwell studio pillows on the club chairs are one of my favorite finds from a clearance bin in an Atlanta boutique.

Here is the view of the space from the second story of our home.  This pic shows you very plainly the solution to my space planning issues in this space.  The problem?  I’ll give you a hint.  It rhymes with pug.  Ha!  Wanna see the befores?

Yikes, right?  Just goes to show you, we all gotta start somewhere!  This was right after we moved in last year.  My head was spinning and I juuuuuust couldn’t quite figure out how to move the furniture around to fit this space the best.  Um, or what my color palette was going to be…..lol.  I finally got rid of the grey completely, kept the flax and ivory and added in the blue.  Even after that, it still looked like this…..ready?


Well, I was still working on the furniture arrangement (moved these two flax linen club chairs in) and it STILL looked weird.  I had the coffee table upstairs in the walk in storage but baby k was still too little for hard corners in the room so I left it up there until she got older.  I tried pink pillows for a punch.  NOPE.  And then it finally hit me.  My rug is too small.  UGH.  Why did it take me almost a YEAR so long to figure that one out???

Even AFTER I bought the new rug, there were STILL adjustments.  I wanted some fun punchy pillows for a spring look to my space.  Yeah, this wasn’t it.

After a few more design FAILS  some tweaking, I finally found my spring look!  Oh, and turned my coffee table around!  Who knew???
My husband frequently asks, ‘when will you be done?’ Never…..right girls?
For more photos of my home and ALL sources, visit my home tour.   Thanks for having me, Kristy!  xoxo Shelli
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Thanks so much for sharing with us, Shelli! I loved seeing how you got to where you are with the room. Be sure to check out her blog.
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