Archive for February, 2012

Kelly Green

I’m really drawn to kelly green lately.  Maybe it’s because of the post I did about the hotel designed by Kelly Wearstler that appears on the tv show Chuck.

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What do you think of kelly green?  What do you think of these simple color schemes?

I love the white, green, gold and wood.

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I like the wood floors and the gold in this room, as well as the upholstered dining chairs.

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I thought this was a nice design board that I found online.

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Should I go for a color scheme like this in the new house that we are buying?

What colors are you drawn towards lately?

kristysig

Shabby Apple Giveaway!

Have you ever heard of Shabby Apple?   It’s a shop that sells women’s dresses and they have some great designs. The vintage inspired silhouettes with modern updates would fit perfectly into most wardrobe.

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Today they are giving away one dress to a lucky winner.  The winner will choose from the following designs.

Teacher’s Pet Skirt

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North Shore

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Bali Ha”I’

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Better than Sweets (maternity)

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*Shipping to US addresses only.

To Enter:
Simply like Shabby Apple on facebook, then come back here and tell me you did.

For additional entries (one extra entry for each of the following):
1. ‘Like’ me on Facebook and leave a comment here on the blog.
2. Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment and leave a comment here on my blog telling me you did.
3. Blog about this giveaway and leave a comment and leave a comment here on my blog telling me you did.
4. Visit Shabby Apple and tell me what your favorite dress is.
5. Mention this giveaway on your Facebook status and leave a comment and leave a comment here on my blog telling me you did.

The deadline to enter is 5pm on March 4th. The winner will be chosen via random.org and announced on March 5th.

kristysig

First Purchase for New House

We are now under contract on a home in Austin!  Yay.  This is my first purchase (off of Craigslist) for the home.  I plan to paint it, though I’m not certain what color yet.

Gold?  Kelly green?  White?  What do you think?

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What do you think of her?

Hoping all goes smoothly in the closing of the house.  Though I had lots of help from lots of sources, a very special thanks goes to the following people.  If you are house hunting in the Austin area, some of these people may be good resources.

Corey Hendrix - Great agent located in Cedar Park, responds quickly to emails and calls which is important to me.  He’s getting started in the business so give him a try, especially if you live in north Austin.

Robert and Tricia Nelson -  Broker and reader.  She was of major help and her husband who is broker happily sent over very helpful information along the way even though he was not our agent.  They provided me with important information on prices in the neighborhood that I bought in.

Monica Van Valkenburgh – Loan officer.  Great to work with, low rates, no origination fee.

Kristin Oslchefskie – Reader.  Awesome referrals on agent and lenders.  Very helpful with neighborhoods and builders.

Kim Glasgow – Reader.  Gave great info on builders and referrals on agents and lenders.

I know I left off a number of people, as I had a ton of help from many agents, loan officers, friends and readers.  But, these stood out a ton.  I appreciate all your help!!

kristysig

Industrial Lighting

Though I live in the suburbs, I sometimes dream of a downtown loft.  In fact, my ideal would be a converted factory or school house.  I love the idea of the exposed brick walls, worn paint and large windows.  If you share this dream, why not add this style into your current home.

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Don’t go over the top or theme-y, but just a hint of industrial can add some urban attitude to a space.  A little industrial can go a long way.

You can check out stores like West Elm or you can even take a look at your local salvage yard or on Craigslist for industrial elements.

Industrial, as a style, can be tricky to implement.  Let’s look at some examples of how they can be used.

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Here the industrial lights give an otherwise country kitchen an urban feel.

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These bare fixtures add warmth and interest to an otherwise traditional space.

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These frame fixtures add whimsy to a serious space.

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In a bathroom?

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Here are some various lights that I’d consider at least somewhat industrial in style.

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It’s all the rage right now.   Do you like it?  Have you included it in your home?

A little off topic, but, I wanted to acknowledge what amazing readers I have.  Through the move, they have not only been in touch on a personal level, but have offered up contractor referrals should I need them, doctor referrals, real estate agent referrals, have given house negotiation advice and I’ve already gone out to lunch with a few in Austin.  Thank you all!  It really means a lot.

I may have more news on the home front this next week!

kristysig

Making Your Decorating Dollar Stretch – Craigslist

One of the big ways I make my decorating dollar stretch is by buying what I can on Craigslist.  This simply is not possible for everything, but it’s wise to check CL just in case!

I hope to redecorate every room of our house when we buy a new home, but like most of us, my budget is not huge.  So, that will include repurposing items I own, buying on Craigslist, sewing and then also buying new.

Today, I want to share some items I pinned from Austin’s Craigslist that would help stretch the dollar in every room of your home.

Kitchen/ Dining

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Custom made rustic table $875, 2 IKEA bar stools for $40, 3 bar stools for $100.

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West Elm’s Diamond Rug 8×10 $250, 6 Parsons chairs for $500, Pedestal table and chairs $75

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Two West Elm bar stools $120, Custom dining table $749, Eames bar stools

Please forgive the quality of photos – you get what you get on Craigslist.

Family Room

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Large rustic coffee table $400, ZGallerie coffee table $250, Dresser $500 for set

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8×10 West Elm jute rug $200, Apothecary, 8×8 West Elm rug $200

Lighting

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Industrial farm light $10 each, Capiz chandelier $125, Orb chandelier $250

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Drum chandelier $350, Iron chandelier $50, Beaded chandelier $500

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Chandelier $100, 8 West Elm pendant lights $50

Bedroom

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AGallerie night stand $275, French dresser, Bed $430

To Be Painted

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Locker set $225, Table and four chairs $275, Pair of Wingbacks $80

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Table and six chairs $300, 6 unique bamboo chairs $1100, Dresser

Trust me, it’s all way cheaper than retail!   How often do you try Craigslist?  Would you use any of these finds in your home?  What is your favorite CL find?

What are your tricks to making your decorating dollar stretch further?

kristysig

Pink and Dining Rooms

I was invited to participate in a mood board challenge on another blog.  The mood board could be for any room, but had to involve pink – for breast cancer awareness week coming up.

Here is what I came up with.

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You may notice it’s a slightly different format than my usual storyboards.  that is because for the first time, I used Olioboard.  It really did automate the process.  I hadn’t used it before because I sort of had to grieve its invention, as it was an idea I was working on with my husband – the exact same thing.  And, then suddenly, it appeared on the scene before we had a chance to create it.

Nonetheless, they did a great job with it!  It’s pretty user friendly and works well.  If you haven’t tried it out, you should.

Here is another version of a dining room with pink in it.  This time, with pink curtains, a just rug, and green chairs.

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What about with more luxurious chairs and a fancier chandelier, and maybe a different console table?

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What look do you prefer?

Stay tuned because the pink mood boards will appear on Finishing Touch Interiors blog on March 5th.

Do you use Olioboard?   What do you think of it?   If you are on it, feel free to link to me on it.

kristysig

A Reader’s Painted Chair

Here is another example of a painted chair that was painted based on my tutorial.  One of my readers sent photos and a link to her blog post about it.

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She had two.  The pink is the before.  The green is the after!  Amazing, huh?

Here are both before.

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What I enjoyed most about her post is the photos of the process.  She showed here how it almost looks like you ruined it after one coat.  It’s the scary part.

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I bet she’s glad she kept going because they turned out great!

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Let me know if you’ve painted a chair and be sure to check her blog post out!

Keep in mind, it’s always best to reupholster, especially if it’s seating that you like to cuddle in.  But, this is a great cost effective alternative if reupholstering is not in the cards or if it’s a low usage piece of furniture.

kristysig

Ideas For Our Next Home

As I contemplate homes to buy here in Austin, which we are enjoying so far, I like to toss around how I’d design things differently in my home this time around and what I may use.

Let’s talk chairs today.  There are so many types and I love so many.  It can be really tough to decide what to get for your room design.

This is the Series 7 Chair.  I’m sure you’ve seen them around.

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First designed in 1955 by Arne-Jacobsen, the Series 7 chair has become iconic.  It is sleek and simple, usually made from laminate wood and metal.  It can be paired with ornate tables or rustic farmhouse tables.  It comes in many colors which can add a punch to any room.

Let’s see how it looks in various scenarios.

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I love the contrast of the varying styles in the room above.  I would consider something like that.

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I’ve seen the price vary from $79 each at Amazon.com to $1000 each.  Target has a one for $79 in several colors or a set of 4 chairs for $360.

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Or, you could go with IKEA’s similar chair for $40 or the second one below for $25.

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What prices have you seen out there?

I’m considering these for my breakfast room when we buy a home.  However, I’m also considering other things.  We’ll see!  Gotta find a home first.  We’re seriously talking to a couple of spec home builders, but we’re not clear on how far it will go yet, but we’re hoping something works out!

Do you own any?  Do you think they are comfortable?  Where did you get yours?   If you don’t own one, would you ever be interested?  What do you think?

kristysig