Giving new life to something old

I’ve been so inspired this year by all of the furniture makeovers on Pinterest.   So when we were asked to make a masculine office space more feminine, we knew it was the perfect opportunity to personalize a vintage piece of furniture.  We started with a fabulous industrial style desk, made for this doctor by her husband and were given really only one directive: “I like pink, purple and blue”.  We went antique shopping and found this lovely:

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Pink, yes.  With a little love, new hot pink linen, and staining the wood ebony it became this:

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Here are some of my favorite furniture makeovers from PInterest:

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idaho falls interior design

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Adding character to new construction

This is our master bedroom in our home.  When we were building, I struggled to find a way to give this room an architectural feature, something special (that didn’t cost a fortune).  I love the three big windows that let in tons of light, but the wall opposite the bed needed “something”.  (Apologies for the crappy pictures)

One day I was in a local antique store and found this old rusted out cast iron fireplace.  It had such beautiful details.

I had my contractor build out the fireplace wall to accomodate the insert.  I painted it gray and used a Romo wallpaper that I had been dying to use (it was too expensive to use in a large area) and used left over marble from the bathroom for the hearth.

This picture doesn’t do it justice, but the “faux” fireplace and wall paper give the room a focal point and something beautiful to look at from the bed (besides my husband’s “gorgeous” tv, of course).  I also used a vintage brass chandelier over the bed and changed out the hardware on the dresser to antique brass.

And someday I’m going to get around to putting pictures of my four crazy kids in those empty gold frames.  Priorities…

Gallery wall

So I’ve been pinning pictures of gallery walls forever, because I have a huge wall in my living room with no windows that would be perfect for a gallery wall.  It’s a little overwhelming, though, to think about where to begin.  I found some advice on a blog that suggested tracing every picture and item onto paper and hanging them first to figure out where everything goes before I put a million holes in the wall.  So here is what it looks like now…

I am still waiting for a few pictures I ordered to come in the mail before I take the “after” picture.  But it looks AWESOME!!!!  I’ll post the picture soon…

My Obsession with A White House

I love white houses. I always have.  We just returned from a trip to the Boston area in December and went up to Kennebunkport, Maine for a night.  Beautiful historic white houses everywhere…At least half of the houses in this charming little town were white.

With a white church thrown in…

About 6 years ago I pulled a picture of a beautiful white house from a magazine.  We had just built a house, so I didn’t think I would ever get to use it, but when we decided to sell, I knew immediately that this was the house I wanted to build.  When friends have asked me what style my house is, I’m not really sure what to say.  To me, it’s a modern version of French Country.  I love that we were able to set the garage back, so that it feels a little more separate from the house.  It is connected to the house with a mudroom.  I agonized over the windows, white or black, and am so glad I chose black.  They add dimension to the facade and highlight the architecture.  I also went  back and forth on the front door.  I really wanted to do a mustard yellow (and still fantasize about it) but chickened out in the end…  I think the black is pretty classic though.

It is the only white house in my neighborhood.  When we were building and the exterior cladding was going up, my new neighbor said to me, “It’s really white.”  Yes, yes it is…