Thursday, January 22, 2015

Throwback Thursday {DIY Valentine Doormat}

HI! Today's Throwback Thursday DIY is my simple "Arrow End Doormat" that I made for the DECK THE DOOR display at the Deseret News Home Show last October.
The DECK THE DOOR CHALLENGE was all about bringing personality to your front door while staying on budget (under $50). Each designer was assigned a month, I was given February.
I loved this project. 
In fact, the doormat is in use in my house as we speak.

I really wanted to make a door mat. So I did, for under $15.

Coir Mat
Stiff Paint Brushes in various sizes

Black Exterior Paint
Sharpie Marker

Spray Adhesive

I headed to IKEA and found a plain $9.99 coir mat and went to work!
Initially I thought I'd make a Heart Shaped Valentine's Mat but I really wanted to make something that would work for several months and not just be specifically for Valentines Day. Not to mention, I'm not necessarily something with a geometric design is more my style. I thought of this easy ARROW END design that could be used all year round. Actually, I think I'll be using mine from Thanksgiving through February! (Several elements in my design for the Show are adaptable to other times of the year...I use feathers, arrows and stripes throughout my display..I'll be sharing those DIYs over the weekend). 

Once I had my arrow design, I printed it out and used spray adhesive to easily glue the template to a white piece of cardboard. Then I cut out my arrow template. 

To use this template, right click, save this file and print.

Print arrow template, spray cardboard, press arrow template sheet onto cardboard, then cut out your arrow shape so you have a template to trace. 

I then traced the template onto the mat with a Sharpie marker. 
This can be as simple or as precise as you'd like. I kept mine on the simple side. If you wanted to you could measure and tape out a grid so that your arrows were perfectly aligned. I just sort of went at it with my template. I traced with the Sharpie, went over the Sharpie line with a thin, stiff brush and then filled in the center of the arrow with a thicker, stiff brush. (I tried using a sponge brush but it really didn't work well on the coir). The coir is imperfect and that is sort of the nature of working with this may not have PERFECT straight lines...but that is the look of this rough material. 

As I continued to trace, paint and fill in my arrows, I realized that some of my arrows were better than others...I kept the better ones open and didn't fill them in...the ones that were a bit wonky I filled in.  I loved this more contemporary design approach.

After about an hour of painting I loved the result and knew it was just the right, fresh door mat for my February Home Show Door.

A few tips, it did take about an hour. Put on some good music and DON'T try to kneel on the mat. It is quite stiff and a bit painful to actually kneel on that sucker while you're painting. Your knees will thank me!

Be sure to come back over the weekend for more DIYs from my Valentine Home Show Display!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wordless Wednesday Inspiration {Sherwin Williams "Tricorn Black"}

Sherwin Williams: Tricorn Black (greige: interior design ideas and inspiration for the transitional home)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Backyard Bungalows {Mid Century Modern Man Cave Exterior}

It was such a fantastic experience to work with Cynthia Bee of The Conservation Garden Park and Jordan Valley Home and Garden Club on this Man Cave. For the exterior of the shed we wanted to go for a bang with this drain pipe vertical garden idea. 
It has been all over Pinterest in various forms.
We selected a color to match our front porch table, that was a Thrift Store find and Cynthia went about designing the project by using inexpensive items that can be found at Home Depot.

On our shed, Cynthia cut the drain pipe 8 feet long, the width of the shed.
She then cut out sections for planting. We loved the deep teal paint that we used on the table on the front porch (you know it's one of my favorite colors), so the drain pipes and end caps all got a coat of paint. You can see that the rest of the installation was pretty simple. Hooks, S Hooks and Chain. 

And Succulents.
It was so much fun to see people's reactions to this installation. Everyone went nuts for the succulents, although, this would make a pretty fantastic kitchen garden with lettuce and herbs.

Our Man Cave door was pretty incredible. It was a fabricated metal sliding barn door.
But it wasn't complete with out a wreath, if you this vintage dart board was just the right touch. 

And you can see the scale below. It's a pretty small Shed, 8 feet by 7 feet total. But it was seriously the perfect size for a Man Cave, Office or what I would have loved to use it for...a Studio. 

Head over here to see the Man Cave's Interior Design.

It was such a pleasure to be involved in this project.
Thanks again to The Salt Lake Home Show, Wrights Shed Company, NW Artisan Hardware, The Jordan Valley Home and Garden Club, The Green Ant and Humble Dwellings

Downton Decor Club: Season 5, Episode 3 {Nice Kettle of Fish}

This week's Downton seemed to be focused on the women of Downton. And I think we learned more than ever before about what makes Cora tick... and I loved every minute of her story. I like Cora and her more bold London persona. Ok, that's about all I'm going to say about the storyline...
Here are my background observations and I'll be sharing something exciting at the end of this post, so be sure to read all the way through ;) ! 

Overall, I really loved the bold colors that were in this Episode's costumes and the touches here and there in the set design. Is this signalling a trend of  bold actions by the women who are in these more sophisticated yet fun, saturated hues? Individual and strong of character, I'm thinking. 

My favorite touch of the night was Cora's Emerald Gown that she wore to the National Gallery with Mr. Bricker. I felt like in a way, we were watching the Liberation of Cora. Cora as truly herself. Not as Lady Grantham, or MaMa. 

Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 3 Photos & Synopsis: Even Violet Has Secrets

How gorgeous was the Coral Bed Spread in Mary's hotel boudoir?

Scandalous: Downton Abbey's Lady Mary Crawley checkedf into a hotel in Liverpool to road-test potential husband, Lord Tony Gillingham.

Bella Notte Linens Velvet with Satin Coral 
(Left, Bella Notte Velvet and Satin Quilted Coverlet. Right, Pinecone Hill "Marina Quilt" in Coral)

PALMS & FERNS: Yup, not just the 'it' plants of stuffy Victorian sitting rooms...Ferns and Palms were still hanging around in the roaring '20s and they are still a fabulous addition to liven up any room TODAY. They are helpful with indoor air quality..hmm, maybe those Victorian's were on to something. House plants are fabulous in both form and function. Go to Gardening Know How for "How to take care of a Boston Fern" and BloomIQ for easy tips.

So, my big news is that I'll be heading to a pretty spectacular and formal Downton Abbey Party hosted by La Crema this week! I can't wait to tell you all about it and share all of the details!!!

*For more of Season 5 Downton Abbey Club click on these links:
Episode 1
Episode 2
And for previous Seasons, Click "Downton Abbey" or search in my side bar! 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Backyard Bungalows {Mid Century Modern Man Cave Interior}

I was asked to participate in the Backyard Bungalows Design Display for Wrights Sheds at the Salt Lake Home Show this past weekend. 
And because it was an opportunity to do something a little bit DESIGN FORWARD...well, you know me...I went a little bit forward by looking back. Back to Mid Century Modern. My Design Partner on this project was Cynthia Bee, of Jordan Valley Home and Garden Club. We had a fantastic time with this challenge!

And it was really a little bit of a challenge. For the interior, I really had to keep the under 8'x8' shed from feeling too small, or cluttered. But first, I did a little Mid Century, Masculine visualization. Well, not visualizing Mid Century Men....but the masculine, clean lined vibe of Mid Century spaces. 

I thought it would be fun to share with you the design process that we went through for this shed project.

I always start with visualizing the end product of the space. What the finished product should be if it could be. Sometimes I can't get a vibe and I look for inspiration pictures or look for sources for certain furniture or objects that would work with the vibe or scale of the room. Here are a few inspiration pics that I found to steer me in the direction on this Mid Century Man Cave...this is what I had hoped for as far as vibe:

This was my main inspiration picture. I loved the pale wood paneled walls, the Mid Century furniture and lighting vibe and subtle color scheme. 



Yup, I love a good Bubble Lamp. It's iconic of the time. I also REALLY, REALLY, REALLY would have loved to have been able to score an Eames Lounger. Or an Eames-esque lounger. There is something about leather and wood that says "MANLY" although, the profile of an Eames Lounger makes it a sophisticated "MANLY".

So, after there was a visual and vibe that was outlining the's time to SOURCE. In this particular situation, there wasn't really a budget to be able to furnish the shed. In other words, Cynthia and I had to pretty much beg, borrow and well, snap our fingers to be able to come up with furnishings. We were incredibly grateful for three major sources for our furnishings. The Green Ant in Salt Lake City, Humble Dwellings in Draper and Vintage Yard Sale Utah. We also drew heavily from my own items, a couple of friends and Cynthia's ingenuity and talent with a table saw.

Our first stop was The Green Ant. Ron Green is a Nationally known Mid Century Modern Guru. So...not only did we go to the Mid Century Guru of Salt Lake, but to our great surprise, he was supportive of what we wanted to achieve at the Home Show (spotlighting a Mid Century vibe with authentic furnishings). So supportive that he allowed us to bring a bit of The Green Ant to our Man Cave. I could have spent all day walking through his store and asking him questions about some of the pieces that I wasn't familiar with. Ron's the wikipedia of Mid Century Modern and has highly recognizable and sought after examples of this style, but he also has some incredible rare and off the beaten path pieces that are quite unique. 
I could have taken pics around every corner (well, maybe I did) but these pieces were the stand outs to me that I have to share with you!
Marble Top, Tulip Table, Saarinen for Knoll

Brown Eames Armshells (Herman Miller)  on Reproducion Rockers. 

The Holy Grail....Caramel Leather Barcelona Chairs and Stools by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Knoll
In the end we were only able to use the tiny Tulip table and although I would have died to use the leather chair and stool in the space, we substituted with an upholstered piece.

Ron was really enthusiastic about us using an iconic piece of the time period:
The Nelson Bubble Lamp. This saucer may not look like much, but it is an incredible addition to any space. The versatility and sculptural effect works in any space. The glow and presence that this hanging lantern made of a very thin plastic over a light weight metal skeleton frame is like a floating candle lantern. Ron said if I could clean it, I could use it. So, I took it home and cleaned it. (There will be an upcoming/future post on how to clean a Bubble Lamp and not have a panic attack).

Original Bubble Lamp, Saucer, George Nelson 
I think 30 years of nicotine, dust and soot came of this thing. Which was in the end...sort of like being in art restoration. It was a really cool experience. 

So, we had a vibe and and a definite direction.
Cynthia scored a tweedy oversized desk chair that we thought we could use in some capacity.
And I hit one of my other favorite stores in the Salt Lake Valley...Humble Dwellings in Draper.
Julia and Brynn opened Humble Dwellings back in the Fall and I've been smitten ever since.
Their fresh and creative approach to design was just the right fit for a client of mine a couple of months ago and I knew I'd be able to find some unique accessories in their store.
Again, I am so grateful for the generosity and enthusiasm of Humble Dwellings. They supported us by providing the lion's share of accessories for the space including all wall art.

There were some fabulous finds there and it was fun to go in and play with what would work in the space.

and then I shopped my house!

So, here's is a sneak peek at the exterior of the shed so that you can get a feel for what we were working with. (I'll be sharing our exterior design details tomorrow. Come back, YOU HAVE TO SEE IT)!

Cynthia built a wall to wall desk....AMAZING. It completely captured the uncluttered and streamlined look we wanted for the work space we envisioned.
And Listen A/V installed a killer flat screen that was almost the width of the shed! Just how we wanted it.
Here is how it all came together:

It was simple and uncluttered inside which maximized the feel of having space. We wanted to give the impression of Mid Century Modern and keep it clean and streamlined with just a touch of personality in the accessories.

TV- Listen A/V
Green Mid Century Chairs - The Green Ant
Tulip Table - The Green Ant
Hex Fabricated Shelves - Humble Dwellings
Vintage Camera - Humble Dwellings
Icon Wall Art - Humble Dwellings
Bar Cart - Target
Collie Statue - Humble Dwellings
Leather Quilted Desk Chair - Humble Dwellings
Suitcase Record Player - Humble Dwellings
Bubble Lamp - The Green Ant

Thank you, Humble Dwellings ,  The Green Ant and Listen A/V!!!

Come back tomorrow for how we decked this Man Cave out on the outside!
Thank you as well, to those of you who came out to see the Cave and to see me on the Design Stage on Friday. It was so much fun to meet so many CMH readers and to learn about what you collect and how you display your collections!