Friday, December 11, 2009

Nursery is Complete!

After receiving our new bumper and cotton woven rug from Dash & Albert......the nursery is ready for baby's arrival!
I hope she likes it as much as we do!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Bathroom REDO

I've recently been working on a small bathroom renovation in an existing 1950's home. The existing bathroom is covered in mostly pink tile, so the owner decided some updating was necessary. She wanted a clean, classic look and after some deliberation and careful consideration, we chose hexagon floor tile, ceramic subway tile, carerra marble countertops, and classic cabinetry. Stay tuned for developing shots as the project progresses.

The Details:

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Out with the RED and in with the AQUA

I can now add furniture refinisher to JR's list of talents. We had a red Chinese cabinet that just did not fit into our new study/sitting room color scheme and after receiving some bids to get the piece lacquered, we decided to paint it ourselves. We trepadaciously commited to an aqua color and were off to the paint shop to match the aqua in our new wallpaper. Thus began the transformation...


Priming. Painting. Polyurethaning.
Et voila!
There was some leftover wallpaper from the study, so we decided to line the interior with the print.
Our new liquor cabinet! I think we'll take a break now.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Wallpaper Crazy!

J.R. & I have been busy putting the finishing touches on our house. This included an accent wall in our study. I chose a vibrant and bold print from Graham & Brown. JR was a little hesitant, but I wanted to take a risk, as most of our walls are painted a neutral gray. After meeting with several wallpaper hangers, I decided to go with Jerry Horton Wallcovering based on his experience and estimate.
Before the installation
The process: Floating the existing wall, sanding, measuring, applying primer, cutting wallpaper, and hanging the paper.
All Finished!

Monday, October 26, 2009

...........Speaking of the CRIB

My wonderful husband was a busy bee this week getting the nursery put together. What a handyman he has become! Here is our progress so far:

I've had my heart on Martha Stewart's POMPOMs...Here they are as a mobile above the crib. I made some of my own out of store-bought tissue paper.

Almost finished......."She" better be a girl!

Let's Get Sewing!

Ever since I found out I was pregnant, I've been on the hunt for nursery fabric....Searching near and far, I finally found my fabric at a new shop that has recently opened up here in Dallas, City Craft. They have some of the cutest textiles I have seen in a while. With all the options, it was hard to choose, but in the end here is what I ended up with (JUST COULDN'T GET AWAY FROM THE PINK!):

My mom also recently gave me a sewing machine - time to get that needle threaded. Not quite the industrial type machine I'm used to (my mom has her own sewing workroom) , but this one worked just fine.

(A little sneak peak of the wallpaper going in my study.)

All done after some hand stitching.....

On to No.2 Pillow - They weren't kidding about this nesting instinct - just call me Marth-ona!

All finished in the newly put together crib......

Monday, October 19, 2009


I adore ETSY. Loving hand made and unique items, it's a great way to start your own "business" as well as support other indie crafters. During the summer, I started listing my own illustrations on ETSY. Recently, I was selected as a featured artist on Surround Yourself....1 Week, 1 Artist, 1 Giveaway. I am really excited and hope it gets my name out there - marketing seems to be the hardest part.

All Finished!

The first to do item for the nursery is now complete! It was totally easy and beats painting it...just in case "she" comes out a "he".

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Feeling Crafty!

So I went to Michael's and they were having a sale on all their special papers....I couldn't resist. I have put all the papers up temporarily til EL JEFE gets home to inspect (He always has an opinion). I don't even have to use an exacto! They are precut and fit well inside the niches!

Pink or Orange?

Once I get the ok, I'll adhere them more permanently to the back with double stick. Beats having to paint or use wallpaper glue! If we ever change our minds, we can just change the paper!