A Very Detailed Kitchen Renovation Progress Report

So the last time, we mentioned anything about the kitchen were in these two posts referencing the wood tile floor and where the hell we've been for almost the last Read more

Shopping for Home Decor: Finding That Statement Piece

Hello all. I hope everyone is having a fabulous day! I'm not. The weather is terrible here in Maryland. It is barely 50 degrees, cloudy, windy and rainy. The Read more

Ikat! And other Tribal Prints: Fabric Inspiration

Hello Lovelies! Happy Thursday! Question? Is it super cold where you all live? It has been cold and windy every other day in Maryland. Not very spring like at Read more

Revisiting The Old Living Room vs. The New Family Room

Hello, Kah here! It's been a long year and a half! Glad to be back. You may have noticed that we started blogging again.Correction, Milla started blogging again. This Read more


Chevron Chair Upholstery Progress!

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Oh my! We have been busy bees lately! Party planning is going well. We’ve booked our DJ and now we can focus on decorations. As of now my focus is on finishing up the chairs I mentioned last week. I’m working on it at my own pace instead of every day. I haven’t had the determination that I usually have when working on projects. But I did make a lot of progress that I want to share with you.

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Ambitious Projects….

Posted on by Kahli Posted in DIY, fabric, Furniture, Thrift Shopping, Upholstery Projects | 4 Comments

I can’t believe that we’re down to only posting once a week! Where is the time going? The days are going by faster and faster and it seems like there is not enough time left in the day for us to complete the abundance of unfinished projects that are still looming. One of those projects include two wing back chairs.

These chairs need to be completed by March 24th to be used as props for our party. I think we’re on schedule as of now because we removed the fabric from one of the chairs. We found the chairs on Craigslist for $20 a piece and they are the exact same. As you can see we’ve already removed the fabric from one chair. I hate removing fabric because there are like hundreds of staples in this chair and we all have several bruises. With four people assisting in the removal process it still took a few hours. Read more

Light’s Camera Action : Director’s Chair Makeover

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Before & After Projects, Color Palette Inspiration, DIY, fabric, Inspiration, Upholstery Projects | Leave a comment

It’s Friday! And I have a spur of the moment makeover to share with you. I forgot to take a before picture in my haste to get started. The chair pictured has been living in the trunk of our car along with other miscellaneous items for the past few months waiting to be worked on. Of course it didn’t have this pretty fabric on it, but a mustard yellow fabric with an airbrushed design.

Isn’t the chartreuse fabric lovely? We purchased the fabric from a fabric warehouse in Baltimore for $6.50 a yard.Yes we snatched up all 5 yards!  This project didn’t even use half a yard, but we have intentions for the rest. I’ve recently discovered the manufacturer of this fabric, which is Schumacher and you know that means $$$. The Konaha Leaf in Chartreuse retails for over $130 per yard, but I found it listed here  for $94/yd. Yikes! Also there’s a listing on ebay in the red colorway, 13 yards for $104, if red is your thing I say go for it. Read more

DIY Stenciled Curtains

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Before & After Projects, DIY, Painting Projects, Tutorials | 32 Comments

For the past three or four days I have been a busy little bee, which may explain my inability to get to work on time, shh don’t tell anyone! See, I have a problem leaving the house on time when I immerse myself in diy projects. The project of the week was to stencil curtains for the dining room. I wasn’t really looking forward to the project because I knew I would have to do majority of it alone until Milla came home from work and helped. I owned up to the challenge anyway because I couldn’t just let a free stencil go to waste. Thanks ( Cutting Edge Stencils!)

The neglected dining room was finally getting some much needed attention. First the fabulous craigslist buffet and now the curtains. white ikea grommet curtains merete
At first we had simple white grommet curtains from Ikea, but we were both looking for a bold pattern to liven up the dining room. Try not to stare at the ugly ceiling fan, we have plans for that and the mirror.

I laid the white curtain on a tarp  to setup my painting area. Breeze wasn’t much of a helper as you can see, he was more interested in the birds and squirrels outside. We decided on a geometric stencil, specifically the Oasis Allover Stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils. We love the Moroccan style and thought it was a great complement to the floral and chevron in the living room. Read more

Double Take: Vanity Desk Before and After

Posted on by Milla Posted in Before & After Projects, DIY, Painting Projects | 32 Comments

Hi all! Milla here again. Surprise? I know I am, but I thought I should keep posting while the inspiration is there. Blogging and DIY is hard in the winter when it’s cold and you’re heat periodically stops working and you have to sleep in full winter outerwear. Yet, that’s another story for another post.

A couple days ago I posted about a vanity desk I purchased for under $100. Here is the beauty again:

1930's Vanity Desk

Look at that sexy shape! But of course it has since received a new colorful treatment.

On Saturday we went Lowe’s to color match the blue in these pillows from my bedroom.

Pillows Made from Shower Curtain

Blue is such an iffy color with hidden undertones that I wanted it to be a close as possible.   And this blue has a hint of purple in it too, which is hard to match with a swatch.

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Sibling Competitiveness: Artistic Style

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Despite the title, I’m not competing with Kah to create art for our gallery. In truth, I just needed a catchy title. And it works because Kah already created a painting and last night I decided to try my hand at something. It wasn’t as elaborate as the technique Kah used, but it was a little more personal to me, well us. I tried some typography art with some watercolors. It’s our birth year.

1987 Typography Art by Design Par Deux

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Sleeping in the Shower with Pillows

Posted on by Milla Posted in DIY, fabric, Sewing | 10 Comments

Hello lovelies! Milla here! Where have I been right? Obviously not in the mood for decorating or blogging as I just got over a hazardous cold and whatever productive  energy I had left, Kah sucked it all up. I guess that’s how we as twins keep things balanced *shrugs*.

Anyhoo, the title of this post may seem a little misleading so allow me to clear up the confusion. First off, don’t be alarmed. We are not sleeping in the shower. Kah purchased this shower curtain from Urban Outfitters as a Christmas gift for me intending to make pillows for my bedroom. Thanks Kah, love you!!!

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A Not So New, New Year’s Resolution: I Painted Something!

Posted on by Kahli Posted in art, DIY | 7 Comments

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all had a safe and prosperous start to the year. I know I did! One of my priorities for the end of 2011 and start of 2012 was to create some art for our gallery wall. I’ve been attempting to step up my creative arts talent for a few years now so… between December 30th and 31st, I committed myself to painting a portrait. I’m not really an artist, but with the help of Photoshop and patience, I can say that I completed a portrait for the new year. I chose to paint this fashion editorial featuring the lovely Amanda Seyfried.

Quite an ambitious photo to choose right? I don’t know why whenever I attempt something for the first time I choose an item with the most difficulty.  Anyway, this is how my painting came out. Read more

Wall of Gold: Gallery Wall Progress

Posted on by Milla Posted in DIY, Our Apartment | 5 Comments

Hi lovelies! How’s everyone’s week so far? Mine? Well, I’ve been sick…again. Just hacking away all of my design inspiration. So it’s been bad a week for me. But at least one twin has been productive. Kah is making wonderful progress on her bedroom. And she finished hanging the frames for the gallery wall. See a few sneaks below:


Gallery Wall with Gold Frames

You can see some of the hallway here. I’m sure you all notice that hideously standard ceiling mount light. We can’t stand it. Must find an alternative soon.

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Double Take: Black & White Striped Chair Before & After

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Before & After Projects, Upholstery Projects | 32 Comments

Hello, lovely readers! Hope you all are having a great day! I have a makeover treat for you today. I’ve finally finished upholstering the black and white striped chair for my bedroom. My determination to finish this chair was even too much for my injured thumb, which I had accidentally shut in the door. OUCH! It feels a lot better today than it did on Sunday, but I did hit it a few more times with the mallet in the upholstery process. I may or may not have screamed out in pure agony. I’m actually sadder that I had to remove my nail polish to examine the injury.

By now you’re probably wondering why I’ve spent so much time talking about my stupid thumb and less time talking about the makeover. Here’s a quick look at the fugly before. Green, red and cream floral flocked fabric=fugly.

thrift store armchair

Now here’s the lovely after! Ta-da! I purchase 4 yards of Black & White Canopy Stripe fabric by Premier Prints for $38 with shipping from Warehouse Fabrics but only used about 2 3/4 yards. I plan to make some pillows with the leftover. I ordered the fabric on a Thursday night, it shipped Friday and I received it Tuesday morning.  I’m very happy with my first experience with Warehouse Fabrics and can’t recommend them enough. Read more