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

Party Planning Stress

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Hello Lovelies!!! How are you all this sunny and hot evening…well in Maryland? Anyway it seems we’ve disappeared from the blog world. Yes, we’re already hanging our heads with shame. But of course  there are reasons to be happy…we’re party planning yay!

Kah and I will be turning 25 seven days from today and our party is on the 24th. So we’ve been obsessing over place settings, centerpieces, and dessert tables these past few weeks. And we haven’t even figured out what we’re going to wear so I’ve been stressing about that too. Finding one dress is hard enough, but we have to find two in a little over a week. Sigh…where did the month of March fly off to?

What else have we been up to…oh we purchased a new fancy camera. A Sony 16.2 Megapixel Digital Camera with 30x Optical Zoom.

Sony DSC-HX100V/B Cyber-Shot Digital Camera

Isn’t it gorgeous! It usually retails for $429, however it is still on sale for $399. It takes wonderful pictures like those you will see below.  Our standard 10 megapixel camera just doesn’t compare. The best feature has to be the brightness and crispness of the photos. Take a look…

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Chevron Chair Upholstery Progress!

Posted on by Kahli Posted in DIY, fabric, Sewing, Upholstery Projects | 3 Comments

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

The Gift That Keeps on Giving: Lucky Vintage Finds

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Furniture, Thrift Shopping | 3 Comments

Hey there! I bet you all have been wondering where we’ve been for the past few days…we’ve been super busy planning our birthday party. Birthday planning is hard work! We’re turning 25 and that’s something we felt needed to be celebrated. As I stated last week, our theme is a vintage french theme, so we’ve been continuing to collect vintage inspired furniture and things. We were essentially planning our party in a backwards fashion, buying before booking the venue. Last Wednesday we began to get discouraged while searching because nothing was going as planned and we had a bunch of vintage items sitting in our living room like a second hand store. But the good news is that we did finally find a venue!

Now onto the point of this post…this lovely vintage tea cart we purchased via Craigslist for an absolute steal! This beauty was $40 and in excellent condition!

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Vintage Delights: Deals of a lifetime

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Thrift Shopping, Vintage | 10 Comments

This has been the best week ever for thrift shopping. I’ve been driving around the Baltimore area daily hitting up stores before unwillingly going to work. We have bought something daily since Sunday and have not been disappointed. And while we may been spending money, we haven’t spent a lot of it. Let me clarify that we are not thrift hoarders, we’re buying all these items for a purpose: We’re having a birthday party! Over the weekend we decided that we needed to have a party for our 25th birthday and the ideas started snowballing from there. We’re going with a lavish french inspired theme.

Anyway, onto some of the things we have purchased…

 
We purchased this ornate sterling silver 2-tier dessert stand in 2010 for $3 and never had an opportunity to use it until now. Impulsive buying for the win! Today I went to the Goodwill a purchased several pieces of catering equipment. The round silver chafer is one of the three I bought today for $19 total.

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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

Thrifty Finds: Fabulous Cane Sofa & Chair

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Furniture, Thrift Shopping | 4 Comments

Who loves thrifty finds? We certainly do, and look at this beauty we scored on Craigslist! For a mere $65…

and it included a matching chair! Jackpot! This set will live comfortably in my aunt’s home.

I really love the details, everything from the finials to the caning. We have plans to reupholster the set. We’re thinking something bold for the side chair and something subtle for the sofa.

I’ll be back later with some inspiration photos hopefully…the search begins!

 

Last Night’s Shopping Trip to Joann’s

Posted on by Milla Posted in fabric, Shopping | 8 Comments

Hello lovelies! Happy Wednesday to you all. And if you live around the Maryland area, I hope you enjoyed this beautiful weather the past couple of  days.

Anyhoo as you will notice from the post title…Kah and I took  a shopping trip to Jo-Ann’s last night. It wasn’t a planned trip, at least not for me. I was not informed that we weren’t going straight home from work until we drove by our exit. Apparently, I would’ve complained if I was told in advance. But I was actually cool with it since we haven’t been there in a while according to the cashier who said she missed us. Funny right?

So, I have a love/hate relationship with Jo-Ann’s. In my opinion they are great for most things other than non-basic home decor fabric. If you go to the quilting fabric section, you will find plenty of bright color schemes and high quality designs. For example, either of these two coordinating fabrics below would look great on an arm chair or if you’re really bold, a sofa or love seat.

Stonehill Collection Fabric-Retro Active Main Floral Purple

Stonehill Collection Fabric-Retro Active Stripe Multi

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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

Run to your nearest Target!

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Decor Inspiration, Shopping | 6 Comments

I know I’m late, but have any of you been to Target lately! I was stunned by the selection of new decor they have in stock. I’m talking about some very stylish pieces. I spent about a good hour in Target cramming things into my cart, but I did manage to put a few things back even though it was difficult. Try to hold onto your wallet a little better than I did. I’m going to share with you all the lovely items that now reside in our home.

pink chevron and floral target pillows
Isn’t this pink chevron pillow a beauty!? I just knew they would be the perfect accent to Milla’s navy and turquoise bedroom and they’re only $19.99. Hurry, they are going fast and are already sold out online.

You didn’t think I could just leave the turquoise one there on the shelf, now did you? I didn’t purchase the gold lamp shade because I had no use for it, but it could really liven up a neutral room for $19.99. However, I did leave with two lampshades that were a good fit for the dining room. Read more