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November 2011

My 3 Wishes

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If a genie granted me three wishes, what would I choose? I’m over at Ten June today as a part of Michelle’s Genie Series. Spoiler alert: one of them has to do with the reuniting of my two favorite fictional people. Check out my guest post here (or click the image below).

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Once you’re there, make sure you check out Ten June if you haven’t already!! I’ve been following along on her just-completed living room tweak projectfor the last few weeks and the finished product is amazing.

And for Ten June readers who wandered this way, below are links to my favorite projects from this month. A good place to get started!

My Plan to Switch My House’s Floor Plan

Progress On the Floor Plan Switch

Sad Side Table Turns Happy

A lovely holiday weekend.

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In the flurry of holiday happenings, I didn’t have a chance to circulate Friday’s big dollhouse update post. Go here to check it out.

The past four days have been great and I hope yours were the same. I have missed the blog and you! Here are some photos of my time spent in Louisville with Aaron’s family and at the Christmas tree farm / lake house with my family.

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Baxter the pretty dog (Aaron's parents dog).

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Nap times a-plenty.

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Saturday at Bohman's Christmas Tree Farm in Indiana.

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Dad surveying tree options.

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Mom always with camera in hand. :)

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Found one! Aaron and my sister, Julie, carrying it back to the tractor.

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Happy camper.

Hope everyone has recharged this long weekend and ready for the busy season ahead. I feel 80% charged but 100% in the holiday spirit. So excited for the month of December and beyond.

– emily

I’m a Giant: Giant update.

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I’ve been MIA on the dollhouse challenge for two weeks. I owe you a huge update. I didn’t share those two weeks because well, there wasn’t much to share. And I hate to boring. Trust me, it would have been a boring two weeks of dollhouse posts. I used my time to track down furniture and accessories.

I have a finished bathroom, a partially complete bedroom and the beginnings of a kitchen to share with you today.

The Bathroom

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I’ve always wanted black floors with white walls. I’m such a sucker for high contrast.

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I think I’ve blogged about the mirror before. It’s a MAC compact mirror removed from its clamshell and tied with hemp rope. Completely free and inspired by the Restoration Hardware mirror I love so much. I was going to put it in the dining room but it fits perfectly in the bathroom above the sink.

The Master Bedroom

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Centered on the wood paneled wall will be a bed, which is currently under construction. The walls will stay white and the bedding simple. The chair is another Christmas ornament from CB2. I’ll probably add a few more pieces of furniture and lighting. It’s 50% there.

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The wall is the best part of the dollhouse so far. It’s so rich in tone.

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The paneled wall is actually 3 floor samples of Genesis Hickory Cocoa Hand Scraped hardwood from Home Depot. I carried about 20 samples out of the store. I even asked if it was OK. The guy sort of shrugged and said, “well I’m not going to tackle you or anything” which was a strange response so I kept walking to my car. Other bloggers are using floor samples too and the general consensus is these home improvement stores don’t seem to mind, especially if you’re buying other things that day. To their advantage, now I really want hand scraped floors in my home.

The Kitchen

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I’ll be hand-making furniture for the kitchen area. I’ve bought and returned a few kitchen sets as none of them seem to work. Either too traditional or too oddly sized. I’ll be using more floor samples (cork) to build the counter / island area.

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My favorite feature in the kitchen so far (ok, there’ve only been two) are the “concrete” floors. I love the texture the paper seems to carry, as well as the color.

So that’s it! Lots of progress yet still lots of things to get done. I’ll be back next week to share more! Full steam ahead!

– emily

I’m a Giant: Giant Update

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I’ve been MIA on the dollhouse challenge for two weeks. I owe you a huge update. I didn’t share those two weeks because well, there wasn’t much to share. And I hate to boring. Trust me, it would have been a boring two weeks of dollhouse posts. I used my time to track down furniture and accessories.

I have a finished bathroom, a partially complete bedroom and the beginnings of a kitchen to share with you today.

The Bathroom

Emily Snuffer

I’ve always wanted black floors with white walls. I’m such a sucker for high contrast.

Emily Snuffer

I think I’ve blogged about the mirror before. It’s a MAC compact mirror removed from its clamshell and tied with hemp rope. Completely free and inspired by the Restoration Hardware mirror I love so much. I was going to put it in the dining room but it fits perfectly in the bathroom above the sink.

The Master Bedroom

Emily Snuffer

Centered on the wood paneled wall will be a bed, which is currently under construction. The walls will stay white and the bedding simple. The chair is another Christmas ornament from CB2. I’ll probably add a few more pieces of furniture and lighting. It’s 50% there.

Emily Snuffer

The wall is the best part of the dollhouse so far. It’s so rich in tone.

Emily Snuffer

The paneled wall is actually 3 floor samples of Genesis Hickory Cocoa Hand Scraped hardwood from Home Depot. I carried about 20 samples out of the store. I even asked if it was OK. The guy sort of shrugged and said, “well I’m not going to tackle you or anything” which was a strange response so I kept walking to my car. Other bloggers are using floor samples too and the general consensus is these home improvement stores don’t seem to mind, especially if you’re buying other things that day. To their advantage, now I really want hand scraped floors in my home.

The Kitchen

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I’ll be hand-making furniture for the kitchen area. I’ve bought and returned a few kitchen sets as none of them seem to work. Either too traditional or too oddly sized. I’ll be using more floor samples (cork) to build the counter / island area.

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My favorite feature in the kitchen so far (ok, there’ve only been two) are the “concrete” floors. I love the texture the paper seems to carry, as well as the color.

So that’s it! Lots of progress yet still lots of things to get done. I’ll be back next week to share more! Full steam ahead!

– emily

OPP: Cultivated, collected living and dining room.

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When Justine contacted me for an OPP idea board, I was so excited. You see, Justine is the mastermind behind the fantastic blog, Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One. I love her stories and I check in often to read the daily happenings. (I really do, Justine!)

Now, Justine and her husband have been in their rental for well under a year and are looking to spruce things up. They have a great sofa and dining room space so it was just a matter pulling together a design plan for accessories and the finishing touches.

Here’s the living and dining room spaces:

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All photos were pulled from here.

I’m calling this idea board Cultivated, Collected.

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Go here to see a larger image of the idea board (probably hard to read).

Moving somewhat clockwise around the board, here is a list of sources with further explanation:

  • The window wall in the dining room makes the perfect accent wall, using Blik’s new wall tiles as a removable, rental-friendly solution. I’ve had Blik in my own home (when the bathroom looked like this) so I can testify to its easy-to-removeness. The gray ties to the gray / beige sofa across the room.
  • With a gray wall, dark furniture and wood floors, a simple white woven rugfrom IKEA will ground the look, plus add warmth the dining room.
  • Landlords tend to be OK with replacing light fixtures (as long as you keep the old and replace at moving out day) so I almost always recommend it to renters. This is my go-to oversized pendant shade. I have it in my own home (here, as a ceiling fixture) and had a friend put it above her dining room table (here, at the height Justine should install it). Katie Bower from Bower Power also has it in her dining room (here). Let’s just say this light is the best-kept secret in blogland. I’ve never been able to find another one at this affordable of price.
  • I always like to include little tabletop accessories in my plans to help finish the space. I love the idea of a glossy, ceramic animal on a dark credenza. This one would look lovely filled with succulents on the credenza in the dining room.
  • Another object for the credenza is this “vintage” table lamp from Schoolhouse Electric. I love the bright red cord (to tie in the other colors placed in the idea board), plus it’s a visually interesting object.
  • Moving on to the sofa, I would add texture with the West Elm mongolian lamb pillow and bright pops of color with these pillows from Etsy.
  • Placed in the corner behind the sofa is the arc lamp from CB2. The brushed nickel will tie into the accessories we’re using elsewhere, plus I love the bright white of CB2’s shade to cue back the white pillow and white rug in the dining room.
  • Next to the sofa is a little desk area. I would add a series of shelves, like the angled nesting shelves from West Elm, above the desk to provide additional display area. I would clear off the desk, add this “L” initial from Urban Outfitters as a desk top accessory and this green chair from Crate & Barrel to finish the look. The green chair ties in with the current pillows and will jive with the other accessories yet to be discussed.
  • To jazz up the desk a smidge, I would add these brushed nickel pulls from Amazon to both drawers. They’ll add just a touch of bling.
  • I’d add a large palm plant (I think it’s a Bird of Paradise) to the corner in the dining room. The green fits in with the decor plus plants always improve a space.
  • Lastly in the dining room I’d add a glass demijohn or vessel similar to this atop the credenza. This item will provide the necessary height.
  • Last but certainly not least, I noticed on Justine’s Pinterest her affinity for maps. I’d add a vintage map, like this one, framed in black above the sofa.
So what do you think? This was the last OPP in the queue and I have time for one more before the holidays. Email me at emilysnufferatgmaildotcom to get started. It’s a simple, casual process that takes about 2 weeks for me to complete.
– emily

p/s: I’ll be back tomorrow with a special Thanksgiving post.

p/p/s: I’m absolutely terrible at naming these idea boards. Haha!

 

Floor plan switch progress.

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I’ve mentioned my big plan to switch around the floor plan in my home. The painting in the Black Room-to-be-living room will happen in a few weeks (going from black to white… ugh) but until then, there were a few things to do. First, I sold the round marble table on Craigslist. The new living room won’t have the room for something round. I was sad to see it go, but also stoked to have additional moolah in the floor plan switcheroo budget (which I haven’t exactly figured out yet).

Next, the tall table in the kitchen had to go to make room for the faux tulip table currently in the Black Room. Following along here?

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Here’s the tall table in the kitchen. This is the view upon entering my house. I’m standing with my back to the front door in the Black Room, looking into the kitchen. Apologies for dog butt – Suge was in the middle of breakfast.

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The table is incredibly unstable. Aaron was rough-housing with Suge one day and knocked it out of the plaster wall (despite molly anchors the size of my head) and it was never the same. Check out the L-brackets. Two partially out of the wall, one knocked loose and the other one barely attached. I got tired of telling friends, “Don’t put too much weight on the table! AAHH”

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The table top (just a cheap MDF from IKEA) also had these weird bubbles and chip marks all over it. It was gross. I don’t mind things that are cheap if they look nice and high-quality. This just looked cheap and was cheap.

It was fun tearing the table down. :)

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I’ve got four of these lovely, crumbly holes to deal with now. Luckily I have extra wallpaper I can use to patch the holes, but still.

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The wallpaper pattern is somewhat forgiving and the four holes aren’t too noticeable. It’ll be even better when they are patched. Can you spot all four? The worst is the one on the left.

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Suge was my helper. He was glad to see that table go too, especially because the lower table means better access to food (at least he hopes).

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Here’s my new view from inside my front door. I love the smaller table. The kitchen looks much bigger now without the large, tall table. Aaron immediately gravitated towards the new set-up. I found him there reading a book. Before, with the old table, that never would have happened. I’m also currently at said table writing this post. It’s one of those “aahhhhhhhh” feelings. And yes, I get this jazzed up over moving tables.

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I switched out the books in the white tray to better fit its new kitchen residence. I added a yellow Amy Sedaris book to match the chairs with the everybody’s-got-it green Domino book to balance out the warm tones.

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Biggie jumped up (bad dog) to check out the new arrangement. This isn’t acceptable Biggie behavior but he looked cute so I let it happen. My finishing touch was the sparkly branches (Home Goods, $7) in the white vase (Michael’s, $4) for the holidays.

Next up for the floor plan switch – PAINTING!

Anyone else feel insanely happy after a room switch or furniture rearrangement? I love that feeling and am going to enjoy it while it lasts. I used to switch around my bedroom constantly as a kid. Anyone else do that? Fun times.

– emily

p/s: The stools from the kitchen are now in the basement, bringing the basement chair total to a whopping 13 chairs. IKEA Snuffer, now open.

p/p/s: The tall kitchen table was also moved to the basement and will act as a crafting/wrapping station once I buy two more legs.

 

DIY: A fall centerpiece.

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No dollhouse post today. Still tracking down furniture.

I’m so excited to share this with you! A friend, Allie, posted this awesome centerpiece photo on Facebook the other day and I asked if she’d share the instructions with you. It would be perfect for those of us scrambling to put something together for the Thanksgiving dinner table.

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Isn’t it awesome? I love the mix of natural/rustic with the little bit of bling with the metallic paint.

Here we go!

You’ll need:

  • Large hurricane vase (this one was TJMaxx, $8)
  • Large pillar candle (this one was Garden Ridge, $5)
  • 13 ears of corn (or more/less depending on the diameter of your vase)
  • 26+ husk leaves
  • Metallic spray paint (Allie used Rust-Oleum’s Metallic spray paint in copper for the leaves and gold for the ears)
  • Glue gun
  • Satin, wide ribbon 1.5′ long
  • Charger plate
Here’s what to do:
  1. Lightly spray the ears of corn with metallic gold spray paint. Spray, let dry, rotate, then spray again. You’ll need to do a few coats to get in the cracks between kernels.
  2. While the ears are drying, apply the same process to the husk leaves, this time using metallic copper spray paint.
  3. Once everything is dry, glue 2 leaves to the back of each ear of corn, placing them so the leaves peak out the sides and top.
  4. Add a dot of hot glue to the leaves/ear of corn combo and glue each one (use lots of glue) to the vase.
  5. Repeat, repeat, repeat…
  6. Add your vase/ear of corn/leaves combo to your charger plate.
  7. Wrap the entire thing with ribbon, using more hot glue to secure.

Instant and affordable centerpiece!

Allie – I’m hoping I didn’t miss anything! Thanks so much for sharing.

If you have questions, leave them in the comments. I’ll ask Allie to stop by and provide help/guidance if needed!

Now, off to plug in my glue gun…

– emily

 

 

 

How-To: Painting laminate furniture.

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This is the follow-up tutorial to last week’sside table makeover post. Make sure you scroll down for the color name reveal. You’ll love it. :)

It used to be that I’d come across a piece of furniture covered in laminate (basically like a high density fiberboard made to look like wood) and I’d sigh and move on. The rule has always been “you cannot paint laminate” and I was never willing to prove/disprove that theory.

Until I came across this campaign-style side table at Goodwill. Suddenly I felt more determined to figure it out.

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I hope I did this the right way. It was surprisingly drama-free and similar to how I’ve painted other pieces. It’s been a week and the paint is holding up strong.

First, I removed all the hardware. The brackets were attached with small brass finishing nails – I just used a screwdriver to wiggle them loose. The drawer pull was attached with screws. I removed that too.

I don’t have a picture of this part, but next I used Barkeeper’s Friend to polish the brackets and pulls. It does wonders for restoring tarnished metals. I was happy I didn’t have to spray paint them a faux brass.

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The exposed screw holes were plugged with toothpicks so re-installation / finding screw holes was easier at the end.

Next, sanding. Sanding laminate is a tricky art because it has to be done lightly, yet thoroughly. I sanded each surface using a fine grit sandpaper, sanding until the little flecks of fiberboard started to show. The point of sanding here is to give your primer a better change of adhering to the furniture surface.

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Prime time! I used Rust-Oleum spray primer in gray. I love this stuff. It dries crazy fast, which is perfect for my impatience. I think I waited just an hour before moving on to the paint.

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Oh yes, the green that I received so many lovely comments on is actually John Deere Green. The spray paint is an enamel meant for farm equipment, or in my case, a little side table. I didn’t want to share the color in the previous post to avoid any initial bias ;). Aaron was immediately like, “John Deere Green? Really?” but after seeing it on the table he was sold.

Why John Deere Green? One, I was limited in color choices and this was by far the best one I saw on the shelves. Two, I also wanted an enamel, knowing the laminate would need something extra durable and strong. I also love how hard and glossy enamel dries – it’s my favorite thing to use on furniture.

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It took only 2.5 coats and two cans of enamel, needing 1.5 day to complete. I waited only a day to put the hardware back on (probably should have waited longer) and 3 days to add the books and drawer. I’m so in love with this little John Deere side table.

A big thanks to Gwen at Bold Abode for making this her BOLD pick of the week.

Another big thanks to Emily (great name!) over at Emily Macleoud for making this an Upcycled Wednesday feature.

– emily

p/s: On a completely unrelated note, I am looking for a red/poppy blazer and red/poppy dress. Anyone know any affordable options?

OPP: A fresh and woven bedroom.

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Hello all! Hope everyone had a great weekend. Before this week gets too crazy I wanted to share an idea board I’ve been working on for a friend. She and her husband are in a predicament most people find themselves in – they’ve made the big furniture purchases (in this case a bedroom set) and have picked larger decor items like bedding, but just unsure how to “complete” the space. That’s where I can help!

Here’s the current space.

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The existing furniture is beautiful! It definitely stays. Now, I’m calling this idea board a Fresh and Woven Bedroom. This particular friend and her hubby have a classic style, so I wanted to make sure I didn’t get too modern or too eclectic. I love this look!

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Click here for a larger image if you have trouble reading some of the text.

Because it’s a smaller space and there are several pieces of dark furniture I would highly recommend painting the walls white for balance. My favorite white is Behr’s Pure Ultra White (in eggshell finish), which can be found at Home Depot. It’s a bright crisp white. White walls will also help open up the space and give the accessories a background to pop against. White will also look fantastic next to the original wood trim.

Once the walls are painted, that’s when the fun accessorizing can begin. Here’s a look at the sources I used plus an explanation of the items above (I’m going somewhat clockwise in this list):

  • Wall Sconces – These are the Pottery Barn Arc Sconces, which are plug-in to avoid any of the tricky hard-wiring. Two placed on either side of the bed (like this) would look fantastic and give some interest to the main wall. The dark finish will contrast perfectly on the white wall.
  • Headboard – The headboard pictured is actually West Elm Overlapping WovenHeadboard, but can be easily DIY’ed using plywood wrapped with jute or hemp string. It would have to replace the existing bed frame. (This is more extra credit – the design does not rely on this headboard but it would be a great, impactful touch. I know I say retrofit over existing headboard in the idea board above but because there’s a footboard the entire thing would need to be swapped out vs. trying to retrofit)
  • Quilt – Beds always look so lovely when the duvet is paired with a quilt folded across the bed nearthe bottom. This one isfrom the Martha Stewart Collection at Macy’s.
  • Curtains – I love the idea of bringing in something more graphic for both windows. These are Ballard Designs Concorde Medallion Panels.I would install them at ceiling height (like this) using curtain rods with an oil-rubbed bronze finish.
  • Monogram “B” Stencil – The room has a great low dresser along the wall in front of the bed. I love the idea of doing a gallery wall there, with some elements like this “B” stencil to add some interest and character. It also brings in the brown tones of the trim and other woven elements.
  • Mercury Table Lamp – The arm sconces by the bed will add good light, but a light source on the other side of the room on top of the low dresser is needed. This Mercury Table lamp is from Macy’s (and is horribly overpriced) but I see similar ones at Home Goods.
  • White Vase w/ Billy Buttons – You’ll notice I’m using yellow as the pop of color throughout the room. Billy buttons always have a great color and would look great in a white ceramic vase. Amazon is usually your best bet for tracking them down.
  • Basket Storage – To tie in the “woven-ness” of the headboard, a basket for floor storage (for blankets, shoes, etc.) would work nicely. The basket is fromWest Elm and currently on sale.
  • Side Table – The room currently has two matching side tables, but I’d recommend swapping one out for this accordion side table from Urban Outfitters. Mismatched side tables (with similar design elements, in this case, the color) do wonders in terms of “maturing” a room design. The wire legs tie in with the Arm Sconces. Plus, the smaller side table gives the bed room to move over just slightly to make space for the arm sconces.
  • Floor Accent Rug – A “nice to have” for the room would be the IKEA RENS rug. Great for adding texture. I would lay it right on top of the carpet next to the bed in front of the accordion side table.
  • Accent Pillows – Pillows are a no-brainer way of bringing certain colors into the design. Here we have complementary patterns (but won’t compete with the graphic curtains) using the yellow accent color. Plus, they are from the most fabulous Etsy shop, WillaSkyeHome.
So that’s it! Hope you like it! Now I’m dying to see the “after!”
– emily
p/s: Dear certain friend 😉 – I am totally on call to help you pull this together. Painting, installing, etc. – you name it.