Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Den: Start to Finish

You've already seen a little of our Den via this blogpost but I wanted to run you through the "design" process from beginning to end.

Step 1:  Create a mood board

Items shown above:
Sofa:  http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S39895022/
Rug:   http://reviews.crateandbarrel.com/7258/s584218/baxter-teal-8x10-rug-reviews/reviews.htm
Pillows:  discontinued styles from Crate and Barrel
Curtains:  discontinued from West Elm
Lucite Coffee Table:  http://furnishmevintage.com/livingroom/petit-vintage-lucite-end-table/
Lamp:  http://reviews.crateandbarrel.com/7258/37303/hoopla-teal-table-lamp-reviews/reviews.htm
Chandelier:  http://www.zgallerie.com/p-8434-jupiter-chandelier.aspx

Step 2:  Realize that this moodboard, as is, would cost around $2500 , way over our budget (plus it doesn't include all of the filler objects that make a room more decorative and cozy).

Step 3:  One shopping trip to Ikea (tape measure in hand).  I realized that the kivik would be too large for my space, his slightly smaller brother karlstad became a strong contender

Step 4:  Adapt the moodboard to reflect the karlstad option with a few more economical adaptations.
Items shown above:
Sofa:  http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S09852953/
Rug:  http://reviews.crateandbarrel.com/7258/35745/hogan-teal-rug-reviews/reviews.htm
Lamp:  http://reviews.crateandbarrel.com/7258/37303/hoopla-teal-table-lamp-reviews/reviews.htm
Pillows:  http://reviews.crateandbarrel.com/7258/37404/remy-teal-16-pillow-reviews/reviews.htm ;  discontinued from Target and Pier 1
Lucite Coffee Table:  http://furnishmevintage.com/livingroom/petit-vintage-lucite-end-table/
Chandelier:  http://www.zgallerie.com/p-8434-jupiter-chandelier.aspx
Curtains:  http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40111992/

Step 5:  Search my brains out on Craigs List for the main sofa.  Score one karlstad sofa, in like new condition, but in yellow.  I knew that I could purchase a new cover later at Ikea.

We also scored the chaise in the Ikea "as is" section for a discount, so all we needed to do is connect it to the sofa that we purchased on Craigs List and voila, new sofa at around half the price!  

Step 6:  Make all of my purchases and place in room (okay so there are around 5000 steps in between these, such as:  putting down new flooring, painting, assembling the sofa, etc, but you get the idea).

Here's the realized room!  

These photos aren't the best, but you can get a general idea.

Budget Breakdown:

Sofa:  $450
Rug:  $40
Curtains:  $60
Pillows and Accessories:  $50
Lighting:  $80
Vintage Lucite Coffee table:  $50
Buffet Table decorated with already owned items:  $5
Total:        $735

Not too shabby!  This was last years combined Christmas and Birthday presents to me, it's the gift that keeps on giving.  I wish I had before photos of the room, but it served as a storage space for a little over a year.  Hope you like it as much as we do!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

backyard mood board

backyard mood board

IKEA Hållö
$9.99 - ikea.com

White 60 inch Terry Cloth Velour
$17 - fabricdepot.com

IKEA Snövita
$15 - ikea.com

IKEA Borrby
$7.99 - ikea.com

3d model Palm Tree Bundle 3 3ds lwo max obj tex hrc by RyanN
$25 - the3dstudio.com

 Revised with my patio set.

This back yard mood board is a rough draft of colors/styles for the backyard.  So far I am thinking of my chippendale dining set in navy, white adirondack chairs, white vinyl privacy fence (which we already installed 2 years ago), red brick pavers (that have blue/gray undertones), lanterns adorning the trees, round-bulbed twinkle lights creating canopies over the dining area, and simple landscaping that consists of a few palm trees and other tropical large-leaved plants.  In my mind the space would have a nautical spin but with sophistication and fun!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Thrifty Duds!

When I started this blog I gave an introduction to myself as the number one cheapo and how I buy all of my clothes on clearance or thrifted.  I'd like to share with you all some examples of my cheap-ness and break down outfits by price.

All this to say: it is easy to spend very little money and get outfits you love! 

Outfit #1:
1- polka dot silk blouse -thrifted with 50% coupon- $1.25
1- cream colored cardigan - clearance (Target) - $9.00
1- yellow Fossil belt- thrifted with 50% coupon- $0.50
1pair-boot cut blue jeans - clearance NY&Co- $10.00
1- pair of camel heels- thrifted with 50% coupon- $1.25
1- long gold necklace- forever 21- $5.00

Outfit #2:
Same Outfit minus cream cardigan
Total Cost:  $17.00
 Outfit #3:
1-round vintage polka dot skirt-thrifted w/ 50% coupon- $1.00
1- navy blue cardigan- vintage resale store- $6.00
1- gold cuff necklace-thrifted with 50% coupon- $1.25
1-pair of brown leather heels - $1.25
TOTAL COST:  $9.50

Outfit #4:
1-green silk sleeveless blouse(by Oleg Cassini)-thrifted- $1.00
1-navy blue cardigan - vintage resale shop- $6.00
1- pair of boot cut jeans- $10 
1- navy blue belt -vintage resale shop- $4.00
1-gold necklace- forever21- $5.00
1- pair of camel heels- $1.25
TOTAL COST:  $27.25

Outfit #5:
1- denim shirt -thrifted at 50% off- $1.50
1-belt-thrifted- $1.00
1- gold necklace-forever 21- $5.00
1pair- red skinny capris- clearanced GAP- $7.50
1- pair of camel heels - $1.25 
I'd most likely pair this with some navy shoes (that I also have in my closet but was too lazy to switch them out for the photo)
TOTAL COST:  $16.25

Outfit #6:
1- denim button up- thrifted with 50% coupon- $1.50
1-vintage red polka dot skirt-thrifted with 50% coupon- $1.00
1- white/navy necklace- community yard sale - $1.00
1- pair camel heels- $1.25
TOTAL COST:  $4.75

There ya have it 6 outfits under $30 each.  Have you all found anything at thrift stores/vintage shops lately that you are loving? 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Grand Unveiling: Chippendale Patio Set

Remember this?  Well, FINALLY, it's done.  This is by far my best Thrift store find to date.  So instead of spray painting it myself I decided to splurge a little and have it powder coated.  I knew it was a piece that I wanted around for a long time and that was going to be outside through the hot FL summers.

I actually realized that I didn't take any "before" pictures and I'm still kicking myself b/c of it.  Think green patio set with a bad brown spray paint job that was peeling off in multiple places. 

So...without further ado here it is now: 

navy blue chippendale patio set

Columbia Coatings RAL 5011 Steel Blue

The color is a true navy but is called RAL 5011 Steel Blue by Columbia Coatings.  The powder coating place I had the work done was ZPS Powder Coatings in Largo, FL.  I strongly recommend them, the owner's name is Mike. 

Here are some close ups of the set.

And here are some photos taken at Dusk (these don't have the glass top).

Anyway, I'm done.  But I absolutely LOVE IT!  It was money well spent, and that's not easy for me to say.  What do you think?  Have you all done any projects that you are gushing about and can't wait to show someone?  Please share!

   Please overlook the condition of our backyard.  It's a work in progress and so far the only money we've spent outside is for the white vinyl privacy fence.  We have big plans that probably won't get off the ground for another couple years.  We have decided to focus on the inside of our house first and have an upcoming KITCHEN REMODEL!  Stay tuned.