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World Market Console Table Makeover: Painted Smoky Blue

We have had this World Market Console Table for awhile now, but I knew it was time for it to have a little makeover.  I have always loved it for several reasons:  1) it’s an adorable style and very sturdy;   2) it’s versatile – can be used in several rooms in the house; and most importantly 3) it’s very reasonably priced!!  But….. it needed a change (or maybe I did – who knows??)   So, for a couple of years, I was simply going to whitewash it.  Then I thought I was going to paint it black.  And then we flooded, so a whole knew idea came to mind.  The World Market Console Table Makeover:  Painted Smoky Blue.  I love how it turned out – do you??  Click here to see the console table in My Fall Home Tour.  ***If you want the look, without having to do the work, skip to the end of the post to shop console tables ***

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WORLD MARKET CONSOLE TABLE MAKEOVER: 

PAINTED SMOKY BLUE

SUPPLIES

  1. World Market Console Table
  2. Sherwin Williams- 7604  Smoky Blue Paint
  3. Liming Wax
  4. Dark Glaze
  5. 2 Glazing Brushes (1 – liming wax, 1 – dark wax)
  6. 1 Angled Paintbrush
  7. Rags and T-shirts
  8. Canva Dropcloth or Plastic Dropcloth
  9. 150 grit Sand paper
  10. Clear Wax

Everett Foyer Table

 

 

Liming Wax 3.25oz Ah

Howard CS7014 Citrus Shield Paste Wax, 11-Ounce, Dark Oak

 

2-in-1 Round Chalk Paint and Wax Brush for Furniture | Professional Annie Sloan Quality | All Natural Bristles with Solid Wood Handle

Purdy 144080325 XL Series Dale Angular Trim Paint Brush, 2-1/2 inch

 

Utopia Towels Shop Towels - (Pack of 25) - Size 13 x 13 Inches - Reusable Commercial Grade 100% Cotton Washable Cleaning Cloths - Perfect Shop Rags for Mechanic Work and Bar MopNew Premium White T-Shirt Material Cloth Rags (1 lb)

 

4 x 12 All Purpose Canvas Cotton Drop Cloth by Chicago CanvasPremier 9' x 12' 1 MIL Clear Plastic Drop Cloth Rolled, 3 Pack, 69730

 

3M 25150P-G Pro Grade No-Slip Grip Advanced Sandpaper, 9 X 11-Inches, 150 Grit. 3/Pack

Trewax Beaumont Clear Paste Wax 197101016

 


WORLD MARKET CONSOLE TABLE MAKEOVER:

PAINTED SMOKY BLUE

STEPS:  (Quick Cheat Sheet)

  1. Dry-brush smoky blue – 3 coats

  2. Sand edges, legs, drawer corners

  3. Apply liming wax

  4. Apply dark wax

  5. Apply clear wax 


BEFORE PICTURES

 

 


WORLD MARKET CONSOLE TABLE MAKEOVER: 

PAINTED SMOKY BLUE

***  Sorry my pictures are not so beautiful, but this is the REAL deal here – LOL!!  I did A LOT of painting while we were flooded, and all of our furniture was stored in the garage.  Just thought I should mention that to make myself feel better 😉 ***

*** After you put down your dropcloth or plastic covering down to protect your floors (or garage- even though I did not- ha!), you are ready to begin.  I always use leftover wood pieces to lift my furniture, but you could use extra paint cans, etc….


STEP 1:  PAINTING 

Dry-brush your table using your angled paintbrush, making sure not to cover it completely.  To dry-brush:  dip your brush into your paint, and then gently dip your brush onto a rag to get the excess paint off.  You will not want a lot of paint on your brush for this method.

 

 

 

 

Let dry overnight.  Then apply 2 more coats covering a little more of the areas where you can see the natural wood peeking through.  Let dry over night between each coat.  You will still have some natural wood peeking through after 3rd coat.

 

 

1ST, 2ND 3RD COATS TOGETHER

 


STEP 2:  SANDING

Sand edges, legs, & drawer corners with 150-grit sandpaper.  Just press firmly to sand in some spots, and then apply lighter pressure in other spots for a more natural distressed look.

*** NOTE ***  I forgot to take pictures after I sanded, so these are after the liming stage.  I just wanted to let you see the sanded areas.

 


STEP 3:  LIMING WAX

*** READ this entire section before you begin this 3rd step, so that you do not make the mistake that I did. ***

You will work in small sections for this step.  Add liming wax with your wax brush in straight lines (not x-motion) brush strokes, then buff with a rag after 15 minutes (not an hour).   I buffed mine with a rag after about 15 mins (not an hour like the can says).  The longer the liming wax stayed on, the harder it was to buff off.  This was my personal preference for the look I wanted – fyi.

You will not need a lot of liming wax on your brush, but you will have to continue to add it after. EVERY. brush mark!!  This is the most time consuming step, but adds the MOST critical part of the project.

***NOTE***  I followed instructions on wax can and did x-MOTION marks (the first time – picture 2 below), but I personally did not like it.  So after it dried, I buffed it with heavy pressure to get x-shaped marks off.   I wanted a cleaner (straight line – picture 3 below) type of look.

 

 

 

Let dry overnight.  It is still a little tacky after the liming wax is applied, and needs to be completely dry before the next step.


STEP 4:  DARK WAX

Using a designated brush, apply dark wax to entire console table.  I also worked in sections for this step, but in bigger sections than liming wax.  Let dark wax sit for 15 mins, and wipe off with t-shirt (not rag).  The t-shirt allows you to glide over the wax without wiping it off completely (like the rag).  Allow some of the dark wax to remain in crevices and grooves for a more authentic antiqued look.

Let dry Completely Overnight.  Then wipe off/buff again – but this time use rag.  The rag will help get ALL excess dark wax off.

 

 

 


STEP 5:  CLEAR WAX

Apply clear wax to entire console table, let dry, and buff to shine.  If you want a shinier finish/look, add 2 – 3 layers of clear wax.  For a matte/flat finish, just apply one layer of clear wax.

*** YOU ARE DONE *** WOOHOO *** CHEERS *** CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES***


Since I am such a visual person, I thought you would benefit from these pictures.  Here it is from beginning to end – showing the different stages.  Now you can definitely see how the liming wax softens the blue color, and adds dimension/texture to the table.  Then the dark wax changes the color again, and blends everything together.  I love how the pictures tell the story – right??


 

 

 

Let me know how your console table makeover turns out!!  I’d love to see it – you got this!!

Happy Painting!!  Love & Hugs 🙂

Want more painting tips or inspiration?  Try Distressed Hand Painted White Round Mirror – DIY, How to Stain Bansiters Dark with Java Gel, or Master Bed Frame Makeover – Painted White.

 


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10 Ways to Add Color To Your Entry

So, if you’re ever read any of my posts, you’ll notice that I love color.  Let me try that again…..I actually NEED color.  I have tried to mimic the adorable black and white “farmhouse look”, and have attempted to live with the sophisticated “neutrals” look – but I just can’t do it!!  Color does personally affect my mood, and changes the way I feel – every. single. day!!  If you are one of those same kind of people, or just really want to try “color” out, then keep reading!  10 Ways to Add Color To Your Entry (Foyer).

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***Spring/Summer Home Tour 2019 coming soon…..***

Lumbar Pillow (white with blue circles), Yellow Striped Throw Blanket


10 WAYS TO ADD COLOR TO YOUR ENTRY 

Here is the list of 10 items that I recommend for adding some color to your entryway this year.  Don’t be afraid – lol!!  Try out a couple of items first, and see how adding color makes you feel.  You can always add more if want to go bold, or you can use lighter colors if you want a softer look.  Just remember, it’s your home so have some fun with it!

LIST:  

  1.  Throw Pillows
  2.  Throw Blankets
  3.  Benches
  4.  Console Tables
  5.  Flowers/Wreaths
  6.  Baskets
  7.  Wall Decor
  8.  Lamps/Lamp Shades
  9.  Rugs
  10.  Decor Accessories/Accents

10 WAYS TO ADD COLOR TO YOUR ENTRY 

#1 – THROW PILLOWS

Adding throw pillows is the easiest way to incorporate color into your entry.  Toss the pillows onto a bench, tuck them in a basket, display them under a console table, or even use them as a welcome message.  Stick with 2 to 3 colors for a clean look, or use an assortment of colors (with same depth) for a boho look.

Click here for:  White with blue circles Lumbar Pillow, Aloha Pineapple Pillow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for:  White with blue circles Lumbar Pillow, Aloha Pineapple Pillow


#2 – THROW BLANKETS

Using throw blankets is another easy way to add a splash of color to your foyer.  Drape them onto an entry bench, tuck them into a basket under a console, or display them on a farmhouse ladder.  Throw blankets are easy to change out from season to season, are budget-friendly, and add a little “warmth” (texture) to your vignette.

Click here for yellow stripe throw blanket.

The last picture (below) is from our living room.  To see more of that post click Opening Up Kitchen Walls to Living Room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Click her for: Yellow Stripe Throw Blanket.


#3 – BENCHES

Use an upholstered bench or painted wooden bench to add color to your entryway.  Who doesn’t love a cute bench these days – right?  They are basically now a staple in home decorating because of their versatility and functionality.

Add toss pillows or throw blankets (like already mentioned), put baskets underneath it for storage, or buy a storage bench – that has hidden storage built-in.  I’m showing 4 ways to use the entry bench –  layering on the color one step at a time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for:  Lumbar Pillow (white with blue circles), Aloha Pineapple Pillow, Yellow Striped Throw Blanket


#4 – CONSOLE TABLES

Paint an existing console table ( my tutorial click here ) a neutral shade to blend with other hues in the same color scheme, or go bold if you want the entry table to be a feature piece.  I painted my entry table a deep smoky blue color with gray undertones to keep it more neutral, and to add depth/dimension to my color palette.  This helps me to decorate with a monochromatic blue color scheme, while using yellow as my accent color.

***TIP***  Use a white or black console table as “your color” in the entry as well.  These 2 colors will also help with adding contrast to other colors (even though they read as neutrals).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#5 – FLOWERS/WREATHS

I absolutely LOVE flowers, especially at spring and summer time!!  So, I tend to go a LITTLE overboard – lol!!  I know in the past the big thing was to go with “fresh flowers”- but they tend to get expensive- quickly.  Silk flowers have come a long way in the last 5 years or so.  It’s very difficult now to tell the difference between fresh and artificial flowers.

Add large or long stems for big impact, and use smaller blooms or bushels for soft accents.  Put flowers in vases, hang them in mason jars on the wall, or use wreaths.  You can also tuck them in baskets or let the petals casually fall on a tray…..let your creativity go wild.  If it makes you happy – then it’s ok!!

The last 2 pictures are from our 1) fall foyer – click Fall Home Tour 2018 and 2) Easter decor – click My Easter Tablescape:  Blue & Yellow if you want to read more about those posts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#6 – BASKETS

Adding baskets is a great way to incorporate color, pattern, texture and function!!  Win- win!!  Use neutral shades to ground your color palette, or punch up your color a notch by using colored baskets.

***TIP***  Even a straw-colored “neutral” basket actually reads like a color.  It will pick up tans, yellows, wheat-color, or even gold tones.  And the farmhouse baskets….they have gray undertones.  So they can read as blues, grays, charcoal, or greige.

***TIP*** If you have some older baskets at home that you no longer care for, or they have gotten a little worn out – paint them!!  I painted the basket under the blue console table (below) white to hide some of the areas that had faded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for:  Lumbar Pillow (white with blue circles), Aloha Pineapple Pillow, Yellow Striped Throw Blanket


#7 – WALL DECOR

Use wall art to add pops of color to your entry, and to add interest.  It’s kind of like the chicken before the egg thing – do you pick your wall decor first, and then find coordinating accents colors.  Or do you find your accent colors first, and then hope to find similar colors in your art piece.

Normally, you would pick your artwork first, and then pull colors out of the piece to work with.  But if you like to use two main colors (like blue and white) with one accent pop of color (yellow), then you can find artwork in either of these colors.

***TIP***  Use a mirror to showcase something on the opposite wall, as your accent color (see 3rd picture below).  The bottom black mirror is at a perfect angle to see my throw pillows on our bench.

The last picture is from our master bedroom.  Click Home Tour:  Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom to see that post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#8 – LAMPS/LAMP SHADES

I know that lamps and lamp shades are not the first items that come to mind when thinking of adding color to your entry vignette.  But they are one of the easiest ways to add contrast to an existing color palette, or to actually add the “pop” of color to a more neutral color palette.

I personally have a love affair with lamps, so I do go a little cra-zee with them.  I don’t really follow any rules (or trends) too much with lamps/ shades either.  If I like it – I use it 🙂 My favorite lamp bases tend to have antique shapes, and my lamp shades tend to be bold.  Just gotta roll with who you are, and use things that make you smile!!

Related posts for pictures below:  Fall Home Tour 2018, Setting a Fall Table, Opening up Kitchen Walls, Master Bed Frame Makeover – Painted White.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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# 9 – RUGS

Adding rugs (with color) is definitely one of my absolute favorite ways to add personality to an entryway.  Rugs actually set the tone of your home, and give your guests an idea of how your home life runs.   Are you more formal, casual, or playful?

I tend to choose rugs that are a color + white:  1) blue and white, 2) gray and white, 3) seafoam and white are some of mine.  This style of colorful rug choice, helps me to “pop” other accent colors out without too much effort.

This style also allows me to play with the accent hues:  1) bright yellow vs. mustard yellow, 2) dark teal blue vs. sea glass blue, 3) deep coral pink vs. rose pink.

The last 2 pictures are from other posts:  Click Hurricane Harvey Flooded House Makeover or My House Paint Colors:  House of Blues to read more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#10 – DECOR ACCESSORIES/ACCENTS

Using decorative accents is of course the most obvious way to add color to your entry.  You can try colorful vases, books, trays, candles/candle sticks,  fill lanterns with colorful items, picture frames, or your favorite accessories (like my pineapple – lol)!!  And yes, I know that it is white – but it “pops” off my blue console table…..so it reads as a color.

***TIP*** Try to use home decor accents that are in one or 2 colors only .  This helps create a more unified or cohesive”look,” and keeps your console table from looking busy.

***TIP*** Don’t forget to incorporate items that represent you and your family.  Remember that your home tells YOUR story, shares YOUR memories, welcomes YOUR guests. 🙂

The last picture is from another post.  Click  Fall To Christmas Decorating:  3 Easy Tips to read more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hope you found some new inspiration, and will try out a couple of the ways to add some color to your home.  If you had to pick a favorite from the list, which one would it be?  Here are mine:  Lumbar Pillow (white with blue circles), Aloha Pineapple Pillow, Yellow Striped Throw Blanket

Shoot me some pictures of your new colorful entry – I’d love to see how it turns out!

Happy Spring and Summer Everyone!!

Love & Colorful Hugs 🙂

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26 Gorgeous Easter Tablescapes to Try

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Home Tour:  Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom

 

 

 

 

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15 BEST Round Mirrors

So I have been in LOVE with round mirrors for so long I can’t even remember when it began!!  There is something about the soft shape that allows the eye to move effortlessly around the room, and really makes a statement all at the same time.  Plus, you can use them in every room of your house.   Win-Win!!  So, here are my picks for the 15 BEST Round Mirrors.


15 BEST ROUND MIRRORS

 

Pick your own mirror style:

  • big or small
  • simplistic or bold
  • by itself or in groups
  • over wallpaper or tile
  • hanging with rope or leather

Pick your own mirror material:

  • metal
  • wood
  • plastic

Whatever your style, your budget, or room you want to use it……there IS a Round Mirror For You!!

Want more round mirror eye candy:  check out my pinterest board round MIRROR love.

 

 

 


15 BEST ROUND MIRRORS

Grey dresser, round mirror, vase with greenery, tabletop styling Studio McGee || Friday Inspiration: Our Top Pinned Images This Week
NO. 1 source: studio-mcgee

 

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NO. 2 source: terminartors.com

 

35 Gorgeous Natural Brick Fireplace Ideas (Part 2)
NO.3  source: thetarnishedjewelblog.com

 

// thoughts on things // check this tiny boho retreat
NO. 4  source: amberinteriordesign.com

 

The master bedroom’s closet was transformed into a private master bathroom, since the previous floor plan provided only one bathroom upstairs. We added a large, spacious shower with carrara marble tile, carrara marble countertops, shiplap for dimension, built-in shelving, new fixtures and hardware. The original hardwood floors were also able to be saved in this space, so they were refinished and looked good as new.
NO. 5  source: magnoliahomes.net

 

hamptons mansion - love the textured dark blue wallpaper in the powder room with white vanity and marble top
NO. 6  source: hamptons-magazine.com

 

Welcome to the blog's NEW category Shop Our Home: Dining Room by thetarnishedjewelblog.com. Get links to your favorite items!
NO. 7  source: thetarnishedjewelblog.com

 

This entryway packs a punch with pops of bold yellow and a patterned wall. The wallpaper accent wall peeks through at the end of the room for a perfect dose of pattern and the yellow in the design matches the color of the door. The console table serves as a dropping zone for small objects with a basket underneath to stores other necessary items.
NO. 8  source: bhg.com

 

29 Fabulous Wallpaper Ideas to Try for Your Powder Bathroom
NO. 9  source: deringhall.com

 

Fresh olive branches bring this sweet + simple dresser vignette to life More #projectcostamesa photos coming to a feed near you soon! // @chadmellon
N0. 10  source: instagram.com (blackband design)

 

Beach Style Powder Room Design
NO. 11  source: dwellingdecor.com

 

The Serras Hotel Barcelona ***** | Luxury Hotel Gothic Quarter Barcelona | OFFICIAL SITE
NO. 12  source: hoteltheserrabarcelona.com

 

framed mirrors on tiled wall, like the towel storage unde the vanity a lot.
NO. 13  source: viewalongtheway.com

 

30 Stunning White Brick Fireplace Ideas (Part 1)
NO. 14  source: ccandmike.com

 

Gorgeous feminine all-white bathroom with brass fixtures and pretty pink roses. Perfection!
NO. 15  source: laurenconrad.com

 


 

So, which one is your favorite??  I’d love to hear some feedback from you?  My absolute favorite is NO. 4 – just love how happy that room makes me feel!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE!! 

LOVE & HUGS:)

Want More Inspiration, click:

Smoky blue console table makeover

Distressed round mirror tutorial

 

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12 Kitchen Upgrades

Opening Kitchen Wall To Living Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My House Paint Colors: House of Blues

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and enjoyed spending time with family and friends!!  Christmas is always such a magical season each year and I hang on to all of the memories as long as I can….and then it’s back to work – LOL!!  So, here we go!!  My House Paint Colors:  House of Blues.

To continue along with this magical theme, I decided it was time to do a post about entire house paint colors.  I have been wanting to do a post on the colors we used downstairs in our rebuild (FOR.EV.ER), but time has just breezed by this fall.  There is something truly magical about the way paint color transforms a room, and I wanted to share the names and paint colors we chose for each room.  I hope you find tons of inspiration to begin your 2019 off with a bang!!

***I’ll do a post on How to Choose Paint Colors in the next post.  This post will just contain pictures and names of our house paint colors.***

 


  My House Paint Colors:  House of Blues

***ALL SHERWIN WILLIAMS –  Latex, Eggshell ***

  • FOYER –  Tinsmith (SW 7657)
  • DINING – Silver Strand (SW 7057), Accent  Wall – Naval (SW 6244)
  • KITCHEN – Silver Strand (SW 7057)
  • LIVING ROOM – Silver Strand (SW 7057)
  • OFFICE – Aqua-Sphere (SW 7613)
  • POWDER BATH – Lakeshore (SW 6494)
  • HALL – Silver Strand (SW 7057), Accent Wall – Tempe Star (SW 6229)
  • LAUNDRY – Aqua-Sphere (SW 7613)
  • MASTER BEDROOM – Silver Strand (SW 7057), Accent Wall – Naval (SW 6244)
  • MASTER BATHROOM – Silver Strand (SW 7057)

***All Trim/Cabinets/Vanities – OIL BASED Semigloss***

  • KITCHEN CABINETS/TRIM – Snowbound (SW 7004)
  • MASTER BATH VANITIES – Naval (SW 6244)

My House Paint Colors

So you can tell from the colorsnap tool, that our house paint colors have a  blue/gray base to them, with hints of a green undertone.  I personally tend to lean green (because I am a nature lover) – so my paint colors reflect that in their base color.  I also choose paint colors with a blue-base rather than a yellow-base.  Those are the colors I wear in clothing, and therefore the ones I like to work with.

If I had to pick a decor “style” for our house from my color palette, I would describe it as coastal farmhouse chic…..kinda – LOL!!  What do you think?  What is your style?  Let’s get to some colors!!


LATEX PAINT

FOYER:

 

***Want to see more foyer pictures, click Fall Home TourFall to Christmas Decorating, or Smoky Blue Console Table.***


DINING ROOM:

***Want to see more dining room pictures, click Christmas Dining Room or Setting a Fall Table.***


KITCHEN/LIVING ROOM:

 

***Want to see more kitchen and living room pictures, click Five Secrets for Fall Decorating or Hurricane Harvey Flooded House Makeover (part 2).***


OFFICE:

 


POWDER BATH:  

 


HALL: 

 

 


LAUNDRY:


MASTER BEDROOM:

 

***Want to see more master bedroom pictures, click Master Bed Frame Makeover or Nightstands Makeover.***


MASTER BATHROOM:

 

Want to see more master bath pictures, click Master Bath Remodel .***


OIL-BASED PAINT

CABINETS/TRIM/BARN DOORS:  WHITE


BLUE VANITIES:  NAVY


So, which color is your favorite?  And will you use one of the colors in your house?  Let me know what you decide!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019 FRIENDS!!!  

LOVE & NEW YEAR HUGS 🙂

 

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Fall to Christmas Decorating: 3 EASY Tips

So, Thanksgiving is over and it’s officially time to pull out your Christmas decorations.  But for some reason this year, you’re a little more tired than usual!!  Could it be because:  your boss gave you an extra work assignment, or maybe the kids’ crazy schedules (school Christmas parties, extracurricular activities &  the Church Christmas program), OR maybe it’s your husband’s “football watching schedule” – hahaha!!  And don’t feel bad – all of these things are important… they really are!!  It’s just that you just could USE.A LITTLE.HELP!!  Anyone??  Fly Me In An Angel Please!!  Enter in……Fall to Christmas Decorating:  3 EASY Tips .

Click How To Make The Perfect Bow to get gorgeous bows for the Christmas Decorating season.


FALL TO CHRISTMAS DECORATING:  (3 EASY Tips)

When making the transition from Fall to Christmas decorating, follow these 3 tips.  They work in every room of the house, and they are super EASY to follow.  It’s kind of like a math formula, except it’s for your house.  Plug the formula in, fill in the blanks, and woo-lah!!  You have a winner!!

3 EASY Tips = Decorating Formula

TIP #1:  Start with a  color scheme that you can work with for both seasons,  in order to keep decorations to a minimum.

TIP #2:  Keep big items the same…..and change out the smaller accent pieces.

TIP #3:  Use existing decorations (from Fall) and alter to fit new holiday (Christmas).  

These tips will work in every room of your house.  But to save some time, I am only going to focus this post on the dining room, foyer (entry), living room/kitchen.  These are my favorite rooms to decorate, so I thought I would focus on these areas.

THREE MAIN AREAS:  

  1. Dining Room
  2. Foyer (entry)
  3. Living Room/Kitchen

 DINING ROOM:

TIP #1:  Start with a  color scheme that you can work with for both seasons,  in order to keep decorations to a minimum.

In the dining room I chose navy and white as my main color theme, and then changed out the Fall (orange) to the Christmas (red).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DINING ROOM:

TIP #2:  Keep big items the same…..and change out the smaller accent pieces.

Here again I kept the same lamps/shades, mirror, and candles sticks the same…..but just changed out the wreaths and table accent pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

***NOTE***  I changed out my rug this year (moved to my living room), but normally this would stay the same.  Since flooding- I was a little over excited to do some switcher-oos ;).  I needed the blue and white rug to carry out the navy color theme into the living room, so I switched them out.  See how that works??


DINING ROOM:

TIP #3:  Use existing decorations and alter to fit new holiday.  

If possible, use the same table linens (runner, place mats and napkins) and change out napkin rings, glasses, or chargers.  

In here, the biggest change was getting rid of the gold chargers & pumpkins (orange tones) and replacing with pops of bold red.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the tablescape broken down by steps.  If you look at my post Setting a Fall Table in 8 Easy Steps, you will be able to compare the two different seasons.

 

Plus, you can see how easy it is to remove a couple of accents of one color, and simply replace them with another color.  LOVE IT!!

 

 

 

 

Things that remained the same in the dining room (NAVY DECOR):

  1. table runner
  2. napkins
  3. place mats
  4. plates
  5. lamps/lampshades
  6. candle sticks with navy glass balls

Things that I changed or added (RED ACCENTS):

  1. red wreath
  2. red berries candle rings
  3. red martini glasses
  4. red napkin rings
  5. red poinsettia table garland
  6.  red candles to table

 

I also added some silver ornaments to the chandelier,  “joy” letters to the buffet, and 2 mercury glass decanters to the table.  All of these are neutral in color, but add a metallic (shiny) component.  These help break up all of the bold, dark colors and let light bounce around.

Since I knew I was hosting Dinner this year at my house, I removed the blue vase/flowers and opted for the above mentioned silver mercury decanters instead.  I wanted to keep the sight line clear so that we could see each other and visit…. without a floating distraction on the table.  I also decided to use my plain white bowls in place of my polka dot bowls to keep the table decor all unified.  I really wanted the red to POP and get all of the glory!!

Now, we will just keep using the same tips (formula) for each room.


FOYER (ENTRY):

TIP #1:  Start with a  color scheme that you can work with for both seasons,  in order to keep decorations to a minimum.

In the foyer I kept the blue and white again, but got rid of the yellow.  I decided to use different shades of blue to add depth, and used pops of red on my Christmas tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


FOYER (ENTRY):

TIP #2:  Keep big items the same…..and change out the smaller accent pieces.

On my console, I kept the basic foundation the same.  I changed the Fall decor (yellow) to Christmas  decor (3 large ornaments, trees, and sleigh).  See below for tutorial on buffalo check ornaments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


FOYER (ENTRY):

TIP #3:  Use existing decorations and alter to fit new holiday. 

In the 2 candle lanterns on the bottom shelf, I replaced the Fall decor (pine cones) with Christmas decor (ornaments).   I also kept my white basket, but simply removed the yellow throw and replaced it with a blue pillow (above picture).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

BUFFALO CHECK ORNAMENTS

Click Buffalo Check DIY Christmas Ornament Balls (part 2) for the tutorial or Buffalo Check DIY Snowman: Using Emboridery Hoops (part 1) for that tutorial.

Either of these DIY projects would be perfect for an Christmas entry or foyer.

 

 

 

 

Things that remained the same (BLUE/WHITE DECOR):

  1. two pictures
  2. two lamps
  3. wall hanger knob
  4. blue console
  5. white basket

 

Things that I changed or added ( CHRISTMAS DECOR):

  1. three buffalo check ornaments
  2. white bottle brush tree set
  3. white fur, silver  and navy sleigh
  4. two turquoise ornaments
  5. blue home pillow

*** replaced Fall decor from silver lanterns with Christmas decor….. photo below***

 

 

 

 

 


LIVING ROOM/KITCHEN:

TIP #1:  Start with a  color scheme that you can work with for both seasons,  in order to keep decorations to a minimum.

In my living room, I used the same blue and white color theme again, and switched out the pops of orange with pops of red, green and turquoise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click Christmas Snowman:  DIY Cotton Ball Wreath for the tutorial.  It’s a very

budget friendly way to decorate a large wall.

It can be made with 2 or 3 wreaths, depending on your wall dimension.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


LIVING ROOM/KITCHEN:

TIP #2:  Keep big items the same…..and change out the smaller accent pieces.

In my breakfast nook I switched out my orange pillow with the matching plaid pillow.  I love this rug and pillow combo!!  The rug has both orange and red tones so I can use it for both seasons – win-win!!

Click Fall Home Tour 2018 to see more pictures of my house or 5 Secrets to Fall Decorating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


LIVING ROOM/KITCHEN:

TIP #3:  Use existing decorations and alter to fit new holiday. 

In my living room, I used the same throw pillows, lamp, and ladder decor ….but just switched some accents out.  I removed  the fall orange plaid and dark teal throw blankets, and replaced with a muted cornflower blue throw blanket.  I switched the linen lampshade for a dark navy lampshade.   And then I changed out Fall (oranges) for Christmas (reds).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also changed out my rugs (went to dining room) so that I could add more navy and white to the living room.  I love how I can switch out those 2 rugs.  It’s like getting a new room without a new pricetag!!

 

 

Want to see how I painted the entry table blue, Click World Market Console Table Maekover:  Painted Smoky Blue.

Want more Christmas Decorating inspiration, Click Christmas Dining Room:  Navy + Red, 20 Best Christmas Wreaths,  or 33 Fabulous Christmas Stairs Ideas.

Want ideas for an adorable Christmas Party, Click Let It Snow DONUT Christmas Party:  (part 1) and Food Planning (part 2)

Have a great week!!  Love & Hugs 🙂

 

 

 

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Our Home

HI!  This section of my blog is set up for posts and pictures of our house.  I will be adding some home tours as soon as I get settled in.  We are still unpacking and getting organized post Hurricane Harvey, but hopefully in the next week or two I will be adding to this section.  Here are some preview pictures of our home.

***UPDATED MARCH 20, 2019***  New post links, house paint colors, and more pictures added to the “Our Home” Section.

Looking to shop items from our home click Home Shop.  Need some help or can’t find something specific, shoot me a comment on the contact page.  Thanks for stopping by. 🙂


OUR HOUSE PAINT COLORS:

  1.  Dining – Naval, Silver Strand
  2.  Master  Bed- Naval, Silver Strand
  3.  Master Bath – Silver Strand
  4.  Entry – Tinsmith
  5.  Living/Kitchen – Silver Strand
  6.  Office/Laundry – Aqua Sphere
  7.  Powder Bath – Lakeshore
  8.  Hall – Tempe Star, Silver Strand
  9.  Outside Bath – Silver Strand
  10.  White Trim/Cabinets – Snowbound
  11.  Navy Cabinets – Naval

***POSTS FROM OUR HOME – UPDATED***

New pictures of posts from our home are now available – yay!! Click on the picture to link to the blog post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


PICTURES FROM OUR HOME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by the tarnished jewel blog!!  If you have any questions or comments, shoot me an email in the contact page.  I’d love to hear from you 🙂

jael

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Projects & Tips

HI!!   Projects & Tips is set up as my main category for all of my posts. On the right side of my website you will find all of the posts that I have done if you want to search for something specific (or you can also type it into the search bar).   I have my posts divided into decorating tips, holiday decorating,  home projects, painted furniture/items, and parties/events/cooking.  I also have a category for our home where I will post some home tours of well – “our home”(LOL), and Gabbi’s Corner (posts that I will do with my mom).

Here are some of my most popular blog posts:  Check them out by clicking on the  picture!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out some of my most recent posts on the home page to the RIGHT.  I am adding more posts now that we have settled back into our house.

If you are looking for something specific and can’t seem to find it, or have any other questions or comments…..shoot me an email on my contact tab.  I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!  Love & Hugs 🙂

jael

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Modern Farmhouse Staple: The Antique Black Bed (Part 1)

In every industry, you have go-to items, must-have items, staples that people cannot live without.  In the consumer industry, you have food and drinks.  In the fashion industry you have clothes and shoes.  And in the Modern Farmhouse Industy (yep, i called it an industry 😉 ) …..you have barn doors, shiplap walls, and YES….the Antique Black Bed.  End result….Modern Farmhouse Staple:  The Antique Black Bed.

The antique (or reproduction) black bed is the epitome of farmhouse style: bold frame, simple lines, and a very understated cry for attention. But make no mistake…..it makes the biggest impression in the bedroom!! It. IS. Farmhouse…. and is a must-have to complete your modern farmhouse look!!   It can go with any farmhouse transitional style as well:  farmhouse chic, farmhouse coastal, farmhouse boho, farmhouse traditonal, farmhouse rustic, and more.  So, if you are not completely committed to the modern farmhouse style, simply change out the accessories in the room, and you have a new style!!

***UPDATE:  I have done a follow up post (PART 2) if you are interested in a particular style of bed for purchase.  I have provided 20 beautiful choices to help give you the master bedroom (or guest bedroom) that you’ve been dreaming of & deserve!!.  Click HERE for more antique black bed information and happy shopping 🙂 ***


MODERN FARMHOUSE STAPLE:  ANTIQUE BLACK BED (Part 1)

So, what is the skinny on this modern farmhouse antique black bed? 

There are two styles that show up in all modern farmhouse bedrooms:  1.  the wooden spool bed and 2.  the iron bed.

The Modern Farmhouse Staple: The Antique Black Bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
source: antiqueshoppefl.com

 

1)  The wooden spool bed– is named after a famous Swedish Opera Singer,  Johanna “Jenny” Maria Lind, born in Stockholm in 1820 (antiqueshoppefl.com).  She was a very popular singer in Europe, but didn’t come to tour in America until 1850 (antiqueshoppefl.com).  It was during this time in America that she began to favor the spool bed, and that is how it got it’s name (antiqueshoppefl.com).  But the story has a little twist.  Of the two pictures to the left, the bottom picture is actually the spool bed of that time, but the top picture is what has been “coined” (incorrectly) as the Jenny Lind bed (antiqueshoppefl.com).  So if you want to learn the true history of the Jenny Lind bed, click antiqueshoppefl.com.   This is a great article for all you antique lovers out there!!

The Modern Farmhouse Staple: The antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
source: cathousebeds.com

 

2)   Iron beds were made in the USA and Europe, and were popular from the early 1800’s until about 1914 (cathousebeds.com). Production of iron beds came to a stop because of iron needed for World War I (cathousebeds.com) and the war efforts at that time. Once the war ended in 1918, styles changed, and iron bed frames were no longer cost effective (cathousebeds.com). It would take days for small furniture makers to make ONE hand-made iron bed. Cry- cry, sniff- sniff!! Thank goodness furniture companies have been able to build reproductions similar to the antique versions. If you want to learn more about the 8 iron bed frame styles, tubing, and castings ….. click cathousebeds.com. This company is incredible, and rich in knowledge and product!

As you scroll through the 35 Antique Black Bed pictures below, what catches your eye?  Are you a straight lines kind of girl/guy…..or do you like some curves?  Do you like the delicate lines or more masculine lines?  Wooden Spool or Iron?   ***This post will contain pictures of both iron & wooden, antique & reproduction, – black beds. ***


MODERN FARMHOUSE STAPLE:  ANTIQUE BLACK BED (Part 1)

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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
source: thetarnishedjewelblog.com (magnoliamarket.com)

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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to completer your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
source: magnoliamarket.com

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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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The modern farmhouse staple: the antique black bed to complete your bedroom makeover.
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Do you have a favorite?  Wooden or Iron?  Simple lines, Curves, or Scrolls?  Four Poster, Canopy or Plain frame? Shoot me a comment.

 

SHOP THE LOOK: Looking to purchase the bed of your dreams, click (Part 2)

 

Have a Great Week!!  Love & Hugs 🙂

 

Need more modern farmhouse inpiration?  Click here for modern farmhouse bar stools, click here for shiplap, or click here for modern farmhouse find your style mood boards.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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30 Stunning White Brick Fireplace Ideas (Part 1)

So besides me, who is LOVING the white brick fireplace trend??!!  It is just so clean and fresh, and can be incorporated into almost any home decor style.  I love how the subtle texture of the brick blends with the smooth linear lines of the mantel to create a little piece of quiet  drama.  And since I just happen to be crushing on this white fireplace style, and we just happen to be remodeling our fireplace ANYWAY…….I thought I would share these 30 stunning white brick fireplace ideas and inspirational pictures with you (in case you are on the fence about having it done or doing it diy style).  Since I’m loving ALL brick fireplaces right now, I thought I would break these up into 2 posts:  white brick fireplaces (Part 1), and unpainted brick fireplaces (Part 2) coming soon.

As you scroll through the pictures, you can tell how different all the styles are:  modern farmhouse,  coastal, boho chic, modern, cottage, traditional, and more.  Each fireplace is also one-of-a-kind……don’t we alll want to say we have something “custom” in our house?  LOL!!   You can do a ton of different looks with the brick:  change the direction of the brick pattern, layer it high or keep it low, use as a fireplace surround or as the entire fireplace, keep straight lines or use arches, etc.  Plus if you already have it in your house (& it’s an ugly color because it’s from the 80’s) you change the color by painting it – like…. today!!! WOO-HOO!!

And I just have to give a shout out to the QUEEN of white brick fireplace inspiration…..Joanna Gaines!!  Everything she does is magical, and the white brick fireplace is no exception!!  Her shiplap and white brick creation is simple perfection, and I love it so much that I am adding it to my house….. even as we speak.  I can’t wait to add mine to the mix – making it thirty-ONE white brick fireplaces!!! 😉

***If you are looking for more help on this as a diy project, scroll down to the end of the post for some tutorials.  These tutorials are not mine or performed by me,  but ones that I recommend for you to try.   Hopefully, theses tutorials will help you decide if this is a diy project you can take on, or something that you should hire out.***  So, let’s get rolling….

30 STUNNING WHITE BRICK FIREPLACE IDEAS (PART 1)

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source: hgtv.com (fixer upper)

 

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source: decorpad.com

Isn’t it great how the color and style of the mantel completely sets the tone and style of the room?  It can be painted white for a crisp, clean  (modern look), left natural (boho look), stained dark (traditional look), cedar (rustic or modern farmhouse look), hung with corbels (cottage), etc.  The mantels can be prominent or subtle, and sometimes there is no mantel at all.  The possibilities are endless!!  As you scroll through these, you’ll be able to see the differences.  And you’ll also begin to lean towards one or 2 distinct styles- right??

 

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source: decorpad.com

White fireplaces are not limited only to the indoors.  Continue the fireplace theme onto an attached outdoor patio, a closed-in sunroom, or a detached outdoor kitchen/seating area.  It will add texture to smooth surfaces like concrete and tiled floors, and will create a beautiful ambiance for nighttime entertaining.  Can’t you just see the kiddos toasting marshmallows for s’mores while the adults sip wine?  Oh yeah- I’m there!!!

 

source: addicted2decorating.com

 

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You can tell how the different shades of white paint colors (on the fireplace) change the mood and feel of the room.  The brighter whites create a “cleaner” formal style (below), whereas the softer whites create a more “relaxed’ style (above).  The height of the fireplace also changes the feel of the room.  Lower ceilings and fireplaces lean toward a more casual style (above) and provide a cozier environment whereas as a taller fireplace adds more drama and sophistication (below) creating a more formal environment.  BOTH of these rooms are extremely gorgeous…..it just depends on the look you are going for, and the mood you want to create for your home.

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The hearth also plays a huge part in the “feel” of the room. In the picture above, the fireplace does not have a hearth and is set up to provide warmth to the dining room.   It doesn’t need to invite guests to sit down and relax, because they are close enough to the fire while they are sitting in the dining chairs.  In the picture below, the fireplace does have a hearth and is set up for a place to come and “cozy up” in the larger family room.  The hearth is needed here to provide additional seating for larger groups of guests, and to provide an area to come “warm up”, due to the larger sized room.  Once again…just depends on the function and style of your room.

 

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Notice the arch in the picture above?  I love the softness it creates when compared to all of the linear lines.  It also adds an “old world” or authentic look to the fireplace-right?  But don’t be fooled….arches can be incorporated into more modern fireplaces too (go back to picture 5).  It just depends on what you do to the rest of the fireplace design that changes the style.

Note the position of the fireplace position in all of the rooms pictured also.  Some fireplaces are designed to go in the middle of the room, whereas some are off-centered (picture below) or positioned in the corner of a room.  Some have bookshelves adjoining them, some have windows, some have walls, and some have open spaces (outdoors or two-sided fireplaces).  Each fireplace has it’s own unique look- love this!!

 

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Don’t forget about the inside of the fire box either.  The herringbone pattern (above) with the soft or dark yellows hues adds interest and character to a simple fireplace design.  Want it to look more subtle, go with the lighter shades of yellow.  Want more drama, go with the darker or brighter shades of yellow (like the last picture by Studio-McGee).   It also creates a natural focal point, drawing the eye down away from the not-so-attractive TV!!!  What will they think of next?

 

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source:  studio-mcgee.com

 

All of these white brick fireplaces (and rooms) are just sooooo stunning!!  So, which ones are your favorites?  Difficult to choose…I hear ya!!  If you would like to learn more about painting your existing fireplace white, read the tutorials below.  It’s amazing what some paint can do to transform an out-dated fireplace.


***DIY TUTORIALS***

If you have existing brick on your fireplace that you have been wanting to paint white, read the 3 tutorials listed below (just click on the link below the picture).  Each of these tutorials gives great advice and tips to help you through the process, and take your worries away.  No reason to keep that ugly old fireplace anymore…..especially when painted brick fireplaces are on trend.  Painting it will lighten your entire room, giving it a much more modern and fresh look, and will change the entire style of your room.  Plus, it will be clean!!  Ok- so who’s in??  Try it and let me know how it goes.

 

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Have a Great Weekend!!  Love & Hugs – Jael 🙂

 

Need some painting tips…..try  Distressed Hand-Painted White Round Mirror DIY or  How to Stain Banisters Dark with Java Gel.

Want to learn more about shiplap, and how to add it to your home or fireplace try 41 Shiplap Ideas (Not just for Walls)

 


Here is my fireplace that they are working on.  I’ll post “after” pictures when it is all done and painted!!

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10 Ways to Add Buffalo Check

Buffalo check is a timeless pattern that has been trending for the last couple of years.  It adds a fun and fresh look to any room, and is easy to incorporate.  You can find it in almost every color, so it remains popular for all decor styles.   Favorite color trends still tend to lean towards navy check and black check, but any color will work.  If it is too bold of a pattern for you, use a smaller size check instead.  10 Ways to Use Buffalo Check   (without breaking the bank).

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10 ways to use Buffalo Check  (without breaking the bank)

1 – Throw Pillows

2 – Table Runners/Table Covers

3 –  Curtains, Valances, & Shades

4 – Chairs/Cushions/Bar Stools – Upholstery

5 – Lampshades/Light Pendants

6 – Ottomans/Benches/Poufs

7 – Napkins/Placemats

8 – Rugs/Tile Flooring

9 – Bedding

10 – Wallpaper/Wall Tile


10 ways to use Buffalo Check  (without breaking the bank)

1- THROW PILLOWS

Throw pillows are a small way to make a big impact, and are light on the pocketbook. They can be a short term or long term commitment, and come in different sizes.  You can also change out most pillow covers and tuck them away in a drawer for easy storage.

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2 – TABLE RUNNERS & TABLE COVERS

You can use a fabric runner on a dining/kitchen table, or use it on a console/buffet.  It adds just a little bit of color to a plain piece of furniture, and sets a beautiful backdrop for dishes and stemware.  Or add buffalo check as a table cover for maximum drama to anchor the entire place setting.

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3 – CURTAINS, VALANCES, SHADES

Add a small amount of check fabric to the edge of a plain curtain panel/valance with stitch witchery, if you want to add a custom trim look.  Iron it on, and then you can take it off if/when you want to change it.  You can also sew your own valance or curtains with buffalo check fabric (from Hobby Lobby) or buy a pair  – see below.

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4- CHAIR/CUSHION/BAR STOOLS – UPHOLSTERY

Cover an existing chair from home, or buy a chair cushion, accent chair, or even bar stools.  You could cover a kitchen/dining chair, bench cushion, or antique accent chair for a DIY project.   ***TIP*** If you want to go bold, use at least a pair of cushions or chairs for more emphasis, and go with the larger big check print.  For a more subtle look, go with lighter colors and the smaller check print.

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5- LAMPSHADES/LIGHT PENDANTS

Lampshades and light pendants can add a playful dose of buffalo check without overwhelming anything else in the room it is in.  It can be used as the only pattern, keeping the rest of the accessories neutral (so it really pops), or use it with other patterns to add interest.  Cover an existing lampshade with your own fabric, or buy lampshades- see below.

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6 – OTTOMANS, BENCHES, & POUFS 

Add ottomans, storage bench, or poufs to your home for a small pop of color.  These seating “gems” are perfect for extra guests, holding throw pillows/blankets and can easily tuck under consoles when not in use.  You can even use these as an coffee table or end tables depending on your living room arrangement or pull up to your dining table for a little whimsy.  These are definitely a go-to at my house.

 

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  7- NAPKINS/PLACEMATS

Using dinner napkins/placemats is a very easy way to add buffalo check to your table setting.  Different colors can be used throughout the year for many holiday events (try red, black, and green).   Any color will work, so just play around with the colors you like most.

***TIP***  You can  use buffalo check napkins to make cafe curtains. Just use clip rings to hang, and/or hem rod pocket with stitch witchery.  They work great in kitchens.

 

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8- RUGS/TILE FLOORING

If you are afraid to go “all in” with buffalo check on floors, use a 4′ x 6′ rug (or smaller) in an entry, powder bath, or at back door to add just a punch.  More daring- use a 5′ x 8′ rug (or larger) to set the tone of a living room, kitchen, or dining room.  Carpet squares and floor tiles are another floor option as well, just more permanent/costly.

 

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9- BEDDING

Use buffalo check on duvets, comforters, sheets, pillowcases and/or throw pillow to add it to bedrooms.   Duvets and comforters make a larger impact, and throw pillows add a smaller impact.  Buffalo check is extremely versatile- can go in both adult and kids’ bedrooms.  Add white to really make it pop, and add bright colors to make it playful.  You can also tone it down with natural colors like tan and beige, or pair with burlap fabric.

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10-WALLPAPER/WALL TILE

Buffalo check wallpaper and tile are definitely not temporary additions to your home, and will be more costly than the other nine options mentioned.  But do I really need to explain the WOW factor they provide??!!  This navy and black buffalo check Wallpaper by Caitlin Wilson is adorable.  You can also do the buffalo check tile pattern in the shower (above pic), also designed by Caitlin Wilson.  Both of them make a statement, but yet still keep the style classic and clean.

 

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Which one would you love to use, and where would you use it in your house?  Or maybe on your front porch like the outdoor throw pillows?  Anywhere you choose is going to be beautiful!!

If you’re looking to shop buffalo check items, or want a little more information on specific items, try Trend Alert:  41 Reasons Buffalo Check is Still Going Strong.

Have a Great Day!!  Love & hugs 🙂

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