I don’t know how, but I completely spaced on posting an update on my funky $5 lamp that I brought home from a trip to Bluebird Market ages ago. You can see all about my trip and my haul in my post “A Little Birdie Told Me”.
I fell in love with this lamp’s unique shape and unusual size. The detail is a funny aged faux wood grain effect. Um, or that’s just the best way I can describe it.
For a couple of months it sat on an end table in my living room and remained what I dubbed “Scooby Doo” green. Yikes! I grabbed a can of gold pray paint at the hardware store for my ridiculous high heel shoe bookends when I realized that this lamp is just begging for some gold paint. I primed it and painted it right along side the bookends… one can was more than enough for both. Quick pointers for painting a lamp: Use painter’s tape and a plastic bag to cover/seal off the light socket portion and cover the power cord too.
I had originally planned to use the over-sized shade that it came with. I even when through the trouble of repairing the seam of the shade. In the end, practicality won out and I got a more petite (10″) cream drum shade from Target. The original shade was made of a thick woven fabric and didn’t let off as much light. The cream shade is more modern and is thinner and therefore brighter when lit. I feel like this lamp has a glam art-deco thing going for it now. A coat of paint can transform anything.
O wanted in on the fun. Note her cow girl pajamas. This kid is obsessed with horses, ponies, cowboy boots and even asked Santa for a pony.
Over my stay-cation a while back I had time to catch up on a few things that have been on my to do list for a while. I had quite a few art pieces and photographs that I have been meaning to hang around the house.
Rainboots – Once upon a time I painted this. Don’t ask me when because I don’t remember at all. It was in my arsenal of canvas paintings. I had forgotten all about it until I had the pleasure of cleaning out the under the stairs storage space and organizing my art supplies and collection. I feel like its somewhat unfinished so I think I will be adding some bright red rain boots. My other husband (the gay one… I don’t actually have 2 hubbies. One is just enough, thanks.) calls it “Katrina”… as in the hurricane. And he’s not far off- that looks like one hellacious rainstorm! I almost hung this in our yellow bathroom but something just wasn’t right so I tried this spot at the end of the hall. I’m surprised I like it here so much since I had expected to use a much smaller piece of art here.
Ceramic Art Piece – I made this in a ceramics class in college. I was inspired by a similar shaped sculpture that hung in my parents’ home for as long as I remember. I fired it in maybe 2003 or 2004… but ever since its been in a box. Surprisingly, it survived at least 2 moves and a garage flood. I don’t know why I’ve never hung it but I’m happy I found the perfect little wall for it.
Hyde Park Photography – The bathroom was a little naked (pun intended) so I dug up some photography I had in my portfolio. These are a couple favorites of the amazing architecture in Hyde Park Square, Cincinnati. We lived there for 5ish years before moving to the burbs and it is one of my favorite places on earth. We still drive back on the weekends for coffee with our coffee shop family. These trumped the rainboot painting. I usually hang small pairs like this next to each other instead of vertically. The vertical look is really working for me here though.
So those are a few of the little updates I made. I have so many more on my to do list and a few still to post about.
I’d like to introduce you to our new living room arrangement. This room is our most used room, despite being television free (on purpose!). We entertain in here, play with Baby O and relax in here.
First of all, please excuse my poor photography. The room is wide and it is difficult to get a picture of everything. There are two chairs against the striped wall, although you can only see one. The corner of the room has a bin of toys and the boppy lives there too. I’m looking for a better system to store those things.
STRIPES: The stripes have been around for a while and I LOVE THEM. I did it while Hubby was out of town for work. He hated the idea but loves the result! Typical. As my mother says, it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than it is for permission. Anyway, that wall was a nasty burgundy when we bought the house. JUST that wall. The rest was a paper bag tan… all in flat paint (WHHHHYYY!). It acted as a black whole and sucked all the light and helped make the room feel super cramped. The stripes freshen it up, emphasize the length of the room, enhance the height of the wall and contrasts just right with the surrounding gray walls. Colors are both Behr paint and primer in one, eggshell finish (for durability and light reflection). Gray: Ashes, Cream: Roman Plaster.
FURNITURE: The couch (Ikea Ektorp but looks soooo Pottery Barn) used to be against that wall and the chairs floated wherever for a while. I put the couch under the window for two reasons: it keeps the dogs from standing the the sill and barking and it is a better use of space. Also, the couch has other tailored slip covers available for a quick and inexpensive change whenever we feel like it. The chairs (Ikea Tullsta) went on the striped wall for more contrast and to open up the floor space. This layout definitely opened up the room and allows for more floor space as well as a better traffic flow. We’ve been using tons of floor space since Baby O can sit up, roll, scoot and such. Also, the wall opposite the striped wall is only a half wall that overlooks the landing/foyer. I didn’t want anything there since Baby O will likely learn to climb soon. That wall is home to a toy bin and a Jumparoo. As you can imagine, they are cramping our style but I’m trying to minimize that effect. The wall opposite the couch is open to the dining area which is currently needing some love. I’m thinking about a fantastic rust colored rug. Don’t tell hubby yet. The coffee table and end table are yard sale finds. Ok, well a friend had them in her pile to sell and I saw them in her dining room and jumped in to buy them before the yard sale. But the coffee table has drawers, rounded corners and a solid build. Baby friendly and stylish! I bought them both together for $65! I’m sure they were out of my price range originally.
ACCENTS: All pillows (blue ikat and bronze ripple- but I can’t find it online) and the chenille throw are from Target. The subtle zebra curtains are as well. Who says you can’t mix patterns? Just do it in moderation and with balance.
NEXT: Hanging pictures. I have a huge pile and it’s going to take an entire weekend to look at the arrangement options. I’d like to add hints of that peacock blue from the pillows elsewhere. Better lighting is also on my list.