Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Couldn't wait til Friday Finds!

O’Neill Studios

Check out my friend Maggie O'Neill's website! She is an amazing artist and was just featured on FOX morning news for some easy DIY tips for your home! Also check out her FB page! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ya gotta love spray paint!

I had these old run down side tables for the backyard and I was thinking about chucking them out but I had some extra black spray paint and thought why not give it a whirl and see how they turn out! Let me know what you think! The backyard is finally getting the attention it deserves!


Best spray paint for a quick job...


Lover it! 

Monday, June 27, 2011

Weekend warrior

So Friday I started my DIY "to do" list and got a lot accomplished! So here is project #1! Backyard before and afters!

So the "befores" are almost scary...What I did to make this a comfortable backyard is hung lattice, which is plastic so can easily be sprayed down with the hose to keep it clean. I also created a plant bed with found rocks in the yard and planted 3 hostas since the backyard does not get a ton of sun. I also hung a window planter and L hooks for electric lanterns to create some lighting at nighttime! 

More DIY projects to come! 

Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday Finds...New tools!!! Whooohoooo!

You know you are a DIYer when you get very excited about new tools. My Mom and Dad got me this new set of chargeable battery circular saw and drill for my birthday and today they will be put to good use!!!

Weekend Warrior To Do List:

1. Cut and hang lattice in backyard
2. Spray paint and hang plant hooks
3. Arrange new plants in planter
4. Hang new window planter
5. Cut wood for inspiration board
6. Cut wood for new piece of art work(stained wood with painted lyrics)
7. Hang floating shelves (if my cousin picks up my old shelves at some point)
8. Rearrange framed photos in living room

Wish me Luck...check in next week to see how much I actually get checked off my list! 

Happy DIYing!!!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Vogue Living

I read a bunch of blogs everyday and a lot of them are based out of Australia(for no particular reason, just random) but I saw yesterday the new issue of Vogue Living Australia! Check it out!

YUM! Love Chrissy Jefferies mix of patterns and textures!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

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Indoors Out!

Shopping for a new outdoor rug? Well this season I have seen so many fun and unique outdoor rugs that make you feel like you are in a comfy spot in your home! Check out the outdoor rugs I found below...all affordable and all good looking for your space! 

Chains Indoor-Outdoor Rug, Black/Neutral | World Market

Koko Company Classic Duo Tone Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug - Yellow/Pink 

Striped Braided Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Which one is your favorite! Tell me which one you love below...

I have to go with the classic stripes from Ballard! 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Potomac Living Room

I recently finished an e-design board for a client keeping the design simple but adding in fun patterns and textures with the pillows and accents. Like the gold lamps!

I found these pillows at an Etsy Shop! Love the colors and patterns to mix it up a bit in the living room!

NEW Decorative Designer  Pillow Cover - 18X18 - Vervain - IKAT print in black, grey and mustard

Decorative Designer Pillow Cover - 18X18 - David Hicks for Lee Jofa - Groundworks - LA FIORENTINA - Geometric Print in Black and White

Decorative Designer Pillow Cover - 20X20 - Trina Turk for Schumacher - Tangier Frame Print in Driftwood

Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Finds...A' La Mode!!!s

Happy Friday Notebook readers!!! 
I would like to welcome this morning Shelli from A' La Mode! Thanks for stopping by!

Hi Ya'll!  My name is Shelli and I am so happy Meaghan invited me over today!  I am a former sales rep turned stay at home mommy that has always had a passion for design....on a budget.  I LOVE a good find!  I have a lifestyle blog with an emphasis on design and interiors called a' la mode and hope ya'll stop by sometime!  Now let's get this interview started!

1. What inspires you as a design enthusiast?

I am inspired by design blogs of course!  There are a ton a great images out in blogland to get you motivated!  I also love House Beautiful, Traditional Home and Elle Decor.  A trip through HomeGoods usually does to the trick too!  Amber Interior's blog really helps me get inspired with color!

Amber's dining room!  Isn't it so boho chic and fun?


2. What is your favorite pattern/print currently?  

I am obsessed with anything graphic...imperial trellis is a fav and you can find it all over blog land! I am also loving indian blockprinted fabrics

3. Where do you find your bargains? If so, what have you purchased recently that was a bargain find?

Anyone who knows me at all knows I am OBSESSED with HomeGoods, TJ Maxx and Marshalls.  Check the clearance aisles, you never know what you might find!  My most recent bargain find is a cool club chair for my living room!  Stay tuned to see it in my home!

4. What is your most proud DIY project?

What inspired you to create a piece on your own/what inspired you to fix it up?

 I am a DIY designer.  I may tackle a few little spray paint projects here and there but mostly my interiors are my DIY.  I love to recreate beautiful design in my home on a budget.  If you check out my home tour, you will see all of my rooms designed by yours truly and on a budget- of course!

Thanks for having me Meaghan!  
xoxo, Shelli

Schools out for summer!!!

Happy Summer!!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Newest Rehab Project!

Hey Notebook reader!!! So I found these chairs at a local thrift store which has 50% off furniture Thursday's so I got the pair for $9.99!

My plan over the weekend is to sand them down and recover the cushion with some new fabric for my work space! I love the geometric shape to their backs too! Can't wait to see how they turn out! More to come next week!

Happy DIYing!!!

and the last day of school!!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Love My Sister!!!

So my older sister is working at a showroom up in Boston this summer for her internship for her Interior Design degree. Look what she brought me and my mom...the mother load of fabric samples...Can't wait to dig through and create some DIY projects this summer.

Last day of school "to do" list is growing!!!

Happy Sample Time!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tuesday Tutorial!

Welcome to The Notebook again Hello Newman's!!!

Today's Tuesday Tutorial is a spur of the moment decision the Newman's made before having their second baby Chase and it looks incredible!!!

The Newman's have torn down their waist high chair rail to replace it with higher molding. They have added a picture frame lip to the molding to add more space for pictures in the future! I also love the color combo in this room the greys and yellow work so well together. I heart this room!



Thanks for visiting Hello Newman's!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Maryland Weekend!

Great weekend in MD! From my 30th Birthday crab feast thrown by boy and my bestie Claire, to my sister surprising me, to a concert Saturday with some amazingly great old friends!

So to celebrate Maryland blue crab season I have found some great Etsy finds!!!

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