Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Frame + Foto of the Day!

Picture frames...Pair of distressed picture frames..5x7 inch openings....Moroccan design...orange, white, chartreuse...home decor

This frame is adorable! Love it so much and it will look great with the foto of the day...here is Austin and Erin! Austin is like my brother and we always love spending time with them. Here is a great shot from the Chili cook off over the weekend!

Tidy it Up Tuesday

I have recently started a small project...re-organizing my mothers work space as a gift to her for her 60th birthday! One thing we have in common is the amount of magazines we have. I often save magazines for many reasons: an inspirational picture, a recipe, or a great DIY project. I have my magazines organized now its time to start my Mom's! I wanted to do a little research to find the best way to organize hers!

You can organize by theme (food, decor, etc), you can organize by date/issue, or you can organize by the rooms in your house. Buy some binders or magazine organizers and get started organizing your life!

Monday, January 30, 2012

New and Old

Here are some final shots of the chairs I did...and a couple pics of the new piece I am working on...



I'm so pumped for this piece! I'm painting it white with nickel brushed knobs...

I am going to paint the inside an anitque red and spray adhesiving a vintage american flag to the back...more pics to come!

Weekend Wrap Up...Chili Cook Off!

Over the weekend we had a Chili Cook Off to attend out in VA. It was hosted by a dear family friend, Matt, who hosted 14 other contestants besides boy and I. Matt's parents are best friends with my parents and now the second generation comes together once in a while to relax and catch up. We rocked my Nana's crock pot and made some unforgettable turkey chili!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Finds...Rycareyously!

Hey Notebook readers!!!

So today's Friday Finds is a little different but this project will make a difference!

This is my buddy Ryan Carey he is commited to helping one of his friends raise money for a charter school in San Fran that provides tuition free education...click the link below to see more! It's a great cause so rock a donation his way!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Ride Home

I saw this idea and fell in love! What a creative use of an old bike or a vintage bike you want to display. This got me thinking...what else would I be able to use under a vanity like this?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Rehab complete!

Final product! Love the way this chair has turned out. The cream and brown antique finish with a navy burlap cushion...new coat of paint $3.50, new fabric for the seat $2.50, and the thrift store chair $10...so for right around $15 bucks this chair has a new life!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Frame + Foto of the Day!

RECLAIMED WOOD Picture Frame 4x6 Shabby Recycled Chic s1945

The frame of the day is an awesome reclaimed piece! The foto of the day is of two out of the three Cullen girls, Aileen and Kelly...they are great family friends of ours and love love love spending time with them! 

Here we are cheering on the Capitals! Go Caps!

Tidy Up Tuesday!

Um I love this idea! Nate Berkus' show is the best. He gives you so many amazing ideas like this one to help organize your picture frames. It is an easy DIY project using old coat hangers to create a picture frame hook system! You could spray paint these old wire coat hangers any color to give your framed wall a touch of color!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday Finds...Maya Jade Creations!

I found Maya Jade on Etsy looking for objects that could be grouped together over a mantle. I love how creative and fun these antlers are!!! Check 'em out!

Large Deer Antler Painted Art Sculpture - Silver, Mauve, Rose Pink, Rasberry

Large Naturally Shed Deer Antler Art Sculpture- Copper, Aqua, Pale Yellow, Red

Large Deer Antler Art Scuplture- Painted Pale Pink, Black, Silver

I had custom green, navy, and white ones made for a client! Now I think I am going to have to purchase one for myself!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Frame + Foto of the Day

Hot Pink Picture Frame With Art-Upcycled valentines day shabby chic, modern, retro

I know I have been slacking on the Frame + Foto of the Day...Sorry! Let me jump start back into it with a pic I just found on my Dad's computer. This pic is of my sister Molly, my sister Cailtin with her boyfriend Chalke, and then me and boy! I love this pic! It is from my Nana's 80th birthday party up in good ol' Baltimore.

The frame of the day will make this foto pop! And for $10 you can't beat the price! Perfect for an upcoming Valentine's day gift!

Cream color with a touch of burlap

These chairs are coming along...tonight I will be upholstering the seat cushions, that's if my batting gets in...I love the cream and navy combo! Two of these bad boys will have a large T, for my clients last name,  monogrammed on the seat cushion for the heads of the dining room table. I will also be adding accents of brown to give the chair a more antique feel...more pics to come!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Smathers & Branson Giveaway!

Want some new needlepoint garb? Here's how ya win!

One entry...become a fan of McNamara Design on Facebook

For an additional entry

2 entries...Follow The Notebook on Blogger
3 entries...become a fan of Smathers & Branson on Facebook
4 entries... follow Smathers & Branson on Twitter
5 entries... follow the Smathers & Branson Blog
6 entries... tweet about this giveaway
7 entries... post about this giveaway on your blog

The giveaway ends Monday the 23rd and the winner will be annouced on Tuesday!

*the winner will be able to choose any in-stock, non-custom, non-monogrammed belt. i.e. no special orders!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

DIY couch!

I fell in love with this idea and can't wait to use it on a project...a wood pallet couch! The simplicity and light on the pocket cost of materials makes this an easy DIY for the fam! Remember endless possibilities with paint color...I'm thinking a kelly green!

Also you would be shocked to see how many wood pallets they are giving away on craigslist...let me know if any Notebook readers decide to complete a project using them!

Happy DIYing!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday Finds...DOI!

Danielle Oakley always impresses me! Check out her DIY side table project! HEART IT! I am totally doing this one!

1. Prime and paint the bases.

2. Enlarge a picture of the Dorothy Draper drawer detail and print it out.

3. Make a stencil.

4. Paint!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Headboard for hire

I have been hired to complete a headboard for a client. It is going to be navy diamond tufted one! We choose a navy fabric since she has white linens it will really pop!

I made this edesign board for the client, who is a close family friend and one of my biggest supporters!

We are using this three inch foam that you can get at any local fabric store, but I found this roll online for a good price. Definitely check out multiple stores before purchasing the foam, which can be pretty pricey, some stores have great sales that will save you $ in the pocket!

The buttons will be covered in the same navy fabric...you can choose from all size buttons to cover to custom your headboard!

More "after" pictures to come!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


I am currently rehabbing some dining room chairs for a client who wanted four sets of two to make up her set of chairs. They will be primed and painted a cream with dark brown accents to give it an antiqued look. The seat will be reupholstered in a dark navy burlap!

As you can see in the picture I am working in a new space! I turned the back room, which is like a sun room, into my new studio! It has been working out great! Come home and work is right there...making life a lot easier.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Friday Finds...Smathers and Branson!

Check out these amazing needle point belts! Branson grew up in DC, his mother taught at my high school Georgetown Visitation, and now he has become a great success through Smathers & Branson! I love their designs and creativity behind their business!

I just got a rack of Christmas presents from them from a shot gun shell dog collar for my buddies dog Goose to a WV belt for my boy!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Touch It Up!

I am working on an apartment for a guy friend of mine in Adams Morgan, a cool neighborhood in DC. He bought his first place in the Clydesdale building and has done ALL the reno himself and with the help of many family and friends!

He has called me in for the last touches, paint color, kitchen backsplash, ceiling fans, wood stain color, and much more. Here are some of the items that will pull this finally done reno into high gear...well actually a very livable space!

So here is a mash up board of all the fun items I have found!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Home is Where the Heart is...for me that's Maryland!

After celebrating 2012 in Maryland with friends and family made me think of how lucky I am to be surround by these people and had a moment of pride of where I come from! Check out the Etsy Maryland garb I found!

Love the MD crab tray!!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


Happy New Year Notebook Readers! Sorry for my lack of posts over the vaca...I was soaking in as much rest and relaxation as possible before 2012 hit...busy busy schedule ahead, but all fun projects!

Here is a little recap of my break...from left to right...

my new Jonathan Adler throw pillow(thanks to my sis Caitlin), Phish pre-New Years show, my buddy Geoff showing off his deer head at their New Years party, my amazing goodies from boy for Christmas(new sand belt!, Cooley T, and a digi camera! And not featured here my new Ipad! Santa's visit to my parents Christmas Eve party, and my new monogrammed boots check them out at Mostly Monograms!

I am SO thankful and grateful of all I have and what is to come in 2012!!!