Thursday, February 28, 2013


Love this idea...and so simple! My little sis is getting married in November and her colors and black, white, and gold...these DIY candle sticks are a must have for her big affair!
Dollar store candle stick holders, painted with Elmer's glue and sprinkled with glitter!
You could do any color glitter to match your occasion, dinner party, or bash!
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even an old thrift store brass find would do the trick too!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cover it Up!

I'm so excited to start this trunk today for the DC Design House that benefits Children's Hospital! This old trunk is a goodies! Great for storage at the foot of your bed or behind a couch in your living room.
I was originally going to cover it in fabric or wallpaper but everything we liked was a bit pricey...until we found the perfect solution...a window panel from IKEA!
It's inexpensive, provides texture, and brings in that gray tone into the bedroom!
Here is the roll window panel from IKEA for $14.99! Before and After pics coming this week!
check out the other trunks I found that have been wrapped in alternate materials!
wrapped in heavy cotton fabric
Banana Leaf Woven Folding Storage Trunk
banana leaf
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cow hide
As you can see the possibilities are endless to take an old piece and give it new life!!!!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Shop Around!

I've been on the hunt for some pink fabric for the wedding runners and I came across this Robert Allen raspberry lattice bamboo print...after searching multiple sites I just find it incredible how much these companies prices vary for a yard of fabric...ridic in my mind!
Mod Raspberry Bamboo Lattice Cotton Fabric by Robert Allen
so remember Notebook readers to shop around before you commit to one online fabric source!!!

Two is better then one

Hey Notebook Readers!
Saw this pic and absolutely love the green desk, but by looking closer it is actually two smaller desks paired together to create one long sleek work space.
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By pairing two like items together most of the time gives big implact on a smaller budget!
check these pairings I found...
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on the way out the door

Monday, February 25, 2013

Stack Em!

As I continue to work with Regan Billingsley Interiors on the 2013 DC Design House Room the creative juices have been flowing.
RB will be featuring trunk storage at the base of the full size bed...these trunks are rocking now but just wait to see their makeover...
here are the before pic!
I love this look...remember Notebook Readers if you are lacking closet storage in your home this is a great solution to store blankets, sheet sets, and makes for an easy to access linen closet!

Friday, February 22, 2013


So today I have something big to celebrate...The Notebook has reached over 110,000 hits! I just want to share my gratitude and appreciation to all my readers, loyal and new! I have exciting changes coming your way and I can't wait to share them! 

 For now let's just dance because that is how I feel!
and once again praise it's Friday!

Friday Finds...Covet du Jour!

Hey Notebook Readers! Happy Friday!
I'm happy to share an amazing blog find...Covet du Jour! The writer is a local DC native who has a rocking blog about all things home! Here is one of many rehab projects she has featurd on her blog! Head over and check it out!!!


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Head of the Bedroom!

I was over at a clients house helping her cut a hole into a buffet I painted for her that she turned into an entertainment center. She was touring me through her house and pointed out this great rod iron bed frame she painted red for her son. Love it! Also check out the side tables I painted for white for her too!
this bed frame made me want to check out more!
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so next time you are thrifting or at a yard sale always remember to check out old bed frames...they can turn into beauties with a little paint!!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

My Love for Navy and White!

As our wedding is fast approaching we have now locked down a lot of the details including our color scheme, which is made up of navy and white with touches of hot pink and gold. I am so excited for all the touches accompanying our wedding! Check out some inspiration...
the girls are wearing navy and white stripe skirts made by my amazing Mom!
we aren't having a huge cake but for the one layer 8" cake we are having white icing with a navy and whiet stripe bow around the touches of pink peonies

love this painted vase! I plan on using this technique on a couple vases as well as wrap them in  hot pink, navy, and white grosgrain ribbon!
some of the table clothes being used on the square top tables will be navy and white stripe
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hot pink peonies in mason jars lining the mantle
love this navy and white gingham tie which Boy will be rocking!
So excited to start sharing some DIY projects for the wedding!
Happy Wednesday Notebook Readers!!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Good finds!

Over the long weekend I went with interior designer Regan Billingsley to Kensington, MD where you will find a great Antique Row! We met up with consignment shop, Sage, owner Michel. She hooked us up with unique accessories for the 2013 DC Design House bedroom Regan is completing.
It was nice to connect Regan and Michel and to also dig through all the goodies Michel has placed in her shop!
So if you live in the DC area take the time and swing by Sage to find that unique piece for your home!

Monday, February 18, 2013

President's Day Art Project!

For all my readers with little ones! 

I found these art projects for my kiddo's at school at thought I'd share!!! So cute and so easy!

paper plate, construction paper, and cotton ball presidents hat

construction paper and tissue paper Lincoln 

traced hand construction paper eagle

paper cup, toilet paper roll, pipe cleaner liberty bell

aluminum foil, cotton ball, and ribbon wig

Fun, simple, and creative art projects to keep your little ones busy(for a small period of time) today! 

Off to enjoy my day off at a little piece of heaven...our very own Antique Row in Kensington MD...goodies to be found for Regan Billingsley's 2013 DC Design House room! More about my treasure hunt tomorrow!

Happy President's Day!

Just wanted to wish everyone a very Happy President's day!!!

for all those who have off enjoy for all those got it!

Here's one of Maggie O'Neill's Americana pieces of artwork! Love the colors, textures, but most of all the amazing man featured! 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Friday Finds...LePetiteFest!

We all know that Etsy is an online universe that has so much to offer! So many artist displaying their talents with unique and different's Friday Finds comes from the Etsy shop LePetiteFest. They have taken their creativity and turned up a simple concept.
I was looking for garland for our wedding and fell in love
check it out...
The Glam Scallop Garland, Wedding Garland, Gold, Glitter, Wedding Shower, Baby Shower, Birthday Decoration
The Geo Garland, Hot Pink Wedding Garland, Hot Pink, Wedding Decor, Wedding Garland
The Word Banner, Cheers, Paper Banner, Pink, Gold Tassels, Birthday Banner, Wedding Banner, Baby Shower
The Amore Garland, Hearts, Silver Glitter Hearts,  Wedding Garland, Wedding Shower, Valentine's Day
The Geo Garland, Cream Wedding Garland, Cream, Wedding Decor, Wedding Garland
one less DIY project off my plate!
HAPPY FRIDAY PEOPLE!!! and for all of you that have Monday off...enjoy!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Put your feet up and relax!

I found this foot stool last year at a thrift store for $5. I recovered it with burlap but recently it got a bit tattered. Boy uses it everyday to post up after a long days work so for an early Valentine's Day gift I recovered again last night with a bit of a twist from last time...check it out!

old and tattered

the older fabric which you can clearly now see was not much my style

using a utility knife I cut all the excess fabric and foam off

leaving me with a fresh piece of plywood

I add new foam which I sprayed adhesive to attach to the plywood

I laid the burlap over the stool and cut the excess off

then I measured how much black fabric I would need to create a geometric pattern on the top of the foot stool

using orange thread I sewed the balck ribbon on to add a bit of a touch

lookin good!

I then used my staple gun to secure the burlap to the bottom base of the stool

Final product!

Happy DIYing Notebook Readers!

Now all I need to do is paint and reupholster the new club chairs as well as replace the window panels! More to come from the apartment of Boy and I!