It's so gorgeous here in Baltimore...kinda makes it hard to stay inside and work. But alas, somebody has to to it... :)
So, for today's post (sorry, you're stuck with me two days in a row again!) I thought it would be fun to share a little corner of our home.
We have a little nook off the side of our living room and for the longest time we just sort of let anything we needed to fall in that space. But when I found this amazing yellow cabinet at my favorite vintage shop, I just couldn't resist. SO...I brought it home and got to work. And let me tell you...there is nothing more fun to me than a little home decor project! :) The only thing about me and home decor is that I'm constantly adding, subtracting, painting...you get the idea. Nothing stays the same very long around here. So even though you may notice a few problems here and there (aka the tape paint around the inside edge of the mirror where I taped it to spray it yellow, the knobs are now small clock knobs from anthropologie, and all the art supplies are INSIDE the cabinet instead of being all around it) it doesn't look EXACTLY like this anymore, but it's still really close. And I still really love it.
First of all, let me just say that I LOVE the yellow color of the cabinet. I know that alot of people like to spray paint old things to make them look a little newer, but I like them to look as old as possible. It just fits my style and makes me feel like it has more sentimental value to it. Secondly, in order to lay out the room for you, I think I need to first share a photo of the colors we are working with:
The green color was one that I had them mix up especially for me at Lowe's (FACT: If you ask them to do a custom color for you you don't have to pay any extra.) and the highlighting colors are white (trim), orange and yellow. This photo shows the green a little more yellowy and the orange a little more obnoxious, but in real life they are really fabulous deep colors.
So for the cabinet display, I painted the decorative mirror (purchased painted red for $3 at a thrift store) yellow and then just simply leaned it against the wall. I love that when you are standing in the room and look into the mirror it makes the room seem bigger. It's also the first thing you see when you walk in the door so I wanted it to really give off a good vibe.
For the black chandelier I just used wall stickers from Target. They are so so great because you can take them off the wall and reposition if you don't like the way it lays at first. (Fact #2: After i did this project I was watching Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami and noticed that they used these exact same wall stickers in their Miami Dash Store.)
Then I just gathered a few things from around the apartment and added them to the top of the cabinet...but only after putting down some colorful teatowels to add to the vintage effect but also because I love that they have all the colors of our living room. And also because a doilie or table cover would be too predictable. :)
And that's all there was to it! Such a fun little display to greet us when we walk through the door, and even though it fits the living room's color pallette, it kind of has an attitude of it's own...and I love that. OH! and best part...it gave us a bunch of new storage...which I (obviously!) high-jacked to wrangle in some of my art supplies. We do keep extra diapers in one of the doors, though, so it wasn't totally selfish on my part. Just mostly...:)
Just a couple side notes & supply credits: A. The decorative balls are from HomeGoods and came in a bag of 13 for $10.99. B. the lamp is also from Home Goods and was $29.99 C. The "I LOVE YOU" sign in the photo was just a prototype (you can probably tell by the way you can see right through it! :). It actually has been made into a canvas from Ritz Photos. I was just too lazy to retake the photo. D. The thing holding the "I LOVE YOU" sign is a plate holder...also from Target. I bought a blue one on clearance last year after Easter and spray-painted it white.
I think that's it! All this lovely weather has me in such a happy mood. I've been working on art from the second I wake up till the second I go to sleep (with a few hours in there spent playing with the babies of course!). There's just something about spring that puts me in the mood to WORK. Which is why I'm putting in lots of extra hours in order to keep up with my ever growing list!
Which Reminds Me: what would YOU like to see more of here on Cartwheels? Leave a message here in the comments or shoot us an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll
see what we can do to get it here for you. And always remember, we are happy to answer any questions you might have about the projects we share here. All you need to do is ask, and if we know the answer we'll make sure you get it!
In the meantime, want to see a sneak peek of what I'm working with as part of the last finishing touches to the nursery? (pardon the photo quality, it was taken from my iPhone.)
Yep, it looks like maybe we need to do a nursery week. What do you say? Because I've got way more than just one day's worth of art to share from inside that room.
And with that, I leave you. But only till tomorrow...
RANDOM ME FACT: Whenever I see an ambulance or a life-flight helicopter I pray really hard for the person inside...because I have more than once been the one fighting for my life inside of emergency vehicles and I needed every prayer I could get...even from a stranger. I also always cry and pray at the site of car accidents...for the exact same reason.