Frozen…or Maybe Just Stuck


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Things have been so busy lately that I feel like I am spinning my wheels.  Do you ever have a time in your life where you just feel like you are not moving forward?  Where your brain just won’t work?  Well, I’m there right now….for the first time in a long time I feel frozen.  I am a really positive person and I always focus on moving forward, even if it is just by an inch or so at a time.  But since we have moved, the forward movement has slowed down to a halt a bit.  Not for husband or the girls, but for me.  I am working on building my design business, getting my website ready to launch, setting up photo-shoots, giving a new face to my blog, networking and attending design events, but I feel almost frozen, like I can’t even move….when it comes to our new house.

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For me, moving into a new house that was put together by a consultant in the builder’s design center has been very stressful.  At least with a resale, if you don’t like the cabinets, there isn’t the guilty feeling in your stomach.  I don’t want you to think I am ungrateful….I’m not.  I feel blessed by GOD everyday and have a wonderful, supportive husband, two beautiful daughters, and a great new house….which isn’t always so great, because it’s not what I would have selected.  The dogs have destroyed the oak wood floors, the carpet is already starting to show wear from traffic, the closets are huge but have no useable storage, and on top of that, we have furniture that doesn’t really work in some of the rooms, rooms with no furniture, and I am frustrated that I have a budget and can’t do everything at the same time.  All of this makes this Anglican girl feel really guilty pretty much all of the time….which is probably why I feel stuck. 

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When I work with clients, I walk into their spaces, access their surrounding, talk with them in an in-depth way that I can really find out what makes them tick so I can help them design a space that is just for them.  The problem is, I can’t do that for myself right now (I talked about this here) and I am making myself crazy over it!  I have a friend who I know would ask me why am I doing this to myself, that I am a great designer, that it is all within my control, and I should put in the relaxation CD he gave me, which I don’t listen to often enough…..thank you by the way….it always relaxes me!!

So, I am going to do a little of this,

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and go to the Spring Market at High Point.  I am sure I will come back refreshed and rejuvenated, with lots of inspiration and ideas!  Hope you’re having a great day!

Susan

Starburst Mirrors – Affordable Options


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Starburst mirrors have been all the rage for the past several years.  Every shelter magazine features at least one space with a starburst mirror of some sort.  I kind of think they are a trend, but that doesn’t stop me from loving them!  They look beautiful in any space and add a bit of glam.  Over a mantel is a great focal point.

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A starburst mirror over a bed adds some sophistication to the entire space. 

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I haven’t spent much time in the past couple of years looking for starburst mirrors because…between not having a lot of wall space in Florida (that’s what happens when you have open concept and lots of windows in every room) and moving to South Carolina….I was not in the market for anything new to hang on my walls.

That all changed after we started to settle in to our new house, which I’ve posted about here, here, here, and here, several months ago.  My girls and I were out and about and Sissy mentioned she wanted a starburst mirror (more on that later).  So I thought I would poke around and see what I could find that was affordable.  Here’s what I came up with.

These first mirrors are from Target.  Just gotta love them, they always duplicate the high end designer look for a really affordable price.  Amazingly I didn’t really have to go much further than Target to find some great options!

Threshold™ Starburst Mirror

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For a rustic look

Threshold Wood Starburst Wall Mirror

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Light Rustic Mirror Brown

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Siena Wood Sunburst Mirror - Natural

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If you’re in the market for a set of small mirrors, these are perfect!

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These are from other sources and are a bit more pricey. 

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While I don’t know that I’ll do a starburst mirror for myself, I have done one for Sissy.  Stay tuned on and affordable DIY project!  Until then, hope you’re having a great day!!

Susan

DIY Gold Leaf Letter


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I have been looking for a gold leaf letter for Little One’s room for awhile.  I came across this one on Etsy that I thought was perfect….

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but it was $32 and shipping from the UK was going to be almost $19!!  A little out of my budget.  So one day while Little One and I were out picking up a few craft items, we found some letters at the craft store.  Little One picked one out and we were on our way.

1.  The letter below is not the letter we bought, but I forgot to take a photo before we started…sorry!  I primed the letter with my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Primer Red.

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2.  Taped off the back portion of the reveal so it would look a little more vintage and applied the adhesive sizing for the gold leaf.

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3.  I applied the gold leaf.  The instructions will say to use wax paper to pick up the gold leaf.  This does work and is good if you have not used leafing products before.  I usually pick up each sheet carefully and lay in on the surface.  I used a soft brush to press the gold leaf onto the surface.  Don’t worry about getting it perfect, gold leafing is extremely forgivable. 

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5.  It looks a little messy, but keep pressing and brushing the gold leaf onto the surface with the soft brush.

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6.  Then I used a coarse bristled brush to press the gold leaf firmly onto the surface and then picked up the pieces of leaf that I had brushed off the upper surface and using a pouncing motion, applied the gold leaf to the sides of the letter.

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7.  Next, is burnishing the leaf.  Using the coarse bristle brush, I burnished the gold leaf out until it was completely smooth and not super shiny anymore.

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8.  I applied the sealer, and I was done!!

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Want to see it again in Little One’s room…here it is. 

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And just because we think it is so pretty, her are some more photos of it in on her shelves, full of all of her favorite things!!

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She’s pretty happy, so am I.  Hope you’re having a great Friday!

Susan

Sneak-Peek: Now I Just Need a Bench


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I have finally gotten all of our pieces we’ve collected from our travels matted and framed where we can see them everyday!  Now I just need to find the right bench!

Hammered Side Table Chic on the Cheap


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While looking online for a few things for the house, which I seem to spend a lot of time doing lately, I came across a cute little table that would be perfect for almost any eclectic room at Distinctive-Décor.com.  This baby was $199.95.  What I couldn’t believe is it costs even more on other sites, as much as $585!!  ouchhhh!!

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I was almost certain I had seen a version in Target the other day for only a cool $69.99.

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It looks great in these spaces…..

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I sort of love it in brass though…

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I’m thinking, I might just pick one up for husband’s office or maybe somewhere else in the house.  I believe I might just spray paint it with some good old brass paint!!  I’ll let you know how it goes!

*All room photos via decorpad.com.

Susan

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