…my family room interior updo

I told you I was loving this boho, California, global vibe. Well, I decided to go ahead and update with a few of the ideas that I was seeing, including using black and brass. I didn't want to spend a ton of money, but wanted to freshen up. Here is the look that I'm referring to.

It's just a bit more ecelectic, non-symmetrical and uses more black. You still have your whites and browns and natural fibers. This above pictures is lovely, but I didn't want to go that far. I think when you refresh you don't want to make too many changes because for me, I won't be able to refresh again for another 10 years!

I kept my basics and had fun with the accents.

I'm loving the light and the spring sun in this room! And watching Grace and Frankie on Netflix 🙂

…refinishing my kitchen table

Dear Loved Ones!

I’ve missed you all terribly and today is a time to rejoice - school is open! The kids got on the bus! I took a shower! I went to the gym! I may actually sit down to eat my lunch instead of standing at the counter on call for the next need from a child.

Last time I posted was during the Christmas-colored fog that settles on all of us, clouding our perception of all things and making us live in a world where we only eat cookies, watch the Hallmark Channel and order gifts from Amazon Prime. This is what happened during one of those dizzy evenings as DH was working on our theater room that he wanted to surprise the kids with (more on that later). In other words, I was alone upstairs and ready to do some damage.

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Just to give you a reminder, this is how my kitchen table has looked for the past 6 years. I  bought it from Pottery Barn and was really happy with it.

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I was inspired to change it because that's what I do. I like to change things up and play. The kids were mourning the loss of the table, I think Greta even cried, but I explained as they like to create beautiful art at school, this is mommy's way of creating. So stop crying about the table! J/K. Kind of.

If you did not read my last post, here is what I did:

1. I painted the base of the table with Old White and heavily distressed it. I did not use any wax as I wanted a rough look.

2. We sanded the table completely down to the natural wood. If you have a piece of store bought furniture it will likely have some kind of shiny finish on it. If you want to manipulate the color or look you cannnot change anything unless you have taken all this off. This requires an electric sander.

3. I applied Dark Wax all over the surface per MMS tutorial.

4. I buffed it off with a rag in certain places and left it in others to create an old look.

5. I took a piece of rough steel wood and scratched it up.

6. Farm table done and ready for dinner.

Well, not quite.

I quickly decided that I needed new chairs to match the new look and I knew the exact ones that I wanted via many beautiful Pinterest pictures. I was shocked to receive them as we were literally leaving the house for our Christmas Eve celebrations as I had not warned DH that I had made the decision to replace kitchen chairs....and the light fixture. Definitely needed a matching pendant. I wanted something that screamed farm and nothing works better than a rubbed black farmhouse pendent. Here is where we are:

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The good news is that when we are ready to build a farmhouse in the country we will just need to replant this look. I'm pretty sure I won't want to change anything by that time. hehe.

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…favorite things friday: marble top tables

I finished up a few marble-top tables recently. I think marble, vintage tables are so simple, but offer such class to a space. Usually you will find a wood base, which can be ornate or simple and then a cut of a Carrara or other white veined piece of marble on top. The marble is heavy and is cut to fit the base.

Here is one of the tables that I brought out of my Luckett's space yesterday. Did you know that you can call in to the shop and buy a piece and they will hold it for you until you can pick up?!

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I love how a base like this looks in Paris Grey. I believe I priced it about $250. There is also a matching smaller one out there too.

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FYI - I have just purchased several Santos dolls that I will be putting in my space at Luckett's as soon as they come in.

Let's check out how marble-tops look in home-y spaces.

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I think marble is such a clean, classy look even when not found in the kitchen!