…lake reno continued

I don’t know about you, but I can’t feel completely and totally relaxed in a room of mine unless it’s exactly the way I want it. It’s hard for me to settle down and even watch a show without looking around and rearranging in my head. We’ve been blessed to be in our lake house for a year now and we are doing little things to renovate and decorate.

As you know, I’m using blues and whites, but trying not to be too cliche about it. Here’a an update:

I’m so excited about this rug. It adds just a little global to the room and the tassels are braided. Super cute. These are some Ballard chairs that I purchased about 10 years ago and had them recovered in the same Sunbrella that I did at my home.

I’m also happy about how the coffee table turned out with the sanded and stained top w/ white legs. To be honest, the only reason those legs are white is because DH said there’s no way he’s sanding them and I didn’t jump to it either. I think it works for now.

For now, I am leaving the large fireplace stone. Initially I was going to – wait for it – paint it, but it doesn’t bother me so much. I found these cool, antique windows at a barn sale last year and the boat is from my dad’s antique collection. The boxwoods are faux, but I always like a little green and the chairs are in the color I wanted. Very inexpensive for chairs. Shhhhhhh. Found them at Joss and Main for about $200 each. I didn’t like the legs and so I ordered new ones and voila!

I think it makes the chairs look more expensive. I found the legs on Amazon and they literally screwed right in! Easy.

I finished my teacup series and hung them without a level or tape measure on the wall. DH was impressed. And I used Command strips – best invention ever! You never have to use a nail again! These things are impressive.

Love how the gold frames (also via Amazon) catch my eye. The basement guestroom is just about completed and the stairway will be in Phase II because we still need time for plenty of play!

 

 

…reader question

IMG_2055

“Love the lake house. Love the cabinets and all the black items but you taught everyone to paint with chalk paint and now you are saying that to make it look professional don’t use the chalk paint. I have done a lot of my furniture in chalk paint and I don’t know weather to change it now. I can’t afford to buy new stuff. Any ideas to help with that?” – Reader

Dear Reader,

Do not worry or change a thing! Like in art there is style and context to everything. Shabby and rustic have their place and clean with satin sheen has another place. Neither is right, but rather right for the context of your project. For me personally, the pleasure of working on a new interior is that I get to do and try things differently. I want this lake kitchen to have a slight sheen instead of a rubbed look, therefore, we decided to spray. I will show you that there are many pieces at the lake that I have rubbed and painted with my beloved Old White and I won’t stop.

I think this is a great time to talk about how a creative person needs to stretch and look around and if confined to a certain look is to, well, clip her wings in a way. For me, inspiration comes from exploring and looking at new things. I think about the artists and musicians that I love and they have each redefined themselves as their lives evolves. I think it’s safe to say that we are different today than we were 10 years ago. This is what keeps life exciting!

But not to worry, like I said before, I love the Sweetish, shabby look and will continue to use it, but I also think trying out new techniques is to grow and expand, which keeps me feeling excited. This is the point that you decide, with your knowledge, what look you are going for. I am just presenting the projects and looks that I’ve come to love. I am not taking anything away from my style. I am adding to it…and playing 🙂

 IMG_2304

Check out my new lifestyle blog for books, food, health, etc! Subscribe to Christen Bensten Lifestyle here. Connect here for social media.