Monthly Archives: June 2011

Old Bi-Fold Mirror: Trash or Treasure?

Help!  What to do with this??  You know how you see something and it is cheap and you think I can do something with that…  Well, here’s another one of those that followed us home the other day.

It really is in pretty good shape and I think the bi-fold option is neat.  The legs could be taken off and the mirror set on a table.

So… help  us out here.  Should we paint it?  Use for a dressing table or bookcase??  Trash or Treasure?

Another question in our new series…  WHAT TO DO WITH THIS?

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Online Picks of the Week: Candelebra Ceiling Fan, Faux Leather Bar Stools & More

Online shopping is one of our favorite hobbies here at Boyd Street Bungalow.   We love to repurpose but sometimes it is necessary to buy new.  Since our new sun room light fixture came from Lamps Plus, it seems we are always drawn to their site just to look and drool over all their offerings.  The selection is fantastic and so are their prices and customer service.

We were just thinking the other day why didn’t they make a ceiling fan with a chandelier light fixture.  Well.. they do!!  This distressed white fan and chandelier from Lamps Plus would be perfect in a beach cottage or your very own bedroom.

Perfect for a little girl’s room, there is also one with pink crystals that comes in several different sizes…  Isn’t that sweet?

"Pink Candelebra Ceiling Fan"


If you are shopping for bar stools and like a modern, clean look at a great price, then these adjustable stools may just be for you.  Wouldn’t mind having the white ones in in my very own kitchen.

Last drool of the day from there is a modern figure 8 sculpture which would really be the center of conversation..  Love it!!

Happy shopping!!

Sun Room Chandelier: With a Beach Theme

Typical of a 1950’s ranch home, this old house came with a single carport which had been been converted into a room to have additional living space.  Since it is next door to the kitchen, we’ve been using it as a part dining room and part TV room.  It’s the room with many names but currently it is called the “sun room.”  Recently added is a thrift store long wooden table with dark wood top and white legs.   Since the room has little lighting, it really needed a light fixture for over the table.  The room has a beach theme from our many trips to Gulf Shores, Alabama.  Thus we picked a Lamps Plus chandelier (on closeout) with a somewhat nautical theme with its wrapped iron roping effect and 6- light chandelier arms.   To complete the look, we purchased silk shantung shades from CSN Stores (5 of them were on clearance!).

"White Candelebra Chandelier"

Although the fixture was made to hardwire install, we chose to use a swag light kit so it could be plugged into the wall.  Converting this was no easy job since electrical skills we lack.  However, with the help of our friend John, super handyman and jack of all trades, we were able to have it installed in less than an hour.

It will take one more visit from John to get the light working properly since there is still an on-off switch to install on the wire.  We also want to drape the chain to the corner and have it run down the wall to the outlet.  Neither one of us had a ladder!  Another hint for a great looking chandelier is to have a dimmer which we have ordered from Amazon.  It’s just the type you plug in and convert any lamp to a dimming one!

All in all, we are very pleased with the results.  The room is taking shape in bits and pieces and it will be a joy to show the total look as soon as it is finished!

Thanks to John and his daughter for helping me once again “make this old house a new home.”

Beach Inspiration by Behr Paint

Nothing gets me ready for summer more than a beach inspired room and Behr Paint on Facebook has certainly helped me out.  The paint on the walls is their Country Beige 760C-2 highlighted by the brisk white trim, Ultra Pure White 1850.   The sheer white curtains, textural accents, white furniture seating and accents of blue, make me think the beach is right outside my back door.

 

Green Pastitsio by Rachel Ray

Have to watch my Food Network shows on Sunday morning and Rachel Ray had this Greek Green Pastitsio recipe that sounds delicious.  Simple enough to prepare and healthy with its chard for a green veggie.  One reviewer says the mint and dill make it perfectly seasoned.  I think anything with feta cheese will stand out.  Another reviewer said it is a perfect Greek Mac n Cheese.  Can’t wait to try it..  For the full recipe, click Rachel Ray’s Green Pastitsio recipe page here.

"Rachel Ray's Green Pastitsio"

Expert Interior Design Advice

Thinking about a recent article on the Lamps Plus Blog made us do some research of our own on Interior Design Quotes.  Here are a few we like:

“I strongly believe that people may not want, or may not be able, to start again from scratch, so giving old furniture a new lease of life is at the heart of my philosophy.”
Nina Campbell

“Don’t buy a bedroom suite, but collect your pieces separately – generally cheaper and always the decorator’s way of furnishing.”
Dorothy Draper, Ideas You’d Pay a Decorator For Good Housekeeping

“The most beautiful rooms are those that retain a feeling of not being quite finished. There is still a place for a painting on that wall, still a chair to be found that will suit that corner…meanwhile the room stays alive, young and growing.”
Michael Taylor, The Finest Rooms

“People’s live are expressed in little details….The soap in the bathroom, the flowers in the garden, the books on the bedside table are all strong symbols of a life in progress. You look at these details and a world unfolds – here are their books, the paintings they cherish, the music that soothes their souls.”
Charlotte Moss,  A Passion for Details

“Even in a formal dining room you don’t want to be ponderous or gloomy. Eating is really one of your indoor sports. You play three times a day, and it’s well worthwhile to make the game as pleasant as possible.”
Dorothy Draper, Decorating is Fun!

“You may concentrate on appearances all through the rest of your house, but in the bedroom comfort should be supreme. I think that bedrooms should also be very intimate rooms-they should express your personal preferences in every way…Of all the rooms in the house your bedroom is yours.”
Dorothy Draper, In the Pink

“There is nothing more trite than a set period.”
Eleanor McMillen Brown, Creating a Beautiful Home by Alexandra Stoddard

“You don’t have to know anything about a subject as long as you use common sense and imagination, plus enthusiasm! I use all periods of design in my work, for, after all, decorative styles are simply indications of a manner of living.”
Dorothy Draper, Good Housekeeping

“If you are collector, let other people share your pride and joy. Don’t sprinkle your collection out of sight in a meaningless jumble. Notice how groups of small objects, when they are well arranged, become important and effective. Remember that repetition is a form of emphasis. Collect what you will, but see to it that you arrange your hobby to its best advantage.”
Dorothy Draper, Good Housekeeping

 

(Quotes from Interior Design Quotes)

My Old Red Salt Box House

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This is my other old house.  More to come!!

Homegrown Tomatoes

Our tomatoes are finally coming on for the 2011 garden season here at Boyd Street Bungalow.  Did a happy dance the other day when I finally saw them appearing!  Aren’t they wonderful?  We usually have our first red one to pick and eat by July 4th but we were late in planting this year because of all the bad weather and flooding in this area.  All our six tomato plants are Better Boys or Big Boys which we had the most luck with last year.

That’s okay because we are still looking forward to our first “Mater” Sandwich of the year!  Pass the knife, salt and mayo.. I’m ready!

"Homegrown Tomatoes"

Design Ideas for White Kitchens

Design Ideas for White Kitchens.

From Traditional Home…

My Bungalow Redos So Far

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