Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Camouflaging the Sofa Back with a Console Table

Like a lot of people, the back of our sofa leaves much to be desired.  Unhidden, it's a large solid block  of beige 'everyday suede'.   I typically drape a blanket over the back- right now it's a grey and white chevron blanket from Target.  I've had our breakfast table benches backed up to the sofa and layered them with books or mags I want to read, but was curious how a sofa table would look there.  To get a feel, I brought in the Everett Foyer Table that I usually keep in the dining room.  I'm sure it will return there, but I discovered that a sofa table does fit this space and I like the look. 

Not only does the table camouflage the back of the sofa, the top shelf provides a spot for the books I'm always reaching for.  It also gives my adorable Homegoods elephant bookends a place of pride.  

The console table is a great place for a bowl (from my friend Melissa) filled with photos I've yet to organize into books or boxes.  We went through photos when my son was 'star of the week' at school, and we enjoyed looking back at those memories, so having a bowl of pics is a good solution to keeping the pictures around.

The bottom shelf keeps the latest magazines I want to read.  Since I usually read while I eat breakfast and lunch, this is a convenient spot for them.   

I picked up these pierced pattern candle holders at Target recently and they look so cool lit.

How about this view from the back?! 

This table will return to the dining room at some point, but now I know I could use one here in the future. 

You can see other ways I've styled our Everett Foyer Table here, herehere, here, and here

Is the back of your sofa exposed or hidden?  Do you have a console table camouflaging it? 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Painted Pantry Doors (and Joss & Main Rug)

Happy Monday friends!  Moving slow here (and that's typical of Mondays in this house).  Got some good morning snuggles in with my son before getting him to school in the nick of time - he's usually up before me, but today my little sleepyhead slept in.  We got our first "cool front" on Saturday and there's nothing Houstonian's enjoy more than the first day when temps dip into the 70s after a long hot, humid summer.  It was perfect because we had a Saturday early morning PK4 playdate in the park, and everyone had a great time talking while enjoying their coffee and donuts/kolaches while the kids played on the playground.  Good times! 

Back at home, I finished painting the mudroom doors, and specifically, the double doors that lead to the pantry.  (The large door goes to my single car garage). I wanted to use the paint samples I had left over from when I was choosing our dining room color, so I've got three different colors, in similar shades, on our mudroom doors.  

Here's how our mudroom looked with just the garage door painted Sherwin Williams Comfort Grey. And you can probably see that the actual color looks more blue than on the swatch.  

I painted the pantry doors on the hinges like I did with the garage door, starting with the outer doors.  Go here for the tutorial.  The only difference is that I rolled the foam roller on the inner edge of the doors in the outer color.

I had to mark on the lid which paint went where so I'd remember when refilling the paint pan. 

Between coats, I wrapped my paintbrush in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge to keep the paint from drying on the brush.  Have y'all heard of this tip?  Works great! 

The Slow Green looks the most green of the three paint colors. 

But I really like the pale shade of Fleeting Green on the inner door. 

Large door- Sherwin Williams Comfort Grey (3 coats)
Inside Pantry Door- Sherwin Williams Fleeting Green (2 coats)
Outside Pantry Door- Sherwin Williams Slow Green (2 coats)

Our current rug is in indoor/outdoor rug from Target, but I want something with more color.  A rug I was considering from Joss & Main arrived, but it's not exactly what I wanted, and it's too big, so I'm returning it.  

I used to be wary of returning a rug because it seemed like a pain to have to wrap it back up, but now, I just remember to cut the original wrap in one long slice (careful not to cut the rug!), so I can use that same wrapping if I need to return it.  That Duct Tape roll is great for helping keep the re-rolled rug tight, and then closing back up the package. 

Be careful to read the return policy on an item at Joss & Main, some things you can get a full refund on, others items you can only get a merchandise credit.  Go to "My Orders" and click "Click here to return items from this order" to start your return.  Then, just follow the prompts.  In this case for my rug, I could return it for merchandise credit with a free return shipping label, or pay $22 for shipping and get a full refund.  I chose the credit to save the $22.  

Have a great day!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Weekend Steals & Deals

Hi friends! I warn you now that this edition of Weekend Steals & Deals is a good one!  Maybe because the seasons are changing and I just got a fresh Fall manicure, but I'm seeing so many "want" items right now.  Especially these skinny camo pants.  There are tons of great sales right now! 
ann taylor loft

Ann Taylor Loft is having their 40% off everything sale.  Their store is one of my favorites and it's so good to see such a full petite selection (they have regular, petite and tall in almost everything).  I love their website because they have the "shop the look" feature where you can see how they put complete outfits together.  You just click on the outfit and it gives you the product details. 

I love this winter white look.  

And this more casual weekend look.

These two jackets are my must-have Fall items!

Denim Jacket in High Seas Blue  (40% off $79.50 = $47.70)

Coated Cotton Moto Jacket (40% off $128 = $76.80)

How cute is this camo pencil skirt?
Camo Pencil Skirt (40% off $49.99 = $30, originally $59.50)

And of course they have the camo pant too.
Camo Print Tailored Twill Skinny Pants- Marisa Fit (40% off $69.50 = $41.70), 5 stars - 82 reviews

banana republic

It's 40% off your purchase at Banana Republic too.  

Geo Print Pencil Skirt (40% off $89.50 = $53.70)

Heritage Piped Knit Drapey Pant (40% off $69.50 = $41.70)
I need these soft pants in my future!  


Cara Leather & Link Bracelet ($28.98, $58) also in other colors

Tasha Collar Necklace ($28.98, $58) also in other colors

My cell phone case is on sale! 

And my super comfy booties!
Franco Sarto Linden Leather Bootie ($99.90, $149.95) also in black and dark brown

Vince Camuto Kaleen Leather Bootie ($74.47, $148.95) also in black, 4 stars- 42 reviews 

Nine West Bridgider Cage Sandal ($89.90, $139.95) also in tan and red

Steve Madden Surfice Pointy Toe Pump ($64.96, $129.95) limited sizes left

Steve Madden Stepout Sandal ($67.46, $89.95

And I saw this alert pop up when I clicked on these shoes.  I didn't know Nordstrom had a price-matching promise.  Pretty cool!

weekend steals & deals 

ANN TAYLOR:  50% off Full-Price dresses and skirts.  No code needed.  FREE shipping on $175 or more & $8.95 flat rate shipping.

ANN TAYLOR LOFT:  40% off EVERYTHING + get two $25 Loft cash cards for every $50 you spend.  Use code FALLSTYLE  

BANANA REPUBLIC:  40% off your purchase. Online only.  Use code BRYAY40  FREE shipping and FREE returns on orders over $50.  Ends 9/13.

GAP:    25% off your purchase.  Use code HAPPY Ends 9/12.  FREE shipping and FREE returns on orders over $50.

J CREW:  Extra 30% off final sale styles.  Extrea 50% off select final sale styles.  Use code EASYSALE $5 flat-rate shipping and FREE shipping on orders of $150+

NORDSTROM:  Clearance Sale! Always FREE shipping & FREE returns.

ZAPPOS:  Order before 1PM PST for FREE next business day shipping on all Clothing. 

have a great weekend!

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