Monthly Archives: January 2012

Credenzas aren’t a thing of the past.

There are many ways to update an old looking one that you might have lying around. In my case I’m checking out Craigslist to see what I can find. I’m kind of kicking myself right now because a couple months back our neighbour offered to give me there old credenza, but at the time I had no use for it. Now I wish I had taken up his offer!

These credenzas from Room Service are very fancy schmanzy and good inspiration for what you can do with yours.

I am completely drooling over this Moroccan looking beauty.

Add a little crown moulding and suddenly it’s so very Hollywood chic!

To give a credenza or dresser extra pop, paint the drawers a different colour.

Or go with a really bold laquered finish!

What look would you go for?

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Yet another day fighting the cold, but that didn’t stop me from being atleast a teeny tiny bit productive!

The closer I get to my maternity leave, the more I realise I need to get little tid bits done. This office project has been so long because I have been looking for the right pieces.

So yesterday on my way to the grocery store, I popped into Goodwill. I actually was looking for a dresser or two night tables which I could bump together to form one long dresser/credenza looking thingy. It would be a good way to store all the little papers that seem to add up in offices. Let’s face it, bills are inevitable!

Instead I came across this little number. I immediately picked it up for $1.99. It is a Syroco and at first I considered painting it white.

But once I got into the office, I realised that it looked cute as-is in the middle of my work-in-progress gallery wall.

Eventually I want to get this other Syroco number up too. I’m thinking it would be a nice contrast on the black wall. Just need to figure out what little knick knacks to display on it. Oh and I have to convince the hubster to drill some holes into the wall to put it up. He’s against drilling right now.

But I think it would look really nice with a few floating shelves like these that Nichole at Parlour used.


I also painted the matte for this frame black. I think it makes this art that I won on Bijou and Boheme pop all the more.

Now I just need to find a nice dresser. I’m thinking of getting an Ikea piece and transforming it with some O’Verlays

Amanda Carol Interiors

And maybe a pretty seating area? Loving this rich black headboard. This would look nice as a banquette in the kitchen area too. Ok now my wheels are really churning!!

Ah sooooo many projects so little time!

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This weekend has just flown by. Mainly I’m fighting a cold, so I”m trying not to do too much, but still I couldn’t help but get one little thing done to liven up my bedroom decor.

I had this Cross Section fabric that I got from Hobby Lobby.

It was a great price, $8.99 for 1.5 yards! Initially I was going to reupholster a little vanity stool that I have in my bathroom. But then I just didn’t like the way my bedroom pillows looked. So I thought this would be a great pillow cover instead.

I had this brown one lying around upstairs.

First thing was to get the fuse tape out again. I have plenty lying around from Ikea curtains that I bought in the past. I had to fold over one side of the fabric and iron it down so that it would be a nice smooth edge.

I did this on all the edges except one, so that I had a little pocket for the pillow to go into.

Then I popped the pillow in and I tried to fuse that last side together with the tape. That didn’t work, so I just pulled out the needle and thread and sewed together that last side. I figured I can spot clean this pillow or throw it in the wash when it needs a cleaning.

I am so much happier with how it makes the bed look now!

I posted other pictures of this in the Glam in my Home section.

What kinds of projects did you work on this weekend? Send them my way at

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Some quick updates. I couldn’t help myself…instead of resting, I did another project today.

Here’s a sneak peek.

I’ll show you how I made this pillow tomorrow.

Also check out the Dessert Buffet link to find the latest in sweet setups.

And tomorrow if you live in Houston, tune into ABC 13 at 10am to watch Deals for my latest tips!

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A couple quick updates for you.

My next Live Well Network story will air January 21st in Houston and the week after that on the Live Well Network. You can check out my last story here.

I am also looking for clients who are interested in adding dessert buffets to their next event. I can come up with a theme and decor for your party and get all the sweets. Take a look at Dessert Buffets section to see updates of what I’m working on.

Also I wanted to bring your attention to the image on the left for the Million Moms Challenge. I know it’s not design or decor related, but it’s something that is important to me.

I caught a story on 20/20 about this and after seeing the segment, I was thanking my lucky stars for having my baby here in North America. Click on the link to learn more and help Moms around the world who aren’t as fortunate!

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Green Eggs and Ham was one of my favourite Dr. Seuss books when I was a kid. And although the sound of that combination doesn’t sound very apetizing, Dr. Seuss’ books still put a smile on my face and remind me of my childhood.

Plus his books always have important messages even for us adults!

Dr. Seuss

So when I saw these fluffy looking flowers yesterday, I couldn’t help but think of all those books that I so very love. And it got me thinking that they would fit perfectly in a Dr. Seuss themed baby shower or kid’s birthday party.

With a little help from some sparkly cake pops…

…and other colourful treats.

I’m in the process of putting together a princess theme dessert buffet and also decor for a baby shower. I’ll be sure to post pics soon!

If you are interested in having a dessert buffet for your next event, contact me at

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Sunday was not a day of rest for me. It was consumed by the desire to get this footstool project completed so I could rest my tired legs. Problem is doing this project made me feel even more tired!

But enough of that. After sanding and priming, I dug out this leftover Martha Stewart paint that I had from another project.

I just used a foam brush to paint on three separate coats. The colour is a cross between purple and black. Perfect for my living room decor.

Then the piping project started. I thought this might be fairly painless, but man was I wrong!

First off I had to cut the leftover fabric into a thin strip and add the no-sew fuse tape.

Iron on top to fasten the tape to the fabric.

This is how it should look after.

Then you cut off the excess fabric. I don’t claim to be a piping expert, so I thought I would glue the whole thing onto my footstool. The problem was that I ended up with glue all over!!

So I rummaged around the house and dug out some black velvet fabric that I had. I decided to glue it over the glue-y mess that I had made!

Problem number two was that I ran out of the trim and had to rush over to Joanne’s hoping and praying they would have more. I was not going to rest till this mission was complete!

Luckily I found what I needed and one of their staff even threw in a little diaper words of wisdom for me while I was there. So thanks to this shop, I was able to finish up this longer-than-I-thought piece.

And now I think it looks oh so pretty next to my grey, tufted sofa. I would have taken a pic of my feet resting up after all this hard work. But I don’t think anyone wants to see a pregnant lady’s feet right?!

Needless to say, this will certainly not be my last upholstery project, but I think I”ll look for pieces that don’t require piping next time!


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The weekend is here!

And that means me trying to cram in my usual house chores, cleaning, groceries etc and my interior projects. Ahhh never enough time in one day!!

A fellow Mom friend of mine, cackled hysterically one day while visiting my home, warning me of my impending birth and telling me that I should complete as many projects as possible before the little peanut arrives. She’s probably right, so I have taken her words of wisdom and pushed ahead, big belly and all.

So last weekend the legs of this footstool were sanded, primed and painted. This was what it looked like when I bought it. Yes it’s ugly fugly, but that will change soon!

Today I gave it another coat of paint and I’ll do one more shot before letting it all dry and reupholstering. Yesterday I hit the fabric shop and found a mauve-ish looking fabric for $2.50!!

It’s a bit girly, but oh well, I”m the one who will be resting my tired feet on it the most 🙂

Now the big question is about the piping.

Years ago my sister was kind enough to try to show me how to use the sewing machine. Despite her best efforts, it was something that I had trouble with and everytime she left the room I would call her back again for help!! Needless to say she got sick of my antics and ended up doing the job herself.

Now her little tutorial is coming back to haunt me as I”m faced with the issue of the piping. All the blogs online say to sew the piping. But I don’t even own a sewing machine! Luckily I have some no-sew fusing tape lying around so I”m going to attempt that. More on this later.

First of all I need to figure out if I want piping that is different in colour than the upholstery fabric. I do have some grey fabric lying around from my cork board project which might work. Contrasting piping looks very professional if done well. Kinda like these.

Ana Antunes

I know this is a coat, but you get the idea. Plus I loved the colour!


Or I can stick with one tone piping.

I am hoping I can get this sucker completed by tonight. The hubster went to watch football which means I can enjoy all my girly shows while he’s gone! Wish me luck!


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I started painting the short legs on my footstool. I figure that with this baby coming, it will be nice to put my feet up when I’m holding him. And now I”m anxious to get this project complete so I can even rest up before he arrives!!

After work I’ll make a pit stop at a large fabric warehouse and hopefully find something bold. I figure why not do something dramatic since it’s such a small piece of furniture.

What do you think of some of these patterns?



Trina Turk

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There’s something about brass and glass that screams class. Yes, yes, cheesey I know. But tell me you don’t agree!

This is a Craigslist find, for $60 I might add. Soooo unbelievably tempting to buy it. If only I had a van. *Sigh*

I can just picture it replacing my current Ikea shelving. It would liven up my office junk and make it look so pretty!

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