Thursday, February 28, 2013

Last Day of RED

This is the last official day of "Heart Disease Awareness Month".

I kicked it off by GOING RED on National Wear Red Day {February 1st} in this post. Plus provided Facebook and blog posts throughout the month with some RED inspiration in decor, design and fashion.

A rather large selection of RED artwork and wonderful finds were available and sold at my space at LOST... antiques throughout the entire month of February.

Today, I thought I would end this ode to RED and HEART DISEASE AWARENESS with a few of my favorite RED rooms.

House and home Design Gallery

House and Home Design Gallery

House and Home Design Gallery

House and Home Design Gallery

House and Home Design Gallery

Heart disease is the #1 Killer of Women in America.

It kills more women than all the cancers combined!

To find out more information on the Go Red for Women Movement and heart disease prevention go here to the American Heart Association website.

Also, if you want to learn more about my personal story of being a heart disease survivor, check out My Heart Story. If you have a story, I would love for you to share it with me so we can encourage one another.

Monday, February 25, 2013

DIY Mongolian Lamb Stools

I have been eyeing anything with Mongolian Lamb for some time now.

I've spotted some fabulous scarves, pillows and upholstered furniture on Pinterest and other interior design websites. I've also ran across some fabulous pillows while shopping and just LOVED how soft they felt.

Then, the angels began to sing when I stumbled upon a blog post. 
The light bulb went off! 
Nadia at Preciously Me inspired me with her DIY Mongolian Lamb Stool.

DUH... I could TOTALLY do some myself!

So, I went out looking for some stools. I wanted something a little more sturdy than what Nadia had used. 
I found these vanity stools at HomeGoods.

Not EXACTLY what I was looking for... but, the size, sturdiness and price tag made me say....


Once I realized that the seats were easily removable and about the size of a Mongolian Lamb Pillow that I had been eyeing at West Elm..... I was in motion.

As I was heading home from the purchase of the stools, I stopped at West Elm to pick up 2 pillow covers. They are currently on sale and West Elm gives teachers {and military} 10% off everyday. So, I got these pillow covers for under $50 each. I know it's still not cheap..... but, I have been doing my research and "hunting" and this was pretty much the best price on white. So, I went for it!

I knew I was cutting it close with the size. So, I just went ahead and cut open the bottom panel of the pillow cover. I was hoping I would be able to shove the stool seat inside the cover to make sure that the entire seat was covered.

It was like trying to button up your pants after having an enormous Thanksgiving meal.

But, I DID it! {I mean shove the seat into the pillow cover.... although, I have had trials buttoning up my pants after an enormous Thanksgiving meal --- who hasn't? ---- wink! wink!}


I didn't like the coloring of the stool legs. I wanted something a little more glam. 

So, I reached for my Gold Leaf Rub 'n Buff.  It took about 1 tube per stool to complete.

Then it was as simple as screwing the tops onto the bottoms.

And whoop there it is..... or they they are.... my very own DIY Mongolian Lamb Stools.

Not super cheap. About $100 per stool.

But, have you prices these stools, ottomans or benches? Insane in the membrane!
So, these are worth it to me for the amount of glam I wanted to add.

They fit perfectly at the foot of my bed.

And when I see them, I just can't help but smile.

Even though they compliment this room VERY nicely, I have many options of where I can place them.

Their current home is actually in our entry tucked underneath the burlwood foyer table.


Have you done any FABULOUS DIY projects lately?

Have a DIVINE week, friends!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Red Florals

Happy Sunday!

Here is some happiness in RED.

RED florals!

House Beautiful

Pinterest Image

Pinterest Image

The Every Girl
via Charlotta Ward

Have a FANTASTIC day, friends!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Red in Patterns

The month of February is almost over.

I know I haven't been posting every day. In that, I have failed. 
However, my other accomplishments this month.... in those.... I have succeeded!

I'm sure you TOTALLY get where I am coming from.

But, here are still some pretty awesome inspirational spaces when it comes to RED.

RED in patterns and geometric designs are some of my favorite things.

Take these window panels and pillows in this room for example.

LOVE it!

Elle Decor
This head board... YES PLEASE!

And as a side note: I'm kinda love with the color combo of red and pink!

DIY Design and Build

ML Interior Design
And this, my friends..... is... 


LOVE the RED wallpaper!

The Designer Pad

Have a FANTASTIC Friday!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Red Beds

Today's RED is something a little more daring.

It's taking RED into the bedroom.

Could you be so bold to do that?

I don't think I could do it right now.
I just "toned-down" my bedroom, not too long ago, to reflect a more gentle and quiet space.

RED definitely gives a room energy, though!

Here are some rooms that I absolutely adore the use of RED!



Just a little will do. And when you compliment it with a strong base color such as this soft navy... it can be a match made in heaven!

House Beautiful


It is pretty amazing to me how there can be such a difference in material. The elegant velvet tufted fabric bed is simply divine! And then this updated painted wood bedframe is simply magnificent! 

Martha Stewart

Now THIS is just plain fun!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the pattern on this RED bedframe!
Chinoiserie Bed Apartment Therapy

Monday, February 18, 2013

Red Chairs


I'm back.

It's been awhile... and that's not cool. Not when I am suppose to be doing RED posts during the month of February.

But, I know you will forgive me.

So, without further ado..... Let's get onto the RED!

RED Chairs!

Traditional Home

They seem to be everywhere in kitchens and dining rooms.

Thomas Urquijo

That RED pop is just lovely against all the white.

Makes a sleek and sassy statement. I'm TOTALLY LOVIN' it!

Stephen Saint-Onge
Especially, when you mix bold RED with a Farmhouse Table!

Farm House Table + RED Metal Chairs = LOVE

Pinterest Image - Antique Red Chairs

And how about these RED antique chairs?!


And to end with a little drama and a little fun....

Bradford Shellhammer's Weekend Home
You should check out Brad Shellhammer's entire Upstate New York Weekend Home for pops of color inspiration.... how fun!

Well, I'll see you again soon... my friends!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Red Artwork

I hope you had a lovely weekend!

I thought I would start off the week with some RED inspiration from the art world.

I just adore artistic pieces in RED!

"Color Migration on Red" Art Print by Cozamia

Here are a couple of my pieces that can be found at Lost... antiques.

This is entitled "Traildust" and is framed in a vintage hand carved wood frame.

This piece is entitled "Tachycardia" and it too is framed in a vintage frame.

And when it comes to artwork.... sometimes simplicity is the loudest input to a room's decor.... at just the right volume.

Hope you have a FANTASTIC week, friends!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Red Fabric

I LOVE fabric.

There is so much personality in well designed fabric.

Here are some fantastic fabrics in RED.

Schumacher - Avant Garde Red Paisley
Schumacher is always one of my favorite designers.... and the quality just through the roof!

Schumacher - Uccello

Schumacher - Chinois
And there is so much more you can do with fabric than just upholster with it.

Here is a great take on fabric framed. A lovely collage.

I have a piece of fabric from a special international trip that I took a year ago. When I came home, I framed it and it hangs in my bedroom as a sweet reminder of that trip.

I will end on a little fun and funky design. This would be adorable for a girl's room.

Carnivale from Spoonflower

Hope you are having a LOVELY weekend!

Friday, February 8, 2013

My RED Valentine's Wish List

After spending over 18 Valentine Days with the same Mr. Wonderful, we still "do it up".

We do it up with decor, food, fun... and LOVE.
 {I will refrain from providing TMI.}

Kiddo and I decorate our front door and main living area. We also leave little love notes around for Mr. Wonderful to locate throughout the day. We also plan a HUGE meal with decidant desserts. We create a fun and gorgeous table setting, play some Frank Sinatra Love Songs over the speakers and have a great time.

Gifts are somewhat small things {although Mr. Wonderful surprised me last year with a DSLR Camera!}... chocolate hearts, Legos for the kiddo, etc. But, I thought it would be fun to compile a little Wish List here of some wants.... in RED.... of course!

Suzy Ultman Stationery

Tory Burch Loafers via source

Kate Spade - image via Pinterest

Kate Spade
Well, that was fun!

Now... on to planning that menu for kiddo and Mr. Wonderful....