Sunday, November 29, 2009

Home Improvement Project?

Since we moved in at the end of June, I've been unhappy with this built-in shelf because my stuff just seems to get lost in the dark wood.

The entire family room is paneled, but you don't notice it much because it's a great, neutral color. This neutral was obviously not extended to the back of the shelving.


I've been debating about what I would do with it. I ruled out painting because I wanted something more interesting. I thought about a cream on cream damask, but I thought that might be too refined, too blah. I picked up this old biology book from my friend Katie in the family garage sale we had in September. It belonged to her father-in-law.

It's a great old book with some neat and rather unusual pics. Perfect!

I found a syllabus from 1952 tucked in the book. How cool.

One more look at all that dark stained paneling before I take the plunge.

I considered papering cardboard and attaching it into the back of the shelving so it would be easy to change out, but the shelves fit in too tightly and I wasn't going to mess with sawing them down; I don't have those kind of power tools.

So I just said screw it and decided to use matte decoupage and glue the pages right on the paneling. After the drama of moving this summer, I will be leaving this house feet-first. I'm worth much more dead than alive and Jason can pay somebody to change it!

I was happy with the way it was coming together and used an interesting combination of images from the book. I was happy, that is, until my husband told me it looked like something out of Session 9, yes, a horror film. Something, he said, someone at the State mental hospital, might use to paper her room.

After a good laugh, he admitted that he liked it, even if it was a little weird. I mean, really, I have busted up baby doll heads and animal skulls incorporated into my decor. I am so happy that I have a husband who gives me full reign of the home decor. I couldn't have it any other way. I did tell him I wish my mother-in-law were here to tell me that she liked it. If something makes me happy, she is 100 percent on-board. How supportive is that?!

Great images . . .

And a few hours later, whala!

The wood stain really pulled it all together. And I love the way the stain really stuck in areas where I wasn't as liberal with the glue. It adds to the "funk".

And here it is complete with my stuff. I restyled some things and am thrilled with the way everything now pops with the new background.

Weird? You bet!
Here's my new leprechaun pipe. Jason said, "That must have been one big leprechaun."

Cool santos hand. I say cool, some might use other adjectives.

I got the little Santa brooch and some old fashioned ball ornaments from a shop called Fabu on 75th and Wornall. It will be closing in February as the owner is on to other adventures.

I've always loved this "A" from where? You guessed it.

I am so excited that I found the motivation to do this project (finally). Next, I have some wood furniture I need to paint. I'm thinking light gray and of course, I'll slather some antiquing glaze all over it to make it look as beat up as possible. There's a certain serenity in the fact that not everything in my house has to be perfect. Have I mentioned lately that I'm loving my new home?!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Holiday WOW at The Curious Sofa

I was running low on my French Olive and Lavender hand soap, so I had to make a quick stop in The Curious Sofa. Jason and Dash waited in the car. It wasn't until I posted on the blog that I figured out that these photos are in order and kind of catalogue my fast journey through the store.

I'm not sure what this cabinet once held, but the way the drawers flipped out were really cool. This is my favorite store in the universe and has been for years. Stopping there, if only for a moment, is like therapy for me. Ahhhh . . . .

This bed looks like a fluffy cloud of white and cream goodness. Check out the chandeliers overhead. Not too hard to figure out that the owner was a photo stylist in a past life . . .

Suspended bird cages -- the whole store features vignette after vignette of artful creations.

I have the tarnished silver bug.

Clutches made of recycled computer keys.

She called this a "leprechaun pipe" and it went home with me. I can never make it out of the store with just the soap.

These Santas looked good enough to eat.

I was diggin' on the Frenchie salt and pepper shakers.

These looked like the kind of gals who would speak the Queen's English - you know, "The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain," and all that jazz.

The santos hand came home with me, too. I think I'll be putting mine on a pile of books, too, but for now, it's on my entry table that came from . . . you guessed it.

So much pop with so little color thanks to so many shapes and textures.

Another brilliant display.

Loved the turquoise in this one.

I saw this settee on the Curious Sofa blog and fell in love, but like I keep telling myself, one project at a time. I'm still coming up with the last 50 percent of those plantation shutters that will be here soon!

I have a weird chalk kewpie I got at The Curious Sofa except mine has no hair and no arms. My friend, Cynthia, thought it was a Halloween decoration!

You can see my santos hand in this picture, a little PG rated, but it was purely accidental.

And of course, someone in my family always has to make fun of my latest finds.