Monthly Archives: February 2011

On the Bench

Good morning everyone!

I’m in the middle of a painting project right now. I know – unbelievable – especially for me. My husband still loves it – not really! Anyway I’m painting with my new fave color – black! Everywhere I go lately black furniture is popping up everywhere! I think it’s the new white or the new shabby
chic or something. Anyway here are a few pics of what I’ve got goin’ on!

This is the piece with about 3 coats of primer on it.
After One Coat of Satin Black

I’ve probably got about two more coats of black paint to go and I’m not sure yet if I’m going to distress this piece. Any thoughts on to distress or not?

Make it a great day!

The Brick Basement’s Spring Open House

It’s that time again! 

Spring is almost here and to celebrate
The Brick Basement is having their annual 
Spring Open House and Sidewalk Sale.

Please come and check out the many spectacular 
deals thruout the store. 

There will also be a deeply discounted sidewalk sale in front of the store and

many dealers will be on hand to answer any questions you might have.

Saturday March 5th 
113 N. Harbor Blvd. Fullerton
Light refreshments will be served.
The shopping begins at 10am.

Be sure to look for me Dealer #16 and say “Hello”

Dining Room Makeover Part 1

Dining room before and afters Part 1.

I have a lot of reds, browns and gold color in my house which is what I’m starting to phase out.

The feeling of my house right now is stuffy and traditional. I would like to lighten it to make the rooms appear larger and bring in a mix of modern and lighter elements while still keeping some traditional pieces like this wood and wrought iron round wall hanging.

Paint swatches. We have up top Martha Stewart’s Blue Enamel and below Behr’s Light French Gray.

I’d like to replace the light fixture with a chandelier that is big enough for this room. When I bought this fixture I didn’t realize it was too small for this space so in the evening this room doesn’t get enough light.

 This one will do nicely. Somerset Cumberland Cabinet.
 Country Living. 
This has all the elements – my chair, cabinet and wall plates.
Sunset Magazine
I love the blue painted background of the inside of this cabinet.
I actually already have my china cabinet – it’s being repainted as we speak or after I finish typing and get back to working on it. I will reveal it soon.

 I want to add drapes and maybe a rug under the table. I’d like to do some sort of a plate wall scape like this

                                 Jeffrey Cross Sunset Magazine

Kelly Wearstler The Hotel Viceroy Santa Monica
Thread Banger

So what do you think of my paint choice? Behr’s Light French Gray. I love it, there is nothing more refreshing than a freshly painted room.

House Beautiful Springs Pink!

I’ve never been really into pink. Even as a small girl I was more into black, red and white. Partly because they were the fav colors of my Duran Duran boyfriend John T but also because I didn’t want to be like everybody else. But now that I’m almost ahh..ummm….the big 4-0. I think I might give pink a whirl. If you read House Beautiful then you’ve seen the cover of their mag this month – “The Color Issue” and for this color issue they chose pink. I looked at it the other day at my local grocery and then put it down. Tonight while in the pharmacy I picked it up again and bought it. I’ll admit the pink did turn me off at first but now I think it’s growing on me. What about you? How do you feel about pink?

All Image courtesy of House Beautiful

Dropcloth Curtains

I jumped on the dropcloth curtain bandwagon. And I think the people at the big orange place think I’m doing a lot of painting. Well actually I do a lot of painting but I’ll tell you more about that later. The curtains in my master bedroom have been temporary —- for THREE years!!! Red crushed velvet something or other that didn’t even come  close to hanging to the floor. They were supposed to be so temporary that I originally hung them with nails. Yep – just hammered ’em up. Once I got really tired of feeling really WT I hung them on rods telling myself again that this was only temporary.



 Well this is partially after because I did add two panels per window and I have no idea where that hideous ironing board cover came from. I also raised the curtain rod as high as possible to add more height to this room. An idea from the nester . Our ceilings are 8 ft and can seem pretty low sometimes. The furniture in this room is also what we bought when we lived in our other house which had large rooms and 10 ft ceilings. So this furniture is definitely too big for this room.

Anyhow the curtains were really easy to do.  I  washed them on the warm/cold cycle with detergent and a little bit of Resolve Spray (the only reason I used that is because it smells soooooo good) and dried them on regular setting. I then pulled out my old dusty ironing board and ironed and ironed and ironed. A 6′ by 9′ piece of canvas can take a long time to iron properly!  Then I secured them with clip rings and turned over the top until the bottom was draping on the floor and clipped them up at even intervals. Eventually I think I would like to add some sort of fringe or ribbon across the top and/or down the sides. But for today I wanted to keep it a “no sew” kinda’ day. I would say the only hard part was the ironing. I think I refilled my iron with water about 5 times! Not too shabby for $9 a panel!  What do you think?         

The Lettered Cottage


Have you ever Skyped? I have and I love it. It’s free and easy and you get to look at the other person you’re chatting with, whether or not you’re in your pajamas. My kids also think it’s the greatest. They can’t get over how they can see themselves and the other person they’re talking with all at the same time. If you need to make long distance calls and don’t want to pay for them you should try it. Oh but you have to have a video thing on your computer.

I’m In Love With A Paint Color

Is it possible to fall in love with a paint color before you even see it on your wall? I’m just so in love with the NAME of this paint color that I want to paint my whole house in it.

Behr’s Light French Gray. Doesn’t it sound divine. Like diving into a Parisian Flea Market with a coffee and a croissant in each hand, lots of money and oodles of time with your best girl friend fun! So I actually did mosey over to Home Depot the other day and retrieved said paint sample color and slapped it up on my dining room wall with the help of my little helper – Jack Jennings. He was very good at his mastery of painting just like his lil’ ole’ mama! I will post what it looks like soon!

 Apparently Jennifer Lopez and her designer love this color too. I don’t think it’s the exact same color. This picture is from the latest issue of Veranda.