Monday, October 31, 2011

The Sexiest Chair Alive

My new desk chair arrived in the mail - and I am obsessed! Even though I was nervous about the color, the Nimes tufted dining chair from Overstock ended up being a beautiful soft gray in real life - thankfully nothing like the washed out putty tone in the image online (I trusted the comments of others who said it was really a dove gray and I'm glad I went for it)! The tufting and nail head detail are so pretty - overall the chair is really romantic, sophisticated + girly...insanely gorgeous. I can't wait to assemble my imitation parsons desk + set up my little girl corner:) I'll be sure to post progress on my office nook soon!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Quatrefoil Mirror Project?

And...painting is done!

After having painted the area surrounding the mantle (not white)....the gold mirror I had purchased for $27.00 at Home Goods suddenly made everything look too warm. So, today I returned it and headed to Lowe's for a cheap Quatrefoil mirror (based on the suggestion from Sherry at Young House Love). It's only $64.97 and looks like one you'd get for at least double that price elsewhere.

I sort of appreciate the look of the espresso mirror...but I have other plans in mind.


















I totally plan on painting it a glossy white instead, something like what what Kate (via Centsational Girl) did above her mantle.


Source: google.com via Erin on Pinterest


I am also considering no mirror as an option. I know - I am so fickle! But seriously I'm still in love with the gray For Like Ever poster and might need to put that above the mantle instead (like what Jessie Randall did).



Any thoughts?

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Fireplace Progress

So far my friends, I have done away with the yellow walls (opting instead for the softest gray known to man - Benjamin Moore OC-14 Soft Chamois)! I am already loving the results and this weekend I'm tackling the fireplace. My plan is to paint the surrounding paneling the wall color (Soft Chamois) and the fireplace mantel and woodwork a bright white semi-gloss.

Before:














Primed + Ready for Paint:














Mid- Painting Progress (Soft Chamois surrounding mantel):













 Now I just need to paint the crown molding and mantel with some zero VOC semi-gloss white and I can throw in the towel. Can't wait to get the furniture back in here and start re-accessorizing!

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Update - Painting Done!

Brendan {6 Months Already}

West Elm Parsons Desk Look-Alike

Like all of you, I have coveted with the West Elm Parsons Desk, dreaming of the day it would be mine. But at $299 + $35 for shipping for  a grand total of $334.00 - I could never justify the cost. Then, last night during a Google search, I made an astonishing discovery. Overstock has a white desk with the exact same proportion & style...even a drawer in the same place! And, the best part - the Overstock version is only $135.99 + $1.00 shipping (that's $136.99)! The reviews do say that the Overstock version is more of a paint finish - not lacquered shiny white, but I figure if I really miss that sheen - I can set aside an afternoon and get the look for a few dollars with a couple cans of Rust-Oleum 1904-830 11 OZ Gloss White Lacquer Spray Paint. 

This morning I went for it and added the overstock version to my cart after I received a 7% off coupon in the mail. The total damage for the desk was only $127.47! 


So, what's the verdict? Can you spot the difference between the two? 

Worth a savings of over $206?

West Elm Parsons Desk



















Overstock Student White Desk














Such a good deal that I also ordered myself the Nimes Putty Grey Tufted Side Chair to use as a desk chair! I've been obsessed with this chair for a while - but at $227.99 I always chickened out. With the discount it was only $213 - so I went for it. A great deal considering tufted, nail head dining chairs like this go for $349 or more other places (see this similar Home Depot version)