Thursday, August 12, 2010

Un-VAMPED Guest Room!

My guest room was dark like a VAMPIRE's Lair. It had all the un-dead's desires; dark leather and wood furniture, a dark red quilt that had little bite marks on the corner, (Not a vampire's but a dog's.)

Here is a shot of before, Vampire's Inn:

Dark and boring for the living.

Well I thought when I travel and stay at a friends house I always feel more comfortable if there is a nice guest room to retreat to at the end of the day. So when we had guests a while back I realized beforehand that I DON'T have that. I have a cave fit for Sookie and Bill. So I set my sights on brightening and exercising the demons.
Cheerful and bright after:

I placed some artwork that I had painted a couple of years back, originally for over the fireplace, up over the bed. I eventually hung that picture a couple of inches above the headboard and didnt just leave it sitting on top of it. I wasnt looking to spend even $100 on this so this was all done with recyling and re using a lot of things I already owned. I did purchase a few things to which I will tally up below.

With the additions of white and soft blue colors, it made a major transformation from dark and dreary to crisp and comfortable.

Total spent on the re-vamping, or un-vamping, or whatever:
2 new fluffy pillows: $6.00 Wal-Mart

1 Blue quilted throw pillow: $4.00 Home Goods

1 White subtle striped comforter: $30.00 Home Goods

1 Quilted pillow sham: $7.00 Home Goods (There was only 1 there or else I would have gotten 2!)

2 white 300-count pillow cases: $8.00 Home Goods

1 Blue throw blanket: $20.00 Home Goods

2 Brown and blue striped pillows: Free! Previously owned

1 Set blue sheets: Free! Previously owned.

2 Pieces of artwork: Free! Painted myself and previously owned.

Furniture: Free! Previously owned in my vampire phase.

3 Blue mercury glass candle cups on bedside table: Free! Previously owned!

1 Everyday Reading Bible on bedside table: Free, incase we have to use it for an exorcism.

Grand Total: $75.00

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Dining Room Chairs

I just asked for some Tolix aka Marais AC chairs for my birthday! I have been in LOOOOVVE with them for forever now. I thought they would look so nice around my dining room table.  Technically they are outdoor garden chairs, but I think with a cute cushion they could be really nice dining room chairs.

Here is an original French ad for the antique outdoor garden chair:

Can I tell you how this antique French ad made me love them even more!

Well they are ridic expensive, especially the antique originals. I stumbled across the blog Thirteen and South who talked about the knock offs they found for a fraction of the price!! Im no chair snob so of course I love the knock offs and the knock off price ($99)!

I have a dark wood table like the one below so I thought they would look perfect! Imagine this scene below with little cute (possibly hand sewn) cushions.

So maybe I shouldn't be dreading this upcoming (30th) birthday after all! Ha ha! Just kidding, chairs aren't gonna make me feel any younger!