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Decorating With Coastal Colors

Ahhh……I think it is finally Spring and with that comes an urge to redo a room or two in your home. An easy way to do that is with a paint color change or even changing a few accessories like throw pillows, accent pieces or artwork.

I love Coastal Colors as they are so fresh you can almost smell the salt air. I will say I have some coastal color favorites when it comes to paint.

Let’s start with Drizzle by Sherwin Williams SW 6479. There are so many rooms that I have used this color and have never been disappointed.

In a Family Room:

 

A guest bath:

 

 

And even a Laundry Room:

 

 

Another great coastal color is Rainwashed by Sherwin Williams SW 6211.  Again I have used this in a laundry room and also a Master Bedroom and Living Area.

 

 

 

Sherwin Williams Comfort Gary SW 6205 and Sea Salt SW 6204 are probably the highest on my list for coastal colors. They are so spa like as well.

 

 

 

 

If you don’t want to commit to a new painting color (but why not it’s only paint after all), accessorizing in coastal colors is a great option.

 

 

 

 

You do not have to live at the beach to use Coastal Colors in your home. Pick a room that you would like to add some color and head to the paint store this weekend!

 

Re-Purposing to Create Interesting Succulent Arrangements!

 

If you haven’t noticed, succulents are really in right now. There are even stores having succulent parties to pick your containers and plant them right at the store.

I do like them and although it is really tough to kill a succulent, I can do it. This real one sat in my Mom’s condo unattended when she was in the nursing home for over a year and was fine and healthy. When she passed away I took it home and now it looks like this.

 

 

So I went to Plan B. The fake succulents are so incredibly real that I knew they were for me! I wasn’t too crazy about the typical glass terrarium containers I was seeing everywhere so I looked around my house to see what I had that I wasn’t using. I came upon this candle holder and I had a light bulb moment.

 

 

This is what it looks like now and it sits in the window of my sunny porch and it looks so real!

 

 

 

I decided to incorporate the same idea into some of the home staging that I do and here is what I came up with.

This is an aerial view of one that I was experimenting with in my warehouse…the price tags still on. 🙂  I re-purposed a wooden bread bowl as the container.

 

 

Here it is on a foyer table:

 

 

This is another candle holder that I had that I also re-purposed:

 

 

A simple rustic tin with one succulent adds a nice end table accent:

 

 

If you are like me and can kill even a succulent plant, try these options by re-purposing items in your home for the container. They really are eye catching!

 

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Old Things Becoming New

I  LOVE to take old things and make them new again. I don’t have much time to do so but this one I just couldn’t pass up.

I ran into my local Goodwill store to buy some coffee table books for an upcoming vacant home staging job and on my way back to the book section look what I found!

Old Dirty Chair

A classic chair. In great shape and very sturdy. Sticker price…….$2.99! 

I grabbed that chair so fast I created a breeze.

A couple days later I got going on my project. I took out the 4 screws  holding the seat on,

Seat Cushion Off

then I primed the wood with Kilz Block Out Primer (because I refuse to sand anything). I hate to sand!  Then, I took some leftover paint I had from painting an Antique Hutch (Dorian Gray by Sherwin Williams) and within a short period of time the hardest part was done.

Bolts of FabricWell, not the hardest. The most difficult task was limiting the fabric to recover the chair seat. I LOVE fabric. Love it. So of course when I ran into JoAnn Fabrics I could not make up my mind on a fabric. Too many choices, so many great looks. It took me longer to pick out the fabric then to prime and paint the chair! LOL

But I finally narrowed it down to two and bought both. I am going to switch them out for different looks when I get tired of one.

A few staples to secure the new fabric right over the old, put the 4 screws back in to hold the seat down and

Drum Roll Please……

My new chair!! How cute is that!

 

Repurposed Chair

 

The chair $2.99. The fabric $6.79. The chair “PRICELESS”.

It’s first use, a chair for a child’s “craft and study nook” at a luxury new construction home I staged. This chair can be used so many places.

 

Child's Study Nook

 

So don’t overlook those past treasures. Make them new again! 

 

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