In an Apres kind of mood

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Whether it be the longhorn skull I bought this weekend or the home I posted about last week, you can totally tell that I’m in a mountain sort of mood.  Especially after my recent decision on which new car I should pick (if you follow on twitter, you may have been part of that conversation!), I am really feeling the mountain vibe (I went with a Subaru).

There is just something about cozying up to a fire and a few drinks after braving the cold that is so festive and fun.  Even if the holidays are over, I don’t think we need to totally disregard the joy of snuggling up!

Here are a few of my more recent favorite ski-inspired decorations. Maybe a night in by the fire – regardless of where you live – is something to put on your short list?

The only ‘mountain fave’ that isn’t included in the above slide are the Mojave Coasters. You can find them at In Haus Press.

Have a fabulously cozy Tuesday everyone!

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Crazy or Cool?

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My foyer is done being painted and I’m in the process of decorating it for the big reveal!  A little secret, I’m actually rushing to get it done because a local magazine is doing a spread on our house and I am trying to get everything ready before they come!

One question for you guys, though.  I bought this quite large (14″ x 18″) cast iron longhorn skull for $80 at Home Goods and it was originally over $200 by Broyhill.  I kind of love it, but don’t know if it’s bordering on crazy.

What do you guys think?  Is it crazy?  or is it cool?

 

 

 

A Modular Concept

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There have been a lot of ‘mountain home’ discussions this week between Matt and I as we’re vacationing here in Colorado.  We actually used to live here back after we graduated from college, but moved back to Ohio for our careers, so we didn’t get an opportunity to really live the mountain life.

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I’ve been creeping around at homes all week dreaming about the day we’ll be able to have a home here and this home concept really jumped out at me.  It’s unique because the three different modular buildings are all part of a main home.  One building houses the living room, kitchen, and dining room.  Connected by a breezeway to the main building is a master bedroom and bath, and a separate building houses two bedrooms and a bathroom.  I kind of love the idea of this layout (if you live in a warmer climate) due to the privacy and the kind of ‘community’ like atmosphere.

The decor is so pretty – simple, breezy, and natural.  I love it.

 

How do you feel about this type of home?

 

 

Source: Mountain Living

Recovered Cane Chair Reveal

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This project has been a long time coming.  You guys remember when I found this pair of cane chairs in the trash of a neighbor? Right? I’m not usually the trash picking sort (this was a first for me) but I really couldn’t resist.  I drove by them once, drove all of the way home, then couldn’t stop thinking about them, so I turned around and picked them up!  The cane wrap was unraveling at the joints, the seats were blown out, and they’re original finish was mostly chipped off. But boy, did they clean up nicely!

There were so many potential options for these guys.  Maybe they could be french country? Or maybe with some red lacquer they could be asian inspired kitchy? I wanted the chairs to be chic and modern, but still fun.  I had decided on  painting the frames of the chairs gold, and wanted a simple black and white fabric to mesh well with the navy blue entryway.  I used Design Master Brilliant Gold Spray Paint
to paint the frame and it turned out just as good as I’d hoped.  To prevent chipping when using spray paint, I always use a spray paint primer as well.

I was trying to pick a fabric to cover the chairs with, but when the fabrics chosen weren’t in stock, I had to hand make the fabric myself, and posted a step by step of the fabric in this post.

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Pom fabric tutorial

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It’s a pretty simple project at it’s core – paint a chair and recover it – but so much more went into this project.  I wanted the chair to convey a certain cross between formal and fun.  I think I accomplished just that!

Of course it’s hard to ignore the navy blue walls… but more to come on that soon!  In the meantime, what do you guys think of the finished chair?  A good creation out of a dumpster dive?

Pattern Mixed Bedding Refresh

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I am totally guilty of getting bored with my bedding easily.  I just switched over to all-white bedding this past fall, and LOVED the light airy look it gave to my room, but had a little incident with the bedding.  I thought ahead about how I would bleach the white bedding when it got dirty, but didn’t anticipate what my 20 year old dryer would do to an all-white set… which was to get rust spots all over the duvet without hope for getting it out.  So, I did every trick I found online for getting rust out of dryers, but nothing worked.  After getting rust on my clothes, towels, and of course the bedding, I finally gave up and just got a new washer and dryer set. (To my defense, the washer was also leaking, so we just thought it was time to throw in the towel.)

Anyway, back to the issue at hand, I needed to both replace my duvet and for the new year, I wanted a little style refresh for the new year.  I love cruising around on Crane & Canopy and I like that they’re beautiful, soft colors would work well with my dark gray walls and colorfully styled bookshelves.  I ended up going with the Valencia Dove Gray pin tuck cover to go with some patterned sheets I’d bought from Target a while back, but hadn’t broken out yet until the dryer situation was fixed.

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I actually think that I might go with a darker grey (almost black?) in my room this year also, so the lighter grey will work out really well with that change also.

I just love the difference new, fresh bedding makes don’t you?  Climbing into a freshly made bed with new linens makes me so happy.  It’s the little things, I guess!

Do you all have any plans for bedroom refreshes this year? If so, tell us about it!