My Funky Holiday Mantel Decorating In Our Cozy Den

This rustic fireplace is perfect for some funky decorations

Our den is where we truly live in the evening. We are empty nesters, and admittedly, we eat dinner here, watch movies and sports here, and find ourselves quite entertained by our three calico kitties each night. The fact that red leather furniture and a crusty old red door make up the décor means decorating for Christmas is a snap. In fact, decorating the mantel with lots of natural holly and large branches in the fireplace that stay in place all year is quite speedy.

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Celebrating “Year-Round” Christmas Tree & Room Decorating – Almost!

Oh, Christmas Trees! Blog HopThanks for stopping by our Holiday Blog Hop! If you’re looking for inspiration for your tree, DIY ornaments, or just want to see some really gorgeous, fun, and creative Christmas trees, then you’ll LOVE the hop,

“Oh, Christmas Trees!”

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to follow the links at the end of the post to visit all the great blogs!


Non-traditional Christmas tree decorating

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The Reveal! Orange Teak Master Bedroom Furniture Goes Weathered Grey!

Orange teak goes weathered gray

Recently I posted several times about transforming our three large master bedroom furniture pieces. They are 1970s Danish modern and after many, many years I was so eager to get rid of the orange hue and change to soft, weathered gray. I prepared for my large refinishing project first by using my Color Inspiration Notebook. I created it as a fun tool to assist DIY furniture painting project lovers with color inspiration and selection. The built-in color wheel walked me right through my basic color scheme. It confirmed that I was happy with my accessories and the major teal color, accented with a bit of green and metallics.

The huge dilemma was what to do with the teak – eeekkkk. It seemed to grow more orange every year! The platform bed and two large dressers are loved for their simplicity and have been perfect for storage capacity (there are drawers under the bed).

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Win A Color Inspiration Notebook From DIY Furniture Painting Bloggers!

I am having so much fun with several of my favorite bloggers who are giving away a Color Inspiration Notebook – just in time for your painting projects. And gifting of course!

MEET SUZANNE BUGHERI of The Painted Drawer

The Painted Drawer Notebook giveaway

Suzanne loves to paint like I do, and in her giveaway post she shares projects like these, and how she uses the Color Inspiration Notebook.

Don’t miss Suzanne’s giveaway post and enter to win a Notebook! Just click on the picture above! Her promotion ends TODAY AT MIDNIGHT!


MEET DANIELLE DRISCOLL of Finding Silver Pennies

Finding Silver Pennies Notebook Giveaway

Danielle transformed this old dresser using Miss Mustard Seed’s Mustard Seed Yellow paint. How pretty and cheerful!

Want to read Danielle’s project post and enter to win a Notebook? Just click on the picture above! Her promotion ends on November 30th.

Stay tuned for winner announcements, including the giveaway from Kim Yeager at LARK NEST DESIGN.

More blogger giveaways coming soon!

Want to purchase a Notebook? Order or find a retailer near you.


How To Use Your Color Inspiration Notebook For A Project! (Part Four)

How to design a furniture finish using the Color Inspiration Notebook

Monday I used the Notebook to choose a basic color scheme for our master bedroom – and discovered I am really happy with the colors and accessories I already have.

Tuesday I narrowed down a new furniture finish that I fell in love with for three large pieces – a platform bed and two big dressers. Decided it is not right. Awesome look, but too barn woodish.

Wednesday I used my Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan color swatches to select finish colors.

Today let’s design the finish.

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How To Use Your Color Inspiration Notebook For A Project! (Part Three)

How to use your Color Inspiration Notebook for a project

This week we are using the Color Inspiration Notebook to work on my master bedroom redo – the primary objective is to refinish three large pieces of furniture. Platform bed and two large dressers. Holy cow. They are 30 years old, wonderful, but the teak seems to get more orange by the day. Not the look I am going for. Continue reading

How To Use Your Color Inspiration Notebook For A Project! (Part Two)

How to do a project with the Color Inspiration NotebookYesterday we used the Color Inspiration Notebook to select colors from the built-in color wheel. The basic colors, and photos on the front pages, help keep color selection simple. The gorgeous photos can assist in thinking through options like texture, furniture finishes and combinations, and just design in general. No need to deal with every color in the rainbow now.

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How To Use Your Color Inspiration Notebook For A Project! (Part One)

How to use the Color Inspiration Notebook

Do you have your very own Color Inspiration Notebook? Are you anxious to jump in to get started? Or perhaps you want one, but curious about how to use it before you purchase?

Perfect! To demonstrate how easy it is to get started, I am going to show you how I am putting my Notebook to use to work on a project in our master bedroom.

Follow along this week as I tackle refinishing our master bedroom furniture (eekkkk), and how I figured out what color to use, what finish to do, and how to make it work with what we already have and like in the room.

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Exploring The Color Inspiration Notebook – The Built-In Color Wheel

My Notebook is a power-packed little tool. It’s only 6″ by 9″, but it is stuffed with inspiring details. Take the built-in color wheel, for example. It includes the traditional colors, plus neutrals and metallics:

The Color Inspiration Notebook built-in color wheel

There are gorgeous photos of painted furniture by many passionate, talented artists. Plus photography of architecture, nature, and worldly travels – color combinations in abundance. Not to mention, you will begin to see color ideas everywhere as you go about your day.

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Furniture Finish Trends + Bling At The Fall High Point Market

Blues, reds and brass at the High Point Market

This week I spent three glorious days walking the gigantic buildings at the High Point Market with buyer/interior designer friends. Thousands of showrooms touted the latest and greatest new introductions and long-time favorites in furniture, accessories and lighting. The crisp autumn weather was the perfect backdrop for the 70,000+ (wholesale-only) buyers from around the globe who arrive twice a year to buy for their stores and clients.

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