Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Catalog inspiration.

Tomorrow we welcome in December and another holiday to decorate for! Here are a few of the clippings I've gathered to make my home feel festive this year.
These homemade mantle decorations are such a great idea and easy to copy.
I love the idea of putting red berries in bud vases.
This bubble chandelier was made with clear glass ornaments, and there is a tutorial available at CB2.
Adding anything furry or metallic instantly updates your decor for the holiday season.
I love it when people use natural elements in holiday decor. It looks so much more cohesive and timeless in your home. Plus, it's easy to re-create!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A week of updates: a place to sit.

We picked up a chair for the "desk" in our kitchen last week. It is an authentic Herman Miller molded fiberglass chair.
The seat is the same shape as our dining chairs, making it easy to throw at the end of the table for extra guests.
Here is the dining area of our kitchen. Do you spot another one of this week's updates in the photo?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A week of updates: the sunburst mirror.

We hung our sunburst mirror on the brick wall that connects our kitchen and living room. We purchased the silver metal mirror at Pier 1 two years ago, and then spray painted it gold. It has hung in several of our other homes, but I love it in its current place. We installed two eye screws in the wood beam at the top of the wall, then attached a wire to the back of the mirror frame.

Monday, November 15, 2010

A week of updates: a fuzzy bench.

Let's try again, shall we? After writing my first post last week I came down with a bad case of the flu, and spent the rest of the week in bed. So, this week I'll be sharing one small project we've done around our Very Fine House each day.
Today's project is courtesy of the hubby. Using this tutorial, the hubby and his best friend spent one Saturday morning re-upholstering tiny benches with faux sheepskin rugs. In their defense, the project did involve power tools, and that's kind of manly. It makes for some handy extra seating in our living room, and I like how it looks like a tiny baby lamb (minus the head).

Monday, November 8, 2010

A week of updates: the guest bath.

This week I'll be sharing one small project we've done around our Very Fine House each day.
Remember all of those pretty potties I shared images of in this post? One of my take-aways from that day was the purchase of a black toilet seat and lid for our guest bath. I love the way it ties in with the butterfly artwork (you can see here), and it gives the room a little more pop. Now I just need to tackle that ugly faux-wood vanity with a can of black paint...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Thursday's Things to Love:

vintage science charts
...or even just pages out of an old anatomy or biology textbook
(all images via etsy)

This roundup ranges in price from $8-$125. And just in case you're unsure that these would like nice on your walls, here are some images to make you a believer.

(all images via apartment therapy)

As for me, I've been searching for a great pull-down style chart with diagrams of the human spine. The hubby works in spine surgeries, and I think it would be a cool addition to our home office.

Monday, November 1, 2010

A completed nursery.

Remember my girlfriend's nursery I discussed in this post? Well "the boy" is due this week, and here is his completed nursery, just in time!
The quilt was a gift from a relative, sewn in colors coordinating with the other nursery decor. The crib skirt is DwellStudio for Target.
Here are the darling canvases her daughters painted for their baby brother. And I love the bright orange curtains.
She made this cute pennant to hang over the crib. She'll personalize it with his name once he arrives! She also has a great dark wood Jenny Lind style changing table across the room from the crib. I love how she mixed furniture she already owned with some great DIY projects to make a whole new nursery.

*P.S. Have a DIY project that you're proud of? E-mail it my way (veryfinehouseblog@gmail.com) and I'll share it on Very Fine House.
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