I've been out of commission with my blog for a few days...(that makes me nuts!) I feel so behind with recording my own things let alone, reading and responding to everyone elses posts.
My mom and I worked on several projects during her visit with us...
We helped the girls get their valentines made...It appears that I only took pictures of Reilly's--(oh well)
The most exciting project was the opportunity to stage my friend Suzanne's house!
She and her family are moving to Switzerland soon and so they are desperately trying to get their place ready to put on the market.
She asked me if I would be willing to come over and stage it for her...
(P.S.--I love this kind of stuff!) :)
I must say first that my biggest frustration of all was not taking BEFORE pictures!--We were just so pressed for time (kindergarten and pre-school pickups) that it completely slipped my mind to take pictures before we started! GRRRRRRRR. You just cannot completely appreciate the magnitude of the transformation without having an idea of what it looked like before.
I could just kick myself! :(
My mom and I had a ball for two days going to every thrift shop in the area. We also hit Marshalls/Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Ross and Target for accessories to spruce up her place.
We found some awesome bargains and finds...
They have a white sectional in their living room that needed some pizazz--the curtains behind it were very nondescript. We repositioned the couch and coffee table. By adding some cute pillows, and a big copper bowl filled with pears for the coffee table, the colors just totally popped out and suddenly, the wall colors in the rest of the house all made sense.
We also created a focal point with the mantel, which was a bit bland and unmemorable before. We accessorized with a bird theme and framed a piece of fabric to place over the fireplace. It brings out the green on an adjoining wall as well as the green in the pillows.
This was a $5 find as well--the space between the windows in her downstairs library really needed a filler...This was a perfect solution to creating a bit of interest there. (I'm not usually a big fan of those reed things sticking out, but it works in this space).
This also was a thift store find--($6)--It hangs on the wall right when you walk in--it looks great because it ties in the bits of blue that are in the various rooms.
I like the idea that they can take these fresh new ideas with them and create a similar space in their new apartment. It makes the staging purchases seem a little less frivolous.
The guest room was another dramatic transformation...
Before, the room had nothing but a kind size bed with a feather douvet (no coverlet)--I didn't want to make her invest in a king size douvet cover so I just brought over one that I had been storing.
It was a queen size, but by just laying it over the other one, gives it a fresh take...
Since there was no headboard, I tried to mask that with pillows and a few framed botanical prints that I took from her hallway...
We hung hand painted plates from Poland that we found at a thrift store to add some additional interest on the wall. ($8)
I found a folding chair cover at a thrift store as well for $6!--It looks adorable on the chair!
We also found a mirror for $6 that fits perfectly over the dresser and gives the room the illusion of having more space.
The room just feels so crisp and inviting now...I was tempted to stay!
I don't envy them as they have a ton of things to get rid of...It's always hard to downsize--(or so I hear). I've always been in apartments (during my adulthood) up until the time we moved from NY to PA. I can't imagine having to choose which things to take or which to toss...
This project was exhilarating and inspiring! Our creative juices were overflowing!
My mom and I worked well together...I would love to do more of these kinds of things but it's so difficult with kids...My schedule just doesn't give me much flexibility.
I wish that I was helping her decorate under different circumstances...Seeing a dear friend move away is not something I'm looking forward to.
I feel good knowing that there was some way I could express my love and appreciation for her friendship.
I couldn't resist picking up a little something for me...
I found this beautiful lamp base for $4.95 at a thrift shop! I spent about $15 on the shade, but I was totally thrilled! It goes perfectly with all of my other white and cream ware on my mantel!
**Do you like to decorate other peoples' houses?
**What was the best bargain in this project?