Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Closet Doors - Which way to go?

SO I am in a bit of a decision dilemma. I figured I would blog about it and see what all of you think. As you remember from my previous post I am still plugging away at my Bedroom Redesign. And my focus today is on the closet doors. They are not working in any way, shape, or form. Not only aesthetically but functionally as well.
Blank Slate

So here are the options.

1.) Keep the doors and just live with the function issues BUT paint the outside to really pop. I was thinking stripes or something like this?

2.) Take out the doors and replace them with curtains. Like this. Maybe beef up the outside molding like they did here?

OR there is the option of putting the curtains outside the closet area like this.
Or even making an entire wall of curtains like this.
And then of course this option would present another decision - which fabric to use!

If I go with just covering the doors themselves it falls into the perfect size for a shower curtain. I have been searching for the perfect pink striped shower curtain but I am coming up short. BUT I did come across these fab. ruffled ones - what do you think?
From Urban Outfitters $49.99 each
OR here are some fabrics I found that might work

1.) Amy Butler $8.98 per yard
2.) Robert Allen $14.98 per yard
3.) Michael Miller $8.98 per yard
4.) Michael Miller 48.98 per yard

OR I can make my own stripe fabric by sewing together pink and white material since I can't seem to find the perfect wide stripe material.

So what do you think? Anyone have any ingenious closet door solutions they want to share?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The show must go on!

This week I went to the The Nate Burkus show! I got four tickets and rounded up some friends that aren't slaves to a 9-5 and off we went! Living in NY I try to catch tapings of shows whenever I can easily score some tickets. In my days I have been to the Rachel Ray show, Dave Letterman, Montel Williams, The View, just to name a few. In this case all I did was go onto the website and hit request tickets!
But yes it can often be a time consuming event - all afternoon waiting on line, being shuffled from room to room and then finally earning a seat where we act like monkey's and laugh when we are told to laugh, clap when we are told to clap, and looked stunned and interested. But all in all it is always a good time - and that prospect of seeing my face on TV -is exciting! I have to say the experience at Nate Burkus show was probably one of the best -people were very nice and it was entertianing. DESPITE the fact that as we are on line (or 'in' line if you are from the west coast - as several west coast transplants pointed out to me as I retold this story to them) anyway - NY (or the whole east coast for that matter) was hit by an earthquake!

We of course felt nothing - but we were ushered to the other side of the street - where we were told we are avoiding a fire hazard. Anyway my friend on her way to meet us called and said - did you hear? There was an earthquake and they have evacuated all the buildings. I then look over to the building next to us and see all these people standing outside - ha! who knew!? Anyway I then jumped on Facebook - and it all poured in... let me share a few of my favorite Facebook posts from moments after the ground literally shook all over NY.
um....i just felt an earthquake

damn nature, you scary

what??? there was an earthquake? no way, i just thought Chuck Norris went for a run

pshhh, california WISHES they had earthquakes like this

I just felt my first earthquake. Not for me.

I was walking too fast to feel the earthquake. Or maybe it was the already-rattling of the overhead subway line

Earthquake survivor

Things Im mentally prepped for.. Stray bullet - Check, Stabbing - Check, Deranged Homeless - Check, Alien Invasion - Check, Zombie Apocalypse - Check.. EARTHQUAKE!?!? - Er, not so much...

Anyway reading all these helped pass the time of waiting and waiting until we finally got seated in the studio.

So this show isn't taped live and won't air until sometime in September - so there were several retakes and shifting of segments but kinda cool to see how it really works! We were entertained by the crowd pleaser comedian where we witnessed several dance off's, lots of trivia, all while the set was changed and prepped for the next segment. There were lots of these "in between" times but the segments themselves were entertaining. And we got gifts!!

We went home with this cook book by former model Christina Ferrare. And Nate did a segment on RUGS 101 - going over tips of placing and picking the perfect area rug for your living room or dining room. AND he gave us all $150 gift certificate to -( future blog post may involve selecting a new rug!).

Nate's tips were - when placing a rug in a living room it is best to place the rug about a third under the coach, so that there isn't a slight gap of floor right in front of the couch. AND you don't want to put the run entirely under the coach - because well it can get nasty under the couch and how often is that really vacuumed? I can see how this tip makes sense BUT my first professor at FIT's interior design program, told us never to place furniture half on a rug - either put it all the way on the rug or all the way off, otherwise it looks off balance. So I am not sure who is right on that one - but I can see how that floor gap near the couch doesn't seem right. I found some tips online that seem to go along with Nate's advice here. And then here they agree with my professor either all on or all off. BUT they also say - "It's your home; if you like the look and the effect of a particular rug in your home, then it is perfect." So perhaps I leave the final verdict on that one up to you!

For the dining room Nate's tip was to make sure the dining rug is large enough to fit under all of the chairs even when the chairs are pulled out. Otherwise you could have some unstable dinner guests. And that could get dangerous especially if there is wine with dinner!

I gathered a few images of spaces where using both above theories where I think they all work - what do you think?

Sarah Richardson Design
In this one the furniture is only partially on all around. But perhaps the bold color/pattern of the rug gives it just the right punch that a larger rug would have been over powering? And well placing the furniture slightly on the rug can help to keep the rug in place.

Elle Decor
Here the furniture is all on! The rug is large enough to fill they space and put all of the furniture on it entirely and if it were to be half on I can see there would be an unbalance.

The final segment of the show was a spotlight on a blogger! Nate is known to feature bloggers on his show, fly them to NY and give them some TV air time - that will without a doubt help boost their readership! His feature blogger for this show was HannahKateFlora she was super cute and had some great  "street merch" as she called it - found treasures on the streets of NY. We were actually sitting in the audience near her boyfriend and roommates that came to support her. Her boyfriend (one of 5 guys in the audience) was quite the dancer and entertained us all!

 SO needless to say I am working my way to the Nate Burkus show ;)  you never know maybe one day I will be on stage and not in the audience!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

DIY Mirror

Ever see a gorgeous mirror, or picture, or something else that you know will look perfect in your house... and then you look at the price tag... and it suddenly doesn't look that gorgeous anymore? Well this happens to me all the time- BUT this time I found a solution.

SO in my Bedroom redesign process I was searching for an interesting mirror for the wall. I came across this beauty here -

BUT with a price tag of $562.50 - no way?! My bed didn't even cost that - ha! SO I started to think hmm,... Can I just make that?

I already had a plain mirror (that I found on the side of the street years ago - someone was throwing it out!) and I didn't have a place for it yet - SO this could work!

I took out my T-square and ruler and measured out 3/4" thick lines and used a marker to draw the lines on the mirror. Then I matched up blue painters tape to the outside of the lines to keep it crisp! And I used regular white acrylic paint from the craft store. Then painted away! I did a good two coats to make sure the paint was fully covering the lines.

And TADA! This is what I am left with.... pretty close huh? What do you think?