Friday, August 16, 2013

Dining Room Chairs Get a Facelift - Part 2

If any of you follow me on instagram you know how much I enjoy changing out the laces on my nike frees, seriously, I'm obsessed!

So when I saw the tie backs on my new slipcovers, that I posted about here, I immediately thought about my laces and it happened....BOOM, best idea ever!  
Yes, I even said to myself "I'm a god damn genius." 

So the plan was to switch out the boring white ties on the slipcovers for some colorful ones. Ahhhhhhhhh such a fun idea! Still so stoked about it. 

I hauled ass over to Jo Ann Fabric's in search of some sort of fabric to use.  I came across these three different roles of ribbon and I couldn't commit to one color so I decided to buy all three to test them out. 

Let the switching begin...

After I removed the white ties I laid them out on the table so I could cut the new ribbon to size.  

Time to lace it up...

Voila...I am loving the yellow! 

Then I did the two other chairs in the green and teal so I could see which one I liked best.  


I was having major trouble deciding which color to go with and then it hit me "you dummy, why not keep them all different? That way I can get the best of all 3 worlds."  

It is such a fun and unexpected little tweak to something that I probably would have never thought to change if it weren't for my darn sneakers. I love how inspiration can come from ANYWHERE, even a sneaker fetish. 

I am really enjoying the variety!

So for now the plan is to keep each chair a different color until my crazy brain comes up with a new idea.  But hey, it only cost me 5 bucks so if I change it again, WHO THE HECK CARES!

  I will be back to share how I plan on decorating my place for Fall, now that I have gone SO colorful with my decor.  I will be sharing some tips on how to decorate with some "outside the box" (non-traditional) ideas. So, basically this means I won't be loading my table tops with orange pumpkins, black witches, etc. It's going to be a colorful holiday season this year and I CANNOT wait. I am determined to make the pinks, teals, and yellows last all year.  

Here is a sneak peek at some of my fall decor already in action...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Dining Room Chairs Get a Facelift

 Every since my accessory swap in my living room, where I changed out these accessories for....

these new colorful ones, I have been dying to change out my dining room chairs as well.  Of course, it's too expensive to buy all new chairs so I decided to go the slipcover route.   

But before I move on, I want to share the progress on my Hot Pink Area Rug. Unfortunately, it had to go because of the material.  It would gather and bunch up every time someone would walk on it. DROVE ME INSANE!!!!! You can kinda see it bunching up near the right foot of my chaise lounge. It was way too thin and I wanted something with a little more padding.  So I came across this bad boy and it had just enough cushion under foot and most importantly it STAYS PUT, like an area rug should.  I know what you are thinking...."duh Michelle, why didn't you buy a rug pad to hold the rug in place?" Well guess what? I did and it still wasn't cooperating so I had to send that beauty back. I was so sad to say goodbye to my second love hot pink area rug, but I am already loving this newbie.  I'll be back to blog about how it's performing in the space real soon...don't worry. 

Alright back to my chairs!  Here is what they looked like before I purchased my new slipcovers. 
Beige and BOR...ING!

Just your typical Napa style dining chair with washable tight fit slipcovers. 

I was in Pottery barn one day shopping for a client and I came across these beauties for $35 a piece. Total bargain!  I immediately fell in love with the ties on the backs of the chairs and the price so I snatched 3 of them up. They are so bright and airy but yet very charming and romantic, which is just what I wanted that space to feel like. I'm sure you are all thinking "white, yea right, that would get dirty so fast!" And you are so right because the first time I had my family over, one of  my little niece's and her pizza sauced filled fingers slapped a monster print on the back of one of the chairs.  My stomach dropped but at the same time I was so cool with it because I knew they were washable.  The stain came out like a champ so now I have absolutely no concerns about these slipcovers getting ruined. Mind at ease! 

I can't express how much I love my dining chairs now.  All this time I was drooling over the hundreds of chairs I would see while out shopping and wishing I had the money to buy them ALL but all it took was a simple slipcover to completely change the look of my old dingy chairs.  

They brighten things up in such a cheerful way and they compliment all of the white accents in my living room I am just so smitten with these girls!

I'll be back later this week to share how I plan to make these chairs just a tad bit prettier!  

Stay tuned....

Sunday, August 11, 2013

I'm for HIRE....

I know I know... I haven't blogged in forever but it IS summer (my time off) and I've had so much going on: painting for friends and fam, creating and designing spaces for clients, 2 weddings, baby showers, a week at the beach, etc. FYI...I am by no means complaining just explaining why I haven't been on blogland. I am so glad August is finally here (woot bday month) this means tons of relaxation and DECORATING FOR FALL before I go back to teaching in September. I have already burned through to two of these bad boys....

So let's cut to the chase.  YES.... I am for hire. I am back on here to offer up some of my services. Lately, I've been getting tons of requests on facebook to provide you fine people with some decorating advice/mood boards/fabric suggestions/etc. I am officially open for business! If you would like my help designing a space in your lovely home, I'd be happy to lend a hand online.

Please contact me to purchase any and all of my design services listed here. or via a private message on facebook here

 My services include creating a Design Plan specifically for you and your space.  The mood boards will pin point a specific color scheme for your space along with furniture/fabric suggestions and of course some fun accessories.  I will link all of the mood boards so you know exactly where to purchase each of the items I have suggested (more or less like a shopping list). I will also be open to communicating through email to help you with whatever design questions you might have.

Here are a few examples of some of my most recent work: 

 Some fabric options...

Accent pillow suggestions...

One client asked for some coordinating fabrics...

Another asked for a living room facelift (changing out accessories)...

And one last mood board...

If you didn't know what a mood board was before reading this I hope my pictures gave you a better idea. If you have any questions at all please feel free to comment on this post or shoot me an email(  I am excited to help more of my favorite stalkers readers...LOL!  I know you all want a piece of Shush in your home.  I'm ready to whore myself out =) 

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