Monday, June 27, 2011

Packing for Eastern Europe!

Today is packing day. Believe it or not, and more to my surprise than anyone else's, I have purchased all the mini-sized toiletries needed, arranged for house sitting, and finished my projects. We've been planning the visit back to my husband's homeland and I'm excited to get back. I can't wait to see my sister-in-law, my husband's family, and friends!

Saturday, June 25, 2011


Doesn't this look like paradise? This was taken in Palolem Beach in Goa, India in 1989. I love the paintings on the boat. Oh, and the palm trees, too.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Words to Live By

Four things I love:  chalkboard walls, text as art, black and white, inspirational words. Via Home Sweet Home.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tree Stump Furniture

This is my next project. After completing my wood pallet table (see my post on 14 June here) I'm excited to move on to the next project. The husband has found the stumps on the side of the road and my friends at Cutting Edge Tree Care have cut them level. Thank you, Charlie!


Charlie at a typical day on the job. Check out Cutting Edge Tree Care's website here.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Pops of Color

This is a great use of color for strong impact. Although, I don't think I would like to live with it for long unless it was tempered with some deep tones such as the last few. Then I love it!

All photos via Pinterest here

Saturday, June 18, 2011

I'm in Love with Wood Pallets

Here's another table made from a lowly wood pallet. Lovely. But, I also love the monochromatic gray and the simple textural elements.

Just the bare, worn wood is beautiful. But, this particular grouping doesn't stay this way; go here to see it's transformation. All is nice ~ but, what do you prefer???

Just the worn bare wood is beautiful. It doesn't stay this way

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Eating in the Kitchen

These are far from inexpensive kitchens ~ but, I love the old fashioned mindset that the place to eat is actually in the kitchen.

Via Denver Homes & LIfestyles

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

DIY Wood Palette Transformations

I have thought for years that it is a waste of wood palettes only to be used to lift "better" product via the forklift. Surely this workhorse item, breaking its back day after day, month after month, year after year, could be recognized for more than its eternal functionality and outward awkwardness? An ugly duckling of sorts that blossoms into its gorgeous, understated personality. A mere glimpse at others' transformation on Les Bulles de Miluccia's blog had me running to our garage looking for leftover items to create my own palette beauty.

With cool outdoor furniture being way too expensive for our budget right now (thus deemed unnecessary), I set out to create an "unnecessary" but very much wanted (by me) cocktail table for our backyard stone terrace. And keeping with the DIY attitude of our yard (my husband slaved over setting the heavy flagstone pavers for both a front and back terrace last summer), my idea for a palette table fit right in. My goal was to purchase as little as possible to make our new terrace table. I used the free wood palette that I acquired, four leftover 4" wheels from a chrome wire Costco shelving unit, and eight 20" lengths of Tigerwood leftover from the construction of our deck two years ago. I purchased a 3' x 4' sheet of galvanized metal ($20) and a few dozen stainless wood nails and screws (about $10 total) to put the whole thing together. Here is my final result ~ which I am thrilled with, I must say! As well as the inspiration that got me there.

So, what will you make this summer?

Once you look past the fact that I need to do a little bit of weeding, you can see that it's a pretty cool table.
Detail ~ isn't the Tigerwood gorgeous?
The original inspiration

Sand the palette as necessary to keep splinters from the kiddos.

Cut apart a palette for quick and easy shelving with character.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Summer Interiors

I had several images that evoke "Summer Time!" in my files. Yet, I completely forgot to note where I found them and who created these lazy, hazy afternoon spaces ~ sorry! All have large expanses of windows inviting the outdoors in. Many are located on a coast. Enjoy.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Completed Chalk Art

On Monday I posted about in progress chalk paintings at the Denver Chalk Art Festival. Here is Stanley Turner's final chalk painting. Pretty cool, aye?

Here are all of the winners for 2011:

Best of Show, 1st Place, William Zin

Best 3D, Lance Leber

Best of Show, 2nd Place, David Ocelotl

Best of Show, 3rd Place, Noami Foster

Best Reproduction of a Master, Benjamin Hummel

Best Use of Color, Mythica Von Griffin

Most Whimsical, Laura Bornemann

People's Choice Award, RMCAD
Youth Challenge, 1st Place, Highlands Ranch High School 

Youth Challenge, 2nd Place, Boulder High School

Youth Challenge, 3rd Place, Jefferson High School

Youth Challenge, People's Choice, Highlands Ranch High School

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