Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Office Update


This week was supposed to be the reveal of my home office make-over, but as you can see, I am no where close to being finished. The room is tiny, and it has turned out to be quite the challenge. But I am hopeful that it will be finished in the next week or so. If not, I will keep plugging away at it until I'm finished. Here's what I've done so far....


  I removed all the contents from the room except for the file cabinet. I needed extra storage really bad, so I had to come up with a creative but  inexpensive solution to solve my storage dilemma. So here's what I did.



I brought back the existing file cabinet and  added the black cabinet, which I snagged from another part of the house. The plan is to paint both cabinets green, then place a piece of 1x2 on top of the cabinets, in order to create a shelf. 


 The layout of the office will basically be the same as it was before, with the exception of adding extra storage and seating. So, the make-ship desk was returned to it's original spot in the office. I needed to do something to spruce up this bland, boring, and naked desk, because she had the BLUES!



So, I rummaged through my fabric stash and decked her ( the desk) out with this piece of fabric. What do you think?  I love how all the bright colors add a bit of cheer to the space. I also think this fabric will be a great starting point to build the rest of the room around. Below are a few pics of how the space is evolving.









You know my motto, "every room needs a little animal print." Ha!Ha! Ha! 


Thanks for stopping by!

2 your home,

Lory


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Home Office Make-Over

I have been putting off the need to makeover my home-office for quite sometime. Honestly this project was on the very bottom of my to-do-list. But after careful consideration I came to the following conclusions. I CAN'T TAKE IT ANY MORE, and somethings gotta give. My budget for this makeover is skinny, but I'm sure you already knew that. In fact, it's so skinny, it's almost none existent. Oh well, a girl's gotta do, what a girl's gotta do. Shall we carry on.....


Yikes, Ugh, OMG, can you believe that this is my office? I can't! 

 
My office is at the top of the stairs, and to the right. I really like where it's located, because I can  see the foyer, living room dining room, front and back yard. It's a great spot, but it needs a face-lift.


As I said earlier my budget is very, very skinny, so I will be reusing several, if not all of the existing pieces in the space.  Did you notice my make-ship desk? She's showing a lot of leg. I think I may  have to buy her a new dress. ha, ha, ha! Pictured below are some of the items that will be staying in the room. 

 

 
 

I have just the thing to breathe new life into this boring bookcase. Take a wild guess!


This file cabinet has seen better days, I can't pitch it so I'll have to fix it.

 
To date, I have spent $8.96 on the office make-over. The money was used to purchase this shadeless lamp from Goodwill. I actually like the lamp and I think it will look quite stunning ,once I find the perfect shade.  

 
Did I mention that red is one of my favorite colors?  This chair is a keeper!

 
What does a ballerina have to do with making over an office? I'm not telling, it's a secret.
 

 
Don't even think about it, THE MONKEY STAYS!
Come back next week for my office reveal. You are going to be amazed at how great it turned out!
Thanks for stopping by!
 
2 your home,
 
Lory
 
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Monday, April 15, 2013

Picture This

 Hello and Happy Monday,
I have been on a mad dash since the beginning of the year to de-clutter, organize and complete all my unfinished projects. I have to admit it's been quite a chore, but each day my to do list gets a wee bit smaller. I am in the process of hanging some much needed art work on my walls. So for the past several months hubby and I have been out and about taking pictures of whatever speaks to us. Since the budget is limited creating my own artwork will keep cost down. This is also a great way to have one of a kind art pieces in our home. Enjoy the pics!
 
 
This picture was taken at Historic Bok Tower Gardens, and I really like it, but I'm not quite sure where to hang it.
 
How bright bold and beautiful is this pic? I have just the place for it, in our living room.
  
Hmmmmmm!


 I named this pic Honey Bee and It's a keeper. A white picture frame will really make this picture POP!
 


 
I would love to be sitting on that bench, with a cup of coffee, and a good book. Who am I kidding? It's Monday and I have to go to work. ugh!!!


We didn't have to go far to take this pic. These tropical beauties grow right outside, around our Oak Tree. This picture was featured in the Red Hot Powder Room post. You can see it here
 

This is not a photograph at all. This is actually a piece  of fabric that I cut out and framed. pretty, pretty, pretty.
 
 
I've had this pic for quite sometime now, but I think it will look great in my laundry room. And maybe, just maybe, it will make doing laundry less of a chore!


And last but not least, Blue Tango. I love this picture. I am hoping to share it with you in the next week or so, in a room transformation. Well that's all for now. Thanks for stopping by!
 
2 your home,
 
Lory
 



Thursday, April 11, 2013

Landing Makeover

 
Spring is in full swing and boy oh boy am I loving this beautiful weather. I've been busy cleaning, rearranging and sprucing things up a bit. Do your remember my landing transformation? If not you can see it here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I really like the look of this space, but I wanted to freshen it up a bit. So, I figured the landing would be a great place to start. My budget was in defib, so I had to peruse the house in order to create a new look. Good thing I have a prop closet that houses all of my unused decorating paraphernalia. Any who let's get to the good part.
 
 
 
Here it is, fresh, clean and simple. I switched out the bench, flower pot, candlesticks, pillows and basket. Then I added the African bust, and gave the flower pot a shot in the arm with gold spray paint. Not to shabby considering I didn't spend a dime. I also came up with another look for this space, you"ll  see it at the end of the post. Enjoy the pics! 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
I love, love, love, the pattern and all the bright bold colors in this fabric. 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This look will come in handy in the future. By switching out the pillow and the vase, it gives this space a different look and feel.
 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
2 your home,
 
Lory
 
 


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

High Style Bedroom on a Budget

Hi all, hope you had a fantastic Easter.
Earlier in the year I did a post on My Obsession with White. You can see it here. I have finally gotten around to sharing one of my white, well almost white rooms with you.
I am a firm believer that good design doesn't have to cost a fortune, and I find myself constantly saying this to friends, family and clients. So today, I am going to put my money where my mouth is, and create a high style look on a shoestring budget.
 
  

 
The artwork by Gloria Eriksen above was my inspiration for this room. I found it one day while out thrifting. It's the same thrift store where I got the bar stools from. I chose a color that blends seamlessly with the colors in the artwork. (Silverberry/by Behr). I really do like this color because it's gender friendly.
 

 The lamps and side tables were purchased at a yard sale several years ago. Can you believe the side tables were only $4 for the pair? And the lamps were a steal for only $16. How's that for a bargain? The side tables used to be gold, but I gave them a quick makeover with a can of white spray paint. The benches at the foot of the bed were a fabulous find, at only $25 for the pair. But I don't remember where they were purchased
 

 The wicker headboard ($10) and the bed tray (free) all came from my friend John's thrift store. When I purchased the headboard it was black, so I spray painted it white and allowed some of the black to show through. It gives the headboard a weathered look. White is my go to color for bedding. And this bedding was a steal at only $40.

 
 

 The fabric for the curtains came from Walmart ($2 per yard). I purchased a total of ten yards. I think it ties in quite nicely with the rooms Asian vibe. You won't believe what we used to hang the curtains, it's cardboard tubing that was cut in half lengthwise. (will do a tutorial during summer break). 

 

 I love, love, love this painting. It was a Mother's Day gift from my beautiful daughter. Enjoy the rest of the pics!
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 The total cost of this project was $170. My initial budget was $200. I love how this room turned out but, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, this room evolved overtime
 Here are a few tips for decorating a space on a tight budget. 1. Re-purpose, I can't emphasize this enough. Re-purposing can save big bucks, so use what you have. 2. Know your budget and stick to it. Initially, I had planned to purchase bamboo blinds, but my budget ran out. So, I opted to keep the white mini blinds. 3.When it's time to purchase items have a PLAN, and remember to keep fabric/color samples handy. 5. Stay focused. 6. Steer clear of the green eyed, I WANT IT NOW, MONSTER!
These are just a few suggestions for creating a high style look on a shoestring budget. 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
2 Your Home,
 
Lory
 
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