Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Oh So Hip Bar Carts!

Deborah's article is one of my favorites in the new issue of HOF,
and I'd love to set up an outdoor beverage station like Valorie Hart did at her home in New Orleans.

And here are some favorite bar carts I've spotted lately...


It's a trend that has returned with more style than ever!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Getting Paint Right...It Isn't Always Easy!

If you've been reading along, you know my attempt at painting the walls in my kitchen a deep gray/blue was a disaster. {see here} So I immediately decided to go back to the original color, I didn't want to look at it for more than a day!

However, irritated at the idea of completely wasting the effort it took to paint the space, I decided to return to a lighter color using a series of washes, instead of just rolling on a new layer of the original color. Perhaps I could return the walls to their lighter state while retaining a hint of gray peeking through.

I'm not going to say it has been a quick process...

First a layer of the original color, SW Universal Khaki, was washed over the SW Foggy Day. Hum. Too much gray showing through the color. So I went a step lighter, adding more layers using SW Softer Tan, the cabinetry color. 

                                                And the family keeps asking, "you're painting, again?!"

Yes. Yes I am.

But look, it's nearly there! I'll keep you posted.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

A Kitchen Trend I'm Loving!

A trend in design that I've immediately become a fan of is tile to the ceiling in kitchens! 
Moroccan tile in a butler's pantry...

Interior Design by Tineke Triggs, Photography by Matthew Millman

...and a herringbone pattern in the adjoining kitchen.

Interior Designer Tineke Triggs predicts this is a trend we'll be seeing a lot more of in the near future. See  "Celebrating the Heart of the Home" in the new issue of House of Fifty to learn more about the above spaces.

And have you seen this one? It has been making its way around Pinterest, and is by Palmer Weiss.

And another favorite, a kitchen embracing absolute simplicity is brought up several notches by tile covering an entire wall, by Angie Hranowsky.

What about you, is this a detail you'd enjoy seeing in your kitchen?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Read The Latest Issue of House of Fifty!

The latest issue of House of Fifty is Live!
Click here to read.

And the biggest "thank you" to everyone who contributed to its pages, in both big and small ways.
Enjoy! Janell

p.s. to order a print copy or digital version to read on all your mobile devices, hop on over to MagCloud.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012

"Early Release" - New HOF App Now Available at the iTunes Store!

The Winter/Spring issue of  House of Fifty is now ready for purchase at the iTunes store!
Click here to download.

And coming Wednesday, the magazine will be available to read online.
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Friday, January 20, 2012

Still Loving This DIY Redo!

Last year, right about now, I finished up the redo of this console. 
With its new look, it is still a favorite piece in the house!



What did it take to complete this transformation? First the console was sanded, removing a thick layer of polyurethane.

To ensure a successful painting job, (one that completely covered the old finish and resulted in a durable finish) the console was then covered with a layer of Sherwin Williams Adhesion Primer. After drying for 24 hours the surface was lightly and quickly sanded with fine grit sand paper. And when I say quickly I mean it, it only took a few minutes to run over the entire console. If you doubt me ask my mom, I was on the phone with her the entire time. "What do I hear in the background, are you sanding?!" Multitasking at its finest in my opinion!

Then, prior to applying paint, the black hardware was transformed with the product of a thousand uses: Rub n' Buff. I suspected the black finish would look too stark against the new paint and this approach fixed the problem for under five dollars.

Afterwards the console was ready for its paint job. I had a can of Softer Tan mixed up in Sherwin Williams ProClassic paint formula, a water based paint that dries to a hard finish similar to an oil based enamel. This paint is a perfect choice for painting furniture and to make certain the paint went on with a smooth finish I added KIM Latex X-Tender, a conditioner which increases working time. Still, a key to painting furniture and cabinetry with success is to not over-brush.

Finally, the right brushes make all the difference. My favorite are made by Purdy, with my go-to brush being the Purdy Clearcut Glider three inch brush with an angled edge. It retails for around $13 and is worth every penny. These brushes help paint go on evenly, leaving a minimal amount of visible brush strokes and best, filaments don't begin to fall out while painting. (The 2 or 2 1/2 inch version is great for edging when painting a room.) If cleaned properly after use these brushes can last a very long time, which in the end makes them the affordable choice.

The inside of the console was already stained a beautiful chocolate brown, so I left it, simply painting up to the line where the stain begins.

I looked at this piece for two years while debating whether or not to paint it. The result is so beautiful I am now wondering what took me so long to jump in and just get it done!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Coming Next Week!

The new issue of House of Fifty is approaching the finishing line and will be coming to you next week!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Upscale, Repurpose & Reimage: My 2012 Decorating Plan

I have very little interest in spending a lot of money on my house this year, it's just where my head is at these days. But that doesn't mean I don't want to adjust a few things, adding a "fresh up" here and there. So my idea is to look at what I already have in place and see what simple adjustments can be made to add a new twist, while continuing to evolve our home into the vision I have for it.

Via Etsy

Like adding a layer of Rub 'n Buff to my deer head?

I doubt this will actually be added to the calendar of projects, but this is the type of tweak I'm talking about. 

And how about you, what is your approach to sprucing up the home this year?

Monday, January 16, 2012

GREEN with a capital "G"

Via: I don't know! Couldn't find a source...that's the trouble with Pinterest.
{Do you also find that frustrating at times?}

However, I admire the person that was confident to go this bold with color!

First (and only?) Snow Of The Year

Not much got accomplished around our house this weekend, but we did enjoy a rare (and very light) snowfall early Sunday morning, getting out to make the most of it!

Max's biggest goal for the year, beginning last fall, was to wear shorts for 365 days in a row. For months he's been hoping it would snow and he'd get the badge of honor of wearing shorts even on that day. Well, his dream came true! 

Have you gotten a snowfall that makes this look nearly like a spring day?!