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Friday, October 30, 2009

DIY Friday: Bedside Table Makeover

Last week I posted about my recent excursion to Ruff & Ready, a furniture store on 14th Street in Washington, DC where you never quite know what's lurking around the next corner. I was on a mission to find a bedside table, something I'd been after for quite a while.

In an ideal world, I would have called it a day once I found the Bungalow 5 Isabella table- the navy color is perfect for my bedroom, I love the grasscloth finish, and the curvy details around the drawers are playful without being over the top. As with most of my decor crushes the only problem was in the pricetag.

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So plan B brought me to Ruff & Ready to look for a deal that I could then customize as I saw fit. I scored this solid wood table in the clearance basement for $43- here it is after I gave it a light sanding. Sure it didn't have drawers, but it fit nicely with my size restrictions and I like the open bookshelf look.




Upon the suggestion of the helpful employees at Ace Hardware in Tenleytown, first I primed...



Then I painted...and got awfully concerned that my table was turning out more "Sesame Street" than Bungalow 5! It looked awfully "little boy" blue!



However, after a few more coats I was relieved to find that the color darkened up to a nice deep navy. But even after the paint, it was just missing something...



Enter my new favorite obsession- nailhead trim! I still had a bunch leftover from my headboard project and this table was just calling out for it. It had the perfect crannies on the legs for it, and the perfect 1" border on the outside of the top surface.

Nailhead Trim

With this kit, the "nailheads" come in a continuous strip, and every 5 nails or so there is a nail with a hole in it for you to put one actual nailhead in to secure the strip. It's pure genius. No, this is not what you'd find on a chair from Hickory Chair, but for my DIY purposes it works just fine.

A closeup of the trim- you can see the hole on the left side, and then a few nails down, one nailhead that need to be nailed down.




Rather than just end at every corner, I wrapped it around the whole top of the table (the flash makes the color look much brighter than it really is, I promise!).



I was thrilled with the finished product- the trim really elevated an otherwise-ho hum table. I might get a piece of glass cut add an extra level of polish.






Before and after!



Hope everyone has a lovely weekend and a happy Halloween- I cannot believe it's Friday already! I am extra-excited because I get to visit my co-blogger MoS Charlotte this weekend, which is an all-to-rare occurrence. Hopefully we'll hit some shops and dream up some fun new posts for next week. Enjoy some candy and see you Monday!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fug or Fab? Gwynnie, Round 2

A few weeks ago everyone had plenty to say about this outfit that Gwyneth Paltrow wore to the Burberry show at London's Fashion Week. Today Gywnnie's in the papers again sporting this metallic getup with cut out Louboitan booties.

Gwyneth Paltrow

If Tim Gunn ever tasked the Project Runway designers with with creating a cocktail look with NASA spacesuit fabrics, I think this jacket/dress would be the result. But nonetheless we're sort of digging this whole outfit. What do you think?

Your MoS Personal Shopper: Belts

For the second edition of our MoS Personal Shopper series, we are looking at belts!  Belts are the perfect accessory for so many looks, and they can make the most shapeless tunic super-flattering.  We like to wear a skinny belt over a cardigan with a pencil skirt (although I'm not sure any belt would fit around my tummy until after Dec!), and we love belts with simple sheath dresses too!



We love the double-buckle style!  It is fun and fashion-forward with a bit of an edge, without being as over-the-top as a corset type belt.  We would wear these with a sheath dress and some ankle boots for an edgy look!

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You can't go wrong with an equestrian chic belt.  It is classic American style that we love, epitomized of course by Ralph Lauren.  We would wear these belts with an oxford shirt, jeans, and our favorite Fryes.  They would also look fab with a shirtdress.
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If you need a classic brown belt, the options are limitless!  These are belts you can wear with just about anything, when you need to make your look a little more polished.
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Everyone needs a good black belt!  These belts are classics that you can wear with everything from jeans to a cocktail dress.

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We find ourselves wearing skinny belts more than anything else!  They add just the right look of elegance without adding too much to your look.  They are classic and give your outfit such a polished look.

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For a touch of glamour, how about adding a metallic belt to your look?!  These are perfect for those cold nights when you wonder, "Can I get away with just wearing jeans?"  A metallic belt can really dress up basic jeans.

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A pretty bow around your waist is such a feminine touch!  From grosgrain ribbon to studded leather, there are a variety of ways you can add this ladylike detail.

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When you need a pop of color in your outfit, a colorful belt is the perfect way to do it!

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You know how we love organic elements in a room.  Elements of nature are so fun and stylish in belts too!


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Do you wear belts often?  Which of these is your favorite?  We are loving the Anthropologie Forest Creatures especially!




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