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This pretty hand-painted candle holder is a Tracy Porter Design. 


Do you have candles you can no longer burn?   I love the pretty design on this glass candle holder and could not bring myself to throw it away.  The wick is missing inside the wax and I can no longer use it.   Here is an easy way to clean out your candle holders and reuse them again.



This is what I started with:
Dirty wax and No wick 



To clean out the ugly wax and make it pretty again I boiled water in my tea kettle and poured it over the wax.   


After about an hour a thin layer of wax floated to the top


I scooped out the first layer and poured more boiling water into the container. 

I repeated this one more time until the final layer of wax came out.
To my surprise, I found the wick!! 


I cleaned the wax that held the wick and lit it. 
 Now I have a pretty vase and I still have the candle.





 Hey friends welcome to Mid-Century Modern 

You are now in a time warp transported back ......

Mid-Century Modern Furniture targeted the years 1945-1965.  It also stretched into the early-mid '70s and made its way back in today's design trends.

This timeless design appears on the hit TV show Mad Men 
Airing its final set of episodes on April 5th.


To celebrate, I was invited by Chairish, to design a Mad Men inspired room.
You can shop for Mid-Century Modern furniture HERE.

Using inspiration from the Mad Men set I recreated Don Draper's office. 




























My inspiration came from the craftsmanship of dark wood furniture and colorful artwork. I am drawn to the clean simple lines of this iconic way of decorating. The bright colors of the art and rug bring contrast to the richness of the wood.

The gorgeous sofa and wood furniture are the shining stars of the room.  In order for the room not to feel heavy, I added a Lucite coffee table and light fixtures. The two black leather chairs give the room a masculine look and showcase the natural beauty of the wood.  Mixing dark jewel tone fabric on the chair and sofa with modern accessories brings it up to date.

Mark your calendar for April 5th, mix your favorite cocktail, and enjoy the fabulous set design of Mad Men!

{Hello Sweet Friends...}

Spring is finally here..well at least that's what the calendar says.  We were hit with a snowstorm on the first day of spring... REALLY NOW?!  Well despite the yucky weather I've been doing a little spring cleaning of my workspace.  I needed a spot to plan out my day & organize the clutter of stuff that somehow accumulates on the floor.  I started this process in my last post with a DIY whiteboard made from a fluorescent light fixture. I am a visual learner and having my thoughts and ideas planned out in front of me keeps me on track.

Today I will show you how I organized some of my things on bookcases. 

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Before I could do that I had to paint them.


Here is the before picture of one of the bookcases
They are solid wood & were stained a dark brown.   


To brighten them up I used two color samples of
  Valspar Cream Delight mixed with chalk paint.

  You can find the chalk paint recipe here





After the paint dried, I used sandpaper to give it a slightly distressed look. 
I placed the bookcases side by side, this gives the illusion of one long bookcase. 

I added casters for easy mobility.  
I love the industrial look of casters. They instantly transform your furniture, giving functionality to your piece.   { I might even be a little obsessed with them!!}

The casters also add height to the shelves.




Let's move on to......

STYLING

{aka the fun part} 

By using symmetry and pops of color you can build on your shelves with things you love.
However, be careful not to overwhelm them with small knickknacks.  This can be tricky especially if you have a hard time letting things go.  (like me)  I needed to do some serious editing of my stuff.  I packed the items that I do not use every day in boxes and placed them on the top shelf of my closet. Still within reach but not out in the open.

HERE ARE THREE DIFFERENT WAYS ON HOW I STYLED THE BOOKCASES

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By placing the bookcases side by side, I was able to gain extra shelf space.  If I stacked them I would have lost a shelf.  So now I have six shelves to style.  I wanted to store some of my books and magazines on the shelves but didn't want them to be the center of attention.  I used a basket to store some of my older magazines and placed the most recent ones in a salvaged metal desk organizer.  (Shown at the top of the page.)

Instead of lining books along the shelves, I stacked some, varying the height.  I also opened one up to use as art.

For easy access to my paints, I placed them in a decorative cardboard box.


Added seasonal flowers for a pop of color.

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Nothing says spring more than Daffodils even if purchased at the grocery store.

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OK...... SO LET'S RECAP

1st    EDIT YOUR STUFF...CHOOSE WHAT YOU LOVE BUT NOT ALL that YOU LOVE.

2nd   USE SYMMETRY WHEN PLACING YOUR ITEMS.

3rd   ADD POPS OF COLOR.....FLOWERS, A PAINTING, A PRETTY BOOK COVER, JACKS, LETTER BLOCKS, EVEN MAGAZINE COVERS.

4th    USE BASKETS AND DECORATIVE BOXES TO STORE WHATEVER YOUR HEARTS DESIRE.  YOU CAN EVEN LABEL THEM SO YOU KNOW WHAT'S INSIDE.

5th    STACK, LEAN OR OPEN YOUR BOOKS.
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Most of all have fun and make it your own!!


DIY Whiteboard

March 16, 2015, in

{Hello Friends} 


I am so excited to share today's project with you.  

It is a DIY whiteboard made from a fluorescent light fixture.  





Here it is after my husband took it off the ceiling and disassembled the ballast and wiring.

This light fixture has been in our kitchen for the past 10 years.  
The light ballast broke so we will be replacing the entire fixture with an updated one.  




Instead of throwing it away I thought this would make a great upcycle project.  The white plastic cover could be used as a dry erase board (whiteboard) and the wooden box would make a pretty frame or decorative window.

I thought I should experiment with the plastic before hanging it on the wall. I wrote on it with a dry erase marker and then wiped it off with a paper towel to see if this could work as a whiteboard. My experiment worked so I moved on to the next step ..... how to hang it???



I used these mounting dots

I placed three dots on the top and three on the bottom plus two on each side. 
 I taped all around it using painters tape.  ( for an extra secure hold)  plus it won't damage the wall when I want to change it out.


To cover up the tape I used Black Grosgrain Ribbon. 
 This frames it out and gives it that finishing touch.  



In anticipation of spring, I wrote this simple Proverb......

 You can find it on my  Pinterest board along with other inspirational quotes.

Now I have a bit of  SPRING FEVER coming on.....

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