musings, mutterings, and creative muddle. . .

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Gussying It Up For Guests

Guest rooms. We've all got some kind of experience with them. I've stayed in a few in my lifetime and I've had a few.

Moving to our new home (a veritable vacation spot with lake, museums, shopping, restaurants. . . ) , my goal was to have clean, cozy and comfortable guest rooms. I used to run a B & B, for pete's sake. . . I know how to gussy up a room for guests. I got this.  And I did. Sort of. . .


But where's the personality as seen throughout the rest of the house? Goodness sakes! We moved to be nearer the lake life and we have a virtual forest in our backyard. Not to mention my affection for all things birdy and nature-y (new word!) as seen in every other room, but this one. What. The. Heck?

One quick switch of the bed so the first thing you notice when you walk into the room (and first thing Guest sees when he/she wakes up) is the view.

That view. Yes.

Moving the bed left slim room on either side for table and lamps - no fear! How about a stand-mounted basket (not sure what that stand was actually supposed to go to, but a couple nuts and bolts and suddenly I had a clever table with a bit of storage to boot) and lamp (with birdy finial) on the wall side

and a full-of-character (and sealed with clear coat) vintage ladder

and freshly painted and topped floor lamp for the other. Niiiiiice. . .

Now, what about that wall? Had to keep everything thin as possible and up a little higher than usual so anyone trying to climb in that side of the bed doesn't have to worry about knocking everything off the wall. . . Hmmmm. . . what to do, what to do?? A little digging through my stash-pile and I came up with that fun tray which set the mood for the rest - pictures from past lake trips, vintage lake post cards and all framed in weathered wood and seashell frames. Score!

But where to sit? And set luggage? A couple old beautiful boards I've been hoarding for years-years-years finally have a use!!!! Some gentle sanding and waxing of the boards, an addition of painted legs and... statement making benches that help frame the window.

Love. It.

A few more touches - keeping the outdoor theme and touches of denim blue in mind. A hat perfect for the beach.

Some shells and rocks in a metal basket - not to mention a sweet little embroidered velvet pillow.

 vintage vacation slides, viewer and photo album

and now I have a guest room that I love to go look at. . . and even curl up on the bed for a nap.

That is, unless there are guests visiting (which is often).

Have a Gussy-Guest room kind of day -

Robin Z

Friday, May 27, 2016

Getting Hooked on a Mirror. . .

of a different color. . .

I have this mirror. A pretty mirror. I like it a lot. It has a little shelf and hooks and is just perfect for catching my random jewelry bling. But it just didn't match my decor. Not at all. A distressed off-white with a brown-red-black iron scroll on top and brassy looking hooks below the shelf. . . nope. It just didn't make the cut.

Then. . . lightbulb!

With the help of my trusty drill (and a variety of bits), I removed the iron scroll (setting it aside to be painted), and took off the brassy hooks (saving them for another project - I had something different in mind). I taped the mirror securely so the spray paint wouldn't find it, did some light sanding and started the transformation.

First I painted it a deep gray-blue, just as the base. Then I topped it with a medium jade in satin - not too heavily done. And on top of that I sprayed (my favorite color, as you know) matte robin egg blue in an even, but not quite heavy coat. And I allowed a few splatters. And I didn't try very hard to get every angle and every nook and cranny. The idea was to allow the colors to meld, blend, reflect on each other and give it all some depth.  I thought about doing some light sanding in critical spots (like along the shelf edge) to really give it a warm, worn look. But I liked it too much the way it was.

The wrought iron scroll (after a good brushing to remove in loose paint) got a base coat of heavy-black. Nice and thorough, not missing even a crease. Then a layer of bronze was lightly coated over the top. And over that (just to bring the metallic of the bronze paint down a couple notches) I
misted a deep walnut brown-black over that. Excellent.

Now, for the knobs. . . How about some porcelain painted metal number tags for fun? Yes. I think so. Then some vintage-look glass drawer knobs in the (couldn't have been any closer if it had been planned) same color as the shelf with bronze screw covers just to keep things neat looking.  Some good ol' E-6000 to secure the tags, back to the trust drill for the perfect sized holes for the knobs.

Then. . . reattach the iron piece and remove the tape from the mirror.

Oh! Bam! Perfect!!!!

This project was a rather impromptu one - thus the lack of 'before' and 'during' photos. I was too excited and in-the-moment to slow down long enough to grab the camera. The important thing is, there are some cool 'after' shots, right?

Have a Through-the-Looking-Glass kind of day ~

Robin Z

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A Dog and His Turtle

While I continue to make our new house a home and set up my new studio, Jaz the wonder Vizsla-boy-dog inspired a little rhyme - complete with a few fun photos. Spring's in the air and, in my opinion, there's nothing like enjoying it in my very own backyard right here in the Ozarks.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Serving Up Useful & Beautiful

I've got this six foot long buffet. . . I purchased it specifically because I LOVED it (more on using that concept to decorate in a later blog. Was a recent light bulb moment for me as a decorator) and because it was the same width as a pair of gorgeous windows in my dining room.

Then we moved.

And another perfect spot became evident in the bar area of our kitchen / great room. Wider than the window behind it, but still with plenty of light to make the glassware sparkle and glow.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Bling on Bling with more Bling

I'm a multi-bling wearer. . . Multiple bracelets? Frequently. On both wrists. Two or three necklaces? Typically, yes. Earrings? Sometimes. Three or more rings? Pretty much always.  

It's easy to get too blingy (Really?!?!? Is that really possible?!?! Ahem - yes. It is.) And yet, to not have enough bling is just. . . well, just sad, that's what.  Blingees frequently say: "I *never* would have thought of wearing those two pieces together -and yet I like it a LOT" when I demonstrate jewelry combination ideas.
Here are a few of my current multi- blingy favorites (complete with links - when available in the ksyardbird Etsy shop) to inspire you.
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Sherbert-toned pearls, typewriter key looking hook-clasp and tiny black beads go wonderfully with a crystal clear button on a black-toned chain necklace. . . and for the wrist? A shiny black chain with frosty cubes (complete with rhinestones). And the ears? Oxidized sterling silver, white glass rectangle, and sparkly crystal dangly earrings. BLING!