Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Open House Party

Welcome to this weeks Open House Party.

You'll find the link to join the party at the end of this post but first....

I have a gorgeous home for us to tour this week.  The owners have lovingly remodeled the home to fit their style and I must say their style is a WOW.  Please meet the adorable Erin at

See the old ladder holding the it!

You will want to see the before pictures of this pretty bath.  Love the curtain hiding the
open space under the cabinet and the tile floors that look like wood.

2010 Mantle.
  I had to show you the painting Erin's father painted for her after she showed him a picture
of a similar one she liked. 

Thank you Erin for participating in the Open House Party.  You can see more of  this lovely home at

Now On To The Linky Party.

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Quick Post & Reminder

Hi everyone.

I have added a little Fall to our kitchen island using my vintage dough bowl and other things I had stored away.  

The Pottery Barn lanterns were purchased  last year when they were reduced by 70%.   I didn't care for the black bottom so I just dry brushed them with gray craft paint. I used them this summer filled with seashells and the paint effect reminds me of driftwood.

The Open House Party will start this evening and I have another beautiful home to share.
I hope you will link up all the beautiful Fall decor I am seeing around blogland and any projects, recipes, great buys, ect. that you would like to share. 

I have gotten some great reviews from those of you that have tried the homemade chalky paint and I would love to see your projects at the Open House Party.

Thanks for visiting and all the sweet notes you leave.  I truly appreciate each of you!

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Adding Fall With DIY Chalk Paint

I am really enjoying seeing all of your Fall decorating and I had to get busy adding Fall to our house.

  Many of you know our family room is already decorated in Fall colors with the green walls and painted faux leather ceiling.  Though I do love the room this time of year, the dark colors make it hard to get a decent picture.  Add the overcast days and there is no chance of a good picture.

I couldn't wait any longer to show you what I have been up to.
See the new mirrors?

In the picture below you can see how the colors on the mirrors tie in with the ceiling.

Below is how the mirrors looked when I bought them.  I knew the black frames would have to go so they were painted with the homemade chalky paint.  No sanding or priming and two coats covered the black shellac finish.

Here is another victim of the DIY chalky paint.

The $3.00 GW urn above is plaster and had a high gloss paint finish originally.  I painted it with white paint mixed with calcium carbonate.  I must say the calcium carbonate powder is my favorite additive just because it is a finer powder than Plaster of Paris. Several of you have asked where I bought it and here is the link Swanson Vitamins.

I wanted the urn to look like an old terracotta one so I mixed some brown and orange craft paint and added it in spots to look like it had been chipped.  In the picture the spots look red but in person they are  terracotta colored.  Ralph Lauren Smoke glaze was applied and quickly wiped off.

I made an arrangement for the dining room using things I already had.  The gourds tied to
a rope are a favorite and they were purchased at Michaels after Thanksgiving sale last year.

I added this simple arrangement on our kitchen table using a wine basket and large pine cones.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the new paint projects and Fall decor.  I'll see you Wednesday evening for the Open House Party.

I'll be partying with:

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

HomeGoods Feature.

Hello everyone. I hope you are having a great weekend.

This is just a quick post to let you know that my blog was recently featured on .  The article is titled Bring Italian Beauty and Romance to your home decor and they used the picture below of the buffet dressed with my collection of Italian pottery.

Thank you Deb and HomeGoods!


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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Open House Party

Welcome to the Open House Party. 
You will find the link to join the party at the bottom of this post.

I thank you for visiting and I look forward to seeing what you link up this week.  I have another wonderful home for us to tour today but before we get started I want to remind you of my GIVEAWAY.   You have until midnight on 9/22/11 to enter.

The owner of the featured home this week was a guest on the Nate Berkus show which was all about decorating on the cheap.  When Nate saw a picture of her $395 room he said " When I saw the room I thought it was the cover of a European magazine". 

  I am delighted to feature the beautiful home of Kathy @ All About Vignettes.
  You can watch the episode of the Nate Berkus show from Kathy's sidebar.

Enjoy the Tour.

Kathy gives directions on how she covered these books.

Son's room

Love this porch!

Kathy took a rusty metal garden table top and made a clock out of it.  I am so going to 
copy this idea.  

Thank you Kathy for opening up your home for the Open House Party.  To see more of
this fabulous home visit  All About Vignettes.

On to the party...

I'll be back later with more homemade chalk paint  projects.


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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Chalk Like Paint - Make Your Own For $4.00

Hi Everyone.

I haven't used any of the popular milk or chalk type paints that are all over blogland but I have seen several pieces up close and personal.  I love the chalky appearance of the paint but the
price is out of my budget

So what is a girl to do? 
 Make her own chalky like paint of course!  

I got to experimenting with different products and this is what I came up with.

Chalk is actually Calcium Carbonate and the product can be purchased in health food stores and at numerous on-line stores.  The cost is around $4.00 for 12 ounces.  

Whiting powder will also give you a similar look for approximately $3.00 for a 1 pound package.  I could not find this locally but it is available on-line.

Plaster of Paris also works well and can be purchased at Michaels or Home Depot.  Home Depot sells 3 pounds for approximately $6.00. 

To get the chalky paint look just add ANY ONE of the above to your latex paint.  The amount you use depends on how chalky you want the paint to look when dry.  I experimented using the sample size paints and used a ratio of 2/3 paint to 1/3 product.  You may need to add a few drops of  HOT water to the paint and occasionally stir it if gets too thick.

I saved and washed out glass jars to mix the paint in.  I have used the paint over and over again and each time I just added a couple of drops of hot water and stirred really good. 

Do you remember the vanity I painted recently?  Well,  it was my first trial using the homemade chalk like paint.  For this I used the Calcium Carbonate and it worked beautifully.  No priming, no sanding required and it covered in two coats.  It also was
very easy to distress. 

For the vanity I used approximately 1/4 of the 12 ounce jar of Calcium Carbonate plus a sample size pot of paint.  The total cost was less than $4.00

I just finished painting two mirror frames with latex paint mixed with Whiting Powder and some small items using the Plaster Of Paris.  All of these worked great and I'll be posting pictures soon.

I did not use wax on the vanity but I did use Briwax on several other projects and I liked the sheen it gave them. 

You can also create custom colors by adding acrylic craft paint to the latex and powder mixture.  Chalky paint is cheap to make and now you can have it in any color.
Added 9/19/2011
Just to answer a few questions.
I prefer the Calcium Carbonate to the other products just because it is easier to stir and goes on smoother.  I purchased my jar of CC on-line from Swanson Vitamins.  It is cheap and you can paint many large pieces with just one jar.
No need to prime or sand the furniture if it is in good condition. If you are using the Calcium Carbonate make sure and buy it in POWDER form and not tablets. There are no exact measurements here. More powder means more of a chalk look. I used Behr and Martha Stewart satin paint sample pots (around 7 oz each) and added approximately 2/3 paint to 1/4 powder and aabout a tablespoon of HOT water.
I have added a Pin It button located on the left. Hope this works

I would love to hear from you if you give this a try.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Design Schizophrenia

Recently someone asked me what I would call my decorating style.
The only answer I could come up with is

I see homes that are one style and think how beautifully pulled together they are.  I wish I could select a style that I love and stick with it.  The problem is I love way too many different decorating styles.

Country French is a favorite as evident in our bedroom.

and the living room

But..I also like the warm Tuscan Style of our family room..

especially in the evening

I also like to add a little fun or something different to the mix such as my lime green office or...

Or a cog in the dining room

It's no secret that I love English transferware

Of course I also have Italian Pottery scattered around the house

A few pieces of Quimper add to the mix

A dash of feminine

I had to add some shabby chic

 I cannot forget the coastal accents

The chaos is most evident in the dining room!

In this room English transferware meets Italian pottery, shabby chic, European art, coastal design and Country French!!

Ignore the not so attractive chandy.  When the house went on the market I took the one we bought down and put back up the original.

I have always had a somewhat eclectic style but now it appears to have gone beyond that. 

The coastal accessories will be packed up soon to make room for the Fall decor.  I can't bear to get rid of the transferware or the Italian pottery.  I am in still in love with Country French so what is a girl to do?

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

Are you a design schizophrenic too?



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