DutchBoy ‘Define Your Style’ contest

Second post of the day, how very special, I know. Its a quickie, though. DutchBoy is having a Define Your Style sweepstakes over on their site where you can choose one of the six styles you like the most from the Dutch Boy Paints selection to pin on Pinterest, or choose to pin your own style image on Pinterest.  The agenda is to figured out your style, and pin it out.

My style for instance is Mid-century Marie Antoinette with a side of Kevin Bacon’s ‘Footloose’.


Complete the entry form in its entirety and click “Submit & Pin” to submit your entry and pin the image on Pinterest

Follow @DutchBoyPaints on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/dutchboypaint/

The prizes are:

Five (5) First Place Style Prizes of one (1) $300 Dutch Boy Paints prize pack each which will include Dutch Boy Paints, Purdy® Paint Tools and a $200 cash gift card. The total ARV of each Style Prize is $300.

One (1) grand prize of one (1) $1,000 Dutch Boy Paints home prize pack which will include a two hour in-home personal consultation with a Dutch Boy Personal Color Consultant for one room in your home valued at ($300), four gallons of Dutch Boy paint, Purdy Paint Tools and a $500 cash gift card. During the two hour in-home visit, the Dutch Boy Personal Color Consultant will create a custom color palette that fits your decorating style for a single room in your home. Consultation must take place between Monday, January 5, 2015 and Saturday, December 19, 2015.  The total ARV of Grand Prize is: $1,000.

So head on over and Define Your Style.

This post was in partnership with Dutchboy. Thanks for supporting the companies that help me design spaces and creative original content for y’all. 

Painted Glass Lamp DIY

Alright, remember that glass lamp from my guest room makeover post we? Well, today is the breakdown of how/why we did it. Off we go.

First off, I found these simple glass lamps at Target and chose the tall one for scale:


I really liked the simple shape, midcentury wood top and pretty warm lampshade, but the glass was getting lost in the room so I figured I’d try to give it more of a presence by painting the inside of it a color. These lamps are ‘fillable’ meaning that they top screws off so you can fill them with stuff. I didn’t really know what I would put in them (I mean, I really wanted to make it a terrarium with a bonsai tree, but it would have died immediately due to lack of air, obviously). But I did have experience painting the inside of glass jars before when I did this art installation with mason jars (full post HERE) so I figured why not do that?:


This time, though, i’d make it a bit more interesting than just a solid color since it was just one lamp.

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Whats so great about this DIY is a. how easy it is, and b. how customizable it is. You can choose ANY COLOR IN THE WORLD, which makes getting it perfect and exactly how you like it really easy.

Heres What you Need:

1. Paint Tray – you will need one for each color- you could use paper plates or bowls, too.

2. Paint Brush

3. Glass Lamp – ours is from Target and has a wide mouth which made it easy to get our hand inside of it and paint it.

4. Paint – You can use any latex house paint. We wanted to do a pink and blue option so this one is Dutch Boy’s ‘Pink Passion’.  Also if you don’t like getting paint on your hands then wear gloves.

Then I asked Brady to play with some patterns/strokes. We used a glass casserole dish that we had to sample, that way you could see how the outside of it would look.

So he played around …

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1. More of a weave. I like this one but once you are trying to do it inside a jar with a small mouth you have less mobility and control so it was more of a risk (although secretly I might REALLY like this one).

2. I then tried it with a larger weave pattern and more blended strokes – Closer to what we were going for but not perfect.

3. My last attempt was with just straight strokes and blending the colors together – This was our favorite and the one that we thought looked best for the application. This sample was too ‘stripe-y’ and we wanted it to be a little more organic and random, but the general idea worked and was easy to implement.


New vintage Items for sale on Chairish

My emotional problem (of not being able to pass up awesome vintage pieces) is once again your potential benefit. These pieces have already been shot and while I love them, they can’t just sit in storage any longer. It’s criminal that these gems just sit in the dark; and more importantly I need to prove to myself and others that I don’t have emotional relationships with inanimate objects.

So, friends, I have three items for you up for grabs at VERY good prices. The thing about Chairish is that it’s not necessarily for dealers – it’s for people like me (or maybe you) who want to sell quality vintage pieces for some money, without the hassle of Craigslist people. You use your app (if you are on your phone you can download it here), upload the pieces with measurements,  they put it on a white background and you are done. They take a percentage (20%) and shipping is either coordinated by the buyer (if its local) or white glove if it’s not (meaning that you just point to the piece of furniture and they wrap it and take it away). Anyway, its easy and awesome and more fun than Craigslist if they are pieces that actually have value.  If you are trying to unload 5-year-old Ikea furniture then this isn’t the place.

It’s the place for pieces like these:


Chairish Items for Sale

Vintage Blue Lacquer Waterfall Desk with Lucite Handles:

This desk is a beast; a beautiful 80’s curvy beast. Kinda like Pamela Anderson. It is a solid piece and commands the attention of any room. It’s probably late 70’s early 80’s but its been professionally redone in a modern color. The drawers do work which provide some great storage and the handles are lucite. I had it lacquered this dark blue color not too long ago but it does have a bit of “love” and wear and tear to it just from being moved around and general use, but it is very minimal.




Vintage Navy and Brass Chair, I’VE GOT THREE OF THESE:

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Oh the shape of that back. When I found them on CL I just knew I had to have them. I kept one in my guest room for Brian’s home office and we both love it.  The shape, the size, the color … all sooo good. I do want to warn you that it is a vintage piece so the foam isn’t as strong as it used to be and you do sink in a bit when you sit in it, with that said it doesn’t make it any less functional. The seat height is 17″ which is a couple of inches lower than usual. It doesn’t bother us. I just want to make sure that you are aware of it and don’t get it and are like that stupid Emily scammed me into buying a chair that’s too short. They could also work at a breakfast table, in a corner, as a club chair, etc. IF you are interested in all four I will consider adding mine to the threesome for a total of $1200 for the set, otherwise I’m selling them (at a steal) at $250 each. (To see the rest of the guest room click HERE).

You can see another peek of it in this shot, too.


I don’t have a shot of the teal chairs in a finished space but they did make it in a few instagrams:


The reason I’m selling them is that we wanted 6 matching chairs in the studio and these guys were feeling bulky, plus they weren’t in our new color palette (see a sneak peek into the studio here). THEN I sold one to the Ban.do office space that is being upholstered in custom fabric that we painted. The fabric is in pretty perfect shape, and these chairs are SOOOOO comfortable. I broke up the set because they are pretty heavy and you’d have to have a pretty big office in order to be able to pull off all four, so they are best for three different offices with big desks Like CEO kinda offices. $250 is a VERY good price for these. I mean you can’t even buy a quality new upholstered office chair from a mass retailer for that, let alone a unique commanding and cozy chair like this. My friend Jen who I sold it to says that its like she’s being hugged all day.

While we are at it here are some of my favorites and there is ALWAYS good stuff:

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Here’s a link to all my favorites.  Also here’s my extra plug for Chairish - its honestly not just about you shopping and buying. I have purchased from them (Jens desk for Ban.do which is so beautiful) but I really love the selling part because it’s so easy. Some of the other pricing is too high in my opinion (the seller chooses the price) but if you go on in the morning you can get some good stuff from people like me that just need to get rid of stuff and are trying to make their money back  – not necessarily double it. Buying to sell for profit is a whole different beast and one that I’m not interested in right now, so I buy to use for clients/shoots/studio and then once its kinda been seen enough and I don’t have a place for it, then its time to go. And I can get more for it on Chairish than Craigslist or a garage sale.

The point is, you can do this, too. Don’t think you have to be a fancy dealer. YES, they have to approve your pieces but if they are decent quality vintage or lightly used newer pieces then you should be good.

Meanwhile, buy my awesome pieces so I have more room in storage to buy more. Here are the links again: blue waterfall desk, teal desk chairs, navy and brass desk or club chairs  and here’s a link to everything i’m selling.

Desk photos by Zeke Ruelas, guest room/office photos by Tessa Neustadt 

Styling Video #1 – How to style with neutrals

AHHH! The first styling video is live, folks. And its all about neutrals … Check it out, and let me know what you think!

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Neutrals tones are like the Meryl Streep of colors – classic, easy to look at, warm, inviting, timeless, and yet can be full of personality. Sure, they can be boring, but even me, LOVER OF ALL CRAZY COLORS, loves a well styled neutral room. And that’s what this video is all about, folks. Enjoy!

I know a lot of people who don’t love color like I do and they want things to feel softer, less popppy/graphic, less contrasty, more warm, textured, sophisticated and yes, full of neutral colors. Just so you know neutral tones are in the ‘whites, ivory, cream, gray, taupe, black’ world. Beige on beige on beige is boring, of course, but with some tips that I talk about in this video you learn how to have that neutral toned living room that is still FULL of personality and feels totally finished. Like, Meryl.


For the Target videos my goal was to use just Target and then vintage or found items that are easy to source, mixed in with some of my personal pieces (like my birdcage ladder that I will save from a fire I love so much) and the weird found piece of graffitied wood – which is neutral but has a lot of energy.

Threshold Black Metal Pillar Candle Holder, $9.99 – $16.99, Threshold Starburst Mirror (no longer sold, but similar, $39.99), Nate Berkus Metal Feather Box, $14.99Threshold 13” Wooden Lantern, $24.99


One of my tips with neutrals is that anything natural kinda tends to be neutral but its sculptural and has a lot of life to it. Feathers, eggs (uh, that is a HUGE blown egg, by the way), driftwood, shells, rocks, etc, are all one of a kind sculptures that have a lot of energy to them. When styled in a shelf like below they add so much life for practically no money. Or put them in cloches (these are from Target Smith & Hawken Glass Dome Cloche, $29.99).

That little white and gold polka dot vase technically isn’t supposed to be in that shot by the way. I love it though and have like 3 of them. Meanwhile the gold and cement vases are some of my favorite pieces because they feel really sleek and masculine for vases and as a trio create a really pretty collection.

Second row: Smith & Hawken Glass Dome Cloche, $29.99. Bottom row: Threshold Gold & Cement Vase, $9.99 – $19.99; Threshold Gold-Spotted Stone Vase, $6.99 (large version here, $24.99) Threshold Braided Basket with Handles, $14.99 The white vases in the third row don’t come out til Spring but they are from Target as well. 

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Naturally I had to bring some things from home (pictures, personal items, etc) so during this series you are going to find random pictures of Brian and I from when we first met, you know when we were CHILDREN.


Threshold pierced patterned hurricane candle holder 9″, $9.99- $14.99, Threshold Agate bookends, Threshold Hammered Large Serving Bowl with Gold Finish, $19.99, Bottom Row: Nate Berkus for Target, asymmetry photo frame, $12.99. The wood bowl, pottery vessel and wood clothes pin are all mine/vintage.


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I love that wood/gold lantern, enough to put a vessel in it and turn it into a vase even. We are very sneaky like that.


Nate Berkus for Target, faux fur stool, $54.99 Threshold gold chevron pillow, $24.99 Nate Berkus for Target, decorative pillow – novelty shell, $24.99


And while the above shot wasn’t how we styled the room, obviously, we wanted to do a pretty still life of all the neutral pillows from the new collection that I love. And yes, that macrame hanging mirror amazingness is vintage, mine, and unfortunately I don’t know where you can get another. Sad, I know. 

Threshold woven bench – brown and white, $99.99, Nate Berkus for Target, decorative pillow – novelty shell, $24.99 Threshold quilted velvet decorative pillow – velvet cream, $24.99 Threshold gold embroidered pillow, $19.99 Threshold trellis embroidered pillow – yellow and white, $24.99, Threshold gold chevron pillow, $24.99


Coffee tableThreshold criss cross rug, Nate Berkus black/white pillow  Nate Berkus metal wing bowl. 

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On the floor by the fireplace: Threshold 13” Wooden Lantern, $24.99, Threshold 15” Gold Lantern, $24.99 and up in the shelves: 

Shelving on the left: First row (from top): Threshold Decorative Rope Basket in Shell, $19.99, Second row: Threshold Wood Pillar Candle Holder, $12.99 – $19.99, Threshold Hammered Large Serving Bowl with Gold Finish, $19.99, Threshold pierced patterned hurricane candle holder 9″, $9.99- $14.99, Third row: Nate Berkus for Target, antique mirror tray, $29.99, Nate Berkus for Target, asymmetry photo frame, $12.99, Fourth row, Threshold Decorative Bowl in White and Gold, $19.99, Threshold Starburst Mirror – 3 pieces, $24.99, Threshold wooden centerpiece tray, $24.99, Threshold Set of 3 Decorative Fall Figurines in Gold, $22.99

So here I was the next morning, minutes before the shoot – action shot of me playing with pillows, about to drink more coffee, hoping that I don’t, you know, fail.


It looks just like a pretty living room, right? But nah, folks, it’s even more impressive than that because it’s a huge set made to look like a pretty living room. So, what do you guys think? As the videos go along I think that they just get better and better because I got more and more relaxed so if you are into this then just wait :)

Video in partnership with Target, hair and makeup by Danielle Walch, wardrobe styling by Jordan Rudd

DIY Crate Shelf in Redbook

I know I’ve said this before but this one may REALLY be the easiest DIY  we’ve done. You just stack crates, clip them together and if you like to go a little bit beyond that (we did) you can paint the insides of them. CRAZY easy, very customizable and super affordable. I mean, it pretty much made itself.


1. Decorate your Crates:

I bought ours at JoAnn’s and they were $12.99 a piece when we purchased (now on sale for $9.99), but they often have sales and discount codes which could be applied. We then painted the insides of some of the crates in a fun color palate which I put together. I also thought about possibly wallpapering the back and sides of the crates, doing some sort of contact paper treatment or even using fabric to cover the crates. The options are really endless and vary depending on where you intend to use them and how much ware and tear they might take. For example wallpapering your crates and then using them to store dirty shoes, garden supplies and hoses might not be the best idea where as paint will hold up well over time.

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Ginny decided it was best to put on her painting knickers whilst Brady just opted for his blue leopard smock.

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We used regular latex house paint and didn’t prime.

2. Spraypaint your Binder Clips:

I purchased large generic binder clips from staples and spray painted them gold. I also spray painted a version in white but later decided that the gold popped off of the crates and colors we used better so I used them.


3. Clip it Together:

This is where the fun begins. I tried quite a few different layouts before I decided to stick with tis more organic layout. Play around with the crates stacking and restocking them until you find your perfect configuration. You could arrange them horizontally and then use it as a TV console or behind a sofa or more vertically to fit in a small corner. Once you are happy with a layout then you can start clipping together the crates with your binder clips.


4. Fill with Items:

You know me and you know how much I like my “stuff” so creating something to actually store it all and keep it off the floor in an attractive way was a win-win situation.

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Also Brady you are fired for posting that photo. Please collect your things and leave the office. Don’t worry, i’ll give you a good recommendation!!

scott styling

To say that things were a bit crowded that day was an understatement. We had quite a few people crammed into one room and were photographing two projects for Redbook during the same day. That involved two separate room scenarios that we had to set up, and two totally different sets of props.


I had what I like to call ‘clutter body’ where your entire body is so encased in clutter that you want to cut off all your limbs and set them outside in hopes that they’ll feel some air and space.

Scott styled the shoot (while I art directed in my clutter body pose) and Brady and Ginny assisted. Look at them go!

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It ended up feeling like a mud room which was the intention, obviously.


Sources: Crates: JoAnn’s Fabric and Crafts | Binder Clips: Office Supply Store (spraypainted gold) | Bird Feeder | Gray stools | Folded Pink Rug

The after shots are photographed by always amazing David Tsay, and styling was done by none other than Scott Horne. And yes, they changed the wall color in post! We think it looks better dark gray, too.

You can check out our other DIY projects we did for Redbook by clicking through these links: Side Table Ikea HackDIY Towel Ladder Embossed Velvet Heart PillowOffice Wall PocketsDIY Tree Slab Table, DIY Basket Pendant, Table Runner