Archives for July 2012

{Out to See} Anthropologie

{Out to See} Anthropologie{Out to See} Anthropologie

Anthropologie

As you all probably know, I love traveling. I really enjoy seeing new things. Sometimes I travel far, but sometimes I travel just far enough to visit one of my favorite stores in Seattle, like Anthropologie. Visiting Anthropologie is like a little mini-vacation for me, where I can soak in some creative inspiration and maybe even see old things in new ways.

{Out to See} Anthropologie

When I visit some of my favorite stores, I am not only looking at their products, but I look at their display furniture, their shelf arrangements, their lighting, and more. You can learn a lot about design and spark your own creativity by paying attention to the entire ambience as you walk through some great shops.

{Out to See} Anthropologie

In Anthropologie this time I was especially smitten by their lovely display cabinets and even by their beautiful floors. Their wood floors reminded me of my own with the beautiful variation in light and darker grain (photos of the new floors and stairs soon, promise!).

Observing creative ways of putting together a beautiful  room inspires me to step outside the expected to try new things. It is easy to get caught up in what you see repeated everywhere, so I like to be exposed to a variety of creative ideas to hopefully keep my own style fresh and unique.

{Out to See} Anthropologie

And of course, I love the smell of Anthropologie. I spend most of my time there walking sniffing all the candles. SNIFF SNIFF. I’m sure I look weird sniffing all of their jars, but I’m OK with that. I was tempted to bring this green jar candle home to meet my blue jar candle but I resisted. Next time.

{Out to See} Anthropologie

I love Anthropologie’s creative ideas for displaying every day items like dishes, mugs and towels.

I enjoy each little detail in every corner of the store.

{Out to See} Anthropologie

{Out to See} Anthropologie

{Out to See} Anthropologie

{Out to See} Anthropologie

{Out to See} Anthropologie

{Out to See} Anthropologie

It was another inspiring visit to one of the most creative ‘home stores” out there! Glad you could join me for a little tour!

Check the first two posts in this new series, Out to See.

Out to See {Why out to see? & NYC}
Out to See {Watson Kennedy}

Check out this post on 4 Decorating Lessons from Anthropologie

And if you love Anthro, see my Anthro curtains! 

How was your weekend?
Did you get out to see anything fun or interesting?

Fresh White Paint

Fresh White Paint

One of the best things about doing home improvement projects in the summer (in Washington, maybe not in the really hot parts of the country!)) is we can go outside to freshen up furniture with paint! All winter long I wish I could paint things outside, but around these parts that just is not possible until usually July.

When you are on a meager furniture budget like I am, nothing saves the day and pulls together mismatched and neglected or abused furniture like PAINT. Any color will do!

Fresh White Paint

We’ve had these awesome rattan chairs FOREVER. They were my moms before they came to us. The chairs were stained dark for part of their life and when the finish was worn and grungy, we painted them white. It felt like we had brand new chairs! But that was a couple of years ago.

In the past year while Jack was a wee pup he decided he liked to chew on the edges of the chairs. Sigh. Now that he is a big one year old, he is much less likely to chew our furniture. Not entirely UNlikely, but less likely {Ha!}. He is still a bit of a trouble maker. Eh hem.

Fresh White Paint

Finally the weather has cooperated with us and summer has arrived so we were able to spruce up our chairs. Of course, if you have chewed up chairs you could leave the chewed up arms as they are, if you are into a more shabby chic look or want to remember those puppy days.

Fresh White Paint

But for my personal preferences and style, these chairs were just looking run down and not as chic as I wanted. Out came the paint and in came our clean and fresh chairs! We used a combination of brushing on white paint and spray paint. Not sure that is the best technique, but it was helpful for getting the most coverage of paint on all angles.

Fresh White Paint

Ahhhh, so much better.

I’ll be recovering the cushions and show you how they turn out when they are done!

Do you paint furniture in the summer or is it too hot where you live?

PS: My floors are close to done and they look AH-MAZING. Lowe’s is doing a fantastic job on the install and I couldn’t be happier. Cannot wait to show you the reveal of the floors next week!

If you aren’t sure where to begin with painting furniture and need some solid advice, this is a great affiliate e-book with plenty of helpful tips!

Fresh White Paint

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