New sun room!

As promised, I painted the sun room first in my new color scheme. I am so happy with the result! The paint is dark but with all the windows the room actually feels more defined. My homemade Roman shades also look great, as does my recently painted couch and mid-century chair. Everything has pulled together just wonderfully. For a recap, here’s the before in a sort of brownish pink color – not terrible, just not really a color that goes well with our … Read more…

Picking colors for new paint… again

Shortly after we moved in – a whole year ago! – as is customary for anyone settling in to their new space, I stuffed my cart to the brim with home goods at Target. Among the less necessary things I bought were an adorable campaign style X-leg desk I had been eyeing for a while – in red, of course – as well as some new toss pillows that I believe are no longer available, though they do have others in similar colors. The pillows have all sorts of color … Read more…

Quick and easy reupholstered dining chairs

Our lovely dining table was reupholstered sometime likely in the 1990s with a sort of satiny jacquard fabric in navy blue with a gold and red pattern. The table is so formal that I wanted something a little less formal to soften the room. I loaded up a cushion and headed to the upholstery and drapery fabric store down the street (have I mentioned how much I love living here, close to everything?) to get an idea of what was available. I’d been … Read more…

2013 Holiday Dining Room Decor and Centerpiece

2013 Holiday Dining Room - juniper topiary red lantern centerpiece - LauraAnneStone.com

Tomorrow the family I referenced in the hallway painting post will be here. I already have my mantle all worked out so the only other place I really wanted to spruce up was the dining room. You can see the stripes are gone and the creamy color I used on top of my 3 layers of primer looks great! Our free mirror that came with the house in its original place (the silver mirror that I thought I’d put there made its way back to … Read more…

Winter Holiday 2013 Mantle

2013 Winter Holiday Mantle - LauraAnneStone.com

Round two for the new mantle! This time I de-cluttered it some. I switched out the two black candlesticks for a huge wooden one and made use of the gorgeous pine cones from the previous house. I also made a boxwood wreath and topiary ball from the hedges and used vintage Mason and Atlas jars filled with battery-powered twinkle lights. Some things did make a comeback, however.  I kept my antique books, iron star, mermaid, and pocket watch.  The mirror also stayed, but I painted … Read more…

Paint it… then paint it again just in case

This is a little late, but in early November I volunteered my house for invasion when I invited my extended family over for Christmas. Nothing makes you think “Gotta get the house in order!” like knowing you’re about to have a few dozen visitors. Anyway, when we moved in we decided the painting priority would go something like this: The living room (dear lord, that living room definitely did not work with our furniture) The dining room The hall / stairwell Whatever … Read more…

Marie Therese Chandelier

So I cleaned that adorable glass chandelier in the breakfast room. It looked dusty… but it was actually FILTHY. Like sticky, nasty, can’t-tell-if-that’s-dead-bugs-or-old-kidney-beans kinda dirty. See the difference? So gross! (Though I honestly had no idea until I got on the ladder to change a bulb.)   Taking it apart also let me see how it was constructed. Cardboard socket covers, acrylic florets, I even found a huge 2-inch crystal drop that had fallen (presumably) from the center. Someone was kind enough to … Read more…

Fall 2013 Mantle

2013 Fall Mantle - LauraAnneStone.com

This is my first mantle decor! This is very exciting because the last house didn’t have a mantle so I finally have one to decorate. Unfortunately, due to the lack of unpacked decorative items, it’s sort of a mash-up of whatever I could find. Vintage books, grapevine pumpkins, sticks with dried orange berries, jute spears, an art nouveau illustration, and a vintage pocket watch in a cloche. It worked out nicely that the primary colors are orange and yellow, with natural browns and … Read more…