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Heather — Farmhouse Chic Child’s Desk

Do I have a beauty to show you! Heather is a farmhouse chic child’s desk that has just the right balance of soft lines and rustic charm. What I love most about this piece is that the colors have a fresh, updated look while at the same time looks like she was painted ages ago and distressed over time.

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I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for this project and mixed an approximate 50/50 mixture of Old White and Duck Egg Blue for the desk base. On the table top, I used a mixture of Old White with a touch of Graphite.

Heather, Farmhouse Chic Child's Desk  I  becauseiliketodecorate.com

After some distressing with a medium grade sanding block, I finished the piece with Annie Sloan Clear Wax and buffed it smooth.

Heather, Farmhouse Chic Child's Desk  I  becauseiliketodecorate.com

I love how the tabletop turned out. It’s always a nice surprise to see what imperfections beauty shines through to give each piece that unique character.

Heather, Farmhouse Chic Child's Desk  I  becauseiliketodecorate.com

This pretty girl will be sure to give lots of love for years to come! On that note, I’ve been working on setting up an online retail space where Heather will be for sale. Stay tuned!

Lots of love,
Mary

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Guest Blogging @ How We Do Blog

Today is an exciting day! I’ve been given the honor of guest posting over at How We Do blog! Allow me to do the introductions… How We Do is a lifestyle blog written by four siblings who each write about a different topic. Fashion. Design. Fitness. Lifestyle. They’ve brought the “cool factor” to blogging and I so enjoy reading their content! Each post is a short easy read, entertaining, and informative! While you’re visiting, be sure to check out their Vimeo on the About page — I just love it!

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Check out my guest post titled “How to add SWAG to your PAD” and browse through some of their other posts while you’re there!

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Lots of love,
Mary

5 Things on My Wish List

This week has kicked my butt! Ever feel that way? I mean, I am exhausted! But it’s the good kind of tired that comes along with hard work and accomplishment! The good news is I’ve been painting, and I can’t wait to show you all the new stuff coming down the pipeline!

For now, I’ve decided to share with you my wish list — the top 5 things that make me say “ooooooooo!” and “ahhhhhh!” These are “wish list” items, which by definition means they’re things that I’m too cheap to spend the money on right now, but are in my dreams! (Photos link to their sources.)

 

#5 – Fauxidermy Head by Z Gallerie. Upon writing this list, I’ve discovered that the gold and silver deer heads are on sale! This may soon move from the “wish list” to the “own list.”

Fauxidermy by Z Gallerie  I  becauseiliketodecorate.com

 

#4 – Eames Lounge Chair by Herman Miller. The perfect reading chair. Enough said.

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#3 – Marquee Letters. I love these and would totally display them in my home. Why not, right?

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#2 – Lucite Chairs. These chairs instantly transform a space into a chic modern look. Love them!

Lucite Chairs  I  becauseiliketodecorate.com

 

#1 – Live Edge 10 ft Modern Farm Table. This one isn’t 10 ft long, but take a look at the beautiful woodwork!

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What’s on your wishlist?

Lots of love,
Mary

We have a winner!

Congrats Robin from Happily Home After, You’re the winner of the $25 Starbucks giftcard! Robin chose the name of “shim shim, hurray”, a play on words from a popular Mary Poppins song! Honorable mention goes to Jenna Kellso who chose the ever fabulous name, “Shoe Carrymore!” Jenna will receive a runners up $5 giftcard just for her mad skills! Ladies, please enjoy COFFEE ON ME!

Thanks for playing! Robin & Jenna, keep an eye out for your Starbucks gift cards to arrive in your email inbox!

WINNER

Winner was randomly chosen by random.org

Winner!

Lots of love,
Mary

Pantone this, Pantone that

While perusing Instagram the other night, I fell in love! Pantone products galore and the discovery of Pantone paint by Valspar! I’m usually a Home Depot girl, if for no other reason than the convenience (the store is right across the street from my home). After discovering that Lowe’s carries a select group of Pantone-branded colors, I had to go pick this up:
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A sample pot of the Pantone Color of the Year — Emerald! I envision one of those large mid-century office desks from my garage painted with this color. What do you think?

Then, switching to Pinterest, I found these:

source: http://aliceindezignland.wordpress.com/2010/12/15/pantone-mugs/

source: http://aliceindezignland.wordpress.com/2010/12/15/pantone-mugs/

source: http://iamjohnnyboy.com/case-scenario-neon-iphone-case-is-here/

source: http://iamjohnnyboy.com/case-scenario-neon-iphone-case-is-here/

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I’m finishing up a little black number that will hopefully be ready to show tomorrow.

Lots of love,
Mary

It’s Monday!

This weekend was busy, but was a real blessing. I got to take my oldest out for a “mommy’s day” to get her first salon haircut and to do some school shopping! My baby starts kindergarten on Wednesday! I’m not sure if I’m ready for this…

I was hoping to have my next project complete, but we must wait. I just wanted to say, “HAPPY MONDAY!”

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Also, don’t forget to enter the Starbucks Giveaway! You still have TWO MORE DAYS to get entries in!

Wood-Shim Shoe Cabinet & Giveaway  I  becauseiliketodecorate.com

Lots of love,
Mary