::Making simple things beautiful::

Sunday, January 23, 2011

+--<[{Tower Love}]>--+

(Those do hickies in the title are supposed to look like Eiffel Towers)
I was browsing a couple of my favorite bloggy stops tonight and I ran across a great bit of inspiration.  I happen to be related to one of the biggest Eiffel Tower junkies on.the.planet.  I love her dearly and she is so fun to buy and create for. 

For her 21st birthday a few years back (man Kate are we getting old or what?)  I made this ginormous Eiffel Tower cake.  I did have a fabulous assistant, my beautiful mother.  There is nothing we can't tackle together.  It was a TON of work and I recall making several trips to the grocery/craft store but alas, the cake was born, only to be eaten a few short hours later.  Oh the pain!  But she love loved it, so it was all worth it.

So, you can imagine my excitement when I scrolled across this beauty.  I love it for me or for anyone, but I know a special someone who would DIE to have it.  This is a very ambitious task considering all that I have on my plate as of late, but cross my heart I will get to it eventually.  It is gorg!

Here's hoping I
a. Find the perfect dresser with the perfect price tag
b. Become blessed with some free time to get my Eiffel Tower on
c.Oh yeah, and can paint a tower that perfectly!
To see the site of inspiration, click here.
Have a wonderful week everyone, I will be posting a couple fun projects soon that can be done on the cheap, so stay tuned.  B

Sunday, January 16, 2011

My favorite blue jars

Hello there!  You may be wondering how the gray paint application is going.  I am pleased to say that I have my entryway and hallway complete!  Yay for me.  Now on to the living room.  I am procrastinating a bit on that room because I have quite a few things to take off the wall but I will get to it very soon and will definitely post pictures of the before and afters.

This wreath is not an original project but it was pretty simple to make and I like how it turned out so I thought I would share.

I am working on a fun post that should be up in the next couple days but for now I will show you the little table display I did tonight.  After weeks of a naked table I decided it was time to put something cutesie up there.  Don't mind the finish on the table.  It is HIDEOUS and I can't wait to strip and paint it, but that my friends is a project for another day.

I love these blue canning jars (did I mention my father in law dug the large one up out of the ground?  Quite a find in my opinion)  Anyway I wanted to incorporate them in somehow and thought of putting tea light candles inside.  

 It is hard to see in the picture but they looked so pretty lit up.  I also stuck the bird nest up there that was given to me by one of my sweet friends.

So there you have it, what I do with my evenings in a nutshell.  I am off to work on another project.  Thanks so much for reading!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

I'm not gonna lie

I painted a little spot of the new gray paint on my living room wall and I'm not gonna lie...I am not in love with it yet.  But if I am being honest (and I always am) I have yet to find a color that I instantaneously fall in love with the moment it goes up.  There are many factors to consider.  One being how that color compares to the color you are painting over.  For instance, last night after I painted my "spot" of gray I asked my husband how he liked the new wall color.  He gazed around the room and judging from the look on his face, he saw no diference.  "That color over there" and I pointed.  "Oh that, I thought somebody spilled something".  WOW is all I can say to that.  If I may digress for a moment-where has he been for the last five years since I have been painting walls in our lives?  Does he not know the agony I go through to choose a paint color?  Or for that matter, when I choose anything?  I think about paint colors for weeks and when I finally choose one, I always hate it and my sister in law always makes me feel better about it, all the while knowing it is hideous but she is simply too sweet to hurt my feelings.  A character trait that I certainly did not inherit, though I am working on that : )  Anyway, back to the point, yes, husband you are right.  The light gray on top of the tannish does look a little like, well, a spill.  Of what I am not sure, but until I paint the whole wall it will remain looking spillish.  Then I can decide.  And you will be among the first to know how I like it.  And if I don't, the lovely Jerry's paint mixer told me I can bring my cans back and they can add to them to adjust the hue.  Hmmmm....

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year's (ahem painting) Resolution

So here I am on 1-1-11, thinking about what I hope to accomplish in the upcoming year.  I have high hopes for organization (yikes have you seen my garage), getting some major furniture refinishes done (fingers crossed that the dining room table overhaul is among the first) and most importantly to be a better wife and mom.  Sometimes it can be overwhelming to try and balance all of the things that need to be done from day to day, but what counts most is my family. 

 You can see more photos taken by this photographer here.

I have been thinking about starting a blog for the past couple months.  If nothing else, it might just help me to accomplish a couple of those above listed 2011 hopes.  I am notorious for not finishing projects, so maybe blogging about some of my projects will get my arse motivated (a girl can dream can't she?)

The color gray is swirling around inside my head and I just cannot stop thinking about it!  Hence the blog name, Stuck on GRAY.  I am ready to repaint the interior walls of my house and I think I just might be bold (pathetic I know but I am NOT a risk taker) and paint this gray color that I can't get over.  I am so on the fence about my decorating style.  I am constantly flip-flopping back and forth from shabby to contemporary and everything in between.  Having a large supply of furniture and accessories at my disposal only fuels this fire.  You can see the lovely and subtle gray walls below.  This is a photo from Dreamy Whites. 

And as if you really care about seeing more evidence that gray is a versatile wall color, I have a couple more examples to share.  It can be used in more of a country schemed decor, and more modern and eclectic. It has a bit of a romantic flare as well.  So there you have it.  I have officially talked myself into the color. 

I think  gray will give me the flexibility to change my house as often as I want to (and actually do), and will still look good with whatever style I happen to be in the mood for on any given day. That is, until I get the insatiable urge to paint again.  I am sick I know. 

So what does 2011 have in store for you?  Are there any walls in your casa that are in need of a makeover?  Monday I will make my way to Jerry's and purchase the appropriate paint and supplies for this project so I will post more later.  Happy new Year!  B