Monday, July 28, 2014

Key West Inspired Makeover!

A few weeks ago, a local reader emailed me and told me she spotted a dresser, she thought I might like to makeover.

Seriously, you readers are awesome!

It was just my kind of thing.  Beautiful, faux bamboo design, great lines with tons of potential.
Kind of sad in it's original state.

Sorry for the cropped cell phone pic.  You get the idea, though.  
I went over to the shop that had it that morning and picked it up.

I thought this piece would be perfect for a saturated color!

This Palm Beach Regency style furniture always reminds me of my beloved South Florida.

It looks so lovely now!

I think the Key Lime green was the perfect choice for this one!

It's so beautiful now!

What do you think?

I love a makeover with an element of surprise!
Have you found any furniture pieces that you've made over?
I would love to see them and maybe feature them here on Goodwill Glam!


Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Five Under $5!

It's Friday!!!  This week has been super busy around here.  Lots of furniture projects waiting in the wings, but that means I'll have tons to share with you soon!

Today, for our Friday five, let's take a trip to Target!

Who doesn't love Target??  I mean seriously, those buyers really have their act together!

I fell in love with these melamine plates!  The colors are so fresh and fun and I like that it's a different take on the classic chevron.

They also had these really fun silverware set!  They come in a variety of colors and styles and they're just .99 cents each!

These dip bowls come in a variety of fun colors and patterns and are just $3.99!

They also have some new kitchen towels in several colors and styles for just $2.99!

These fun wall hooks are on clearance and totally have me thinking I need to tackle our back entry way before school gets underway!  These are now $2.98!  Love the black and white bees!

So, tell me, how much do you love Target?
Oh!  I should also tell you, the shoe section is on CLEARANCE!  I may or may not have been completely distracted by that for a good half hour.  I'm not saying it did happen....ahem...just maybe.  ;)

I hope you all have lovely weekend!!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Leopard Love: Decorating With The Perfect Neutral

Today, I wanted to talk about a no-fail decorating solution.
That's right, believe it or not, regardless of what your style is leopard is the perfect neutral and can be incorporated into any decor.  Whether you're a modern minimalist, or a traditionalist, or anything in between, leopard can be worked into any decor and is decidedly chic!

I have leopard in my home in small doses, but it's the perfect accent.

Sophisticated charm of my french country home: manoir de berthouville - Normandy home to Boston designer Charles Spada

The above home has the feel of a french apartment, and the leopard sofa is over top.  However, paired with all the other neutrals in the room, it exudes sophistication in perfect balance!

a leopard pop, if you know me then you know I'll have some sort of leopard something in my future home.
This might be the chicest chair I've ever seen!  Again, paired with all the neutrals in the room, it is perfection!

home office love the stool/ottoman

Just a few pops of it in this office absolutely make this room design.

leopard chairs

This has a much more traditional feel, but the leopard still works great in this space.

So, how about you??

Do you decorate with leopard?

I would love to hear how you use it!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Project Reveal! Aqua Antique Glazed Dresser

A few weeks ago, our neighbor gave us their old dresser.
It wasn't really anything special, a basic dresser that was really kind of ugly.

Kind of blah.
I decided to try to do something fun with the color on this one.  I figured pretty much anything would be an improvement.

It got sanded down, and painted aqua, but I felt it needed something more.

Enter Martha Stewart.

I used the metallic glaze in the coffee color....

I LOVE the way it turned out!  It went from basic and kind of boring to beautiful!

In my opinion the glaze really made this piece.

It's a bit time consuming and messy, but I think it's worth it in the end.

What do you think?

Is this a technique you'd like to learn?  I'd be happy to do a tutorial on it soon!!!

I would love your feedback!


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Can I Be Honest?

Hi Glam readers!
I know you all come here for DIY projects, design inspiration and other tips and tricks for amazing thrifted finds.  It's what I love to share the most.  But, we recently had an anniversary of sorts and even though it's difficult, and even though I'll be bearing my heart and soul I wanted to share it with you.  You readers and fellow bloggers have become friends and you share things with your friends...even when it's a bit painful.

Last year, on July 3rd, my husband was called into his supervisors office and "let go".  It had nothing to do with him, he had been nominated for employee of the month three or four months in a row.  It was a decision made by someone in an office hundreds of miles away who had never met my husband.  Just business, you know.  It was scary, to say the least.  I had applied for jobs and nothing panned out and my husband had been working four part time jobs just to make ends meet when we first moved back to Chicagoland about four years ago.  He only had the stability of one, full time job for a year when he was let go.
The same week, I miscarried.  I wasn't that far along, only about 7 weeks, but that didn't make it any less painful.  The Friday of that same week, I was rear ended coming out of my very own driveway and our back bumper was completely ripped off.  It was a dark week.  A HARD week.
Somehow, through all that Jesus gave me peace.


I felt hope.  Hope is powerful.  It keeps you going.

I had just started refinishing furniture and selling it a few weeks before that as a hobby, and it was going really well.  While my husband continued to look for work, he also began helping me and my hobby turned into a business and that business has grown.

I cannot tell you how grateful I am.  Is it perfect?  Not yet.  Is it getting better?  Every single month.
One of the things I'm most grateful for is that we get to see my husband so much.  For a long time, I felt like we didn't even see him because he worked so hard.  This has allowed us to be together and work together and provide for our family.  I know God will continue to work it all out for our good!

This blog has grown and that has given me opportunities as well.  So, I wanted to say "thank you".  Thank you for reading, thank you for coming back.

Thank you to my clients who have purchased furniture, told your friends about us and had us looking for even more furniture!

I am working hard to continue to grow this blog and this business.  I'll be adding a list of services to the blog, design services as well as event design and styling.  I would love for you to consider these services if you have need of them.

It's a powerful thing to watch your children.

How they trust you.
It's taught me some things about how much more I need to trust God.  Gigi never worries, she just knows we will take care of her.  She dances happily, knowing everything will be alright.
And you know what?  It will.

Have Hope.

I'm glad, in the middle of all that darkness I allowed God to bring me to a place of peace instead of dwelling in a place of fear.

Thank you, from our family!  Thank you for reading and for supporting our small business.

I hope if you are in the middle of some dark days yourself, you find some inspiration in our story.  Know that everything will be alright.

Romans 5:5   And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Five Under $5!! The French Edition!

It's Friday, peeps!  You made it!  It's been a busy week of furniture refinishing around here and I have one sweet little man who is a bit under the weather.  One step forward, two steps back as they say.  But it's Friday, so I'm thankful.  Plus I have a new round up of frugal finds for you.

These are new at World Market and I don't think I could love them more!

These Parisian Soap Dishes are just $5 each!  I'm especially fond of the "Le Bain" one.

Chocolate crepe cookies?!?!  Say what?  For just $3.19, I'll definitely be trying these.

This French Lemonade is just $3.99.  Doesn't it look amazing?  I think the bottle alone is pretty enough to keep.  Just love pretty packaging.  I dream of backyard Summer soirees with friends where we drink French lemonade and talk long into the twilight.  The truth of the matter is, any time we attempt to have friends over, most of the time, they cancel.  We have very busy friends...we need a new group of friends.

I love this little cookie tin and I love the fact that it's only $4.48 even more!  Inspired by the French countryside, this colorful tin seems like the perfect place to hide your stash...if cookies happen to stick around long enough in your house to actually be stashed.

If I'm being honest, they don't stick around that long in our home.  :)
Cookies are best when warm from the oven.

Last, but not least...

Nothing says "French" like crepes!  I seriously love the fact that crepes can be savory or sweet, so whether you want carmelized onion and goat cheese or hazelnut chocolate and banana, this mix takes the guess work out.  Just $3.99

I hope you enjoyed today's little French round up!  

Enjoy your weekend, make it fabulous!

Au Revior!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Come On In! Home Tour!!!

As a mentioned a few weeks ago, my friend  Nikki of NE Photography was kind enough to come do a photo shoot for me.  She's an amazing photographer and was just featured on The Knot.

No one will ever accuse me of being a minimalist and I know my style isn't for everyone, but it's unique and me.  It's kind of glam meets chinoiserie chic with a touch of Palm Beacg,  Almost everything in our home has a "story".  

Come on in!

We live in an old bungalow style home that's nearly a hundred years old.  When you first walk in you see the living room which is open to both the study and the dining room.

Our home is literally completely decorated with thrifted finds and DIY projects.

The hubby has wanted a recliner since we got married and a few months back, I was lucky enough to score this vintage Lane Furniture one at a second hand store.

Since he was sweet enough to let me keep the amazing vintage tufted pink sofa, I scooped up the recliner for him as soon as I spotted it.

To the right of the living room is the study where I blog, my hubby studies for his sermons and the kiddos do their reading.

It's so bright and airy now and has become one of my favorite spots in the house.

My vintage green chairs are one of my favorite finds!  They were $18 each....I know!  Such a lucky find and one of my favorites ever!

The desk was literally found on the side of the road, meant for the garbage.

All of the mirrors were thrifted except the one with the circles, that one was a gift.

The chair was a Goodwill find for $3.99 and I redid it.

The "hustle" pillow was a DIY project.

On to the dining room, which I completely re-did in six weeks for the One Room Challenge.

I shared how I revamped the kitchen for under $100 here.

I hope you enjoyed this little tour!  Thank you so much for stopping by!