Thursday, July 31, 2014

Flower Power: Decorating With Florals

Today I wanted to chat with you about decorating with florals.
I think sometimes "floral" gets a bad rap for various reasons.  Sometimes it's associated with granny style or people feel it's too "girly".  The truth of the matter though, is that if you balance florals with the right elements, they can bring just the right amount of chic and color to a space.

I have long loved this design!

Paired with geometric pattern, black and white graphic elements and bold colors, that floral pillow is the perfect thing to tie this entire room together!


These black floral pillows from Furbish Studio bring perfect balance to this room as well.  Because it's paired with black wood and other graphic elements, this room doesn't feel too "sweet" or "girly" even though the walls are pink and there are florals in the room.

 This is THE inspiration for a living room redo. Bold floral chair with black and white stripes. If anyone knows original source, please leave a comment for appropriate credit and link back.

I've had this floral chair pinned on pinterest forever, but I can't seem to find the original source.  If you know where it's from, please give me a heads up!

In my own home, I'v paired a floral chair with the bold graphic of a zebra rug and solids.

Again, you can pair this with a neutral palate and stripes to pull it off without the room feeling to feminine.

Shop The Look:

Decorative pillow cover, Multicolor floral pillow

Etsy  $28

Blush Pink Floral Pillow - Pale Pink Coral Blue Print - Boho Ticking Pillow Cottage Chic

Etsy  $45

CHRISTMAS IN JULY Floral Pillow Cover Retro Neon Tropical Fuchsia Tangerine Lime Green Yellow White Black Decorative 16x16

Etsy  $15

Set of 4 $35.90

How about you?  

Do you decorate with florals?  

Have you found a good balance for them in your home?  

I would love to hear about it!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fashion Files!! Stripes and Florals

A few weeks ago I mentioned on Facebook and instagram that I might start doing "Fashion Files" again here on Goodwill Glam.  

Thrift stores have something for everyone and every type of style!

I love pattern mixing and these thrifted finds make for a happy combo!

The skirt is a linen Calvin Klein floral watercolor print that is just beautiful!
I love how colorful it is!  You've probably guessed by reading this blog that green is a favorite of mine.  When I spotted this green and white striped shirt, I immediately grabbed it.

The top is Banana Republic and still had the tags on it!  To top it all off, I spotted it on half off day and scooped it up for $4.50!

They bold combo pairs perfectly with some nude pumps, which are very old.  Let's face it though, nude pumps never go out of style and they literally go with everything!

I love how versatile this skirt is!  You can easily dress it down with a colorful tee or chambray button down and some flat sandals.  I have to tell you, I'm only 5'1, so wearing flats is the struggle.  I would wear heels or wedges every day if I could, just to add a bit of height!

Outfit Total:
Banana Republic Shirt:  $4.50
Calvin Klein Skirt:  $7.99

Grand Total:  $12.50!

Do you shop for clothing at thrift stores?  I have found the quality here to be amazing!

I would love to hear about some of your thrifted fashion finds!


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.