Luxe for Less - Lacquered Side Tables

The other day I ran into IKEA for some storage boxes and what did I spy, high gloss side tables.  If you've shopped in IKEA you know that their Lack series of furniture are very popular because of the look and the price.  Well IKEA has put a new spin on the series and have created some lacquered pieces in the Lack line.

 (Sorry - the photo was taken with my phone)

I'm in love with the gray side table and so course the red and white tables are not too shabby either.  The best part is the price $12.99 each piece.  Don't you just love IKEA?

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Design Inspiration - Candice Olson

Last year, I did a post on Candice Olson's new series, "Candice Tells All".  Well, Season 3 has started up again.  Yes, Season 3, apparently Season 2 aired on HGTV and they didn't advertise it.  Sometimes, I don't think HGTV has focus groups or even remotely listen to their viewers, it actually should be called the House Hunters channel because the programming is packed up of those shows.  HGTV, if you're listening, more design less house hunting please?

I've set my DVR to record all the repeats of Candice Tells All and I've been catching the shows I've missed. As usual Candice delivered amazing rooms, here's a couple of rooms from the series that I fell in love with.  awww.... pure eye candy.


 After, don't you love the pendants lights?
Loving the contrast between the cabinets and counter tops .



 Now this is an office
I'm so feeling the mirrored cabinet, that's some fancy storage

 The ceiling treatment and the grass cloth wallpaper works will together in the room.


Wow, can you say DATED?

The After is so stunning, it makes you want to do a happy dance. 

  It's a timeless living room





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Valentine's Day Free Printables

Valentine's Day ahem Single Awareness Day is around the corner and I don't celebrate it but my babies do, so I created a dessert table for them this past weekend.



I created the entire table for less than $10. Since I'm not a baker, Duncan Hines was welcomed in my kitchen.  The table consisted of cupcakes, candy coated marshmallows, brownies, diy party popcorn and Rice Krispy treats.



One the easiest thing I made was the party popcorn.  It took less than a minute and tastes fantastic.  I found this recipe from Amy at She Wears Many Hats


I created all the Printables using the background from Sprik Space.  You're welcome to use them and they can be downloaded from here.  (non-commercial use only).

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Loss of a Legend




Yesterday, we lost a Legend.
Her voice and legacy speaks for itself.  Whitney I hope you find peace in the afterlife. 





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Luxe for Less - Marble

Marble is classic, timeless, expensive and beautiful.  If your pining for marble countertops but your wallet is crying, how about Formica countertops?  Formica you say?  Yes Formica, technology has changed the game in countertop design.  I was wandering in Home Depot and I spotted the most amazing product... you know what I'm going to say, Yes, Formica. 

 Doesn't it look like marble?



 Yummy

 The countertops that look remarkably like the real deal.  The price is around $16 a sq ft from the Formica Corporation which is way, way less than a marble slab.   So what do you think, would you buy it?




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Vacation Art Redo

I love a good vacation and I've been very fortunate to travel to many great places from London to Paris to Aruba and Mexico, just to name a few.  To save money for my trips, I wouldn't eat out and I would brown bag my lunch it and it was so worth it.  Nothing beats lying on the beach in St. Thomas or standing under the Eiffel Tower in Paris.  During every trip, I would always pick up a plate from each country and/or a cheesy sovereign.

During one of my trips to Jamaica, I purchased the following "art work" (I'm using this term loosely) and years later I'm still thinking the same thing, what exactly is it and is it getting uglier?  I could blame it on the margartias but since I only have one drink a day, that can't be it so let's blame on the sun and being relaxed... yup that sounds much better.

  "Art Work"

This year I've decided to start purging and getting rid of stuff that aren't enriching my life, and of course this "art work" was on my hit list.  I was getting ready to throw it out when inspiration hit while I was playing around on Tagxedo.  Tagxedo is a cool FREE website that allows users to use words to create visually stunning typography shapes.


It's really easy to use:
Click Create from the Home Screen
Click Load, Add the text you want and press Submit
Click "Theme" to see what happens
Click Shape arrow button and select a shape and Viola, magic!
 To create my art, I uploaded the shape of Jamaica and added my words and presto, Tagxedo created the most fantastic art.  

 My Tagxedo creation... luv it


I, then printed the typography art at Office Depot in black and white since it was the least expensive option (it cost me less than $2).  Using Mod Podge I added the print to canvas and now I have piece of art that I can live with.  I think it looks way better now, what you do think?
Finished product.... (it's still a wrinkly because the Mod Podge is drying)


With all the endless possiblities with Taxgedo, head on over and play, the possibilities are endless.
  

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