Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sneak peek of master bedroom redo...

Have I mentioned how much I LOVE paint?  Here's a peek at one of the master bedroom pieces we've been working on updating...After 3 coats of white paint thanks to my husband(xo)....I spent a day working with the glaze on all of the pieces....I'm thrilled with the outcome...full post coming soon...:)...Before & after below...
xo, Mariaelena

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

THE YEAR OF THE ZEBRA…for our youngest…:)

Our youngest daughter turns 9 today…and our middle turns 19….(yes, born 10 years apart to the day!!)…anyway, our little one has been, shall we say, obsessed with all things ZEBRA…the animal, the print, etc….For her birthday gift from my husband and I, she wanted her bedroom redone.  So she chose the color and accessories…Her bedroom has been the most lovely, cottage chic room….now it has been painted lime green…and when we are finished will be accessorized with zebra items here and there…I will post when complete…In the mean time, she had her zebra themed birthday party this past Saturday and today brought in her zebra themed classroom treat…below are a few pics of this moment in time...

have to love duct tape!!









Making the zebra pretzel rods as her school birthday treat!!




THE BIRTHDAY GIRLS: BORN 3/25/95 & 3/25/05

The credit for this photo sampling of the 2 of them goes to Kate, our middle, who is away at college and turns 19 today.  She sent this along with a LOVELY birthday note to Hannah Mae on her IPOD this morning. (sometimes technology comes in so handy) It brought the little one to tears….
We are blessed to have been given the gift of 3 wonderful daughters…:)
Have a happy day!!!
xo, Mariaelena

Thursday, February 13, 2014

SEEKING ADVICE…to paint or not to paint…that is the question???

Hi friends…
I need your advice…for quite a while now I've been trying to decide if I should paint our master bedroom furniture…so the other day I took the plunge and painted one night stand to see how I liked it.  Well, I do like it, but now trying to decide if I should paint all of the pieces or leave some the way they are…I'm leaning toward painting it all but looking for your thoughts….
Take a look and see what you think…
I will be painting the walls and changing out the textiles in the room either way.

HERE'S THE AFTER….



 AND THE BEFORE…..

THIS IS THE WAY I'M GOING WITH PAINT AND FABRICS…..Thanks friends…I look forward to & appreciate your feed back!!

xo, Mariaelena


linking to:
http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com
http://cityfarmhouse.com
http://missmustardseed.com/2014/02/furniture-feature-friday-7/
http://myuncommonsliceofsuburbia.com

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

NATURE'S BEAUTY…pinecone love...

Hi friends…
If you follow me, you know I love the simple beauty of nature and pinecones are one of nature's special gifts…I am lucky in that there are so many different shapes and sizes right in my area…Here's a peek of how I use them around the house in my winter decor…

Mini pinecones make great fillers

I love how the sap dries on these long pinecones and resembles snow...
Here, I mixed tiny store bought green apples with mini pinecones from our back yard...
Pine cones from the beach house fill this basket all year long...

If you are in the Northeast, stay warm…..currently the thermometer is reading -1.5 degrees in the "Burbs"
BRRRRR……

Have a happy day!!

xo, Mariaelena

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

FONTANA TURNED FABULOUS

Hi friends….
Although I completed this project a while ago, I feel the need to give it a proper blog post!…These Broyhill Fontana pieces were a big thing back in the 90's.  Although I tired of there yellow/orange finish, the pieces functioned well in our home.   So, what's a thrifty gal to do???…Get out the paint and order some fresh fabrics!!   I must say that to this day, this redo is one of my absolute favorites.  It gave our home an entire new look and for so little money.  I LOVE my living/dining rooms again….and isn't that what it's all about???   Take a look at the difference.  I pulled the old photos from the web as I was new to blogging when the project was completed and don't have before pics of my own….

AFTER:  PAINTED, DISTRESSED & WAXED…
FABRIC FROM BALLARD DESIGNS

BEFORE….(apologize for the bad before shots, as I said, had to pull them from the web)
 CLOSE UPS OF THE DETAILS….
LUCKILY THE FONTANA LINE HAS LOVELY DETAILS TO WORK WITH




REALLY BAD BEFORE…BUT ALL I COULD FIND…YOU GET THE IDEA...





THE ORANGE FONTANA MIRROR TURNED LOVELY WITH WHITE PAINT, SOME ANTIQUING & WAX…
WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!



ANOTHER PIC BORROWED FROM THE WEB…THE BEFORE OF THE FONTANA COFFEE TABLE 

MY COFFEE TABLE AFTER!!!….





WE HAVE A COMBINED LIVING/DINING ROOM IN OUR HOME…I THINK THE REDO MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD!…I'D LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOU THINK….

HAVE A HAPPY DAY,
MARIAELENA


linking to these party people:
http://diybydesign.blogspot.com
http://myuncommonsliceofsuburbia.com
http://www.frommyfrontporchtoyours.com
http://www.timewashed.com
http://www.adelightsomelife.com
http://modvintagelife.blogspot.com
http://www.kammyskorner.com


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Country Living Magazine Holiday Fair 2013

Recently a few friends and I had the best day at the Country Living Holiday fair in Tarrytown, NY…I'll let the pics speak for themselves…It was a happy day!!














My partner in crime at these outings, my dear friend Erin….seems that every time we go, it's a rainy, windy day, but that never stops us from having the BEST time!!..just look at how happy we are…lol!!

Hope you have a happy day, Mariaelena


linking up to:
http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net