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French Paper & Happy New Years Eve

I’ve been working on researching and gathering samples of paper for a future project slash possible venture (should everything work out, I’ll definitely let you know more!).  Anyway, one of the samples came from French Paper and I have to say that it’s absolutely beautiful!  They sell everything from cardstock to unique patterned papers.  I’m starting to get more ideas just looking at it…

It’s amazing that tonight brings the end of 2010.  The year began with such joy as our 2nd daughter was born (January 2nd).  It also brought the House of Many Hues blog that I had contemplated for so long but just couldn’t seem to get started.  Lots of interior decorating, design, weekend finds, DIY projects, cake decorating, lessons learned, I could go on and on!  All along trying to stay creative and keeping true to my authentic self.  A new chapter begins tomorrow with so much to look forward to.  I have a few year long photo projects, possibly a little business venture, a few surprises, and of course decorating and re-decorating.  Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!  See you on the other side!


December 31, 2010   No Comments

Chic Coffee Table Talk

Well, it’s finally done!  I mentioned in this post last week that I had purchased a vintage chic coffee table to refinish and use in my living room.  Sanding and prepping the table for primer was really quick and easy.  Painting it however, was a different story.  I had purchased a fast drying paint that required any 2nd or 3rd coats to be put on within one hour of the original coat.  Apparently, I missed that instruction and waited nearly 48 hours to apply the 2nd coat -  all along thinking that I was doing a good thing by letting the first coat thoroughly dry.  This is the same process I have used so many times before – just never with fast drying paint.  Well, as I put on the second layer, I noticed that the paint began to wrinkle in a few spots.  I had no clue what was going on so I called the paint company looking for suggestions.  They knew immediately what went wrong and suggested I lightly sand the table again and apply super light coats every 20 minutes until the desired level was achieved.  OMG that took forever!  Nevertheless, I think it came out great.  Take a look…

I wanted to add a pop of color to the table so I decided to line the drawers with some colorful paper I had.  I used matte Mod Podge and layered it over the course of 2 days.

I think this table has lots of character and I’m sure that my kids will “add” more to it over the years!

Images:  House of Many Hues


December 28, 2010   No Comments

Altitude Design Summit

Ahhh…a sigh of relief that the holiday has passed without issue. Don’t get me wrong – Christmas is one of my favorite holidays.  I enjoy the hustle and bustle of the season and all the festivities that surround this time of year.  However, this year I have become extremely aware of those that are no longer with us and people that have experienced loss.  At almost every holiday function, I made a mental note of those present and who they might be thinking of that’s no longer here.  I know – how morbid!  The strange thing is that at each function I attended, every single person present had lost an immediate family member.

Ok, on to what this posting is really about as I’m sure you are not here to listen to the above gloomy topic.  One day, I will (notice the assertive statement) be attending the Altitude Design Summit.  If you run a photography, styling, art, fashion, or design blog, this is a must.  Topics range from blog design to marketing trends to taking the leap into full time creative work (don’t I wish!).  The summit is located in Salt Lake City, UT and runs January 19-22.  Let me know if you happen to make it.

Images:  Altitude Design Summit


December 27, 2010   No Comments

Refinshing Furniture

Here we go starting another brand new week!  I apologize for not visiting much last week but it has been very hectic around here (as I’m sure it has been at your place as well).  This weekend I did alot of shopping, but mostly for my enjoyment (hehe!).  For the last few years, our families have decided to buy gifts for kids only.  I think this takes alot of the stress of Christmas shopping off of everyone.  Outside of our family, I like to give small gifts to friends and the people who take care of our family in different ways over the course of the year – like our dog groomers.  We have 2 dogs that become very shy when it’s time to get groomed.  It’s amazing how many rough handling groomers we have come across.  About a year and half ago I found the most gentle loving groomers and I just wanted to tell them “thanks for all that you do”.  The surprise on their face yesterday was priceless!

While out and about shopping, I stopped at a furniture resale shop and fell in love with an old coffee table.  The top was scratched, had crayon marks, and the stain was worn.  I just could not get myself to walk away from it.  This coffee table could be so chic if refinished – not to mention the price was far less than a fill-up at the gas station.  When I brought it home, I saw the look in my husbands eye.  He was skeptical.  I got to work on it right away and have already sanded and put the first coat of paint on it.  It looks awesome!  I L-O-V-E it!  My husband now sees where I”m going with this.  I’ll post a picture of it later this week once it’s finished.  The only thing is that I forgot to take a “before” shot of it.

Images:  House of Many Hues


December 20, 2010   No Comments

Covet Garden

I’ve continued the search for items on my bedroom list that I mentioned in this post.  I have found it extremely frustrating trying to find item #1 -  Desk Chair.  What’s been difficult is finding a mid-century chair that I like.  Sometimes I find a chair that has the perfect shape and fabric, but sits way too low for a desk chair.  Other times, I find a chair that is the right height but appears beyond help for restoration – seriously, some look really gross.  So back to the drawing board on this one.

In the meantime, I have found a new inspiration in an online decor magazine called Covet Garden.  It features creative people and their actual homes.  I just LOVE it!

Images: Covet Garden


December 15, 2010   No Comments

Decorating Tip – Card Tables

Tis’ the season for lots of guests and tabletop space can be limited especially when having dinner.  You’ve got your centerpiece on the table, plates, glasses, silverware, and there’s just no room for all of the food.  What to do?  Consider placing a card table near the head of the table (hopefully you or your significant other will be sitting there).  All the food can then be place on the card table and passed around without the traffic of a buffet.   I know what you may be thinking, “But card tables are ugly”.  Yes, many of them are.  BUT, you can dress it up with a lovely tablecloth and add its own decor.  Another option is to keep an eye out for card tables at vintage stores.  Back in the day, they were beautifully designed.  Here is a photo of one vintage card table that I use…

It folds open nicely and holds quite a bit of food.  When I’m done using it, I folded up and put it in the basement.

Images:  House of Many Hues


December 9, 2010   No Comments

Illustrator Migy

Happen to come across the work of Illustrator Migy and wow, do I love all the color she uses!  Her work can be found in picture books, magazines, and you may even find her at the corporate level – she does illustrations for training material and handouts.

Love the illustration of the luggage above – it’s titled “Lost Luggage”.

Images:  Migy


December 7, 2010   No Comments

Weekend Finds

So a new week with new adventures starts!  My weekend was very productive (in a good way!).   I worked on another recipe – this time a coffee vanilla liqueur.  It was quite easy to make and should be ready in 4 weeks.  I think I’m finding this to be a new hobby of mine and will be looking forward to making more liqueurs – maybe even check out a book from the library.

I am still working on my bedroom and making progress.  I found a desk from my bedroom office and had to jump on it as soon as I saw it.  It’s a parsons table from West Elm that generally runs around $300.  I saw this beauty at the outlet for half the cost and knew this was the one.  It has two drawers in the front and a high gloss finish.  I’m really pleased with how it’s turning out so far.  Here’s how it looks…

Sorry for the dark picture – I snapped it last night.  Oh and ignore the layout of the cables – haven’t had time to organize them.  As for the lamp I am using, it is from the 1940’s that I rewired about 10 years ago.  You cannot believe how heavy this floor lamp is (the base is made of marble).  It’s hard to see in this picture, but it has a white wash on the post.

What I still need:

1.  Desk Chair – I have an idea of what I want (mid-century with hairpin legs), but I think the one I have in mind will be difficult to find.

2. Rug – Looking to place some color in front of the bed.

3.  Headboard, Dresser – I am looking for a farmhouse style frame and have been waiting for a deal (Right now the price for one I’ve been keeping an eye on is $1500).  Patience is key for this one…

4.  Vintage Buffet – Still looking out for this.  It’s been really hard to find one in decent condition that’s reasonably priced.

Images:  House of Many Hues

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December 6, 2010   2 Comments