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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

turning an ugly duckling into a swan…

home improvements can break the budget…especially when you’re like me and love expensive shiz  but have an empty wallet…

while there was a whole lot of ugly going on in my entryway most of it was easily changeable…paint=cheap, just like i like it…

i first tried to cover it up the floor  with a rug…

(this pic is from what i did we first moved in 9 years ago…don’t judge!)

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then i decided to paint the walls a pale color…

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it helped…but the floor!!  the floor was something that i knew i couldn’t afford to rip out and replace… and honestly i like the style…but the color?  hideous…

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this image served as an inspiration…black was not an option because our house does not get a lot of natural light…but i loved how shiny and modern it looked

i was really intimidated to tackle this…i read to use epoxy type paint but it also said you needed to have a well ventilated area…kansas city in november and open windows/doors don’t mix too well…

so i figured i’d give oil base paint a try first…

i whipped out a can of paint i used for our half bath trim, a can of Rustoleum black gloss and went to town…

black and white painted tile

HUGE difference…it’s been about a year since i painted it…it’s a fairly well traveled area and i have to say it has held up really well…

never doubt the power of paint!!

Friday, November 21, 2014

I want to be ensconced in velvet…

name that show…

i do love me some wool & fur too…we’ve had quite the cold blast as of late,  i would think i’d be acclimated by now but no such luck…

here’s a round up to make you toasty and warm…the sweater blanket is an absolute must have for winter in my opinion…

Wool & Fur

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Stay warm this weekend!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

where i be…

if you want constant social media contact with Colleen Effertz Interiors here’s where i can be found…

instagram | pinterest |facebook | twitter | website

email: colleen@colleeneffertzinteriors.com

hope that scratches your itch…

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

successful weekend…

i was able to get a little cha-ching in my pocket this weekend thanks to craigslist…and a swift kick in the ass from the hubby to clean out my work space where i have slowly hoarded furniture… everything (almost) went to happy homes and i am a happy girl…

so what does that all mean??  wallpaper baby, wallpaper…i will very soon be the proud owner of           Schumacher’s Birds & Butterflies

and my table got a shiny new coat…

dining room progress

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onward & upward…

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Dining Room to Office

i am officially retiring our dining room…we never use it…not even when my family comes over, all 16 of them cram into my kitchen to drink and eat…i’ve slooooowly been taking it over as an office, a pencil here…a pad of paper there…

as with everything around here…we move very slowly…i hum and haw about what i want to do, go through about 20 different schizophrenic design plans worrying something better might come along…

but now, i’m all in…the buffet is being sold and i moved my étagère's upstairs…the panels have been painted over in preparation for…wait for it…

wallpaper!!!

birds & butterflies 

birds & butterflies

pinch me…i cannot wait to slap this on the walls!

in case you don’t remember what my dining room looked like…

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it’s current scary state…

dining room progress

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and here’s a (bit sloppy) plan…

Work Space

follow along on instagram

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Minted’s not just for art…

I might be late to the party but, as i was perusing minted.com for art i saw a fabrics tab…how did i not know this existed??

definitely going to have to use them in a project…somehow, somewhere…

Modern Stitch Fabric

modern stitch

Arrowhead Fabric

arrowhead

this would be perfect for a little boys room…

Nautical Flags Fabric

nautical flags

Tales from India Fabric

tales from india

this might be one of my favorites…

Waiting - Textile Fabric

waiting

Moderne Dalmatian Fabric

moderne dalmation

best part, they all come in different colorways…

hopefully you’re all as clueless as me…if so go take a gander at their fabrics

Monday, October 27, 2014

Man crates…

has anyone heard of the company Man Crates??  i’ll be honest and say i hadn’t either…they are a company that are gifts for men…the best part??  they come in crates and have to be opened with a crowbar (included)!! 

i showed my hubby the website and he thinks it is very cool…so if your now in the sock & underwear phase of gift giving i strongly suggest checking out Man Crates for your manly man…

i was contacted recently by Man Crates to come up with a Man Cave design board based on one of their gifts…

I chose “The High Roller” 

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and went with a Mid Century/Rat Pack vibe…

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make sure to check them out...there's something for every man