My Love for Lucite

Acrylic, Lucite, or Plexiglass is a a solid transparent plastic made of polymethyl methacrylate. It’s 8 times clearer than glass. It can be used in it’s clear state for any purpose. You can also paint it with acrylic paint.

I am truly enamored of all the beautiful furniture and products being produced now with this material. You can decorate with acrylic in almost any decor scheme. It’s non invading and also has a persona of it’s own.

The furniture was introduced in the 60’s and became popular again with the “Ghost Chair”.

Louis Ghost Chair

Louis Ghost Chair Designed by Philippe Starck for Kartell in 2002

 

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Louis XV Chair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ghost Chair was designed by Philippe Starck to resemble the Louis XV chair but with a modern twist. I’m 90% sure that you have seen this chair in person or via social media because it is so popular.

 

 

Have you used acrylic/lucite furniture in your home or office? I would love to see it.

“Shower” themed Baby Shower


Hi All! I am a little late with this post but since it’s April and its raining outside right now..you know April showers bring May flowers (hee hee), I am sharing my newest nephew’s baby shower. The shower was back in November and Garlon Jr (GJ) is 3 months old now. He is so stinkin adorable that I can eat him up.

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My sister wanted a traditional “shower” theme, so we started brainstorming ideas and “pinned” several images.

We were inspired by this shower by the Miss now Mrs Borsa blog that we found on pinterest. You should definitely check out this blogger and her baby shower post. She has so many images of  her shower with links to resources that will make your next shower planning a piece of cake.

So back to my sissy’s shower, I was in charge of …you guessed it, the decor.  I wanted the dessert table to stand out because well..baby shower desserts are the cutest and that’s what most people want, at least that’s what I want. Give me sugar!!! For the dessert table, I made an ombre’ rainy day backdrop out of drop cloth and paint.

Ombre Backdrop Details:

Supplies: canvas drop-cloth, plastic drop-cloths, blue paint (I used Sherwin Williams Jetstream flat paint), white paint, paint brush, polyurethane spray

Directions:

1. Lay the drop cloth on the plastic drop cloth (the paint can leak through so you may want to do this outside)

2. Divide the cloth into 3 parts by marking with a pencil. Do not tape off because you want the colors to bleed into each other to create the ombre effect.

3. Paint the top section with the darkest blue color, then  add a little white paint to the lighten color then paint the next section overlapping the first section by 2 inches.

4. Your last section you will add white paint to the paint used in step 3.

5. Let dry then spray it with the polyurethane spray.

I think it all came together very well. And my sister and her fiance were very pleased. My soon to be brother in law told me “You killed the decorations.” I am so happy they loved it.

So I you noticed that I said my sister’s boyfriend at the beginning of the post and then I called him her fiance at the end? Well that’s because they got engaged at the end of the shower. At the very end of opening all the gifts her boyfriend said, “Wait, there’s one more gift”, he then got on his knees and proposed. A perfect ending to a perfect day. I am so happy for them.

 

 

Living Room Vision Board/Gallery Furniture Contest

Hello there! Thank you for stopping by today! This month I decided to enter a contest with Gallery Furniture. It is a Pinterest/Instagram contest where you draw a favorite furniture item that is in stock.  This is a local store with a lot of history in Houston and philanthropic services in the area. For the last 20+ years, Gallery Furniture has given away house full’s of furniture to families in need. And this year the owner, Jim ‘Mattress Mack’ McIngvale made headlines for his Super Bowl contest. He vowed to refund customers who purchased $6,000 worth of furniture if the Seahawks won.  Well as you know, Seattle won and there were a lot of customers who entered this contest (I didn’t.. but boy do I wish I had) and Mattress Mack had to pay almost $7M back!!

Our family loves this store because of  their community service,great customer service, fun sales/contests and the wide variety of items and design styles available.  We have several items in our home from Gallery Furniture and I recently won 2nd Place in their 2013 Design Contest.

Shopping for furniture can be a daunting task but this store makes shopping an enjoyable experience. Inside the store’s original location there are parrots, monkeys, and a playground for the kids. Water, cookies and ice cream are provided every time you shop. Sometimes they will have pizza and other foods for special events.  Once you have found that perfect item, they will deliver it the same day, so no need to wait! Check out their website and even if you aren’t in the Houston area, they can deliver it. Gallery Furniture delivers regularly all across Texas, and has delivered as far away as Maui, Hawaii.  Without further ado, here is my design entry. Tell me what you think or let me know you need assistance with a room in your home by commenting!


 

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This is also an example of my I-Design service that my company can provide to my out of state (even out of the country) readers or those who want design help for a reasonable fee. Room packages start at $150.

Room Sources

1. Giclee Prints

2. Art

3. Wisteria Sunburst Mirror

4. Gallery Furniture Sofa

5. Lamps Plus Lamp

6. Gallery Furniture Side Table

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DIY Beginner’s Tool Kit Essentials

new-home-ownersHave you just moved into a new home, apartment or condo? Are you lost as to what tools you will need? Are you going to a housewarming party and have no idea what to give as a gift? Well this list is just for you.


I have composed a list of items that I believe any person who wants to decorate their home will need. I recently visited a friend in their new place and they were severely lacking in the tool kit department. I starting thinking of all the essentials they would need and I decided to compose this list.  Now there are many more items that could be on this list but I wanted to keep it simple for the newbies. I hope this helps you.

Tool kit essentials