chalk paint

To be honest, I wasn’t planning on putting this on the blog {please ignore the crappy pics}, but when something is SO easy and the results are better than imagined, I feel like it’s a no brainer to share. I scooped up this end table from an antique market here in New Orleans a while back, and a few years later the table still battered and bruised.

I’ve heard a lot about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint {it’s not for chalk, so don’t let the name fool you}, and really wanted to know, is it as easy as they say? I tried my own hand at it, and let me tell you, it’s easier than I had ever dreamed. No sanding, no priming, just two coats of paint, a little dry time in between and I was done. The paint is pricey, but really goes a long way. I chose the original color and after I finished this table I went on and did my headboard {seen in the after photo below} and I still have paint left in the can. Only thing I would do different, and I still may do, is finish the table with the lacquer {they say it helps protect from water}. I still can’t get over the ease of painting and the fact all those old stains were fully covered.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint DIY

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sandal ready

I came across some similar style sandals last season and was reminded of them again in this months Lucky Magazine. I recently stumbled upon an extremely similar pair, at the place I’d least expect, Rainbow, the random store in the mall that screams young teens. I saw them in window and didn’t hesitate to scoop up a pair. Now if only the weather would warm up……

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SHOP:  Their Way: Shopbop $55The Save Way: Rainbow $12.99

warmer weather

Lets talk about the weather, everyone is talking about the weather. Snow seems to be all over the country and we are experiencing unseasonably cold temperatures here in New Orleans as well. I’m ready to warm up and lately I find myself daydreaming and even researching tropical locations. How amazing do these warm getaways look?! Follow my travel board on pinterest for more travel inspiration.

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*All images found here 

treat yourself

No need to wait for him to get you something nice for Valentines Day, go out and get yourself something fun and flirty. Like a new red lipstick, some fun PJs or a new scent {the one below is amazing}!

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SHOP: Bras, Elizabeth & James Nirvana Perfume, Lipstick, Sleep Shorts

waterlogue

I feel like I spend majority of my day tied to my iPhone. From emails, to social media and everything in between, it never leaves my hand. Today I really couldn’t put it down after coming across this new photo app, Waterlogue! It’s a little pricier than usual apps {$2.99} but I am pretty sure I’ve already got my money out of it. All photos taken on my iPhone and put through the natural filter. Once you start you won’t be able to stop!

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spring sneakers

Keeping in the theme of shopping for spring, a good casual sneaker is on my list. I wore these out in the fall and want to add a new style to the mix. I came across a pair of Vans I love…. who would have ever thought I would be shopping for Vans?! How great are all these styles, dress them up or down. {I love the style inspiration Michelle over at MJP blog put together, check it out!}

Van's for Spring

warmer days ahead

Today was an extremely rare “snow” day for us in New Orleans, businesses and schools closed, and ice on the ground, meant being stuck inside for majority of the day. I started doing a little spring browsing online and can’t wait to add a few new pieces to my closet.  Hurry up warm weather, here are my favorite spring 2014 trends!

Spring 2014 Trends

Spring 2014 Trends

Spring 2014 Trends

Doorman Designs

New Orleans is constantly inspiring young artist, business owners and entrepreneurs to find their way, and create a living of their own. One of my dear friends happens to be doing just this. I’ve been able to watch his business grow and seen him turn his dreams into reality. His pieces are unlike any others and I recently had the pleasure of playing around his shop. Today, get to know Alex, the man behind New Orleans based Doorman Designs, handcrafted southern made furniture with a storied past.

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Q. Tell me a little about Doorman Designs and how you got started?

A. I founded Doorman Designs two years ago after graduating from college in Mississippi and returning to Louisiana and a job in New Orleans.  Limited by a dismal post-graduate budget, I desired to furnish my 1880s apartment with furniture that embodied the charm and grit of the Crescent City.  So, I decided to start making my own pieces. My first creation: a headboard crafted from an old growth cypress, five panel door salvaged from house flooded in Hurricane Katrina. I inlaid the panels with ornate, 19th century ceiling tins to give the piece more character and history.

From there I started to make and sell more headboards and eventually began designing lighting, coffee, and dining room tables.  The materials I use are architectural salvage with an emphasis on reclaimed wood from New Orleans homes destroyed or damaged by Katrina. Growing up on the Gulf Coast, I know how much history is to be found in New Orleans’ architectural details. After Katrina, my heart broke seeing the city’s soul, flooded and ruined, and being torn down. I’d like to think that I’m keeping those stories alive through my designs and furniture.

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Q. When you are looking for inspiration where do you head?

A. Right now I’m drawing a lot inspiration from two different eras of design-1950-1960s modern design and also French colonial style. These are two completely different styles but they both seem to agree that more is not more when it comes to the details of the furniture. Both looks rely on the simplicity and functionality of the furniture to make a statement and allow the material that they’re made of to create the furniture’s personality. I appreciate the refined, and sometimes primitive approach. And even better, these styles work great in almost any type of architecture and can be mixed in with an eclectic blend.

Outside of furniture I draw a lot of inspiration from folk art. I’d like to think this style of art is no longer conceived as a hooky, cliché depiction of rural country life. But instead, it’s a bit abstract, a bit modern, and has a very simplistic reality that a lot people can relate to. A lot of folk art has this layer of grit to it that I really gravitate towards. It appreciates imperfections and I try to emulate that gritty vibe by using reclaimed, weathered materials that have lots of patina to it.

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Q. What role does New Orleans play in the pieces you create?

A. Living and staying based in New Orleans has almost all the inspiration you could ask for. Sometimes I get a little too inspired living in a city with so much flare and culture! New Orleans has adopted a new mantra of looking forward but still appreciating and respecting its historical past. Down here we appreciate all things old so I get a lot of inspiration from the way people used to live, work, think and operate their lives.

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Q. Not to play favorites, but it there one piece that sticks out in your mind as a favorite?

A. That’s a tough one but I have to admit that I love making lamps. Don’t get me wrong I love making beds almost as much but making lamps are like this little compact puzzle that has lots of twists and turns that challenge me. No two lamps are created equal and each have its own obstacles. Plus there’s nothing better than placing a really great lamp shade on a piece and then turning it on. It’s the perfect light bulb moment!

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Q. Do you have any advice for young designers/artist trying to make their dreams a reality?

A. Sure, no one can ever question your motives or personality if you’re being authentic. It’s that simple. As humans we all have this internal sensor that says “you’re not good enough” or “no body will like what you’re doing”, “you suck”. I like to think of that sensor as a screen on a computer that you can minimize and make go away. I named my sensor Rex (get it? he Rex things) and every time he shows up, I try to minimize him back below. My best advice is to not let our sensors get in the way of our authenticity. If that sensor weren’t there, what’s the absolute best design or creation you could imagine in your head?

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Thanks Alex for sharing your story! Be sure to check out more of Alex’s work at DoormanDesigns.com and follow along on Facebook 

 *Photos a mixture of my own and from DoormanDesigns.com

keep warm

I have a few throw blankets around my house, which very rarely get used. However for over a week now I have been without heat in half of my apartment. To say its been chilly is an understatement. Every night I round-up my throw blankets and welcome the added warmth. As of today my heat has finally been fixed, but I may just continue to use these throws more regularly.

throw blankets

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