Dining Room Reveal

Hi there Friends!

It’s been quite a battle getting this darn dining room photographed… it’s just that it’s always in use.  Not so much as an actual dining room, but it’s where I sew and have project stuff stashed.  It’s my space.  And my space is more often than not, messy.

But it’s time!!  And I can’t wait to show you my progress.  Is it done?  Nope.  But is it ever really done?  Never!!

Remember this picture?


This room was housing all the questionables… old table, that was definitely going, and a screen and cabinet that I loved, but didn’t know where to put.  I had the room painted that red color – which was not quite dark enough and the white chair rail DROVE ME NUTS.  And those vents!  Talk about an eyesore!

But here she is today!

IMG_0058The table was a gift from my grandmother and although it wasn’t my first choice, I think it looks fabulous in here!  I painted and reupholstered the chairs, which you can see here.

And those cabinets!?!  Follow the whole unfurling drama with The Mother Project tab, and you’re sure to understand why I call them “The Mother!”.  I still can’t believe I found these at the Restore!


Wow, I should have really put something on my table.  I need some styling help, Mrs. Henderson!IMG_0061 IMG_0062 IMG_0063 IMG_0065

This is the vase that started my whole collection.  It is from Ming Dynasty and I bought it in Japan.  It’s one for those… if there was a fire, what would you grab kind of things.

And the Buddha below?  Well, it weighs about 40lbs and is bronze.  It is 200 years old and was an anniversary gift from my loving husband.  It’s so beautiful that I stare at it all the time… well, that’s when we’re not having a conversation!



This side board needs something.  Right now it’s just screaming out for a treasure!  The screen is an antique that had a tear in it, so I got a great deal on it.  Nothing a little fabric glue (and steady hands) couldn’t fix!  And the glass art was custom made for my husband before we got married… there used to be 4 pieces, but well, you can imagine with 4 kids in the house.  I think that’s the one time I’ve seen a tiny tear form in his eye!!IMG_0069 IMG_0067 IMG_0068My focus was to make the space more inviting.  I really think the layered rugs add an element of fun and interest… it’s like you want to take your shoes off and have a coffee!  Oh, and if one rug gets messed up you can just stick in the wash!

That’s it for now!  I’d love to share some sources but everything in this room is either antique or vintage.  Crazy huh?!  (Well, except that sheep skin that I found at Home Goods about 2 years ago.)

So, what do you think??

I’d love your ideas on my side table… What can I do there?

Happy Creating!!  Tootles, Jessica

Floating Gallery Shelves

Hi y’all!!

I’ve seen a bunch of tutorials for floating shelves, but these are different!  Promise!

Just look at this clean profile…



And if you’re like me, you’ll love the flexibility of these shelves.  You can change them any. time. you. want.  No pain, no muss, no fuss… oh, and no holes to fix.

DSCN3366Didn’t I mention the best part?  It’s an easy and super cheap project!

So, let’s do it!  Here’s what you’ll need:

1.  1x2x10 (or the length you need)

2.  1x3x10 (or again, the length you’re going for.  You could also do a 4″ version if you have a ton of frames)

3.  Nails or a nail gun

4.  Wood glue

5.  Sand paper/stain/sealer – Optional

6.  3 – 3.5″ drywall screws

7.  Kreg Pocket Hole Kit and a clamp to hold the Kreg in place (see photo)


8.  A Level

9.  A stud finder

10.  A Drill

Many of these, you probably have in your garage or tool box.  If you have a full Kreg system, that’s awesome!  I only purchased the piece that seemed to be the thing missing in my arsenal – and it works great!

Step 1- Secure your pieces together.  So easy, right?  Just put some wood glue on the edge and nail them together like an L shape.  The piece attaching to the wall, will be your 3″ wide piece.


Step 2- While that dries up, grab your stud finder and level.  Time to check out your wall!

I used a washable crayon (was your mind just blown?!?! I hate cleaning pencil!) to mark where all the studs were on the wall, and used the level to draw a vertical “starting line.”  I knew that I would be hanging both shelves from that point and that the higher one would be a bit shorter… to allow for my larger art piece.

Grab your shelves, line them up on the wall and transfer the stud mark onto the wood.  Now you know where to make your pilot holes!

Step 3 – If you are changing the length of your shelves, do that now.  IMPORTANT!  Hang on to that scrap!!

Step 4 –  Drill your pilot holes using the Kreg.


Using your scrap piece do a few tests until you feel super comfortable.  I must have drilled about 15 holes!!  I found the perfect location was 0.75 inch from the back.  See the photo… and then leave 1″ in the wood for the screw to have some meat to grab onto.  You will NOT drill all the way through.  Got it?

Once you’ve got the hang of it, just line up the Kreg, and drill away!  So easy, huh!?!


Step 5 – Sand, Stain, and Seal.  Now if you’re smart, you’ll use that scrap to test your stain… Me?  Well, let’s just say that I ended up doing this twice.  When will I learn?  I used a Q-tip to get into the drill holes.

See the bottom?


Step 6 – Hang and Style!!

Grab a buddy and your level.  Have them hold the shelf at your starting line, (level of course!) while you come in with the drill and screws.  My wall was not perfectly flat, so we just put on our big girl pants and used those muscles.  Drilling right into the studs means that this thang is solid… solid as a rock!!

Insert Happy Dance!!

You are amazing.  Nay, you are INVINCIBLE.  And, best of all, you are done!

DSCN3371 DSCN3337Want to elevate it?  How about a Yoda quote?  Did you notice that one?!

It’s pretty much a motto in this house.  Tough love, my friends.  (I guess it’s better than “If you’re not first, you’re last” though!!)

It may seem like a lot of steps, but this is totally doable!  Send photos pwwweeeaaassseee!!

Happy Creating!  Jessica


Color Crush – Grenada Green

Hola Amigos!!

Are you back in the swing of things yet?  Me?  Uh, no… not quite.  But I’m feeling very inspired by this springy color!

It’s just so… well, it’s so welcoming and happy, and simply perfect on this stable.  I’m not sure it’s a color that I should add to options for my house, but I just LOVE the vibe!


It’s Benjamin Moore’s Grenada Green.  The trim is custom- Poo.



Dig the chairs and table?  Williams Sonoma and Ikea!!  They look fabulous together!

Inside, I think Benjamin Moore’s Macadamia on the rafters is genius.


In fact the color of this stunning stable is so sublime, it should almost be retired… or used only on stables, in the Bahamas by Ms. Amanda Lindroth.


You can see the full details here!

I hope this got your creative juices flowing!!

Happy Creating!  Jessica