• Gilded Vases
  • A Spring Vignette with a Coupons.com Giveaway
  • Weekend Musings: House Project Updates

Gilded Vases

Happy Friday!! Today I am sharing a teensy DIY I did the other day as I slowly get things ready for Baby C’s first birthday party next month. I picked out a super moody color scheme for the party filled with gorgeous deep plums, burgundies, and blues. I’m going to lighten things up a bit by adding some cream and dusty pink to the mix.

I went to Ikea a few weeks back to pick up some rocking chairs for our new and improved backyard and it was like the Ikea designers were hanging out in my brain and wanted to provide me with a variety of vases, ceramics, napkins, towels in the perfect juicy shade of plum. I scooped up some awesome vases for the serving table centerpiece and went on my merry way.

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Pretty right? Well I laid them all out and thought…what could make these even better? Yeah, you know where this is going. GOLD! I thought about some pretty gold leafed vases my friend Cassie did last month and went to search for some fresh sheets of gold leaf in my craft  goodie closet. No such luck. Since I’m an instant gratification kind of girl, it was on to the next gold potion- Rub ‘n Buff.

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I wanted to keep much of the color visible on the vases so I chose to only apply the Rub ‘n Buff to portions of each of the vases. I simply taped off the areas I wanted to keep plain and started rubbing on the gold where I wanted it.

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I have to admit, I really like how they turned out and love the warmth that the gold gives the group of vases. I have so many more projects to get working on for the party and I can’t wait to show you how I plan on styling the table! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!



A Spring Vignette with a Coupons.com Giveaway

Happy Monday lovelies! I am so excited to share a little spring vignette I put together for our entry to celebrate the arrival of spring! With the help of Coupons.com, I used a few of my favorite trends for spring to create a fresh new vignette to greet us every morning this season.

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One of my favorite trends for this spring is the color turquoise. It’s always been one of my favorite colors for spring and summer so I lucked out that it’s actually en vogue this year. West Elm has some really pretty vessels and vases in this pretty hue right now. I scooped up a charming mini hurricane from their Waterscape collection that has a salt blasted finish to it that makes it resemble sea glass. I opted to snip a branch from one of my arrangements instead of putting a candle in it.

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I also ordered one of their Modernist Vases which has a lovely worn glaze on it that adds a rustic element to the display. The entire vignette was inspired by West Elm’s Lily Candleholders. Of course the subtle mid-century lines initially caught my eye but it was really the antique brass finish and floral shape that sold me.

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A tried and true spring staple is fresh blooms. Isn’t that what spring’s all about after all? I’ll take any excuse to make a trip to my favorite wholesale flower market. I was feeling bold and went with a lot of different textures for my two arrangements. I balanced out the craziness by sticking to white and lavender.

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Since we always use the lamp that sits on the buffet, I needed to incorporate it into the vignette. I took a natural wood box I scored from Marshall’s and propped it up on a few books inside the box.

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I recently received a gorgeous pillow cover from one of my favorite pillow sources, Goods by Grinn and decided to use it to add a fun pattern to the display.

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I freshened up the buffet with some new eclectic picture frames. I loved the rubbed finish on both these frames and the little flowers on the smaller one was just too cute not to buy. The “Hello Spring” print was an awesome free download I got from Kraft & Mint.

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I’m pretty much in love with the items I purchased from West Elm for this spring vignette. They made incorporating my favorite spring trends a breeze and I can easily reuse them in the future. Since you know I can’t resist saving a little dough, I made sure to check out the West Elm coupon codes from Coupons.com before I ordered everything. I was able to sign up to receive emails and ended up saving 10% on any non-sale items. I of course justified throwing a few more items into my basket since I was getting a discount and all.

So are you ready to decorate for spring? Coupons.com wants to help you out by giving away a $150 e-gift card to either West Elm or Target to one lucky person! You can find all the ways to enter below.

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If you’re looking for more ways to decorate using this season’s hottest trends, you’ve got to check out some of my favorite blogging gals:

B@H Bliss at Home

The Chronicles of Home

Dimples & Tangles

A Home Full of Color

the Makerista

Retro Ranch Reno

This, That, & Life


Cuckoo 4 Design

Dwellings by DeVore

Primitive & Proper

Sarah M. Dorsey Designs

The Thriftress

The White Buffalo Styling Co.

Weekend Musings: House Project Updates

Happy Friday lovelies! I wanted to pop in and show you some sneak peeks of a few projects I’ve been working on lately. Things have been pretty slow going on the home decorating train between working on our Little Urban Gem boys line and the spring/summer collection. I am so excited about our spring colors and patterns and have been busy channeling my creative juices into new styles and designs for next season. Here’s a tiny sneak peak of some of the things we have ready for spring.

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While finishing up our SS 2014 collection, I’ve also been trying to sneak in some of the projects I’ve been meaning to get to around the house. I finally finished up the fire pit area in the backyard and I can’t wait to kick my feet up by a roaring fire tonight.

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Then there’s the master bedroom. Remember all those plans that I talked about back in September?

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Well, We’re finally making some progress there. I finished the cornice boxes and drapes which really helped give the room the pop of color it was craving. I also finished the gallery wall and picked up a gorgeous MCM dresser. Oh, and I did decide against painting my nightstands. I really don’t know what I was thinking even considering that anyway. I still need to built a cabinet to conceal my TV and find a new chair for the reading corner but  I can’t wait to share more on this room soon!

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In my attempt to keep my work mess out of the downstairs living areas, I finally tackled my office. I’ll be posting a full reveal on that soon.

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I’ve also started to plan my baby girl’s first birthday that’s at the end of April. If I write much more about it, I might start crying (again). I can’t believe how quickly this year went by and that I’m about to officially have a toddler here in a little bit. The theme for her party is something I’ve been wanting to do ever since I found out I was having a girl. I’m not going to reveal it yet but I’ll give you a sneak peek at something I’ve been working on for the party…

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Today I’m also hanging out with the fabulous Kristen over at 6th Street Design School sharing a full house tour. I hope you’ll go check it out and while you’re there you’ll have to take a peek at this pretty living and dining room she recently completed, it’s gorgeous!

This weekend is the first in a while that we don’t have any plans so I’m really hoping to finish up some of the major things on my house to-do list. It’s forecasted to be 90 degrees on Sunday so we plan on getting plenty of use out of the backyard this weekend. I hope you all are seeing warmer temperatures and get to spend some time enjoying the outdoors!


Backyard Progress: Fire Pit Area

With March 20th quickly approaching, it’s high time I got my booty in gear on finishing our backyard for spring. If you’ve been with me for a little while, you might remember when my backyard looked like this last March:

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Well the backyard sat dormant in phase one for much longer than I had planned but we’re back on track people! I’m still tackling the backyard area by area but it is definitely starting to come together. My first priority was finishing the fire pit area since that’s where we spend most of our time when we’re in the backyard.

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Yes that’s another crate from my recently relocated create bookcases. Since Baby C is on the move and into EVERYTHING now, the crates have temporarily broken up and been dispersed throughout the house. I used one outside to give the lantern a little lift and it can also double as a side table in a pinch.

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I scooped up a bunch of pillows to add some plushness to the rigid adirondack and wooden folding chairs. I know they’ll definitely get a lot of use during our outdoor movie nights this summer.

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I’m still going to be on the look out for something to replace those weathered wooden folding chairs but I’m okay with taking my time with that. I have to admit, I’m pretty happy with how this area turned out. The white elements really help brighten up the backyard and feel fresh for spring. Even though we kind of skipped winter here in San Diego, I am still really excited for warmer evenings to sit and enjoy a night out by the fire.

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1. Cup of Love Mug Cozy 2. Striped Napkins 3. Love Sign  4. Heart Pillow  5. Tulip Wreath 6.Heart Garland  7. XOXO Art  8. Red Heart Blossoms

Designer Spotlight: Cuffhome

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Based out of Los Angeles, Cuffhome is a high end residential design firm and interiors shop helmed by Wendy Schwartz. After finding the perfect partner in Kristi Bender, the two talented designers teamed up to design a line of vintage modern furniture, lighting fixtures and wall coverings. With more than a decade of experience in designing LA residences, the Cuffhome portfolio showcases projects filled with bold furnishings, playful colors and patterns, and eye-catching fixtures.

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I am pretty much obsessed with that ball and chain light fixture in the red hallway. That fixture along with the rope-wrapped chandelier are just some of the beautiful items in their shop. Be sure to check out the other amazing pieces of furniture and beautiful wall coverings, you won’t be sorry.

Images: Cuffhome

Best of 2013

Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s already 2014!! I have some exciting things planned for 2014 but today I wanted to reminisce and take a look  back at 2013. Over the last year I tried to focus more on quality rather than quantity for Lacquer & Linen. The timing of this revelation couldn’t have been more perfect since I took a break from blogging for a while to enjoy those first precious months of my daughter’s life. In 2013, I continued to decorate our new home, created a few nifty DIY projects, and made a lot of wonderful new blogging friends. I went back through my posts of 2013 and picked out the most popular ones to share in case you missed them.

After buying our new home, a budget for art was small if not nonexistent. Making this cute woven paper art for our master bedroom brought back some great childhood memories and added some color to our (then) white master bedroom.

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This easy Valentine’s DIY was super simple and a great way to personalize a Valentine’s day breakfast. Since I painted my mugs with hearts and the word LOVE, I just keep them in the cupboard year round.

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Back in May I shared my flea market inspired bookcase. This project is one of my favorites and was also the most time consuming. As I prepare to move them to an area of my home the baby can’t get to, I can almost forget the countless hours spent in a gas mask and gloves staining and painting those crates. Almost.

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Probably my favorite post of the year was Baby C’s Nursery Reveal. This project was a labor of love and filled with DIY furniture and art. It already looks a little different that it did in the reveal but that’s the curse of a designer! When I get some time in the new year I plan on adding some of these fab decals to the ceiling and adding some more art I’ve acquired over the last six months.

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This upholstered cornice made a huge difference in the nursery. I am still obsessed with the fabric and love how the pom pom trim adds a cutesy element. I am finishing up some cornices for my master bedroom and I can’t wait to show you all how they turn out!

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Another of my favorite DIY projects I completed for the nursery was this Ikea hacked Hemnes dresser. I love a good ikea hack and this one was pretty easy compared to some of the things I’ve seen. One of my new year’s resolutions is to work on my handiness when it comes to furniture building and restoration.

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After not being able to find the perfect planter for my fiddle leaf fig tree, I DIYed a paint dipped planter to match my decor. The pot still looks amazing but I fear my fiddle tree is not doing as well. I’m really hoping the brown leaves I’ve found on the floor are just part of a natural shedding process…

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I had the opportunity to participate in two fun home tours this year. I challenged myself to decorate for the Modern & Fresh Fall Home Tour by trying to reuse everything I already owned. It was a little harder than I thought it would be but I had fun doing it nonetheless.

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The second tour I participated in was part of the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour. This time I allowed myself a few trips to the store to pick up some Scandinavian themed items for my Christmas home tour. I was really happy with how everything turned out and was blown away by what the other ladies involved showed off!!

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It’s been a little over two years since I started this blog and I have learned SO much. I want to thank all of you for your support and for inspiring me every single day! I would have never guessed that people I have never actually met in person would be some of my biggest cheerleaders and support network in this crazy blogosphere. I truly love being a part of this creative community and hope to “meet” even more of you in the new year. Cheers to 2014 everyone!!!



Wintery Flocked Flamingos

I am so excited to be sharing this quirky Christmas DIY today as part of an awesome 25 days of Christmas series from Jessica over at Dear Emmeline. Jessica has gathered together a pretty amazing group of bloggers to share a Christmas craft or recipe every day until Christmas. You can see the projects that have already been shared here.

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This Christmas project kind of came about by accident. I ordered a bunch of ornaments for my Christmas tree one night and came across these cute little flamingo ornaments. If you know anything about my obsession with flamingos, you can guess how excited I was to get them. Imagine my surprise when a couple of full size lawn ornaments arrived on my doorstep a few days later. I guess I overlooked the whole “lawn” part of the product description. Since I use flamingos to celebrate pretty much every other occasion, I figured why not make them a part of my Christmas decor too!

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To create my flocked flamingos, I picked up some white and gold spray paint, spray snow, gold glitter, and some white feathers. I started out by spray painting the flamingos white. I had never used spray snow before and I wasn’t sure about the amount of coverage it would give so I wanted to make sure there wasn’t any pink showing through.

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The snow spray was really interesting to work with. It sprays on wet and dries to a light powdered finish. One thing I learned is that you really have to wait for each coat to dry completely before starting in on the next. When I didn’t wait long enough the snow would glob up in random areas.

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After the mingos were sufficiently flocked, I added some feathers for texture and gave them a glitzy glittery beak. I also spray painted the black metal legs gold to match.

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The weather in San Diego was unseasonably warm this weekend and it had me wondering if we might be able to open presents outside on Christmas morning. I swapped out my usual pink flamingos for the wintery ones and set up a little area to relax and enjoy some hot cocoa with my new feathered friends.

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There have already been some really great projects and recipes so far and I know there are still many amazing things to come! You can follow along with the interactive calendar below. Thank you Jessica for hosting such a fun series!