House of Fifty Article….

A few months ago, I jokingly put out a tweet to the editor-and-chief of House of Fifty magazine asking to be included in their next issue. While I didn’t quite make the next issue, Janell and her team were kind enough to include my article on how to make a rental a home appears in this month’s issue….

I am super pleased and excited to be given the opportunity and could not be happier.  Thank you Janell!  I also want to give a shout out to Dayka Robinson whose beautiful work accompanies my article and so perfectly illustrates that you can turn any place into a “home”.

So tell  me, what did you do to turn your first apartment into your first “home”?

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Lamp Shade Quick Fix…..

I am in “crunch time” for the apartment renovation regarding all the little projects that need to get done before installation this Thursday.  One of those projects was figuring out what to do with the shade for one the lamps that will be residing in the guest bedroom.

I found two of these brass lamps on sale at Home Goods for $15 each.  I think it would be a safe bet to say that the shades may have had something to do with their discounted price.  While I am not against the idea of having a zebra striped lamp shade, I can’t say that my client would be enamoured with the concept.

So I had to find a solution that allowed me to use the existing shade since (1) I did not have the time to order a new shade online and have it delivered and (2) the budget is tighter than a cheerleader’s sweater.  Fortunately for me, this thing called the “internet” came to the rescue in the form of fellow blogger Janell of Isabella & Max Room.  Her lampshade tutorial  was the inspiration for a quick DIY project to transform the shade  into this……

I am quite pleased with how it turned out, while not perfect, it is a heap better than the original shade.  I slightly changed the tutorial since I didn’t love the inside of the shade as it was white, so I spray painted it with Rust-Oleum Metallic in Bronze.

Painting the inside of the shade made a huge difference in the quality of light – the lamp now gives off a wonderful warm light that is perfect for a bedside table (and makes everyone look that much sexier…and honestly, who doesn’t want to look sexy in bed, unless you are tired, then you just want to look asleep).

The one thing I did struggle with was deciding what fabric to use.  It had to be opaque as not to allow the zebra print to show through when the lamp was on.  However, it had to be thin enough to easily glue and fold over the existing lamp shade frame.  Finally, it had to be something that could be cleaned because really, who wants a dusty lampshade?

I am unpredictable in many aspects of my life, but when I need inexpensive designer fabric, there really is only one place I turned to in my area, Discount Fabrics.   They have a fantastic remanent section that I am normally able to score top brand fabrics for $4.95 a yard (no joke!).  Sadly, Lady Luck was not on my side this afternoon regarding their remanent section, but I did find a great fabric that fit all my criteria in their upholstery section.

Priced at $18.50/yard, I am able to do both lamps with a half yard of fabric, so total cost for two lamp shades was $9.50.  Score!  I love that quatrefoil pattern on the fabric and that it is reversible, changing to a gold and brown colorway on the reverse.

Overall, I am quite pleased with the project and happy to have dipped my toe back into the DIY waters.  It had been a while since I had done anything and I was nervous about jumping back in on a client’s project, but I am glad I did!

Tomorrow is trimming out the curtains and some DIY art for the dining room.  I am going to milk this budget for all its worth!

Loving Out Loud: House of Fifty

Are you reading House of Fifty, the new magazine from the Janell, the blogger behind Isabella & Max Rooms?  If not, you are really missing out!

It is a fun, fresh and engaging take on life, design and style.  Even better is that Janell has tapped into the design blogger community and is collobrating with some of the bloggers we all love.  If this is a taste of what is to come in subsequent issues, then I definitely am looking forward to the next issue.

Good job Janell and all the design bloggers who have put their blood, sweat and tears into this project!

Now go read it!  I promise it will be the most enjoyable things you have done all week.