Daily Covet: Interior Makeover

There are days – especially this time of year – when I get sick of looking at the same, old stuff every day.

These cold, gray days just make me want to toss everything in my house and start from scratch. Or maybe it’s the tent full of plastic balls, the BatBot or the stack of school papers…

It’s a good thing I have Polyvore, where money is no object and I can find virtually anything I need and want in my dream room. So here is what I’ve been working on.

Some favorites? Those Louis loveseats covered in Belgian linen and the glass console table with blue “X” stools tucked underneath.

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Like some of these items or want to see other rooms I’ve spent winter days “mocking” up? Check out my Polyvore page here.

Daily Covet: Organic Matelassé Duvet Cover

A white duvet cover?

So what, why is she telling us this?

Well, let me tell you why I’m telling you.

Have you tried to find a non-100-percent cotton duvet cover lately?

I googled “cotton blend” and “polyester blend” and came up with either cotton or polyester… not both. But several years ago, my mom turned me on to cotton percale sheets that she said wouldn’t wrinkle like my cotton sheets did. Cotton-percale is also incredibly soft without the price tag of their Egyptian-cotton sisters with one billion threadcounts.

To rewind, my current all cotton Tiffany-blue duvet cover has seen better days. I bought it when we moved into our house. It’s been just shy of nine years. It’s wrinkled, discolored, faded and generally looks like crap.

I decided to convert to white because then my duvet cover can’t fade and washing it in my go-to OXY will keep it nice and crisp.

Long story short, when I ran across this Matelassé duvet cover in cotton-percale at WestElm.com I was thrilled.

And although “organic” was not a stipulation of said duvet cover, it can’t hurt right? Also, I love that it’s in a traditionally-French quilted design called Matelassé because… well, because I love all things French.

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Daily Covet: Safavieh Logan X Side Chair

The Safavieh Logan X Side Chair is a modern-day replica of the most popular cafe chairs of Europe. Small-ish in size, these dining chairs were popularized by Thonet’s 19th Century Brentwood aesthetic. My favorite part of these chairs is where the curved metal “X” meets the seat of the chair.

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I currently have a farmhouse-style kitchen table set on casters that is slightly longer and slightly narrower than most dining tables. I would love to update the upholstered bench and two farmhouse chairs that surround my beloved table. The distressing makes them rustic, and the basket-weaved seats that are slightly more cush than a solid wood seat.

So while I’m replacing furniture, why not a makeover? I’m also loving these Philippe Starck sconces!

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Repost: Happy 125th Birthday Eiffel Tower!

After four seriously stressful days of trying to renew my LBS.com domain, I have finally succeeded.  If you missed Happy 125th Birthday Eiffel Tower! this week, it’s now available, and I promise to get some more good posts up as soon as possible!

Happy Friday (or Saturday for you far away bloggy friends!) and thanks, as always, for reading LittleBlackSweats!

Amy

 

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Daily Covet: Chinese Chippendale Étagère

We need shelves like no other.

This house contains boxes of packed-away books, tables with stacked books, and small bookcases with way too many books too.

I’m always on the hunt for places to store books, trinkets, art and more.  When I saw this amazing Chinese Chippendale Étagère this morning on OneKingsLane.com, I was instantly smitten.

Now if I could just find this beautiful piece on the cheap at a local esate sale instead!

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Daily Covet: Bathrooms you’d love to live in

The bathroom in our basement is a hot mess.

Guests who see it for the first time always exclaim, “It must be so nice to have that big Whirlpool tub!”

First of all, we NEVER use it. It’s two floors away from our bedroom. Secondly, aren’t Whirlpool tubs kindof 80’s, like having an outdoor, free-standing jacuzzi in your back yard?

Moving on.  The tile, which covers much of the walls around the infamous Whirlpool tub, is a sortof pink-ish, beige-ish color with a sea green wash to some of the trim tile.  I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be Southwestern or Tuscan…

It’s a great-sized bathroom, but the space is wasted as it really functions as the “powder room” because there is no guestroom down there either.

The vanity is oak, and kountry with a “k.”  Think craft fairs and wooden shelves full of knickknacks and gimcracks.  Sock dolls and wooden hearts hanging on rope.  To add insult to injury, the pulls are brass.  Not cool brass – like flowery, also kountry brass.

Above the ugly vanity is a mirror that I put up because I had no other place for it.  That I like, but it does not match in any way, shape or form the “disco” sconces that hang on either side of it.  I can’t fully explain these enough, so I must include this picture…

Throw in scuffed up, pale vanilla walls and cream-colored toilet and countertops, and you’ve got yourself one fugly bathroom.

I think I’d prefer it look a little something like this… because if it did, you wouldn’t get me out of it!

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Daily Covet: All purpose console table

Console tables really can be multi-purpose pieces of furniture.  If they are a good size, shape and style, they can really move and grow with you.

Case and point, this console table.  Toooootally, not my style under normal circumstances.  However, since I’m so into boldly-painted furniture, I thought the oversized proportions, turned legs, etc. would be the perfect home for the smaller tv, dvds and toys in our sunroom.

Imagine large baskets filled with toys, tucked nicely underneath this fun piece that happens to also be on super sale at the aforementioned furniture store. There are also those two nice, big drawers to store DVDs, and it’s shallow in depth, so it would be far less intrusive than the oversized art-deco desk that we have in there now.

I imagine this painted in a bright, high-gloss turquoise or yellow and packed full of all the things my kids love (those, which I hate to have strewn about my sunroom all the time!)