BEFORE & AFTER: MING COCKTAIL TABLES

A few months ago I picked up a pair of Ming cocktail tables for a steal. Never mind that we had zero need (or space) for them, I wasn’t about to let those quadrangular legged beauties pass me by.

So, into the back of my SUV they went, and I’ve been driving around like a modern day pioneer on the Oregon trail (forge the river!) ever since.

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Needless to say, when the opportunity to collaborate with Glidden® paint presented itself,  I had just the project in mind. Their simplified palette spared me hours of agonizing and I quickly picked up a quart of Glidden paint Peacock Blue in High Gloss finish. This iconic Miles Redd bedroom was my inspiration.

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Thankfully, I snapped a photo before I spilled it everywhere (oh, the perils of an early morning DIY!) but at least it was a beautiful mess.

The cocktail tables were great condition so this was as easy of a paint job as it gets. First, I wiped down the tables with a damp cloth to remove any residual dirt and grime. Next, I gave each a light sand with fine grit sandpaper to smooth away any imperfections and give the paint something to adhere to.

Another once over with a damp cloth and I was ready to paint! I used a cheapo bristle brush and was honestly shocked at how smooth the coverage was. After two coats, I let my foreman supervise the drying process while I spent a few hours by the pool.

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The tops were a little more scuffed than the base so I opted for three coats to really get that lacquered finish I was after and allowed for a full 24 hours of drying time.

A quick styling job and it was time for these leggy ladies to make their debut!

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After four years of living with a lucite coffee table, I’m loving the bold punch of color.

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Ta-dahhhh!

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In interior design, paint is as close to instant gratification as you can get and I’m so happy to finally have these cocktail tables somewhere that they’ll actually be used and appreciated. Thanks for making it happen Glidden paint!

Keeping it Real: This post was sponsored by Glidden paint through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Glidden paint, all opinions are my own.

BITS & PIECES

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Remember the bachelor pad project I mentioned awhile back? Well, it’s kicking into high gear. New hardwood floors are being installed, everything is being painted, built-ins constructed, lighting has been selected, and now we’re moving into the really fun stuff.

Here’s a peek at what I’ve been pulling together. It’s stayed pretty true to the original vision: smokey gray walls, glossy black accents, handsome materials with a mix of texture and geometric pattern. Yum.

Promise to keep you updated on this one!

AN AFFAIR WITH A HOUSE

Aerin Lauder Hamptons Home

Aerin Lauder Hamptons Home

Aerin Lauder Hamptons Home

Aerin Lauder East Hampton

I was hoping by this time this week I would have exciting news to share, but unfortunately it wasn’t in the cards this time. We found a house. My perfect house. It was built in the 1830s, a classic colonial in a cute little neighborhood that reminded me of New England. White clapboard, black shutters, tomato red front door–it even had peonies planted in the huge backyard!

We played real estate cat and mouse and were ecstatic when we finally met in the middle and went under contract. I had floor plans drawn, light fixtures selected, and convinced myself it was okay to buy a few rolls of discontinued wallpaper I found for a steal. Here’s the deal, that saying,: “don’t count your chickens before they hatch?” It might as well be: “don’t buy wallpaper before you own the walls.”

Last week we brought in an amazing inspector who specializes in historic homes and it wasn’t pretty. Although you’d never know it from outward appearance, the house had more issues than Lindsay Lohan, and at least with Lindsay it’s pretty transparent that she’s a hot mess! Needless to say, things fell apart almost as quickly as I’m told one of the support beams did.

Having my dreams of wallpaper and twin green velvet English roll arm sofas dashed left me pretty heartbroken; but thankfully I quickly realized how first world our problems were and ended the pity party of one. We’re taking a break from the house hunt until after the wedding, which has gotten my wheels spinning about maybe making some changes around our current apartment to get my fix….

Garrett’s out of town this weekend, and who knows, maybe by the time he gets back the walls will have been painted that shade of lavender I’ve been talking about.

P.S  Aerin Lauder’s East Hampton home would be my ultimate get out of jail free card if I were to have an affair with a house. Greek Revival perfection.

IN PURSUIT

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Pier 1 Widuri Chair | Gold and Gray Grass Agate Necklace | Summer Beach TowelWarby Parker Mabel Sunglasses | Essie Go Ginza | Furbish Seychelles Gourd Basket | Proud Mary Raffia Flats | Madakat by Jenny Prinn

I’m an East Coast girl through and through, but lately I’ve been drawn to all things California cool and surfer chic. It started with a healthy dose of wicker, rattan, and raffia–which, I should add, look fabulous anywhere, but work especially well with a boho beach vibe.

Case in point: this chair. You will not believe the price tag on that bad boy (in a good way!) and I can think of about a dozen rooms I’d like to use it in. Add a cushion in something by Peter Dunham or John Robshaw and pat yourself on the back for mastering the high-low mix.

 Beach babes on both coasts need a spot to rest their pretty heads and One Kings Lane has got us covered through their new collab with Parsons. I picked up a pair of these and can’t help but think the whole situation would be a lot better with a massive pair of sunnies.

Need Supply is one of those stores I forget to check regularly but when I do I find hidden gems like these. Perfect summer shoes! Pair with a little white dress, a turquoise necklace, and my favorite summer polish and you’ve got yourselves a uniform that will last you through Labor Day.

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Anyone else wake up this morning wishing there was a special snooze button for Mondays? After a whirlwind trip to the Cape and Martha’s Vineyard where we managed to fit in meetings with all of our wedding vendors and my 10 year high school reunion in one day, I could have used another Sunday in my weekend.

Despite being in serious need of a nap, it couldn’t have been a better weekend. I’ll take any excuse I can get to spend some time at home–especially in the summer! The quick trip was also the perfect opportunity the check in on some of the projects around the house I’ve been managing from afar.

The dining room with its seafoam grasscloth walls and newly hung vintage bamboo mirrors is shaping up to be a favorite, but I’m also partial to this comfy spot. Next up on the to-do list is finishing off the living room. A wingback chair just came back from the upholsterer looking pretty snazzy in a favorite China Seas fabric, and I can’t wait to get the window treatments installed.

Many more progress photos to come from my next visit!