Monday, February 28, 2011

A few things...

I'm a little behind schedule today but better late than never, right?? Got a few things done this weekend like blinds going up in the guest bedroom...

I also got my cute little monkey in the mail from 20x200. Not sure where in the guest bedroom he is going yet.. but don't you love him??

The funny this about this weekend is that I decided to take Saturday away from the computer, blogs, e-mail and Craigslist. Sounded like a good idea at the time. Wrong. Look what I missed on CL...

Posted Saturday. 11 am on the dot. Ironic, eh? Guess I won't be taking any more breaks.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

The IT List!

Happy Friday! I hope your weather is being a little nice to you that ours is in KC... Enjoy these posts and I will see you back here on Monday.

Welcome Friday!  Here's to another weekend, the last one in February to be exact... spring is inching nearer!  Check out all the amazing blogs on this week's list - there is great inspiration here!

  • undeniable style compiles her wishlist for a 'pretty in pink' living room.  I'm in love... she has such a great eye for style! (find undeniable style on twitter!)

  • second street east diy's a simple and stylish monogramed throw pillow.  I love the sophisticated personal touch this adds to any room! (find second street east on twitter!)

  • a delightful design features kitchens with cabinets that reach the ceiling... this is a great look that is easily recreated for a custom look.  These are some gorgeous kitchens! (find a delightful design on twitter!)

  • a spot of whimsy gathers lots of lovely hair inspiration... my personal favorite are the soft and feminine braids. So pretty! (find a spot of whimsy on twitter!)

  • holly in heels is chasing away winter blues with gorgeous wedges for spring. Ohh and ahh! I can't wait to buy some new spring shoes! (find holly in heels on twitter!)

  • good clean fun shows us how to make a delicious Nutella Mousse, need I say more? Wow!  This would be a fun dessert to make for a girls night in or small dinner party! (find good clean fun on twitter!)

  • elle sees dishes on her must have items for spring... including a really great trench coat, which just so happens to also be one of my must have items for spring, as well! (find elle sees on twitter!)

  • yams designs rounds up oodles of gallery wall inspiration. I love a good gallery wall in any home, if you do too check out this great post! (find yams designs on twitter!)

  • thought and musing completely rocks this pencil skirt. I adore this outfit and am still jealous that this gal from 'down under' is basking in summer right now!

  • rosy + tart brings us this deliciously simple looking bacon and cheese frittata. I love the single serving sizes - very handy for a breakfast on the go! (find rosy + tart on twitter!)

  • shen dove style brilliantly mixes polka dots and stripes. I just ADORE this look!  What fun pattern play! (find shen dove style on twitter!)

  • rose a la mode gives us her spring clothing picks... and I am absolutely in love with this floral dress. It would be the perfect item to dress up or down! (find rose a la mode on twitter!)

  • jewelscapes rocks this amazing boho-chic outfit including wide leg jeans and some fabulous jewelry. I am loving this look!

  • mama loves papa is sporting super fun layers as she rounds out two-thirds of the 30/30 Challenge. I love this simple outfit formula! (find mama loves papa on twitter!)

  • good life for less has the new TOMS Shoes styles for spring - there are so many fun new styles. It's hard to choose a favorite! (find good life for less on twitter!)

  • good tots offers up an adorable pair of baby moccasins for a giveaway.  Make sure to check these out if you have a little one in your life!

the it list is brought to you by jill from good life for less, for info on how you can be involved... click here!

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Picasso Returns :)

After the painting I did in Monday's post, I was feeling pretty good about my art skills so I tried my hand at a couple of ink drawings this time, again from Anthro. I have been admiring them for a while and knew they would be perfect for my hallway!

{If you think you see me holding up a piece of cardboard to cover the light and reduce the glare in the reflection of the glass then you are right}

And for the inspiration images...

Who really has $1000 to spend on a couple of pieces of paper with some scribbles on them?

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Master Design Board

Happy Wednesday! I have another design board for you today and this one is for a master bedroom. She got a great deal on the West Elm overlapping squares headboard so wanted to work around that and was going for a neutral color scheme. Here is what I came up with!

If you would like a design board of your own, email me at michelle.leigh.henderson {at}!

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

DIY Monogrammed Pillow

I saw this tutorial over at k.f.d. designs and knew it would be perfect for the guest bedroom! Check out her post for the full tutorial and I will give my two cents here :)

I started by tracing my monogram straight from the computer screen onto paper.

Then used spray glue to attach the paper to the felt. {which really is genius by the way... this way you don't have to trace and leave marks, etc} Then just cut those babies out!

Annnd this is where my two cents comes in. Don't use too much spray glue or you will end up with this when the paper comes off... A little goes a long way here.

After round 2 we have this... much better!

Then a little hot glue and voila! A custom monogrammed pillow!

Did you see the new striped pillows, too? I ordered a couple from West Elm and love the way it looks! A nice way to add the pattern and color without buying the full sheet set. {I will just use white sheets}

And yes, I do still realize it is just a box spring on the bed. I promise we are taking care of this soon! Probably even tonight!!

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Just call me Picasso

I am getting close to wrapping up the guest bedroom and needed some art for the walls. I have been lusting over this piece from Anthro for quite some time and decided it was time to recreate it!

I went with a deeper blue than the original because the light blue reads a little baby boy room to me. {I know it looks black in the picture, but its blue!}

What do you think? I am pleased since it only cost me about $15 and the original is $2000. Now I just need a frame! I also have a special piece of artwork on the way that I can't wait to share!!

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Friday, February 18, 2011

The IT List!

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! The weather was fantastic this week and I am getting so excited for spring! Have a lovely weekend and I will see you back here next week :)


Happy Friday! I love Fridays because it means two things... one, it's time for the weekend and two, it's time for the IT list! Check out these fun posts from around blogland!

  • holly in heels scouts out a super fun pair of striped platforms for spring. Be sure to check out these and other striped heels that holly found! (get more of holly in heels on twitter!)

  • undeniable style pays homage to boys that wear ties... what a cute post, and I completely agree! (get more of undeniable style on twitter!)

  • yams designs features fall fashion from the runway with peeks of Tory Burch's fall line - swoon! I love the colors and textures here. See how yams designs paired the fashion with interiors! (get more of yams designs on twitter!)

  • a spot of whimsy features an awe-inspiring look at ballet through art. If you are remotely inspired by ballet, you just have to see this... or if you aren't, you just may find yourself smitten with ballet after seeing this post! (get more of a spot of whimsy on twitter!)

  • second street east found these super cute iphone covers that can be personalized as well. Too fun! I might have to snag one of these for myself! (get more of second street east on twitter!)

  • good clean fun is tantalizing me with these sour cream cookies. Oh my! I just love a yummy cookie... I'll for sure have to bake these! (get more of good clean fun on twitter!)

  • mama loves papa looks pretty as always with a very simple t-shirt + jeans + scarf combo. One of my favorite outfit formulas! (get more of mama loves papa on twitter!)

  • elle sees has a gorgeous winter white outfit pulled together featuring this gorgeous white sweater. I love white for winter... make sure you get this look before the season is gone! (get more of elle sees on twitter!)

  • thought and musing calls this outfit '90's inspired' - I call it brilliant. Black jeans and a chambray top is definitely a winning pair!

  • rose a la mode spills on how to make her favorite caffeinated drink: a honey latte! Wow! I can't wait to try this... and she looks as lovely as ever in chambray (it's almost a theme for today!). (get more of rose a la mode on twitter!)

  • a delightful design would rather have this lovely mirror as a gift on Valentine's than flowers - and I don't blame here. What a gorgeous piece! (get more of a delightful design on twitter!)

  • sweetie pie style shows off her top picks from DVF's Fall Runway show. I am in awe of the gorgeous greens (yes, multiple greens!). (get more of sweetie pie style on twitter!)

  • jewelscapes is a genius with layering... I love this simple t-shirt layered over a gingham top. It works so well and looks fabulous, yet casual on her.

  • shen dove style is totally rocking a 70's chic vibe with her flared jeans and leopard print scarf. What a fun look! I so love flares for spring! (get more of shen dove style on twitter!)

  • rosy + tart has an unbelievably simple pineapple sherbet recipe for us this week, actually her whole blog is chock full of amazing and simple recipes this week! Yum! (get more of rosy + tart on twitter!)

  • good tots pulls together super chic pieces from TopShop's maternity line - who knew maternity could be THIS cute!?!

the IT list is published weekly by jill of the good life for less... for more information on how you can be involved... click here!

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Welcome to the 21st Century...

Thanks to my wonderful husband who surprised me with an iPhone, I feel like I have been initiated into the modern technical world. It is the most amazing thing. Ever. So of course the first thing I did was shop for a cute cover and just in case any of you missed this one, I just had to share!

Dani Notes Stationery sells these amazing covers that are graphic, colorful and so fun. Oh and did I mention they are monogrammed?! It just doesn't get any better than that! Now... which color/combo to choose?

Am I the last one to know about these and to get an iPhone?

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Design Board: Guest Bedroom

I have another guest bedroom for you this week! This client wanted to used the Edland bed at IKEA and she had a fabulous campaign night stand {a little jealous...} Here is what I came up with!

Want a design board of your own? E-mail me at michelle.leigh.henderson {at}!

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Guest Post: Joi from Nuestra Vida Dulce

Today I have Joi with us to share her coffee table and a few decorating tips! She has an adorable blog that is one of my favorite reads. Check it out here. Without further adieu, here is Joi's fabulous coffee table!

Don't you love it! Below she tells us where she got it all and a few tips for creating your own stylish coffee table!

-I scored the coffee table for $20 at a garage sale. It's been one of my favorite finds to date. : )

-I bought the wicker planter from West Elm, the tray is from, the vases are from IKEA, the books are from various places, and the white bird is from Michael's, and the artichoke is from a local furniture store.

-My tips are:

1. Try groupings of items for a more cohesive look.

2. Use books without their covers. They look good and you usually have some lying around your home!

3. Bring in a tray to rope together your coasters, magazines, and remotes. It helps keep things grounded.

4. If you have room, add a plant. I love the look of wicker mixed in with a brass coffee table. The textures really play off of one another.

Thanks Joi!

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Weekend Recap

What a wonderful weekend it was! With temperatures slowly rising, the snow is finally disappearing! Since it was so nice out, I took advantage and sprayed a side table for the guest bedroom. I used this nightstand in college and think I picked it up at Ross for around $20 a few years ago.

I decided to go black and leave the bamboo table as is {thanks, Joi!} The paint is still a little wet in this picture. I wanted to photograph it before I ran out of light!

Here is what it looked like before...

I also picked up a few accessories for my bathroom!

The jar is from World Market and the tray is from an antique store. I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Oh and Happy Valentine's Day :)

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Friday, February 11, 2011

The IT List!


Welcome to another installment of the IT list... a round up of the best of the web this week.  There is so much inspiration here and a little bit of something for everyone!  Take some time to check out these awesome links...

  • a delightful design spruces up her living room on a dime.  Check out this simple and inspiring before and after! (find a delightful design on twitter!)

  • a spot of whimsy has a few good quotes for us this week, and who doesn't love a good quote? I love the reminder to 'live color fully' especially as we look towards spring! (find a spot of whimsy on twitter!)

  • undeniable style is sporting this of-so-adorable hair clip... just in time for Valentine's Day.  I want one! (find undeniable style on twitter!)

  • rosy + tart gives us major shoe eye-candy with a gorgeous pair of Miu Miu glittery pumps.  How fun would these be to wear on a hot Valentine's date this weekend? (find rosy + tart on twitter!)

  • rose a la mode is having a perfect day... probably because she is wearing the perfect shirt. I absolutely love red and white stripes for spring! (find rose a la mode on twitter!)

  • sweetie pie style shows off her fun finds from the Alameda Flea Market (so jealous!) - she picked up some super fun vintage jewels. (find sweetie pie style on twitter!)

  • elle sees puts together a sweet and flirty outfit perfect for Valentine's Day... I love the gentle touches of pink.  Oh la la! (find elle sees on twitter!)

  • mama loves papa brings back the basics with this outfit and has great advice for other ladies (especially moms) on why you should too. (find mama loves papa on twitter!)

  • good clean fun whips up a grapefruit margarita recipe for us... yes, please! This looks SO delicious, I can't wait to try it! (find good clean fun on twitter!)

  • one hundred inspirations recreates a blake lively look for less that you will love.  It's a fun combo of serious and sparkle!

  • second street east rounds up fun velvet throw pillows in every color imaginable. I just love the texture of velvet and this zig zag pattern is too fun! (find second street east on twitter!)

  • yams designs has a plethora of citrus inspired spaces and places this week (you can always count on them for fun color inspiration!) I love this 'grapefruit' colored room - speaking of grapefruits! (find yams designs on twitter!)

  • thought and musing is looking summer chic in stripes and shorts... she's in Australia, so it's summer for this pretty gal now! Wanna trade? 

  • good tots features sweet TOMS shoes for little ones... so sweet and such a great Valentine's gift for the tots in your life!

  • good life for less is swooning for the new Scout bag from Kate Spade... it's available in a plethora of bright spring colors and is impossible not to love! (find good life for less on twitter!)

the IT list is published weekly by jill of the good life for less... for more information on how you can be involved... click here!

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Guest Bedroom Update

A few new purchases have made their way into the room... a little color, finally! I told you about this rug a few weeks ago here and it finally found a home!

I also picked up a few of the pillows I showed you Tuesday for the bed. {Yes, I realize that is just a box springs on the bed right now. It is a long story and will be fixed soon...}

The nightstand on the left side of the bed isn't staying. I have something a little taller that is getting a new paint job. I will share next week!

Want to see more post on the guest bedroom? Check them out here, here and here.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Design Board Guest Bedroom

Happy Wednesday! I think I might start devoting most Wednesdays to client work. How would you like that?

This client had already purchased the colorful bedspread seen in the board and needed help pulling the rest of the room together with a "beachy" feel. I love the way it turned out!

Need help decorating? Email me at michelle.leigh.henderson {at}

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Looking for velvet pillows??

While sourcing products for a client I came across these fantastic pillows at Urban Outfitters. I was pleasantly surprised!

Zigzag Velvet Pillow

Hand Quilted Velvet Pillow

Velvet Linen Pillow

I am also loving these pillows from Pier 1. Great price for a velvet pillow {$20} and come in such pretty colors! You have to see them in person!

Shaded Spruce Pillow

Citron Plush Pillow

Chive Plush Pillow

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Weekend Finds

Hubs and I decided to take a last minute trip back to Oklahoma this weekend so he could go hunting and I could go shopping with my momma. We hit up a few thrift stores in Edmond and here's what I came home with!

This will be one of the nightstands in the guest bedroom and will be getting a coat of paint. It was originally $30 but it was half price day {who knew?!} so I got it for a whopping 15 bucks.

This lamp, which my mom actually spotted, was so cool I just couldn't leave it there! It has already been deemed the "acorn" lamp by my husband and his cousin... How much was it you ask? $10. Yes, please! Not quite sure where it is going yet...

Did you do anything fun this weekend?

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Friday, February 4, 2011

The IT List!

Happy Friday everyone! I am participating in The IT List from A Good Life for Less. Take a peek at some of the best from around the web this past week. Scroll down to the bottom for links!


Welcome to February... we are one month closer to spring, which is a very happy thought for me! Grab a cup of tea and settle in to this amazing link round up from the web this week... there is so much amazing inspiration for a winter day!

  • yams designs has snow white on the brain and it's hard not to with all this white stuff on the ground... in honor of snow white, check out the fun red, yellow and blue inspiration board she pulled together. I love this! (get more of yams design on twitter!)

  • holly in heels is already picking out her spring wardrobe... surprise, surprise, it involves some lovely shoes! Heels to be exact... check out her picks! (get more of holly in heels on twitter!)

  • undeniable style pulls together three gorgeous casino night inspired outfits... the dresses and the accessories are just fabulous! (and psst... all the dresses are under $100!) (get more of undeniable style on twitter!)

  • a delightful design gives us her favorite finds at - I always seem to forget about the amazing deals they have, so I was thankful for the reminder. I am in love with that watch! (get more of a delightful design on twitter!)

  • a spot of whimsy is inspired by both DVF's new line of home goods and her Spring 2011 RTW line... see how the two also seemed to be inspired by one another as well! There is lots of eye candy here... (get more of a spot of whimsy on twitter!)

  • mama loves papa is taking the 30/30 Challenge (wearing only 30 pieces of clothing for 30 days) and she is off to a great start. I love her simple layers. (get more of mama loves papa on twitter!)

  • good clean fun has me drooling with these fish tacos smothered in guacamole and finished with a little bit of crunchy slaw. Oh my! I bet this tastes like summer! (get more of good clean fun on twitter!)

  • sweetie pie style rounds up her top ten nude colored shoes for spring... I love each and every one. But in my mind I have a clear winner. Check out her picks for spring, you'll want a pair too! (get more sweetie pie style on twitter!)

  • rose a la mode is looking as chic as ever on the beach again this week (le sigh)... check out her fashionable updates from Florida again this week! Florida never looked so good... (get more rose a la mode on twitter!)

  • merci blah blah has California on her mind... and of course, looks amazing with that state of mind. A certain glow, perhaps? Any how, the girl can 'do' fuzzy boots, I love this look!

  • elle sees has a fun and flirty February round up for you! My personal favorite is this bold red coral... and you are bound to find something you like as well! (get more of elle sees on twitter!)

  • rosy + tart has a mouth watering recipe for cinnamon roasted almonds... what a perfect winter snack! I am definitely going to try and make these, they look amazing! (get more of rosy + tart on twitter!)

  • second street east is pulling together what will be an amazing new guest bedroom (I'm sure!) completely inspired by this gorgeous tray. I can't wait to see the outcome. She is also using my favorite IKEA bed ever in the room! (get more of second street east on twitter!)

  • one hundred inspirations pulls together this sparkly blake lively look for less... you have to check this out!

  • good tots! begins a new series this week called "maternity monday" - loaded with fun styles and outfit inspiration for your baby bump! Check it out and tell your pregnant friends!

the IT list is published weekly by jill of the good life for less... for more information on how you can be involved... click here!

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Guest Room Bed

We put the bed together for the guest bedroom and I love it! I have been eying this bed from IKEA for quite some time now and knew it would be perfect for the room!

I know it is a lot of white right not but trust me, it won't stay this way for long.
I received the tray I ordered from Furbish that will serve as the color inspiration for the room... I am getting excited!

Check out other posts from the guest bedroom makeover here and here.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Living Room Design Board

Here is the most recent board I created for a living room. The apartment was already furnished and the client just needed help accessorizing on a tight budget to create a more cohesive look.

Need help decorating your space? E-mail me at michelle.leigh.henderson {at}

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Getting to Know You

Happy Tuesday! Today I am featured on Maggie Rose in her Getting to know you series. To read and find out more about me, go here.

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