Monday, January 31, 2011

Before and After: Doors

I saw this project a long time ago on Design*Sponge and have been wanting to try it ever since. So we finally got around to completing one door.

We started with this:

We bought trim at Home Depot and attached it to the door after sanding:

A few coats of black paint later... and BAM!

Remind me why I didn't do this sooner?? Only 8 more to go... oh and still need handles!

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Craigslist Campaign Dresser

**Update: BAD news. Someone else already snatched it up!! It was posted late last night and by the time I contacted the seller this morning at 10:30, they had already arranged pickup! I guess I am not the only one searching for one in KC :(

After searching for months, I have FINALLY found a campaign dresser on the local CL. Hopefully they still have it! I'll keep you updated!!

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Sneak Peek

This weekend, the hubs and I will be finishing a project {hopefully!} that we started earlier this week. Here is a sneak peek... can you guess what it is?!

I am sharing on Monday, so stay tuned. What are you up to this weekend???

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Recent Purchases

While reading my blog list yesterday, I saw that Jaime over at i suwannee posted some new lovelies to her shop. So I headed over and what to my wondering eyes did appear?! A whole lot of fantasticness. No surprise there.

I couldn't decide between a Chiang Mai tray

or a Contessa Tray

So there was, of course, only one way to solve that dilemma... buy one of both! I am pretty sure I will be using the Chiang Mai in the guest bedroom to serve as the color inspiration.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Recent Client Work

Here are a few of the most recent boards I have created for clients. Everyone {including me} is loving navy right now! I can hardly get away from it!

A "man" office:

Finishing touches for a living room:

Interested in a design board? Check out my portfolio and email me at michelle.leigh.henderson {at}!

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Guest Bedroom Update

Finally have the ceilings scraped and the paint up! How rewarding :) In case you forgot what it looked like before, here is another view:

And here we are now. The paint color is Glidden Muslin White. On a side note, I hate Glidden paint and will be getting it color matched next time.

Up next is a special door project, crown molding and a new light fixture! Oh and there might be some stripes, too.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

KC Blogger Meetup

This weekend I had the opportunity to meet five other beautiful and talented bloggers from the Kansas City area! We had a fantastic meal at Blanc Burger {truffle fries, anyone??} and got to talk shop a little. It was a blast and I can't wait to meet up again!

Let me introduce you to these wonderful ladies {pictured from left to right}

Ashley from A Hasty Life
Sandy from Sandy a la mode
Shea from Bon Chic Bon Gastrononmique

Angga from Reserverade Fashion
Yours Truly
Ngan from eNVe Designs

You should definitely check all of them out! Also, the guest bedroom is painted and scraped! Pictures tomorrow...

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Friday, January 21, 2011


Isn't this little side table just fantastic?!

It's on Craigslist, of course. Speaking of CL, I am a little bummed about my latest find...

I thought these chairs would be perfect for the breakfast nook, but the seller won't e-mail me back! UGH.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Home Goods Finds!

I ran into Home Goods a few days ago and found lots of good stuff that I had to share with you! Excuse the horrible phone pictures...

I am in LOVE with this chair!

I think this would be cute for a little girl's room. It has tons of color and could serve as the inspiration for the whole room!

Which one do you like best?

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Another Giveaway?!

I recently became a new sponsor of Lindsay's blog, From the Aisle to Aloha! Today, she is giving away one of my design boards so head on over and enter :)

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Can you tell I'm ready for spring?

Check out these ah-mazing sandals I bought yesterday!

I am pretty much in love with the zippers...

Is anyone else ready for spring or is it just me?

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Breakfast Nook Update

Remember when I showed you my design board for the kitchen? I am not finished but wanted to share some of the progress.

This is what we started with in the VERY beginning. This picture was taken before we even bought the house.

And here we are now:

I am still looking for chairs and will let you know as soon as I find them :)

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Friday, January 14, 2011

This is just bad...

I have made a pact with myself to paint one of our guest bedrooms this weekend. I feel so bad for anyone who comes to stay with us because we have done absolutely nothing to it. I embarrassed to admit I have let this go on for so long... but hey, I have to share the good and the bad, right?

Goal for the weekend? Paint the walls and scrape the popcorn ceilings... Are you tackling any projects this weekend?

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Swalla Studio

While searching for art for a client, I came across this fantastic little shop on etsy called SwallaStudio!
Here are a few of my favorite paintings:

Aren't they lovely?

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New Additions!

Have you noticed the new additions to my sidebar? There are a few new places to peek at while visiting: Portfolio and Design Services. The Want to See Where I Live page is still a work in progress! Take a peek and let me know what you think! I will be adding to this weekly to keep you up to date on the work I have been doing! Here is a little sneak peek and a little more background on one of the boards.

Linsey, who's living room board I showed earlier this week, wanted help with her dining room as well. She had most of the furniture for this room as well and just needed accessories and art.

As always, I would love to hear what you think!

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

We have growth!

I recently decided to plant some cilantro and basil so my husband and I would have some fresh herbs for cooking. I started with seeds and for some reason I always feel like they aren't going to grow?! But... we have sprouts! I am pretty sure it is the cilantro so still waiting for the basil.

Does anyone else grow any fresh herbs?

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Design Board: Living Room

Lets start the week off with some client work. Linsey e-mailed me and needed help with her living room. She already had the main furniture so she just needed help with accessories.

Here is what I came up!

Interested in a design board for your space? Email me at michelle.leigh.henderson {at} gmail.

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Target: Part 2

I went to Target again and couldn't help but notice these fantastic kitchen towels by Dwell. Aren't they cute?! Alright, I will leave you alone about Target now.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

FREE design boards

**Update: I have actually taken on 5 {woah!} free boards because I just couldn't turn anybody down. If you are interested in a board and didn't get a free one, please e-mail me. The price is VERY affordable right now while I am building a portfolio! :)

I want to start the new year off with three more FREE design boards. If you are interested, please e-mail me at michelle.leigh.henderson at gmail and the first three will get a design board at no cost!

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Colette Look-a-Like

I, like everyone else, love the Colette bed from Crate and Barrel. I have seen a few good knock offs posted in the blogosphere like the one from Urban Home. But the bad part about this bed is that it doesn't ship everywhere and if it does, costs an arm and a leg! But low and behold, I have found the perfect knockoff!!! The best part? $2.95 shipping :)

It is on Overstock {with a very high sell out risk!}, costs $873 for the King and $799 for the Queen. The pricier C&B versions are $1899 and $1699. I don't think I have ever clicked add to cart so fast! Plus, the reviews are fantastic.

Crate and Barrel Colette

Overstock "Colette"

I can't wait to get a real, live bed in our room! Only 1-6 weeks. {That IS a pretty big window, Overstock, just saying.}

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Monday, January 3, 2011

I spy... blue and white at Target!

Ran into Target today to pick up some groceries and of course had to make a stop by the home decor aisle. To my surprise, they had spring stuff out and I love it! Blue and white {which I have been considering for my bedroom... more on that later}.

A hammered metal candle holder {complete with candle}

A very sweet blue and white striped vase {I would ditch the fake flowers for real of course}

Blue glass lamp {this picture does NOT do it justice}

Clear glass lamp

Lampshade with blue trim, yes please!

A couple of these items might have to find their way into my bedroom!

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