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Monday Motivation: Mindshift

Last week, while searching for a video work, I stumbled upon this video.  The title was Mindshift and I'm not really sure why I decided to open and view it but I'm so glad I did.  This year is a BIG one and I'm constantly listening for confirmation on a number of life decisions that have been looming for a while.   I'm happy to pick up little nuggets wherever I can find them.


I thought Monday was the perfect time to share this one with you guys.  I've watched it no less than five times and I still get pumped every time I hear it.  Let this be your Monday motivation.  There is nothing as powerful as a changed mind...

via Quote Addicts

"Camelback Settee Makeover"

I don't know about you guys, but I just can't get enough of this bedroom project. Today, I'm back to share a little more about the furniture makeover.  You know it isn't a Dwell by Cheryl project without at least one piece of vintage furniture and in this case, it was this precious camelback settee. 

Looks great now, but it wasn't so pretty to start out.  In fact, it wasn't pretty at all but it did have great bones.  We scored this one on Craigslist for a great price.  Craigslist is a treasure trove of great furniture finds.  If you're in the market to recover a piece, it's one of the best (and most affordable) places to source pieces with classic lines and great construction.  You'd be surprised how little folks will take for items when they just want to get rid of it.

I knew I wanted something with a feminine feel, but I didn't want it to be too ornate.  I thought about a vintage couch (chaise) but the look just wasn't going to work with all the modern elements in the space.  This vintage Lee Industries classic camelback was a great compromise.  The lines are clean and classic and I knew the addition of the rose gold velvet would make it feel much more youthful. 

As usual, Mark Baity got to work breaking the piece down and working his magic.  The man is just insanely talented.  It didn't take long to have an entirely new piece of furniture with the quality construction synonymous with so many vintage pieces.

I'd thought about contrast piping for this one, but I figured with so much color and pattern at play in the space, the solid rose was probably the best bet.

Mark finished the piece off with brass nail heads and I couldn't have been more pleased.

Can't you just imagine being curled up on this sweet settee with a book on a rainy afternoon. So cozy!

I'm a big fan of incorporating seating into bedrooms when possible, and that goes for kid's rooms too.  Your bedroom should be a retreat and having a place to relax, not just sleep, really is essential.

See more PHOTOS from this project.

"Front Porch Refresh"

When Modern Masters graciously offered to help me spruce up my front porch with their Front Door Paint, I didn't hesitate to sign on.  You may recall my first experience with their product when I painted the door to my garage a beautiful coral color.  You can read about that makeover HERE

Given the fact that my HOA is a bit controlling, for the front door, I needed to choose a more classic color selection.  The existing door color was already red.  I painted it after my fun yellow door was vetoed by the HOA years ago.  I shared that story in one of my first blog posts.  The red worked well but over time it started to fade...bad. 


So repainting it with Modern Masters' no fade product made complete sense.  I selected the color Ambitious from the Front Door Paint Collection.  I really am obsessed with this paint.  The coverage is awesome and the water base, quick-dry formula allows you to finish painting and close your door the same day!  Added bonus: Never-Fade technology ensures that your door will as vibrant as the first day it was painted. 

Of course, if you're going to paint your front door, that means you need to spruce up the entire patio.  Since I wasn't planning a big makeover, I wanted to keep the cost low and use much what I already had in the space. 

With just a few budget-friendly additions, I gave the entire porch a pretty nice face lift.

For starters, if I was going to paint the front door, I definitely needed a new door knocker.  Given my affinity for vintage, I headed to Catawba River Antiques Mall in Belmont, NC to see what I could source. 

I fell in love with this brass pineapple knocker.  It was substantial in size and only set me back $12.


Next, I needed a few new pillows.  Stein-Mart had a great selection of outdoor pillows and when I ran into this red pineapple option at Home Depot (now on sale!), I knew it was meant to be. 

I also scored this mini plant stand at Catawba River for just $5 and used an existing pot with a heat-loving succulent to finish off this vignette. 

Many of the items I already owned worked just fine.  A quick wash and my existing cushions were good as new. 

I've been wanting this outdoor solar lamp for months.  I actually used the floor version in my parent's patio makeover.  Needless to say, when I ran into the very last one at a nearby Lowe's marked down 37%, I beelined to register to check out. 

Alright, I have to admit, I just didn't have the time or energy to repaint my patio furniture.  I know it's time, but I'd prefer to do it in the fall when the weather is much cooler.  For now, we're calling it "weathered".  I figured if I distract folks with pretties maybe they won't notice.  : )

I couldn't leave these cute wrought iron lanterns at the antique mall. They were just $6 each and I thought they might be nice with battery powered candles in the evenings.  I was right.

 Greenery is so important in outdoor space.  I love my flowers but plants just add an entirely different quality.  I swear by two large ferns.  There's something very southern about ferns hanging on a front porch.

I also love a bit of evergreen.  These pines work all year round. 

And who could resist this cute pig planter I found at Tuesday Morning.  The perfect pot for this lush succulent. 

I'm loving my newly refreshed front porch. 

If your exterior doors are in need of a little refresh, I'd highly recommend this product (and no one paid me to say that.)  Front Door Paint is available online at HomeDepot.com, Amazon and the Modern Masters Online Shop: shop.modernmasters.com.

Need more front porch swing inspiration?  Check out this post from Wayfair dedicated to porch swings of all kinds - including mine!!

"Project Teen Artist Bath Reveal"

First, thanks so much for all of the positive feedback on this project.  It was truly a pleasure from start to finish.  There's nothing like seeing what you envision come to fruition.  I count it a blessing to help my clients create homes that they love.

The talented teen that occupies this space is lucky enough to have a private bath attached to her bedroom and it too needed to be addressed.

It was fairly basic and like the adjoining space, not bad, just not very youthful.  The clients weren't really interested in doing any renovations here, but more just sprucing things up with age appropriate d├ęcor.

See, pretty basic.

We've addressed the closet door by adding a sliding barn door. 
Hopefully it will be installed very soon. 

We also added a closet organization system that really changed everything in terms of space usage in the closet.  I'm a huge fan of systems like these.  I couldn't live in my home if I hadn't had them installed in mine.

Next, we needed to begin with the wall color.  The existing taupe was just not fresh enough for the look we wanted to achieve.  We kept it consistent by carrying the alabaster wall color into this space.

Sherwin Williams' Alabaster is a great white as it add a clean quality with a hint of warmth.  

Ballard Designs and Rugs USA

I knew I wanted to continue with the pastel theme and started by selecting a shower curtain.  The pom pom trim on this Ballard Designs Audree shower curtain was perfect.  I love that it came in a longer length, allowing us to hang it higher than the typical 72" shower curtain.  This creates a bit of height and drama by drawing the eye upward.  The monogram was a must and, in my opinion, adds a more youthful feel.  The spa color we opted for in the shower curtain was a little more muted than I'd hoped so I knew we needed to punch it up a bit with a rug.  I went with this rosy scroll runner and it immediately changed the tone of the space. 

The runner was perfect for the long space.  I love that the rug begins at the entrance of the space and runs the length of the bathroom.

This abstract art was the perfect element to tie everything together.  I thought it was important to add a couple of artistic elements since the client is an aspiring artist herself.  From there, coordinating bath accessories finish things off.

I loved these gold mirrors that are a whimsical take on the traditional sunburst mirror.  Their three dimensional quality adds a little depth to the space.

I love how it all came together.  Such a big improvement.

Photography by Cam Richards Photography

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