A Gallery Wall With Room To Grow And A Review

Gallery walls are like thumb prints.  Everyone has their own unique style or taste and no two are just alike. Designing a gallery wall may seem intimidating, but if you’re creating one from the things you love, then there’s no right or wrong.

The gallery wall in my studio started small with two photo ledges I purchased from Pottery Barn, a wood sign quote, prints and odds and ends.

Continue reading

Advertisements
Home Decorators Collection at the Haven Blogging Conference

Haven Conference 2016

Today’s post serves two purposes. First I wanted to assure my husband, I was at the Haven Blogging Conference, and not getting spa treatments for three days. Secondly and more importantly, I want to thank Home Depot and all the vendors for sponsoring and contributing to our conference. Every vendor was focused on creating customer loyalty with inspirational tips and fabulous give-a-ways.  No doubt, I will be putting everything to good use in my projects in the coming months. Home Depot, you rock!

 

Give-a-ways at the Haven Blogging Conference

 

design-dig-blogging-conference-haven.

 

Take a look at the variety of vendors adding to the fun atmosphere, we enjoyed at the conference.

Continue reading

Enticing Rare Whiskies

Last week, I happily found myself back at Next Wood Fired Bistro, for a third Scotch tasting dinner. While anxiously waiting for the evening to begin, I snapped a few photos of the enticing line up of rare whiskies, by William Grant & Sons.

Kininvie 23 Years Old   –   The  Annasach Reserve 25 Years Old    –    Balvenie 30 Years  –   Old Glenfiddich 40 Year Old

To our delight, David Allardice, the Glenfiddich Ambassador, was back to guide us through an incredible array of whiskies. David’s Scottish accent, charming personality and witty humor led us through a wonderful evening of exploring my favorite golden liquid. But once again, no kilt!

 

Glenfiddich Ambassador David Allardice

 

Kininvie 23

Continue reading

2015 Thistle Key Lane Review

A smashing success!  I would like to thank my viewers, for being very kind and resisting the urge to tear apart my projects or me for that matter, especially when blogging details may have been perfectly clear to me and no one else.

Continue reading

LG Washer and Dryer Review

I’m so excited to be reviewing the LG Top Load Washer with Turbo Wash (WT7700HVA 5.7 Cu. Ft.)  and the LG Easy Load Electric Dryer with Steam (DLEX7700VE 9.0 Cu. Ft.). To see the original Laundry Room post from September, click HERE.  I had several people ask for my opinion concerning the LG products, but didn’t feel comfortable making a recommendation until now.

 

LG Washer and Dryer

LG Washer and Dryer

Continue reading

Keds Review and Inspiration

Design inspiration from Keds?  When they are Kate Spade Keds, it’s no surprise!  I’m really enthusiastic about plaid this year, which explains why I’m noticing it everywhere. I’m not known to be an impulsive buyer but I couldn’t ignore the immediate urge to order on-line, when I spotted the plaid Keds. It was as if Kate Spade herself said, “Hi Michelle, I designed these with you in mind. Enjoy!”  Thank you, Kate!

 

Kate Spade Keds

Kate Spade Keds

The X Kate Spade New York Triple Decker Keds are very comfortable to wear. Triple decker refers to the depth of the sole. I have several double decker slip-on styles and love the triple decker style as well.  I’m still a Keds kind a girl at heart, and wear them with shorts or jeans all the time.  These may just be my favorite to date. I have cautiously worn them a couple of times, although the first time I get a spot on the toe, I’ll be whimpering in agony.  I should order the red and black plaid too, without hesitation!

When I mentioned design inspiration, I was thinking about painting Kate Spade’s plaid. The first thing I could get my hands on to paint, was my daughter’s old step stool I found in the attic. No worries. She loves Kate Spade as well.

Step stool before

Step stool before

 

So cute in the guest bath

So cute in the guest bath

 

The plaid created on the step stool has an impressionism feel of the Kate Spade design.

 

 

I used Annie Sloane Chalk Paint to create the look, using Old White, Paris Grey, Graphite and Old Ochre.  In order to get the lighter shade for the diagonal brush strokes, I mixed equal parts of Paris Grey with the Graphite.

One of the brilliant features of the chalk paint is the ability to build up texture and depth. The brush strokes going across the top created groves for the paint to settle into. Then by sanding the paint layer by layer, the character took shape. I never really know how one of my projects will look until I’m finished.  In a couple of spots I re-applied the paint, where I sanded too aggressively. The point to my ramblings is to not worry about perfection, just play, have fun and work on your project until you’re happy with the results.

 

Step stool with Kate Spade inspired plaid

Step stool with Kate Spade inspired plaid

 

Thinking of the practical use, I took pictures of the step stool in the guest bath. However,  how cute would it be on a buffet table or counter?! Why not use it to display a center piece, elevate a flowers arrangement or wine and stemware. All kinds of ideas are popping up in my head!

 

View of top

View of top

 

I’m still not sure if I’m more excited over the Kate Spade Keds, or the Kate Spade inspired step stool. Love it!

 

Having fun with paint and design

Classic design and paint

Cheers!

 

Scotch Dinner

Having been lucky enough to attend a few Scotch tastings over the years, I‘m always pleased to find that the whisky speaks for itself and doesn’t need much in the way of explanation.  However, when you mix a superb single malt Scotch whisky with an authentic, and dare I say charming, representative from the whisky’s home of origin, the tasting experience crests into a realm of total sensory delight. I can smell, taste, see, and hear Scotland.

The Scotch dinner, featuring Glenfiddich and Balvenie, was held at our favorite restaurant, Next Wood Fired Bistro (Next). We have attended several of these themed dinners at Next since they opened a few years ago and each event has been spectacular.  The dinners are usually inspired by a particular wine or spirit and include a four course meal.  The experience is further enhanced by a representative of the featured wine or spirit, who teaches the guests all about what they are drinking as they enjoy the various courses and drink pairings.

Continue reading