Adding A Pop Of Color To A Reading Chair

Over the Holiday Season I participated in a Art Swap with the lovely and talented Albertina. She sent me a stunning pillow from her Mimosa Lane Collection for my study and I sent her cocktail squares for her Bar’moire. Yesterday she revealed this stunning Armoire turned Bar (see it here) It’s the Beverly Hills Hotel meets Palm Beach Chic for cocktail hour. 

I thought I’d catch you all up to speed with how I’m using my new favorite pillow. I sent Albertina a photo of my study chair and asked her to send the pillow of her choice to help spice up the space. I LOVE trusting talented designers to take me in a direction I wouldn’t normally choose for myself. Here is the end result!

Adding color to your reading chair-FancyFreeMe

Adding Color to Your Reading Chair-FancyFreeMe

Adding color to your reading chair-FancyFreeMe

I absolutely adore the vibrancy it brings to the space. Thank you Albertina! I seriously smile every time I enter the room, it’s such a cheerful little corner now. I think the b+w striped throw accentuates the color, I got that as an early birthday gift from my little sis and come to think of it, the chair came from my sister-in-law. I should rename this the giving chair!


Kitchen Facelift:Get a Handle on Yourself

I’ve debate long and hard about this and I’ve bugged enough people with my indecisiveness, so I’ve decided to pull my big-girl pants on and stick with my original plan of a white kitchen! Hooray! I feel better, don’t you ?! So now that’s out-of-the-way we can move on to something else.

So how does making the cabinet hardware selection sound? I think it’s a good step to take. I’m pretty certain I know what I want but I’m going to do some serious shopping this week to make sure and hopefully buy something. I’m still contemplating chrome vs. brass. I’m hoping once I see them in person the decision will be clear. I’m quite smitten by this brass on white combo!



Over the weekend I did a little online browsing to get my creative juices flowing. Here are some pieces I’ve been eyeing.

cabinet hardware

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Which one is your favorite? Are you a fan of the brass revival?

By the way you can still “write my name in” for Cincinnati’s Best Blog: Poles close Feb 17. 2013

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TRIM PAINT: Before and After

I’m so excited to share todays post! It’s what you’ve all been waiting for, sadly a month late, (sorry about that.) For those of you who don’t know or can’t remember, I started painting the trim in 2 rooms of my home. Honestly the results are so amazing that I’m hitting myself for waiting 5 years before doing this!!

BEFORE: The living room’s orange hued miss-matched trim is not original to the house. So there were no “attachment issues” with ruining beautiful wood with paint. Besides, it’s all a bit heavy and disjointed for my taste.


AFTER: It’s amazing what a little paint and a lot of man-hours can do to a space. It’s fresh, unified, chic and relaxing. The living room feels much more open and the windows just recede into the space. I not only painted the trim but the fireplace as well as the front door. These were cream and looked terribly dingy next to the new brilliant white trim. (Doesn’t my ivory elephant stand out so much more now?! I just love that little guy!)

FancyFreeMe LR Trim After 1

FancyFreeMe LR Trim After 2

FancyFreeMe LR Trim After3

THE NITTY-GRITTY DETAILS {I wiped the wood clean of dust and primed with Zinsser 123 Primer. Filled all the cracks and joints and holes. Then finished with 2 coats of Sherwin William’s Latex Enamel Trim Paint in Snowbound.}


BEFORE: The orange hued trim of the living room gives way to a darker and more brown stain in the dining room. None of the trim matched in these 2 rooms so painting it white brought the 2 spaces together. I never wanted to sit in my dining room. It’s a room we use every day constantly so I really wanted to like it more. It’s still a work in progress, but painting the trim will keep me satisfied for quite some time.


AFTER: It’s like a totally new room with the trim paint! Open and airy, and much more preppy right?

FancyFreeMe Dining Trim After

But that’s not all the painting I did to this space. I also had to paint below the chair rail, the gray paint wasn’t cutting it any longer. Lightening the gray to a khaki really aided in this room’s lofty feel.

FancyFreeMe wall paint


So much better right?! It was worth every bit of extra time it took to paint below the chair rail.

FancyFreeMe Dining Trim After3

FancyFreeMe Dining After 2a

Not that I wasn’t before, but I am so sold on the power of white trim. It just opens up the possibilities of your space and design. And in my case created a calm, clean and brilliant place to live.

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