Some of our best memories are made on Summer vacation. Are you looking for a way to preserve those precious moments? When I was little my family would often make trips to the beach. My little brother was obsessed with collecting shells and rocks he found while playing on the beach (ha boys!). Sometimes he’d find nice pieces, sometimes they’d be all broken. Regardless, my Mom would try and save as many of these pieces as best she could as keepsakes for our family vacation. She’d often buy nice seashells or star fish from the local souvenir shops… you know if case my little brothers finds didn’t make the trip hack home. Once home she’d find fun ways to display the pieces so that our Summer memories would live on. I always love these accent pieces as they had special meanings to my family! What do you think about showcasing vacation souvenirs around your home?
DIY INSPIRATION: Remove the glass from a frame and glue your keepsake to the inside of the frame. Take a Sharpie and write the location and date on the paper. Then, hang it on the wall and keep that memory with you forever.
Hot pink chair? YES PLEASE!!!!! I gave this basic chair from IKEA a hot makeover courtesy of a can of Krylon spray paint. Adding a fresh coat of paint is an easy way to personalize a piece of furniture and make it fit the decor scheme of your home, but I personally hate brush painting projects. I prefer to apply paint with a spay paint, but if applied incorrectly your paint job can look just AWFUL… trust me I’ve butchered many a chair. Click here to watch the latest installment of Miss Kris TV and discover a few helpful tips to keep in mind while spray painting.
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Summer vacation is officially over and I’m back rejuvenated and feeling super creative! I figured I start by adding a new statement piece to my home. My entire apartment has this sort of vintage glam feel… mirrored furniture, crystals, bold prints. I thought this mosaic, mirrored vase would be the perfect addition.
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This Sunday Hollywood is throwing a big ole party for a little man named Oscar! Now imagine if the award show was sponsored by Krylon and once an actor won they were handed a boring grey metal statue and a can of metallic gold spray paint. They were then escorted backstage where cameras were set up to capture them actually spray paint their Oscar statue LIVE. Not that would be a show worth watching! LOL
You guys know how I love to take something ordinary and transform it to extraordinary with a few coats of spray paint. Remember Olly the owl? (Click here if you don’t) He was salvaged from the $1 store and now lives the most fantastic and glamorous life on my shelf. Today it’s time for my boring desk lamp is get a new lease on life.
While I was at it, I gave Roberto the rabbit (Smith & Hawken available at Target) a make over too!
What a difference a few coats of paint can make
It’s Academy Awards week here in LA and the city is buzzing in anticipation for the big night. The traffic on Hollywood Blvd. is a nightmare, they’ve closed down my neighborhood park so they can start setting up for Elton John’s Oscar view party and my stylist friends have gone MIAAA (Missing In Academy Awards Action). Awwwww the excitement!
With all the golden madness surrounding the Oscars I figured I’d dedicate this week to all gold everything on Glitter ‘N Glue. While we may never receive an Oscar statue in our lifetime that doesn’t mean that our shelves can’t be adorned golden goodies. There are many different ways to craft the Midas touch and today we’re play with the gold leaf paper. I’ve seen these gold leafed jars and vases floating around Pinterest and I’m just obsessed. They’re so easy to make and oh so chic.
The gold leafing process is simple but takes a little practice. However, the great thing about the distressed look of this project is that imperfection is key. The perfect application of the leafing paper is not necessary. First, apply a thin layer of the adhesive to the areas of your vase you wish to make gold. After you’ve allowed time for your glue to set and get sticky, carefully place your gold leafing paper over your glue. Use a dry brush to remove any access paper. A bristle brush will help your obtain that distressed look. Once you’re satisfied with the way the leafing looks on your vase, apply a thin coat of sealant to set the paper. Allow time to dry before use.
NOTE: The process is generally the same but be sure to read the instruction provided with your brand of leafing materials just to be sure you’re doing it properly.
I’m a sucker for fresh flowers. If you live in LA you have to make it downtown to the Flower Mart. You’ll have to wake up early early for the good deals but trust me it’s work the trip. If you’re not in LA or prefer to sleep in on the weekends Trader Joe’s grocery store always has wonderful deals on pretty flowers. If there’s not a Trader Joe’s in your neighborhood…I’m very, very sorry. You ought to pick up the phone, call Mr. Joe and tell him he’s welcome in your neighborhood. It’s a FAB market.
What I love most about this vase is that you can see the stems on the inside but yet the bottom is still decorative. Kinda like the clear phone of the 90s… or not. I plan on making a few more like this. All different shapes and sizes, but all golden. Maybe even a mason jar or two. Oh the possibilities!
I made a trip to the dollar store this morning and walked out with a new friend. Meet Olly. Olly didn’t always look like this. He’s is different, special and with the help of two coats of Krylon’s metallic gold spray paint he now shines as the centerpiece of my table top. Go Olly go!!!!