Thursday, July 12, 2012

look for less: anthropologie

Hello abode lovers! I was browsing Anthropologie's merch this morning and ran across this new pillow that I just ADORED.... it's 18" and would go with pretty much any decor. (Gotta love a multicolored pillow!)



But then I went to West Elm and look what they're selling for $30!!!! The Kantha Chevron Pillow is equally amazing and is less than half the price of the Anthropologie option! I just thought I should share this look for less with all of the abode lovers out there!


I think I'm in love...


Happy Thursday Abode Lovers!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

no fair chair

Hello abode lovers! Okay... I have officially blogged about this ONE space 3 times now. Well, third times a charm! I tell you what, after YEARS of being obsessed with these amazing chairs I've found them. Now, if you knew where they were the whole time, please don't burst my bubble-- I almost cried when I spotted these gorgeous chairs on Modernica! On top of being simply fabulous, they're also simply too expensive. Bummer for me, bummer for you. Anyone know where I can find these babies at a better price? Come on blogosphere/abode lovers, help a sister out!


The side chairs are $395 a pop and the arm chairs are $465 per chair. Like I said, bummer. Anyone else in lust with these???

I am a sucker for white, but look at all of the pretty colors that are offered in this style...

I am pretty obsessed with the navy option as well as this pretty cream... oh the possibilities!

Wowza, that green is lovely!

So which color are you loving? 

I have a pair of chairs that are similar (minus the super cool wooden legs) that I snagged from my oh-so-favorite Overstock.com-- I wonder if General Dad could help me rig up some cool wooden legs for my chairs??? 


I think my chairs are feeling a bit insecure... as they should be. I am so clearly wishing they were as interesting as the uber expensive Modernica chairs. How hard can making new legs be? (these are the kind of statements that General Dad rolls his eyes at and then blames my Super Mom for rubbing off on me....) 


I'm going to ask General Dad about this, but his honey/daddio do list is kind of off the charts at the moment... lets just say I have a few things that already require his attention at the abode! I hope all of you abode lovers have a great Wednesday! 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

latest invitation...

Hello abode lovers and happy Tuesday! It's been a while since I shared some of my latest design work so I thought I would take care of that today! A few months ago I was commissioned by a super sweet gal that was a Delta Zeta at Auburn University with me to create a wedding shower invitation. We talked colors, venue and overall feel to get the design going in the right direction. A simply southern and informal invitation is what we ended up with and I love it! 


If you're interested in custom wedding invitations, shower invites or any other custom design work feel free to contact me at laureldawndesigns@gmail.com for a quote! I hope all of you abode lovers have a great day!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

DIY otomi runner + lucite

Hello abode lovers and happy Tuesday! I am so excited to share this new project that I finished a few weeks ago! "Why are you just now sharing this project with us?" you ask.... embarrassing as it is, my little abode had been a disaster. Not just a normal messy disaster, but a super hairy disaster. King, our lab, is under the impression that it's his job to cover our home in a blanket of his "poky" white labrador King hair... I guess it's the 100+ degree days we've been having down here in the south! So, I finally got around to vacuuming a small portion of our messy abode so that I could share this project!

Super Mom got me this beautiful and extra long otomi runner for Christmas via Ebay and I was finally ready to do something with it! Originally, I thought I would just frame it, but because it's SO long it would be very costly, so I decided to put this project on the back burner until I had a cost effective idea. I thought about it (for months obviously) and decided to mount it between two sheets of plexiglass to give it a finished look and to add a little extra interest to the otomi piece. I also have so many super traditional pieces in my living room that I thought the look of lucite in the space would elevate the style of my living room and keep it from feeling to old or too traditional.

I wanted this otomi in particular because it features these precious little mermaids in the center of the runner... and who doesn't love a good pair of mermaids giving each other a high five!?!


This super tall and super empty wall was begging for something just like this otomi runner... it's just too flat and unfinished without some kind of framing option. I thought bringing the feel of lucite to this wall would be a nice contrast in style to the rustic/traditional china cabinet that the otomi will hang beside.


I went to Lowe's and purchased one extra large piece of plexiglass at $65 per sheet. I took it over to General Dad & Super Mom's abode-- General Dad has a table saw and a good quality drill bit to get this project underway.

We started by cutting the large piece of plexiglass in half using the table saw. We kept the plastic protective covering on the plexiglass the entire time so that we didn't scratch the surface of the glass. 


I decided that I wanted to use metal plates, nuts and bolts to not only hold the two pieces of plexiglass together, but to add an industrial flavor to the otomi runner. 

General Dad fastened a piece of scrap wood underneath the area that we wanted to drill through with clamps-- he then drilled slowly and carefully through each opening in the plate. I watched nervously crossing my fingers and praying for the plexi to stay in tact. General Dad told me a horror story about drilling several holes in plexiglass and it cracking into lots of pieces-- which is why I was nervous and unwilling to try to help!


Here is what the corner looks like after drilling the holes and fastening the nuts and bolts to both pieces of plexiglass. Keep in mind, the plastic covering is still on all sides of the glass to protect the surface and to keep it clean. 


(Little side note, this is my signature when I was around 5 years old... I used a sharpie and went through General Dads tools and branded each one with my super long name. I know my Dad wasn't super pumped when I did this--- but it cracks me up every time I see this silly signature on all of his manly tools!)


Back to the otomi.... after drilling 48 holes into the plexi glass, we placed it carefully into my car and I drove it home to my abode. I cleared off my coffee table and started carefully removing all of the plastic protective covering to the insides of both pieces of plexiglass. I then used double-sided tape to adhere the otomi runner to one of the pieces of plexi. Once the otomi was carefully sandwiched in between the clean plexiglass... I carefully started removing the outer protective plastic covering.

Another side note, in a perfect world, I would have had a good 3"- 4" on each side of the otomi of just plexiglass-- but this was the largest piece of plexiglass that I could get my hands on at Lowes and I still feel like it's a great look. I looked into plastic shops that sell 8'x8' sheets of plexiglass but they started around $350... wowza!


I then placed all of the plates, nuts and bolts to the piece to attach both of the pieces of plexiglass together. Then Mister Husband stepped in to find a stud (besides himself) to hang this SUPER heavy piece.


And.... ta-da! 



So, what do you think? It's definitely a different way to present art, but I really loved the way this piece came together. I would love to hear what all of you abode lovers think! I was thinking for a bit about spraying the silver hardware gold, but I may just leave it as is. There's a lot of silver finishes in my china cabinet so it may be a little too jarring in gold-- I want the otomi to shine, not the hardware that surrounds it. Thoughts? I hope all of you abode lovers have a great Tuesday!

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