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OUTDOOR TABLE MAKEOVER

Home Design, DIYRenee GriffithComment

Living in south Florida, and especially since we put a pool in, we are constantly outside in the back yard. Since we use the covered back patio so often, I thought it could use a little refresh. Our dining table in particular was looking pretty rough after being exposed to the elements during Phoenix summers, Baltimore winters, and year round humid salt air here in Florida. We bought this painted wood table from World Market years ago, so it was finally time for a little facelift. So here's what it looked like pre-makeover.

I used our palm sander with 110 grit sandpaper to start stripping away the old flaking paint from the top. Honestly, I wasn't sure how sanding would go, if I'd even be able to stain it or if I'd have to paint it, but either way, the table needed a good sanding to prep for whatever was going on next. The paint came off pretty nicely, so I decided to keep going and remove all of the paint from the top. I just went over the legs quickly to knock down any rough spots, but knew I'd be painting them. (note - make sure you wear safety glasses and a mask if you're using a palm sander!) 

Here it is post-sanding after I started testing paint colors on the bottom: 

After I finished sanding, I wiped the whole table down really well with a damp towel and got any remaining sawdust out of the cracks. I had a few paint samples from another project and tested what it would look like with a grey base + wooden top - I liked it! So I painted the legs grey and finished with stain. I rubbed Valspar's Exterior Stain + Sealer in Cedar onto the top using a clean cotton rag. I wanted to keep the color relatively light to match the covered porch's wood ceiling, so I only did one coat. I really love that the seal/stain combo doesn't give a glossy finish to the wood. It sealed the wood great though, I dripped some water on it while watering a plant and all the water beaded right up! 

Here she is after the stain really had a chance to sink in and the paint was dry! 

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Ta daaaaa! This project took about three days to complete -- working on it an hour here and there when I got home from work. Now when I walk out onto the back porch, seeing the table with new life breathed into it makes me so happy! We will definitely be eating out on the patio even more now!

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DESIGN STUDIO INSPIRATION

Home Design, InspirationRenee GriffithComment
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When we first moved into our three bedroom home here in West Palm Beach, it made sense to have my "studio" in our third bedroom. Then, before I started working for myself full time, it was basically somewhere to put my computer and plants. After really focusing on growing my product selection the past year, my greeting cards and inventory started quickly spilling from just one room into the rest of our house. With a little [loving] push from Jordan, I started to look at spaces in the area. After a few options fell through, I found what I consider a perfect little spot for my business just ten minutes from our home. I love it so much! It's been so nice having a little more separation between work and home -- it's easy for the line to blur and feel like you have to constantly be working if your office is at home, or get distracted from work when family's in town or something else is going on at the house.

Designing this studio and sourcing all of the furniture for it has been my favorite part, and what led me to finally start this blog. Interior style is kind of always where my mind goes, and has since I was little! I would move around the furniture in my childhood bedroom constantly, creating different layouts and ways to display all my beanie babies and sports memorabilia haha :) 

Anyyywho...a small business often means a smaller budget for projects like this, so as always I've tried to get a pulled together look for less. Sourcing pieces from more affordable sources like HomeGoods and Wayfair, Target and World Market, all helps to keep cost low. I always like to support fellow small business owners, so a few of the decor items are from some of my favorite shops as well.

To mimic my nature inspired brand, the colors in my designs are also reflected in the furniture pieces I've picked. It was fun to get a little more funky with the green velvet couch for the shop than I might for our home, too. Pops of pale peach, natural wood, and lots of greenery also tie into my product color palette. 

Bit by bit it's coming together, and this loungey studio space is the furthest along in the shop for now. The little kitchenette area is still a mishmash of random cabinets but it'll get there! 


Master Bedroom Inspiration

Inspiration, Home DesignRenee GriffithComment

So, have you heard of design goddess Sarah Sherman Samuel? If not, look her up RIGHT NOW, I'll wait. Her modern California style is what my dreams are made of, and she's a constant source of style inspiration. We also have a mutual friend in California and I almost got to meet her at an event once. So we're basically best friends now. Like this room she designed, I definitely want to make our bedroom fresh and bright with white walls and light bedding. Maybe I'm a little crazy for wanting white bedding with three large dogs that love jumping up on the bed, but the heart wants what the heart wants. And, we have a great washing machine. So there.

I've also always loved this bedroom -- clean, bright, warm wood tones, and lots of greenery. Just what I have in mind for our home.

Our master bedroom is the first I've ever made a mood board for, and it helped me so much with maintaining FOCUS and figuring out what looked good together before bringing pieces home. I love discount stores like HomeGoods and TJMaxx, but I'm guilty of seeing something I like and grabbing it without having a specific place to put it, and then it ends up floating around our house like a decor nomad. Making a design board really helped me keep the overall design in mind when shopping, and it gave me patience to find the right (or very similar) pieces for the space instead of just quickly buying a bunch of stuff at once from a discount store. 

Side note, here's the deal. I'd love to buy authentic kilim or Turkish rugs, but they cost an arm and a leg, and with our three dogs I mentioned above, our rugs get a TON of traffic. Expensive rugs are just not something I'm willing to invest in. Our home isn't huge so we don't have unused rooms that we can have expensive rugs in. There are twelve paws and dog hair and sand, (and we just added water to the mix from our new pool!) so, yeah. Amazon rugs that look like Turkish rugs it is. And you know what? I'm 100% fine with that. It fits OUR lifestyle -- I think that's always something to remember when designing your space. Design your home so that it works for YOU, not what someone else tells you is right.

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Even if you don't have photoshop to assemble a mood board, it's easy to create an inspiration board on Pinterest or even just a folder of images on your computer or phone!


S O U R C E S
pendant light  |  rattan mirror  |  bed  |  side table  |  wall sconce  |  basket  |  rug  |  dresser  |  planter  |  chevron fringe pillow
 fur pillow  |  blue pillow