I've Been a Bad Blogger...

And, there are no excuses! BUT, between the tragedy in Japan, the chaos in Libya, the passing of Maddie James...it felt trivial to write about shopping or paint colors. I was down in the dumps, but a dear friend gave me a pep talk, so now I'm back at it.

We came home from a weekend in Toronto to one of my favorite things - Summer catalogs! A whole mailbox full of them! I love sitting down with a stack to rip out things I like to put on my inspiration board. Warm weather IS around the corner - I can almost taste the Skinny Girl Margarita now.

 A comfy nook from Anthropologie. 

 Maps as blinds? Genius!

I am completely enthralled by these glass planters from West Elm.


Target Designer Collective

Target does it again! To celebrate the fifth year of Go International, Target is releasing 34 dresses from 17 of the past designers, including Alice Temperley, Rodarte, Thakoon, Tucker and Zac Posen. Prices start at $24.99 and the entire collection will only be available from March 13 through April 10. RUN to your local Target before all the best is gone!

1. Rodarte for Target Lace-Print Dress 29 in Black/Tab, $39.99
2. Tucker for Target Signature Dress in Floral Print, $39.99
3. Benhaz Sarafpour for Target Silk Georgette Lace Dress in Ivory, $44.99
4. Tracy Feith for Target Dress in Hibiscus Print, $39.99
5. Thakoon for Target Printed Tie-Waist Dress in Black/White, $39.99
6. Thakoon for Target Gathered Dress in Cyber Floral, $39.99
7. Alice Temperley for Target Voile Ruffle-Front Dress in Black, $34.99
8. Libertine for Target Striped Tunic, $24.99

Image c/o GlamChic


Lamp Facelift

I really, really, really hope spring is around the corner...the snow has almost melted in our neck of the woods (even though we just saw a 30'' snow storm in Vermont!) and it was warm enough today that I didn't need a jacket to take out the garbage. Yippee!

Last week my mom and I worked on sprucing up our guest bathroom. The biggest challenge so far has been the light fixture above the mirror. We couldn't decide on a new one (that's what happens when you want something nice with a budget of $0), so I decided to work a little spray paint magic on the one we had.

I forgot to take a picture while it was still assembled and hanging on the wall, but you get the gist. Silver and gold hardware with frost, etched glass shades - not exactly our style.

I used Krylon spray paint in 'Almost White' and did about four coats to fully saturate the entire fixture.

Then, I sanded off all the drips and pools of paint.

I painted over the entire thing with a layer of acrylic gloss (found at all craft stores) and did one last sand (I like the effect of exposing some of the metallic underneath). I flipped the entire fixture upside down so the shades pointed at the floor and glued small chandelier lamp shades (I clipped the metal light bulb grip off) to the existing shade bases.

And, voila! A new chabby-chic lamp fixture for about $7!

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