March 2015 archive

My Desk Makeover {REVEAL}

I spend a lot of time at the computer each day…a lot….so I decided it was finally time to give myself an actual workspace {other than the kitchen table where I currently reside}.  I really only need a flat surface on which to type, so that means there’s lots of space leftover for me to decorate and beautify my workspace with a desk makeover!  After all, while a desk needs to be functional, who says it can’t be beautiful, too?!

I started with this rubbed black desk because the surface area is large and because the space underneath is open so that I can use it for additional storage {or display as the case may be!}.

 

 

I then layered in a lot of accessories, including my DIY subway art, a pretty brass bell, and even this ceramic mason jar vase.

 

 

And if you follow me on Pinterest, then you’ll know that I have a love of all things numbers, so I had to throw in some charming numbered items, too!

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So are you ready to see how it turned out?

 

Click {HERE} for the full reveal!

 

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Note: This post is part of a partnership with World Market but all of the opinions and ideas are my own. I always make a point to share with you only things that I truly love and this is no exception!

 

 

 

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10 Clever Uses for Corbels {Around the House}

A home’s character is often defined by its details – the woodwork, trim, lighting choices, paint colors, etc.  Unfortunately, adding details to a home usually takes a backseat to the basics, leaving a limited budget for these fun additions.  One detail, however, that while small, makes a big impact is a corbel!  A corbel is typically a piece of carved wood or stone that is used to structurally support another object – basically, they are a fancy type of bracket.  Decorative replica corbels might even be made of resin or plaster.  But whether you use a structural or decorative corbel, you won’t believe how many uses there are for them around the house!

 

 

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1. Kitchen Cabinets

You can give your original, builder-grade cabinets a custom look by adding corbels at the end of each cabinet that tie into the backsplash.  In this case, the corbels aren’t being used structurally since the upper cabinets are bolted to the wall, but rather decoratively.  Even so, it’s a small detail that goes a long way toward creating a custom look!

Under Cabinet Corbels in Kitchen

{via Pinterest}

 

2. Kitchen Counters

Here, Courtney from Golden Boys and Me, has used decoratively carved corbels as supports for her kitchen counter overhang.  Don’t they add a lot of elegance and interest to the space?!

 

3. Hidden Storage

I just couldn’t resist sharing this amazing idea for spice storage in the kitchen.  If you already have a dividing wall that protrudes, why not make it functional with a pullout to revewl extra storage?!

{via Zillow}

{via Zillow}

 

4. Shelf Brackets

You can purchase ordinary shelf brackets at any hardware store, but a corbel is so much more interesting and completely changes the look of the shelving.

 

5. Desk Legs

In search of a desk {or even an entryway table}.  Consider mounting large corbels to the wall and adding a glass or wood top!

 

6. Room Divider

An ordinary entryway is instantly transformed to extraordinary with the additional of some amazing corbels!

Tip: Be sure to consider the size of the room and the width of the door when selecting a corbel for this use.  If it is too small, it won’t make an impact and will look like an afterthought as opposed to an architectural addition.

Corbel Room Divider
7. Fireplace

You can dress up the look of your fireplace by adding a corbel underneath an existing mantel or floating shelf, or even add corbels and a shelf to a plain-front fireplace!

 

8. Bookends

Kathleen from Faded Charm has the most amazing corbels that she’s using as bookends!

 

9. Architectural Embellishment

The beautiful shape of a corbel lends itself to creating architectural interest wherever it’s place, like the corner of this window from Jennifer Rizzo.

 

10. Outdoor Windows

And while we’re on the subject of windows, have you ever considered dressing up the outside of your home?  Isn’t this addition beautiful?!

 

 

Depending on the size, material, and amount of detail, corbels can range widely in price.  They are quite expensive when purchased from a lumber supplier, but you can find inexpensive replicas at many decor stores.  You can also shop for them at salvage yards and on Etsy.  I am currently obsessed with these nearly 4′ tall vintage beauties {and the dog’s cute, too!}.

 

 

Now my mind is racing with ideas on how I could use these amazing corbels!
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BIG NEWS! Plus Tips for Creating a Side Table Display

I’ve been dying to share some exciting news with you and the day has finally arrived!  I have been asked to guest post on the World Market blog for the month of March – one post a week for the entire month.  Can you believe it?!  And not only that, but they let me choose products that I love and write anything about them that I wanted.  Talk about a dream come true!!

What was so easy for me about this assignment is that I’ve shopped at and loved World Market items for years.  I have several pieces of World Market furniture, lots of accessories, and let’s not forget my beloved cowhide rug!  So finding things that appealed to me and writing about them was both easy and fun.

My first post went live today {whoo hoo!} and it’s all about creating a side table display.  If you’re a regular reader of my blog, then you’ll know that I have a love of books and lenses and the accessories I selected allowed me to create a display that reflected this.  Aren’t these items great?!

TIDBITS&TWINE Side Table Vignette Accessories

You can get the details of the accessories I chose here:

1. Magnifying Glass on Stand

2. Glass Cloches

3. Ceramic Sugar Bowl

4. Mini Brass & Wood Magnifying Glass

5. Tortoise Handle Magnifying Glass

 

Here’s a sneak peek at how the vignette turned out…

TIDBITS&TWINE Vintage Opera Glasses and Old Books

 

I hope you’ll hop over to the World Market blog to take a look at the result and support me in my latest venture.  You can see all the pictures and get detailed steps to create your own vignette by clicking the text below:

 

3 Steps to a Creative Side Table Vignette

 

 

I hope you like the tutorial and the result!
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Note: This post is part of a partnership with World Market but all of the opinions and ideas are my own.  I always make a point to share with you only things that I truly love and this is no exception!

 

 

 

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