Ask it: How to install tile backer board

August 2, 2017 John 0

How to install tile

Hey MyFixitUpLife—I have a question about how to install tile backer board. Can you help? Question: I know, generally, how to install tile but I could use an assist. I’m putting down backer board for a tile floor in our kitchen and want to make sure I apply the thinset … see more

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Interview with Toledo Furniture Designer Lacey Campbell

August 2, 2017 John 0

A few months ago, I received a writing assignment that absolutely stoked me. I get excited over everything and everyone I write about, but this piece had me especially excited because it was my first decor-related piece for the paper. I was asked to interview a local furniture designer, Lacey Campbell.

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Photo Credit: Heather Biddle

As if meeting someone who created something I love wasn’t enough, during my research on her I discovered she was a contestant on a reality show. Reality TV is my guilty pleasure, although I have to limit my viewing to creative shows. Double win: she was a contestant on a furniture design reality show! Just like when I interviewed Maya from Project Runway: Junior, I was starstruck. But Lacey’s warm, friendliness quickly erased any anxiety I had over meeting a reality star.

Lacey originally applied for Ellen’s Design Show but didn’t get accepted. She then applied for the debut show Framework and became a contestant, making it all the way to fourth place. Unfortunately, the show didn’t end up being a big hit with viewers so I believe they’ve scrapped it, but the experience was valuable for her nonetheless. (You can still watch Framework online at Spike TV.)

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This piece was a dinged-up, homely chest of drawers before Lacey reincarnated it. Photo Credit: Heather Biddle.

 

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Lacey designed and built this monastic, red oak table for the Black Cloister Brewing Company in Toledo. Photo Credit: Heather Biddle.

She’s now doing furniture design on her own, still at home here in Toledo. You can find out more about her experience on Framework, what it’s like being a female designer in a male-dominated field, and more in my Toledo City Paper interview here.

You can check out more of Lacey’s work at her website, Lacey Campbell Designs.

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Where Are They Now? The Rope Side Table

August 1, 2017 John 0

I’ve experimented a lot with decor throughout the years. Being a Libra, I blame it on the stars. Fickleness be thy name.

And since I’m a crafty chick, always looking to reincarnate or create my own decor, I’ve spent a good amount of money on all these experiments investments. Some of these projects ended up great for short-term enjoyment, like a one-hit wonder. Others have stood the test of time, going through their reinvention phases but always churning out hits—like my dresser. And then some projects are content being the unassuming star, still making people happy and content just to be in the game.

My rope side table falls into the latter category. I created it a little over 3 years ago (which is like 9 in decor years) after I was inspired by trendy wicker tables that cost a buttload of money. When I came across this tutorial at Apartment Therapy, I knew I could duplicate those expensive tables with the simple addition of rope.

The first version was minimalist and Zen, in my former bedroom’s sacred space

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sacred spae bedroom meditation Where are they now? furniture DIY rope side table tutorial planters pots coastal natural organic decor The Decor Guru

… the table’s next life was then in my blissfuly boho bedroom

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… then I moved it to my living room and it enjoyed an organic modern decor lifestyle as a plant stand…

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… and now this trusty table resides in my new home, paired with a big comfy chair and meditating kitty. It’s ruggedness is offset by the abstract art and modern shelves (Expedits are my one true love). This is in my newly-created workout/yoga space (more to come on that in the future). You can check out the super-easy tutorial here.

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So how has the table maintained its longevity? Throughout all my decorating experiments, there’s one common thread: nature. I love decorating with natural elements not just for texture and visual interest, but because natural items make a room feel laid-back and relaxing. Having this common thread also allows me to easily swap out items when I feel a room needs an update (or total makeover, as I’m prone to doing…. 3 months after moving in).

Do you have any DIY projects/furniture that have maintained a role in your home? Do you also like to swap your decor around between rooms?

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New Home Reveal: The Peppy Home Office

July 31, 2017 John 0

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The vibe: Peppy, bright, and organized.

The style: Natural, mid-century modern with contrasting touches of glam.

The palette: Emerald green, black and white, and metallics.

What I love about this room: It’s the only room in the house in which I used such a vivid color. I also love the storage–there are two closets in here, perfect for hiding my arsenal of creative supplies & decor.

What I don’t love so much: The positioning of the closets. Since they’re on the longest wall, it makes rearranging difficult on the other walls. And yes, I’ve already rearranged this room since I moved here in June.

How this space is ME: While I found my niche with neutrals, I still me some super-saturated color. This room honors that love but only in pops of color plus I tempered it with the neutrals. Also, I’ve decorated with a few pieces from my family: a counted cross-stitch piece from my mother and an old photo of my great-grandparents.


I am a very lucky lady to have the chance to work from home. I’ve done it for about 7 years now, and it’s been heavenly. No fluorescent lighting! No recycled air and the germs it contains! As little or as much noise as I want!

Of course, the best part about working at home is decorating that space however I desire. Since I’ve worked from home, I’ve always used a bright color in my office. That’s because I believe in color psychology, and want the color here to keep my brain energized and alert. I also aimed to decorate this room in a way that doesn’t feel like I’m stuck at work. I want this to feel as far away from a cubicle as possible.

My vintage tanker desk is a piece I don’t think I can ever part with. It’s so heavy but durable. They just don’t make (affordable) furniture like that anymore. I reincarnated the desk from teal into a lush emerald hue (Soapstone by Behr). To do this, I used a DIY chalk paint recipe with latex paint and calcium carbonate, which you can view here at In My Own Style.

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My office chair also received a revamp. First, I glammed up the base and legs with several coats of a light gold spraypaint. (It’s worn off a little in spots, but I’m still content with it.) However, my fave part of the revamp is the fabric, which I scored from Joann’s. It’s a black and white crosshatch pattern that pairs wonderfully with the MCM desk.

It was very easy to recover the chair, because I only used a staple gun and hot glue. First, I disassembled the chair and traced the back (x 2) and seat onto my fabric, allowing extra inches all around. I then used a staple gun to attach the fabric to the seat.

For the chair’s back, I glued fabric onto one side of the chair back and then trimmed the excess off the edges. I then glued the other piece to the opposite side, folding the fabric edges under and over the first panel. It was a little tricky through the curved parts, but I was very pleased with the results. Plus, this was far easier and quicker than sewing a cover for the chair back.

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Obviously an organized workspace also lends to the vibe of order. I have two metal bookshelves in which I store my most commonly used items in white boxes and magazine files. I also favor decorating offices with white, since it helps the color stand out and creates a feeling of cleanliness.

This table is a very cheap desk from IKEA that also a leg makeover with the same gold spraypaint. The stool is–surprise!–also from IKEA and was originally black. I painted it with the same chalk paint as the desk.

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This piece is one of my mother’s counted cross-stitch creations. I inherited it years ago when she passed, but never found a proper home for it since it didn’t coordinate with my past color schemes. But it has a home now. It was always one of my favorites because I love birds and all the colors in it. I had to make a place for it so this room seemed best.

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I also added houseplants like pothos, Vick’s plant, and a lemon fern to complement the bright green from the desk. While the office is not as brightly lit as my last home office, it’s still a decent place for them. A wood letter tray with a DIY whitewash treatment frames the plants nicely.

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The final wall is pretty uneventful, but practical. I cut out circles of dry erase paper and applied them to the walls. These help me organize my various to-do lists. On each side, I hung various rulers I use for my projects.

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That’s all, folks! It’s a pretty small room, so with the powerful green of my desk, I didn’t want the rest of the decor to compete with it. It’s a fairly simple space that I keep cleaner than any other room because it’s my workspace.

Sources:

  • Table: IKEA/DIY
  • Desk: secondhand find/DIY
  • Desk color: Behr Soapstone MQ4-14
  • Wall color: Sherwin Williams Divine White #6105
  • Office chair: IKEA
  • Magazine files, storage boxes: IKEA/Michaels
  • Bookshelves: IKEA
  • Table: IKEA/DIY
  • Stool: IKEA/DIY
  • Parrot counted cross-stitch – secondhand/DIY
  • Dry erase paper: Joann Fabrics
  • Wood candle holder: Lowes
  • Paper tray: Target/DIY whitewashing
  • Fox: secondhand
  • Curtains: unknown

Do you have a space dedicated in your home for an office? How do you like it decorated? Do you prefer neutral colors or bold colors for decorating?

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