Dia Del Amor

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I know that Valentines Day is a ‘Hallmark Holiday’ and its roots come from an actually un-pleasant past of martyrdom, but I don’ t think there’s anything wrong with dedicating a day to sharing and celebrating Love. You don’t have to be in a romantic relationship to partake in Valentines Day either, maybe you show your family or friends some extra love today. Afterall,

Where there is love, there is life — Gandhi

PS- The image above is from Design Sponge and it’s one of my all-time favorite V-day projects – a love fort!

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Retro Facelift

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You might recognize this chair from a previous post… I picked it up awhile ago at a thrift store. I thought the 70’s style & stripes were pretty rad, not to mention the fabric is in fantastic condition (and it’s wool!) so I scooped it up at half off. The wood was in pretty rough shape and needed a little TLC. But, with some sanding and a little ebony stain, this chair completely came to life and now the colors POP!

70's chair after{After}

Don’t you just love little projects like this? Such instant gratification! :)

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

balloonsTHANK YOU to all of you for the congratulations and for entering the contest! You’ve truly made my first year of blogging so fantastic :) Congrats to Molly @rumpkemy who won the dipped utensils! I’ll have another giveaway next month, so be sure to keep checking in!

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I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. Technology can be so convenient, but it has unfortunately replaced some pretty wonderful things…

A Giveaway on bfarhardesign!

Utensils Giveaway{One lucky winner will receive this set of my ‘dipped’ bamboo kitchen utensils}

It is the 1-year anniversary of my blog here at bfarhardesign and I’m celebrating by having my very first giveaway! All you have to do to enter is simply leave a comment below. Contest is open until Feb. 5th. Winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

–Contest open to U.S. residents only–

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Antiquing

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{Love everything about this booth: chrome, mirrors, gold + black + white, textures, prints…..}

One of my favorite things to do when I’ve got some free time is to browse through big antique stores. This one is on Cedros in the Design District in Solana Beach. They have a huge space with tons of booths from different vendors. You’ll find everything from native american relics to shabby chic decor. And don’t even get me started on their jewelry selection…

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{These table bases were amazing! So unique :)}

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{The glimmer of this crystal & blue glass chandelier immediately caught my eye}

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{Everything is better in pairs!}

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{One of my favorite things about antique stores is the amount and variety of ART}

IMG_20130123_124757{Wishing I had an extra $500 hangin’ around for this blue + gold rug}

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{I love ‘pretty’ kids toys.. they’re the kind that you’d rather not hide away in a toy box ;) these handmade horses were adorable}

I love hunting around for one-of-a-kind pieces. I have a feeling it’s going to be my favorite part of the design process as I grow as a designer. However, it proves to be dangerous shopping for others as I always find something I want for myself! ;)

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3 Things

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{The beginning & end of the most beautiful January day}

IMG_20130122_112028{Watching my tiny succulent garden grow}

January is coming to an end and I feel like the holidays were just yesterday. I didn’t make any new years ‘resolutions’ this year, just the simple daily reminder of consciously being thankful, after all, gratitude is the open door to abundance. We’ll see what the universe has in store for me this year… I have a feeling it’s gonna be a good one!

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Newsflash!

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I’m so excited to announce that Bliss 101 (an adorable shop in downtown Encinitas) is now carrying my Reclaimed Leather Tassel Keychains! So, if you’re in the area, pop by and check out this fantastic shop filled with gorgeous art, furniture, accessories and apparel. And don’t forget to buy a tassel keychain on your way out! ;)

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A Well-Traveled Dresser

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After much deliberation about which direction to go with my dresser, I finally settled on the perfect re-do. I simply couldn’t decide on a color to paint the dresser, or even a variety of colors… It felt like too much of a commitment. I thought about just staining the whole thing, but without any hardware it would just be too plain.  I’ve always loved the look of maps, and so I decided to Mod Podge vintage maps to the face of my drawers.

I could not be happier with the result! The project in total only cost me about $30.

Here’s how I did it:

  1. I started by sanding down the whole dresser
  2. Then I applied a couple of coats of dark stain – Minwax in Mahogany – to the top and sides (I left the drawers unstained since I knew I’d be covering them later)
  3. I used five different vintage maps all from places I’d like to go ;) I measured the drawers and cut the maps to size
  4. Then I applied a layer of Mod Podge to the face of the drawers and stuck down the map
  5. I cut the maps a little big so I would have a some wiggle room, so after I stuck them down, I trimmed the excess
  6. Then came the final layer of Mod Podge and viola! A dresser transformation :)

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20121231_164304-1-1Here’s the final before and after:

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This was the most rewarding project I think I’ve ever done. I’m so thrilled with the outcome, I absolutely love my new one-of-a-kind dresser!

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 8,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 15 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Happy New Year everyone!!!
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