New Beginning!

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Hey all!  Well, it’s been awhile… sorry about that.  Hopefully all will be forgiven when I share what I’ve been up to :)

Moving! I got my own little studio in Leucadia with lots of funk and mexican-style charm.  Here’s a look at the space I’ve got to work with:

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Keep in mind these are ‘before’ pictures ;)… I’m so excited to make all 200 sq’ my own and I’ll be sharing every step of the process right here on my blog!

Sig

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DIY Earring Display

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Jewelry is pretty. That’s why we wear it. So why keep it closed away in a jewelry box? Jewelry should be treated as art, and displayed!

This is my quick little DIY for making your own jewelry display :)

Supplies:

  • Frame (I found mine for $1 at a thrift store)
  • Lace table runner
  • Super Glue
  • Scissors

1. Cut your table runner to fit your frame top to bottom. Don’t worry if the lace doesn’t fit perfectly in your frame – mine didn’t, you can always pull it from the sides with some thread.

2. Apply dots of super glue to the frame then attach the lace, pulling just a little bit so that it’s taut. Shazam! You’re done! Now for the fun part – hanging all your pretty earrings!

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earrings1I hope this inspires you to create your own jewelry display!

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Catchin’ Dreams

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A while back, I randomly decided that I wanted to make a huge dreamcatcher. I’ve always loved the way they look, and I figured that mine would be a more modern interpretation. I have a lot of jewelry and things that I never wear or use, but really love. I wanted to incorporate all of these things into my ‘sea inspired’ dreamcatcher.

I used a 12″ embroidery hoop, a lace doily, found beach glass, shells, sand dollars, beads, feathers, and little gemstones & crystals. It’ll probably always be a work in progress, as I’ve already added more to  it. I’m loving it & my dreams are already sweeter! ;)

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3 Things

IMG_20130213_124838{Cupcakes for Two, recipe here. Because sometimes you just want a cupcake.. or two}

Whew! These past couple of weeks have been busy ones for me. I finally finished every one of my furniture projects (!!! I’ll share more on that later ;))  I spent a little much-needed QT with my parents last week, (yay!) where we (my boyfriend, cousin & I) were treated to an amazing dinner at my new favorite restaurant here in Encinitas, Solace. I tried raw oysters for the first time….! I’m still not sure how I feel about them… they may be an acquired taste.. ;) I’m also super excited about my recent employment opportunity! – I started a new weekend job at the place I interned in Solana Beach, Bixby&Ball. This place is filled with wonderful ladies, wonderful home decor, and wonderful energy! :) I’m so happy to be back! In the mean time, here are 3 (other) things currently making me happy ;)

IMG_20130220_111704-1{A sweet note my boyfriend wrote when we first started dating that I recently tucked into a little frame :)}

IMG_20130220_111301{The cutest matchbox + matches ever. Isn’t that saying the truth?}

Ps- for some reason the word ‘boyfriend’ really bothers me.. :/ it sounds so juvenile! Maybe I’m just cray-cray.. I don’t know am I alone on this?? Anyway, here’s to a great week ahead!

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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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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!

Sig

Design Obsession: Chairs

Merry Christmas Eve readers! I’m excited about a few things…. family, presents, delicious food… and a GUEST BLOGGER here on bfarhardesign! Here’s Mari:

Hi, all! I’m Mari and I write for Arcadian Home blog, a great place to find lovely home decor inspirations. I’m so excited to be visiting here at bfarhardesign today to share a guest post and a design obsession with you. I love chairs in every shape, size and color. My capacity to give just one more chair a safe and loving home knows no bounds. No matter a chair’s age or condition, I always see the potential in it–what a fine piece of furniture it could become if given the opportunity.

I’ve pulled together eight images that include some of my favorite chairs. It was extremely difficult to choose so few, but here are my final choices for your consideration. We would love to learn about the chairs you’ve known and loved, if you would care to leave a comment. Thanks for letting me share. Enjoy!

Chair Obsession

Three gorgeous high-back white armchairs are able to maintain their cool even in the presence of this awesome china wall gallery.

Chair Obsession

Massive wall art is no competition for a chic beauty in wide stripes of cream and gray. I love the pale wood trim and legs on this chair.

Chair Obsession

How gorgeous is this Ikat-covered slipper chair? With their armless design these little chairs can fit in corners where others will not go.

Chair Obsession

I’m totally in love with the Cappellini Knotted Chair created by Marcel Wanders. The designer’s website describes how this cool chair is created, “This lightweight chair combines industrial techniques and handcrafting. A thread constructed of aramid and carbon fibers, is knotted into the shape of a chair and then impregnated with epoxy resin and hung in a frame to dry, leaving the final form in the hands of gravity.”

Chair Obsession

As the years go by, the iconic Egg chair seems to only grow in popularity. As for me, if I had the space, I would love one in each of its lovely colors.

Chair Obsession

Aged leather chairs are irresistible. This one with its unusual button tufting is especially appealing. And look at the vintage company it keeps – antique wall map, vintage suitcase and an amazing light fixture that merges ornate and industrial elements.

Chair Obsession

Two handsome swan chairs are a stunning addition to this contemporary space. Yes, I’ll take the stylish pair, please.

Chair Obsession

In their old age, these well-loved arm chairs have found a warm and cozy home in which to rest. It seems fitting that these beauties are able to bask in the glow of that lovely chandelier.

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What do you think of these unique chairs? Leave us comments below and be sure to check out our website for more home accessories and decor, as well as interior inspiration!

Thank you so much Mari for a beautiful post! Loving all of those gorgeous chairs!

Sig

Design 101: Texture

One of the most essential elements of interior design is texture.  Texture is the surface characteristic of an  object. It refers to the rough, smooth, shine, dull, stiff, or soft aspect of an object; whether it be a wall treatment, rug, furniture, woodwork, or art.  There are two types: visual texture, and tactile texture. Both play a key role in creating a well-designed space. It’s important in interior design to incorporate a variety of different textures to feed the senses.

Be mindful of the space you’re working with as different types of textures make a big impact. For example, in small spaces it’s likely a better idea to use smooth, shiny textures as light will reflect off of these surfaces, making the room feel larger. Whereas larger, brighter rooms can portray rough textures that absorb light more gracefully.

If you have a lot of wood furniture in your house, try incorporating some shiny metals. If you have wood floors, layer on a woven natural rug; try something new and have fun mixing it up!

Design 101: Balance

Here’s a little something you learn in the very beginning of design school: Balance.

There are 3 types-

  1. Symmetrical: A mirror image – usually seen as a more formal atmosphere
  2. Asymmetrical: Disproportion between two parts – more informal
  3. Radial: Balance that radiates from the center

These 3 images below (as well as the first image above) represent ‘symmetrical’ balance.

Now, here are a few examples of ‘asymmetrical’ balance

And finally, ‘radial’ balance

I hope you learned something from this post and maybe even learned a little bit about yourself in the type of balance you prefer. Don’t be afraid to experiment and mix it up a little bit!

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