Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Exciting News!

Our Fine House is now on Facebook! We just created our Facebook page and we're so excited to get started.  We plan to share some great DIY projects, host giveaways and share photos of ongoing projects, so please stop by and "Like" us.  You can access our page by clicking on the link to the right of this post.

See you on Facebook!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Beautiful Backyard Before & After

We're so excited to share this backyard overhaul with you!  Take a look at these amazing Before & After photos that were sent to us from a reader.

Michelle's backyard was boring and blah.


With the lack of landscaping, her pool was less than inviting.


So the renovation began!


And now, she has a BEAUTIFUL backyard!


With a new patio, grass and awning, her backyard is now wonderfully inviting!


Lemonade, anyone?



Michelle, thank you for sharing your Backyard Re-do with us. You did a great job!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Our DIY Air Plant Terrariums

We love having plants in our home and unfortunately our cats feel the same way.  Our cats are always chewing on our plants and we're constantly trying to find new ways to keep our plants out of harm's way.  Recently, I came up with an idea that allows us to keep our plants from being chew toys . . . Hanging Terrariums!

For this project, you'll need Hanging Candle Holders from CB2, Sand, Air Plants and Shells.



Fill your Candle Holder with sand and carefully place your Air Plant inside.


Scatter a few shells inside. You can also use small pieces of coral or driftwood.


Take a step back and admire your work.


Beautiful!


Next, hang your new creation in a place where you will be able to admire often.


Ours hang in our kitchen window. We plan to make a few more using succulents from our garden. How about you? Do you have a green thumb? Or do you prefer plants of the silk variety?

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Wine Racks? Wine Not?

The last time that you took a peak at our wine storage, it looked like this:



Our needs have *ahem* changed and our "wine nook" now looks like this:



Now that we've added wine racks, we can almost house all of our wine.


I know we've been absent lately, but I promise that we have a ton of exciting things coming up. Our Living Room reveal is next week and I'm so excited to hear ideas from all of my fellow bloggers about how we can make our room better.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Achieving the Shabby Chic Look

We love questions from readers! Let's kick off the week by seeing if we can help Kristen with her design dilemma.

Kristen writes:

Hi Jen,


I was wondering if you or some of the other followers on your blog might have some ideas for my apartment...I'm looking to do all the rooms "Shabby Chic". Also, I love your idea of make the place "your own", and want to incorporate memories throughout the house as you have done with yours. I'm not really creative, but you have given me a ton of inspiration....

Kristen, Thank you so much for writing! We have plenty of ideas to share with you. Lucky for you, achieving the "Shabby Chic" look can be quite easy and affordable. You can definitely work with what you already have or you can buy a few key pieces from estate sales, flea markets or thrift stores. Shabby Chic is all about distressed furniture and white or pastel colors.

Try painting your furniture pieces a beautiful, creamy white. After the pieces are dry, use sand paper to distress the corners and edges. Adding glass or crystal knobs would be a really nice touch.

A few throw pillows in pretty pastels or white lace would add a Shabby Chic look to your couch or bed. Check out the great bedding that Target has! They have a whole line of beautiful, Shabby Chic bedding.


Find a chandelier at a thrift store and tweak it a bit to fit your new Shabby Chic style. You may even be able to find a great chandelier at Ikea! (Take a look at this little gem). A coat of cream colored spray paint would be an easy and inexpensive way to change it's look to something more your style.



A great way for you to incorporate memories into your decorating is by adding photos. Buy a variety of frames in different sizes, shapes and designs. To unify their look, give them a coat of paint and a quick distressing. Then, you'll have a gorgeous collection of Shabby Chic frames to display all of your special photos.

Want another great way to make the space your own? Find wood cut-outs of your initials and paint them white. Then, hang them on the wall using a beautiful, satin ribbon.

Kristen, we hope this helps. Readers, do you have any other great ideas to share?