Last winter my husband and I decided to renovate the den. We
knew we wanted updated cabinetry, new flooring, to update the fireplace and to
tear off the old wallpaper. Having a
desk or table was also essential. We surfed the web for ideas and watched our
usual home improvement shows for inspiration.
The space in the den is compact so we needed to be efficient with the
After a few design renderings and discussions regarding the layout we decided on a Murphy Desk. The perfect compromise between getting the table top space we needed and having enough space in the den when the table is not in use.
The Murphy Desk uses a standard piano hinge and a leg or table (as in our case) to support the weight of the table top in the down position. We used an antique table on casters, painted gold with a coffee glaze to use as support for our table top. In the up position art work can be hung to decorate the flat table top piece and a sliding lock for safety is used on each side to keep the table in the upright position.
So if you’re short on space use some creativity, and create an interesting alternative for your design dilemma. Give your own version of a Murphy Desk a chance it may just be the answer to your design needs.
I must admit that lately I have had a bit of an obsession
with apothecary jars. I love to display them and have enjoyed changing the
items in them seasonally. At Christmas I had candy canes, mini presents and
mini Christmas tree bulbs in my three jars. At Halloween glittery skulls,
skeleton bones and ghoulish eyeballs.
Now that spring is around the corner I have turned my focus back to
these clear beauties for the perfect spring items to place in my jars. After some brainstorming, I decided to make a
robin's nest for one of my jars.
I used brown excelsior I had laying around the craft room for the nest inside the jar. I painted three wooden eggs in an acrylic Robin's egg blue paint color. Depending on the thickness of your paint you may need two coats. Be sure to paint the entire egg with even strokes and let dry. I then used a nickel size of brown acrylic paint in my paint tray mixed with just a drop or two of water mixed together to make my brown paint a bit runny. Next I took my small craft paint brush and dipped it in the brown paint and used my thumb to flick the bristles of the brush to splatter paint onto the eggs over my kitchen sink to get the speckled effect. I let them dry then placed them inside my nest inside the jar.
Outside of the fact that the Robin's that would have laid these eggs would be a freakishly large species due to the size of my wooden eggs... the nest and eggs look very convincing and springy.
Ever since I can remember I have always liked bed coronets,
pelmets & testers. They add charm, elegance and romanticism to any room.
Through the years I have managed to make several, and more recently finished
one in my own room. Sophi has a tester above her bed, where as Ava has a
coronet. I think it largely depends on the fabric, size of room and bed style
to decide which is more suitable. Both
of my littlest girls have had some form of a canopy above above their bed since birth. One day they
will leave the nest, create a home of their own and hopefully want me to make
them a coronet for their little girls bed.
There are several easy ways to make a bed coronet; a tester
takes more time, fabric and can be much more difficult to construct. One of the
quickest ways to make a coronet is to find a shelf that has the right lines and
look for the room you plan to use it in. I often will find something from Hobby
Lobby and then spray paint or chalk paint it to the color I want it to be. I
then use coordinating fabric to the bedding and sew some basic curtains. Make sure you add at least an extra foot of
fabric to your curtains so you have plenty of room to create a swag on each
side of the bed. You will want your curtains to touch the ground on both sides
of the bed if possible. I think fringe and tassels always look nice, but it
takes the right room to pull that off. In my
bedroom I used a pot rack and painted it with chalk paint in a
coordinating color with my room. Used the existing iron pot rail to hang the curtains from. Secured it
to the ceiling using drywall anchors and then added antique looking knobs as
the curtain pull backs.
This project is so easy, but has such dramatic results! Love
In a world of computers, android phones and Facebook I find
the lost art of letter writing to be refreshing. Sure, e-mail and Facebook
posting is immediately gratifying but can it truly compare to the look and
beauty of printed stationary? I think not. Why even the use of plant leafs,
wrapping paper and some forms of tissue make great cards. Penmanship has never
been my biggest talent, but with the right calligraphy pen even the worst hand
writing can look attractive. Why stop there? A pretty stamp purchased from https://store.usps.com makes all the
difference. They have over a 100 different stamp styles to choose from that are
never offered at your local market.
So you have broke down and actually written the letter or note. Now, to properly seal the envelope. Wax sealing has always
been my favorite preference it’s colorful, fun and I love the texture and drama
it gives the envelope. The color options are endless as well as the design of
the seal. You can even purchase seals with a sticker back to save time or for
Sealing important documents dates back to Biblical days when
the author wanted to maintain privacy or authenticity for the special document.
Royalty would use specially designed seals to show their impressive image or
status and would often have several they would use. In medieval times the owner
of a specialized family crest seal would pass it down in an elaborate ceremony
to their predecessor.
Today letters mailed with wax seals through the Post
Office are rare but acceptable, and it is important to note that the seal can’t be over 1/8” thick or
it will get caught in their sorting machine. Next time you feel the urge to
break out the old stationary and snail mail someone a note, think of trying out
the age old art of wax sealing.