Confession.

I love to paint.

My painting major from college has since morphed into re-doing furniture which has in turn, become a steady stream of diy's & decorating.  I'm currently at home with the babe and occasionally find myself with an hour that isn't filled with life admin or baby tasks. So, rather then showering (overrated) I've found myself painting. Nothing fancy, just using bright acrylics and some tear off canvas sheets. Here's what my process has looked like lately -

 Make do with what you have! Tupperware will work just find for a palette.

Make do with what you have! Tupperware will work just find for a palette.

 I usually have a pad of perforated canvas on hand. It's reasonably priced from the craft store and comes in handy when you have a frame to fill.

I usually have a pad of perforated canvas on hand. It's reasonably priced from the craft store and comes in handy when you have a frame to fill.

  The lady in the frame is sure enjoying her walk on the beach.   I should have loaded up on these before I left Brooklyn. The dollar store (where everything is over $2) down the street had cheap gold frames. They had sharp angled ones that looked modern and awesome. The one above is a little beveled for my taste, but will do just fine. 

The lady in the frame is sure enjoying her walk on the beach.

I should have loaded up on these before I left Brooklyn. The dollar store (where everything is over $2) down the street had cheap gold frames. They had sharp angled ones that looked modern and awesome. The one above is a little beveled for my taste, but will do just fine. 

 I trimmed some branches from the backyard, shoved them in a mason jar and did a quick / rough still life. 

I trimmed some branches from the backyard, shoved them in a mason jar and did a quick / rough still life. 

 And then framed it. 

And then framed it. 

I can't get enough of these quick paintings! They are so therapeutic.  I just finished a massive floral using a street merch canvas I found in Brooklyn and even did a matching mini for Rosie's room. I'll share more in the coming weeks, but wanted to give you a peek! 

New Series // Patterns to Pieces

I love a good series. Friday Night Lights, House of Cards, Homeland (can you believe the last episode!!! that bomb!! omg), Parenthood . . . Brooklyn Boy and I LOVE getting hooked on a new show and watching as many episodes possible in a night, and then talking about it. And then watching more. And then feeling like you're living in the show and maybe confuse your actual reality a little bit with your 'tv reality"? Wait, is that Carrie Matthison crossing the street with Saul? Have you gotten to that point in your series watching obsession? You haven't? Oh. Just us?

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While we wait for Homeland to kick back into gear, we're launching a DIY series to hold us over! At the heart of most of my projects, you'll find a can (spray or reg.) of paint. Through years of street merching and redo's, paint is the simplest and most affordable way to totally change the look of something. So why not focus on replicating a handful of beloved patterns like leopard, greek key and ikat (the Missoni kind!) onto home pieces! 

First Up: Street merch vase meets leopard! A little before to get you thinking!

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Street Merch Tuesday

 

Street Merch is one of the reasons I originally started this blog. I kept finding left behind furniture on the streets of New York, in fairly good condition. I would grab it, take it home and spruce it up with fresh paint and even the occasional seat reupholstery. Over the past year, though, I haven't seen anything very interesting - just the normal disassembled bunk beds, mattresses in bags (gross) and piles of books.

But last week, I walked by a Bar Cart reminiscent of  this bar cart from a few years ago! It looks TOTALLY creepy in that pile of trash, but it had good bones! Don't worry, I didn't take it with me, I just wanted to show you that there are still things to be found on the city side walks.

Happy merching!

**Due to an insane work (my 9-5) schedule over the next few weeks, my posting may be sporatic! But will try my best :) LYLAS

Life Admin & Sneak Peeks

Happy Thursday! Here's a snapshot of our week:

- street merch is starting to reappear as the weather warms up! i don't normally recommend picking up upholstered stuff, but how bout this chair. 

- some of our dearest friends in Brooklyn had their baby!!! Family is happy and healthy. Baby is puhhhhrrrreshos. Baby Luke Hudson. Darling name, hu? We helped with the baby room - it has a Boy meets Texas meets Brooklyn. Pictures to come.

- i've started an herb garden!!! we've had tons of rain the past few days and the garden is thriving. it's the most welcome sight when i look out our bedroom window every morning.

- our 1 year anniversary is this sunday. WHAT?! you can expect a full wedding recap on the 12th.

- i'm helping a client with her wedding registry and you know who i've got to recommend? Jonathan Adler. He has some great gifty stuff and covers a wide range of price points. You should check it out!

- also, i'm crafting a before & after post for the Jane street apartment redo. Here's a peek at the bedroom before . . . 

thats all for now. enjoy the sunshine!