Thursday, November 15, 2012

My DIY Demon Unleashed and West Elm - St. Jude Children's Hospital

So thanks to some of my very DIY savvy blogger friends, I've been dabbling more and more with some DIY when time allows on projects. DIY works best because there is NO labor cost to you. It becomes a little tricky when your designer does DIY because well, we have to charge for our time and labor. So anyways, I'm squeezing in some simple projects here and there for some of my favorite clients. 
This weekend I installed the guest bedroom project we talked about here. Well, sort of installed. We're 95% complete and will be making final tweaks this weekend.
This client has a thing for the Caribbean and had these custom framed artwork from various islands. The walls in the guest room have been painted white so since I needed to incorporate these pieces,  I decided to paint the frames. Colors to be revealed! This curtain rod was also in perfectly good shape but I needed it to be black to make the new white curtains pop. They too got painted.

The guestroom will also function as an office space since she's working from home more these days. When her adorable grandsons come to visit, we wanted to create a little zone in the room that they could call their own. We decided to paint this wall with a magnetic paint and chalkboard paint so they could both pin items on the wall and write away to their hearts content without getting in trouble! So word to the wise, that magnetic paint is a britch! Three coats should do the trick? Er, no. Try seven or more which is why our project isn't complete and why they have gotten such scathing product reviews.  Sigh.

In other news: Our friends at our favorite West Elm store at the Village of Gulfstream are hosting a Customer Appreciation Event today from 5-9 pm.  



They're having some killer sales (I got some great deals here for the guestroom) so tonight's event is a great opportunity to start your holiday shopping early, and also give back to the community by making a donation to the St Jude Children's Research Hospital. Their Thanks and Giving campaign is a time to give thanks for the healthy kids in our lives and give to those who are not. It is important to remember that at St. Jude, no child is ever turned away because of a family’s inability to pay. All costs for treatment, travel, food and lodging for patients and their families are covered. Eighty-five cents of every dollar St. Jude receives goes directly to research and treatment, which is why it is so important for us to help. So please go forth and shop this evening to show your support. Enjoy some light refreshments as well while you shop.

That's all folks. Holla back and let us know what's cooking with you and what you're giving thanks for this holiday season. 

*LLD received no compensation for this West Elm/St. Jude Hospital mention.


  1. Can't wait to see the finished frames!! Wish I could go to the event!! Have a great time.

  2. wow *_* very nice! your blog is very good and interesting. im glad if you visit my blog, too <3 keep in touch!


  3. what a great way of using the wall space! that is so creative :)


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