Several weeks ago I introduced a new blog series I was going to do creating a Dream Accessory Closet.  Well, as you can tell, I have not posted about this in a while.  It seems like every time I had slotted to work on this it was so blasted hot in the house, I just could not bear the thought of working physically.  There has been a long term heat wave in Southern California that is still here.  In OCTOBER!  With no air conditioning it has risen to over 100 degrees in the house.  I finally got to the point where I was getting up early in the morning to work on the closet walls and was totally drenched in sweat my the time I finished each step.  So, here is the first part of the actual work on the Dream Accessory Closet.

Dream Accessory Closet Painting

The last time you saw this closet it was a mess to say the least.  I took a whole afternoon on a weekend and went through each piece deciding if it needed to stay in my life or if it needed to be donated, gifted, or consigned.  It felt really good to pair down.

Dream Accessory ClosetAfter clearing out the closet, I patched all the holes (where in the world did they all come from?!!!)

Dream Accessory Closet

Then I added two coats of Sherwin Williams Gray Screen.

Dream Accessory Closet

This color is in several spaces in my house and I just love it.  It has a touch of blue that is lovely.

Dream Accessory Closet

I had been toying with ideas of what decorative pattern I was going to place on the back wall, knowing all along I was going to do it in gold when a trip to Target proved to be the final inspiration I needed.

Dream Accessory Closet

A plate there covered in gold arrows was just what I was looking for.

Now this is where I become a bad blogger in explaining how I did this.  I played around with how to lay it out on the wall and decided that dots with a pencil would be my best bet, then connect the dots with gold paint afterwards to create the arrows.

Dream Accessory Closet

I made a temporary template with a paint stir stick and it took me quite a while to get them all in place.

Dream Accessory Closet

Then it was a matter of painting in the arrows that did not take nearly as long as placing the dots.

And finally, the painting was done!

Dream Accessory Closet

Dream Accessory Closet

This pattern is just what I was looking for.  It adds a little funky glam while not being too overwhelming.

I am now on to working onto a storage/table piece that is from repurposed items that should be previewed on my next post for the Dream Accessory Closet.


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DIY Shoe Storage Ottoman

October 6, 2014

This is a project that I have wanted to do for a long time and when Goodwill of Orange County gave me a challenge to do a project fit for a dorm room, I knew this was my chance.

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DIY Shoe Storage Ottoman

Having enough organized storage in a dorm room or child’s room always seems to be at a minimum.  With limited space, things need to do double duty.  I saw a large ottoman in a high end retail store with built in pockets to house 12 pairs of shoes.  I thought that was so ingenious, but the $80 price tag on it was a little more than what I wanted to pay.  When I purchased this gray and white plaid ottoman for only $19.99 at Goodwill of Orange County for a TV Room Makeover, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to transform it into a Shoe Storage Ottoman for a fraction of the cost.  Here is how I did it!


  • Ottoman from Goodwill
  • 1 Drapery panel from Goodwill
  • Fabric Glue
  • Hot Glue Sticks
  • Chalk


  • Tape Measure
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun


  • $30 at Goodwill
  • $2 on other supplies

DIY Shoe Storage Ottoman

DIY Shoe Storage Ottoman


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Cantilever Chair Makeover

September 10, 2014

Cantilever Chair Makeover

While on a visit to Goodwill of Orange County, I spotted two Cesca style cantilever chairs.  The chrome tubular frame was tarnished and the cheap seventies tan velveteen fabric upholstery on the seats were not doing this pair any favors.  My husband in fact was looking at me with that look, you know the one that says “what in the world?!!”  I got them for a song and I knew they were a treasure.  They were not the real deal, but I still loved the simple lines and the cane backs were impeccable.

Cantilever Chair Makeover

After removing the backs and seats, a little Brasso did the trick to renew the chrome back to sparkling.  Since I am a pattern FREAK, I just about screamed when I spotted this Thom Filicia for Kravet Ikat linen in creams, golds, & grays.  I knew the pattern would go perfectly with the chrome & blonde wood.

Cantilever Chair MakeoverA million and two staples later, the seats were covered in my beautiful linen.  Attaching the seats and backs on to the polished frames was a euphoric moment.

Cantilever Chair MakeoverA match made in heaven.

Cantilever Chair MakeoverI had a little fun and staged them as accent seating.  And now, these chairs are destined to go to a clients home that I am working on.  As if the fabric choice was not perfect enough for the chairs themselves, they go wonderfully with the mid-century style room my client is going for I have called a Heywood Wakefield Dream.  I will show you the space with them in it as soon as it is complete.

Cantilever Chair Makeover

And just because you have to see the difference again, here is the before and after once more.  Now that is ReInvented Vintage!







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Dream Accessory Closet

September 8, 2014

Dream Accessory Closet Series

Besides being an interior designer and loving everything beautiful for the home, I am slightly obsessed with fashion accessories.  I have a closet at the end of my hall that has acted on and off again as an accessory closet, and a sad looking one at that.  Yes, it is a little embarrassing to show you the state of this section of my personal space, but I have plans, BIG PLANS!  This mess of a nook is going to become a Dream Accessory Closet ready to be shown off to all that view it.

These plans include several DIY projects to display jewelry, belts, purses, & scarves that I will be sharing along the way.  Some of them will be items repurposed from thrift stores, while others will be things made from nature.  I may just plain old shop my house.  Sometimes things get new life when they are put in a new place.  OK, who am I kidding, I may just have to make a trip to HomeGoods along the way.  The ultimate plan is to be big on style and low on cost.  I want this thing to be blinged out!  Like, I want you to be blown away by the glam-fest that is about to take place.


The first thing on the list is to go through and see exactly what I have and donate items that I really don’t wear any more.  Next will be a fantastic paint treatment in gray and gold.  The theme is vintage glam and I inadvertently gave a clue away when I showed this trunk on my Instagram.

I hope you follow me along on my journey towards my Dream Accessory Closet and if you are as fortunate as me to have a dedicated space for accessories, I would love to hear about it too.








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