MORE FURNITURE MAKEOVERS

Hello!!! I know my posts have been few and far between this Summer, I have been super busy and traveling quite a bit as well. I miss keeping up with all my favorite blogs and blogger friends and am trying to find more time to get back in the loop! I just finished re-habbing this Chinoiserie style cabinet. I bought it from a guy on Craigslist for a song and used chalk paint and some new gold hardware to give it a completely new look.

Hello!!! I know my posts have been few and far between this Summer, I have been super busy and traveling quite a bit as well. I miss keeping up with all my favorite blogs and blogger friends and am trying to find more time to get back in the loop! I just finished re-habbing this Chinoiserie style cabinet. I bought it from a guy on Craigslist for a song and used chalk paint and some new gold hardware to give it a completely new look.

This was the cabinet before - a shoddy spray paint job, dirty and missing hardware. Now it is clean and bright and can hold much of my painting paraphernalia and some tchotchkes as well! Craigslist is the best. Here's to the rest of September! Hope you guys have a great week and I will be back soon.......

This was the cabinet before - a shoddy spray paint job, dirty and missing hardware. Now it is clean and bright and can hold much of my painting paraphernalia and some tchotchkes as well! Craigslist is the best. Here's to the rest of September! Hope you guys have a great week and I will be back soon.......

CHAIR REHAB


As any of you who follow me on Instagram know, I found a steal-deal at the Church Mouse when I was in Palm Beach a few weeks ago. I have wanted one of these classic Chinese Chippendale armchairs for years and even painted one (print available here)and so, when I spotted this for a mere $95, my husband suggested I snap it up.




The seat was filthy and dingy, but I knew that I could either clean it or reupholster, so I didn't let that small detail deter me one bit! I hated to have to rip out the nailhead trim, so I opted to clean the white upholstery with Bar Keeper's Friend after reading online that it works on vinyl like a charm. It did the job and the seat is now spotless.


The frame was a little too drab for my liking as well, so I decided to mix my own paint color and give it a brighter look.


Here it is, cleaned and freshly painted with my "Italian Gardens" cushion that is available here
Hope you have a great start to your week!

A HAPPY ISLAND - PALM BEACH


My husband and I just returned from a short little jaunt to Palm Beach to celebrate our first wedding anniversary.  We thoroughly enjoyed the vibe, the food, the eye candy and each other. Here's a few photos of some of the highlights.


the pool courtyard at our hotel, The Chesterfield, a quaint boutique hotel with plenty of charm and a very friendly staff



Dinner at Charley's Crab was good and the view of the Atlantic was even better...



The lush flora on the island is everywhere.....lots of orchids and beautiful potted plants


The shops are one-of-a-kind, this lantern outside a paper shop on Worth Avenue was what caught my eye.
I love Spanish Colonial architecture, pecky cypress (see ceiling above) and any Mizner designed buildings especially.


Couldn't pass up a shot of the Staffordshire collection in Letitia Lundeen Antiques, that has another location in Nantucket as well.


We visited the famous "Church Mouse" thrift store and I scored this amazing deal on a Chinese Chippendale armchair!


I thought these shoes were very reminiscient of a Palm Beach socialite in the 60's. They were huge and left me wondering if they had belonged to a famous style icon we all know had very large feet and spent time there at a family compound??


The homes are very tasteful and many are quite understated as well, not a lot of nouveau-riche flash all over the place, which is refreshing.


I wasn't sure what type of tree this was, but it was pretty nonetheless. The blossoms looked like a cross between mandevilla and petunias.


Another beauty


This was my favorite and also happens to be for sale here


For all of you fiddle leaf fig fans, I found the mother of them here


I am pretty much convinced that Palm Beach Style is kind of up my alley


On Worth Ave.


These beautiful Chinoiserie fretwork details were outside the deli, for crying out loud. Ever seen a deli in a building with such cool classic architecture?


The breakfast was pretty delicious, too. Eggs Benedict with nova. Try it at Toojays.


This cute classic Morris Minor was parked out front


I wanted to steal the mirror out by the pool at our hotel but settled instead for a quick snapshot.


Visiting the Breakers was a treat. This historic legend lives up to the hype and is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. They even have a Lilly boutique right on the premises! 
(love the painting of the hotel hanging in the shop above!)


One of the gorgeous courtyards at the hotel


The outdoor furniture was so charming and colorful. Not your typical generic patio set, for sure!


The plantings are incredible


The hotel's gift shop - The Breakers News and Gourmet- is a great place to pick up some necessities and non-necessities as well.


Beautiful fountains


The ceiling in the lobby......magnificent.


and this concludes my photo tour. I thought this "living" wall on Worth Avenue was worth showing.
Any places I missed that I need to check out next time?
Have a wonderful weekend!

PURPLE POTATO SALAD


I just made this recipe for the first time last week and it was a hit. It's not your everyday potato salad, but it's pretty delicious. The key to the extra flavor is leaving the skin on and roasting your potatoes in the oven vs. boiling or steaming them.
I diced up some purple potatoes, threw them in a glass baking dish, splashed on some EVOO, a dash of garlic salt and coarse ground pepper, bake at 375 for 45 minutes to an hour and then let cool until the potatoes are just warm. Dice up about half of a large sweet onion and then add defrosted frozen green peas and mayonnaise to taste. Combine together and grind out a bit of sea salt and more pepper and then you're done!
Ingredients
5-6 medium purple potatoes, diced and roasted
1 1/2 cups peas
1/2 large sweet onion, diced
4 tablespoons mayonnaise (or to taste)
coarse ground salt and pepper

Let me know what you think if you decide to try this!
Bon Apetite!!