Big ‘Ole Lamp

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When you see a 3′ tall hexagon lamp made of gold (faux, of course) for less than $20, there is only one approved reaction: PURCHASE IMMEDIATELY!

And that’s exactly what I did. I found this huge gold lamp at Home Style here in Covington and brought it home. I had an open spot on the little cabinet next to my bed. I’ve made over this corner so many times. The last version featured my plant of steel (which now lives in the living room, per the photo shoot folks) which left a spot for a very tall item.

Never in a million years did I think that very tall item would be a giant gold lamp from the 70′s, but here we are.

Giant Gold Lamp

The shade was a sale find at Home Goods. I bought the largest shade in the clearance section, which rings in at 20″. The shade really needs to be white, but for $20 and the size I need, this tan version is A-OK with me. One day I will cover the shade in white fabric, but I have to admit: the tan is growing on me!

You may remember me posting the pic below on Instagram. Suge is placed for scale which I’m sure he totally appreciated. I’m posting the Instagram pic below, but if you can’t see it, here’s the direct link.

I love how the new-to-me lamp works with my gold lamps on the dresser across the room. Like they were made for each other.

Bamboo Roller Shades

In other news and while we’re on the topic of this room, that copper overhead light is going to be replaced by a fan. Function wins over form (Aaron is so thrilled!). We’re fan people and our current set-up (an old dusty box fan leaning on a plastic chair) is just not working out. Bye bye light. You’re pretty but you don’t provide a good breeze.

DIY Copper Light

That’s all I’ve got for now. Be back Friday!

xo,

emily

 

DIY “Lukas” Modern Drip Art

I must be a glutton for punishment because I tried my hand again at DIY artwork. If you’re new around these parts, my last attempt was a total fail. I know, I KNOW. The big and much-welcomed difference  with this second round is that I actually like it! And even better, it’s so insanely simple I would not even consider this a tutorial. In fact, it’s not, because there is one step: pour.

DIY Lukas Drip Art

The inspiration for this art came from Lukas Machnik. Do you know Lukas? He was on Nate Berkus’ American Dream Builders show. It’s probably been awhile since this aired but because I am watching via Hulu, it’s like a whole new show to me. Anyways, Lukas was the… spoiler alert… winner of the show. His designs and DIY skills are out of this world. Everything he did for the show was so fresh, yet still felt really comfortable and approachable.

Speaking of his DIY skills, he made this large-scale light fixture out of basic electrical supplies for like $30. I mean, come on… so good!

Source: Not Just a Housewife

This one is blurry but I cannot get enough of that praying mantis lamp!

Source: Zillow Digs

Source: DesignDaze

Source: NBC.com

Source: NBC.com

One of his projects that really struck me was his modern drip art. In the show, it didn’t go as planned because there wasn’t enough time for it to dry, but I thought it was super smart. Very easy way to get a high-contrast piece of art. And honestly, from a shape perspective, there’s no real way to mess it up. Do you see it above the sofa below?

Source: Decoratorsbest.com

To create it, he just dumped a gallon of black paint and moved the canvas around to achieve the shape he was looking for. Seriously, that’s all it was. So that’s exactly what I did to mine.

I used those little craft acrylic paints. I poured a lot (probably 1 cup total) on my 16 x 20 canvas, then just let it drip. You’ll see I had two “drip zones” – the huge one in the center and then a smaller one to the right (at bottom now, the finished piece is turned clockwise)

DIY Lukas Drip Art

It did take about a week for the painting to dry. Expect it to take even longer if you have more paint on a larger canvas. I finished it off with a simple balsa wood frame.

DIY Lukas Drip Art

Biggie tried to lick it. He was not impressed.

DIY Lukas Drip Art

In real life, this lives in our bedroom. The lighting on that particular wall is super weird, which is the reason for the kitchen set-up.

So what do you think? Will you be trying drip art anytime soon? Maybe too weird? I promise this is my last DIY art attempt for awhile. ;)

xo,

emily

GHG on 6th Street Design School

My house tour is up on Kirsten’s blog, 6th Street Design School, today! I sorta met Kirsten at Haven last month, and by met I mean I sat in the front row at her session. Her blog has always been a favorite of mine, mostly because she runs a kick butt interior design business alongside it. She does a great job of taking readers through the design process and because of that level of insight, I have learned a ton from her blog. And I’m not just saying this because she featured me. :)

Anyways, go check it out!

GHG on 6th Street Design School

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Before I go, I just wanted to say THANK YOU for the comments on my previous post. It’s so nice to hear from people who are feeling out of balance as well as those who have implemented change and seen the light at the other side. I totally feel better already.

Can we talk about the weekend for a minute? This weekend is one of those rare weekends when we don’t have a single thing on the social calendar and for that I am so thankful. Both Aaron and I have big plans to do a whole lot of nothing. And you know me, I can only do so much relaxing so I’ve got lots of projects that need to be finished and shot for the ‘ole blog.

TGIF!

xo,

emily