Monday, January 31, 2011

Where We are with the Studio Makeover

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Want to see the before and after of this side of the studio?

Well, then...

Move your mouse over the image to see the before and after!
(NOTE: If you are viewing this in a reader, you'll have to visit the post to view the effect.)

What do you think so far?

What's left to do? The other side of the room...

It never ends! Stay tuned for the changes!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Iron, Carrera Marble & Office Chairs in the Studio Makeover

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I thought I'd give you a little background on the furniture that's chillin' in the center of the new studio space...the marble topped iron table and the two office chairs.

The chairs guessed it!...from Pottery Barn. Now, before you ask me how I afforded two $400 chairs, let me tell you that I didn't. No, they were not gifts. No, I did not steal them. I found them at a discount store called Tuesday Mornings about 5-6 years ago. When I looked underneath one of them and saw the PB label, I was shocked. PB at Tuesday Mornings? Awesome! Because they were marked down to an amazing price, I decided to get both of them. I knew what a great deal I was getting, and I wasn't willing to share it with anyone else!

The two chairs are cushioned with some chair pads from Pier 1. Again...about 5-6 years old.

And the table...a flea market find. The base is an ivory painted iron with a perfect amount of rust detail. It is topped with a round piece of carrera marble. The vendor told me that it was not an original pairing, but I'm quite happy with how she put the base and top together. This table had been used as a side table in the living room for the past couple years. It now has a new purpose and featured place of honor in the studio!

Friday, January 28, 2011

I'll Be in My Studio, Studio...Up, Up in My Studio, Studio...

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Just like the doors for the gym, guest spa, and guest suite, the studio needed a door label, too, right?


Vinyl words are pretty easy to apply, but there are few strategies I've learned to make it go smoothly. For the full tutorial on how I applied this one, visit my post at The DIY Club...Amy's Studio Door featuring Design Divas.

The studio has received a bit of an overhaul lately. Nothing earth-shattering. Not even any new paint. Just character and functionality. It continues to receive some much-needed TLC...

BEFORE...                                                           CURRENTLY...

Unlike Sarah, who is tweaking her study in the sweltering heat of Australia, I'm glad the temps here are finally above 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Wishing it were a tad warmer to be sure! 

Anyone else working on their home office/workspace/studio/study?

Want to add your own vinyl lettering to your door?

P.S. Did anyone else catch the America's Got Talent reference in the title?

Linked up at:


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

DIY Life & Home Winter Issue eZine Now Online!

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DIY Life & Home | Winter 2011 | read it online

WhisperWood Cottage contributions...
{cover design}{photos: cover, pp 3, 6, 41}{projects/tips: pp 39, 78}

Want to contribute and be featured in the ezine? See page 7!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ladder, Hammer, Nail, Vintage Metal Sign...Done!

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As promised, here are more photos of the space over the studio closet. And the quick story about its transformation. Here is what it looked like to start...

I first pulled out my trusty antique ladder. Antiques are not just for looking at in this cottage! They get put to use on a daily basis!!

I climbed up with a hammer in one hand in a single nail in the other. I eyeballed the location of the nail to line up with the center of the closet doors. Tap. Tap. Tap. Then I hung an awesome vintage metal sign. The space went from this...

to this...

I bought the sign from my vendor friend, Cindi@The Nature of It, at A Gathering of Friends last year. She always has amazing things that fit with my cottage style!! The theme of the sign actually hints at the many purposes of this space. It's my home office, DIY supply store, and creative studio all in one! It's a perfect fit.

As small as this space is, there is still another side of the room you haven't seen! The makeover continues! 

Linking up to:

Beyond The Picket FenceFunky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

Monday, January 24, 2011

Before & After: What Went Above the Studio Closet?

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Want to know what I put over the closet in the studio?

Well, then...

Move your mouse over the image to see the before and after!
(NOTE: If you are viewing this in a reader, you'll have to visit the post to view the effect.)

More photos tomorrow!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Tole Chandeliers Can Be Mean: DIY Conflict Resolution

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We're on step 5 of the studio makeover! Just joining us? Catch up on the whole studio makeover process. We started with the vintage medical cabinets, then added the tole chandelier, brought in a coat rack crafted from a vintage door & wire hooks, and crafted vertical storage out of vintage wire baskets and an antique ladder.

The centerpiece of the room is this vintage tole chandelier in cream, yellow, and green tones. You saw it go up here. Even from underneath, it has great details! But don't let its beauty fool you! This chandy is not so innocent! It has a sassy mean streak!

We ended up hanging it up higher than I originally had planned. Why? After it hit me in the head with those metal prongs about three times in five minutes, it was either lift it up or tear it down! :) That tole takes a toll on your head! Ouch!! Yes, I cried. DIY can be that way, y'know. It's okay now. We've worked out our differences. :)

Now, see that space behind it? Up above the closet? Something must be done! Something simple, yes, but what? Don't worry! I've got it covered! The answer coming up next!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

TGIF & the Hand Built Pledge

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now happening all weekend at The DIY Club!

What's TGIF?
A new etsy feature and giveaway starting each Friday and going all weekend long.

What's the giveaway this week?
The sweet bird pin cushion (photo above) from the etsy shop of Gina at The Shabby Chic Cottage.

How do you enter?
CLICK HERE for details.

DIY Club


Have you taken the 2011 Hand Built Pledge?

I have! Read all about it and link up to pledge over at The Design Confidential!


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Deadline to claim prizes for the 1st Project of the Year Party is January 31, 2011.
Check the links below to see if you won or were featured.
If you won a prize, please email me before the deadline to claim it.

Friday, January 21, 2011

1st Project Party: Day 11 Grand Prize Winner & 15 Must-See Features

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Thank you to EVERYONE who linked up or visited the 2011 1st Project of the Year Party at WhisperWood Cottage! You've outdone yourselves by kicking off the year with amazing projects! I've enjoyed checking out each one!! Be sure to check out all the winners and the featured posts from each of the past 10 days. If you were drawn as a winner or grand prize winner, you have until January 31, 2011, to claim your prize by emailing me your shipping address...

Day 1 Winner & Features: Neutrals

Day 2 Winner & Features: Typography

Day 3 Winner & Features: Unique Workspaces

Day 4 Winner & Features: Creative Organization Solutions

Day 5 Winner & Features: Ideas for Entertaining

Day 6 Winner & Features: Gorgeous Storage Solutions

Day 7 Winner & Features: DIY Adventures

Day 8 Winner & Features: Fabulous Furniture Makeovers

Day 9 Winner & Features: Vintage Jar & Fabric Ideas

Day 10 Winner & Features: Kid Stuff with Style


Congratulations to No Minimalist Here!

You were randomly selected as the grand prize winner of the 2011 1st Project of the Year Party!! You win a 1-year subscription to Cottages & Bungalows magazine, 4 gallons of paint from Dutch Boy, 6 cans of spray paint from Krylon, and 1 prep tool & paint brush kit from Purdy. You've got the makings of some great DIY projects in 2011!

15 Must-See Features

I couldn't end the party without showing you some more amazing projects linked up by some very creative bloggers! We have a fireplace, artwork, crafts, bedroom updates, room makeovers, and some junk-inspired projects! I hope you love them as much as I do...

Three Boys



House of Ficek

My Repurposed Life

SAS Interiors

Super Woman


In My Own Style

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Junkin' Junky

Beyond the Picket Fence

It's Just Me

Storm Cloud Nine

Homage Style

Thanks for linking up, ladies!
Please grab a "they love me" feature button...

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Thanks again to everyone!
See you here next year for the
2012 1st Project of the Year Party!!