Monday, January 31, 2011

Upholstery Class: Week 4- Half 'n' Half

Heya Nesters! And a happy Monday morning to you all!  If you're a pop by on the regular, you know that I have been taking an upholstery for the past month. If you're new to TN take a peek at previous weeks: one, two and three.  This week I finally brought in my fabric after big time stressing about it tirelessly all week.

Friday, January 28, 2011

House Tour

Heya Nesters!  Don't you love it when you reconnect with old friends?  I have this friend, Brielle. I've known her  Our dads are best friends from college and we grew up together doing many family activities together, since they lived only a few towns over.  Being a couple years older than me, she was someone I always admired.  She went away to school for design and as an onlooking high schooler about to start my college hunt, it was eye opening that one could get a degree in that. "Maybe I should start looking for schools with fashion design programs..." So I did and now I have a degree in that! But she lived far away for school and we didn't keep in touch much.  Since we've both been back in Beantown, and she {and her gentlemanly chef of a fiance, Brooks} is of course always invited to our family gatherings, we've gotten back in touch.  I'm so happy that she is an interior designer to boot because I can talk shop to her for hours on end and she doesn't mind! And her house is to-die-for.  I brought my camera on a little trip to Brielle and Brooks' home to show you guys some of her handywork.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Flip Flop

Heya Nesters! I am here and back in action!! If you caught last nights "post of the fly", my internet and phone were both down.  Luckily I had my cell as my means of backup so I could send you guys a little SOS note.  Anyhoo, lets get back to our regularly scheduled programming.  On Friday, I posted about Mud Rooms.  One of my most regular readers and commenters, KT over at KT's Refinishing School, mentioned she had to walk around the house in order to put her shoes away... and it got me thinkin'. My set up for my front apartment door, is a little ...well, backwards. 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Power Down!!

Heya Nesters! My lovely cable company decided not to inform me that phone and internet connection is currently down in my town. They have my cell phone number for a reason! Fantabulous! So it just hands me a forced yet much needed rest. So i'm sorry for being MIA but I hope they fix it super fast so we can be back on track tomorrow. So for now... I am just "posting" from my phone. Thank god for 3G! But this is all I can swing typing on my droid. SORRY!!

So stay tuned!!

Final fabric

Heya Nesters! Todays post is going to be a "quickie"!  Yesterday, I alluded to my upholstery fabric debacle... well let me tell you, choosing a fabric that is the perfect color and most importantly the perfect price.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Upholstery Class: Week 3

Heya Nesters!  Monday's just come on way too fast, don't they?  If you don't know, on Saturday mornings, I take this little upholstery class. And I am obsessed.  OBSESSED.  I love Mondays so I can gush to you about what I got done in class.  So let's start where we left off in week two. {See week 1 here!}

Gorgeous, ain't she?!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Mystery Date

Heya Nesters!  I know many of you were interested to find out about Matt and I's romantic mystery date! Well I am here to tell you that my amazingly romantic and thoughtful boyfriend surprised me with private ballroom dancing lessons.


Saturday, January 22, 2011

2 Year Anniversary

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Hiya Nesters!  Welcome to this special Saturday edition of Temporary Nest. Today is a special day for me.  Matt and I are celebrating our 2 year anniversary.  {It's actually Monday, but who wants to celebrate their anniversary on a Monday? Not us!} It may not seem ground breaking or even all that significant since we're not married or engaged. But Matt is so wonderfully special to me, if you haven't noticed by his frequent cameos in my adventures.  And I'll be honest, before him, I had never celebrated a first anniversary, let alone a second!  

Friday, January 21, 2011

If I Had a Million Dollars: Muddy Rooms

Heya Nesters!  I'm still looking for a coat rack in order to solve the throw-the-coat-on-the-chair syndrome.   I can't find one that tickles my fancy just right that I can paint and spruce up on the cheap.  I cannot stop thinking about this one...

The cute little boots, and wood pile make me think mudroom.  So that's why this week If I had a Million Dollars, I would have the most amazing mudroom on the planet.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Shattered Glass

Heya Nesters!  Last week while I was snowed in and removing all the Christmas decor from the homestead, I made a boo boo.  A big, made my heart sink, boo boo.


 Ugh... I am such a klutz. Too bad I have an affinity for all things glass.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

DIY Project: Old School Silhouette

Heya Nesters!  Alright well, enough with the chair business! There's more to life than velvet and tacking, right?  I wanted to show you guys today a little project that is close to my heart. As you may know. my brother, Joe, and sister-in-law, Molly, are expecting.  We are in the heat of baby shower planning and coordinating.  That combined with redecorating post-Christmas and my obsession with wanting to make a silhouette and I had a project calling my snowed-in name "Giiiiiinaaaaa... Get off your lazy, cold heiny and maaaaake meeeeeee."

So I did. 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Navy Blueprints

Heya Nesters!! Well as promised in yesterdays post, I wanted to chat with you all about fabric and color.  We all know that Satine {my lovely latest project that you can see here and here.} started out as a lovely sun-bleached magenta velvet. 

Monday, January 17, 2011

Upholstery Class: Week 2

Heya Nesters! It always comes back to Monday morning doesn't it? Well lucky for me, that just means I get to dish to you guys about my upholstery class!! {Which to me, is like even better than normal girl-talk.}  So without further adieu let's launch into it.

Saturday's class, as indicated in the subject of todays' post, was week numero dos.  I couldn't have been more thrilled to work my fingers to the bone bright and early on a weekend morning.  I was greeted with as much glee and enthusiasm for class from Kevin and Pamela, as I was feeling.  What a bright way to start a morning! This is what I came back to....

Friday, January 14, 2011

If I Had a Million Dollars: Jewels for Your Rooms

I have a confession: I am scared of using bold colors in my home.  I think many people feel that way.  I have ideas galore of great colors and what would work without clashing but still being bold and make a statement.  And then I step into my beige house. Hello, Beige couch.  Hello, Beige walls, Bathroom, kitchen, bedroom.... everything!  But it's safe.  My theory is that down the line I will have a home I own, that I can paint the walls rich colors and that way my furniture will match whatever walls I paint!  That's why this week, If I Had a Million Dollars I would have my whole house in rich, saturated jewel tones. 

 The accessories in this room really complete the jewel toned heaven. The chair that incorporates all the colors and the bedding are all spectacular. Is it bad that my favorite part is still the silver deer head?  Damn you neutrals!!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Feature on ModHomeEc!!

Heya Nesters! I know you don't usually get an odd, late-night post from me but I just couldn't go without telling you that Shelly over at ModHomeEc did a little feature on yours truly today!

As soon as I posted about signing up for upholstery class, she sensed my excitement and shot me an email because she runs an upholstery school!  Sweet, right!? I was pumped to hear from her.  She knows her biz-nass and she's been a great sounding board for ideas with the chair.  And she even wants to chronicle the progress of Satine over at MHE weekly! Allow me to repeat myself: Sweet, right!? So head on over  right here to check out her awesome projects shes sharing, as well as take a peek at what she's got to say about our friend Satine every week. 

Lots of blog love and a big THANK YOU over to Shelly! <3

Recovering from Christmas

Heya Nesters! Today I got to stay and work from home, thanks to a huge "Nor'easter"- as we New Englanders call it. Take a peek out my kitchen window that I took yesterday morning. 

Nesters, meet Kevin- My Kitchen Chicken.  He was a joke birthday gift form my girls and I laugh every time I look at him.
Wild, right? I know. Shoveling out was... interesting.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tulle and Tootsies

Good {snowy} Morning, Nesters!  Last night I added a little tulle and tootsies to my fine nest.  What the heck am I talking about? Well... lets start with a little background.


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Me, Matt and Thomas

Heya Nesters!  Last week I told you how I embarked on a journey of finding the perfect masculine bedding for my manly boyfriend, Matt.  I thought all hope was lost when the only one we both absolutely, undoubtedly loved... was out of stock.

Talk about a sucker punch in the gut.  Oof.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Upholstery Class: Week 1

Heya Nesters! Happy Monday morning to you all!  Most of you know that this past weekend, I started an upholstery class.  As soon as I signed up, I knew exactly what piece I would use.  Meet my rollback slipper chair.  I'm naming her Satine, as an homage to her Moulin Rouge-y vibe.  {And I also named my first chair, Buttercup, so why not keep the trend going?} Isn't she a beaut?

Friday, January 7, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

My girl Ashly over at Moon Walk was sweet enough to gift me an award.  It's called the Stylish Blogger Award.  I think it's a little like the blog version of a chain letter. It's showing the love to your fellow blog authors.  I guess I'll indulge somewhat....

Thursday, January 6, 2011

{Pre} Re-Upholstery Excitement

Heya Nesters!  I am so excited to let you all in on a liiiiiiittle secret:  I am starting an 8 week re-upholstery class on Saturday!  That. is. RIGHT! I am going to tear apart and re-upholster a chair and I couldn't be more excited.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A Man's Man Macho Bedding

My boyfriend is great. He's a real guys' guy.  He's a boxer, watches MMA, and listens to "metal".  {And he wants a monster truck but that idea was shot down... promptly.} But like most manly men, he's also a total softy on the inside. So he loves going to flea markets, yard and estate sales with me and helping me with DIY ideas.  He will even give me opinions on other furniture and decor choices! I love it! {Though, he may not be thrilled that I told the entire interwebs that. Oops!}  

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Warm your heart.

I saw this on The Lettered Cottage yesterday.  It warmed my heart so simply.  It is just pure fun and sweetness I wish I could take part is something as wonderful as this. 


Not quite a resolution...

Heya Nesters!   So I've been noticing all these blogs posting their list of New Years resolutions.  I'm not super huge on resolutions because they always get forgotten about, or put on the back-burner when life gets in the way. {The only thing I resolved last year was to have better posture. Which actually has worked so I'd like to keep that up, I suppose. The less of a hunchback I am the better, right?!}  My point is: Instead of a resolution list, I'm just making myself a To-Do Checklist. 

Monday, January 3, 2011

DIY Project: The Plight of the Stockings

Heya Nesters!  As mentioned before, I had many DIY projects underway for Christmas gifts and couldn't show you until after the wrapping-paper-ripping was over.  I couldn't ruin the surprise! After all, occasionally family members do stop by the ol' Nest. Anyhoo, one day in November, I got an email from Pottery Barn advertising their Christmas stockings.

via Pottery Barn
Since I had already been hemming and hawing over what homemade gifts to churn out I thought, "What a better gift for a new family {Joe, Molly and the Raz} than a family of matching homemade stockings!"  HA! How wrong was I?!