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Boho Bungalow – Small Homes, Big Style

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So unbelievably excited to be included in this feature of “Romantic Homes” magazine! Small spaces, pretty storage ideas and lots of tips to double your space.

Small spaces doesn’t have to mean cramped and cluttered. Our little Spanish Bungalow was lacking in square footage, but still felt light, bright and airy. What worked for us here was the high vaulted ceilings and tons of full length windows to let in a lot of natural light. I kept pieces small and open to allow the light to flow. Most of our pieces had dual purposes. A small table that I found on my travels fit nicely in our small entryway. The drawer was perfect for housing a few things that we used daily and the basket below was a charming way to hold and hide our shoes.  cloth and patina island boho entryway13a

All the pieces are weathered in shades of seaside finds. Neutral pieces with pops of blues and greens add just the right amount of color.

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Small space decorating and many many more inspiring and beautiful pages in this issue.

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When walls are limited, every spot has an intentional purpose.

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I didn’t want the furniture to consume the room, so I painted the pieces in a neutral color so they would blend in with the walls. I kept the accessories simple and to a minimum in the same weathered feel.

cloth and patina island boho entryway5a You can easily add more height to a space by keeping the furniture pieces open and adding a larger mirror to bring even more light into the space. I wasn’t ever able to find just the right table for this wall so built this one to fit the space and the mirror. A few taller accessories and the mirrors height filled in this space nicely.

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My cabinet was my all time favorite Craigslist find! It houses our television and each drawer below is filled with things we use daily in our living and dining rooms. The cabinet is huge, but by painting it in a softer grey it blends with the rest of the decor instead of sticking out like a sore thumb.

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Trunks, baskets and cabinets that we have added all serve as storage and furniture pieces. They add charm and texture, but still remain useful. This little trunk was the perfect size for our coffee table and has enough space to hold our extra throw blankets. The trunk was black and not in great shape when I found it, but by painting it white it fit right in with our seaside decor.

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I am a huge fan of open shelving especially in smaller spaces. They maximize a small area and is a great way to show off some of your prettier pieces (you can hide your not so pretty pieces behind closed cabinets). Get the DIY instructions for these gorgeous shelves at sincerelysarad.com.

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I love that there has been more focus on smaller spaces and how to make them pretty and practical. Living small doesn’t mean it has to feel or look small. This magazine is absolutely gorgeous “as always” and is filled with so many beautiful homes and ideas for inspiration. Definitely an issue to have as a go to for so many ideas. 

Thank you “Romantic Homes” for including me in this gorgeous issue! It is a pleasure and blessing to be in one of my most favorite magazines!

Get your copy here 

tammy

 

 

 

 

SEGRETO vignettes

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Look at what came in the mail today! I have been anxiously waiting for this book all week! I am so unbelievably honored to be reviewing Leslie Sinclair’s newest book, “Segreto Vignettes”. While I absolutely adore her two previous books, (Segreto and Segreto Finishes), this one is my most favorite.

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Here is a quick peek at what Leslie has included in this gorgeous book. You can see from the contents page that this book covers it all (well practically). I completely agree with her when she says this book is an invaluable guide to the world of creative finishes. There are thousands of ideas, all beautifully photographed. These pages come to life in this stunning collection of rooms all adorned with finishes by Segreto. As you can see from the “contents page”, she covers so many different aspects of design.

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I stumbled on Leslie’s work many years ago when I was swooning over a finish on some beautiful woodwork and have been following her ever since. You all know how much I absolutely love a beautiful weathered finish and she is definitely the truest talent to just that.

Look at this “before and after” photo of these most beautiful ceiling beams! I am always in awe of how she can transform a newer piece of wood into the most elegant weathered finish. This book is filled room after room of the most inspiring finishes.

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Leslie is known in the industry as one of the best of the best in the world of interiors, and for good reason. She works with so many talented designers, artists and photographers and many of them have contributed to this beautiful book.

Just look at this kitchen! The cabinetry and beams are gorgeous and really bring this whole room to a new level.

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I honestly had a hard time as to what photos to share with you all, seriously. It literally is page after page of beautiful rooms, finishes and techniques. This is way more than just a book filled with gorgeous photos (that wouldn’t be a bad thing), but this is so much more. Leslie covers “finishing trends” on furniture, walls, lighting and tile. There is even a section on “disguising TV’s”. This is huge for me! I think a TV can ruin the look of a room and this book includes so many beautiful ways to hide them.

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This book guides you room through room with one inspiring page after the other. I am swooning over this bathroom. Every little aspect of it is so beautiful.

You know I love a soft neutral palette and Leslie tends to stay in these tones, which makes me love her work all the more.

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There’s even a section on “styling with slipcovers” and “painting on fabric”, both are things I love.

segreto vignette clothandpatina 13 How inspiring is this work space? “Stenciled floors” and “finishes” are just another area Leslie covers.

segreto vignette clothandpatina 0 Simply stunning & inspiring! Every little detail about this. The details in this book are amazing.

segreto vignette clothandpatina 14  Whether looking for inspiration for your own home or business, this book is a must-have if you are interested in design on any level. (actually, all three of Leslie’s books are). You will NOT be disappointed – it is a visual masterpiece that you will refer to over and over again. Over 325 pages of beautiful, gorgeous color photos. It’s simply a book you will love.

Here is how you can buy any of the books.

disclosure

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Thank you so much Leslie for including me in the group of bloggers who got the amazing opportunity to see this book early – I am so honored and know I will use this book as an inspiration in so many ways!!

tammy

Softer Side of Winter…

arhaus living room Well it’s been way too long since I’ve shared with you all here! It’s a new year, with new goals and new dreams of cozy spaces! As much as I love decorating for the holidays, there is something truly inspiring about clearing it all away and starting with a blank slate especially at the beginning of a new year.

In south Florida, we don’t experience a true Winter, but we still have our share of colder days, gloomy skies and lots of wind. And even though there isn’t snow on the ground outside, I still like to decorate like there is. (or at least the Florida version).

I recently visited Arhaus, and if you have never been, I highly recommend you stop in. Seriously so much to love! I’ve been gathering some decor ideas for our home and think this space is just prefect for the lighter side of Winter. Warm whites, a few fur accents, a chunky knit blanket and a few candles for a super cozy space. So much to swoon over.

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The time of year I love to bring in the softer textures of cozy wool throws and chunky knits. Couldn’t you just see yourself wrapped up in this one!?! A good cuppa, a great book, a cozy fire (or candles) and I know I’d be set. I always like to start with a white palette and depending upon the time of year will bring in additional neutral shades. Winter time for me is the perfect time to incorporate soft shades of grey, taupe and gold accents.

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My favorite go to…a beautiful slip covered sofa. I’ve had my sofa and chair for many years now and believe it or not, the white is easier to maintain than you think. Kids, dog, cat and all.  Comfortable, casual elegance is what I am always going for and for me this works for my home. Any accent pillow or throw I add to it pops against the white and just looks so pretty.

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I love a little sparkle especially in the Winter months where even down south we have plenty of gloomy days. A little shimmer here and there can really brighten up a space. I love, love this charming accent pillow!

arhaus bed linen My two favorite places to cozy up in, the living room and the bedroom. So loving this bedding with just the right amount of ruffle (for me anyway). I’d add a pretty fur throw blanket ( like the yummy one above) to the mix for a bit more warmth and a cozier feel. It might make it a bit more difficult to pull myself out of bed each morning though.

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Seriously beautiful and so loving this gorgeous finish. I love that it’s a great size with simple but charming accents.

Celeste 8 Drawer Dresser 

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Put this gorgeous chair near a sunny window with a warm blanket…yes please! 

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So beautiful! Just the right amount of glamour and sparkle to a soft neutral space.

Lucrezia Iron Wall Sconce 

arhaus rug I tend to add a lightly patterned area rug and keep my bedding simple. A few accent pillows and pretty decor pieces around the room are all I need.

arhaus mirror Mirrors and “lighting“ are like the jewelry pieces to the room and this one is drop dead gorgeous! The details on this one are so pretty with a light feminine feel.

arhaus bedroom What are your go tos for the Winter months? I guess it all depends on where we live and what the weather brings. I think no matter where I may live though, I will always keep things simple. A few natural elements, warm throw blankets, cozy lighting and a bit of sparkle.

I hope this inspired you to lighten things up a bit. Even in the colder months we can still enjoy the softer side of Winter. I’d just love to hear how you decorate for the Winter months! Feel free to stop in and share your ideas.

Thanks so much for stopping in!

tammy

 

 

 

Weathered Patina & My Craigslist Find

romantic country magazine clothandpatina Well it seems like centuries since I’ve done a blog post (hangs head in shame) but am so happy to being sharing this one with you today. My most favorite find made its way into “Romantic Country Magazine“! I was so excited to have my favorite find featured! There magazines are my most favorite! I read and browse their beautiful pages as often as I can. You can always count on gorgeous photos and tons of inspiration!

I remember when I first laid eyes on this beauty while browsing Craigslist and knew right away I had to have this one. “You can see a before photo in the upper right hand corner”. It looked large and wasn’t quite sure if it would fit in my tiny space but was certainly going to try. A girl who was in the process of moving had to have this gone asap which worked just great for me. Grabbed a truck, a little man strength and was on my way down south to take a look. I couldn’t tell from the photo but to me looked to be carved teak with an Indonesian flair which I just love! But of course you never know until you actually see it up close! I think I fell in love before I even got out of my car! It was gorgeous! I was a little taken aback to see it sitting outside in the elements but was in great shape and had to have it.

Have to say this thing ways a ton! I alone could not even budge it let alone pick this thing up and put it in a truck. So happy to have had someone on hand that was happy to help! I met up with its previous owner to pay for this beauty as I was anxiously awaiting to get this home and call it mine. I was so ready to negotiate a price on this one since I had already fallen in love but thank goodness she was oh so willing to part with it and sold it to me for $80! Can you believe it!?!

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I was super excited to get it back in my place and even happier to see that it was going to fit on the wall between the living and dining areas. I hopped online right away to do some research in hopes to find a little more info on my new gorgeous piece. I wasn’t able to find this exact piece but was happy to find that these can sell into the thousands!

Knowing a little of its history I honestly tried keeping it in its original state. I stared at this every day from every angle trying to be comfortable with the teak color, but just couldn’t do it. I knew I would love it even more {if that’s at all possible} having it painted in a grey color to blend better with the rest of my home. So the painting began. I knew I may get some flack from some of you but am so happy I painted it. I used mostly “Paris Grey” chalk paint by Annie Sloan with bold brushing of “Pure White” to keep in with the rustic feel. I sanded it here and there so I would be able to see the teak through the grey and have to say I just love the blend of these three colors! I love that it still feels rustic but has an elegant Indonesian Country feel to it. I happen to think the details are more prominent after painting it. And it’s just paint right? Worse case scenario you could remove the paint and go back to its original state or start over. I admit I had a brief moment of “what did I do”, did I actually just paint over hand carved teak! But that moment passed quickly as I was watching it’s true beauty “to me” unfold. 

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I have for now left the original hardware which is black only because I haven’t decided if I want to paint them in a warm bronze color or replace them with something different all together? What do you all think, love them, leave them?

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And my little character there “Bob” always finds a way to sneak himself in my photos! Total ham that one. So he gets his 15 minutes of fame as he graces the pages of Romantic Country Magazine.

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Look at this cover! So, so pretty! Doesn’t it make you want to pretty up your space? This is a porch you could spend hours on sipping your favorite summer drink, reading a good book, relaxing on a beautiful summers day. But, with a pretty porch like this it would be a place that I would want my friends and family to gather along with me. Hoping you get a chance to grab a copy of this beautiful magazine. The inside is just as beautiful and inspiring as its cover!

I’m a huge fan of browsing Craigslist in search of pieces like this one. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure! Especially if you have the foresight to see it’s true potential!

As always, thanks so much for stopping in!

tammy

Getting The Vintage Look For Less

Getting the vintage look on hometalk with cloth and patina Wow, I can’t believe it’s November already and the holidays will be here in no time! This is absolutely my favorite time of year and am so looking forward to decorating for Fall and Christmas. With the holidays comes lots of family and friends in and out, which means it’s the perfect time to spruce up your home. We all want our guests to feel welcome and want our homes to be a little extra pretty this time of year, right?. (Who doesn’t want to make a lasting impression ?)

I just put together a board over at Hometalk, “Getting The Vintage Look For Less”. A collection of some simple and inexpensive ways to add a bit of vintage flair to your home or space. Are you all familiar with Hometalk? It’s basically a Pinterest site for all things home & garden filled with many many amazing DIY projects! You can share your own projects as well and ask questions in the Hometalk Community. I am relatively new to Hometalk, but am already hooked and can’t wait to fill my site with many wonderful projects. Hop on over, have a look around and would love for you to follow along with me at Cloth and Patina on Hometalk.

Well that’s it for now. Stop back in soon! I’ll be posting a mini Autumn Home Tour later this week. Until then, wishing you a beautiful day!

tammy

 

 

 

Segreto Style…New Inspiration

I am so happy to be featuring Leslie Sinclair’s new book…”Segreto Style”

Leslie is the creator and owner behind Segreto Finishes, the Houston based company that specializes in custom paint finishes for walls, cabinetry, floors and furniture. Leslie’s first book, “Segreto Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors,” was launched just a few years ago and has been an absolute favorite of mine. I’ve browsed this book many many times for inspiration. 

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Leslie’s first book (filled with gorgeous photos and tons of inspiration) Continue reading

Island Bohemian Summer Decor

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Welcome to my home! For those of you who don’t know me, I love a soft neutral color palette, weathered woods and a bit of sparkle. I truly believe that our homes or at least one special area should be our own sanctuary. A comfortable place where we can escape and unwind, even if it’s just for a little while. I try to always create a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere with a bit of elegance { a girl’s gotta have a little sparkle in her life} My soft weathered palette puts me at peace and helps me unwind. Kick off your shoes, grab your favorite drink, and relax if just for a bit.  Continue reading

Where Bloggers Create 2014

cloth and patina fabrics Welcome to my studio space here at Cloth and Patina and the 2014 Where Bloggers Create Link Party. This is my first year joining in and am so looking forward to browsing all of the creative space and to share my space here with you all. Continue reading