Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses

I live by the beach after all! Sandy toes and salty kisses are just a part of beach living.

I wanted to have some fun beach art when you first walk into my new home. I used the leftover wood from my desk to create this art piece.

I was really inspired by these painting:

I talk more about this painting in my Painted Wood Art post.

And this one which brought me so much joy! You can read more about it in my last segment of 5 Weekend DIYs.

I started off with the sun:

Pretty simple. I just used 2 different shades of yellow.

I then wanted it to look a little more rustic:

I used my Walnut Stain and an old t-shirt to allow the imperfections of the wood to come through.

I then used a pastel to outline my lettering. I knew I didn’t want it to be perfect. So this was the end result:

I used white paint for the letters and silver paint pen for some of the outline.

It’s leaning up at the first landing of our stair case. I am holding off on showing how it looks with the full room because we still need to put some love into it.

Imperfections are perfect in my eyes :)


Project Progress

Woowee! I’ve got a lot of great clients right now. I’m 75% done with one client who moved into an apartment and tried to bring in all his oversized furniture. I just wanted to show you the progress on the living room so far. With a mix of Feng Shui and design, we’ve made some big strides.

This was when I first showed up:

A few things to note:

  • his furniture was WAY oversized for the space
  • there really wasn’t a color palette or theme here
  • most of his furniture felt like it would be good in a cold climate environment with the darker colors and heavier style furniture

Here’s where we are today:

We decided that this place needed to be brightened up. Since it was so close to the beach, why not give it more of a casual and light, beachy vibe. The interesting thing is that he kept wanting to go back to those rocky mountain colors (forest green, orange, etc) so I thought we could stick with some of those but update the hues.

  • There is an accent wall with a beautiful sage color
  • The sofa which now allow the front door to fully open is a nice blend of casual, masculine and clean design
  • The ottomans are a vibrant rust color (hard to see with my iPhone pic but I will get you close ups once the project is finito)
  • We are still in the works of getting him a flat screen tv which will most probably be hung on the wall and get to the more decorative pieces like rugs, wall hangings and pillows.

So wanna know where these pieces came from? It rhymes with “Korea”. You got it! It’s IKEA!!!

  1. Ektorp Sofa
  2. Ekenas Footstool
  3. Boja Floor Lamp
  4. Hemnes Sofa Table
  5. Knipsa Basket

I’ll keep you posted with more progress soon.

Happy Wednesday!


Le Toilette

Good morning blog lovers. Today I wanted to share with you a little project I worked on a few days ago. Since moving into my new place, I am so eager to get everything looking super cute. Unfortunately the bathroom is fighting back with me. Between the gold fixtures and the lighting, I might as well throw in the towel. But I won’t! Here’s my biggest issue. Being a renter, there are things I can and cannot do. I am still in the process of working with the property manager to replace the towel rods.

Anyways, I was desperate to do something cute in the bathroom in the meantime. Since I had a ton of scrap wood from my DIY Desk adventure, I decided to use a smaller piece for some art. Actually this smaller piece came about because I had originally got the desk top cut to 58″ and it wouldn’t fit in my car so I had him slice off 8″.

I was really inspired by the herringbone pattern on this desk. I love that it is hand done and the lines are not perfect. It gives it so much character.

I got my 8″ x 30″ piece of scrap wood and painted it that blue color I have been using on most my projects lately. I then sanded it down a bit so the wood can peak through.

Then I used a small angled brush and gold paint to draw on the lines. It didn’t take me that long. Maybe 30 minutes. (I apologize for the picture quality- this was iPhone late at night)

Later that evening after 2 glasses of wine, I decided I had to work on the lettering. I woke up in the morning to this:

Don’t ask me why but for some reason 2 glasses of wine went straight to my head that evening. When I got up in the morning, it was time to fix my disaster.

I played around for a while on what word to use and I ended up with Le Toillette- toilet in french. I thought it was cute but it sure was funny waking up to this sign in my bedroom in the morning. No, please don’t use the toilet in my bedroom corner. Especially not my love shack corner!

The first thing I did was use a silver paint pen to go over all the lettering.

Then I used a thick permanent marker to create a shadow in the lettering.

I hammer 2 nails on the back side of the wood slat where the rope would hook around.

This was the before area. That poster kills me. Yes, it is old school Santa Cruz but I can’t handle the 80s vibe with this outdated bathroom.

Here’s the after. I hate to say it, but it almost makes the gold towel rods look good but not good enough to keep them!

Close up.


Home Invasion… the Aftermath

Hey all… Hope you’re liking the new site so far. There is still more to be done but we are getting there!

Today I wanted to share with you another set of “after” photos from a client and dear friend. I posted the progress of making tables here and painting the mural for the baby’s room here. Finally today I got some nice looking for reals “after shots.”

They already had a dining table in the dining room so I felt that behind the sofa was the perfect place to set up a work station.

This is where the bulk of the budget went to and the main changes happened. You can see how I made the desk here. The curtains prior were a satin beige and I changed them up with a linen fabric which lent a hand in continuing the beach cottage traditional yet casual look.

I really love the way the desk came out. It’s crazy that altogether that desk cost $70 with all the materials.


The project was mainly a diy scramble to fit the budget and it was fun.

Here is the art piece that I made. I LOVE old windows. I found this one at the local thrift store. The original idea was that I would have a mirror behind it and place it over the fireplace to let light bounce around the room. Soooo… the mirror thing… it didn’t work out. Cutting mirrors= not fun and a little scary.

Finally my little bambino’s room. Her little owl who watches over her at night.

Happy Thursday!