Friday Finds: Outdoor Seating

Piggy backing of yesterday's post, today's Friday Finds are dedicated to the outdoors. I mentioned yesterday that I wanted to seat at least 4 people. Well, it took me a while to decide on a seating configuration: four chairs OR a love seat with two chairs. The more I thought about it, I was more comfortable with the versatility of the four chairs.

So, now, I'm on the hunt for the perfect chairs...with the perfect prices. Here's what I've found so far:

1. IKEA PS Vago Easy Chair - $30
Our balcony is really small, so I think these would be a great fit. They're simple, compact & stackable, and would go well with any color scheme or design I can conjure up. And at this price, you can see why it's my #1 option.
2. IKEA Brommo Chaise Lounge - $60
These chairs really speak to my love for mid century furniture. They're pretty much a cousin to this Danish modern beauty. I don't know how comfortable it is, but you can't deny how amazing it looks. The price isn't too bad either.
3. World Market Apple Green Adirondack Chair - $100
I just love a good Adirondack chair and this one in this poppy green color really makes me happy. It's hard finding an good quality Adirondack for under $200, but I think this one fits the bill.
4. IKEA Hogsten Armchair - $90
This chair is just so pretty! The graphic pattern would be a great modern element to add to our personality-less balcony.
5. West Elm Bend Chair - $211
Yeah right. They're cute, but definitely NOT in the budget!

 Which would you guys vote for?


Heading Outdoors

It's heating up here in Memphis (it's actually over 80 degrees today), so it's time to prepare for mojitos on the balcony. Not to mention, Memphis in May has rolled around, so we're expecting to host a few house guests soon. But we can't have people walking up to our spot with it looking like this:

This just hurts my heart.
And as a result, I've been on the hunt for some outdoor inspiration, and boy, did I find it!

Our space tiny, but I want to be able to seat four people.

Lots of plants will help bring some life to such a dead corner.

Definitely, going to need some mood lighting for ambiance.

I want to keep the furniture neutral, but bring in color through the plants and accessories.

I've already started picking up pieces for our little balcony, so stay tuned for all the outdoor progress. Do you guys have plans for your outdoor spaces? Is the weather cooperating?  Do tell.


DIY: Coffee Table (Photo Dump)

It's reveal time! My latest DIY is ready for it's close up. Be warned, this is NOT a tutorial. If I made this table again, I'm almost positive that the process would be different. But you do get to see a lot of pics of how things went along!
So...I started with a big (3 ft X 3 ft) scrap piece of plywood that I've been hoarding for over a year now (the big piece on the bottom).

I had a design in my head, and I went for it.

But, I changed my mind and went and rented one of these...
I cut a bunch of pieces of wood and then I got this...

Here I am giving it a coat of Zinsser Cover Stain Primer.

When it came to choosing a paint, I new I wanted a high-gloss, lacquered look. Jenny Komenda of Little Green Notebook raves about Rustoleum's Oil Based Protective Enamel, so I thought I'd give it a try in Gloss White.

Let me take a second and just profess my love for this paint...  [cue the smoke machine and a Barry White soundtrack] THIS STUFF IS AMAZING! Yeah, it stinks to high hell, but you get over it as soon as you notice all the brush strokes melting away into themselves, leaving behind a shine that invokes singing! I'm so excited to use it on EVERYTHING! But, any who...

I present...HER...

I think she's kinda special.
Look at that shine.

She makes me so happy.


P.S. If you'd like your own custom piece, made by yours truly, just shoot me a holler! Email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram...pick a place...I'll be there! : )

Mother's Day Wishes

1. Sarah Francis Kuhn Camera Strap in "Classic" Black & Gold (photo via MadeByGirl) - Where I go, my camera goes. Well, at least it should. I'd be highly inclined to grab it more often if it was adorned by this beauty. The buttery leather and cool chain would feel a lot more luxurious around my neck or slung across the shoulders.
2. Makita 10"Compound Miter Saw - Do you know how many coffee tables & bookshelves I could knock out with this thing!?! I, definitely, don't mind the thought of having to store it in my section of our closet. Wonder what the hubs would think... (c;
3. Cocoa & Hearts Colors 119 Canvas - Yeah, it's sold for now, but I'm sure another can be created. This would be the perfect addition to our ever-growing gallery wall, pairing well with our own little Picasso's works of art!
4. Wrist Soiree Tassel Bracelets - I already have one of these and am itching to get every single color! The pink, blue, yellow & green would be the perfect additions for Mother's Day.
5. Living Social Deal for Splash Cleaning Services - Now what mother wouldn't want someone else to take over the cleaning for a change? This one is a no brainer...hope the hubs is paying close attention!


I know I've been MIA, but I've got some good stuff coming up for you guys. It was a MUST that I dropped in today though, because the news was just too good to share!

Ever heard of MadeByGirl? Well you should have!
It's one of my daily reads!
So, yesterday, while catching up on the post you see above, I scroll down just a bit and I see this...!!!


I can't even begin to express my excitement! This totally made my MONTH!!!

Special THANK YOU to Jen Ramos, owner/editor of MadeByGirl for this feature! Be sure you guys head over to her site DAILY! You'll thank me later!