Tuesday 30 October 2012

My Custom Made Tufted Headboard!

Today it's all about the guest bedroom/study. 

We have 3 bedrooms in our home and it's the smallest room so we use it mostly as a study. We have a simple ikea sofa bed in this room and it needed a headboard to complete the look. After much hemming and hawing we bought some batting, beautiful grey fabric (that my husband picked out and he did a great job!), brass upholstery tacks and a mdf board. (We nearly got divorced trying to fit the board into our car!!!)

The bedroom/study is a decorated very simply though I do try and experiment. It's mostly used by my husband when he works over the weekend. The colour scheme in the study is black, white and grey. White walls and white built-in-robes. We've put up white floating shelves on the walls and beneath the shelves, a lovely white desk and a rattan chair to complete the look. The accessories are mostly black and the blinds are grey. I'll show you the rest of the study soon.

Back to the headboard...I have to say it does complete the bed. It looked so naked without it! And it took just an hour and a half to put together! It took longer to fit the board in the car!

I created a tufted look by hammering in the upholstery tacks that I bought in a brass antique finish. 

That's one of my burlap artworks hanging over the bed and i do agree with the quote...whole heartedly!!!

Here's a photo I took with my phone (excuse the blurriness) with the angel wings that I made last weekend with some old french novel pages.

Well there you go! My custom made tufted headboard! I'm lovin' it!

Also I hope everyone in New York and surrounding areas are safe and sound. I pray that hurricane Sandy passes quickly. Stay Safe!

Thanks so much for stopping by! 


Tuesday 23 October 2012

Adding A Vintage Industrial Look To Your Decor!

Have you ever experimented with an industrial look? 

Try a few metal touches here and there...light fixtures, or a metal table top or the easiest way...add a couple of metal crates. 

That's what I did...I met this very sweet lady at the Carlton Vintage and Eclectic Market this weekend and bought a couple of vintage milk crates off her. They are absolutely gorgeous!!!

In the beginning I was hoping to use them for a design assignment but decided to stick with my original plan and instead use the milk crates in my home. I walked around all over the house with the heavy metal crates in my hand...and in the end decided to use them as wine bottle holders

So here they are..adding a touch of vintage industrial style to my home. I love 'em! So different from the usual bottle stands.

They have a lovely vintage silvery colour and rusty patina! Très chic!

Thanks so much for stopping by and if you have decorated with the vintage industrial look leave me a link, I'd love to get some inspiration!!!

Oh! I forgot to mention that my article's been published on 10 Principles of Blogging available in 5 different countries...woohoo!!! Here's a snippet...

Welcome and congratulations! You have taken the first step by deciding to join other fellow bloggers. Lots of people have asked me random questions like why did you start a blog? How did you know what you wanted to write about? How did you start? etc. etc. etc…Well here are a few guidelines or rather, as I like to call them, the Ten Principles of Blogging. So here it goes…   
1. Signing up? Choose well There are lots of free blogging platforms such as BloggerWordpressBlog.com,LiveJournal; the list goes on and on. In my opinion, for a beginner, Blogger is the easiest to work with since the others have quite a learning curve.  Once you perfect the art of blogging you could always migrate across to another platform. Unless you want to start and stick with the one that has the built-in gizmos, in that case I would recommend Word Press. Read More...
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Sunday 21 October 2012

Giveaway 1: French Provincial Photo Frame Winner!...Congratulations!!!

Hi All

Hope you all are having a super weekend!!!

Popping in quickly to announce the giveaway winner of the two French Provincial Photo Frames, Antique white finish and shabby chic black finish!!! 

Lucky number 13!!! 
Congratulations Zara! Please email me your address and I'll post the frames off to you.

Thanks all for entering. 
I will be doing more giveaways in  the near future so stay tuned!

Also my next post is going to be how I customised my kitchen counter top in a whole new way!

Have a lovely Sunday and thanks for stopping by!!!


Saturday 20 October 2012

The French Laundry Coat Rack and A Giveaway!

Hi All

Just ducking in quickly to wish you all a very happy weekend!

Also wanted to show you a picture of the French Laundry coat rack in its new home! It now belongs to a super sweet client of mine. She sent me a photo and here is it...

Doesn't the setting look great? How amazing is the exposed brick backdrop? 

And it's love at first sight with the little vintage Teddy...I LOVE him!

Don't forget today is the last day of the giveaway of 2 beautiful photo frames, so enter quick. It closes midnight tonight AEDST.
             Here's the link.

Happy Weekend!


Friday 12 October 2012

My first Giveaway! Don't forget to enter!!!

Hi All

Guess what!!! I'm hosting my very first giveaway!!!

One lucky winner will get...

A set of my best selling rustic shabby chic photo frames!
one large antique white frame
one small shabby chic black frame

I believe you can never have enough photo frames!!! What say?!!

You don't have to have a blog to enter, you just need to like or rather love photo frames!!! :)

The photo frames have been hand painted and distressed to provide a French shabby chic look. The frames can be hung easily on a wall. Comes with a pretty vintage pattern insert that can be removed. 

So, how can you win?

All you have to do is any of the below:
  • Leave a comment on this post with your name and email
  • Be an existing or new follower of La Maison Jolie (via Google Friend Connect on the right hand side bar and leave a comment)
  • Pin any La Maison Jolie image on Pinterest
  • Like La Maison Jolie on Facebook and leave a comment on La Maison Jolie Facebook link! (Click here for Facebook link)
  • For additional entries share this giveaway on your blog or on your Facebook or Twitter etc 
After every step make sure you come back and leave a separate comment. The more entries you have, the more your chances of winning!!! I will be picking a winner at random from your comments on this post.

You don't have to have a blog to enter this giveaway. 
If you aren't a blogger, just enter a comment and then where it says "comment as" scroll down near the bottom and click on anonymous. However, if you do that, make sure to leave your e-mail address so I can confirm that you are the winner. If I draw the name of someone who doesn't leave any identifying information I will simply draw a new name. 

Make sure to check back here on the blog to collect your prize!

This giveaway runs till next Saturday, 20th October 2012.

Well both frames are packed, all ready to be sent to the lucky winner, anywhere in the world!

I am so excited about this giveaway!!! 

Have a lovely weekend!


Thanks so much for stopping by! & Good Luck!!!


Friday 5 October 2012

My Brand New Chalkboard Wall!

Okay I finally did it! 
Do you remember my post on chalkboard walls
Well, I took a huge leap of faith and cracked open a new roller and some chalkboard paint and painted a wall!!!! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!! 

Hand on heart I was petrified! But I knew what to do, I just needed the courage to roll the roller in the paint and then on to the wall. I must have hemmed and hawed a million times before doing it, finding excuses with the wall, then the weather, then the paint and the roller, the ladder....the list goes on...!

Finally, I taped the wall up on all sides and started painting. Repeated the process twice again after it dried. And 5 hours later I was done! Woohoo!!!

I let is dry for 24 hours before curing it and then last night we used it for the first time. I am thrilled with the results. It looks rustic and adds character! 

I have wanted one for almost forever and now I have one!!

It's the narrowest slice of wall in the house, situated in the long narrow corridor downstairs. I painted it right from ceiling to floor and what a difference it makes. It adds height or at least the illusion of height!

Here are some pictures taken last night. I took them with my phone, so excuse the blurriness. I couldn't wait to show you all.

I promise to take some better ones this weekend. In the meantime here it is.....drum rolls please..........

Last night

This Afternoon

Reflection of the wall

Thrilled to bits! :)

A big shout out to Mandy over at ProjectQueen for featuring my post on "Tutorial to create a rusty patina on wood" and to all the others who have left such sweet comments on my previous posts. 
I thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

Thanks for stopping by! 


Tuesday 2 October 2012

Vintage Dresser Makeover!

I'm back to work and therefore my posts have become a bit sporadic. But here's a story that should make you happy! Once upon a time a poor old dresser was standing all by itself in a garage sale. It had cheap white paint all over it, even the handles and looked old and tired. But it spotted me almost as soon as I spotted it from my car window while driving by. I bought the sad little dresser home with me where it sat in the garage for a week. Last weekend it begged me for a makeover, so that it could be pretty again! And here it is now in all it's new glory! Shabby chic and adding vintage style to my home! It's dressed in grey with a polished table top and beautiful gold French handles.

This is the dresser BEFORE, just home from the sale.

And here it is in my living room....I just love it!

Lightly distressed on the drawers.

It was a pain getting the paint off the handles, hours of brushing with a toothbrush and dishwashing liquid. Most of it came off and whatever little is left, I decided to leave it as I didn't want the piece to look new.

This beautiful wood was hiding beneath all that patchy white paint.

I had a tough time dragging it to my living room, boy is it heavy! 

I'm glad I chose to paint it grey and not white. It looked a bit washed out with the white and especially since I sanded back the table top and varnished and polished it. Looks better with the grey paint and gold handles.

I made these cushion covers with linen washcloths and they turned out amazing! Bright and colourful!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hope you like the post!


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