Entries Tagged as 'Megan’s house'

Halloween Party 2015

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!  The party last night was a success and I am very lucky to have a sister who is a talented photographer to take pretty photos of everything while I ran around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to get all the food out on the table at the last minute.  And thank god she did because I am not sure I would have had time to do it and frankly the result wouldn’t have come close to being as lovely.  Today has been pretty relaxed with cleaning and cooking and baking a cozy meal to eat tonight while we await trick or treaters.  I am hoping for lots and lots of kids as we have candy coming out our ears and I need it to be out of the house yesterday cause I can’t control myself around Twix bars.   Anyways, hope you all have a wonderful Halloween weekend!

full mantle

pumpkin hand

something wicked

skeleton chair


gallery wall






blood on the moon


dining area


skeleton decanter


china skeleton

wicked pumpkin

spider web wall

close spider


mantle side

chris and I

Corey Catsley

Please note that Corey dressed up as their cat Catsley Shacklebolt.  His signature move was to grab food from people at the party while they were trying to eat it.  His commitment to character was excellent.



Gold Leaf Mirror DIY

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

So the story is that the mirror above my fireplace has a very nice shape but its flat black color was not wowing me anymore.  I wanted something that felt a bit more special.  Cue the gold leaf.  Now I will not mince words.  Gold leafing something is big pain in the butt.  While not difficult to use, it can be pretty annoying.  Just when one thinks they have gold leaf under control, gold leaf lets you know it can never really be tamed.  As this was not my first rodeo with gold leaf, I was aware of that and chose to proceed despite this knowledge.  The thing is, if you want to make something a brilliant and shiny gold, there is no replacement.  I have not met a can of gold spray paint that even comes close to its beauty.  And I have met ever so many cans of spray paint.

gold leaf mirror final 2 | Two Delighted copy

What you’ll need:

gold leaf sheets

gold leaf spray adhesive

gold leaf spray sealer

– gold spray paint

– foam brush or paint brush

-newspaper and tape

What you’ll do:

gold leaf mirror before | Two Delighted

1.  I started by covering most of my mirror with kraft paper (newspaper would be fine too) and taping as close to the edges with tape as I could.  Sometimes when I am just spray painting mirrors, I don’t bother with this as paint is easily removed with windex and being scraped with a straight edge.  I was worried about the adhesive getting on the mirror though and even though it took longer than I wanted it to, I ended up being glad I did this.  You will most likely still have to clean the mirror off at the end.

gold leaf mirror spray Two Delighted

2.  Then, I spray painted it gold.  I did this so that if there were places that didn’t get completely gold leafed (and there were plenty of those), it wouldn’t show too much cause of the gold spray paint being underneath.  I left this dry over night since I would be adding over the top of it and I wanted it to set.  I doubt this was necessary but I was feeling extra cautious.

gold leaf mirror diy_edited-1

3.  Gold leaf time!  I cut my gold leaf sheets in half as half of a sheet was all I needed for each section and I didn’t want to be wasteful.  Because it is so thin, it is difficult to control and very difficult to move around so when working with gold leaf, you must be fast, controlled and deliberate.  Spray your adhesive to a small area.  Using the tissue on top of it, pick up the gold leaf sheet and place it gold down onto the adhesive where you want it to go.  Use your fingers to smooth it to the mirror while the tissue is still on.  Then remove the tissue and use a brush to smooth it the rest of the way down along both sides.  I used my foot to separate the bottom of the mirror from the drop cloth so I could push the leaf all the way around.  You may have missed sections in your application so use the bits that are most likely stuck to your fingers to push into empty areas and smooth.  You can add in sections at any time with a bit more adhesive.  No biggie.  The key to this operation is not to let your hands get sticky.  Once your fingers get sticky, you are done for.  That’s why you need your brush.  Once you do a few sections, you will develop your own strategies.

gold leaf mirror contrast | Two Delighted

Note the shininess difference between the spray paint and the leaf on the left.  That’s pretty significant.

4.  After letting dry for recommended amount of time, spray it down with sealer to make sure everything stays put.  No matter how much you seal it, small pieces of gold will still flake off.

5.  Remove your paper and clean up spot around the edge that got sprayed with windex and a straight edge razor.  Just spray and scrape and wipe.

There you have it.

gold leaf mirror full Two Delighted

gold leaf mirror final Two Delighted

gold leaf mirror final close Two Delighted

I think the mirror stands out now much more than it used to and doesn’t look so dull.  What do y’all think?  Have you ever attempted to tame the gold leaf?


The Five Year Itch

Thursday, April 30, 2015

I’ve lived in my house going on 5 and a half years now.  And for the last 6 months or so, I have been getting a serious itch to redecorate.  I think I did a pretty good job (other than the sea of brown in my family room that constantly plagues me) picking out big stuff for my house.  I still like my sofa and main chair mostly along with my wood pieces.  But I am feeling a little bored, I guess.  I won’t actually be redecorating, by the way.  While we may buy a few new things along the way, we probably plan to move in the next couple years or so and it makes more sense to wait until we get in a new house to buy things that fit that.  Furniture dimensions are so tricky and individual to each space.  Furthermore we have a few more pressing financial commitments on our plates right now like weddings.   Despite that, a girl can dream.  And after looking at this, it is apparent that I dream in Anthropologie.  Which I suppose comes as no surprise to anyone.

5 year itch_edited-2

I have been eyeing this pendant for approximately a year now.

Obviously bunnies.

A nice new sofa with beauty lines.

Pillows to sauce it up  1  2

I can’t decided if I would like something more like this rug or this rug.  I like the traditional feel of the second but the first looks fluffier.  I will never again get a really dark rug.  Despite what you may have been led to believe, it shows EVERYTHING and by everything, I mean little orange cat hairs.

I like the idea of some super modern touches like this lamp in a more traditional space.

I bought myself this star as a birthday present the other day because I decided our house needed it.  I also bought that gold pot that Colleen shared in yesterday’s post.  It’s a winner.

Loving this wood campaign feeling dresser

This is a perfect mantle mirror, I believe.

That’ll do nicely.

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