Archive for 2012

Stair Gallery {Home Inspiration}

If you are a regular follower of Black Velvet Chair you have probably realised that our abode is spread over three levels, Real Estate people would probably call it a “Townhouse style apartment”.  The stairwell was left blank for many years, until it received a spruce up January 2011 & the short residency of Basil The Gazelle (until he decided he preferred the Guest Bedroom).

Over the past year I have been collecting White and Mirrored frames and pairing them with Black and White photographs. Whilst this area is still a work in progress I am loving how this part of the house is progressing. For the first frame instalment I laid out the frames on a bed before putting them up, but since then I have been adding to it one by one (Just making sure they are level).

The Floating glass frame (above right) was a thrifted find, it was dark timber when I purchased it, I laboriously applied many layers of white paint.  


The inspiration:

Suzie: S. RUSSELL GROVES  Black & white stair photo gallery, white tapered pendant light and ...

Suzie: Eric Cohler Design - Graphic patterned stair runner and awesome photo gallery! gray ...

Suzie: Sherrill Canet  grand luxurious entry foyer design with curved staircase, white & black ...

Suzie: via COTE DE TEXAS  Gorgeous entry staircase with art gallery in black gallery frames.

Suzie: Donna Griffith Photography  Great black & white photo gallery!


Social Saturday - Vacation & SNAP!

This is going to be a very picture heavy post because I feel like I have done SO much in the last week! 

I have lots of fun highlights to share from my vacation that preceded the SNAP! conference
And, of course, some fun pics from SNAP! to share as well! 

If you follow me on Facebook you know I've been showing off photos all week! 

We flew in to Denver and drove across the state to Grand Junction. Crazy? Hardly! 
It was a gorgeous drive, and we seriously enjoyed it. 

We stayed at the most amazing B&B called Los Altos Bed & Breakfast that just had the best views ever and was right next to the Colorado National Monument. Our host, Lee, was fantastic and full of helpful information for our travels. The breakfast was pretty awesome, too. 

Last Sunday we explored the Colorado National Monument which was just phenomenal. 

We drove to Moab, Utah after exploring the Monument and decided to take the tour through Arches National Park. We fought wind and rain, but ultimately had a great drive through and saw some cuh-razy rock formations.

The next day we rode horses at our lodge (photo on Facebook) then decided to explore Dead Horse State Park. I haven't ridden a horse in at least 15 years and forgot how sore you can get doing that! Top the day off with a 4 hour hike and I was done for.

We decided to spent the next day in the car on some scenic byways. Needless to say I barely left the vehicle from sore legs. The above photo shows you the craziest switchback (gravel!) rode we ended up on. Crazy!

I was slightly obsessed with our meals while we were on the rose. The hubs has taught me to steer clear of the chain restaurants and search out the local faves. These were some of the BEST meals we had in our travels!

1. The reuben special at Two Brothers Deli in Utah Springs, CO. 
This thing was good. We were sure it would be all downhill from here!

2. The sweet potato agnolotti pasta at 626 on Rood in Grand Junction, CO. 
It may not look like much but the sweet potato stuffed pasta mixed with the basil-walnut cream sauce was to DIE for!

3. The pan seared trout from Red Cliffs Lodge restaurant (also where we stayed) in Moab, UT.

4. The BLT from the Moab Diner in Moab, UT.
It doesn't look like much, but after a day walking and hiking it was delicious!
We went back again for breakfast another day.

Finally at SNAP! on Thursday!

Fab prizes for the conference attendees.

Tauni, our hostess, and all of the fab bloggers who helped make SNAP! happen!

The Queen Bee Market: a handmade market. Seriously amazing!

SNAP! attendees also received a free pass to the Tulip Festival going on at Thanksgiving Point right now. It was stunning. Seriously, I have no other words to describe it! 

The vacation was a great break from reality. I miss my boys though! I can't wait to see them tomorrow.

The conference has been absolutely amazing. Its my first blogger conference, and I would definitely come to any future SNAP! conferences. The people, the connections, the experience are just not to be matched with anything else. Its been so fun to match faces with blogs and get to know personalities. 

Back to reality tomorrow? :)

(Your) Beautiful Kitchens

Hey hey! How are you? Any fun plans for the weekend? I was supposed to be on my way to the SNAP Conference to speak on Saturday, but the Bub’s first big baseball event is this weekend and I just could not miss it. So we’ll be doing lots of baseball and I’m hoping to sneak in a little DIY project.

It’s in the kitchen, so it’s fitting that I’m highlighting some of the ahhhhmazing kitchens you all linked up at last month’s Show Us Your House party. Wowsers – this was probably my favorite party yet!

I’m been drooling over Megan’s beautiful kitchen since the first time I saw it:


I love that so many details were thought out, in addition to it just being plain pretty. :) I really love that dark wood island with the marble top too. Told you…drool.

The links were FULL of before and afters, and Christy’s is one of my favorites – here’s the before:

And the after – she even painted the tile!:


That is a fearless woman and I love her for that.

There were a BUNCH of white kitchens, and I gotta say I’m on that train now. They are timeless and I love looking at them…gorgeous.

I love that Holly’s space shows that a white kitchen doesn’t mean a stark kitchen:

The fun color is a perfect backdrop to the bright cabinets. How FUN.

Michelle’s redo was pretty spectacular too – and they went two-toned:

I love the black on the bases and white above!

Not everybody goes white of course (nor should they!). Jenny’s makeover is FANTASTIC – from the before:

To a totally sleek and modern after:

black cabinets kitchen

Those are the same cabinets -- yet another example of the power of paint! (I love that they added another tier to the peninsula for more seating.)

I think I’ve highlighted Julie’s kitchen before, but I am again because I love it so:

black cabinets wood beams kitchen

There was an awful lot of wood going on before, so they painted the cabinets black, and added some major character by adding the ceiling beams as well. And I DIE over those windows over the sink.

Most of these kitchens took a lot of paint to get to where they are now. But I loved some of the quicker, less expensive updates you made too.

I love love love the colors in Amy’s tile backsplash:

I think they’re a stone, light green, grey and blue? Actually I think it’s black, not blue. But anyway, I think it’s totally fun and added the pop they were looking for in their kitchen! (And I want those little pear vases!)

Brittany did something I don’t think I’ve seen before – she took what was an awkward spot above her kitchen sink and turned it into her “Happy Wall”:

gallery wall kitchen

Oh. my. goodness. I love this. Love the colors, love the art, the photos, everything. What a sweet idea!!

Well that was fun. :) I hope you were inspired by these kitchens and the 230 linked up over at last month’s party! I so wish I could highlight every single one – they were all awesome.

Now I’m inspired to work on my little project this weekend. Crossing fingers it works. You never know…

Have a GREAT one!

Pinterest Feature Friday - PFF #28

Well... Hello There! Malia here with your weekly eye candy from The Pinterest Party.

Each week, Michele from The Scrap Shoppe, Beverly from Flamingo Toes, an exciting guest hostess or myself-- get the opportunity to bring you some beautiful Pinterest boards from one of our partiers.

This week, I'd like you to meet Pinterest Partier #1345... Erin from A Bird and a Bean!

Erin is the proud pinner of 63 boards and 2381 pins.

Check out Erin's Food on a Stick Board... 26 pins and over 1500 followers. Which proves my theory that we ALL love food on a stick.

And her Food Board has 174 delicious pins.

Clever organization
OK I'll step away from the food now. Erin's Clever Organization Board has 61 neat and tidy pins.

Time to get up close and personal with some of these awesome pins!

Just in time for Teacher Appreciation Week... Erin's got a Teacher Gift Idea Board going.
How cute is this little Owl Bag?

AND... are you a lamp lurker like me? Well, Miss Erin has a Lamp ReDo Idea Board!

There are some lovely gems on Erin's DIY I Want to Try Board. Like How "Make" Mercury Glass:

And these Shrinky Dink Bracelets with a LACE pattern!

 And there is all kinds of free goodness on Erin's Printables Board.

And I'm in a "state" over these states printables!

Thanks for making such fabulous boards Erin. 
Please help yourself to a featured button!
Have you joined the Pinterest Master List yet?
We would love to have you! And, who knows, maybe you will be our next feature!

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