My Love for Lucite

Acrylic, Lucite, or Plexiglass is a a solid transparent plastic made of polymethyl methacrylate. It’s 8 times clearer than glass. It can be used in it’s clear state for any purpose. You can also paint it with acrylic paint.

I am truly enamored of all the beautiful furniture and products being produced now with this material. You can decorate with acrylic in almost any decor scheme. It’s non invading and also has a persona of it’s own.

The furniture was introduced in the 60’s and became popular again with the “Ghost Chair”.

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Louis Ghost Chair Designed by Philippe Starck for Kartell in 2002

 

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The Ghost Chair was designed by Philippe Starck to resemble the Louis XV chair but with a modern twist. I’m 90% sure that you have seen this chair in person or via social media because it is so popular.

 

 

Have you used acrylic/lucite furniture in your home or office? I would love to see it.

DIY Mirror Frame to Headboard

I love garage sales…. but I must admit I hate getting up at the crack of dawn on a Saturday to go and snag the best item before the other early birds. I decided that I would go to a popular neighborhoods bi-annual sale. You could spend a whole day shopping, treasure hunting at this sale. They give out maps ahead of time so you can plan where you want to go depending on what street has the items you are looking for. I decided just to go without doing any research this time. I wanted to just have fun and look. Sometimes the best items are ones that many people overlook because it’s damaged or doesn’t look like a treasured find.

So at the end of my hunting around noon, I saw this frame laying on the grass in a homeowners yard. I asked, “How much?” She said, “Name your price.”  She was pretty much giving it away.  The owner said  it was a beautiful mirror that she had in her entry that fell and shattered. All that was left was the frame. She didn’t give me a chance to respond and said, “Two dollars!” So of course I bought it.

 

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Anyway I saw it and thought..hmmm..I could probably do something with it, I just didn’t know what that “something” was at the time.   It sat in my garage for a year.

So a year later I finally found a use for it. I had wanted to make a DIY headboard for the longest time but I wasn’t inspired to tackle the project yet. Then I saw this headboard from Horchow and decided to use my frame to make something similar.

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1. I glued the frame back together and wood spackled all of the missing carved details into the corners.

2. I painted and antiqued the frame in a silver finish. The existing finish would have been perfect but since I had to spackle some missing details, it needed a new coat of paint.

3. I purchased particle board and had it cut to size of the inside of the frame.

4. I measured and marked the location of holes for buttons and drilled the holes.

5. I spray adhered batting to the board to keep it in place. I then used a screw driver to punch holes thru the batting (this makes the tufting so much easier).

6. I then stapled my finished fabric to the particle board.

7. Then I tufted my headboard by using fishing wire to pull  the buttons as tight as I could to create the desired look. I stapled my fishing wire in a zig-zag pattern on the other side to keep in in place.

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Image below shows the batting facing the backside of the frame but I was just checking to make sure that I cut enough batting before I sprayed it to the particle board.

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Finished product

This is an image of my old bedroom. My new bedroom is getting a new look but I kept my headboard in the design. See my post with the inspiration board for the new bedroom here.


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Vintage Car Nursery

I hope everyone had a wonderful three day weekend. I had the pleasure of completing a virtual I-Design for a little boy on the way. I hosted a private contest for a breastfeeding support group that I once was an active member of. I love these group of ladies. They helped me tremendously during my breastfeeding stage with my son. I nursed him for 14 months and I could not have done that without the support of this group. If you live in the Northeast area of Houston, and are considering breastfeeding, please visit Kingwood Medical Center. The list of times for the group meeting can be found here.

The couple that won had just purchased a new home and have a son on the way. They decided to use their existing baby furniture set from their first child. They told me that they wanted green, blue, and grey as the colors. The Mom told me that I must incorporate vintage cars especially Mustangs since the Dad likes to re-build old ones.

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Here is the design that I came up with. I had so much fun designing with this theme. Stay tuned for the reveal.

Vintage Car Nursery

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Contact me  if you would like a custom  I-Design for any room in your office or home. 

 

 

 

Regency Lux Bedroom I-Design/Giveaway

I am sharing my inspiration board, and resources that I created as an example of an I-Design package offered through my company Pearson Rue Designs. This is an option for clients out of town or for those who want professional help at a fraction of the cost. The package will come with the inspiration board along with a floor plan and resources.

Contest ALERT!!!

I am also partnering with two other creative business owners to offer you a I-Design package ($490 value) of your own! The contest info is at the bottom of this post.

This is my bedroom redesign that I am currently working on. I have sourced most of the material for you if you are interested in purchasing some of these items. The items that I did not source are available to the Interior Design trade only. If you are interested in those items please contact me at pearsonrue@gmail.com

Click on the image to zoom in


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Resources

1. Chair- I have recently purchased a chair similar to this from Gallery Furniture. I bought the last one they had in stock.
2. Cigar Table

3. Bedside Tables-This is for my inspiration only. I will be re-purposing an existing table and give it a “Hollywood glam” look.

The price is not listed on the website but it retails for $6525 per table. This company makes beautiful one of  a kind pieces and they do not mass produce. You can get the table and any other piece of furniture in any custom finish/fabric you like.  If you are interested in purchasing this item you can contact the company directly or contact me  at pearsonrue@gmail.com for a 5% discount through Pearson Rue Designs.

4. Lamps

5. Headboard- For my inspiration only. I have already made my headboard which is very similar to the style. I will post instructions on how I made it in a later post.

6. Highboy Dresser-For my inspiration only. I will find something similar at an estate sale or Craigslist.

7. Pillows

Wheat Euro- Custom made with Designer grade fabric

Blue and Ivory Pattern-Custom made with Designer grade fabric

Velvet Stripe Lumbar Pillow

Beaded Throw Pillow-I will be making something similar to this.

Colorful Lumbar Pillow-I have purchased this already and I do not know if they have this in stock currently.

8. Accessories

Gold Tortoise Shell Plaque

Tortoise Shell Mounted Sculpture

Gold Tray

Gold Coral

Chicago Watercolor Print by artist  Talula Christian. Talula has some beautiful watercolor prints available on her site.

9. Drapery

Lucite Hardware- I just love the look of these. I probably will not be splurging for these this time around but a girl can dream right.

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10. Bedding-Duvet will be custom made using this designer grade fabric down the center with an ivory fabric as the background color.
I will have this and the pillows made by Wendy Asher. Wendy can make custom decor items for you as well. Her store is called Let it Snow Gingerbread.

 

*Contest Alert*

One lucky reader/subscriber will win these items:

1. An I-Design ($400 value) for one room of your choice by Pearson Rue Designs

2. Two 18″x18″ throw pillow covers ($40 value) in this pattern made by Let It Snow Gingerbread (you must buy your own forms)

3. A 8×10 print ($25 value) of your choice from Talula Christian.

4. A $25 Gift card to the store of your choice.

Select the link below to enter:

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“Shower” themed Baby Shower


Hi All! I am a little late with this post but since it’s April and its raining outside right now..you know April showers bring May flowers (hee hee), I am sharing my newest nephew’s baby shower. The shower was back in November and Garlon Jr (GJ) is 3 months old now. He is so stinkin adorable that I can eat him up.

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My sister wanted a traditional “shower” theme, so we started brainstorming ideas and “pinned” several images.

We were inspired by this shower by the Miss now Mrs Borsa blog that we found on pinterest. You should definitely check out this blogger and her baby shower post. She has so many images of  her shower with links to resources that will make your next shower planning a piece of cake.

So back to my sissy’s shower, I was in charge of …you guessed it, the decor.  I wanted the dessert table to stand out because well..baby shower desserts are the cutest and that’s what most people want, at least that’s what I want. Give me sugar!!! For the dessert table, I made an ombre’ rainy day backdrop out of drop cloth and paint.

Ombre Backdrop Details:

Supplies: canvas drop-cloth, plastic drop-cloths, blue paint (I used Sherwin Williams Jetstream flat paint), white paint, paint brush, polyurethane spray

Directions:

1. Lay the drop cloth on the plastic drop cloth (the paint can leak through so you may want to do this outside)

2. Divide the cloth into 3 parts by marking with a pencil. Do not tape off because you want the colors to bleed into each other to create the ombre effect.

3. Paint the top section with the darkest blue color, then  add a little white paint to the lighten color then paint the next section overlapping the first section by 2 inches.

4. Your last section you will add white paint to the paint used in step 3.

5. Let dry then spray it with the polyurethane spray.

I think it all came together very well. And my sister and her fiance were very pleased. My soon to be brother in law told me “You killed the decorations.” I am so happy they loved it.

So I you noticed that I said my sister’s boyfriend at the beginning of the post and then I called him her fiance at the end? Well that’s because they got engaged at the end of the shower. At the very end of opening all the gifts her boyfriend said, “Wait, there’s one more gift”, he then got on his knees and proposed. A perfect ending to a perfect day. I am so happy for them.

 

 

Living Room Vision Board/Gallery Furniture Contest

Hello there! Thank you for stopping by today! This month I decided to enter a contest with Gallery Furniture. It is a Pinterest/Instagram contest where you draw a favorite furniture item that is in stock.  This is a local store with a lot of history in Houston and philanthropic services in the area. For the last 20+ years, Gallery Furniture has given away house full’s of furniture to families in need. And this year the owner, Jim ‘Mattress Mack’ McIngvale made headlines for his Super Bowl contest. He vowed to refund customers who purchased $6,000 worth of furniture if the Seahawks won.  Well as you know, Seattle won and there were a lot of customers who entered this contest (I didn’t.. but boy do I wish I had) and Mattress Mack had to pay almost $7M back!!

Our family loves this store because of  their community service,great customer service, fun sales/contests and the wide variety of items and design styles available.  We have several items in our home from Gallery Furniture and I recently won 2nd Place in their 2013 Design Contest.

Shopping for furniture can be a daunting task but this store makes shopping an enjoyable experience. Inside the store’s original location there are parrots, monkeys, and a playground for the kids. Water, cookies and ice cream are provided every time you shop. Sometimes they will have pizza and other foods for special events.  Once you have found that perfect item, they will deliver it the same day, so no need to wait! Check out their website and even if you aren’t in the Houston area, they can deliver it. Gallery Furniture delivers regularly all across Texas, and has delivered as far away as Maui, Hawaii.  Without further ado, here is my design entry. Tell me what you think or let me know you need assistance with a room in your home by commenting!


 

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This is also an example of my I-Design service that my company can provide to my out of state (even out of the country) readers or those who want design help for a reasonable fee. Room packages start at $150.

Room Sources

1. Giclee Prints

2. Art

3. Wisteria Sunburst Mirror

4. Gallery Furniture Sofa

5. Lamps Plus Lamp

6. Gallery Furniture Side Table

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Paint Color Inspiration:Spring 2014-Robin’s Egg

I asked my followers on Facebook, “What would you like Skip to my Rue to blog about?” One of my followers said “Interior Paint Color Inspirations.” I will be posting a series of paint color inspirations for every season and here is the first one.

~This is not a sponsored post~

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Spring is here! I love Springtime.. except for when it makes my sinuses act up. I love hearing and seeing the birds, the flowers, cool breeze and blue skies.  Robin’s are a common bird that we see in the United States around this time and you might even see a nest with eggs.

The first palette of this series has been inspired by a Robin’s egg nest. I love the color blue of these eggs. You can use this color in so many ways in your home.


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Robins Nest image is courtesy of Jessica from Cattails and Cobwebs blog

Other natural and wildlife photos from Jessica can be found here.

*Due to individual computer monitor limitations, colors seen here may not accurately reflect the selected color. To confirm your color choice, visit your neighborhood Sherwin-Williams store.

Professional quality paint can be very expensive, but I have some coupons to share with you to save you cash.

Pottery Barn has partnered with Sherwin Williams and has created seasonal palettes to coordinate with their latest collections. You will see the beautiful paint colors they have selected from Sherwin Williams under the coupon. Click on the link to get the coupon. This coupon ends May 22nd.

$15 off $75 Pottery Barn/Sherwin Williams Coupon

You don’t want to miss this sale. Sherwin Williams will have sales throughout the year and I believe this one is one of the best. This deal ends March 31st. Paints and stains are 30% and supplies are 15% off.

30% OFF Coupon

Guess what?! You can combine these two deals!!! If you purchased $75 worth of paint then you would save $37.50, that’s 50% off! Now that’s a deal!

Do you have a favorite image or inspiration that you would like me to use in a future post in this series? Do you have a paint dilemma that requires a professional consultation? If the answer is yes, then send me a comment in the box below.

Egyptian Red Lentil Soup-Easy Vegetarian Recipe

Egyptian Red Lentil Soup


Well it was a frigid 29 degrees but it felt like 18 degrees here in Houston. It’s March and winter will not let up it’s grip!

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But here is some proof that Spring is approaching our area. If anyone knows what the name of this tree is, PLEASE leave me a comment. It blooms for a short time, the white flowers fall off  and then the green leaves bud rapidly.

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Well with it being so cold, I decided to make a yummy soup for the family using some lentils and a few other ingredients. We like to buy a lot of our spices and dry goods in the bulk section. You can get those exotic spices and legumes for a low price. We wanted to try the red lentils this time.

(They really are an orange color, but the label says red, then after it cooks it turns green..go figure..?) This picture shows half of what I have already used. lentilorange

This was adapted from this recipe on Food.com.

Ingredients

5 cups vegetable broth
1 1/2 cup dried red lentils
1 to 2 cups chopped onions and sauteed
2 cups chopped red potatoes
2 garlic cloves, peeled and left whole
2 garlic cloves, chopped and sauteed
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (optional)
salt and pepper

Directions

1. Add the first 6 ingredients to a large pot; cover and bring to a boil.
2. Lower the heat and simmer 15-20 minutes or until the lentils and veggies are tender.
3. Take pot from stove burner and set aside.
4. In a small saucepan, add the oil; warm over low heat until the oil is hot but not smoking.
5. Add in the cumin, turmeric, and salt; cook and stir constantly for for 2-3 minutes or until the cumin has released its fragrance (be careful not to scorch the spices).
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6. Set spice mixture aside for 1 minute to cool.
7. Stir spice mixture into the lentil mixture; add cilantro, stir to combine.
8. You can puree the soup, in batches, in a blender OR you can use an immersion blender and blend to desired texture (I like to leave it a little chunky).
9. Add in lemon juice if you want; stir to combine.
10. Season if needed with salt/pepper.
11. Enjoy!
P.S. You could also add carrots to this recipe for an added flavor. This is so filling and it sticks to your ribs!
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Romantic V-Day Picnic Update

I wanted to update you on the picnic that I blogged about last week. It case you missed it, here is the post.

My husband felt so special and loved. It was one of the best times we have had outside of the house in a while. Who knew what a sitter and budget friendly picnic could do. It was a surprise for him so I did not let him read my post until after the date. We had some hiccups along the way because the locations I had initially mapped out were inaccessible but he was so understanding about it. We put our heads together and found the perfect spot.  I forgot some key items in my picnic basket but we made the best of it. It was a blessing to our marriage to sit outside (it was beautiful by the way, 72 degrees and no humidity) and talk to my husband without distractions. We did not have a child to look after, a waiter or other diners to be mindful of-just us and nature. There were other people at the park too but they kept their distance. One older lady told my husband that “what we were doing was very nice to see”. That let us know that other people were blessed by our expression of love.

I found my picnic basket, wine glasses, and plates at a local resale shop all for under $10. I bought some ribbon from a craft store and I had the linens already. Shortly after I got married, my grandfather gave me some household items that he and my grandmother (who passed away 9 years ago) had stored away.  The gingham tablecloth and napkins were included in those items.  This made the picnic even more special having those items from my grandmother to make the day even more memorable.

We had sun, a cool breeze, trees, water and animals to add to the ambiance.  We both love nature and we both needed some quiet time with each other.  What do you and your love like to do for romantic dates? My advice is to be creative and think outside the box. The best dates are the ones that you put a lot of thought into. It shows your spouse how much you love them and are willing to go the extra mile to make them happy.

Here are some photos from our day.