more furniture reno! actually, there is much much more to come!

before and after: chevron dining table

this little table and mismatching chairs came from our local thrift store, for about $20.

before and after: chevron dining table

after being completely inspired by laurie’s herringbone wall design, i decided to go for it!  i used her same technique, but spray painted the table with gold paint before i taped off the design in beige and khaki.  i topped it off with a 3 coats of protective enamel, stained the legs cherry to match the chairs, and recovered the seats in an ivory and green leaf print.

before and after: chevron dining table

trust me, i know our carpet it terribly ugly and we have doors everywhere, but hey, i’m working with it!  we’ll only be here until april, so the tacky stays.

before and after: chevron dining table

a thrifted mirror in the center used as a tray for the essentials and a pretty fall bouquet for the centerpiece.

before and after: chevron dining table
 
toaster

and one picture of toaster, just for kicks! i think we have a knack for turning our dogs into people..

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the festive table

October 27, 2010

it’s just about that time of year! in the next three of four weeks we’ll be setting our festive tables and gathering around them for warm meals and family fellowship.  here are a few ideas from courtney russell at two straight lines on how to doll up your tables, diy style!

festive holiday table decor ideas

how very pretty are these leaves! made from cotton fabric and grocery bags (yes, grocery bags!) they are easy to make and have endless possibilities.

festive holiday table decor ideas

origami ships and pumpkin can vases make this table fun, festive and playful.

festive holiday table decor ideas

painted nuts, pretty place cards, simple napkin holders and a stamped runner make for a modern, classy and unexpected table setting.  whether you mix and match these ideas, take ‘em and run with them or come up with something on your own, a diy table setting this thanksgiving will be sure to make your guests oo and ahh!

visit two straight lines or the kitchen daily to read more of coutney’s creative tips for diy projects, recipes and more!

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as most of you know by now, we recently relocated to colorado.  but probably less of you know, just how much stuff we had to leave behind!  the only furniture we brought was one book shelf, our mattress and a little dresser. that’s it! so for the last four weeks i’ve been a regular at all the local thrift stores and hardware stores. i’ve been re-purposing, repainting and reupholstering furniture like a mad woman.  and.. i’m VERY excited to begin sharing them with you!  i’ll try not to bombard you with before and after pics, but i have quite a few projects which i’ll be sharing with you over the next few weeks, yeah!

before and after: tv table

first up, a few tv tables! as we’re spilling drinks and dropping crumbs, i couldn’t help but suddenly realized that we needed some of our own.  we often eat piled up on the couch, and never have anywhere to put our dinner, the computer or our coffee.  problem solved! (yes, i forgot to take the ‘true’ before pic, so this is after i’ve primed, boo!).

before and after: tv table
 
before and after: tv table
 
before and after: tv table
 
and this is just the beginning of my chevron/herringbone/zigzag obsession.. :)

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handmade porcelain jewelry

October 26, 2010

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redraven

we’ve all seen our fair share of little antique tea cups collaged with decals- whether in our grandmother’s cupboard or at the antique walk about.  they can be stunningly beautiful, but have always left me perplexed.  i’m no tea cup collector and i have no ornate shelves protected by glass doors for such fragile pieces.  inspired by the dying popularity of such pieces, redraven was born.  amy lumsden uses the same antique techniques to make modern necklaces, earrings, belt buckles and hair pins.  how pretty would one of these sweet necklaces be paired with a fall dress, high waisted belt and a simple cardigan? timeless.

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found

October 25, 2010

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in addition to my camera, you know i took a few plastic baggies! how sweet (and patient) david was to let me trail off in search for little found things. a little shrubbery, some dried flowers and some spanish moss should do the trick!

nature finds
 
nature finds
 
nature finds
 
nature finds
 
nature finds

i haven’t quite decided what i’m going to do with all of my foundlings yet, but i also managed to come out with some living moss, so i might try my way at making a terrarium (any advice?).  i also found a fallen birch branch in which i quickly gathered up- i have big plans for it in our bedroom, and will show you as soon as i get it set up!

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nature walk

October 25, 2010

Posted by in bonnie forkner

happy monday! did you remember this past weekend’s assignment? the hub and i took it to heart, as we went exploring. over the river and through the woods, on a nature walk we went!

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nature walk
 
nature walk
 
nature walk

do you see the mountains even at the tippy top? they look like part of the clouds at first glance, they go on forever!

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nature walk
 
nature walk
 
nature walk
 
nature walk
 
nature walk
 
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and a smooch to end the day!

where did you find beauty this weekend?

{photos: bonnie forkner}

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shannon blue photography

October 22, 2010

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happy friday fellow roosters!  are you ready for the weekend? our weekends have been full of adventure, as we still have so many things and places to explore.  as neither of us have any friends or family here, our schedules are pretty much w.i.d.e. open- all the time.  although i thought it might be a little lonely, knowing no one other than the love of your life is actually, great fun! it’s like date night ever night of the week. we’ve been watching movies together, trying out new restaurants and exploring the mountains, and the weekends are when we get to do this the most. i feel so blessed to spend so much quality time together!

shannon blue photography

shannon blue photography

shannon blue photography

shannon blue photography

shannon blue’s photography is my inspiration for you this weekend, doesn’t it make you want to get outside? with the changing of the seasons, there is so much to see and explore.  her work gives you a glimpse of all the beauty there is to see, and the way she’s captured the earth’s brilliance leaves me eager to see it for myself.  so to this, i encourage you to go out and explore.  happy weekend to each of you, and make sure to share with us what you did and where you found beauty!

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my neck of the woods

October 21, 2010

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i think we should just take a minute to soak in the beauty that is around us.  this time of year, the colors of autumn are brilliant and i can’t help but be in total awe, every year.

these two photos are taken from the great smoky mountains, the place that i call home.  every autumn the mountains come alive with the most vibrant colors of red, orange and yellow.

and these two are taken from the great rocky mountains, the new place that we call home!  i feel incredibly blessed to be able to call such beautiful places ‘home’ and not one day goes by that i don’t appreciate their beauty.  i realize that the leaves don’t change everywhere, and other places in the world are just beginning to say hello to the green of spring, so my question is… what do the leaves look like in your town?

photos: autumn in the u.s.

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