Jan
23
2015
The Design Confidential Room Envy // A Tall Drink of Water + 5 Things

This room is everything. Really it's more like a wall within a room, but still... soooo good. This space is like a tall drink of water in the Sahara - relaxing and serene yet filled with life, warm and calm like a gentle breeze in the hot desert sun. It draws me in like a stressed out mama to netflix with the promise of hours upon end of binge watching the last season of Peaky Blinders (so good - by the way).

It has been a while since I have posted a Room Envy article and 5 things so I thought today would be the perfect occasion! If this is your first Room Envy + 5 Things here at the House of TDC, you can read past articles here, and they are basically my chance to share a room or space that seems to represent a life or lifestyle worthy of envy and 5 things about me that you likely don't know. A little up close and personal with a bit of pretty inspiration thrown in, so here goes...

1 // I am supposed to be at ALT this very minute and instead I am sitting here with a sad face moping about how fab last year's ALT was, while I focus on everything I am missing out on. Ya, a pretty positive way to handle things, no?

2 // I turned 35 in November. In many ways it was unremarkable, which I consider a good thing, because it is not lost on me that I very likely seem older to younger people and I am now officially no longer part of the young adult crowd. At 35 I can't even stretch my imagination to claim such a thing. It isn't as if I could at 30, but I guess it finally dawned on me that I am now seen differently from the outside world than I feel on the inside. It is a weird dichotomy, to be sure.

The Design Confidential Room Envy // A Tall Drink of Water + 5 Things

3 // I get to have my wisdom teeth removed in two weeks. Yep, lucky me, at the not-so-young age of 35 I get to party like a young buck with nothing but a popsicle and water diet. Maybe I will lose 5 pounds in the process... A gal can dream can't she?

4 // This Room Envy space is actually the inspiration for my Dining Room. You saw my unlikely nightsand turned dining room storage and display and I will be sharing other tidbits next week. I am not sure how close to the original inspiration the room will actually be, but it was a fabulous jumping off point.

5 // I am working on one of the greatest makeovers of all time, while I am chipping away at the Dining Room. It is a whopper of a before and after reveal, I can say that for sure and I am not even close to the after yet. Well that isn't precisely true, I guess I am more than half way finished and it is incredible already. I will be sharing the before pictures with you next week also! But you have to promise not to judge... or at least not to judge to harshly, eek!

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Jan
22
2015
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Michael's Variation on the Provence Beam Dining Table

I want to thank you for the plans on your site. The Provence beam table was exactly what I was looking for. I made a few modifications that you and your readers might be interested in for variety’s sake. The only good choice for outdoor wood here in Tucson was redwood, and 2x10s were not available, so I used 2x6s and did a mitered picture frame around the 10’ interior 2x6s (I used 12’ 2x6s for the outer pieces) giving a total length of 130”. I added a central post to give a bit more support to the middle of the span, and a better way to secure the table planks. I also built it to be 28” tall. I used biscuit joinery for all the base since I already had a biscuit joiner. I used Watco danish oil (natural) for the finish. The project took a weekend and a few evenings. The table will easily seat ten.

The main drawback to using the biscuit method is the necessity to clamp everything, but anyone who has a biscuit joiner probably already has an assortment of clamps. I ended up using a strap clamp made from two ratcheting tie-down straps ($20 from the local Ace Hardware) to clamp the table top parts. That would be easier with pocket screws.

Mitered Surround for The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Michael's Variation on the Provence Beam Dining Table
Frame and Base for The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Michael's Variation on the Provence Beam Dining Table
Profile View of Base for The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Michael's Variation on the Provence Beam Dining Table
Table Profile for The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Michael's Variation on the Provence Beam Dining Table
Table View from Top for The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Michael's Variation on the Provence Beam Dining Table
Jan
21
2015
The Design Confidential Styling Bookshelves // The Evolution of My Unlikely Nightstand

Oh yes, my fabulous unlikely nightstand has a new home. It seems like every time I finish a space, I systematically undo everything good about the space and start again in some way. Obviously I have a loose screw. But in my defense, I have been on the hunt for a vintage dining room table and chairs for some time, and I recently found something that made my heart skip a beat (I will share all about my new beauty later in the week) and that something happened to be blond. Now, I don't mind mixing wood tones, or metallics for that matter... obviously. Once I found the table I took a good look at my Master Bedroom and felt like with recent changes I have made in there, this gorgeous shelf was a bit of the odd gal out, if you know what I mean. Since she is blond like my table for the dining room, it got me thinking that it would perhaps be the perfect thing to fill this awkward wall that spans clear to the second story. Such a tricky thing to style since it is relatively narrow but super duper tall. It would be overwhelming to go all the way up, but not going up high enough would be equally not perfecto. These shelves with their height and open framework are the perfect compromise of size and weight and I couldn't be happier with the new space for me to store and display my goods.

Truly equal parts form and function here. Yahoo.

Master Bedroom for The Design Confidential Styling Bookshelves // The Evolution of My Unlikely Nightstand

The shelves in all their glory in the previous space, worked with the headboard situation I had going on at the time this image was shot. But alas that has also changed in the last month (I know... such a horrible blogger who takes years to update you all) and so there isn't much left to tie these shelves into the space anymore. Of course this leaves a rather large gap in my Master that will need to be addressed real quick like because it is making me twitch when I walk into this now undone room. Seriously.

Just for the hell of it, let's take a look back and see how far this unlikely nightstand has actually come. It feels pretty monumental to me, but I still have so much work on the dining room to finish before it feels truly full circle I guess.

Unlikely Nightstand for The Design Confidential Styling Bookshelves // The Evolution of My Unlikely Nightstand

Her modest beginnings as a brand new member of the family, nearly a year ago (or more? eek). Oh how my eyes lit up when I stumbled upon her, left out in the cold as someone's trash. A little bit of TLC and she was shining bright in her new home as my unlikely nightstand.

Master Bedroom Makeover for The Design Confidential Styling Bookshelves // The Evolution of My Unlikely Nightstand

As this space grew and morphed into my dreamy master bedroom, so did these shelves grow to feel a bit more grown up and complete.

Weekend Wall Challenge Art Update for The Design Confidential Styling Bookshelves // The Evolution of My Unlikely Nightstand

As I updated the art, and focused on the gallery wall flanking these shelves, the more spectacular they became... until I threw a wrench into the whole plan and ripped them from their comfy surroundings and put them into an entirely new space and with an entirely new purpose. Yikes! It's a damn good thing this new arrangement feels like home for these shelves... for now.

Penn undecorating for The Design Confidential Styling Bookshelves // The Evolution of My Unlikely Nightstand

Of course no project would be complete without this cute face helping dismantle everything I do as I go along. Oh how my boys both love to decorate and undecorate. They Must get it from me?!

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