I hope you're enjoying your Sunday! As you may have seen on our Instagram earlier this morning, my day started with a certain puppy begging for a belly rub.
I mean, as much as I would've appreciated sleeping in a little bit longer, I can't complain about waking up to Hudson's sweet little face!
Anyway, today I wanted to share with you a makeover I did sometime last summer of a lowboy buffet. For those of you who don't know, a lowboy buffet is just a buffet that sits lower to the ground. I'm not sure how others like to use their lowboys, but I thought this one looked great under my back dining room windows.
Let's start off with the befores and afters.
I found this beauty while scrolling through Craigslist one day, and instantly fell in love with its charm.
Have you ever shown up to a Craigslist meeting and been completely surprised by the actual size of a piece? I feel like no matter how many times I test the measurements, the pieces always look so much smaller in person! Every time.
When I brought this home, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the top. All of those scratches and water marks needed to go. After some serious sanding and a little help from my wood stripper, the top was good as new!
For this design, I had pictured a two-toned look. I decided to go with a chalk paint I'd make myself using Behr's Sonic Silver, and then a dark wood stain for the top to give it a dramatic farmhouse look.
It was important to me to be able to highlight the original hardware, so the light grey paint color was perfect!
I especially loved the top silverware drawer this piece had. I'm not sure if it was the organizing geek in me or what my deal was, but I love a good silverware drawer! My future house will definitely have room for a dreamy buffet with a silverware drawer (among many other things my tiny city house does not).
Oh! I almost forgot! I wanted to give you guys a sneak peek on a project I'm going to get my hands on soon. 🤗
Eeekk!! The entire set. The ENTIRE set! 😍
The buffet, the table, the chairs, all mine. I've got big plans for these things and cannot wait to share them all with you! While it isn't in my possession ((yet)), it has been set aside for me by a family friend. We're just working on a time that works best for both of us to meet up so that I can bring it home with me.
No idea where this will fit in our little house (next to all of our other furniture pieces waiting for homes), but I'll keep you posted on that as well.
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Happy Sunday everyone!
What. A. Day. Whew!
Any one of you have dogs? Small dogs perhaps? Small dogs who know that with a cute head tilt and sweet eyes they can get anything they want? Yeah, me too.
When Harlow and Hudson were just pups, I had a weakness for those sweet faces. Who am I kidding...I still have that weakness. That's why we have FOUR DOGS! Hellooooo?! Wake up, Heather. You have a problem.
Anyway, so each night I would start them off in their crates. Then they'd cry until I couldn't take it anymore and I'd let them out (first mistake). I'd put them in bed with me (second mistake), and then allow them to snuggle their cute little bodies against mine (third mistake) until we both fell asleep. Next thing I know, Harlow is about to turn 6 years old and is STILL sleeping in bed with me every night. It used to be no big deal, but 2 decent sized humans are now in that bed along with a 5 pound puppy who sleeps sideways. Isn't it crazy how the smallest dogs take up the most room? To top it all off, Hudson is always curled into the bend of my knee so that I feel guilty re-positioning throughout the night. The struggle is real.
Dane and I lost power this morning right around 5am due to some heavy storms we had over night. In my last post, I had mentioned how old our house was and how tiny the rooms were. I'd also like to point out that with our house being so freaking old, we have little to no proper insulation. So when the fans died this morning, it only took a few moments before I felt like I couldn't breathe any longer. The warm bodies from Harlow and Hudson, the sheet, ugh. I just couldn't do it.
We gathered all of the dogs and headed downstairs to the living room where it's always 10 degrees cooler, to try to finish our sleep. As usual, I took the smaller couch and Dane took the longer couch so that we could both stretch out. Well, silly me to think I could stretch out. I have 3 of 4 dogs who seem to need to be near me at all times. Harlow apparently wasn't feeling too well. Her stomach was making so many noises, I was just praying that she'd let me know if she needed to go outside. Hudson laid on the back of the couch and licked his paw so much, I'm not sure how there is still any hair there, and River didn't understand why we were going back to bed and kept bringing me her toy rope. Like, what the actual hell. Please be quiet and leave me alone.
The only good thing I'm seeing here is that I am getting fantastic practice for the family I'd like to have someday. I mean, after surviving four dogs, we can totally have four kids and rock it! Dane, are you listening?? ;)
For those of you who don't know, Dane has a serious fear of babies. Like, won't even reach out a hand for a high five if the child is under the age of 2. I'm working on it.
As I laid awake, I got to thinking about our living room and all of the updates I'd love to do in there. My mind went crazy with all of the possibilities, but the one that stuck as my first step was updating my couch pillows.
We've all had that couch that comes with the matching pillows. Although they're sure to match..BORRRRINNNGGG!!! Am I right?! So I took my boring beige pillow that came with my not so boring beige couch, and added a few other patterns to dress it up.
There needs to be a commen element. In this case, it's beige. The beige in the fern pillow helps tie it in while also adding a fun seasonal pop of color. You can find the two patterned pillows in my shop here.
Still, there is no right or wrong here. Not all palettes have to be the same or even brought together by a single pillow pattern. Sometimes it's nice to have just a few pillows that just compliment each other. Add a fun print and a texture, or even a few different sized patterns.
And the best thing about throw pillows is their price. You can so easily change them out for each season for minimal money out of your pocket. It's such an easy and inexpensive way to update your space!
Share photos of your favorite pillow combos in the comments below!
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First of all, thank you for taking the time to stop by Dresden Avenue. Welcome!
We're so excited to have you here, and we're equally excited to be here! This has been a long time dream of ours and we are so blessed that we're finally able to make it happen.
Today started off early for us. Knowing that today was the day we wanted to launch our website, we (by we, I mean me (Heather)) got up easier than we do most mornings. So many things to finalize!! After making sure our four furry babies were fed, we headed off to our normal Sunday morning spots: Bread Co. and our nearest Lowes.
Just to be clear, we don't do this every morning...but since we've decided to make this dream a reality, we start most Sundays with a nice soufflé and coffee over at Bread Company while we work on our website. Usually, I'm drawing up new product ideas while Dane does all of the hard computer stuff, but I'd like to call it a team effort. Then we head over to Lowes to grab the supplies for my latest and greatest crazy idea. I really lucked out marrying a man who is so patient and willing to trust me with what I'm picturing in my head that day, even if they don't always work out how I had hoped.
My latest product craving was copper based. There's just something about metal that makes my heart melt. It's classy, industrial, eye catching, you name it! Swoon! After a few sketches, we came up with a really cool copper end table design. I'm not one to often toot my own horn, but......TOOT TOOT!! :)
This table was tedious, but SO worth the time and energy!
Now usually, I don't do drama. But drama with textures and colors is totally different! The shiny copper base paired with this wooden top is to DIE for! And the drama of this copper and deep blue color combo? I can't even.
What I love most about this table is how 'clean' it is. I live in a really old house. To be more specific, it's 104 years old. It has wayyyyy too many walls, and when I say these rooms are tiny, I mean these are tiny, people!! The clean lines of this table help my rooms appear less cluttered.
I also love that this table is able to go with any design style. I paired it with some travel inspired accessories to help give it that Old World feel, but put a few chippy pieces on there with a few vintage glass bottles, and you've got a rustic farmhouse styled table! Put a few streamlined modern accessories there, and you've got an industrial/modern table! The possibilities are really endless here.
I love this table so much, I think I may keep a few for myself. Our master bedroom could really use a new poppy piece!
Don't forget to head on over to our shop to buy a few for yourself!
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-Meet Dane and Heather-
Life, Entrepreneurial, and Home Bloggers based in Saint Louis, Missouri. Follow along in the diary of our lives, as they started on Dresden Avenue.