Thursday, March 29, 2012



It started out as a dark,dreary day here in the Northeast so it was a great time for me to  finally get around to decorating for Spring / Easter.  I changed it up a bit from last year, going with a simple theme throughout:  Spanish moss with muted colored eggs.

Enjoy & Happy Spring!!

My Easter egg tree atop of my tag sale pedestal redo.

Out with the pine cones and in with the spanish moss and muted easter eggs!!

Like I said, I decided to keep with the moss/muted egg theme throughout this year...this is the end of the mantel in the living room.

I added a small ivory candle wrapped in jute to give these urns a spring touch...

Remember???...our mantel is long so I'm giving it to you in

You've seen this lit branches mixed with some dogwood and pussy willow!

Large glass canister jars filled with creamy white  potpourri flank the glass hurricane...
old glass knobs surround it.

Springtime server....

I gave my wire bunny a burlap bow...

there are those eggs again...

Oh wait...let me turn that light on for you...haha

our entry foyer table

and the Easter egg wreath is back in it's place once again...

Happy Spring!!

Monday, March 19, 2012


I woke up this morning to news that our kitchen transformation is being featured today over at Maryann's Power of Paint blog!...for those of you who don't know, it is a spinoff of her very popular blog Domestically Speaking....Please visit the 
Power of Paint to check out so many great projects and some fabulous paint inspiration!!   If you haven't seen our kitchen makeover...please check it out and let me know what you think....I love & appreciate your feedback!!


xo, Mariaelena

Monday, March 12, 2012

Craigs List table revival!!

Happy Monday friends!!

I found this table for $10 on Craigs list a couple of months ago...I thought it would be the perfect little side table for my chair and a half.  I started working on it last week, but then we were in NYC for a swim meet this, I finished it up this morning and I must say, I'm super happy with the way it turned out...take a look and see....

Before:  in perfect shape in a dark mahogany!!

After 1 coat of took 2:  I glazed it this morning to add some dimension...

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This table has great lines to work with when glazing...

I added this small vignette for some texture:  but there is still plenty of room for my tea cup or wine glass !! & look, there's that baby's breath again...

Have a happy day!!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Saturday, March 3, 2012

WHITE, WHITE & MORE WHITE...& making up for lost time

Hi friends!!

I know I've been a bad blogger as of late.  Super busy with life.....I'm in awe at how some of you moms keep up with your blogging and home and family...I recently had a little R & R at my friends home in sunny AZ....It was fabulous...I feel refreshed and ready to tackle some of my projects to share with you all. Stay tuned, in the next week, I'll have some great table redo's to share with the meantime, I decided to stroll through my home and take a few photos of some of my favorite white items in my home.  Warning:  there are lots...making up for lost I chose some that have been with me for quite some time.  It just goes to show you that white home decor has longevity!...Hope you enjoy and I'll be getting to work on those tables...which will be white of course!!!!

super old chippy white basket

little bathroom shelf with some white accessories

LOVE this white iron basket!!

I bought this door topper to use over the window above our bed...I remember I got it for a steal forever ago but still love it!!

sweet little botanical print framed in a distressed white frame

I think I've had this print for 20 years...still enjoying it and it was a huge inspiration for the decorating style I still use today...

my youngest daughter's bedroom, love, love!!

Pottery Barn candle sconce....I have 2 and they hang in my youngest's room...

Antique candle sconce in my middle daughter's room...

shelves in my oldest daughter's room...been exactly like this for at least 14 years...

Our very first piece of furniture when we got married...don't you love the mirror??..Got this dresser out of my parents didn't look like this at all.  It had an orange stain.. We used it as our dresser, then passed it on to our first daughter.  It has been painted over and over.  It is still in her room now and she is 18 1/2!!...(needs another paint job now..add it to the list)

new chair, tag sale foot stool redone!!

Piano lamp!!

Love this little end table with caned bottom shelf...and of course, my little coffee filter flower...

candle sticks of all shapes and sizes, but always white....

Our chandelier that I hung from a tree and painted of my all time favorite transformations..

Our dining room set was a yellow pine...I painted it white and glazed my favorite furniture in our home!!

Dining room candle sconce...I sprayed them white and added crystals...


COFFEE!!!...I LOVE my white keurig and this great coffee canister I got a TJ Maxx to store the K Cups!!

some more kitchen accessories...

cute little lamp on the kitchen counter...

white iron...ahhhh

Hobnail milk glass...all picked up at tag sales

I know, you've seen this a million times, but's great...hahaha

white wire baskets filled with hydrangeas from my yard...

And last but not little white kitchen tv...hubby got it for me for Christmas a few years it goes great with our newly painted white kitchen...

Thanks so much for stopping by and looking at all of these photos...I could go on and on...Please come back soon and hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

xo, Mariaelena

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