Sunday, May 17, 2009

Half Note Cottage - Sneak Peek

I can't even tell you how hard Jessica has been working on her "Half Note" cottage to try and get as much done as possible before Eric comes home on Wednesday. I'll post a full reveal of the Kitchen this week, but until then, here's a sneak peek at some of the elements she's been implementing over there...

A $10 TV stand, primed and painted white, then lightly distressed...



Bedding that she's had in a storage box, for over a year...



An itty bitty lamp, cute as can be...



A $15, cottage-style coffee table from the Salvation Army...


Which now, looks like this, after sanding down the top, and applying some Provencial-colored stain (from Lowes) to the top. The legs got a coat of white paint, and some distressing...



She also purchased two Pottery Barn striped pillow covers on Ebay for just $19. They were delivered with the original price tags still on them...they sold in stores for $33 EACH! Boy did she score! The couch came from the Salvation Army for $20. The creamy-white slipcover used to be mine. The throw pillow inserts that came with the sofa just happened to fit perfectly inside her new Pottery Barn pillow covers, which was great. She also picked up two $5 navy blue throw pillows from Walmart...

My white table and chairs have a new home in the Half Note kitchen...




Remember this jewelry box, priced at $59, on PotteryBarn.com?




And remember when I blogged about this one, at TJ Maxx, for just $12.99?



Well, Jessica scored the brown version of it at TJ Maxx the other day for just 5 bucks on clearance! (The white one was marked down too!)

It's all coming together, little by little.

Stay tuned for the Kitchen reveal this week!





51 comments:

JoyOfDecor said...

You definitely have a flair for design on budget!!

Kathi said...

Wow! You two have really been busy! Can't wait to see more!
I'm sure Jessica is as pleased as punch too!

Anonymous said...

I am loving this. Can't wait to see more. That kitchen floor is looking adorable.

duchess said...

It's looking so good. I have that same little lamp in my master bath. I love it.
The table looks fab, btw.

Megandvd (Erin B) said...

Ohhh! I can not wait to see the revealing! Luckily this teaser will last me through my studying tonight. :) Cheers to you both!!!

Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

Can't wait to see the big reveal. And wow - I think I want to be your neighbor. :)

Cottage Rose said...

MY gosh; you sure do know how to bring out the beauty in just about everything... and the prices are just amazing.. I love that coffee table..

Hugs;
Alaura

Traci said...

I love the coffee table. I have a dining room table exactly like it that I haven't been happy with. This gives me a GREAT idea! Thanks!

Katherine said...

I love to see people making beautiful design affordable. That's going to be our mantra as we move into our first home.

And I love antique doorknobs!

Vanilla Lavender said...

I bet it all gonna look just wonderful! Love the coffe table and lamp!

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

You inspire me - there IS great stuff out there that doesn't cost a fortune!

julie said...

Beautiful! What a great friend and neighbor you are! Will you be my neighbor?! Ha!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

I can't wait!!

Christina said...

Lots of fun! Can't wait for the reveal.

Bonnie said...

Love the Sneak Peek!! So much fun and can't wait until the big reveal!! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful ideas. :)

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Everything is looking great!! You two have such wonderful ideas. That coffee table is amazing. Can't wait to see the cottage all finished. Have a great week. Love & blessings from NC!

Rona's Home Page said...

I'm so impressed with the bargain shopping and can't wait to see the final results.

Hudson Goods said...

Layla, love the glass doornobs and the white country table!

mikewozowski said...

you have WAY better deals at your salvation army than we EVER do!!!

everything looks fabulous!

i like the way you find CHEAP stuff and turn it into a million bucks!!!

not everyone has bundles of money to spend on decorating!!

bravo!

mikewozowski said...

FYI readers - i have seen lamps like that (without the shade) at king dollar!

Heather said...

Ok - I am in love with the coffee table!!

Montee said...

I can't wait to see the results!

Anna said...

I can't wait for the reveal. I love the coffee table. It looks like something that would be sold through Pottery Barn.

Simply Dandy said...

Hi Layla,
I can't wait to see everything all put together. I love all the elements so far.

LeAnn:)

janet said...

looking fantastic, and i love the re-do on the coffee table.
hugs
janet

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Can't wait to see it all!

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

On pins and needles...

Shanna aka Eli n Lucas's mommy said...

Oh, I love all the items in the sneak peak! I live north of B'ham....want to come up and help me redo my house - lol??
Don't know if she needs them but I was in Dollar General the other day and they had some storage baskets - a navy/white stripe liner for like $5 each (this is how you know I am addicted to your blog!)and I thought "I wonder if Layla and Jessica need baskets for the cottage?" like I knew you guys IRL! Anyway, they would look great in there if she needs them!

angela | the painted house said...

Looking forward to seeing the big picture! What a transformation on that pine coffee table.

Chris said...

I just can't wait! More importantly, I can't wait to hear what Eric's reaction is! He's going to love coming home to the new house (and Jessica, of course!). Please share what he says! Beautiful stuff, girl!

Fenima said...

So fun Layla, as always, you are amazing and another awesome post.

My name is PJ. said...

She's doing a great job with your help! I love the limited budget aspect; it makes it more of an adventure. Keep up the good work!

Cheryl said...

OOh, I love it when a decorating plan comes together....and it's even sweeter when things are on sale or marked waaaay down. Jessica scored some great finds and I love the redo on the coffee table. Very nice!

TanyaLea said...

AWESOME!...I love thrify shoppers! Can't wait for the big REVEAL!! :)

Hugs,
Tanya

Barb said...

Hooked & anticipating the full reveal :)

Teresa said...

YOu gals are so clever- can't wait to see the finished project.
Fun!

Erin said...

That is so awesome Layla! I can't wait to see the big reveal and to get her husband's reaction! Thanks for the fabulous inspiration!!

Heather said...

The Half Note is really coming along--can't wait to see it all finished. Would you mind sharing where you got the slipcovers--I have hunted high and low and can't find any slipcovers that are white.

Meredith said...

Inspired inspired inspired!! And I love your sneaky photography - can't wait!

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

Ohhh..I LOVE what you did with the coffee table! In fact, I'm looking for the exact same kind.....I hope I find it.

I LOVE your blog! :-)

Nancy said...

cannot wait to see the tour!!!

Meredith said...

I have really enjoyed this series! I hope the big reveal doesn't spell the end of us looking into Half Note Cottage once in a while.

Leen said...

How very, very impressive!

white flower design said...

Can't wait to see the end result. Love the budget! Lori

SoBella Creations said...

Can't wait to see the big reveal! I can tell Jessica has been working hard on her new home.

Colleen said...

I've been wanting to learn how to sand, paint, and distress furniture it would be awesome if you did a post (tutorial) type thing on how to distress and reinvent pieces to look great!

Beth said...

Stop teasing us! Can't wait to see the finished product!

Jaime said...

Oh... what a teaser. Can't wait to see the kitchen reveal!

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

I'm jealous!! Everything looks so great!

Pony Girl said...

I love what you did with the coffee table! What a great idea, total new look. This Halfnote Cottage makeover is so much fun! It's making me want to clean and redo my place, LOL!

JM said...

The coffee table.... LOVE it. We have the same one (a hand me down from my fiance's parents) that I absolutely despise and we constantly argue over because I want to get rid of it and he wants to keep it for sentimental value. Now we have a solution :) Thanks for the inspiration!