An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley

An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley - offbeat + inspired

I met the Poppy Barley team on a trip to Edmonton about 6 months ago. Edmonton is a sweet little city in Alberta, and I was there to experience the culture and creative community for a weekend (see the highlight video here!). When I toured the Poppy Barley studio, I fell in love instantly. PB makes extremely high quality, custom-fitted leather footwear. I went for a fitting while I was in town, and about 6 weeks later I received my beautiful boots in the mail. I’ve never worn a more comfortable pair. It was unbelievable. I wrote them an e-mail to rave a bit, and that’s when the idea of hosting a Poppy Barley gathering here in Lexington was born. I wanted to share about this wonderful company with a small group of girls, and suddenly the vision of a rustic barn wood table covered in pastries and breakfast treats, surrounded by vibrant apple trees came into focus.

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Repainted Storage Console + Annie Sloan Brush Review

Repainted Storage Console + Annie Sloan Brush Review - offbeat + inspired

My obsession with garage sale shopping began about two years ago when my husband and I moved into our house. We previously lived in a one-bedroom apartment and didn’t own much furniture, so I had to get creative in order to decorate on a budget. I’ve enjoyed most of this process – searching out vintage shops, finding unique pieces that cost next to nothing and turning “junk” into something beautiful. The downside, however, comes when I have a decorating vision but can’t (immediately) find a wallet-friendly way to carry it out.

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The Cafe Corner [A Small Space DIY]

The Cafe Corner [A Small Space DIY] - offbeat + inspired

Moving from a big rental house to a small third floor apartment has been a bit of an adjustment. In a really good way! For starters, it dawned on me that although I’ve been patting myself on the back for the last 5 years on how responsibly I’ve avoided all manner of hoarding…I am, in fact, a hoarder. With all the extra space in our house rental, I didn’t even realize how much useless STUFF I had been hauling with me. Stuff I wouldn’t even know existed until it was time to move again, and I’d think,  ‘Awww, someday I’m gonna want that!’ Girl, no. Someday you’re gonna admit that a tattered cardboard box is the only love that thing will ever see. Basically, this little apartment has helped me master the art of tossing boxes without opening them. A major space saver.

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Upcycled TV Tray

Upcycled TV Tray 3 - offbeat + inspired

I absolutely love garage sale, secondhand and “side of the road” shopping. There’s something about transforming what many see as junk into beautiful and functional decor. Even items that appear simple or drab can be remade into a one of a kind piece.

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Stenciled Coffee Table [Featuring Royal Design Studio]

Stenciled Coffee Table 1 - offbeat + inspired

When my husband and I moved into our house, I knew the living room was going to be my “blank slate” decorating project. I didn’t have any existing furniture for that room so I was able to start from scratch. The only problem? Furniture is expensive.

This wasn’t a room that needed to be functional right away, so I figured I could take my time (which is really challenging for an impatient person like me!). Rather than rushing to making purchases immediately, I’ve been scouring garage sales, consignment shops and the side of the road for pieces that would work without breaking the budget.

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Apartment Love With Michelle Aiello

Apartment Love With Michelle Aiello - offbeat + inspired

I’ll get right to it. This lovely lady inspired me the moment I met her. We were first introduced at North Lime Coffee & Donuts during a CAKE&WHISKEY event where we were the only two toting massive DSLRs — always an ice breaker. She was photographing for skirt! Magazine and I was getting some behind the scenes stuff for C&W. Her style immediately caught my eye because it was a perfect blend of vintage and rockabilly, which I love! When we got to chatting, I learned that in addition to being a stylish photographer, she’s a talented artist, a fellow makeup addict, and a gifted thrifter. I ended up visiting her darling apartment soon after our first meeting, and I fell in love. Every room was so full of character and nostalgia, and there was a story tucked into every beautifully curated nook. In this post, I’ll be interviewing Michelle and inviting her to share her decor inspiration and thoughts on transforming a dull rental space into a creative retreat. Michelle, take it away!

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Painted Clock Makeover + A Few Lessons Learned

Annie Sloan Clock 1

This is a sponsored post brought to you by Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. All opinions are 100% my own.

“If you only do what you know and do it very, very well, chances are that you won’t fail. You’ll just stagnate, and your work will get less and less interesting, and that’s failure by erosion.”
–Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit

Every once in a while, creative projects happen like magic. What you envision in your mind flawlessly comes to fruition in real life. At least for me, those times are rare. More often than not, creativity involves trial and error, hard work and more than a few redos. But eventually you’re left with a project, a recipe, a photograph or a piece of furniture to be proud of.

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Featured Artist | Robin Mackney of REWM + A Limited Edition Print Giveaway!

Artist Spotlight | Robin Mackney + A Giveaway! - offbeat + inspired

This is a new category that I’m really excited to share with you guys. We’ve featured wonderfully talented jewelry makers with giveaways so far, but this is the first time we’ll be featuring an artist specializing in gorgeous cityscape renderings. Robin Mackney lured me in with Instagram posts showcasing work-in-progress shots of his architectural sketches. I just loved the detail and simplicity of each black and white drawing. They’re so unique, yet versatile, that I feel his work can be hung in almost any room in any home and make a perfect decor accent or focal piece.

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Furniture Upcycle with Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan

Furniture Upcycle with Chalk Paint Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan - top half of cabinet - offbeat + inspired

This is a sponsored post brought to you by Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. All opinions are 100% my own. In other words, I really do love this product!

Remember when I told you about the side-of-the-road furniture I have piling up in my garage? Well, I’m excited to announce that one more of those pieces has officially made it out of the garage and into the house.

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DIY Upcycled Deck Furniture + Accessories

I used to be afraid of color, but in the last few years something changed in my decor style and the pendulum has swung the other direction. Now, I’m obsessed with vivid, bold colors (probably a bit too much). When my husband and I moved into our house last year, we became the very grateful recipients of some hand-me-down outdoor furniture. The chairs are really comfortable and the table is the perfect size for our deck, but the old hunter green and tan dining set needed a little facelift.

Deck Upcycle - offbeat + inspiredDIY Upcycled Deck Furniture – After

Before I chose any paint colors, I searched long and hard for an outdoor pillow that would be summery, bright and maybe even a little out of my color comfort zone (I know I’m living on the edge here). I knew I wanted comfortable pillows for the chairs and hoped that the right pattern would be my inspiration for the rest of the deck. I landed on these Warm Venice Paisley Outdoor Throw Pillows from World Market and I love them! They were the perfect pattern that would allow me to incorporate nearly any crazy color I wanted into my deck project. I snagged a few of those paisley pillows and added a couple of these Warm Chevron Outdoor Lumbar Pillows to the mix. (The “runner up pillow” for my deck inspiration was this Laurel 20″ Square Outdoor Pillow from Crate and Barrel.)

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