Many times I hear "You're so creative, I don't know how you come up with so many great ideas!" from my friends. Truth be told, although I do have an original idea here and there, I like to consider myself a good gleaner, or collector of ideas. I can see a design or project and usually take what I have and come up with a similar look. It will still have my own spin on it, but I draw inspiration from many sources.
This past Sunday was a gorgeous day in Oklahoma. Our usual Sunday schedule is church in the morning, lunch at home, and then chilling out in the afternoon before returning to church for the evening service and activities. The kids had the great idea to take the kite to our neighborhood park, and we enjoyed some "loafing" until it was time to get ready.
They went a bit early with Ray, so I had about an hour where I was going to clean up and fluff some things. I was straightening the counter and came across this page I had torn out of the Pottery Barn catalog. I initially saved it because I liked the styling on the coffee table, but upon second glance I noticed the little side table with the stack of books below it, and inspiration struck.
(By the way, see that jack on the coffee table? I've seen no less that 5 here and there in different photos in the last few days...I want one!)
I have this cute little table in our living room, and I'm never quite sure how to style it. It always seems like it needs SOMETHING, but it's not big enough for much more than a drink landing spot.
Before I knew it, this was happening (mind you, less than an hour before I needed to leave for church...it's how I work best), and I was rummaging through the garage for a can of glossy black spray paint.
After letting it cure for a day or two, I brought it in and started playing around.
I pulled lots of our favorite hardback children's books and piled them up. Emily and I are currently reading one of my old Nancy Drew books, The Bungalow Mystery, so I added that to the top for easy access.
This little table has always been a bit wobbly and easy to knock over, so the extra weight and stability of the books is a good bonus.
So there you have it, a little insight into how most projects happen around here...on a whim! And, I even made it to church on time. :)