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Sunday, February 8, 2015

DIY Long Credenza

I feel like I have done so many DIY projects lately that I need to upload pictures and share! During the Thanksgiving / Black Friday sales, Trey and I purchased an unnecessarily and ridiculously large 65" flat screen Smart TV. I swear…boys and their toys. At least it was a great deal! I'm not gonna lie, watching Netflix is like a whole new world on this thing so you won't hear me complaining.

Anyways, with a TV this wide, it was SO hard to find a credenza long enough to make the scale look proportionate. We thought about mounting the TV on the wall, but we are renting this place and the last thing we want to do is drill holes in walls. 
We found a set of 3 chest-like pieces on the cheap. Two of them have doors and shelves and the other one is a bookshelf. They were UGLY to begin with but I liked the clean lines and faux bamboo trim on them.  We quickly realized when pushed together they looked seamless and also became 108" long. PERFECT!
After lots and lots of sanding, priming and high gloss paint, I think we got what we were hoping for. The best thing about these being a set of three is I can easily use them as bedside chests when we purchase a house in the future.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

DIY Marquee Letter

If you like to go picking or hunting for antiques then you've more than likely ran into some awesome vintage marquee letters. The only catch is, the more vintage and cool they are, the more expensive! I've seen ONE small letter sell for up to $400!
A couple weekends ago at my friend's Jimmy & Caitlyn's wedding rehearsal, they had "J & C" marquee letters and I figured that was a sign (literally) to finally take on these letters as a DIY.
The plan is to make a sign that says "B-A-R" for our outdoor courtyard. For my trial run I started with the letter "B".

Supplies:
Jig-Saw ($29.99 at Home Depot! Works great!)
Sander / Sand Paper
Drill
2x4 Piece of Plywood (3/4” width suggested)
Paint
3/4" paddle drill bit
1/2" round drill bit
String Lights
Super Glue
Vinyl Vertical Blinds
Hammer & Nails

The first thing you need to do is find a font for your letter. Print the letter as large as you want it to be on paper, cut it out and trace it on to the plywood. Next, use your jig-saw to carefully cut out the letter. First time using the jig-saw! nailed it! After your letter is cut, use the sander to smooth the edges and surface so theres no splintering wood pieces.
Next I removed the big bulbs from the string lights to lay them on the letter and mark where I needed to drill the holes. I drilled the holes for the bulbs, painted the letter blue, and glued the bulbs into each hole. Remember they don't have the string lights in them yet.
For the border around the letter I decided to use Vinyl Vertical Blinds instead of aluminum flashing. The metal most people use for these marquee letters is very sharp and I didn't even want to attempt cutting it. The vinyl blinds were flexible and worked perfectly! Just nail the border into place. After the border was on, I added some detailing to my letter so it didn't look plain.
Next you put the string lights back into each bulb and tape it to the back of the letter so it stays in place.

I'm pretty happy with my first attempt! Next up "A" and "R"!





Friday, June 6, 2014

Currently Obsessed: French Rattan Bistro Chair

OMG, I blogged! The blog has certainly been on the back burner over the past 6 months. Between wedding planning, finding Trey and I's first place to live, planning a honeymoon and working a full time job…it just had to. Anyways, I miss it and I just had to share my latest Craigslist find and get ya'lls opinion. 

I am currently obsessed with French Rattan Bistro Chairs. Maybe it's the "Boudreau" in me. I love them for indoors and outdoor dining spaces. They are so effortlessly chic. Such a design classic, from the striped designs, cool patterns and sturdy rattan frames. I can just picture the streets of Paris lined with cafes and bistros with these chairs on the patios.
The thing about these, they can be EXPENSIVE. The chairs are made by Maison Gatti (since 1920) and constructed out of rattan and Rilsan for $695 PER CHAIR! WHAT?
So here's the amazing thing. I found 10 original Maison Gatti designed bistro chairs for $20 each on Craigslist. What do you think? Buy or buy?


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Mules

I was [pleasantly] surprised to see Mules make a huge come back from the 90's this spring. Yes, that's right, the Zack Morris lovin' 90's. These slides have been updated for spring with chunky heels and bold prints that just may change the way you feel about the shoe you thought you had to be 60+ to wear.  I have a few pairs of mules in my closet I'm excited to bring out…goodbye heel blisters!


Mules may be a bona fide trend, but you're going to wear them to death, and in a years time you can retire them knowing that they had a busy and fulfilling life.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine's Stationary Picks

This year I'm all about the die cut Valentine's Day card. There's something especially sweet about a die cut Valentine, and not to mention the style of "die-cutting" is totally vintage!! I remember as a little girl cutting all of my Valentines out by hand and folding a piece of paper in half to cut out the perfect heart shape.
- Sugar Paper's Roosevelt XO is letterpress printed on antique machinery. White foil on kraft paper in our signature Roosevelt die cut shape.
- To My Valentine by Rifle Paper Co. Of Course. I'll always root, root, root for the home team here in Winter Park, Fla. This die cut vintage valentine offers a unique alternative to the typical valentine.

And to contain all of those beautiful Valentine's you get this year, how about a Personalized Acacia Rectangle Tray to hold them all?


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Cynthia Rowley

Cynthia Rowley constructed her first dress when she was seven years old. Her intuitive technical skill paired with a love of “making things” led her to an undergraduate degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she began to pursue a career in fashion.

Rowley has been recognized within the fashion industry, with a CFDA womenswear award and a nomination for menswear, and is consistently called upon as a style authority on “Project Runway,” “Oprah,” “David Letterman,” “The Today Show,” and “America’s Next Top Model” among others.

I'm really excited to gain Cynthia Rowley as an affiliate sponsor on Hello Boudreau simply because I'm obsessed with her designs, style and overall outlook on life! Here are some of my favorite pieces from her new arrivals:


Oh, and Rowley Eyewear? Don't even get me started with the amazingness. At a great price point, you can customize a variety of optical looks to suit your vibe. Here are my favorites:

When in doubt, you can swap them out!! Fashion is ever-changing so why should your frames remain the same?
xx, Kelly

Friday, December 6, 2013

A Thanksgiving Engagement

Sorry I've been so MIA lately, but this time maybe I have a good excuse - We are engaged! My boyfriend proposed on Friday while we were up at my parents house in Big Canoe, Georgia. Needless to say I will never think of Black Friday the same again!

At night he took me to The Terraces at Big Canoe, where I've always dreamed of getting married, got down on one knee and the rest is history! 
Here is a great photo of The Terraces during the day
We already set the date so the wedding planning is in full swing! I promise this won't turn into a wedding blog but I'll definitely keep you posted along the way.

xo, Kelly