Beachy Gallery Wall

7-26-14n 048 Gallery Wall @ CharmingZebra.com

It's always great fun to start decorating with a plain, empty space. A room that is just waiting for the wonders of your imagination to take hold. Being able to customize, design and decorate exactly how you want. But what about all the other times, when you have to make do with existing furniture?  Something functional but that is really rather blah? We have a piece of furniture in our living room that I am definitely not in love … [Read more...]

How To Make Ribbon Tassels

7-19-14n 174 Ribbon Tassel @ CharmingZebra.com

  I may have mentioned once or twice how my decorating process usually works. Some ideas have been swimming around in my head forever, just patiently waiting for their moment to shine. And then there are those other ideas (a bit bold and pushy) that will just pop into my thoughts out of nowhere and demand to immediately be brought to life. Thus, the Ribbon Tassel was created. Now, tassels are nothing new, by any means.  They … [Read more...]

Coral Watercolor

7-16-14n 039 Coral Print @ CharmingZebra.com

I'm currently working on my gallery wall. And I'm feeling a little beachy. Surrounded by coral, seashells and azure watercolors. Soon, my living room wall will be plastered with echoes of the sea. I found this coral watercolor print at Marshalls last week.  I was crushing on the blue tones, but I definitely wasn't feeling the beige colored mat. So I left the coral at the store.  All sad and forlorn.  (And yes, I do tend to give … [Read more...]

Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

6-3-14n 032 Apple Cake 2 @ CharmingZebra.com

I finally realized last year, that our family has a Summer tradition. A family tradition that has nothing to do with sunshine, sand or sea. Or sprinklers, sparklers or fireflies. No, this grand family Summer tradition consists of nothing more than consuming extra amounts of sweets, treats and goodies.  Yes, it's true. Now, I'm not sure exactly why that is, but I have a theory.  (Actually, two.)  1) We have a little more time to bake. … [Read more...]

More Coffee Table Styling

6-3-14n 170 Glass Vase @ CharmingZebra.com

Coffee Table Styling. Just a fancy way of saying that I rearranged some items on my coffee table. And bought more flowers.  (At the grocery store, no less) But the coffee table isn't the story.  Neither is the stack of decorating books or my saucy gold rhino.  (Love him.)  No, the star of this little vignette is a simple glass globe vase. I previously filled it with moss and used it for transplanting a bright pink orchid.  Well, as … [Read more...]

Chicken Grape Salad Sandwich

5-22-14n 088e Chicken Grape Sandwich @ CharmingZebra.com

How do you know when you're finally a grown-up? College graduation, home purchase or wedding day, perhaps? How about the day you find yourself eating (and liking) all the unpalatable foods you shunned as a wee child?  All the mushy, tangy, spicy foods that adults love. My daughter confessed to me the other day, (as I brought home yet another avocado) that nobody her age likes avocados.  Who doesn't like avocados?  She said that all of … [Read more...]

That Time I Hit the Craig’s List Jackpot

5-22-14n 198 MCM Dressers @ CharmingZebra.com

What would compel a grown woman to show up at a stranger's house, money in hand? For the possibility of a great deal on an awesome piece of furniture, perhaps? I've been searching for the better part of a year for a few specific pieces of furniture.  Thrift stores, Craig's List, eBay and garage sales were all fair game.  I wanted a mid-century modern, upright dresser for my son's room and a small cabinet for a night stand.  Also, a long MCM … [Read more...]

Bits & Pieces (A Tale of 2 Tables)

5-14-14n 035 Bits and Pieces @ CharmingZebra.com

  I'm always on the hunt for a good bargain. That's no secret. I have a seemingly endless list of items I'm searching for, so I'm ready when the right piece at the right price comes around.  Sometimes all that is needed is a little paint or a tweak here or there to make it exactly what I want. And in the last few weeks, I've been fortunate enough to cross a couple more items off my list.     I've been on … [Read more...]

Bright Flowers in Vintage Mason Jars

5-9-14n 003 Mason Jar Flowers @ CharmingZebra.com

  I enjoy buying flowers for myself. Truly, I do. There is nothing like a colorful bouquet of blooms to brighten up the home.  And my local grocery store usually has a nice selection of flowers in the $4.00 range.  They sell more expensive bouquets too, but I'm usually able to find something pretty for less.  I buy flowers there quite frequently.  I guess you could say it's my guilty pleasure.  (That and a nice pint of Ben & … [Read more...]

Fabulous Fruit Dip

5-1-14n 027 Fab Fruit Dip @ CharmingZebra.com

Many years ago, a friend confessed an embarrassing story. As friends sometimes do. About the time she attended an important business dinner, and thoroughly embarrassed herself in front of her husband's co-workers.  She didn't mean to.  It was an honest mistake.  And she can laugh about it now.  But at the time, well, it was a different story... ...My friend "Laura", (name changed to protect the guilty) was actually looking forward to an … [Read more...]

How NOT to Make a Wrist Corsage

4-26-14n 092 Wrist Corsage @ CharmingZebra.com

There is one Do-It-Yourself rule that I always seem to be breaking. Rockin' rule breaker or just frequently forgetful? The DIY rule that's almost always true for me, is that the very first time I attempt something new, there is a definite learning curve.  It usually takes a bit of tweaking to get a new project exactly how I want it.  So when I had the semi-brilliant idea of DIYing the corsage for my son's prom date, well, let's just say … [Read more...]

Design Crush (Cuckoo 4 Design)

Design Crush Cuckoo 4 Design hallway

"What's black & white and red (read) all over?" A skunk with a diaper rash? No, A fantastic hallway makeover from Cuckoo 4 Design! One of the few things I remember about being in kindergarten is the discovery of lame and somewhat cheesy jokes.  (Our tiny, undeveloped minds loved them.)  And just to give you an idea of the level of cleverness and wit, here is one of the more popular jokes told repeatedly by my kindergarten … [Read more...]

Coffee Table Styling

4-23-14n 030 Coffee Table Styling @ CharmingZebra.com

I've been tinkering around with my coffee table, lately. You know, the ugly one I bought off Craig's List. Because as everyone knows, coffee table vignettes and stylings are almost up there in importance as protecting National secrets, ninja warrior training or creating a decadent chocolate recipe with zero calories.  Or quite possibly as important as not getting your hair cut by an incompetent stylist on the morning of Prom.  (But alas, … [Read more...]

The Gold Egg & The Boy Who Ate It

4-17-14n 090 Golden Eggs @ CharmingZebra.com

Many years ago, when I was just a wee lass, we had a goose that laid a golden egg.  Well, actually, the goose's contribution was a standard white goose egg, but it soon was turned into a lovely golden hue through the magic of spray paint. It all started the year I was in the fourth grade.  It was Spring and our class was excitedly looking forward to our big Easter party and egg hunt that would take place the following week.  The egg hunt … [Read more...]

Lost In a Tropical Garden

4-4-14n 033 Tropical Garden @ CharmingZebra.com

To my children, California is this amazing utopia of nice beaches and great fun. To my husband, it's the center of the universe. He grew up in the Bay Area and has many wonderful memories and experiences from his childhood.  Our children are growing up in Texas, so their only experience with the state of California is centered around enjoyment.  We go there to visit with relatives, vacation at the beach and the occasional trip to … [Read more...]