A Fun Fabulous Chair Makeover

Well hello there! Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you had a great long weekend!

Mine was spent working. Yep! I had so many deadlines to get caught up on that I went into the office on Sunday and Monday for a few hours. All caught up now :-)

Well, you may have seen this chair in a recent blog post of my colorful eclectic living room, and I got so many comments on it that I thought it deserved a post of it’s own; although a short one :-)

Casa Vilora InteriorsThis has become my most favorite piece of furniture ever!

I have owned this chair now for about 10 or 11 years (pre-Design career :-) ). It is a pretty high-end Drexel Heritage chair that I was able to customize with the fabric and finish. It was a part of a collection I bought back then for my formal living room. It was one of those rooms that never got used and had all expensive, “precious” furniture in.

Here is my old living room long time ago. Do you see the chair off to the right? This entire furniture set-up was all Drexel Heritage and cost a pretty penny about 11 years ago. I grew really tired of the red and the whole traditional look, and certainly a room that never got used



This is the chair before

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Since the chair didn’t get used much, it was still in mint condition, but I still wanted to re-upholster it.

Here is a side by side view

Chair - BEFORE and AFTER

Chair – BEFORE and AFTER

It was no longer my style as far as the silk damask fabric, but I still loved the frame. I certainly did not want to maintain the traditional look of the frame by using a traditional fabric, so I decided to go in the opposite direction and choose a very whimsical and fun fabric from Robert Allen.

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I loved that this fabric pulled in all the colors of the room – the indigo background color keeps it from looking too childlike.

I didn’t stop there with the whimsical charm. I decided to add nail heads to the chair. And not just any nail heads……..ones that have a little bit of unique charm – like little rosettes. Notice that the chair in the before picture has piping and not nail heads?

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Here it is with a brightly colored pillow

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And here is the chair from behind……sexy 😉

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I think my upholsterer Hector did an amazing job!

Check out some other shots of the chair in the room

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What do you think? Are you digging the contrast between the traditional frame and the funky fabric?

I think even Rufus loves it :-)

Me and My Hot Doggie, Rufus

Me and My Hot Doggie, Rufus

I know, it may not be for everyone, but I LOVE it in my eclectic living room


Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!


A Dramatic Powder Room

Hello my lovelies!

This week has been a bit crazy here in Casa Vilora land and the blog has suffered a bit this week. But I know you all are so very understanding that things happen….right? :-)

Well, to make up for being M.I.A. this week, how about I give you a bit of eye candy? If you are into black paint that is. Lol. I think I just lost a few of you here, but I will let the pictures speak for themselves :-)

This is a room tour of sorts. This room is my powder room right off the main living room and foyer. I am a big fan of adding drama in small spaces like a powder room and I decided to go with a color that would be hard to sell in any other room of the house…..black! Although I might add that black can be used in any room of your home to add drama. By placing light colored furniture against black walls with a pop of color used sparingly, the look is usually very stunning!

So here is my powder room today:

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The room is literally about 3′ wide and about 6′ deep. You can see that it was difficult to get a good angle for the photographs because of the size of the space. It is designed to just go into and do your business and get out! I wanted it to feel a bit more special, thus the dramatic contrast of black walls with white and gold.

The paint color I chose is Benjamin Moore Onyx, done in a flat finish. I typically recommend doing really dark saturated colors in a good flat or low luster finish, as adding sheen will often cheapen the look – unless you go with a high gloss lacquered look……which I love! The ceiling was painted in a gold metallic paint from Modern Masters

I can’t seem to find any BEFORE photos, but if you can imagine with me for a second. The room began with a blah builder beige wall color and a small white pedestal sink. The light fixture and hardware were also builder basic in a chrome finish. I had the sink replaced with this small chest I bought at an antique store about three years ago. This is what it looked like then

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Not terrible, but nothing to write home about, so I decided to refinish it in a metallic gold color. I then had my amazing friend and Artist Aimee Chaison paint the cherry blossoms with the little birdie (that she knows I love) on the front of it. Prior to painting the chest, I had my plumber cut a hole through the top to add the plumbing and sink to make it a full fledged bathroom vanity.

I decided to juxtapose the traditional lines of the chest with a really contemporary square white porcelain sink and faucet. The faucet was actually chrome as I mentioned earlier, and I painted it in a metallic gold. It was honestly not one of my proudest moments, as the paint did not go on as smoothly as I had hoped, even after many coats of primer and top coat. I also spray painted all the hardware, like the toilet paper holder in a metallic gold.

The mirror is actually from Ikea – I believe it comes in a black and off-white. Mine was black and I spray painted it a bright white. I love how ornate it is but the white keeps it from being too traditional.

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The vanity light was also replaced with a brass fixture with white glass shades. The former fixture was a really bad builder grade chrome fixture.

The art that I chose for the main wall in the powder room are prints from Minted.com. They are very abstract in bright fuchsia, yellow and white. The frames are very ornate and came from an antique store. I also found an antique painting of the girl reading at the same antique store. The finishes on the frames were dark brown and really heavy, and quite frankly, ugly. I almost passed on them because I just couldn’t see past the ugliness. Lol. But I liked the depth of the frames and so I took a chance on them, and now I absolutely love them! I just painted them with the same metallic paint from the ceiling and voila!

Here is the “business” side of the room, if you know what I mean 😉

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A 2×3 white shag rug and white orchid completes the look.

So there you have it, my dramatic powder room. What do you think?

Would you paint the walls in your home black?

Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!


Room Tour: A Colorful and Eclectic Living Room

Happy Monday my lovelies!

You are in for a great treat today! I would love to share a newly completed, and might I add, colorful and eclectic living room with y’all :-)

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Well, it is actually my personal home, and I am just so happy to have one more room checked off of my long list of projects.

Well the reality is that as a Designer, we are always tinkering with a new project even when the room is so-called ‘done”. It has taken a year and a half to get these projects completed, so I am enjoying the heck out of them. You can find some more of my completed projects here, here and here

So without further ado, here begins the room tour!! :-)

Well, this room was designed as the family room by the homebuilder. This is where most folks hang out to watch TV or entertain friends in their own homes. But in our home, it was a room that honestly didn’t get used very much.

My kids love to hang out upstairs in the game room where they watch TV and have their friends over. I don’t entertain an awful lot except for an occasional evening of having a friend or two over for drinks. In fact, there wasn’t even a TV in this room until recently.

This was a nice sized room, so I decided to give it two functions: A sitting room and dining room with a dry bar and breakfast bar area. This would allow me to use the sitting room for when I have one or two friends over for a drink, and the entire area for dinner parties. I have always wanted a dining room with a fireplace in it, and this was the closest I was going to come to that fantasy :-)

The only problem with combining these two rooms is that the room had one light fixture (a fan with light kit) in the center of the ceiling. So the first order of business was to remove the fan and seal the opening, and define each area with its own light fixture.

Here is where the room began

The Living Room During Construction

The Living Room During Construction

This was during construction a couple of years ago. Over the last year or so, I added pieces bit by bit as budget allowed.

Here is the room now

Casa Vilora InteriorsOk, where do I begin? :-)

You can see the sitting area by the window. That area consists of a sofa that I purchased about a year ago and two chairs. The solid teal chair was a recent purchase and the French chair was actually a Drexel Heritage chair that I purchased over 10 years ago and re-covered it in a fun whimsical fabric. I also added some fun nail heads and took the old chair from formal and stuffy, to fun and exciting!

Chair - BEFORE and AFTER

Chair – BEFORE and AFTER

So you can see there is plenty of seating for how I use this room.

The sitting room also has a couple of end tables that I have owned for a while too. The two faux bamboo tables in the center were actually end tables that I am using as nesting cocktail tables. They were actually in silver and I spray painted them gold to work better with the room.

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The rug was actually one that I ordered for a client about 5 years ago and it arrived damaged with a good sized hole in it. The hole is hidden by the sofa, so no one will ever see it, plus with the rug’s pattern it is hard to see the hole. I also purchased a smaller size that is now in the dining area. I think having the same rug in both areas keeps the room from becoming too visually overwhelming.

The drapery panels was a big splurge in the room. The gorgeous ikat paisley fabric is from Robert Allen and I love the gauzy feel of it. I had my workroom create simple cartridge pleat panels with semi sheer lining to let natural light filter through.

Some of the pillows are custom made and some were purchased from my wholesale vendors. You can see that I brought a lot of color and pattern in with the pillows. This helps to give the room that colorful eclectic touch

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The contemporary art leaning against the wall above the fireplace, and the one above the TV are prints from Minted.com that I had custom matted in Ikea frames. I love leaning art as much as possible for a more casual feel.

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The botanical art in the dining area sits above a silver and white chest that also came in damaged from a vendor for a former project, so it was also free. You can hardly tell that it is damaged unless you get close, so it works in the corner where it won’t get heavy use.

You may notice the faux taxidermy? I think I have at least one in every room now! I’m out of control with this and must quit now. Lol :-)

The shelving units and chest are from Ikea that I spray painted gold and white. These shelving units are great for all my collectibles – especially my books and white ceramics. I ended up putting a small TV in the room but it doesn’t get used very much :-)

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The dining area seats six and it is a perfect area for my wonderful table that I love so much. I mixed up the seating with 4 round cane back French chairs and 2 slipcovered chairs for the heads of the table. Notice the beautiful grouping of white hydrangeas? My favorite! :-)

The dining area also has a bar area that is portable for when I have friends over

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It also has a breakfast bar where my son likes to hang out to do homework when I’m cooking dinner :-) You will notice my breakfast area turned morning room in the background

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Here are some other shots of the room.

Casa Vilora InteriorsNotice the cheetah carpet on the stairs? My favorite feature of the room. You will also see my swanky sitting room in the distance

Casa Vilora InteriorsOne more shot…….

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The room as you can see is very eclectic – A mix of patterns and colors; design styles, from traditional to contemporary; trends and classics. But most importantly, it contains the things I love and love having around me. You can see I love stuff – I am no minimalist for sure. It is just my personality and truly a fun and colorful space that makes me feel happy every time I walk into it.

So, what are your thoughts on my colorful and eclectic living room? can you live with this much color?

The amazing photography is by Niki

Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!



DIY Wooden Sticks Wall Sculpture

Happy Monday folks!

Today I have a quick and easy DIY project for you. I have dubbed it “Wooden Sticks Wall Sculpture”

Wooden Stick Wall Sculpture

I spotted this picture on Instagram via “Inspired By Charm” not too long ago and had to have a few of these wall hangings for myself

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I took to the internet to find out where I could get my hands on these wall sculptures. I didn’t really find a wall sculpture, but found this table top object at Dwellstudio.com

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Image via Dwell Studio

The only problem, it was $375 and it wasn’t a wall sculpture.

So, guess what I did? I made my own. I have made only one so far for my son’s bedroom makeover for the One Room Challenge but I plan to make another one with the left over supplies

Interested in making your own?

Here’s what you will need………

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  •  Wooden dowels – These I got at Michael’s
  • Hot glue gun

Notice that the picture contains floral wire, which I didn’t end up using. All that was needed to hold the dowels together is the hot glue.

The Process

Using the picture above as reference, I laid out the base of the sculpture using the wooden dowels.

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Here I started with the floral wire and quickly realized it was making the process a bit more tedious than it needed to be. Plus I didn’t like the thought of the wire being visible with the finished product.

I continued to layer the wooden dowels until I was happy with the general layout, then I started to glue the dowels together.

This is what I ended up with after gluing all the pieces together. Close enough :-)

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The next step is to remove the glue residue and then spray paint. Of course I chose gold, but it could also be painted silver or any other color you like.

Here is the finished product hung in my son’s bedroom.


It adds a nice texture to the room, and a great piece for this small wall.

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Here’s a closer look

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This project cost about $20.00 and took about 45 minutes to complete.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!


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