Kelly Green + Gold

Ever since my last bout with this inherited dresser, I’ve been somewhat leery about revamping another furniture piece. Well, enough time has passed since the last incident, and I came home with this simple white dresser yesterday. In the next few weeks, I plan to give it a fresh coat of paint and some hardware love. It was a freebie, and you know I can’t say no to those:).

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white dresser

And for once, white paint is not in the running. I’m thinking a kelly green, with brass hardware or something else FUN. I’m thinking something like this…

kelly green dresser

Any hardware favorites? Do tell!


This + That

This I know: I’m having a hard time blogging.

The ironic thing? I actually have quite a bit to blog about.  New products to share. Paint colors I love. A few good recipes up my sleeve. But then every night, midnight rolls around and I have yet to blog. Does anyone else know the feeling?

Since I can’t put together a “real” post, I thought I’d just catch you up on life in dreary and gray Portland.

Here. We. Go.

My college roommate and dear friend got married last weekend. This called for a mini girls reunion in Portland. We drank margaritas. We shopped. We brunched. We celebrated our sweet friend at her perfect wedding. It was quite the time. I managed to snap just one photo at the wedding…


And that dress I was wore? It was wool. And hot. Not like hot, but like hot. I was sweating profusely. No fun.

Moving on. While helping my sis-in-law shop for her new home (which I can’t wait to show you – you will DIE with delight) I ran across this beautiful night stand. It’s a show stopper. If she doesn’t take it home, I will. Heck, even if she takes it home, I might have to order one too. It’s the Cortina Nightstand from Crate & Barrel, and I’m in love.cortina-left-door-nightstand

For heart day, I gave Kyle a staghorn fern from Anna Mara Flowers. I’ve been seeing them around town, and I love the organic beauty they bring to a room.

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So far, ours (below) is happy and healthy and loving it’s new home on our living room wall.

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And my new favorite paint color for Spring? Mizzle from Farrow & Ball. It’s perfect for a bathroom vanity – it’s soft but has a nice tint of color.


It’s somewhat similar to our bathroom vanity (blue gray by Farrow & Ball), but it’s a lighter color for sure.

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How’s that for a random post? No promises for when I’ll be back on a regular schedule, but I do know…I WILL be back!

The Dresser 2.0

Morning, friends.

I know, I know. I still have yet to take photos of our renovated bathroom. It will happen soon, I promise. For now, I hope a few master bedroom updates will do. Remember this dresser that nearly killed me? Well, it made the move to the new house with us (we did break a knob in the move – shoot!) and it’s now Kyle’s dresser in our master bedroom. Here’s a photo of the sad dresser before it received any love – so lonely, right?


And here it is, after a little styling action. Remember, it’s Kyle’s dresser, so I went a bit more “manly” than usual…


dresser by Restored Style

And just for fun, do you guys remember where this room started? It started here…hellllo pink flower wallpaper.


So glad that’s gone. Yikes. I’ll be back again tomorrow sharing a few fun art ideas!

{House Guest} Leela Cyd Ross


Last week, I had a special house guest. The lovely and ridiculously talented Leela Cyd Ross stopped by for a kitchen photo shoot, and a much too short catch-up date. Leela and I met three years ago, back when we were both figuring out ourselves and our careers. We first met when she shot our  last house for Apartment Therapy and for The Kitchn’, and it’s been a kick to “grow up” together. Speaking of growing up, here’s a photo Leela took of me the day we met (in the pre-Instagram days)…

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And here’s a photo she took just last week. No more baby face, and juuuust a few more wrinkles:)…

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Anyway, Leela got right to work and snapped a number of photos from all sorts of angles. She has the best eye. It’s fun to see a true professional at work – she sees interiors through a different lens and I loved seeing her work her camera magic on a dark and dreary Portland day.

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We’re not certain where this kitchen shoot will land, but when it’s published, you’ll surely know about it:). Have a great week, friends!