Thursday, August 4, 2011

Vanity Makeover and Four Elements to My Design

Hello Friends!

Whether working on a small corner of a room or an entire room, there are four key elements i use when decorating. These four key elements are: old, new, feminine and rustic. All of these elements are either displayed on or surrounding my vanity.
When combing these four elements, i think it's the perfect balance of opposites--and these opposites attract! it creates the most beautiful space.

i have put together a list of the items in each category for you.
Some of these items may fit into more than one category.

Old: A European mirror, galvanized bucket, industrial stool, two glass lamps and a French book and clock

New: a fresh coat of paint, burlap lampshades and mercury glass knobs

Feminine: roses, a scarf, European mirror and rhinestones around the French clock

Rustic: a stack of wicker baskets and burlap lampshades

This is a lovely place to just sit and put on make-up. In addition to that, it's now the place where my girls climb up and play and spin around on--until its time for me to do their hair. Someday, that stool is going to stop spinning... and just because of that, i might let them spin a couple more times. : )

Here is a picture of my vanity before i painted it grey. i loved it white too! The overall vision of my bedroom make-over called for the new coat of grey. Hopefully i'll be able to reveal that soon!
i also took off the round mirror and replaced it with an antique european hanging mirror.
i will recycle the old mirror and have it cut to fit a frame i already have.

Fiesta is upon us here in Santa Barbara.
It's old tradition my family has been participating in since I was a kid.

Have a great weekend!

until next time,



  1. Thanks so much for sharing your elements of decorating. I love the grey on the vanity and the sweet stool.Beautiful staging!

  2. Hi Cheryl,
    Love the color of the vanity! And of course, I am totally with you on your four decorating elements, the perfect marriage!
    Have a beautiful night.

  3. so beutiful roses. Have a nice weekend.. Hugs from me to you

  4. Cheryl this is a great post!
    I love mixing all the elements you have mentioned makes for such lovliness!
    I love what you've done here! Everything blends together so perfectly!
    Love your dresser too!
    Have a great weekend!

    Deborah xo

  5. Cheryl ~ I love how you have put that all together ~ I can't wait to see your bedroom :)

  6. Looks beautiful, Cheryl. I love the mixture of elements that you used :)

  7. Hello Cheryl,
    thak´s for your sharing of elements. I love your flower..they are beautiful!Yor old mirror and clock are fantastics!
    ÓÓhh and your old plates are...I don´t know what to say...very very lovely:)I would like to have them too!
    bye Vlaďka

  8. what great ideas! thanks for sharing your expertise! you always have such beautiful pictures!!

  9. I love your understated style. It's all really lovely!

  10. ~ LOVE ~ It all looks so perfect Cheryl~ xo Rachel

  11. Hi Cheryl,

    I just heart EVERYTHING that you have done here!
    Those are great elements that go nicely together! The dresser looks great and the roses are a beautiful vibrant pop of color! Love the little clock, too! Let them spin on that stool for as long as they please... while they are still little. :-) I adored seeing your new French plates!! You California girls have all the luck with finding French pieces! Oh yes.. you would love Plate to Pixel (photography book).. best book I've ever read on photography!
    xo, Lara

  12. Hi Cheryl - Your vanity is beautiful and all of the elements do look wonderful together. I love the contrast of feminine and rustic - just so pretty!

  13. I just happened upon you from Miss Mustard Seed. What wonderful pictures you take. I love your style and I will enjoy coming back to visit. Have a great weekend.

  14. Hi Cheryl!

    Lovely post! I really agree with you about the four key elements of decorating. It makes it all look beautiful!

    I really like the old clock toghether with the bucket of roses.. absolutely gorgreous!

    Big hug

  15. Lovely arrangement. I particularly love the roses in the bucket. Your blog is lovely I am now following you. Have a great week, love Linda x

  16. So gorgeous Cheryl! I love the color of your vanity and the bucket of roses... divine!! Yes, let those girls spin and spin on that stool! My youngest just became a teenager... it seems like just yesterday when I was doing her hair in the mornings- Time sure does fly by. Thanks for sharing at my party! Have a great time at Fiesta! :)

  17. I can't get enough of your beautiful flowers.