The Little Red Owl

DIY ideas for home, health, & life


I love mixing different styles and types of decor through out my home. In my living room I have an Ikea couch, vintage typewriter table, metal lockers, and a 1960’s vintage record player console that I painted rustic teal.

So, how can you marry seemingly different types of decor in your home?

I think the answer is simple–use what you LOVE. I repeat that saying to myself often “Love”. Do I love it? If so, use it. If not, why do I have it in my home? Simple as that.

Yes, sometimes I end up having less or going without but that is very liberating. Sometimes I keep things I don’t love while I am searching or saving for the replacement piece I will love. I have no hard rules on this, but I firmly believe if you love it-it will work in YOUR home. Remember: your home in a reflection of you and your family, not anyone else-so don’t stress. If you love it, great!

I wanted to have an example to share with you guys so I made an Olioboard using some stools from our friends over at Chairish-have you checked them out yet? Chairish is a great consignment website, it is specifically curated to be awesome. They have a real passion for decor and I think that is what makes Chairish so cool.

So check out these bar stools.

yellow bar stools

First off, I know there are a ton of different bar stool styles available but I am far to practical to have anything in my home that it not comfortable or that I will not use.

I love the simplicity of these bar stools, the color, and (pretty importantly) the back on the stools-comfort folks, comfort.

My (tiny and awkwardly laid out) kitchen is eat in (barely) and I really miss having a dining room. In my old house we had an eat in kitchen and a dining room so I got to enjoy the benefit of both. Husband and I had an island with stools in the kitchen and then our traditional table and chairs in the dining room. This worked out well because no matter what people gather in the kitchen, so it is nice for them to have somewhere to lean and somewhere to sit. Enter bar stools…

Here is one take on a modern kitchen with these vintage stools:



I kept the colors simple. White and dark wood cabinets, a large island, a vintage teak light fixture (from Chairish as well), and a colorful rug to bring out the yellow in the bar stools.

What do you guys think?

Here are some other vintage/modern kitchens where the 2 styles are married:




*I was not compensated by Chairish for this post*

This weekend Oakley Fancy Flea is happening. COME!

city flea


2014 Spring/Summer dates:

May 31st

June 28th

July 26th

August 30th

September 27th

The Oakley Fancy Flea Market is proud to be Oakley’s first market of its kind.  This is a curated flea market so you will find only the best quality items for sale.  We promise fun for all ages so come down and be a part of a great Cincinnati market.

See ya there!




My parents got me an old wash stand for my birthday one year. Awesome gift!


It was in interesting shape but Parents got it up to par. I painted it brown and covered the drawer and doors with some beautiful paper.

But, it was time for a change. I recently moved the washstand into our bedroom and it needed an update.

Enter A Corner Cottage. I won a contest they were having awhile back for Caromal Colours.


This paint is amazing! No sanding, just texture and coverage-I love it!

painting stage

This is the first coat, after no sanding and no removing of old paper-great coverage.




I LOVE it! What do you think?

(I got the pink knobs on clearance at Target)



The Contemporary Arts Center has a summer series called One Night One Craft. Last night I participated in Brush and Pen, Calligraphy with Frank Satogata.

It was fun! Here is a peak at the evening:













Our instructor


and some of his examples


a project someone else did that my sister was happy to bring home


 some of my work and practice sheets from the evening

Have you taken a class lately? Are you expanding your mind and connecting with your community?

It’s a lot of fun!



I LOVE dogs. Seriously, I turn into a 5 year old when dogs are around. I start talking in baby talk and immediately ask the owners if I can pet their dog (yes, I ALWAYS ask first).

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I am NOT competitive. Husband says I turn into a kindergarten teacher when playing games. I am encouraging to my “enemies” and often help them out if needed-even if they don’t ask for my help :) I am just glad people are trying that I want to give points for the effort and I often request mulligans (but usually don’t get them).


spaced out photo of myself since I don’t have an action shot of my being too encouraging during games :)

I LOVE my chaise lounger from Ikea. Seriously, LOVE it. I sit almost nowhere else in my house.


See it there on the left with the comfy pillows and red blanket? That’s my corner, Husband claims the crevasse in the cushions.

I LOVE Woodchuck Raspberry Cider-seriously try it-you will NOT be disappointed!

Woodchuck Hard Cider, Raspberry Image

I am NOT a morning person. I have been getting up at the same time (during the week) for 10 years, but I swear it never gets easier to get out of bed and I am NEVER in a good mood until after 9am. Sorry folks, avoid me in the morning!

DSCN4683My face when I have to get out of bed!

I make events in my calendar for every aspect of my life. Do you use Google calendar and keep (note taking app)? I would die without these things, I have a terrible memory.

example of  a Google calendar

That’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed a little insight into who I am.

Who are you and what are some interesting facts about yourself? Share!



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