Showing off Unexpected Elegance blog

August 29, 2014

Today I’m sharing a blogger who is actually a friend of mine – and the funny thing is we live near each other have some mutual friends but only met when we attended a paint workshop together years ago.

It’s so nice to have friends close by who you can talk “blog” with sometimes. :) Angela’s blog is called Unexpected Elegance and her home is beeeautiful. I think you’ll agree. She has mad decorating skills and makes it all look effortless.

Her kitchen (with pot filler!) is so pretty and classic:

pot filler above oven

And I just noticed we have the same chandelier in our kitchens:

weathered table and chairs

Told you she has good taste. ;) I love every single piece of decor in her home. Every one!

I love that Angela knows how to decorate but isn’t afraid to tackle DIY projects too. You may notice the door in the photo above. She took a regular hollow core door and made it into a Dutch door:

DIY dutch door

THAT is the kind of stuff I love. Taking what you have and making it an interesting and unique spot in your home.

She uses a lot of vintage finds in her home – she used to sell painted furniture and decor and I ALWAYS found something I had to have at her booth. I love how she used a barn door and some old legs to make this pretty table in her mud room:

stacking washer and dryer

She made a small area work really well when she made over that space.

So this one was one of the coolest ideas I’ve seen yet – creating that vintage stamped look on wood by using wax paper

wax paper transfer unexepected elegance

It makes sense when you go read and it is WAY easier than trying to paint all the words. Brilliant!!

Angela’s style is soft and light with lot of wood tones and it works so well together. Not only is her dining room table beautifully styled, but she made it herself:

DIY zinc table

She used a beautiful old base and then made her own zinc tabletop. It is SO cool. I’m not sure I’d have to guts to tackle that one but it looks so good I’d consider it. ;) 

Lovely right? You can see more of Angela’s beautiful home here. It will be great reading while you relax this holiday weekend – I hope there’s some relaxing in there for all of you!

Have a great one and I’ll see you next week!

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    Mamta Bajaj
    Interior Designer

  2. That zinc table top is unbelievable. I LOVE it. What a lovely home; thanks for sharing, Sarah :)

  3. I am a fan of using exotic materials in the renovation of your kitchen. I used tile to cover my walls, floors and counter tops. I just love the look of the tile, though I may change it eventually.

  4. Her kitchen is gorgeous!! Enjoy your pool time and the long weekend!! Going to head to the MN State fair, if the weather cooperates (it better! We bought tickets in advance!). It's been raining.

  5. Your blog is very helpful for us, there is lot of things about Home Decor. Thanks for the Information.

  6. Love the chandelier you both have! Where did you purchase yours?

  7. So many great take-aways from this post. I love the eat-in area! The wooden sign is perfect for that wall the table and chairs quaint and the chandelier is lovely!

  8. Angela's home is lovely. I love the crock beside the stove and, would you believe, I found a similar one(1 gallon size) made in the U.S.A.. It weighs a ton and actually has a "gaggle of geese" sort of design on one side, so I can use either side as desired. I have been wishing for one for a long time. Thanks for sharing with us!

  9. Very nice. It is a pleasure to see how others decorate, especially in a DIY way. You are very kind to feature other blogger's work. I loved the roses in the pitcher on the table. It will make a nice fall centerpiece. Ugh. I can't believe I said "fall". Not ready for that yet!

  10. It looks like she has the same chairs that you do too. I know you must have said this before, but I've forgotten. Also, did you have any luck in finding the BHG tray with the candles that you featured on the blog a few days ago? I love that and really want to find how to buy it. I don't see it on the website.

    1. I haven't yet -- I'm afraid they decided not to carry it but I'm checking! I got our kitchen chairs from World Market -- love them! :)

  11. ^^ I meant to ask where you got the chairs, but I left that out.


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