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Saturday, July 30, 2011

{Saturday Sale} Wisteria

Happy Saturday, friends! Wisteria is having a flash sale with prices too ridiculous to pass up, so I thought I'd share it with you. (You're already up and on the computer, you might as well shop!) Tons of accessories are 50-75% off. Here are a few that caught my eye...just look at the prices!

Ikat Melamine Plates $4 for 4

Jute Wine Bags $8 for 4

Basque Linen Hand Towels $3.50 for 2

Monogrammed Cocktail Napkins $12 for 6

Borromean Rings Canvas Tote $14.50

Doormats $17

Two-Tier Iron Shelf $29.50

Mirror Wall Sconce $39.50

Assorted Throw Pillows starting at $29.50
Sale ends at midnight tonight!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Sponsor Love

I have been remiss in telling you about my fabulous new sponsors!! That's right, Hi Sugarplum crossed the threshold between "Just a hobby" and "Oh crap, this shizz is for reals!" Don't worry, nothing will change around here, I just have a little less guilt on my shopping trips for project supplies. I'll still be doing things half-assed budget-style. And while I may be easy cheap, I am discerning about choosing sponsors, so I won't be advertising anything I'm not crazy about!

You know DimplePrints by now....she only put together the best invites for Babygirl's Pancakes & Pajamas Party and my Son's Stars & Stripes Pool Party! Carli's shop is full of creative Party Packages, Printables, Invitations and Announcements, along with Personalization and Custom Orders.

dimple prints collage


Clearly you guys love throw pillows. When Frugal But Fabulous sponsored a giveaway a few months ago, the entries came pouring in! Not only does she choose fabulous fabrics for her pillows, but she sells them at wonderfully affordable prices! I'm thisclose to ordering throw pillows for the Living Room Makeover, and maybe some Euro Shams for our bed.

fabulous but frugal collage


And finally, I was thrilled when designer Alycia Wicker signed on. I've been following her on Twitter for awhile, and love the sensible, easy-to-follow design advice she gives. She offers great online design services that make it simple for you to makeover your home. Space Plans, Mood Boards, Shopping Lists, To-Do Lists...a complete package of decorating goodness!

e decorating collage

Fabulous goods and services...check them out! And if you'd like to reach oodles of the smartest, most clever readers by advertising on Hi Sugarplum!, shoot me an email for stats and rates!

Have a fabulous weekend, me loves. After approximately 1,872 tweeks, I think I'm almost ready to show you the styled bookcases!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I'm a Headless Blogger Today

I have made no secret of my girl crush admiration for Erinn Valencich (here, here and here). Stalker much? She is known for her elegant, glamorous and colorful style. Erinn has hosted specials for HGTV and been featured on “The View,” E!, “Access Hollywood,” and more. She's also appeared in many design publications, including Better Homes and Gardens, House Beautiful, Home, Home D├ęcor, Redbook and Good Housekeeping. The lady designs rooms for celebrities and Hollywood events!

All photos Erinn Valencich/Omniarte

And apparently she reads Hi Sugarplum! What the wha?! I, of course, stalk read her blog, Erinn V Style, and lost my head when I saw her post about Babygirl's Room last week. Quite literally, my head popped off and rolled across the floor.

I don't know what scares excites me more, the fact that she pops in over here occasionally, or that she likes what I did? I'm sure her attorneys just warned her to watch out for me, but regardless, I'm thrilled! Thanks so much, Erinn, your review and comments on the room sent me over the moon! With a silver spoon, singing a tune. Somebody stop me, I'm delirious.

And if you don't read Erinn's blog, you're missing out! She gives great top-notch designer ideas and tips....FO FREE!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

{Living Room} Bookcase Makeover

We're off to a good start on the Living Room projects! I decided to tackle the bookcases first, since they have annoyed me the longest. Also, I think painting them and the armoire will be the most impactful changes to the room, so I'll get those done first, before deciding on the other elements.

Here they are, lurking behind the yummy sofa, ruining the whole shot.


I knew they'd eventually get painted, so I paid less and less attention to them. Then they became the resting place of all leftover and random decor in my house. You know what I mean, you just casually set something down, while turning a blind eye to how cluttered the whole thing has become? Could there be any more crap on these shelves?!?

Now you see why you never saw full pictures of these in my posts? That's called 'Deceptive Selective Blogging!'

I'm not a fan of the color or generic shape. And since they are the same height as the doors on either side, the wall looks like a row of soldiers. (In spite of my shoving crap on top to add more height.)


The first job was to completely empty the shelves and scrub them clean. Then stand back and gawk at just how much crap came out of such a small space.

Mr. Sugarplum is fussy about covering the air intake vent, hence the cut-out.

Then, to give them a more finished look, as well as add some height, we added crown molding to the top. I simply measured the sides and front, then had Home Depot cut my pieces 1/2-inch longer. They do the cuts for free, and the molding was less than $3. Mr. Sugarplum used a miter box and hand saw to cut the ends so they'd join at the corners. Then we filled in all the gaps with paintable caulking TWSS.

Picnik collage

Of course I only bought a quart of paint (Glidden Dove White, color matched in Behr Paint+Primer semi-gloss), and was assured I wouldn't need to prime first. But after 4 coats on just the shelves, I opted to prime the base of the cases first, for fear of running out of paint. One coat of primer and two coats of paint later...


The backs of the cases didn't get painted completely since I was adding fabric (but didn't want the wood showing through). I fell in love with the fabric when making this tray, and immediately depleted JoAnn's inventory. I've yet to see this particular colorway since. So needless to say, I measured 82 two times before cutting the pieces for each opening.

One at a time, I sprayed directly on the backs of the fabric with spray adhesive (do it outside, it's stinky, and sticky TWSS), and mounted it to the cases. It takes a few tries to get it even, and smooth out all the wrinkles. Swearing tends to help me.


I am not a straight shooter cutter, so I always line the edges with strips of ribbon. It helps give it a clean, finished look.

Picnik collage

Not a huge difference, but better than seeing jagged edges. I've used Fabri-Tac to apply the ribbon in the past (messy), but this time I used a piece of double-sided tape every foot or so instead, and it was quick and easy. Hopefully I don't wake to a pile of ribbon on the floor soon.


Here they are, minus a few places demanding a touch-up. Why oh why did I wait so long to do this?!? Ridiculous.


I chose a light color paint since I don't want to bring too much attention to them. And the little piece of crown molding on top was just enough to break up the line of the doors.


Love how they pull the pink from the rug! The bookcases are a little sweet right now, but I have an idea of how to balance that out a bit. Now comes the hard fun part, styling all the shelves! What do you think...big change? Have you been giving a piece of furniture the stink-eye for too long? Paint it, it's liberating!

Paint Armoire
Paint Brick
Paint/Fabric Bookcases
Re-Style Bookcases
Paint Table Tiles
Paint Hall Chest
Paint/Wallpaper Nook Walls
Paint Backdoor?
Add Nailhead to Wingchair
New Covers for Barrel Chair Cushions
Change Out Lamps
Clean Secretary
Gold Leaf Back of Secretary
More Coordinated Sofa Pillows
Determine Fate of Side Table

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Favorite Old, Favorite New

Thank you guys so much for the sweet response to our newspaper feature! I'm shocked everyday at the love and support you dole out. Love you, mean it!

Today I'm thrilled to be Guest Posting at Rambling Renovators. I was so excited when Jen asked me to participate in her 'Old & New Series,' because I've crushed on her blog for ages. I mean, how could I not, with makeovers like these?!

Living Room Makeover

Master Bedroom Makeover



Jen and her Handy Man Husband have worked miracles on their Canadian home, and I love all her 'real life' tutorials. Not to mention she has the cutest little girl. Today I'm sharing my home favorites, Old & New.

Can you guess what they are? Come see for yourself, but be prepared to stay awhile! Rambling Renovators is a Rabbit Hole I tell ya!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Our Dallas Morning News Spread!

Saturday morning was a wildly exciting one in our house! The kids have been anxiously awaiting the story of their rooms in the Dallas Morning News....and it ran this weekend! They raced outside to grab the paper and practically ripped it open to the Lifestyle Section, and smack on the front page was Babygirl's grinning face and room, with our Son featured on the back page.

You can see it online here, but since you have to create an account to read it, I'll share the article and pictures with you: (I changed our last name because I'm scared of freaky-deaks).


Plano Mother Gives Kids Rooms a Style All Their Own

The Sugarplum home is full of creative touches and high-style design. So when it came time to create spaces for her children, Cassie Sugarplum wasn’t going to shortchange them. “Just because they’re little people doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate big design,” the Plano mother of two said.

Sloan, 5, and Jackson, 10, have stylish spaces with lots of special details to call their own. Sugarplum, 38, overhauled the bedrooms with the future and a budget in mind, and she gave the children lots of opportunities to get involved and personalize their rooms.

Cassie, who chronicled the bedroom projects and more on her blog, found much of the inspiration for the rooms online and from heirloom pieces and accents from her grandparents. Rather than starting with themes, she chose color palettes to build the rooms around. Sloan’s is a soft aqua with dramatic splashes of radish pink and a high-gloss yellow. Two pieces of furniture with classic shapes got a youthful new look with a fresh coat of paint. Cassie snagged a full-size bed off Craigslist for $60 and added a major shot of personality with deep, intense pink paint, and a high-boy chest of drawers that belonged to her grandfather became the room’s focal point after it was painted yellow.

“It helps that I had good bones for this room,” Cassie says. “The bed and high-boy are serious, sophisticated pieces.” The other statement-making piece in the room is the homemade pelmet that the room’s only window wears. Cassie built the piece out of foam-core board, duct tape and fabric. Then she personalized the bright pink piece by adding a felt monogram.

Cassie found inexpensive options for art by framing pages of a vintage Parisian calendar, post cards and even magazine ads that she personalized. And though she was fearless when it came to adding a faux molding treatment or taking the closet doors off the hinges to create a reading hideaway, Cassie wasn’t about to take on projects that required sewing. She found ways around it by using hem tape to create no-sew floor pillows for an art station and on Sloan’s bed.

There’s lots going on in the room, including a gallery wall with mirrors, art, photos and a place for Sloan to keep her treasures, but Cassie made sure to keep everything in the same color palette so it wouldn’t get overwhelming. Playful details such as pom-pom fringe, rick-rack, polka dots and fabric bunting keep the room from getting too serious. “I didn’t have to shop in the kids’ department to find ways to add whimsy,” Cassie says.

The same decorating philosophy is exercised across the hall in brother Jackson’s room. Rather than furniture getting the dramatic treatment, it’s a wall. The room is anchored by an accent wall with orange and brown stripes. “I’m kind of addicted to stripes,” Cassie says.

There’s not much pattern anywhere else, though. A simple brown and white comforter dresses the bed, and linen-colored drop cloths trimmed with grosgrain ribbon serve as drapery. “Keeping everything in chocolate and white unites it all,” she says.

Painted shelves and a mini desk that doubles as a nightstand give Jackson plenty of spots to show off his trophies and other goodies. Cassie wanted Jackson to have lots of places to add his own touches to the room, including his ever-evolving gallery wall. She also made sure to give him lots of baskets and buckets for storage.

“If you give them a space and place for where things go, they are more likely to put things away,” she says.
Cassie says Jackson couldn’t be prouder of his high-style room, which she surprised him with while he was away at his grandparents’ house. He’s very particular now about making sure things are where they belong, and he keeps things picked up and the bed made, she says.

Little people, big style
Blogger Cassie Sugarplum offers this advice for decorating a high-style space for children.

Don’t think in terms of creating for a child; think of creating a great space. “I didn’t shop with a 5-year-old in mind,” Cassie says, “I shopped for things with impact.”

Find items that can grow with the kids. Cassie skipped the cartoon-y themes her daughter first asked for, and instead went with a subtle Parisian theme.

Think outside the box. Find uses for an object beyond what it was intended for. A magnetic strip meant to hold knives and other kitchen utensils became a storage rack for trinkets and art in Jackson’s room. It was such a hit with him that Sloan requested one, too.

Have fun with color. “Kids love color, and you can get away with it in a kid’s space,” Cassie says.



We had so many calls and well-wishes from friends and family who spotted us, and my son already has a copy pinned up in his room. Thanks to the fab reporter, Jamie Knodel, for helping me to sound somewhat coherent!

Then after the excitement died down, we put our son on the bus for his first overnight Summer Camp! *gulp* He's been away from home before, but always at a friend or grandparent's house. I fear this pang of panic is the first of 1000s to come as he gets older. And in four weeks, Babygirl starts Kindergarten! Life is moving much to fast over here. Lucky for you, painting is always a good distraction! First Living Room Project coming up tomorrow!

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