Thursday, June 26, 2014


I've been holding on to this photo for a while now...

I feel like a project might be coming on!

What do you think?
Is it doable?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Accidents Happen...

What do you do when you dye the tiles as well as your hair!

Dying your hair can be an extremely traumatic experience when you are trying to get the color just on your hair and not on the bath, the windows, the ceiling, or the cat. But what happens when you are busy admiring your glossy hair in the mirror and spot the patterns on your tiles that weren’t there before.

I personally do not color or dye my own hair because I don't trust myself. I have several friends who do and even though they get a great result, I've often wondered how their bathroom fared.

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try it is almost impossible to ensure that every bit of hair dye only goes on to your head. There is usually some spillage or splashing.

Prevention is Better Than Cure

If at all possible it is better to try and prevent any splashes from reaching the surface of the tile. When you are preparing to dye your hair you should consider the area around you, and cover as much of it as you can; it only takes a few minutes to put old magazines down on the floor and to tape some plastic bags to the wall tiles that are in the immediate vicinity of where the dying is taking place. Taking these precautions will reduce the amount of surplus dye you have to clean up afterwards.

If the Worst Happens

If you do suddenly have a new look to your bathroom tiles that you really don’t want you will want to get rid of it as soon as possible. 

  • Be quick
One of the most important things about action you take to remove hair dye from tiles is that you take it as soon as possible; if you realize that dye has come into contact with a tile as soon as it happens you can usually wipe it off fairly easily with some warm soapy water. 

  • Be gentle
If a hair dye stain is dried into a tile it can be more problematic to get rid of; don’t get carried away and rub too hard. If you rub at a ceramic or porcelain tile too roughly, especially if the item you are using is slightly abrasive, this can cause damage to the surface. Instead of being glossy and gleaming the tile will become matte and dull. Gently but firmly use a soft cloth, rag or sponge to do the cleaning, together with plenty of elbow grease.

  • Bleach is good
Bleach is ideal for removing hair dye stains from tiles. You have to be careful when using bleach as it most often contains chlorine which can cause serious irritation to your eyes, skin, and respiratory tract. Make sure the room you are in is well ventilated, and always use protective gloves when you put the bleach, diluted with warm water, on an old clean rag. Ideally before you use any cleaning solution on the affected are you should try it first on a piece of tile that cannot be seen, or even better a spare tile. If the test goes well the clean the affected tile, remembering to remove any remaining bleach off thoroughly to prevent it being transferred to any areas where it is not wanted.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

On our way...

To see our son graduate!

That's our boy in the red tie with some of his Fraternity Brothers.

We are so very proud!!

Congrats Chris on a job well done!!!


Saturday, May 31, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Practice Makes Perfect!

Sorry I've been absent from my blog the last few weeks... I've been getting my feet wet with Instagram and although I'm really liking it, I must confess that I do miss my friends here in blogland!

And so,
 I'm back with yet another rendition of my black & white toile room otherwise known as our den/office.

I think I may have finally gotten it right!

It's been through several transitions over the last few years, especially since I started selling treasures in my Etsy Shop and Shop La Dolfina.

I've been constantly tweaking things in order to make selling my wares more streamlined and efficient!

I have to admit there has been more than one occasion where something has sold and I've been unable to locate it.

Having enough space to lay things out, photograph, measure, list, pack and ship is essential.

I have to let my matching toile sofa go in order to accommodate a large glass table. If anyone is interested in purchasing it, let me know!

The catalyst for the recent changes was this awesome desk/secretary with loads of storage potential I picked up last week!

I already had the 3 French cane chairs which I plan to reupholster in this black Alpaca wool I purchased at The White Elephant Sale a few years ago as well as a new skirt for my desk front.

I like the way it tones down the busy toile pattern on the walls and mirrored bookshelves. 

I also picked up several rolls of this cool vintage wallpaper and put some under the glass on my desktop which really made it pop. I'm loving it! I actually feel more energized!

And so without further ado...

My new and improved office!

So... what do you think?

Friday, May 9, 2014

A Beautiful Way to Share Your World


I've been thinking that it's time to embrace Instagram in addition to blogging.

My first love will always be my blog but even before I lost the photos from my posts over the last several years I had begun to blog less frequently.

It takes a bit of time to craft a pleasing and informative post especially for a perfectionist Virgo like myself and I can't help but notice that many other bloggers have begun to post less often as well.

 It seems like good timing to channel my creative energy via a different medium and Instagram seems to fit the bill nicely.

What I like about it most is its immediacy in that it allows me to capture something and share it in real time which is exciting to me.
(I just Instagrammed this little vignette I scored this week)

It meshes perfectly with my passion for the thrill of the hunt allowing me to share and sell things as I find them!

Yes, it's time to shake things up a bit!

I hope you'll follow along with me on Instagram.

The Best is Yet to Come! 

I won't be abandoning my blog by any means, as I know that some people would rather read blogs than follow along on Instagram.

ig: @ladolfina

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A New Day

Got this in my inbox this morning.
There is nothing like receiving messages from the Universe!

Lately I've been obsessed with both my front and back gardens and can't wait to show you the tweaks I've been making in both.

 (This structure was painted a custom color by the homeowner)

But before I take some snaps and show you around I wanted to share an amazing product I came across last week.

 (This is the pre-stained French Gray color that all their products come in.)

It's called Yardistry and I found it on Pinterest, where else!

It's not only beautiful and affordable, it's easy to install.

Everything comes pre-stained in a gorgeous French Gray color and is fully customizable with their Click & Lock technology.

I purchased this garden trellis for the side of our home to camouflage several utility boxes and meters as well as add some height and interest to an otherwise ugly bare wall.

It was an unbelievable $141.00 with Free Shipping!

You have to check out this amazing new product!

to go to their site and watch the video where you're only limited by your own imagination!