May 16, 2014 § Leave a comment
I may be late to the game with this but I recently discovered Autodesk Homestyler, a great site that allows you to create design layouts and plans in 2D and 3D. I was trying to decide if I should learn how to use AutoCAD, which is a design tool professional designers use (fashion, interior design, architects, etc.), but I realized while that would be awesome to add to my resume I really just wanted a fun tool to play and design with! Homestyler is from the same company that produces AutoCAD but its target user is everyday people like you and me which means it’s a lot easier and helps you visualize what you want your room to look like super fast!
Once you sign up, you can create a user profile and share your designs with other users. They can “heart” your design (kind of like Instagram) and leave comments, too.
You can create a new design from scratch and use real measurements to get the specifications correct (wondering if that couch will fit in your living room?) and you can choose products to place in your room from their huge catalog with brands like Room & Board and Crate & Barrel. The only issue I see so far is that I can’t randomly select an image/product off the internet and include it and it doesn’t have everything from Crate & Barrel, etc. so the options are slightly limited. However for a free tool I think it’s pretty awesome!
I started re-creating my living room but I really won’t be able to play with this software until this weekend. I’m working on redecorating my bathroom and I’m thinking about making some changes in my living room. This tool will be so helpful rather than moving all of my furniture and breaking my back! If you sign up let me know–we can share designs (my username is afreshcoat btw)! I hope you enjoyed this post and as always, thanks for stopping by! XOXO Jen
October 23, 2013 § Leave a comment
Ever since I got that set of 10 nail polishes from e.l.f a few weeks ago, I’ve been slightly obsessed with painting my nails! Last night I decided to do a gray color with one slightly blinged out nail. I used OPI French Quarter For Your Thoughts and a gold specks top coat from Ulta Beauty (love that store, btw, and hate that the closest one to me is in Silver Spring because it feels so far!). Hope you like the nails and thanks for reading A Fresh Coat! XOXO
September 28, 2013 § 3 Comments
I was reading Real Simple a few months back and came across a feature that had the most amazing nails I have ever seen (see bottom picture). The only problem is that with my job, those nails would call too much attention to my hands so I came up with a slightly less flashy version (by day I am a technical writer for a government contractor here in DC)! I grabbed this pack of 10 mini nail polishes from e.l.f. for $9.99 a few weeks ago and was so excited to see the Nude and Gold Star colors because I knew I could create a fun look inspired from the Real Simple shoot! What do you guys think? I’m also pretty excited to try out some of the other colors in the pack–I’m feeling green this season! I’ll paint my nails that color on a non-meeting day ha!
As always, thanks for reading A Fresh Coat! XOXO Also, if you’re on Facebook come over and say hello!
February 5, 2013 § Leave a comment
Hey everyone! Just wanted to share a really cool event with you lovely ladies out there: tonight, ACE Hardware on 5th St. is hosting their 3rd Annual Ladies night from 6-8pm. Drinks, treats (Baked by Yael) discounts and demos are the theme of the evening. Product vendors and local businesses will be there to perform demos, workshops and hand out freebies (we ALL love a freebie!) for guests. Some of the workshops include sink maintenance and repair (um, yes please. I’ve been blow drying my hair over my bathroom sink for years and I know there has to be a way to get out that gross hairball!), bicycle repair and carpet and upholstery cleaning. The first 100 ladies get a complimentary gift bag and everyone gets 20% off the entire store. Be sure to buy a raffle ticket as well–you could win a gift card to a local restaurant/store and the proceeds all go to local charities in DC. It is going to be a great night to mingle and learn something new about home repair! I’ll be there too, so if you happen to make it out say hello! As always, thanks for reading and have a great day! XOXO