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4.29.2013

Thrift-a-licious and an Office in Progress

Hello!

How are you?  I hope you had a great weekend, and are ready to hit the ground running this week.  That's my goal.  I have to confess, Me + A Rainy Sunday = Nap.  It was glorious.  This week is shaping up to be pretty good in the weather department, so I'm hoping that equates to more productivity.

Don't get me wrong, I have been working on things around here.  Just lots of loose ends that aren't tied up just yet.  Here is one thing I've started working on though, that I'm sure you'll appreciate.  A $20 garage sale find.  Oh the thrill of the find!!


Great curves, yes?

It's kind of hard to tell from the pictures, but it's currently a light pink color.


And some great details too.  I'm going to get her all gussied up for use in my daughter's bedroom.

I'm also working on my husband's office, and have been hoarding fabric swatches in search for inspiration.  When I asked him what he wanted, he said, "Surprise me."  I know he would like some gray tones in there, so I'm heeding that direction.  Here is what I've come up with so far:

I'm so smitten with the orange and gray paisley!  I'm on the hunt for the perfect gray for the walls, thus the vast quantity of paint chips (and those are the ones that are part of the "narrowed down" group).

To give you a reminder of my husband's office space, here it is when we moved in:

I have removed all of the wallpaper (which is actually only on two walls), but the walls are a MESS underneath, so I'm doing a ton of patching.  I'm anxious to get to the fun stuff. 

As you can see, we have two great window seats in this space, and I'm wanting to get those recovered.  Not sure which fabric I'll use for that yet, although the orange fabric would be great in terms of durability.  I'm bound an determined to use that fabric somewhere in this office.  I have my eyes peeled for a pair some thrifty chairs that I could incorporate into the space.  We'll see.   And I need a rug in there.  A mood board for this space is definitely in order!

What do you think?  Is the orange fabric too daring?  What are you working on?




4.23.2013

Let's Talk Chalk

Hello friends!

This weekend was crazy busy with baseball games and an out-of-town husband.  Whoever thought it was a good idea for 12 year-old boys to play in a tournament with games at 8AM, 2PM and 6PM should be slapped.  And another game at 8AM on Sunday?  Just wrong.

Now that baseball season is getting into full swing (pardon the pun), it's essential that I am on top of where everyone needs to be, and how many people are required to get them there.  It takes a village you know...

That said, I'm still struggling with identifying a "command center" for all of our stuff, but I think I have a fix that will help in the meantime.  

Like many of you, I love all of the great chalkboard ideas that are out there nowadays, and the fact that they're practical ideas make them even more appealing.  Look at this amazing mud room that incorporates a chalkboard wall.  Fantastic!

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Although I'm thinking of something more along these lines...

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But since I'm currently limited to a sliver of a chalkboard wall, we're going to give the weekly schedule a whirl.  And, in doing so, I came up with this:
Not bad, right?

Although it starts to lose its fresh, organized look when I actually fill in the schedule...

You can add a similar idea to your chalkboard wall - it's really quite simple, and I have Lisa, at Shine Your Light to thank for this ingenious technique.
 
First, I printed out the days of the week in a fun, free font - Veggieburger - available here.  Then, I used chalk to shade the back of the printed days (and ew, my hands are looking sad, sorry!).

Then, I taped the days of the week on to the wall and traced around the font with a pencil.

Which gives you this:
 
Then, using a chalkboard pen (I found mine at Hobby Lobby), I traced over the lettering again, making it look much more polished:

Oh, how I love chalkboard pens! 

We'll see how long this wall lasts.  I have a feeling my daughter is going to be filling it in with some more plans and activities of her own doing.

Are you as obsessed with everything chalkboard like I am?  How do you organize your schedule?  I have these items on my phone, but I'm a visual girl, and this definitely helps!

Have a great day!

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4.18.2013

Classic and Unique Furniture Pieces

Hello friends!

I hope you're having a great week.  I have been quickly filling my time, and am "this close" to showing you a kitchen reveal for my friend.  It is looking fantastic, and is a testament to the fact that you don't have to tear out your kitchen to give it a fresh and custom look.  I couldn't be happier with the results - the power of paint never ceases to amaze me.  I can't wait to share it with all of you!

In the meantime, I thought I'd share some great finds that I've seen in some of my boutique browsing.

This shop has the most amazing pieces made out of reclaimed wood.  I've babbled blogged about them before, and each time I go in, I'm captivated by the gorgeous character and richness of the wood.  So timeless and unique - stunning!


I so wish I had places to put these finds!  I featured one of the islands they had in their store before, but wouldn't you know it - they had another (equally beautiful) one in there.

Would you just look at the storage?

Another great piece with a baker's rack feel to it - but not in an outdated way, you know?

The styling is equally beautiful - don't you love the bowls and how they're marked as "sugar" and "flour"?

All sorts of outdoor eye candy here...

Clever use of the old door with the window boxes.
 
Love this monogram - and they do color customization and everything.  Notice the cute growth ruler on the right.

Another one of the shops had this clock with a great pop of color.  And I'm digging on the contrast between the clock and the buffet below.

Remember the Thrift-a-licious post from last week where I blogged about similar tables at different price points?  Lo and behold, I found another one in a fun Annie Sloan chalk paint no less.  (Did I mention that I bought a couple of quarts?)

This lavender dresser had me at hello.  Between the color, the stencil and the glass knobs, there was no use in trying to resist.

And the trip wouldn't be complete without stopping at the Fabric Shack.  I'm a smitten kitten for this fabric, and I'm thinking it will be a great addition in Kelly's kitchen...

Have a wonderful day!

4.12.2013

Thrift-a-licious

Hello!

One of the perks of my new at-home status is that I can shop around at different stores that I normally don't have the time to peruse.  In doing so, I'm finding that it pays to shop around.  Literally.

Let me explain.  I stopped into a "designer's consignment store" the other day, and it was filled with all sorts of unique (and overpriced) pieces. 

While these pieces are both interesting, they're both priced at upwards of $1500 each.  Interesting, but not that interesting, if you ask me.



I saw a dresser similar to this second one on Craigslist for $100.  (Of course, it's not there now - it must have sold!).  Granted, it wasn't an exact match, but definitely similar, and I'll take similar with a price difference like that!

Like I said, this "Designer's Consignment" store was filled with some weird one-of-a-kind pieces.

Duck sled anyone?

This rainbow dresser was priced at $100.  For real?  I suspect prices like this is why this store was jam packed with inventory.

I did like these vintage baseball glove and catcher's mask though.


What's interesting, is that I found virtually the same table, in three different places, with three very different prices.  The Designer's Consignment store had it for $200 (but alas, I have no picture, my bad). 

Another shop I stopped by had it for 50% off - only $30.


This one has a little more detail, but is priced at $100.


I've seen these types of tables on Craigslist as well, so it definitely pays to shop around.

Speaking of Craigslist, I might have to make this a regular series - "Friday Craigslist Cray Cray".  I can't help myself - there is so much good material out there!

Do me a favor - finish coloring your Easter eggs and take the poor baby out of your photos before posting about your moving sale.  Although he is a cutie.
And then there is this carved heart chair - be the first in your neighborhood to own this one of a kind piece for the low, low price of $275!  Too bad you can't cozy up with your sweetie in this Love Chair...

Have a fantastic weekend!!

4.10.2013

Project Party Features

Happy Wednesday!

I hope you're enjoying some of this glorious spring weather that's upon us!  I am soaking it up, and posting this from my back porch. :-)

Thanks to all who linked up their fab features at last month's Project Party - your talent never disappoints and always amazes me!  Be sure to grab a button!

Some highlights!  Take a peek at this lovely dining table and chair makeover by Lisa at Diary of a {Wannabe} Domestic Diva.  I had to do a double-take to make sure it was the same furniture that she started with!


I don't know about you, but I'm a smitten kitten for dutch doors.  They are just so stinking charming and just scream of character.  Take a look at the DIY dutch door at Furniture-Ology, you won't be disappointed!

You won't want to miss this master bedroom retreat that Rita created at Suburbs Mama.  I don't think she missed a single detail, and I am having a hard time picking out my favorite element.  The bed?  The pillows?  The curtains?  Too many beautiful things to pick just one!

And last, but most certainly not least, a fabulously new, yet vintage kitchen reveal at Maple Leaves & Sycamore Trees.  Holy awesomeness!  Again, too many beautiful elements to choose a favorite.  A stunner!

I'm headed over to my friend Kelly's house tomorrow to start spraying her cabinet frames and get her kitchen one step closer to being put back together.

What's on your plate this week?


4.08.2013

New Chapter Begins - Getting my Bearings

Happy Monday!

Normally I don't greet Mondays with such enthusiasm, but today is my first "non-working" Monday in a very long time.  And when I say "non-working", I mean No Longer Working for The Man.  Still plenty of work to be done around here!

The end of my corporate life was oddly abrupt, as I was supposed to work as a contractor  through the end of April, but found out late Wednesday that it "wasn't approved", after being told the week before that it was a go.  So, it's a change in my mindset - and now I still have to go back in and clear out my office. 

Awkward, yes?

Well, we rounded out our kids' Spring Break with a trip to Gettysburg.  I haven't been there since I was a kid, and I can't say enough good things about it.  It's truly a testament to our forefathers who fought and a national treasure in how it has remained virtually untouched.  You can envision the battle that took place, the bravery that these men summoned, and the sacrifices that were made in the name of freedom.  Hallowed ground indeed.


I'll admit, prior to visiting Gettysburg, we had an indulgent visit at Chocolate World in Hershey, PA.  What a fun place!  We even got to make our own personalized chocolate bars, which was a highlight for the kids.  Who am I kidding?  I loved it too.

One of our Confections of Perfection in the making...


We even got to design our own packaging - quite a thrill.

They were uber-efficient in their assembly line process too.  I love watching how things are made, and this was fun for the whole family.

When we came back home, Spring finally decided to make an appearance, so I started getting to work, and pulled some of the outdoor porch cushions out and cleaned off the furniture.  The weather was so glorious, that I kicked up some tuned and enjoyed a cold beer in a frosty mug when I finished.  A good day.
So, bear with me as I get my bearings as a new stay-at-home-mom/blogger/entrepreneur.  I have so many things I want to do, that I hardly know where to begin, and I hope that not having a set schedule doesn't result in me being scattered unfocused.   I'm a gal who craves structure, so this is definitely out of my comfort zone in that regard.  I know I'll get a schedule, but I'll be flailing about in the meantime.

Do any of you pros out there have any tips to ease me into this new lifestyle?  I'm all ears!