Monday, November 29, 2010

A trendy find…..before it was actually trendy!


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I’ve had this basket for at least ten years…probably longer. I don’t remember how much exactly I paid for it but I know it was not much…probably less than $10. I remember buying it like it was just yesterday……. We went to a warehouse sale where the dealer had just gotten a shipment of European antiques in. We arrived early to the sale and stood in line waiting for the doors to open at 5pm sharp. Once inside we walked up and down the isles of row after row of tables, chairs,armoires, and sideboards. On this particular trip to the warehouse sale which was held annually we were looking for an armoire to house our TV in which we did find. While waiting in line to pay my husband decided to venture into the room of smalls. He came back a few minutes later and told me there was a large basket that I would love and that I should go look at it. I knew as soon as I saw it I must have it…… was the most wonderful greyish color and still had the original tag! The bottom is now falling out of the basket after years of use so it can no longer be carried but it is still beautiful. Who knew a grey weathered basket would be such a hot trend all these years later?


                                             Here you can see the original tag…..still attached!

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving



Simon is ready for the cold snap that is suppose to arrive now at any moment. Isn’t this the cutest little coat? I love the little collar and pockets! We picked it up a couple of weeks ago at…..Target! It has a strap underneath that is adjustable with velcro to make it just his size……plump!



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            Wishing you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

My trusty assistants……


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                    Aren’t they the cutest? Never complaining…always there when you need them!

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                                     Love you my little baby…….smooches,smooches!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ralph Lauren Home

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Over the weekend I picked up two of these little Ralph Lauren Home glasses at TJ Maxx. They are a nice weight and a just the right size to use as a bathroom tumbler. The best part….they were only $3.99 a piece! Love the detailing on them……..

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This is our mater bath as it appears today........

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The corner cabinet is a salvaged piece we found on Craig’s List….all it needed was a little paint!

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I found this little print at an antique show last winter around Christmas time. It is a tidbit of a French letter that has been framed…….

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Pretty kitchen towels…..


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Aren’t these the sweetest little towels? Originally I planned on using them on the towel holder at the end of the cabinet but when they arrived bundled together with this pretty ribbon and stem of Lavender tucked inside I decided to leave them…..for now anyways.

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                                               They look so pretty stacked next to the white ironstone………


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                                                   A vignette on the other side of the kitchen………

To order your own set of beautiful French numbered towels visit: French Larkspur…..there are so many beautiful things in her shop you probably will order more than just towels!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Dog Bowl

If you have a dog then you can totally relate to this! We have three.......need I say more?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Bless this house…..


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A couple of months ago I picked up this gorgeous antique cross. At the time I had no idea where it would go but when I held it in my hands it gave me a really peaceful feeling so I had to buy it! I tried it in several different places and none seemed just right. Then the other day while walking down the stairs I suddenly knew this little space above the transom was the perfect spot.

The bead board seen in the picture is hung on the diagonal and is original to the house as are the stair treads. I love the way the treads are worn in the middle and chippy. You can only find charm like this in an old house………

Saturday, November 6, 2010

And the winner is…………….



Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway and for those of you who are followers or became a follower……I really appreciate it! The winner is: Linda at Nina's Nest Congratulations Linda!!!!!!! Please email me  your address so I can get your prize mailed out to you. Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Before and after……


                                                          The before…….

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                                                              And the after!

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This armoire was bought on Craig’s List for $600. I believe it is made of teak wood and is a reproduction. While the piece looked fine in the before I really wanted a lighter look for my living room. Plus the joints were loosening up which was causing gaps that were not so pretty. I primed the piece and applied two coats of grey paint followed by a white that was dry brushed on. I also used Burnt Umber paint mixed with glaze for the crevices to add age. It took over 10 hours to paint due to all the intricate detailing but was well worth it because it is one of my favorite pieces in the living room. Today I’m linking to Kim at Savvy Southern Style for the before & after party. Be sure to drop by and see all the wonderful projects she is featuring!!!!!!  Don’t forget to sign up for the giveaway….only three days left!