Thursday, July 28, 2011

Bargain alert…..



Kim over at Savvy Southern Style showed the new furniture arrangement in her great room the other day. She mentioned she got this fabulous lamp at Target for less than $40 and I knew I had to have one for my living room! I have been looking at similar lamps for months but since I am still decorating the bedrooms upstairs I really hated to spend any more money on the living room. However at that price plus a $5 gift card I already had……

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While the lamp is certainly not heirloom quality it is cute!

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Now the question is: do I need another for the other side of the sofa?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Beautiful, beautiful roses…..


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Who knew you could find such beautiful roses at the grocery store…..2 dozen for only $9.99! Can’t beat that!


Friday, July 22, 2011

The last chair is finally here!


After months of waiting the last chair has finally arrived! Now the living room is complete….for now anyways! I know everyone is probably sick of seeing pics of the living room so I promise no more for a while.

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The chair looks so perfect paired with the settee, it was worth the wait!

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Overall view of the living room when looking from the dining room…….

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Have a great weekend!!!!! I plan on staying indoors in the A/C!!!!!!


Monday, July 18, 2011

Books,books, and more books!


Books have always been a staple in my decorating….lately though I am really loving the look of bundled books! There is just something so appealing about the books with the spines exposed…..they just add so much texture!

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Not all the books have the covers removed….some are bound in gorgeous leather!

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And some are just for decorative purposes because they are so pretty!

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This book was my latest find… is a small pocket hymnal! I do not recognize a single song though!

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All of the bundled books were found with their covers already removed or the covers were in very poor condition. So, no books were harmed…………

Friday, July 15, 2011

A mini makeover on a bench…….


Several months ago I bought this bench for the guest bedroom from Ballard Designs. The room seemed to come together at a snail’s pace…every thing seems to be on back order these days! Finally when the cushion arrived it didn’t look so good with the current paint color of the bench which was an antique white.

I know I have a better picture of the bench somewhere but can’t seem to find it right now so this one will have to do I guess?!?!?!



The after… in after 4 cans of spray paint! I’m not sure why the bench didn’t seem to want to take the paint but it didn’t cover well at all and took several coats. Industrial spray paint that the resident handyman had on hand seemed to do the trick though! After it dried I did a very light sanding to distress the bench. To be honest at that point I was really over the project and just wanted it to be done.

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The overall…..

I’m still looking for a new light fixture….it’s always something isn’t it?

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Have a great weekend everyone!!!!!!!!



Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A little pillow fluffing……


If you have been reading my blog for longer than say 5 minutes then you already know how obsessed I am with…..pillows! They are everywhere in our house and of course you can never have too many pillows!!! So, you see the other day as I was browsing my favorite store and came across fur pillows on sale I thought ohhhhh I need a couple of those! Then I remembered I already have a fur pillow in the den. Hmmm….the fur pillow in the den looks really great on the sofa in there but the reality is it is never really on the sofa!!! The dogs either lay on the pillows and squish them into pancakes or knock them off so they can park their little bodies where the pillows once were! Naturally I had to try the fur pillow on the sofa in the living room and it looks….. fabulous! I just love it in there……

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I might still buy that fur pillow I saw the other day…..for a chair on the other side of the living room! You know, to tie it all together ;o)

Friday, July 8, 2011

The dining room……the 3.o version


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Looking directly into the dining room from the living room……..

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Looking towards the kitchen…….

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A new arrangement for the Vasselier……….

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Another view…….

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A shot of the living room….just because!


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Just one more of the living room before we say goodbye! Have a fabulous weekend!!!!!!



Tuesday, July 5, 2011

New shades…..


Several years ago when I bought the shades for the downstairs I picked a color that coordinated with the color of the floors. When we renovated the kitchen we refinished all the hardwood floors on the first level to a dark cherry color and the shades no longer matched. Buying new shades was on my list of the things to do but with so many other things that were more important it sort of fell to the bottom of the list. Then last week the strings on one of the shades broke. I knew they were getting worn but was really hoping to get by just  a little longer, at least until the renovations upstairs were all done. So, I had to make a decision…….buy 1 replacement shade to match all the rest or just go ahead and replace them all. After poking around the internet I found these shades at JC Penney's…. on sale!!!

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This pic shows the old furniture and old wall color…………….

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Here is the new shade….. and new wall color! One lonely piece of the old furniture remains until the new chair to take it’s place arrives that is currently on back order.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy Birthday America!


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Wishing you all a happy and safe 4th of July!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The first bloom of the season!


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It appears to be a late bloomer…….and oh so beautiful!