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Bon Weekend – share the love edition

I’m going to end the week with a shout out to another Inman Park Festival vendor, Southeast Succulents. I stumbled upon their booth while on my way to pick up some lunch and to the ATM machine. We NEED sea urchin shells and we can always use more air plants, and the three combo deal just couldn’t be beaten. These are now living in the bedroom and I’m sure we’ll give them some outdoor time every now and then!

Speaking of more air plants, we grabbed a couple while we were at Hyams the other day. We needed to replace the ones we lost over the winter. We also decided to attach them to an old hanging planter in hopes of making it easier to bring them inside when the cold weather is upon us once again. The old branch screwed to the railing wasn’t as easy. 😉

Thanks so much, we really enjoy the new additions to the family!

Also, I would like to thank Apartment Therapy for including our garden space as part of their Great Outdoors series. We have a long way to go but I hope we’ve provided a little inspiration.

The one that got away

I’ve been in love with this dresser since it was posted on Design*Sponge. I immediately pinned it to my bedroom board but also dreamt of how it would look in the guest room… in orange. Miraculously, one showed up on Craigslist as part of a bedroom suite. I was willing to take it all just for the dresser and mirror. I had my grubby little hands on it last week when fate and responsibility walked into the room. After managing a situation, I was ready to call the seller at the end of the week to see it was still available. But then I realized that business licenses and insurance for my Farmers Market booth/other events were due this week.

I firmly believe that another one or something else that I will love as equally is out there. I’d rather have my booth!

Monday, Monday

I felt the bedroom need a little greening over the weekend and as I cut some leaves last week, the ‘new’ beaker was the perfect vessel to hold them and the shelf was just the spot for it. The beaker was picked up last week while we were out thrifting items for some new products. The mirror was also thrifted a few weeks back. The bottle is an antique vaseline Czech perfume bottle we picked up a few years back and the head is a stamp I found at an antique medical curiosities/equipment shop in Amsterdam about 10 years ago. I think it’s a lovely start for that area and I’m sure I’ll find something to add to the mix.

Now… to find a new home for the hare and the deer.

Constellation Light Tutorial on Offbeat Home

I would like to send out a big ‘Thank You!’ to Cat and Offbeat Home for sharing our constellation light tutorial today!

2011 in review

When I look back on what we did last year I see that we accomplished quite a bit! Sometimes it’s easy to lose track while going through the daily, weekly and monthly grind. Here are the highlights of what we did/made…

Bedroom
We went from ugh to ah in a matter of months. I was frustrated with myself for putting off starting a few things but in the end I think it worked for the better!

What we did in 2011:
Painting and a needed update for our bedspread. I’m still thinking of going with white and accenting with color through pillows.
Hung our Nelson bubble lamps.
Starry pelmet

What we need to work on/finish:
Recover bedside stools & redo lamps
Wood floors or decent carpeting
Louvered door for the closet

Stay tuned to Offbeat Home this week for the constellation light tutorial!

My Studio
I loved it when we got it set up the previous year but after working in it for a while I realized I needed to make changes.

What we did in 2011:
Made the steel prep table mobile
New flooring
New center work table
Reorganized the layout

Window shelf (in action)
Thread storage

What we need to work on/finish:
More shelving
The closet of doom

Breakfast Nook
A lackluster and unused space became a family project. Mom served for much of the inspiration.

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Fabric for the old footstools.

I LOVE vintage barkcloth. To be honest, I haven’t been actively looking for any. Instead, I have been gathering fabric samples from some of the local stores that sell fabric for home decor. I found a few that I love, one in particular. I was on the fence with it as it was a woven blood red vinyl and would have gone perfectly with the walls, but I’m waffling with red right now. The room is primarily white/black/blue/greens/wood with a touch of red. The red may be too overpowering but WOW it would be awesome. We were out picking up supplies and using coupons yesterday when I ran into this delightful vintage barkcloth feel fabric at Hancock’s and it was 50% off (it is normally $35 a yard)! We had a yard cut and I mocked up the stool with the intended hexagonal tray and new lamps


This image clicks to a larger version.

Now I’m thinking I may still get the vinyl for just in case. I should probably check for sales as it’s $50.00 a yard currently.

One day we’ll frame the old paint-by-number paintings!

Bedroom progress

The week is half over and I still need to do a write-up of the Lowcountry Artist Market, which was a lot of fun. In the meantime, here is some bedroom progress to share!

We’ve needed a dresser in the bedroom since we’ve moved in but nothing has happened, for a variety of reasons. I have been hoping to score something close to a campaign chest for some time now. I came close to one at one of our local Habitats, but we didn’t have the extra funds at that time and it was gone when we went back. This particular Habitat is on the pricey side, btw. We’ve had a rattan dresser in the garage. My mother has had it for years but sometimes I have an aversion to it. But push came to shove on Sunday and Michael pulled it out, cleaned it and we brought it upstairs. I was originally thinking we’d shove it in the closet but something got the better of me and I put it in the corner on my side of the room. I like it. I think it works. I may eventually paint it but for now, it works. Oh, and several treasured pieces have been able to come out of storage we well! The red magazine rack refurb can be found in this post.

The Leo light can be seen lit up here. We still need to add the extra lights on the board and decide if it’s going to live there. I’m considering moving the Jane Avril over when we finish a frame project we found at a thrift store.

Here it is June, after we changed the comforter and I found the mirror, which I needed for the Farmers Market.

We bought the lamp two years ago with the intention of painting the wood and brass elements, but nothing has been done to it. So, I changed the lamp shade (we had the same color and style in house) and put it out. I have been able to make use of a small display case we found while thrifting earlier in the year.

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Monday, Monday

I tried to spend the weekend working on new pieces for the upcoming Lowcountry Artist Market, but I’m encountering some unexpected issues but I’m going to push ahead.

We stopped by one of the local antique malls to check if they’d gotten in some new jewelry pieces (that I’m using in a few wrist cuffs) and we found this gorgeous pair of milk glass lamp bases. Of course, now I want them to flank the sides of the bed and not mount the gooseneck lamps (whenever we get them finished!).

Michael is going to clean and rewire them and I need to start my search for the perfect lamp shades. I ultimately want a foiled lined interior, something like this awesome DIY shade. Part of me would like to have lining color, similar to this Heathfield oval silk lined shade:

If anyone can help me find colored metallic adhesive backed vinyl, I’d be greatly appreciative. My Google-Fu has not been as successful.

Earlier this year I fell in love with the hexagonal trays featured in the image below for the Arianne Organic Duvet Cover & Sham in the Pottery Barn catalogue and wanted to incorporate something like them for the bedside stools. I’ve been scouring the intarwebs trying to find them, but haven’t. I want to believe they’re Jonathan Adler trays, but I haven’t found any that are the two-toned. Even if we did find them on his site there is no way we could afford a pair anytime soon.


Click on the image to go to the Potter Barn page and a magnified view.

We stumbled upon these two wooden trays a couple weeks back for $5.99 for the pair. I couldn’t get them into our cart fast enough! We’re going to strip and paint them. I don’t know if we’ll try the ‘distressed’ edges look. At the rate my mind changes, anything is likely!

We have several more projects to start, such as the cool little light fixture we found to go over mom’s bathtub. It needs a lot of work but I think it will be perfect in the space. Her bathroom is pretty vanilla and she’s desperate for something that will encourage her to spend more time soaking in the awesome tub, now that she can get in it. We’re only too happy to help her!

I hope everyone has a fabulous week. I’m going to predict this week will be a little light on posts as I have so, so much to do!


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Starz

stars

I had a couple of posts I wanted to share today but I’m going to save them till later in the week. I snapped a photo of the stars from the LED light strand we used from the project I posted yesterday because I think we can do something with them in the bedroom. I love the pattern/layering effect of the plastic. Me thinks it will do well with the walls.

Domestic Bliss – At the Farmers Market

We stopped by the Farmers Market to pick up some ingredients for pear relish, see some vendor friends and get my Saturday lunch fix. I’m so happy that I was able to try the tofu today as we usually get our lunch after the rush and they’re out. Grace’s breakfast sammies make us last past the normal lunch time.

On the left is the pork Bahn Mi sandwich and on the right are my tofu tacos. We had sweet black jasmine tea as well.

We stopped by a quasi-new thrift store on the way into town and scored lovely framed print that we’ll repaint, replace the image and put it in the bedroom. I’m thinking we’ll put it where the Jane Avril poster lives and move that to where the Chat Noir currently resides. That’ll help address the ‘red’ problem in the room.

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