Friday, September 30, 2011

Master Bedroom

Happy Friday!  This has been a really long week.  Will has been out of town for work all week and I have had a long stressful work week.  With that being said, this is a quick post to link up my Master Bedroom to the Roomspiration series over at Just a Touch of Gray.
The biggest want in our bedroom was to keep it calm with color.  I am really ready to get a new bedspread and change things up a bit.

That’s it folks, I’ve run out of steam for the week so keeping it short!  If you are wondering, the bedroom Furniture is part of the Martha Stewart Furniture Collection and I love it! 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Fall Mantel

I will be linking up to The Lettered Cottage tomorrow to share my Fall mantle, be sure to check out Layla’s blog to see all the other inspiration.
Happy for a change of scenery on the mantle, however having your house on the market sucks for redecorating.  I went with something simple.   Usually this time of year is when I start going wild with Halloween decor, it’s my favorite Holiday!  I typically do a Halloween mantel in late September and then a Fall mantel right after Halloween.  I decided to some simple accessorizing with pumpkins for Fall and add a few spiders for Halloween fun for now.  Here it is…
IMG_6066 This set up with the vases is the same as my Summer mantel so this was a quick change.  I just filled them with moss, added a little pumpkin and then a few spiders.  When Halloween is over I’ll just take the spiders down.
I picked up this cute little owl candle at TJ Maxx this weekend and had hoped to use him on the mantle but he just didn’t fit in so he is on a chest in my living room.  There were two in a pack and I thought they were super cute for Halloween.
I used up the rest of my pumpkins on a small tray on the dining room table to pull the two rooms together a bit.  Very Simple.

Don’t forget to check out the Link Party at TLC.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Liberty Antique Festival

Warning…Picture overload!
On Friday I took the day off work and me and my Mom went to Liberty, NC to the semi-annual antique festival held at a local farm.  We were very excited to check it out because we had recently read about it in Our State magazine and learned that over 400 vendors from several states come to sell at this event.  We felt like we would find some things that we didn’t typically see at the Raleigh Flea Market. 
IMG_6022 There was a lot of stuff for sure!  We had fun looking through it all. 
IMG_6020I considered this green dresser.  I’ve been looking for a smaller one for my closet and this one was a good deal at $40 but I passed it by.  
IMG_6018 Overall we thought the prices were a bit high.  These signs were $125 each. 
IMG_6016 This booth was set up by The Gypsy Paint Brush and Victoria spotted me as a blogger with my camera in hand.  We struck up a conversation which was great and I learned that she paints with Anne Sloan Chalk Paint, the frame here was Louis Blue with Old White over wash. She had beautiful furniture and shabby chic accessories. 
IMG_6015 On a funny note…I found the Alabama Leprechaun in a Christmas Tree :) 
IMG_6021 The finds were plentiful but the rain rolled in and it rained and rained….
And rained!  Here is my Mom taking refuge under a vendors tent.
IMG_6025 So here I am soaked and ready to leave.  I found the fan for $25 and the Beech-Nut sign for $25 as well.  The sign  is not vintage but holds a special place in my heart and memories of my Grandfather.  I didn’t even haggle on the price…it’s priceless!
IMG_6044Here is my fan in it’s new home.  I loved that this had the red center and the green base.
IMG_6046 This little bottle was my other find at the festival, I bought this from the Gypsy Paint Brush.  It is such a pretty color and reminds me of the beach.
After the sale, me and my Mom were both itching to go to yard sales, estate sales, and Goodwill to find REAL DEALS.  And as luck would have it my brother told my mom when she got home about an Estate Sale near them on Saturday.  So off they went.  About 3 in the afternoon she called and said she bought me a bunch of furniture and I needed to go pick it up.  When I got there it was like a pickers Heaven!  So much stuff! And the sale had started on Thursday!! 
So…she paid a whopping $15 for a whole room of junk and look what I scored!
IMG_6036 A pretty twin bed ready for a dip in some fresh paint.
IMG_6037 This looks like a pie safe that is missing doors, but I have plans for it just the way it is.

IMG_6041 Six of these drawers with glass fronts.  I did a little research today and I think they are drawers form a seed pack display cabinet.  I may see about having a cabinet made for them or I may just use these for storage.  Once cleaned up I think the wood will look fine.
IMG_6040 This is a small side table in parts and will have to be put back together but I think it will work.
IMG_6038 This dresser is the reason my Mom bought the room for me.  It is the perfect size for my closet and a much better deal than the green one above.  It needs some repair work in one of the drawers and it has a crack on the top but I think it will be just right.  And I actually like the color, I think I’m going to try to match it.
Bonus items were the books, great for decorating and this skeleton key.  My Mom also took home some linens from the room that were in great shape and vintage.  There was one other dresser in the room but it was in pretty bad shape and just wasn’t worth hauling it home.  But for $15 Dollars!!! What a score!!  THANK YOU MAMA!!
What thrifty finds did you pick up this weekend?

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Just in Time for Zachary!

I showed you all this dresser earlier this week….

This is a dresser I was painting for our good friends for their Nursery.  We decided to paint with a light grey so that it would be a nice neutral with the other colors in the room.  I am so happy with the way it turned out!  I used latex paint for this and sprayed it on with my sprayer.  I spray painted the original hardware with brushed nickel paint. I also used Varathane as a finishing coat and love the shine it gave to this piece.
Last night Will and I delivered the dresser and got it in place in the nursery.  I also painted some floating shelves the same color and we also got those hung in place and decorated. 
Well guess what?!?  The baby was born today!!! 2 weeks early!  So we got this dresser in the nursery just in time.  Welcome to the world baby Zachary!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Why I Need a Big Car...

I need an SUV, a Van or a Uhaul because...well because I need one for all my projects!! I have been working on something that I really want to share with you all! I have refinished a dresser for a friend and it looks awesome! I have been trying to get it delievered to her for a week now and I have to work around Will's schedule since he has the truck to haul it and the muscle to lift it. We had planned to take it today but it is raining today so we can't....hoping for good weather tomorrow. I wanted to take pictures with it staged at her house before I share, but since I have is a little before picture.

This little project filled my need for a furniture face lift for a while.  Hoping you can see it in all it's glory by the end of the week.  Friday I am off to the Liberty, NC Antiques Festival!!! So here's to hoping I find some more redos.  Anyone in NC ever been to this festival or planning to go this weekend??


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Living Room

I am joining the Roomspiration link party again today.  I welcome you to check out our Living Room and don’t forget to visit View Along the Way to link up and see the others. 

I like to think of our living space as the main pop of color for the house.  The couch and chair being the main furniture and the biggest color pieces.  We purchased those two pieces right after we were married and I wish now I had gone with something more neutral.  Now that I am learning my personal style a bit better I’ve been working to live with what I have and toning down with neutral colors. 
I purchased the rug and the window treatments last winter and they really did a lot to pull the room together and add neutral color.  I also painted the side walls Bleeker Beige by Benjamin Moore.  I had one side table and my Father in Law found the other, they are identical :)  So a little white paint later they fit perfect in this space. 
DSC_0084My Mom found this old chair at an estate sale.  I had it recovered to match the couch and to add a pattern.  I picked up these pillows from TJ Maxx.

This piece is an old family piece from my Husbands family and my Father in Law refinished. 

Thank goodness for thrifty and talented family members!  :)


Monday, September 12, 2011


Today I am linking up to the Roomspiration link party and I am sharing with you my Entryway.  I am very excited about being a part of this link event and will be joining in on the fun throughout the month.  Look forward to seeing your links too! 

Me and Abbie welcome you to our home. 
Entryways are the first impression to your home and design style.  My entryway is pretty simple but my favorite part starts on the outside with a red door and a cozy porch.  Our wrap around porch is one of the reasons I love this house and it allows a great space for plants and reading books. 
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Inside I have kept it pretty simple as my Foyer opens up to my dining room and leads into our living room.  One of the features we liked best when we purchased our home was that the staircase was in the foyer but off to the side.  A lot of new homes in this area have the staircase literally 2 feet in front of you when you step through the door.  This layout works much better for us. 
Our rug pulls the reds and greens from the living room and the purple from the dining room all together. 
Hope you enjoyed the mini tour.  With all the inspiration from this link party I’ll be ready to change things soon! 
Lamp, Picture Frames, Lantern-Target

Be sure to check out Abode Love today to join in on the fun and see the other Entryways.
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