Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Living Room Update

The living room vibe here is completely changing.  

I blame Pinterest and Instagram.  So many images of eclectic, yet warm spaces.

Let me backtrack a little though.

When we moved into our new-old home back at the end of October, our furniture just didn't fit.  It was all wrong for the shape of our living room, as the pieces were over-sized.  We'd also had it for ten or so years.  That's when we decided to start the hunt.  The mister and I needed to find something that fit two requirements:  comfort and aesthetic.

We went everywhere.  We didn't agree on anything.  We looked online.  We were scared to order something without seeing it and sitting on it in person.

Then we went to JCPenney.  And the search was over.  We both fell in love.....

The sofa (and chair) fit the vibe I was hoping to achieve, while also being SO comfortable.  

This is a complete departure from the "me" that has always gravitated to vintage pieces.  But here's the deal........the mister could not be convinced to purchase vintage and reupholster.  I tried.  (So did he!  He went to Urban Market to look at vintage sofas with me!) 

It's all good though!  With this new space, I was wanting to reinvent our aesthetic anyway, so purchasing new with a mid-century modern look was the next best thing!

I am so excited to see the room come together.  

Next up.....a rug.....and you can bet that it's gonna be vintage!

Friday, January 1, 2016

2016: The Year of the Purge

Happy New Year!

The last day of 2015 was a biggie.  I took the plunge and rented a third booth at Relics!  EEK!

I moved a few smaller things in yesterday, but today will be for the muscles!  The mister will actually be helping!

Why a third booth?

I am a very accomplished hoarder.  I have two storage units.  I have a basement full of boxes that we packed and moved.  I have a few pieces of furniture that just won't work in our new home.  The previous homeowner left some larger items in the basement as well (things I can sell).  Sooooo, I need to purge.

2016 will be the year I take the bull by the horns.

Simplify and streamline.  Organize.

(My friends are rolling their eyes right now.)

Wish me luck.......

Monday, December 28, 2015

Firmoo Glasses

Firmoo did it again!  They gave me the opportunity to choose and review prescription glasses!  This is definitely something that interests me since I wear glasses morning, noon, and night.  And because glasses aren't cheap!

I ended up selecting a style that is NOTHING like any of my other glasses, because why not?  I went with a larger, rounder frame than my usual rectangular style.  And I love them.

Of all the styles I've received from Firmoo, these are my favorite.  They fit my face perfectly and are very comfortable.  In fact, I bought them sunglasses!  Those should arrive this week!  They were even doing a buy one, get one free sale, which meant I picked up another fun frame to mix it up!

So if you have Christmas money burning a hole in your pocket and need new glasses, head on over to Firmoo for a great selection at reasonable prices!  New customers can receive a discount on their first pair!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Thrifting Frenzy

When we were packing for our move, the sheer amount of "booth" boxes I ended up with was shocking.  Needless to say, I discovered that thrifting for booth merchandise was very unnecessary.

But sometimes you just have to.

If it's in your blood, you can't just cut it out of your life.

The heart wants what it wants.

Sooooo I've tried to go way less often and be more selective with my purchases.  Here are a few things that made the cut.

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Vintage wrapping paper.....

Because Christmas.

Reindeer sweaters.....

Because obviously.

Clocks and candles.....

Because dirt cheap.

Random cute things.....

Because I still have to stock my booth.

Annnnd marquee letters.....

Because FREE (from the trash at work).  So not thrifted.  But right up my alley.

Sadly, so much stuff is "right up my alley" that I may need a third booth!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Scarf Exchange

A yearly tradition has established itself within my group of friends:  a scarf exchange!  We are on our third year of gathering (in lounge-wear) for food, fun, and scarf trading.

The first two years we played a dirty Santa game where treachery and scarf stealing was involved.  This year, one friend found a great dice game to play instead.  No treachery necessary ~ a total game of chance!

Two of us happened to buy the same scarf, and plaid seemed to be high on everyone's radar.......

This takes the place of buying each other Christmas gifts every year.  It's always so fun!  We even got a Norwex demo out of the deal (complete with butter smearing on a window).

Hosting meant I could show off the new old house.  It also gave me motivation to clean, cook a new recipe, and decorate for Christmas.

Now if I could just get a snow day.  Tis the season!

Monday, November 16, 2015

A Peek Inside

Slowly but surely the boxes are dwindling.  Here are a few shots from inside our new old home.

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When you walk in the front door, you are in the middle of a huge, rectangular room.  Basically, two living areas in one really large space!  Soooo my antiques on one side........

And "his" stuff on the other.

Eventually, we want these two spaces to be cohesive, but for now, it's working.

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There's a chimney in the middle of our kitchen.........

I'm not kidding.  You can walk all the way around it.

Once upon a time, it was the home's source for heat and cooking!  Now it's filled with ductwork for the furnace.  A neat, yet challenging feature.

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I love glass doorknobs.  I love skeleton keyholes.  This house is full of original doors with the hardware still intact.......

So when I saw this at Target...........

I had to have it.  (And those slippers too.)

It just made sense.

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And finally, the natural light in this place is insane.  The windows.  So many windows.  I wish I could bottle the view from our upstairs bedroom.....  

This is a favorite perch for our pups.  Even though they aren't really allowed on that vintage chair.

(I'm a terrible disciplinarian.)

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Definitely a work in progress!  Lots of painting to be done.  And one of these days, hardwoods to refinish.  

But for now, we are getting settled and relishing these nice fall days while they are still here.    

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Happy Halloween (a week late)

So about those "fang looking things" on our porch.......we bought the monster house!  Complete with eyes and a mouth........

The previous home-owner had done this for years.  They already had the decorations up for us when we moved in.  We plan to carry on the tradition each October.

Halloween in Rountree is serious business.  And sort of magical.

I'm getting all kinds of giddy for snow and Christmas.