Saturday, April 23, 2016

Blogging for Books

Recently I discovered the site Blogging For Books via a local friend's blog.  She received a popular book for free in exchange for an honest review on her blog!  Uhhhh, SIGN ME UP!

When you sign up, you get to select one book, which they send you, free of charge.  Your job is to read it and write up a post!

I selected Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston.

The title spoke to me.  Not only because of the feng shui part, but the "clear your clutter" part too.  It IS the year of the purge around here.  So I thought it would bring my curiosity of the art of feng shui and my decluttering game together.  Feng shui has always interested me.  I really didn't know much about it, but was ready to learn more.

I'll be honest.  I didn't learn much about feng shui the way I was hoping to.  I was hoping I'd learn the art of staging a home based on the principles of FS while keeping it clutter-free, but instead it focused on figuring out the "why" behind clutter in many areas of life (even emotional clutter) and the negative way clutter can impact your life.

I knew feng shui was sort of out-there.  Based on energies and spirituality.  Some of that I can get behind.  Some I cannot.  The notion that a home has "imprints" of previous tenants that can negatively or positively effect your home life is one I am not sure I can subscribe to.

Another area that the book really focused on was identifying clutter areas.  I guess people can really struggle with that.  To me, clutter is obvious.  So the large section devoted to that topic was, for me, unnecessary.

Overall, I felt like out of the three parts this book is divided into, Part 1 was the only part I really enjoyed.  Chapter 8 included diagrams of the part of feng shui I was interested in, how a home is divided into zones and how those zones can impact different aspects of your life.  It just didn't go deep enough.  I was left wanting more out of this section of the book.

In the end, I couldn't go into a room and stage it, clutter-free, using feng shui.  Which is what I'd been expecting to learn.

Nonetheless, it was an easy read.  It did make me think about "why" I hang on to things.  And it did make me eye roll more than once.

Now I can look forward to selecting another book though!  Maybe I'll shoot for fiction.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for review.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

A Front Door Makeover

From day one I have always had major heart eyes for the exterior of our home.  I like the green and ivory color scheme.  The porch is an absolute dream.

But it needed something to amp up the curb appeal.

Enter a simple and cheap project:  painting the front door.

It was a dark green ~ with a missing storm door and large stand alone mailbox......

It needed a punch of something.  We weren't sure what, so we were off to Lowe's for a million paint samples.......

I tried three different blues in shades of navy (or so I thought), two different reds, and a terra cotta that turned pink.

The second red, Heirloom Red by Valspar, was the winner......

We ended up selling the huge stand alone mailbox in my booth (HA!!!) and replaced it with one I had thrifted for $2.98.  We spray painted it to match the shutters.  We also added a custom storm door, which was not cheap, but truly worth every penny.

I love the light it lets in during the day.  And the pups love their new lookout.........

And what's a newly vamped front door without a fun doormat?

Or concrete planters.......

I knew I wanted two of these exact planters.  I scoured Springfield looking for them.  No luck.  Until I remembered a statuary place north of town.  And BINGO!  

So a few ferns by the door and mandavillas in planters and we have curb appeal......

To me, anyway.

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Check out Instagram for a peek at our backyard!  
Hint....two words:  STRING LIGHTS!!!!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

1921 Craftsman Update

We have slowly but surely started on some projects around here!  And while we are not done with any particular room, progress is being made!

Since we bought a new sofa and chair, it only made sense to paint the living room first.

The mister repainted all the dirty (already white) trim with a high gloss white.  For the walls we went with a soft gray (Valspar's Silver Leaf).  Oh my goodness, what a difference some paint can make on the whole feel of a space.

Here is a before and after all in one shot.  On the left of the trim is the before, a butter color, and on the right, a very messy dining room table (#reallifeyo) and the new gray......

It feels so clean now!  And brighter!  That butter color was getting me down.

The fireplace got a makeover too.  It went from ivory to high gloss white.......

I am still dying over the update.  So much better!  So fresh looking!  So bright!

(Eventually we plan to recover my vintage sofa, get a different rug, and update the light fixture.)

The last thing we did was get new curtains!  I wanted to keep with the fresh, clean feeling, so I went with "Cool White" cotton curtains from JCPenney.  The new brushed nickel rods are from there too.....

This room has great natural light, and I feel like these curtains are in keeping with the fresh, bright feel.  Even when it's raining outside.

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So there you have it!  The 1921 Craftsman is slowing taking shape!  Next up, some adventures in amping up the curb appeal!

And if you can't wait to see what that is, check out my Instagram, where I've already shared that little update!

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Sunday, March 20, 2016


FIVE YEARS!!!!!!!!!  Five years of the best hobby ever!!!

It started with one space, and now I'm up to three!  I'm still having so much fun!  And this endcap is still my baby........

Don't get me wrong, I love my other two spaces also!  The endcap is just the flagship spot!

Local friends........the booths are on sale to celebrate my five year boothiversary!!!  Stop by Relics, and let me know if you snag something!

Oh, and like the booth on Facebook to keep tabs on newly added items!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Thrift of the Century

For as long as I can remember, I've dreamed of owning a home with a clawfoot bathtub.  Our new old home does not have one. But it does have an upstairs bathroom that we will gut completely someday.



I was leaving a local thrift shop.  This particular thrift requires you to drive behind the shop to exit, due to the parking lot being a one-lane-one-way situation.  I was pulling around back and was on the phone with the mister when I spotted it by the backdoor of the thrift.

A vintage clawfoot bathtub.  

I screeched out an, "I'll call you back!"  Then I abandoned the car and scrambled to the shop's donation door.

I think I must have looked crazed.  My heart was racing.

The employees got the manager for me.  She came out and said it had JUST been donated so it hadn't been priced.  I told her that I wanted it.  Then she spoke the most magical words I have ever heard (except for the time when the mister proposed)......

"How about $37.48?"


The inside of this tub is pristine.  As in it has zero rust, no worn porcelain.  It has all four feet.  THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN!!!!!


So, I went up to the register to pay.  (Side note:  the DAV has this "check-in" thing where you can get deals every so often if you've registered with them.)  I checked in.  AND YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE THIS, but my deal was $5.00 off a purchase!  

I was getting this mint condition clawfoot tub for THIRTY-TWO DOLLARS AND FORTY-EIGHT CENTS?

(This is the wall side of the tub.....the other side 
is finished and will only need to be painted.)

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Later when I went back to pick it up, the employees said they could have sold it two more times in the hour they'd had it.

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Measurements have been taken, and I am 99% positive it'll make it upstairs when the day comes.   Until then, you might find me laying in it....... 


Sunday, February 28, 2016

Booth Update

Three booths, two-months-in far, so good.

Actually, better than good!

January and February can be tough months in antique-booth-world, but (knock on wood) I've had my best months ever since snagging a third space.

I can't keep old windows in stock.  Vintage clothing is doing well.  And a whole lotta random is selling!

I'm purging from my stash (and our storage units), which was a 2016 goal.  But I haven't been a stranger to the thrifts, if I'm being honest.  I just can't stay away from them.

Thrifts are my kryptonite.

Here's hoping the next few months are just as successful so I can keep purging.

(And thrifting.)

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!