Tuesday, October 30, 2012

deal alert {lighting}

While looking for a light for my laundry I saw this...

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If only my laundry room was in a French chateau...ha!
If you like it dont wait, snap it up.
Its on sale for $276 plus free shipping
at horchow...

Halloween downloadables

I recently found a great website Anders Ruff
for party inspiration
of all kinds.
Here are some ideas for Halloween...
Spooky Forest Friends Invitation
via BHG

Themed Treat Table

For more inspiration and other
FREE downloadables from the party above
Anders Ruff also created the cutest tag
{for the blog IHEARTNAPTIME}
How cute are these Halloween treat bags?

Click here to personalize and download the tag for free.

One more day of ghosts and goblins...
I'm ready for some turkey and Thanksgiving.

she sells seashells

We started a family tradition
of collecting sea shells
from different beaches we visit.

I've been looking for deals on apothecary jars
with the thought in mind to do something like this...
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In the meantime I have them in vases
on our dining room table.

I've also had my eye on some coral pieces
at Z Gallerie...

Thankfully I've been waiting for them to go on sale.
with the brilliant idea to go to a pet store
and buy coral used in fish aquariums
then spray paint them your desired color.
Can you say cheap and genius?

Monday, October 29, 2012

overstock chairs

here's the chair from Saturday's post


I told you overstock has
some good looking chairs
at some great price points
{click on the price for the product link}

Look at these pretties...


Thinking of this one for DH's study


The next few chairs would be great in a dining room

{and for half the price at places like Ballards}



two for $485

I read a post last week by a blogger I follow
that featured a chair almost exactly like this
that she ordered from this but in linen

I think she paid around 350 (plus shipping).
The one above is only $225.

There's also this the linen fabric
but without the slip at the bottom...


I'm all set in my dining room
but I have been on the lookout
for a few club chairs in our family room.
{Let me note here that there are so many options
to sift through that it helps to use key words like
linen, nailhead, club chair, you get the idea...}



this one reminds me of RH's new "deconstructed" line


My hair salon recently bought for their renovated lobby...


They are SO comfortable and pretty.
I'd buy them in a heartbeat
if I had room for them.
First I have to bring myself to
get rid of  one of our sofas...
the first piece we bought together...
the most comfortable couch on the planet...
its crazy but I'm sentimental about that couch.
I know - I have issues.

**{don't forget to sign up for their emails...
I just got a 10% off coupon...
every bit helps right?}

Sunday, October 28, 2012

blogger tutorial - cranberry wreath

In a perfect world I'd love to do
this project turning this

into this

but alas I know my limits.
{I do not have the patience of Job.}
{or a hot glue gun}
In case you have both
click here to see how she did it on theidearoom.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

I spy

I saw this post a while back on LGN
about a reader's house...Callie.
I immediately recognized the chairs...


totally an overstock score
{you know I love me some overstock...
will have a new post on some chair pretties soon}

Back to Callie's house tour...
I wish she had a blog...I'd totally follow her.

The console under the tv reminds me of the
 IKEA Trollsta buffet from last year but this is an antique...

this sunburst mirror is totally Hobby Lobby
{wait for their 50% off sale and
 then use their 40% off one item coupon
for a deal-stacking score!}

Loving the symmetry of the lamps
and the new pulls on the antique dresser
plus the geometric rug...loves!

For more of Callie's home and her source list visit littlegreennotebook.

just saying

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Friday, October 26, 2012

light my laundry

{look at this round up}


during my blog crawl
via copycatchic
who posted about just the kind of light
I've been looking for
to put in our laundry room

Lowe's allen + roth Brushed Nickel Flush Mount
flush mount + geometric
who could ask for more?
Uh, oh yeah...
its on sale for $22 at Lowes.
Me loves.
Its not available for shipping
and you can only get it in NJ.
Road trip anyone?

what's up

with all the store collaborations lately?

I just posted about Kohl's and Narcisco
yesterday I see Neiman Marcus + Target?
Hard to believe right?
Take a look...
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Read more here

Here's my list Santa if you're reading...

one Lela Rose top...

 one Robert Rodriquez dress
and one stripe-y suitcase
{pretty please}


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Praying for a sweet friend of mine Julie today...

Thursday, October 25, 2012

polka dots and leopard

I had to laugh when I saw this
on one of my favorite blogs
earlier this week.
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I don't consider myself
to be chic but at least I'm trying
after years of living in my "mom uniform"
of running shorts and In-&Out Burger t-shirts.
This is an outfit I wore last week when
some girlfriends took me out for a
belated birthday lunch...

and no I do not regularly
{or ever}
take pics of my outfits...
somebody just asked me what my new shirt
looked like on so I snapped a pic...

or two

or more

because I couldn't get the right angle...
I look like a hunchback in this one...

Turns out it ain't so easy
taking a picture of yourself

So tried it from the front

alas you get the picture...

Raise your hand if you think I've lost my mind...


Today I did a new pilates class.
It wasn't your traditional pilates class.
It was hard core crazy.
Guess what happened?

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I think my girlfriend Joyce willed it to happen :)
after I made certain comments about her
upcoming vote for president.
I won't be making that mistake again.
Or at least out loud any way.
Love you Joyce :)
You know you're my hero. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

for the birds

I have this collection of Audobon prints
that I'm planning to frame.
I saw this eye candy today
and am debating....

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would it be too weird
to hang a gallery wall
of them
{like these but prettier}
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in our laundry room?
Laundry is for the birds right?
I pass our laundry room going up and down
our stairs every day...I just
repainted the room from puke yellow
to BM's "Aegean Teal"
and I want to put something on the wall
that I love every time I see it.
I'm in there all the time
so why not
enjoy it.
Too weird?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

master bedroom updates

Things are not static in this house...
they're always moving around.
Case in point -
the sitting area in our bedroom.
Our bedroom is huge...
everything is big in Texas right?
This is how it looked four years ago...

A little yellow right?
The sitting area was empty for probably
two years after we moved in except for
one of my beloved paintings...

Well, it had a crib in it for a while
in the space above
so it technically wasn't empty.

 This was just after our bathroom re-do nightmare
and before we re-painted...

We painted it this neutral {SW Universal Khaki}...
against the suggestion of my friend Holly
who urged us to go with a blue.
I was scared.
Still kicking myself over that one.

After Zb moved out to his own room
we moved in two Pottery Barn "Savannah" chairs
and one of our Ethan Allen pineapple accent tables
{a wedding gift from my in-laws}.

Any guesses why I loved these chairs?
{It wasn't just the name but also the box pleat slipcovers.}
The drapes are also PB...the color is "smokey blue."
Not my first choice but I needed something
to darken the room
and so I went with them
{part of my "living outside my comfort zone" project
that went into full force after I chickened out
on using the blue paint color on the walls}.

The monogram on the wall is a DIY...
I'd given a huge monogram stencil as a wedding gift
and gotten a smaller one for free.
Is it wrong that I kept the smaller one for myself?
I painted a leftover canvas the same color as the wall
and stuck it on. Realizing too late I should've made it pop
with a different color or SOMETHING -
I grabbed a frame from a poster that sat in a closet and
threw it up to see if I liked it.
Now there was a little problem in my "throwing it up"
on the wall...I used a 3M command hook.
And maybe it wasn't the kind you hang a picture with.
Any guesses as to what happened?

 Uh. Yeah.
It fell down.
But it was up there for a long time.
I still have to patch the hole it left.
Look at that crater that the strip took with it. Oy.

We ended up moving a demilune table to fill that space
since we bought the thrift campaign dresser for the entry.
Those "flowers" above are a buy from OKL.
Very disappointed in that purchase but
that's a different post.
After the frame fell I just sat it on top of the table.
I ended up liking the way it looked so
I just hung the monogram lower
and the big frame now rests on the table.

Lesson learned...use the right tools for the job.

I can't believe I showed those horrible before pics...
I'll show the other side later this'll die!

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