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More Thrift Store Finds — Wool Blanket and Quilt
May 31, 2009, 2:34 pm
Filed under: Home and Garden

I love vintage linens and thrifting allows me to find some amazing pieces at prices I can actually afford. These two finds are completely different but were found on the same trip!

Ebay Find — Crazy Quilt Pillow Shams
March 17, 2009, 12:49 am
Filed under: Home and Garden

These crazy quilt pillow shams were a steal on ebay, ten dollars for both! They are 24 inch square so they are a great size too. Probably too big for the sofa I currently have them on but they are so gorgeous I haven’t yet moved them anywhere else!

Some Vintage Thrift Store Linens
March 16, 2009, 12:07 am
Filed under: Home and Garden

vintage linens

The chenille bedspread was a rare find, king sized and in perfect shape. The sage color was also PERFECT for the colors in my bedspread. The quilt is not vintage and one of the few quilts I’ve picked up thrifting that wasn’t homemade but it is gorgeous, also in perfect shape and looks great in the room. The chenille bedspread was $12.00 dollars and the quilt? $2.50!

Sproost Decorating Style Quiz Results
February 14, 2009, 9:02 pm
Filed under: Home and Garden, Linky Goodness

According to this (pretty damn accurate) Sproost quiz, I am a mix of the following:

Mountain Lodge
You love nature! And really, how could you not? The more exposed wood (be it in log form or paneling) the better. And having natural stone in your home is a must! Especially at the fireplace, but stone top tables work too.

If you could clad all the furniture in wood and stone you would, but splinters aren’t fun and stone is cold! So when you need a place to sit (or recline in!), it should be comfortable and warm. Bigger is better when it comes to your favorite chair for watching TV or reading the newspaper. Leather is great (go natural!), but soft fabrics in warm tones also suit you well.

Southwestern Style
Though the new frontier may no longer be so new, the styles design that evolved in those regions are making a comeback. The Southwestern home has Spanish and Mexican as well as Native American influences. Earthy textures and tones and vibrant colors create warm and inviting spaces.

When you hear Southwestern you most likely think of desert landscapes and hot, dry environments. The rugged nature of the exterior translates literally and the pieces in the home have a similar sturdy and rustic feel. Neutral backgrounds mimicking sand and earth are livened up with handmade pottery in bright colors and woven rugs and baskets.

Wine Country Style
Tuscan sun, here we come! The Wine Country style reflects the feelings evoked by the seaside regions of Europe such as the South of France, Spain, Italy and Greece. The style manages to be both refined and casual, such that you can mix beautiful antiques with more rustic wrought iron or wood and the result is both sophisticated and cozy.

Furniture is large and comfortable, colors are bright and cheery, and regardless of the color palette the spaces almost always feel warm. You can easily translate the style into the perfect family environment but you can just as easily emphasize the more formal pieces and make your room the perfect adult getaway.

So what do you think, are they right?

Other than the fact that I am working with a tile floor color I wouldn’t have picked for myself (came with the house, the rest of the rooms I redid in a warm, reddish pergo) I think they nailed it!

Drunken Thrifting
February 14, 2009, 6:12 pm
Filed under: Home and Garden

Drunken thrifting should be a new sport, or at least a new reality show. How does your taste change after a few glasses of sangria?

Fortunately, I like the lamp I bought and may have passed it up under more sober circumstances.

I also had a wingman (and driver) who kept me from getting TOO out there (the vintage pyrex I found was gorgeous, but way too overpriced), even though I convinced HER to purchase THREE jackets when we live in South Texas!

(The story of the table the lamp is sitting on is here.)

Junk Charm Bracelet
February 11, 2009, 1:07 pm
Filed under: Art Of Jewelry Design, Metal Work, Mixed Media, Non-Traditional Jewelry

My mom saw one in a store recently and fell in love with it, so I made her her own, personalized version (modeled in the picture by my daughter) for her birthday this year. The charms are bits and pieces I have collected over the years and couldn’t seem to get rid of, including ones I made myself, like the resin filled bottlecap. The links are prebab, but when I soldered them shut I used extra solder to texturize the surface of each link. This gave it a one-of-a-kind hand-hammered appearance. Super easy!

New Year’s Challenge
January 19, 2009, 2:18 am
Filed under: Home and Garden

For those of you who actually get MLK day off and don’t have other plans, this “bonus” post-holidays holiday is a great day to get stuff done around the house. And bringing in the new year is always a great time to move stuff around in your house. I have been moving around my art and my tchotke’s and creating new vignettes and creating whole new looks with things I already own. Carry two things with you, a clean dry dish towel for dusting things off (if I didn’t move things around they would probably NEVER get dusted) and a digital camera so you can snap pictures as you go and compare different arrangements of items face to face. I don’t even download the pictures, I just review them on the LCD screen to see which arrangements I like best!