Chair Love

January 2, 2012 at 10:48 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This week’s chair love is so fun! Enjoy!

I’d love to add some fun chairs to the new looking living room! 🙂

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Our Christmas Style

December 29, 2011 at 11:03 am (Seasonal Decor) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Yes, it’s a little late, but I thought that I would share our Christmas decor with you.  Inspiration is good anytime, right? 

So, here are a few of our first tree together! (we did eventually find the perfect green skirt! ) We went with a bit of a “camo” theme with colors this year.  That was my nod to Jeremy.  We used golds and greens and bronzes on the tree.  My photos don’t seem to do it justice, but it was really pretty. 

See the antler ornaments? Shimmery pinecones helped add sparkle too!

Our rustic bronze star was really pretty too. 

Camo snowmen…

My “dance in the snow” pillow…

In the dining room we displayed my grandparents’ jewelry tree.  Grandpa made this out of Grandma’s old jewelry. 

Here is a close up of the sparkle, as this may be the last year for this tree.  I might be using the jewelry for another very special project.  Might, as in I have not made up my mind to tear down this beauty. Hmmm…

The two of us spent our night alone together quietly, so here’s a peak of our simple blue table.

It was basic but cute, and also easy.

And, although there was no snow on Christmas in Iowa, I took these a bit before hand of the first snow at our new house.  Come to think of it, I don’t think I have shared a view of the outside of our home, so here is the front…

The side…

And a view towards our barns…

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!

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Dining Chair Love

December 27, 2011 at 10:47 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Browsing some gorgeous photos today I came across two dining room photos that I just loved.  The first is so bright and fun with its mismatched chairs. I wish I was bold enough to pull this off!

The next is something I’d absolutely love to try someday, with a bench being used on one side of the dining table.  This bench is no regular bench, rather, a gorgeous antique bench!

I absolutely adore that bench! Enjoy!

Oh, and I want to share a peak at my Christmas holiday decor with you, but I’m running a bit behind.  Still to come! Hope you all had a great holiday!

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Thanksgiving 2011

November 28, 2011 at 9:36 am (Seasonal Decor) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

What a wonderful thanksgiving (and birthday!) I had!  This was the first year I hosted the festivities at our home, thanks to a lot of help from my mom! It was a great break from work to be home on the long holiday weekend with my family.  I wanted to share a few quick photos, especially my quick and fun table settings! …

Jeremy and I…

The family…

I also got to do a lot of hunting and trapping and some playing with cows. Yes, thats right.  So, here’s one of me petting the giant bull…

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving holiday!

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Dining Chair Love

November 21, 2011 at 10:18 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I love the rings on the backs of these chairs! I love the leather! I love the studs! I love the chandelier and the wall color and…

 

Beautiful, no? 🙂

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Sheet Music Table

June 27, 2011 at 6:33 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have had this little vintage fold-up table sitting in the closet for a while now.  My grandma had given it to me, cracked green paint and all.  I would stare at it now and then, uninspired, but I knew an idea would eventually come to me.

Finally one day last week the idea did come to me!  Sheet music!  I happened to have some old sheet music, some Mod Podge, and even some ribbon and scrap book supplies.  I, of course, forgot the before picture.  And this was one of those that would have been good to have!  But, after working on this project all weekend, I am finally finished and I really like the results.

 

 

 

 

I later read somewhere that in order to keep the ripples and bubbles from occurring you can dampen your paper before adding Mod Podge.  I will definitely try that next!  But for a first try, I think it turned out super cute!  What do you all think?

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Our New Buffet

June 22, 2011 at 8:14 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Our new buffet is actually what was once a very old and icky buffet.  I saw it at a garage sale for a few dollars and couldn’t resist.  I thought it would be fun to see if I could bring life back to this old gem.  It was a lot of hard work getting the old veneer top all off and fixing some chunks that were missing from the detailing on the front.  Then I sanded, filled, sanded some more and painted with a glossy black paint.  It still has some areas that have small flaws, but I am probably the only one who notices now.  But, it is sturdy and I have plans for this to one day become a baby changing table once I inherit a piece for the dining room from my grandmother.  Here it was before:

And after:

No too bad, eh?

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Downsizing the Antiques

June 19, 2011 at 3:25 pm (Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

My obsession with vintage furniture grows and my house feels like it is shrinking.  So… some items must find a new home!  I thought I would list a few things here and there on here for you to all check out.  Feel free to contact me with any questions!

1. Two vintage metal lawn chairs and matching table.  So adorable!  SOLD!

2. Vintage tin top cabinet.  We used this as our kitchen island.  This isn’t the best photo, but it also has lots of charm!  SOLD!


3. Vintage Danish modern chair.

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My 50 Cent Table

June 15, 2011 at 6:44 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Last weekend I found the sweetest little antique table and a garage sale. For 50 cents.  Yes, 50 cents.  Here she is:

I saw the potential.  It was a bit wobbly, but with the tap of a hammer, the leg was put back into its slot, and viola! No more wobble.  Next, I lightly sanded the entire table.  Then I applied about 4 coats of a turquoise pant with a sponge brush to the entire table.  Once the final coat was completely dry, I used a fine sandpaper and roughed up the edges of the table and legs for an antiqued look.  Here she is now:

I love it! And I really like the way it fits in the living room, but I think this could be one of those pieces that travels easily from room to room.  I’m completely satisfied, and all for a total of 50 cents!

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Vintage Plates

June 14, 2011 at 6:42 pm (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

When I got my first apartment my mom and I found an entire set of unused, gorgeous black dishes for $40 at a resale shop.  I have lovingly used them ever since.  A couple of years ago, during a hurried move, a box broke open and almost all of the salad plates, bowls, and mugs were broken.  Fortunately, all of the dinner plates pulled through.  But, I have been on the hunt for some fun dishes to mix with the black plates ever since.

The other day at a thrift store I ran across a full set of adorable blue, vintage salad plates.  They were .49 each, so for about $4 I added these to my set:

Here are a few shots of a mock place setting, just to see how sweet they looked 🙂

The blue glasses are from a flea market and the black charcoal glasses were given to me by my grandfather and came from Germany.  The candlesticks are a mix of vintage and CB2, and my silverware is all new Oneida.  I really like how it all mixed together.  Although, these photos remind me how I can’t wait to refinish the dining table! What do you think?

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