Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New Rug, It Was Meant To Be.

Did you notice my new rug in the recent post Curtains Hung And Unwanted Guest?

I had been searching for a living room rug for months and had finally decided to order the
wool and jute 9x12 rug from Pottery Barn, though the price was killing me.  Luck was with
me the evening I was browsing Craigslist and decided to look at rugs.  Just posted minutes
before was this exact rug for $150.  That's a savings of $550 from Pottery Barn's price!! 
The jute rug was only six months old and in excellent condition. Yipee!

I also bought a new rug from HomeGoods for the front door.

Do you shop Craigslist?   If yes, what has been your favorite find?



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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Are These Decorating Fads On The Way Out?

Decorating fads come and go....some are here one day and gone in a blink of the eye. 

Do any of you remember avocado green and harvest gold appliances?  That's a fad that I pray never comes back.

There are things that never seem to go out of style and are considered timeless. Below are my two picks for trends I think will be around for quite a while.

Carrera Marble
I believe Carrera marble is one of those everlasting decorating trends.  The house I grew up in was built in the late 1950's and had Carrera marble counter tops in the kitchen and bathrooms.  This marble does require extra care but most would agree though it is a beautiful timeless look.

White Kitchens
We chose white cabinets in a previous home over 20 years ago and I remember the builder's designer trying to talk me out of it by saying white cabinets would be out of style by next year (LOL)  I am still in love with white kitchens as evidenced by all my Favorite Kitchens pins over at Pinterest and I hope they are here to stay.

Now for a few of the looks I think we will be seeing less of in the future....  

This Summer I was a vendor at a vintage flea market and I sold tons of stuff.  I had some cute burlap pillows at a cheap price and not a single one sold.  Has burlap run it's course?

Antlers were really hot sellers for a while. Again, there was absolutely no interest at all at the flea .  I had six pairs including a couple of mounted row antlers.   I don't think a single person even looked at them.

Heavily Distressed Furniture.
My personal opinion is that a couple of lightly distressed pieces in a room add character (I have some myself and love them).  Recently a friend told me about seeing a room in a magazine that was full of nothing but heavily distressed furniture.  She showed it to her book club and they all agreed the room looked like it was furnished from the dump. Ouch!  Is this a fad that "a little goes a long way"?


The popularity of blogs, and sites like Pinterest, spread anything new in design like wildfire.  Below are some of the most popular in the last few years.

Chalk and Milk paint
Grain sacks
Gray/Greige paint
Motivational signs like "Stay Calm"
Monotone rooms
Planked walls
Planked furniture
Painted furniture
TV's over the fireplace
Barn doors
Gallery Walls
Sunburst mirrors
Chevon pattern

It's fun to incorporate the newest styles in your home and I sometimes add a few of these to my own home.   I have learned from experience that most of these things will be passe in a couple of years so I NEVER, EVER spend much money on them!  That way I can enjoy a few trends but not feel guilty when they make their way to the thrift store.

I would love to hear your thoughts on fads and which ones you still love (or loathe) 




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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Curtains Are Up And Unwanted Guest

Last weekend our son and his family came over for a cook-out and then the grand kids went swimming.  We did have an uninvited guest though!  My grandson picked up the pool float leaning against the wall and underneath was a Copperhead snake. (gasp)  We don't know how he got into the screened pool area but I have Steve checking every inch for gaps he could have slithered through. 

I am petrified of snakes, more so than just about anything else!   I would rather have had a dozen
alligators in the pool than this one snake.  

On to more pleasant things...

This weekend I finally got the IKEA curtains hemmed and hung.  I had thought of embellishing
them with trim or ribbon like our bedroom curtains but decided to leave them as is for now.
Before you say "Sherry, whats up with the gap between the curtains and the blinds?"  let me
explain.  We are waiting for estimates from three contractors on the cost of  replacing the
windows with french doors.  They all dropped by, measured and then disappeared!  We are
back to square one looking for a contractor.   My plans are to install bamboo blinds at the
height of the rod once we know the size of french doors.  For now you'll just have to
use your imagination.

Can you visualize the bamboo blinds?

It seems like for every project we do there are twenty more waiting to be done.  The wish list
for this room is french doors to pool,  remove wall between dining room and living room,
add hardwood floors, change funky ceiling fan and foyer light.

If only we can get a contractor to show up!

Thanks for visiting.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New Courtyard Furniture

I am finally getting around to showing you our new courtyard furniture, though this area is still a 
work in progress.  I had ordered an outdoor rug but quickly returned it.  Though not inexpensive
it was definitely cheaply made.  After seeing it in the courtyard I am no longer sure that I even
want a rug. 

The two printed pillows and planter were purchased at Lowes and the royal blue pillow is from Ballards. 

Remember this fountain?  We always felt it took up too much room and was somewhat fancy
for our modest home.  It was sold to a neighbor and will be replaced with a smaller wall fountain. 
Boy,  this thing was heavy and it was quite a job to get it out of here.  Just the bottom piece alone 
weighed between four and five hundred pounds!

It's rained almost every evening for weeks and the plants have grown like crazy.  This Poinsettia has
tripled in size since we moved in three and a half months ago.  It now stands over three feet tall!

Thanks for visiting!  

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

My New Favorite Furniture Wax~Before & After

I bought this antique pine cabinet many years ago and have used it in numerous homes.  The piece is from the early 1800's and probably from Scandanavia.   For years I have thought about painting or white washing it but just couldn't get up the courage to do it.

The other day I decided since this cabinet will probably always have a place in our home so why not go ahead and make changes.  Why live with something you like but not necessary love?

After looking at many paint treatments on Pinterest and researching options I decided to try Liming Wax.  It was super easy to apply and I love the new look.  The change is subtle but tones down the orange of the pine and fits better with our coastal style.

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