Furniture Shopping

A while back I posted about finding something to display my quilts in. I didn’t find exactly that, but I did find something I couldn’t pass up. This lovely piece. I was in love the moment I saw it. Not to mention it was a steal especially since some of the IKEA pieces I had been looking at were $100-$200 more!

I love it even more with my cameras all set up in it at home! Swoon! I totally shoved my dining room table into the corner of the room so this could be center stage.

 

I also came across this. A giant Nixon. Any takers?

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Long weekend- painting and kittens

Sorry for the extra late post. I’ve been busy. I took Monday off for a long weekend to get some things done around the house.

I painted. Here are a few “work in progress” photos. More to come.

Also, something adorable. A cat has been hanging around my house and it was clear that she had recently had kittens. I’ve been feeding her so she and the kitties wouldn’t go hungry. Just last Friday, I discovered where she was hiding her kittens. They’re living in a hole in my neighbor’s roof right outside my bedroom window! I sat and watched them for a half hour on Monday. So close, yet just out of my reach. Okay, maybe more like seven feet out of me reach. They’re so cute!

Here’s the mama cat who likes to hang around me and my house to get away from the kitties.

Kitties!

Gus was not pleased to see so many other cats so close to his house.

I have a short video of them on my flickr too.

Summer Porch – Outdoor Living

I haven’t touched my porch since moving into my house last summer. I had other things that I needed to take care of first, like making sure I had a bed and finding the coffee pot so I would have adequate caffeine to complete all my new and exciting projects. Now that warmer weather is (hopefully) right around the corner, I really want to make my porch a place I’d actually like to spend some time.

When I moved in, this bench was left on the porch.

It would be perfect with some cushions. The only problem is, it’s not any sort of standard size. It appears to have been made from scraps left over from the posts. Apart from a a few hazardous looking nails, it’s totally salvageable. I’ll just have to make my own cushions. The only issue I’m having is cost. That foam filler can get a little pricey.

So now, let me share with you my
“If Money Were No Object, Which Unfortunately It Always Is, Porch Makeover”!

First off, cushion fabrics. I love color and I’m really into Moroccan patterns right now. Here are a few picks for cushions.

1. ZEN SUNBRELLA OUTDOOR SPA

2. JUNCTION OUTDOOR LAGOON

3. RIGBY OUTDOOR PAPRIKA

Next, accessories.

1. Casbah Rug $79.95

2. Sundial Outdoor Pillow $27

3. Abra Hurricane $89.95

4. Elan Coffee Table $635

5. Casablanca Lanterns $-7.95 – $49.95

6. Sausalito House Numbers $14 each

Vintage Flashcards

One of my favorite things ever is vintage school supplies. I love it. I recently found a vintage stapler and my boyfriend asked, what are you going to do with all of these staplers. Enjoy them! Duh!

One trend I am all over is vintage flash cards. I just ordered these last week and I CANNOT WAIT for them to arrive.

Design*Sponge recently wrote a post about the same thing. Here are a few of my favorite images.

Here are a few more I’m admiring.

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Obsolete Things as Home Decor

I cannot explain my love for old type drawers and library card catalogs. Type drawers are a little easier to find and there are tons of different ways to repurpose them. I am still on the hunt for a card catalog. Those are not easy to find and they are usually pretty pricey. Here are some gorgeous examples. Swoon!

Card Catalogs:

I came across this one at a local antique market. Unfortunately, I did not have $700 to buy it. Sigh.

Type drawers:

Original Use:

Other uses:

Aren’t these all so awesome? I came across two type drawers recently. I am still working on turning one into the jewelry display like the one above. (I swear I really do finish some projects!) The other one, with help from my very handy father, got turned into a knick-knack display. We created a frame with plexi glass to protect my treasures from my curious kitties. Do you love it as much as I do? I’ve put a bunch more keepsakes in since this photo. I’ll take another one and share it soon.

What are your favorite decor items? Anything unusual? Do you have pictures? I want to see.

Recycled Magazine Boxes

Several years ago, while I was in college, I posted this tutorial on my flickr. It’s gotten quite a few views and I’ve even seen it posted on Apartment Therapy! I thought I’d share it again here. Enjoy.

I hoard magazines. I cannot bear to throw them away even if I know I will never take the time to look at them again. Here’s a way to use those magazines I feel too guilty to throw away and create a colorful recycled magazine box for your home.

These are the (much pricier) inspiration:

(Tutorial after the jump)

Start with a page from an old magazine

Start folding the page at about a quarter inch thickness until it has a little bulk to it. I don’t suggest using the whole page, it get too thick.

Glue the edge and cut off the remaining page. You now have your first strip. Roll it into a circle like you are making the base of a coil pot.

Continue making strips and rolling them until you reach your desired diameter for your box.

Make sure it doesn’t get away. I clip mine so the glue can dry without unrolling.

Roll a strip that is about an inch thick (or whatever works best for your box). Glue it to your roll. You’ll now have what looks like a lid. To give it more support. Make thinner strips and glue them to the outside of the thicker strip until it looks kinda like this.

Here’s what the inside looks like. You can see the inner part is a thicker (about one inch) strip with the little ones glued to the outside.

Make another roll for the bottom. Be sure to make it slightly smaller so the lid will fit on the bottom. Here is my lid next to the beginning of the bottom of the box.

Do the same with the bottom as you did with the top in making a thicker strip to glue thinner strips to on the outside, but be sure your big strip makes a circle that will fit inside your lid. Do not put the thinner strips all the way to the top so it creates a little ledge for the lid to rest on.

Another view.

The top pink strip is actually tall enough that it is glued to the bottom of the box. On the outside of this piece, I glued thinner strips so it all looks the same.  Finished! Please excuse the messiness. this was my first attempt.

Enjoy! If you have any questions, please feel free to comment.

Castle

Castle was founded by Rachel Castle, originally making bedding for family and friends, it has grown into much more. I love so many of the things on Castle, I can’t even begin to show you all of my favorites.

Embroidered Artwork

 

I love anything with lots of happy colors. I love these pretty silkscreened prints.

 

Pretty bedding.

 

There is really too many I love to share them all. Go check out the rest at Castle.

Heath Ceramics

How beautiful is EVERYTHING from Heath Ceramics?

 

I would love to have these pretty tiles for my bathroom.

 

These are gorgeous too, but I think they would need to be in a small area.

 

This one is pretty interesting too.

 

This pretty yellow vases are from their summer line.

Made in a limited quantity of 150, the stripes on this single stem vase are achieved by an etching tool gently placed to a spinning vase where the top layer of glaze is stripped away to reveal the glaze beneath. Take a closer look: The process creates a detailed texture you can feel. Oh, and each vase is slightly varied—exactly how we like our ceramics!