Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cabinet Make-Over

 I picked up this vintage Ethan Allen cabinet at a yard sale a few weeks ago for $30 thinking that it would be perfect for my candle display at markets.
 The "Before" was definitely not impressive. The finish was in poor condition and had that funky red tone that screams 70's wood paneling to me.

So I broke out the trusty paint brush and gave it a couple of coats of Country Chic Paint in Simplicity. The first coat had a little of the red bleed through, but the second coat covered it quite well.
I sanded the top down and gave it a walnut stain. My candles are white soy in glass jars and I wanted them to "pop" when they are displayed. 

Now I love it so much that it might just have to stay put in my kitchen though!!

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Trip to the Dunes

For our 6th wedding anniversary the hubs and I decided to head up north to Indiana Dunes. 

When I was younger we used to visit my grandparents in Connecticut every year, but as an adult time and money kept us from anything that would qualify as a vacation. 

Then after my nightmare with blood clots {read more on that here}
we've discovered that I will never be able to fly and long car rides even give me terrible leg pain. 

This caused some amount of depression for me, realizing that I would never again see the beach from my childhood which I loved and adored to no end. 

Little did I know that there was an amazing beach only 2 hours north from us!!

I've never been north of where I live. I pretty much knew there were beaches but I thought it's a lake...it can't possible be the same. 

So we had a little money in our pockets and decided on a whim to take a trip and see what all was up that way for our anniversary {It can't be worse than just settling for a trip to McDonald's...seriously guys.....we've done that before for our anniversary!!}.

Holy cow!!!!

No one ever told me how much like the ocean it was and that it would be amazing!






 We are already planning a week long family vacation for up there next Summer!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Living Room Changes


 Changes are happening and it feels sooooo GOOD.

If you are anything like me, then you know how hard it is to decide on a style. This old house has gone through an absurd amount of changes in the last 5 years. 

It finally took me taking time off of Pinterest and Facebook and really concentrating on just who I am, and what my personality is to arrive at a look that I LOVE. 

Most of you know I have a white obsession. I am easily overwhelmed by too much of anything {light, sound, color, even too much decor} so white has been a calming presence. But too much white can lack personality and look a bit on the sterile side, so where do you really go from there??

Well for me personally, I had to look at my personality, who I am and what I love.  
 I am a natural girl. I'm rarely do makeup except for some black eyeliner on occasion....so it made sense to let my feelings on that reflect the house too. Natural with a touch of black for a chic "pop".
I found a coffee table that I fell in love with on Overstock 
It reminds me of Restoration Hardware {which I mostly can't afford with the exception of my Remy dining room chairs}
 
The clock in the Background above the couch {I know, not a good pic!!} is from HomeGoods.  {I've been WAY too HomeGoods Happy lately!! Shhhh}
The grain sack down stuffed pillows are from 530 Resale

The vintage ice cream stool inside the fireplace is a $3 yard sale score, and the giant crock under there was a gift from a friend. The rug was a $20 find and candle sticks by the sofa were $35 on a Facebook For Sale site.

 This much white begs for some color, and I have always loved ferns so I felt like it was the perfect compliment to the natural woodsy feel that was happening in the house. I found the ferns on the mantel at Target and the one in the dish on the coffee table I found at an Antique Store last February while I was in Tennessee.

Here's another "chic" piece. This table I bought from Urban Farmhouse
I think it breaks up the expanse of white on the walls on that side of the room perfectly. I like the way it pairs with the starburst mirror from Target. 
{tray on table is also from Urban Farmhouse}
 See the giant scale in the corner? I have plans for that once we redo the cabinets in the kitchen. Right now there's not a good place to put it though since it weighs like 200 pounds!!

 Here's a dusk photo. One of the candles I have made for the house. This one is "Tobacco Shop" and smells like woods and leather and heaven. 

I'm slowly {kids and health and a bazillion other reasons are dictating the time I have to work on things} but surely getting finished in the dining room and the kitchen. Here are a couple of sneaks peaks going on in those rooms.....




Sunday, August 10, 2014

IAVM Booth and Finds



 Last Saturday August 2nd I set up at the IAVM.
One of the great local markets in my area.
Here are a few shots of some of the goodies I brought.

 I also did a bit of buying.
It's so hard when you are set up next to people who have awesome stuff!!
I bought this tray from Urban Farmhouse
and looooove it on my new coffee table.

I took this photo of a table I bought there before I even brought it home. {It's also from Urban Farmhouse. In fact, I bought several things from her!!}
 I bought a couple of rings from Grace and Corazon.
I was beyond excited because I have big ol fat fingers and it's sooooo hard to find cute rings that will fit these sausages, but Annie carries rings in large sizes!!!
It was a perfect market day. The weather was great.

I am really cutting back and not doing as many markets this year, but stay tuned because I have a couple of really cool ones that we will be finishing up the year at.