Happy Halloween & Linky Reminder

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!  
Just a friendly reminder to pop back over later today for the Trick-or-Treat party. 
You can link your Halloween decor here.  Front porches, jack-o-lanterns, costumes, and all make the cut. 
Stop by if you can....whahahahaha!

Last Minute Spookiness & Party Invitation

Friday, October 29, 2010

Just in case you are looking for some last minute Halloween ideas, I thought I would share some of my favorites.  Most of them are pretty simple using inexpensive items or things that you may already have on hand.

I especially love the idea of using black for the more sophisticated spooks.  To find out how to make this wreath from black crepe paper, go here.

Black bouquet anyone?  Go here for the tutorial.

When jack-o-lanterns are black on the outside, the faces seems to glow even brighter.
I also like the idea of using white.  For the old Scooby Doo haunted mansion feel, why not add old sheets to the furniture?

White pumpkins seem to be the thing this season and I suppose you could always use spray paint to turn your orange pumpkins white, right?

Good Bones Great Pieces

 Study via Brooklyn Limestone
They used drained highlighters to achieve this look.  Very clever.

As of yet, I haven't pulled the Halloween box out of the attic.  I know, bad me.  Hopefully I can sweet talk Mr. into helping me with some decorations this weekend so that we don't look like the only non-participants on the street.  Be sure to stop by Sunday to join the Trick or Treat linky party.  It will be your turn to share your Halloween front door and carved jack-o-lanterns.  What do the trick-or-treaters see when they come knocking?  Is your house spooky or fun?
  Or are you hiding inside with the lights out eating all of the snickers bars ;)

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, October 28, 2010

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Break the Glass

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A while back, I blogged about wishing for a lantern to hang at the top of stairs.  It seems that I might be in luck...

The other day, my friend Sherry from the blog, Design Indulgence, posted a great before and after of this lantern.  She had given it to a friend and I'm pretty sure that she wants it back now.


After a coat of black paint and knocking out the glass, this is what it looks like.  Thank you Sherry.  You have opened a whole new world for me. 

Houseplant Hodge Podge and a Solution

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Every year about this time, I grit my teeth at the thoughts of bringing the houseplants in from the deck.  In the spring/summer, our home feels so open and airy and in walks fall with its houseplants, fluffy blankets, eventual Christmas trees, etc.  Not to say that I don't like fall.  I do.  It's just that our little cottage begins to feel a bit crowded....and miss matched...and hodge podgey.

This year I am trying a different approach.  Instead of scattering trees and plants in miss matched pots around the house, I have given all of the containers a coat of Krylon, Dover White.  They have a new home in the sun room and are waiting on fresh sheets of moss from the mountains.  I am thrilled with the way this has turned out and wish that the idea had come to me in years past.

 By the way, if you are curious about house plants, but aren't sure where to begin, I found this photo gallery that has lots of answers.  There is even a tutorial for using your digital camera to determine how much light your room receives.

Do you have a house plant solution or tip?  I would love to hear it.

On the Hunt

Monday, October 25, 2010



Malibu Mediterranean mediterranean bedroom
Tracy Murdock via Houzz

Home Farm 1 traditional kids
Alex J. Bragg via Houzz

Apartment Therapy

 Full House

 Apartment Therapy 

My Home Ideas

 House Beautiful

 Domino via Apartment Therapy

 Coastal Living via My Home Ideas

 Coastal Living via My Home Ideas

 Country Living

Sarah Richardson via Decor Pad

Ever since Mom found a beautiful set of twin beds for the mountain house, we have been on the hunt for just the right piece to go in between them.  The room has a window in between the beds, so a chest of drawers would be perfect as long as it is low enough.  A small chest of drawers would also serve as useful storage.   One day while shopping the antique stores, we found a cute little bamboo trimmed chest that had been painted turquoise.  I almost cried - it was adorable.  Then we opened one drawer and could never close it again.  Phooey.  Mom and I both agree that it pays to wait for the right thing to come along rather than settling for something that we don't love.  A hard lesson, but one that pays off in the end.  I'm sure the right thing will come along in time.

The Black Bathroom - An Update

Friday, October 22, 2010

 My schedule has been a bit hectic as of late, but alas, a moment to order a shower curtain.  Nothing fancy, just an extra long one from Target in white.  So many of you have asked about the black bathroom so I thought I would share the inspiration board that I made to stay focused.

And here is a peek at the actual bathroom.  Hopefully soon I will be sharing the rest.

I hope that each and every one of you has a wonderful weekend.  We are starting our weekend off with home made pizzas and family.  Then we are off to Chapel Hill for a swim meet.  So happy to be with family again after a couple of weekends away.

OMG Boots

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Well, I am finally home from market and am ready to roll my sleeves up in our sadly neglected home.  While at market, when I wasn't working with customers, much of my time was spent "people watching".  High Point, NC isn't known for being a fashion mecca, but come market time, with people from all over the world wandering in and out of showrooms, you do get a big dose of "what to wear".  Sometimes you might learn what not to wear as well, tee-hee.  Which reminds me of the frequently discussed topic, how old is too old when it comes to wearing leggings?  Hmm.

So anyway, if I had to pick a buzzword from market, it would probably not be furniture related, but instead clothing related.  Boots.  Over the knee boots.  Under the knee boots.  Riding boots.  Ankle boots.  Cowboy boots.  Black boots.  Brown boots.  Boots with buckles.  Wedges.  Spiked heels.  Suede boots.  Boots with dresses.  Boots with shorts.  Chanel.  Frye.  I'm pretty sure that we never saw the same pair twice and a couple of us were boot stalkers.

I'm really digging these from Nine West.  Do you have a favorite pair of boots?  Where did you find them?

Images: People Style Watch

Look Out Ektorp

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The other day I received an email from World Market stating that The LA Times has endorsed this sofa as the best value under $600.  I know there has been much conversation about the Ektorp lately, but this sofa from World Market has down filled pillows, an added bonus.  Like the Ektorp, slipcovers are available in several colors and I believe are all machine washable...another bonus.

After browsing the site, I found two more sofas that I like - both under $700.

Guest Blogger - Gretchen Opgenorth

Monday, October 18, 2010

eToday I have a special guest blogger to share with you.  Gretchen Opgenorth is here from her blog sharing inexpensive finds and projects in her home, which by the way is beautiful.  I always enjoy seeing the projects and inspiration in Gretchen's posts.  Welcome Gretchen!!!



 Thanks Rene for having me over!  I feel like you are inviting me into your home:)  Your blogland home of course.

Since Rene and I have much of the same philosophy when it comes to our homes...and Rene has shown this over and over...

It doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg to have a beautiful home PERIOD. exclamation point!  I wanted to share with you a couple of my great finds and how Rene helped me.

Since my dining room is connected to the kitchen and is the only dining area we have, I wanted it to feel like a comfy spot to sip my coffee, but also turn into a great place to entertain as well.  I had my heart set on Wing Back chairs.  I mean I was obsessed with the wing back chairs.  Did you know how hard it is to find wing backs (in my price range) that you can comfortably sit in while dining. Well it is hard!  I had just about given up Until...I decided to go on one of my weekly jaunts to my local Ministries (a goodwill type of place!)  And sitting in the corner were these jewels...I think the angels sung. $65 for the pair!

Did I mention they are Henredon with down cushions AND Chartreuse????  Someday I will recover them, but I have a little thing for chartreuse!

So the stage was finally set...all I needed were some curtains.

I found some great fabric at my local fabric store for the curtains...I have never done lined curtains, but Miss Rene made that part easy with her GREAT tutorial on the blind hem stitch....I didn't feel nearly as blind having this tutorial to guide me!

 And this past week I found a rug at an auction for $40!!!!  I mean a 9 X 12 hand knotted rug even if it doesn't stay....which it might get moved at some point, but for now it works...and it has my colors in it.

The artwork on the wall I got at an antique show for $20 years ago.

These are 3 things that make this dining room feel like I wanted it to. The Wing chairs $65, the rug $40 and curtains made by me (lined with old sheets that were still in the package!) Cost of the fabric $45.

This isn't completely finished...there is still a punch list...Paint the chairs and FIND a new table.  But it is getting there.... my work in progress.

 Maybe the angels will sing again soon on a dining room table...but until then I will sip my coffee in the morning and have a glass of wine in the evening with friends and be totally and completely happy!

I hope you enjoyed a little peak into my dining room...

Thanks again Rene for having me.

Thanks for sharing your dining room and great finds with us Gretchen.  I think we all would agree that you don't have to spend a fortune to make your home a beautiful place to live.  Thank you for the inspiration, and by the way, if you ever want to get rid of the rug, let me know :)  To read Gretchen's blog go here and to see her beautiful kitchen transformation go here.