Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Best. HomeGoods. Steal. *EVER*.

I loves me some HomeGoods.  It's like a crack den for home furnishings.  God help me if I ever worked there.  I used to work at Chico's (back when the employee discount was 50% off of retail) and I never saw a paycheck.  I'd be in the red for sure working at HomeGoods.

Anyway, I've gotten some pretty good swag there.  Just recently, two very nice Broyhill faux mercury glass lamps for $19.99 each - down from $60 each.  I still can't figure out what was "wrong" with them - they look great.

But tonight...ah - tonight.  Tonight was the Queen Mother of all hauls - at least for me.

A lot of bloggers that I read can afford to shop at Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma and SoftSurroundings.  I used to be able to do that too, and then one day the life I knew ended with a betrayal that has taken me 5 years to process.  I know that sounds very Lifetime TV movie-ish, but it's the basic truth. 

So I went from Talbots and Ann Taylor and Needless Markup and Sur-Le-Table and the aforementioned home stores to Target and Goodwill.  Yeah - I said it.  I'm not ashamed.  I've scratched my way to self-sufficiency and I'm proud of how far I've come.  And I can spot a diamond in the middle of a coal pile and that has served me well in decorating the first place I've ever lived in by myself.

I still get catalogs and emails from my "former life", and I love looking through them and playing "what if".  I've also always been a voracious reader and a fan of vintage everything for as long as I can remember.

Linen brands like Frette and D. Porthault have always fascinated me.  They are the stuff of 1930s novels in which society brides ordered all their "linen" from one of these mystical firms.  Hemstitched and damask and point-d'esprit and the correct placement of monograms fascinated me.

The thought of paying upwards of $600 for sheets is simply beyond my ken, but I still daydream about waking up to a bed full of Guirlande Blanche




So imagine my surprise tonight at HomeGoods when I saw a package of a dozen D. Porthault dinner napkins for $19.99.  Surely, I thought, my reading glasses had finally bought the farm and that package said $39.99.  Nope - $19.99 and "compare at" $45.00.  




Hmm.  That sounded suspiciously cheap, but I ran like Atalanta after those golden apples.  



They're lovely, really.  They are the "Hotel Collection", which I surmise isn't the ne plus ultra of the D. Porthault line but they are beautifully made with a satin stripe. They're large - 22"x22".



"D. Porthault - Paris" is embroidered on the reverse.



According to gilt.com, they retail for $111.00 for 6.  I got them for $19.99 for 12.  My mad math skillz tell me I got them at 90% off retail.  Woot!

I have been an embroiderer/cross-stitcher in the past and I think a tone-on-tone "P" in white perle cotton is just the ticket for an instant heirloom.

I am linking up at:

Dwellings - Amaze Me Monday

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fall Decor

I'm not a huge Halloween fan, but I do like a transition between summer and the Christmas holiday.

I found these acid green styrofoam pumpkins at Tar-jay for $2.00 each. This will shock all of you, but they don't work with my color scheme  :D








So - I dug into my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint remnants - Old White, Emile (an antique lavender), Duck Egg, Antibes (a grassy green) and a mystery mix of part Paris Grey and part Old White. 







A few coats, some dark wax and in the case of the "boo" white pumpkin, a shot of German glass glitter and now you're talkin'.





This one got a shot of silver leafing - a very glam gourd.




The top of my bowed-glass china cabinet - I love the mix of rustic and refined. 







I haven't had a trick-or-treater in years; I've always lived on rural properties with long driveways which aren't exactly conducive to candy-hunters.  So I'll be having some hot cocoa that I make (with a little ancho chili powder!) while I sit in front of the fire (if it's cool enough) and read something scary - like my online dating site messages  :D

I am linking up at:

Mod Vintage Life - Mod Mix Monday
Dwellings - Amaze Me Monday
Between Naps on the Porch - Metamorphosis Monday
The Dedicated House - Make It Pretty Monday
Coastal Charm - Show and Share Monday
Savvy Southern Style - Wow Us Wednesdays
My Romantic Home - Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage - Feathered Nest Friday

Sunday, April 13, 2014

"Tansy"

She's done - and she's exactly like I pictured her in my mind.

She's named for the lovely mother of the childhood friend who believes in what I do and gave me seed money to see if I can actually make a go of this thing I love to do.

To re-cap:

  • stripped the dead, cracking and lifting veneer
  • base is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White
  • trim is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey
  • the trim was then silver-leafed, as was the detail on back of the princess bench and the drawer handles
  • the princess bench fabric was a white damask tablecloth from Home Goods that was dyed with the ASCP Paris Grey


In other news, I've made an arrangement with Portland Antiques and Collectibles in Portland, PA to have a space in their store.  I'm not sure of my "opening date", but I'm really very excited.


Here's "her" story;


She belonged to a not-quite-a-star ingenue circa 1944.  A small-town beauty queen, she came to Hollywood to "make it" in pictures. 

She never was really more than a "dress extra", but sometimes she'd get some lines and once Howard Hughes took her out to dinner at the Mocambo.  She'd sit in front of the vanity, which came with her furnished apartment near RKO Studios, and wish and hope and dream.  

Many years later, when she was married to that insurance salesman back home in Tallahassee, she'd occasionally think of that vanity and her short time in the shadow of the Hollywood sign - and have a little cry before she set the table for his dinner.



I'm linking up at:

Mod Vintage Life - Mod Mix Monday
Between Naps on the Porch - Metamorphosis Monday
The Dedicated House - Make It Pretty Monday
Dwellings - Amaze Me Monday
Coastal Charm - Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style - Wow Us Wednesdays
Petite Michelle Louise - Grey Dey Thursdey
Miss Mustard Seed - Furniture Feature Friday
My Romantic Home - Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage - Feathered Nest Friday

Saturday, April 12, 2014

What Dreams May Come

The vanity so far:

Then:

And now:




She is turning out exactly as I imagined her.  What I've done thus far:

  • stripped the dead, cracking and lifting veneer
  • base is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White
  • trim is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey
  • the trim was then silver-leafed, as was the detail on back of the princess bench and the drawer handles
  • the princess bench fabric was a white damask tablecloth from Home Goods that was dyed with the ASCP Paris Grey


I'm working on the big round mirror now.

I've also made an arrangement with Portland Antiques and Collectibles in Portland PA to have a space in their store.  I'm not sure of the "opening date", but I'm really very excited.


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Vanity, thy name is ...

... mine!

I have always, always, always wanted a vanity.  They have always symbolized beauty and elegance and glamour, and now I have one!

I scored this for $35 on craigslist.  No smells, no wobbles.  The veneer is in awful shape, which is fine because I want to paint her and I wouldn't do that if the finish could be resurrected.

I'm going to let her "talk to me" and tell me what she wants to wear.  My bedroom is Paris grey and white, so I am sure those colors will come into play (along with some silver leafing, perhaps).

Happy  :)




Linking up at:

Mod Vintage Life - Mod Mix Monday
French Country Cottage - Feathered Nest Friday
Miss Mustard Seed - Furniture Feature Friday






Saturday, December 7, 2013

Trying A New Angle

(literally!)

I've written a number of times about the re-do of my bedroom.

I've been (mostly) pleased with the (almost) finished product:


I love the color (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint's "Paris Grey" done up by Lowe's in Behr latex.  I painted the formerly dark green metal bed to match, which makes it appear to "float" in the room.  I want to re-do my draperies (they're too...bridal-y or something).  But I am patient and will find the right ones.

What bugged me is that the room is a really good size - 16 x 15.  But it lacked flow, which made it seem cramped.  Out of view in the photo above is a dresser (to the left of the bed against the wall), a small slipper chair to the left of the dresser, a chest of drawers (in a perfectly sized niche in the wall opposite the foot of the bed; two large closets are on either side of that niche) and a large arm chair that you can just about see under the window to the right.

So, with 4 days on my hands at the Thanksgiving holiday, I got a wild hare.  I angled the bed and came the dawn - I have space!  I was able to put my arm chair in a place where I can actually *use* it, instead of banging my shin against it every time I walked on the far side of the bed.  The slipper chair is now more visible and also more useful and I love, love, love having the bed on an angle!  It's now the focal point when you enter the room and it's just beautiful.  I think once I find my elusive perfect draperies, I'll be done in my bedroom.



And a comparison shot:


I am linking up at:

Mod Vintage Life - Mod Mix Monday
Petite Michelle Louise - Grey Day Thursday
French Country Cottage - Feathered Nest Friday
Miss Mustard Seed - Furniture Feature Friday
My Romantic Home - Show and Tell Friday






Saturday, November 30, 2013

Christmas 2013

Some notes:


  • no greenery this year.  It's beyond my budget; last year, I lucked out and got a windfall from a neighbor who lost an evergreen to Hurricane Sandy. 
  • everything is either from the flea market, Good Will or they are items I previously owned
  • the "garland" on the tree is the wire part of some wired ribbon.  I bought a big roll of it at Michael's last year on clearance.  I cut the wired edges off of both sides of the ribbon, cut them into manageable sections and wrapped them around my hand to curl.  I then gently pulled them out - like a Slinky - and draped them on the tree.  They give a delicate sparkle to the tree.

the tree






the mantel







the coffee table



tiny trees in Limoges cups



the piano



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