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Sunday's to Relax

Sunday was dedicated to sanding a faux bamboo nightstand I bought at the Goodwill several months ago. The Sistah (brought an accent table) and BCF (sanded a chair) came over to get the (sanding) party started. I’ll admit, I didn’t know what the heck I was doing, nor did I bother researching what kind of sandpaper I would need to remove the gloss from my nightstand. Luckily, the BCF came fully prepared now that she’s a pro. She can add a stool, frame and chair to her resume and the fact that she can knock out pieces faster than I can find ’em, makes me wanna make her my business partner.

Take a look at what a mess we made we produced.

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Before                                                               After

https://i0.wp.com/theregencyfurniture.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Earl-of-Warwick-Sofa-Side-Table-Ann-Getty-House-Collection.jpg

My sister does amazing work.

I sanded, primed and spray painted mine in a high-gloss black to try to achieve the look of most high-end bamboo pieces. The greek key-esque hardware allow it to appear more expensive than the $19 I paid.

Other faux bamboo pieces:

https://i0.wp.com/media.onsugar.com/files/2010/04/13/0/192/1922794/32489fc250a8a818_bamboodresser.preview.jpg

image via casasugar

https://i1.wp.com/farm5.static.flickr.com/4018/4259100707_cf8d0b5210.jpg

image via isuwannee

https://i2.wp.com/theregencyfurniture.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Pair-of-Campaign-Etageres-Facon-Faux-Bamboo-Seller-Sabina-Danenberg-Antiques.jpg

image via theregencyfurniture

https://i1.wp.com/www.decorpad.com/photos/2008/09/18/7702e0dabdb0.jpg

image via decorpad

https://designstiles.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/beachbungalow8imperialtrelliswallpaperfauxbambootoleredchandelierwhitesaarinentablewestelmdiningchairs1.jpg?w=199

image via cococozy

https://i0.wp.com/www.decorpad.com/photos/2010/03/16/851a19520adf.png

image via decorpad

More amazing bamboo chandeliers set in a bright and cheery workspace.


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Sunday’s to Relax

Sunday was dedicated to sanding a faux bamboo nightstand I bought at the Goodwill several months ago. The Sistah (brought an accent table) and BCF (sanded a chair) came over to get the (sanding) party started. I’ll admit, I didn’t know what the heck I was doing, nor did I bother researching what kind of sandpaper I would need to remove the gloss from my nightstand. Luckily, the BCF came fully prepared now that she’s a pro. She can add a stool, frame and chair to her resume and the fact that she can knock out pieces faster than I can find ’em, makes me wanna make her my business partner.

Take a look at what a mess we made we produced.

https://i2.wp.com/hphotos-snc3.fbcdn.net/hs603.snc3/31749_423736761762_608796762_5373508_2825881_n.jpg

Before                                                               After

https://i0.wp.com/theregencyfurniture.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Earl-of-Warwick-Sofa-Side-Table-Ann-Getty-House-Collection.jpg

My sister does amazing work.

I sanded, primed and spray painted mine in a high-gloss black to try to achieve the look of most high-end bamboo pieces. The greek key-esque hardware allow it to appear more expensive than the $19 I paid.

Other faux bamboo pieces:

https://i0.wp.com/media.onsugar.com/files/2010/04/13/0/192/1922794/32489fc250a8a818_bamboodresser.preview.jpg

image via casasugar

https://i1.wp.com/farm5.static.flickr.com/4018/4259100707_cf8d0b5210.jpg

image via isuwannee

https://i2.wp.com/theregencyfurniture.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Pair-of-Campaign-Etageres-Facon-Faux-Bamboo-Seller-Sabina-Danenberg-Antiques.jpg

image via theregencyfurniture

https://i1.wp.com/www.decorpad.com/photos/2008/09/18/7702e0dabdb0.jpg

image via decorpad

https://designstiles.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/beachbungalow8imperialtrelliswallpaperfauxbambootoleredchandelierwhitesaarinentablewestelmdiningchairs.jpg?w=199

image via cococozy

https://i0.wp.com/www.decorpad.com/photos/2010/03/16/851a19520adf.png

image via decorpad

More amazing bamboo chandeliers set in a bright and cheery workspace.


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Bargain Bin

Ahh yes, snagging something at bargain price is a feeling like no other. But for the record, I don’t buy miscellaneous junk for the sake of saving a buck. Sale or no sale, I only really buy things I absolutely LOVE or will get lots of use out of (the splurging only happens with timeless items). I’m quite frugal and damn proud of it.

And I love helping others bargain shop as well.

Here are some stile worthy items at bargain price.

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Change out your boring ole dresser/cabinet knobs with these $2.95 knobs from Anthropologie

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Ooh, I love a good sunburst mirror. This one is only $39.98 at Pier One

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You already know I love me some stripes. This rug is only $12.99 at Ikea. I know, I know it’s from Ikea. But place it in a low traffic area and it could last you longer than a month.

http://images.urbanoutfitters.com/is/image/UrbanOutfitters/15350929_00_b?$richdetail$

A feminine shower curtain without being too girlie. Yours for the price of $19.99 at Urban Outfitters

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Decorative pillows are always a way to add some punch to any room. These Nate Berkus pillows from HSN will only set you back $5. Yes, F-I-V-E dollars!!! Now I know how Subway lovers felt when the foot long promo started.

Vase from Kmart for $24.99. Such a pretty blend of colors creating lots of movement. Sort of reminds me of a peacock. This would look great mounted on a mantel,  a bookcase, in a grouping of similar vases, or on a table with some freshly cut fuchsia flowers.

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Not your standard candlestick holders. These, from West Elm, are only $39.00 but their look is well above the marked price. They’re also reminiscent of the mid-century ones (below) designed by Ceasar Stoffi.

https://i2.wp.com/www.apartmenttherapy.com/uimages/chicago/010810_dan_03.jpg

image via apartmenttherapy

http://images.crateandbarrel.com/is/image/Crate/WireBasketsS10?$share$

Wire baskets are a perfect solution for storing and displaying items on a bookcase, console or open shelves. I’ll be using mine in the kitchen. You can purchase the smaller one for $12.95 or the larger one for $15.95 at Crate and Barrel.

Happy Bargain Shopping

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Getting Stuff Done

Evan and I were total hermits this past weekend. A rainy Saturday resulted in a perfect time to lounge around carefree. A warmer Sunday allowed me to do some sun-worshiping and catch up on house chores I’d been putting off. After more than three months, I finally hung a piece of art I was unsure of where to place. Originally, I was almost certain it would go in the living room, but about a month ago I decided it was more appropriate for our bedroom. With more time spent leaning on a wall, this art was hung in a matter of 6 minutes (cheers to hoping it doesn’t fall). Something so simple made me feel like I accomplished a lot. Obviously, I’m a procrastinator.

Check out my achievement:

The wonderful story behind this art is that I found it in Evan’s parents’ attic. Between one of several proudly-toured massive baseball card collection attic trips, I stumbled upon the above art. I must’ve been looking for a way out of the tour (ha ha) because the conversation quickly transitioned. Evan promptly informed me that it was painted by his Great Aunt Helen who passed long before I came along. The entire piece has the perfect antique, vintage vibe I was hoping I would someday find. The best things always tend to come along when one isn’t looking.

It can be a steep investment purchasing real art and buying something at a retail store makes the art less special as they’re mass-produced, so I definitely feel fortunate displaying something with much sentiment.

A super easy and affordable tip I give to acquiring art is to visit your local library, make copies of any photograph or image you find inspiring, enlarge it,  frame it (which will be the most expensive part) and hang it. Voilà, you have art for days.

This can also be done with fabric, pretty paper and personal photos.

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Liberty of London

Liberty of London for Target

The UK-based company Liberty of London will debut an exclusive collection for Target come March 14. Best known for their iconic floral prints, the company will feature homegoods at bargain price.  While most items range from $10-$20, a $200 beach cruiser is still a pretty great deal if you ask me. The line will also feature apparel and accessories for women, men and children.

I’m not too much of a flowery type but I will most definitely be purchasing the peacock feather bowl and the blue flowered bowl. And maybe if I had a cute pair of gloves, I’d be more helpful in our garden. Oh, and that piggy bank is just darling.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar.

images via casasugar

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Garden Stool, Not for the Garden

I love the garden stool, even though I’m somewhat late on the trend. I spotted them everywhere in 2009. Ironically enough, mainly indoors.

Several weeks into the New Year and I just managed to purchase one. Though they aren’t practical enough to sit on or place a drink, they are practical enough to move from room to room. The color options are pretty endless, making it super easy to pop some color into a dull room. These things sit low so it’s a great way to add some interest where it’s unexpected. A couple hundred dollars is a standard price, but I refused to pay that much and so I was ecstatic when I bought mine for 60 bucks at Home Goods. Damn, I love that place.

I was with my mom and sister when I found mine and they both, individually, questioned my purchase. But ha, now they can see I’m not at all crazy.

Below are some images to visualize exactly what it is I’m talking about.

https://i1.wp.com/www.decorpad.com/photos/2008/06/27/0be8d3e1d033.jpg

https://i0.wp.com/materialgirlsblog.com/dallas/files/2009/09/garden1.jpg

https://i2.wp.com/www.decorpad.com/photos/2009/04/17/2466f1fd7c9b.jpg

https://i2.wp.com/img.hgtv.com/HGTV/2009/03/12/GH09_Master-Bath_02_bathtub-candle_s4x3_lg.jpg

https://designstiles.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/dovecote-wesport-com.jpg?w=300

https://i1.wp.com/www.decorpad.com/photos/2009/03/03/t_48ac18943733.jpg

Images have been borrowed from Decor Pad, Material Girls Blog and HGTV

<—- That image is from designstILes

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If We Could Just Rearrange Things

As a kid, it was pretty often, if not always, that I’d want to reorganize anyone’s house I’d enter.  Once home, I would mentally change things up as I’d try to fall asleep. I was constantly rearranging my bedroom furniture and only displayed items I felt represented my stile. One of my first childhood projects was a cousin’s room I convinced to let me change. I stayed in her room as the rest of kids stepped out to play. Once I was done, I walked her through the space explaining why everything I did made more sense. I still remember the satisfaction and relief that all her belongings were exhibited properly. Looking back, I’m positive Interior Design was innate.

Recently, a close friend commissioned me to do the same – rearrange things without spending a dime.

Before

After

Please excuse my amateur hour pictures.

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