It’s Friday, High Five!

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I know I’m posting a little late today but guys I’m on vacation! No, I’m not sitting on the beach or touring France but I’m on the best vacation ever! A Mom vacation… The kids are at the grandparents for two whole weeks, the house is quite, their rooms are clean, and there are no dishes left in the sink. High-five! I know if you are a mom you understand. We love those kiddos but dang they can be a pain in the ass sometimes. What am I going to do for the next two weeks you ask. Well first I’m going to clean the house and it is actually going to stay that way. Next, I think I’m going to do whatever I want for a while and then I’m heading to the Haven Conference to meet some of my Home Decor blog buddies in person. I think I’m gonna like this. High-five to Momma getting a break!

Here are a few more high fives for the week…

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1.I’m not a huge fan of tattoos but then I ran across Crimean artist Pis Saro and her beautiful botanical tattoos and I think might be  a convert. You can see how wonderfully realistic they are in the photo above but to really appreciate her work stop by and visit her on Instagram and Facebook

2. Have you hear that they just-opened Ikea Museum. Set on the site of the original Ikea store in Älmhult, Sweden the museum is a fun romp through Ikea’s more than 70 years of history. OMG, I’m planning my next vacation!

3. I’m a fabric girl…can’t get enough pattern and color so when I spied this Grand Blotch Damask fabric by Timorous Beasties I was smitten. What a work of art!

4. Has anyone seen some of the new product lines at World Market? This one has some beauties and this Black Wicker Peacock Chair is one of them.

5. I’ve been on a hunt for new flats and I think I need a pair of these Libry flats by Sole Society. What girl doesn’t need a little bling?

Have a great weekend,
Maggie

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Thrift Score Thursday No. 121

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Hello #ThriftScoreThursday friends! Today I feel like I have been on vacation. I went to an estate sale where I found a huge collection of collectible state plates. These few were $.50 a piece but they had a set of all 50 state for $30. I have to say I was a little tempted if only I had a place to display 50 plates. Instead, I just bought a few I thought were fun. I particularly like the ones with the colored edges. Have a look at the details…

I think I may love Hawaii the best…and who wouldn’t?

Now let’s have a closer look at what you found…

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But first, for the newcomers let me explain just what #ThriftScoreThursday is. We want you to participate! Hit up your local thrift stores, Craigslist, yard sales, estate sales, side of the road, anything! Thrifty doesn’t necessarily mean from a thrift store. We want to see your good deals, wacky finds and true treasures.

You can share your finds any day of the week but features are shared on our blogs and Instagram on Thursdays, but we’re all checking in on (and using!) the hashtag all week-long. So, when you see/find it, feel free to share it! And we love it when you tag your friends to play along, too!

Each week Cassie from Primitive and Proper, Corinna from A Designer At Home, Brynne from The Gathered Home, myself and occasionally a guest-host will pick a few favorite thrift scores to feature on our blogs! Please note that by linking up with #ThriftScoreThursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.

My Favorites:

As usual, you guys made this hard for me but I did narrow it down to a few…

sadies_lovely_life Stopped in at the thrift store for some smalls but left with this lovely. I have to agree that this would have come home with me too. Just look at those lines.

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jenc184 found this colorful set of 6 books, I had to choose these because I found a similar set only not in nearly as good a condition so I passed on them. Now I always wish I had a set…Maybe I’ll get lucky one day soon.

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After a bit of a dry spell and thrifting withdrawals  dreaming_of_decor  found this Valley Vista pottery on a lazy Susan and a Robert Wood landscape to add to her gallery wall. Love the colors in both of these!

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You guys know my addiction to German Pottery so I’m sure you are not surprised to see kpick89‘s two pretty Rosenthal UtaFeyl vases on my favorites list and I think I might love the rattan piece they are sitting on too!

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Great finds everyone!!

Now don’t forget to stop by and check out all my co-hosts to see what they’ve been up and their favorite #ThriftScoreThursday finds.

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Thrift-Score-Thursday-CassieBlog // Instagram

Thrift-Score-Thursday-Corinna-ADAHBlog // Instagram

Inspired By DIY: Pottery Barn

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It is time for another round of the Inspired by DIY Challenge organized by my good friend Jess of Domicile 37. Each month a great group of bloggers gets together and we find a piece from a store or designer that we find inspiring and create our own version, DIY style. This month’s inspiration is was Pottery Barn so I chose to recreate the Harper Box. At Pottery Barn this little box costs $49 but my version cost about $10 with a lot of paint left over for another project.

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Above is Pottery Barn’s version and below is mine. In a few quick steps, I’ll show you how you can make your own.

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I started with this little wooden box I found at the thrift store for $2.50 but you can find similar unfinished boxes at the craft store. This guy had a “beautiful” buffalo decal on the top so my first step was to remove that and clean up all the adhesive.

After a good sanding I gave the box an all over paint job in glossy orange spray paint. This will be my accent color so any color you like would work here.

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The next step was to the tape off the areas that I wanted to remain orange. I used 1″ painters tape and wrapped all the edges covering 1/2″ on all sides.

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Then using letter stickers like you would use for scrapbooking  I chose the style of monogram I wanted, the options are endless here don’t be afraid so get creative.

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Apply your monogram or even a full name to the top of the box .

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Now another all over paint job, this time in glossy white.

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Final step is to remove all the masking to reveal your monogram and accent bands.

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And here the final results

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If you like this be sure to stop by and see what the other bloggers have been up to as they were inspired by Pottery Barn designs.

Inspired By DIY- Pottery Barn

Pretty Practical Home // PMQ for Two // Iris Nacole // Suburban B*tches

This is Our Bliss // Up To Date Interiors // Monica Wants It

 

 

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It’s Friday, High Five!

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Happy Friday Guys! Well, my stay-cation is over and it’s time to get back to work…

Did you guys miss me? I missed you for sure but I have to say taking a little blog break was very nice. Without the worry of deadlines and scheduling I was able to get a lot done. Two big furniture projects that have been sitting in my garage for months are finally finished. High-five!!! This also means a lot more real estate in there. Today I say I’m not going to let it fill up again but let’s be real, I can’t pass up a bargain I can resell (or keep.) How about my goal is to not buy any more “bargains” that need a ton of work? At least that way I can get them turned over quickly and make some $$$. High-five to that for sure!

Glad to be back!

Here are a few more high-fives for the week…

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1.I spotted this feature in  Country Living  on the home of  Charleston based wedding planner Calder Clark. If you remember my 2016 One Room Challenge Reveal you know exactly why I’m in love with this photo.  Clark’s collection of paper cut silhouettes is amazing, I think I need to add more to my collection ASAP.

2. A friend of mine recently shared this article by Design for Mankind titled Of Elder-Flowers and Jealousy and I thought it was such a great essay on jealousy and the internet that I’d share it here for you guys as well.

3.This Great Escapes wallpaper by The Elusive Otter is so beautiful. What an elegant take on flamingo wallpaper!

4. You know I’m a sucker for mid-century so I’m sure your not surprised by my love of the Majka Lamp by Urban Outfitters, but what I love even more is that it is on sale for $59.

5. When I ran across French artist Juliette Clovis  I was amazing by her porcelain busts covered in birds and flowers and all sorts of delicate detail. Some are all white and some are colorful but all of them are beautiful.

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Have a great weekend,

Maggie

Thrift Score Thursday No. 120

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Happy #ThriftScoreThursday guys! I have to tell you this week your going to feel a little green with envy over my thrift finds. Well you’ll be feeling green at least, because I certainly was. It seems like every where I turned this week I was finding pretty green numbers. I even found a faux succulent for $1 at the Goodwill, I think it may be some Target surplus but I’m fine with that…and it was green.

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and deep green beauties, how amazing is this malachite tray I got for just $1?

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But my favorite score was this clock and lamp set I  found at an estate sale for just $10 and the clock keeps perfect time! I love them but of course now I’m on the hunt for lamp shades which will surely cost me five times what I paid for the lamps… Oh well, those little gold deer deserve some shade.

Now let’s have a closer at a few finds of yours I’m green with envy over…

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But first for the new comers let me explain just what #ThriftScoreThursday is. We want you to participate! Hit up your local thrift stores, craigslist, yard sales, estate sales, side of the road, anything! Thrifty doesn’t necessarily mean from a thrift store. We want to see your good deals, wacky finds and true treasures.

You can share your finds any day of the week but features are shared on our blogs and Instagram on Thursdays, but we’re all checking in on (and using!) the hashtag all week-long. So, when you see/find it, feel free to share it! And we love it when you tag your friends to play along, too!

Each week Cassie from Primitive and Proper, Corinna from A Designer At Home, Brynne from The Gathered Home, myself and occasionally a guest-host will pick a few favorite thrift scores to feature on our blogs! Please note that by linking up with #ThriftScoreThursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.

My Favorites:

cate_stylemutthome spent her mini staycation nabbing a leather and brass chair off of her local Craigslist and turned an old MCM lamp into a plant stand. I love both of these piece but I am drooling over that plant stand.

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jessicadwolf made great use of her coffee table shadow box for her vintage ashtray collection she’s been collecting for years. I’m thinking I may need to start a new collection…I just love the colors on these!

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greensprucedesigns shared this thrifted Art and pottery  for #i💙bluedecor, I have to say I love this blue decor too.

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Circadee found this fantastic fringed patio umbrella, just the thing to kickstart an outdoor makeover. I bet it’s going to be a whole lot of fun when it’s done!

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Great thrifting everyone, now get out there and do some hunting for next week…

Now don’t forget to stop by and see all my co-hosts to find out what they’ve been up to and their favorite #ThriftScoreThursday finds.

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Thrift-Score-Thursday-CassieBlog // Instagram

Thrift-Score-Thursday-Corinna-ADAHBlog // Instagram

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It’s Friday, High Five!

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Friday is here and while it doesn’t always hold a lot of weight when the kids are home from school and everyone is sleeping in everyday but this Friday marks the start of my “staycation.”  For the next two weeks I’ll be taking a little blog break, which I haven’t done in quite a while.  I’ll be back on the 14th just in time for #thriftscorethursday but until then I’ll be working on a few projects around the house and hosting my daughter best friend who will be in town from Germany. Basically I just plan to do whatever I want to do, no deadlines, high-five to that! I’ll be sure to check in now in then on Instagram so you don’t miss me too much but other wise I’m hoping my absence will make your heart grow fonder.Hope you have some great plans for while I’m gone.

Here are a few more high-five’s for the week…

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1.If your getting ready for a 4th of July get together have a look at Jennifer from Dimples & Tangles‘ amazing red white and blue tablescape (above), totally patriotic without one single star or stripe. Amazing,  maybe she’ll invite me over…

2. As long as we are talking blue how about a summer blueberry recipe. I ran across this one for a lemon blueberry loaf yesterday and am testing it out this afternoon for a get together we are attending on Saturday. It sounds pretty yummy, I’ll let you know…

3. Last month I place my first order from eshakti and I’m so impressed. This is a clothing site that will make clothes customized to your design and all your measurements (or not.) I have a terrible time with fitted dresses because I am long-waisted and the waist always hits too high which means the hips also hit too high and I definitely need the hips if you know what I mean. With eshakti I can give them all my measurements and they can make the dress exactly to your specifications including changing sleeve style, neckline, hem length you name it. What an amazing idea! For flare skirt dresses I can usually fit a standard as is, well you can buy that too. Best part most everything on their site is under $1oo (a flat $9.95 customization fee will be applied per garment) and you can get $30 off your first order! I ordered the dress below and love it, now I just have to decide what to order next…

4. Are you heading to the beach any time soon? I’m in love with these round beach throws but I’m thinking they would be pretty great in the house too.

5. If you’re looking for a low stress beach read to go with your throw American Housewife Stories is what I’m reading now. “A sharp, funny, delightfully unhinged collection of stories set in the dark world of domesticity.” I agree!

 

Happy 4th of July and Have a great weekend,

Maggie

Thrift Score Thursday No. 118

Hello my #ThriftScoreThursday friends! Yes it’s that time again, time to share my favorite second-hand goodies of the week. You know I’m sucker for anything with an Asian flare so I’m sure you not surprised that I grabbed all these goodies. I’m in love with my bamboo handled ice bucket and my daughter has her Ramen all ready for her new bowls but what I really wanted to share with you today are these two pieces of Japanese art I found.

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When I spied them at the Goodwill they were framed in a pair of pretty nondescript frames but the pagodas always draw me in.

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Up close I could tell they were hand painted even if they looked pretty rippled. I figured for $3 each I would give them a chance.

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When I got them home took them out of the frames for a closer look. Now I could see they were not painted on paper but on silk which meant I could get them to flatten out with no problem. I took a warm iron to the backside and ironed them flat. Although the silk is very delicate they ironed out nicely and will look much nicer framed with a nice wide matte.

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I know they are not major masterpieces but I’m thinking they were a pretty good find for $6 and that blue pagoda is kind of my dream home!

I think now I’m on the hunt for some bamboo picture frames…

Now let’s have a closer look at what you found…

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But first for the new comers let me explain just what #ThriftScoreThursday is. We want you to participate! Hit up your local thrift stores, craigslist, yard sales, estate sales, side of the road, anything! Thrifty doesn’t necessarily mean from a thrift store. We want to see your good deals, wacky finds and true treasures.

You can share your finds any day of the week but features are shared on our blogs and Instagram on Thursdays, but we’re all checking in on (and using!) the hashtag all week-long. So, when you see/find it, feel free to share it! And we love it when you tag your friends to play along, too!

Each week Cassie from Primitive and Proper, Corinna from A Designer At Home, Brynne from The Gathered Home, myself and today our guest-host Karen of Copper Dot Interiors will pick a few favorite thrift scores to feature on our blogs! Please note that by linking up with #ThriftScoreThursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.

My Favorites:

Years of searching estate sales, flea markets and thrift stores was well worth the effort for mila_jestcafe,  check out some pieces from of her art collection that I am drooling over.

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And how about this table thejonesfix got at a thrift store for just $20. I like a table with some curves!

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I feel special pride in melissabrandman‘s embroidery find, after discussing cleaning techniques with her she was able to get this cutie looking good as new. Maybe we could share custody?

I said I love a curvy table but I think I want to marry this curvy lamp jmwearing found. She’s crazy in love with it but I love it too,the good new is she scored a pair of them…One for each of us!

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Now don’t forget to stop by and check out all my co-hosts to see what they’ve been up and their favorite #ThriftScoreThursday finds.

Thrift-Score-Thursday-Brynne-colorBlog // Instagram

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Thrift-Score-Thursday-Corinna-ADAHBlog // Instagram

TST Guest Host KarenBlog // Instagram

New Orleans Backyard Oasis

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Today I wanted to share one more post on our trip to New Orleans, this time on a project I’ve done a lot of work on over the years. Today we are visiting my mom and dad’s house, well actually their back yard. You may remember I shared some work we were doing in her living room a few months back. If you do these outdoor photos may shock you a bit since the interior of the house is almost all white.  On outside however its full color and lots of fun as are most things in New Orleans.

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Years ago the back yard oasis began with the addition of a “She Shed” and the checkered pavers. These additions also served to camouflage some of the less desirable features of the yard with requiring demolition. You see the house was actually once two houses that were later joined together by a center room. There was originally a driveway that ran between the houses to the back yard and a garage sat where the shed now sits. The concrete was old and damaged and not very attractive so rather than remove all this concrete we decided to go right over it with a checkerboard of pavers.

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The most recent addition has been the expansion of the back deck which used to be much smaller and had only an arbor above.  The deck has now doubled in size and has a solid roof which makes for great space to sit and enjoy the evening, or the day like Scarlet here does.

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This trip I helped Mom add a little color to the porch area with new cushions from Kirkland’s and throw pillows from World Market and Walmart.

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and a fresh coat of Krylon Mambo Pink on the storage cabinet

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we are ready for a party on the porch.

and for seating you can choose the porch swing…

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or comfy seating…

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where you can sit and enjoy all the yard’s quirky fun.

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and for when the party goes late into the night my dad stung this outdoor lighting across the yard.

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The thing I love most about a New Orleans yards is the lush vegetation, living in temperatures and humidity that are like an everyday greenhouse means happy plants.

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and when there is vegetation pouring out of everything you can get pretty creative.

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We found this guy for $1 at an estate sale just before I left but we knew this cool cat would be the perrrfect addition to an already happening party.

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It’s Friday, High Five!

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Hello Guys, How has your week been? Mine has been busy but not terribly taxing which has been nice. Today is my son’s 11th birthday (Happy Birthday Will,) he is my youngest so I am reminded how fast they grow. Another bitter-sweet reminder, Wednesday my daughter Katie go her driver’s license. This seems like a “Yah” moment but yesterday when I let her drive off by herself for the very first time and I admit I got a little teary. It was like sending her off to kindergarten only a whole lot scarier. I’m excited for them both as they get older and for all the new horizon’s that it opens but I’m kind of glad I get to keep them close just a few more years (but not too many.) High-five to that!

Here are a few more high-fives for the week…

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1.I ran across the most beautiful San Clemente home tour by Black Band Design and honestly, I keep coming back to this chair. I’m always a sucker for texture and I’ve never seen on like this before so I can’t help bu want one of these in my life!

2. Check out all this hand cranked automation by Happiness Is Horizontal, these kinds of things just make me smile!

3. I met Charley Simpson years ago when she was working in her mom’s quilt shop, now she has a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design in fiber arts and the most amazing portfolio.  I am in love with her Harmony quilt with it’s earthy hues of natural dyes and textures of twills, chiffons, sateens, crepes and organzas. I can’t wait to see where life takes this talented lady.

4. I loved this tutorial by Ella Claire on how to watercolor pillows, the results are so light and beautiful.

5. As long as we are talking textiles, I am crushing on the Sonora Shag Wool Kilim Rug from West Elm. The combination of shag and flat weave is great and I think i would go very nicely with my dream chair above.

Have a great weekend,

Maggie

Thrift Score Thursday No. 117

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Happy #ThriftScoreThursday everyone! Today is a very happy #ThriftScoreThursday because I am sharing a score I have been hunting for a very long time. Years ago I was on a home tour when I saw a vintage Tonka Winnebago Indian on the book shelf, I fell in love. Although I wasn’t actively pursuing my own little Winnebago I always had my eye out… until recently. What really got me on a mission to find my own was following along with Cassie (my #thriftscorethursday co-host) of Primitive and Proper’s Doll House Therapy.  Her mini makeovers had me itching to join in the fun and since I didn’t have room for a doll house I thought a mini Winnebago would be the perfect compromise.

The Mighty Winnebago in this color scheme was only produced from 1973-76 and can come at a pretty high premium in good condition, some running as high as $350 with the box but more often around $50-100, so you can see why I haven’t bought one before. Now, watching and waiting, I spotted this one on Ebay with a make offer option. I jumped at the chance and offered the seller $25. The offer was excepted and now this little cutie is mine!

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If you are not familiar with these Tonka Winnebagos, they are like a little rolling doll house.

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The top opens up and there is a full interior inside just screaming for a makeover.

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With all these cute vintage details I’m thinking this guys is going to get a full on glam-ping redo.

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I’m feeling pretty inspired by Enjoy Cupcakes’ vintage cupcake trailer. Hmmm maybe my Winnebago would be pretty in pink?

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I might not get to it right away but when I do I’ll be sure to share it with you guys.

Now let’s have a closer look at what you found…

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But first for the new comers let me explain just what #ThriftScoreThursday is. We want you to participate! Hit up your local thrift stores, craigslist, yard sales, estate sales, side of the road, anything! Thrifty doesn’t necessarily mean from a thrift store. We want to see your good deals, wacky finds and true treasures.

You can share your finds any day of the week but features are shared on our blogs and Instagram on Thursdays, but we’re all checking in on (and using!) the hashtag all week-long. So, when you see/find it, feel free to share it! And we love it when you tag your friends to play along, too!

Each week Cassie from Primitive and Proper, Corinna from A Designer At Home, Brynne from The Gathered Home, myself and occasionally a co-host will pick a few favorite thrift scores to feature on our blogs! Please note that by linking up with #ThriftScoreThursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.

That little travel trailer has me thinking pink

My Favorites:

dianerath found these beautifully upholstered stools in the NYC trash. I have got to get better neighbors guys because they never throw away goodies like these.

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 How perfect is this mid-century chair thriftedriches found? Such a cutie!

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doug_fritock snatch up a set of six of these chairs right as they hit the thrift store floor, awesome timing!

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I loved it when teranj26  shared one of these last week in green but her fiancé didn’t dig it. This week she found one in pink and I might love it even more. She said “I’m not even going ask my fiancé about this one,” I really hope that means she bought it.

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Thanks so much for sharing your great finds, all this pretty in pink seating makes this #MOSChairJunkie so happy!

Now don’t forget to stop by and check out all my co-hosts to see what they’ve been up and their favorite #ThriftScoreThursday finds.

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Thrift-Score-Thursday-Corinna-ADAHBlog // Instagram