It’s Friday, High-Five!

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Happy Valentine’s day guys, Yes I know it’s not until Sunday but since I usually don’t check in on the weekends I wanted to be sure to wish all my loves a Happy Valentine’s Day today. Yes that’s right my loves, that’s you! I love that you take time out of your day to stop by my blog to comment and encourage. I love that I you are pretty amazing and talented folks, and I love that you all keep coming back for more. So will you be my Valentine? Yes? High-Five! See you next week my Valentine.

Here are a few more high-fives for the week…
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1.You know I love color so It’s no surprise that I’m a huge fan of East Coast Creative. The photo above is just a little task of her super fun style and amazing DIY’s so check out her blog and don’t forget to follow her on Instagram too!

2. I hate election year! I hate all the mudslinging ads and the political agendas, arrgh. Don’t get me wrong I vote and care about the future of the United States but for once I’d actually like to see a candidate I really want to vote for instead of the lesser of the evils. Well I think I may have finally found my CANADAte… All joking aside, exercise you right to vote. If  you still need to register you can do so HERE.

3. Who wants an amazing tufted sofa for under $1000 in all sorts of amazing colors, I do! If you do too, check out the Panache Fabric Sofa from Lex Mod.

4. Paper artist Asya Kozina has created elaborate Baroque wigs entirely out of paper, holy cow you know how I love a costume. These are amazing and so is her other work, just check out her Instagram feed!

5. Judson Beaumont of Straight Line Design created a whole series of retro campers just for your pet, now Fido can have a Happy Camper too!

Have a great weekend and Valentine’s Day,

Maggie

A Dresser Makeover and Using Chalk Paint for the First Time.

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Guys I know I am probably the last person on the planet but I just did my very first project using chalk paint. Gasp! I know I have been living under a rock, well not really. I have known about chalk paint for a long time and have seen it used in about a million project, I have just never used it myself. Why not? You might ask and, Why now? To be honest the main reason is I love spray paint! I love the smooth finish you can get when it is done correctly. I love the bright intense colors, I love that it dries fast and I am not covered in paint when I’m done. What I don’t love is you can’t spay paint in the winter, with a 50ºF temperature minimum that means it is totally off for the winter.  So with spray paint on winter break, I decided to try out chalk paint.

The piece I decided to re-finish is a little dresser I got from the local Habitat for Humanities Restore. I was in a little disrepair but with a few nails and some wood glue I got it back into working order. Now for the paint…

One of the perks to chalk paint is that you can paint over almost any finish no stripping, no sanding, no priming but let me make it clear that means that it will stick to the finish not that it will correct a lumpy, bumpy, scratched finishes. If you have a piece that has areas like these you might want to give those area a sand just to smooth out the finish. That’s what I did with this little guy.

The chalk paint I used was Amy Howard One Step Paint in Palmer Pink which was available at my local Ace Hardware. I also purchased the Clear Wax to gloss up the chalky finish, I’ll share how that works later.

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So with the help of my assistant Blanche (see below,) I applied three coats of paint. If you were going to distress the piece two coats would be fine but I wanted full coverage so I opted for three. As a first time user one of the things I loved about the chalk paint was that it dried extremely quickly and the coats were not at all sticky so you could apply the second coat in just 30 minutes.

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If you like the chalky finish your done! You could run a sander over some areas for a distressed look or just leave it as-is.  As a spray paint fan I like a little gloss to my finish so I used the Clear Wax  which is a lot like using shoe polish. You brush it on, let it sit for 30 minutes, and then buff it out with a lint free cloth for a nice shine.

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For an authentic vintage look I used 1″ Antique Clear Glass Knobs from D Lawless Hardware.

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The pastel Palmer Pink turned out perfect, and the finished product super cute! I know there are a lot more techniques and products that work in combination with chalk paint but for the first attempt I am pleased with these pretty basic results.

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My final conclusion…

Would I use chalk paint again? Definitely!

Will I give up my spray paint? Never! But Chalk paint may be my new winter friend.

Fashion for the Home – Blush and Emerald

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Do you ever find a color combination that keeps catching your eye? Well I’ve noticed lately that I keep crushing on blush and emerald-green. I’m not sure if this is a combination that is recently trending or just one that is pleasing to my eye at this particular stage of my life. I realized I shared this showroom by Oly Studios recently.

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and I have fallen in love with this Pottery Barn Layla bedding I shared last week.

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and don’t forget this one…

I just can’t get enough of this office!

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But it doesn’t end there. I have run across a whole slew of interiors in this color combination that are appealing to me in a huge way.

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Do you see where I’m going with this? Are you feeling the appeal of this soothing color combination? It may be that they colors are close to contrasting without being harsh or it may just be me.

Either way I still have my master bedroom to conquer, I think I may have found my inspiration!

It’s Friday, High-Five!

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Is it Friday already? Wow this week flew by! It maybe because this week is the start of winter break for my kids and they only had three days of school. No school means no deadlines for carpool mom and no lunches to pack so I am happy to take a few days vacation from that, high-five.No deadlines also meant I had time to complete a few of those nagging projects that just needed a little time to get done. With a few projects under my belt I don’t feel at all guilty about taking today off. Instead of chores, I have plans to drive of to Charlotte for the Metrolina Antique & Vintage Market (a little me time) and then maybe a visit to some of Charlotte favorites like Modern Fabrics, and Mid Century Slavage. Hopefully I’ll find a few treasures, high-five to that!

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

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1.This week I ran across Nick and Amber Will’s blog Wills Casa for the fist time, the picture that caught my eye was their dining room but I quickly learned there was no need to there, check out the full home tour for more amazingly beautiful spaces.

2. Architecture students at Rural Studio, Auburn University’s design-build program, have figured out how to you design a home that someone living below the poverty line can afford, but that anyone would want—while also providing a living wage for the local construction team that builds it. I’d take one of these!

3. This Ikea DALFRED bar stools hack, this little DIY might be the perfect replacement the traditional bar stools in my kitchen.

4. I’m crushing on the Greek key table lamp, I think the new master bedroom design might need these!

5.Kintsugi (or kintsukuroi) is a Japanese method for repairing broken ceramics with a special lacquer mixed with gold, silver, or platinum. I love the that this celebrates the flaw rather than disguising it. Now you can buy an at home kit from Humade to DIY you own Kintsugi.

Have a great weekend,

Maggie

January Cure 2016 – Week Four

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Last week was the final push for completing the January Cure hosted by Apartment Therapy, it was along month but I feel like I really accomplished a lot. A few of the assignments I have not fully completed (re-lining the shelves in the kitchen cabinets) but they have at least been into motion. The others I have added to my to-do list (create a landing strip.) As usual the January Cure gave me just the boost I needed to get the ball rolling on finally settling into the new house. Have a look how the month finished out and see what I took away from the process.

Assignment 17: Catch Up Day

Up to you! Just do what you’ve got to do to help make you feel back on track…or closer to the track…or even somewhere in the neighborhood of the track!

Since I had the day off from any specific job I decide to tackle one of my to-do list items. I finally got my daughter’s desk/vanity painted. You may have seen this when I posted it last week but if not here are the before and after photos.

Assignment 18: Create a Landing Strip and Start Using it

The first two parts of a “healthy home filter” are self-explanatory, you’ll want a door mat and hooks or proper, usable space in a coat closet to hang your outerwear and bags. Once you have this space use it!

This is a space I really need but have yet to carry out. I have considered the options though. We have space for a landing strip in our laundry/mud room but I’m still trying to figure out the best use of the entire space since it has to accommodate a landing strip, the laundry, the dog beds and all the pet supplies, as well as broom closet type storage. I have a pantry in this room but it is not very well organize at this point. Some of these function could go into that space once it’s redesigned but what I’d really love to add nice landing strip piece like this hall tree.

Bedford+Entryway+Hall+TreeAssignment 19: Do a Surface Sweep

Choose one room in your home where the surfaces could use some attention. Set the timer on your phone (or stove, for you nostalgia lovers) for 3 minutes and GO. Dive in and straighten as if your life depends on it, flat-out FAST for the duration of the timer.

Well this is always my problem child, my computer desk area. I want to expand the book shelf so that the desk area looks built-in as well but for now I just have a little desk that is way too small and always full of “stuff.” Most of the mess is just laziness, dropping things on top instead of putting them away.

OK 3 minutes, GO!

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A quick sweep of this area always makes a big difference.

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Assignment 20: Empty the out box.

Guys, during the last month I have emptied the out box FOUR TIMES! I even got a few pieces of furniture sold online so I can actually see most of my floor in the garage. I guess I had more purging to do than I thought.

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Assignment 21: You’ve got your first full weekend off in a month – buy yourself some flowers, relax and celebrate!

Once again, nailed it!

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So the big question. What did I take away from the January Cure 2016?

  1. I needed this. As much as I thought I had things under control there a lot to be done even in a house I’ve only lived in six months.
  2. I little goes a long way- Doing a little each day, even just three minutes really makes a big difference.
  3. Lists make me accountable – When I write it down I don’t forget what I want to get done and I can pick whatever task I have time for that day.
  4. Just because the January Cure is over doesn’t mean I’m done. Now that I have my list I have been marking things off but also adding to it. My list is perpetual and will be something I work on all year-long.

Now back to relaxing, until next year…

Making the Bed – Mattresses and 10 Great Duvet Covers

Last weekend we did something pretty exciting, we went and tried out mattresses (did I just hear a collective groan?) I know this is not very exciting but we did it. I felt a lot like Goldilocks, to hard, too soft, but my husband and I finally found a bed that was “just right.” With hundreds mattresses out there to choose from this can be a daunting task.

We went to some of the big mattress stores first but actually ended up buying the new mattress from a local manufacturer, Best Mattress, that custom makes the mattress just for you. We ended up going with the Wentworth a hybrid mattress with a micro coil base and a latex and memory foam top. We like this option because it had the form-fitting quality of the memory foam without being too dense and the support of a coil mattress without the bounce. We also really liked the new latex mattresses but long-term wear data on these mattresses is still unknown since they are so new to the market. We decided on the hybrid just to be safe and because we liked them equally. We are so excited to get the new mattress home but being made to order also means you have to wait two weeks while it is produced. The perk, because we ordered straight from the manufacturer we got the equivalent mattress we would have gotten from a name brand for half the price.

Now that we had found the mattress we liked best the next decision was the size. We have slept on a queen mattress for the last 15 year and I am fine with it but my husband who goes through bouts of insomnia thought a king might help him get a better night sleep. after much discussion we took the plunge and went bigger.

Well oh darn, now I have to buy all new bedding right down to the pillow cases. I hate it when that happen!

So I’ve been shopping around and have found some really beautiful duvet covers, some are just dreams ($$$) and a few I’m actually going to give a try. I’m not sure what direction I’ll be going in yet but I’m going to have a lot of fun finding out…

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It’s Friday, High-Five!

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Busy week this week! Okay so it seems like it’s always a busy week, but this week was different I actually got a lot I needed to do done!

Today I’m making a big run to the shop with a car load of new pillows and big and small home decor items. I am finishing up a few task there that I have meant to finish since I opened and thanks to the January Cure 2016 I’ve been marking things off my to-do list left and right. Getting all these things done has meant a great since of accomplishment for me but what I’m more excited about is feeling a lot less stress and having a lot more time to relax now that the weekend is here. High-Five!

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

friday1.The photo above from designer Chris Nguyen’s Fairview Portfolio, full of mid-century and color and totally up my alley!

2. Has any one checked out the new app A Color Story by A Beautiful Mess? It’s a photo editing app to help create images in bright, beautiful, color. I admit it, I bought the full version right away (even though you can use some of the app for free) can’t wait to experiment with it some this weekend.

3. Does this face look familiar? You may have seen it on the wall at a trendy restaurant, on a plate, or even a candle and while the art is the work of Piero Fornasetti’s the face is real is Lina Cavalieri, check out the story of the girl behind the wallpaper, and while you’re at it check out the Fornasetti website, amazing!

4. Sometimes shopping the children’s section pays off. Land of Nod offers a lot of style at a much smaller price in their spotlight pendant.

5. How about these flowers embroidered on the strings of vintage rackets? These are the creation of artist Danielle Clough in her What a Racket collection and are so much fun. You might even say they’ve got game! (Oh, I crack myself up.)

Have a great weekend!

Maggie

Thrift Score Thursday – January 27, 2016

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It’s Thursday again and I am all geared up to co-host #ThriftScoreThursday. If this is your first visit to my blog I will let you know I am a thrift store, flea market, estate sale, Craigslist junkie. I am always amazed at the great finds that can be had for just a fraction of their original cost if your willing to go out and hunt for it. My thrift score for this week is the desk above I scored at an estate sale for just $40. I have been working hard to get my daughter’s room completed and the one last piece she has needed was a desk/vanity. When I spotted this one I knew it was the perfect size with lots of great storage.

But… This is what it looked like when I got it.

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When I spotted this little Duncan Phyfe style desk at the estate sale it had seen better days. The veneer had a few small chips and the finish definitely needed some work. I decided since it was going in my daughter’s room a fun paint job would be the way to go (if the weather would cooperate.)

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So while I waited for a day with above 50°F temperatures I sanded down the desk filled all the screw hole since I knew I wanted to update the hardware and bought my Krylon CoverMaxx paint in Gum Drop. I am a big fan of spray paint because I love the smooth finish it provides but I admit it is not for everyone.

Finally a few warm days arrived here in South Carolina and I was able to get my painting done.

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With the addition of some great modern knobs and pulls which contrast its traditional style the desk has a totally new look.

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Thrift score makeover complete and I love the results. What do you guys think? Pretty good thrift score?

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Now, Before I share with you my favorite Thrift Score Thursday finds from others I thought I’d tell you a little about how it works if you’d like to join.

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How #thriftscorethurday works:
– You can share any thrifty finds – whether they hail from a thrift store, Craigslist, estate sale, garage sale, side of the road, or apartment dumpster! The fun, the funny, the awesome, the odd – this hashtag party is open to all!
– Feel free to use #thriftscorethursday any day of the week! They’ll be keeping up with the hashtag all week-long to find our favorites for the following Thursday.
– Each week, Trisha from Black and White Obsession, Cassie from Primitive and Proper, Corinna from For My Love Of and Brynne from The Gathered Home will pick a few favorite thrift scores to feature! So 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 #thriftscorethurday Picks:

I used to run across these vintage educational posters fairly often in Germany there they usually sold at a pretty reasonable price, so seeing this vignette by Britt at themagpiecollective has me kicking myself for not buying one. They can run as high as $300 but she scored her’s from the back room of an antique store for a sliver of that price.

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No Thrift Score Thursday is complete without an amazing chair find like this one from Ariel at pmqfortwo and this beauty even swivels and reclines!

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 I can’t get over this mirror Megan at meganmwallace12 found, mostly because I’ve wanted one just like it. Great find!

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Lately I’m all about brass and Caitlin at desertdomicile found this great little lion head planter which made a perfect home for a cute cactus, now I think I need a cactus.

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Great finds everyone!

If you are on Instagram feel free to check them all out or even add your own #thriftscorethursday items.

If you’d like to see my co-host’s favorites, be sure to stop by and check out Brynne, Trisha, Cassie, and Corinna’s favorites at the links below…

Thrift Score Thursday Trisha colorBlog // Twitter // Instagram

Thrift Score Thursday CorinnaBlog // Twitter // Instagram

Thrift Score Thursday CassieBlog //  Twitter // Instagram

January Cure 2016 – Week Three

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Week three down and we are in the home stretch of the January Cure hosted by Apartment Therapy. I participated in the Cure last year so I was a little concerned that this year would be a total repeat of last years tasks. Instead, I was excited to find that this year’s tasks were completely different. I am in a different house this year so I think it would have been okay for me to do the same tasks but for those who are not such vagabonds having different tasks each January really helps you move around the house getting everything in order even if you do little more than upkeep throughout the rest of the year. Have a look at what I’ve been up to this week.

Assignment 12: Tune out Tonight

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This evening (or whenever your main block of “home time” is) take a break from television, computer, tablet and cell or smart phone.

I recently started a new book, Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gortner, that has me so hooked. I had not problem turning off the gadgets for a night. I laid down to read and by 9:30 I was out for the night. I think a night of decompressing and not worrying about the internet, TV or social media gave one of the best nights sleep I’ve had in a while. Maybe an hour of this every night wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Assignment 13: Lighten up the Living Room

Give your living room (or family room – wherever you spend a lot of time and/or entertain guests) a once over and remove some of the “accessories” from the room ala the Chanel quote. The idea here is to lose the extraneous things that might have started to clutter up the surfaces in the room that you perhaps just aren’t noticing anymore.

Coincident? maybe? but after my night of reading I am feeling very inspired by Mademoiselle CoCo and am happy to clear some items from my living room. Currently this room is one of my least favorites rooms in our new house. It is slightly too narrow for our furniture and extremely dark because of the sun-room on the back of the house and shady yard that block the light from getting in. Maybe spending some time clearing out the excess in this space will give me a good start at brightening up this room. I’ve started moving things out and trying different furniture hoping this will help me get this room to a place that makes me happy. The work is still in progress…

Assignment 14: Go through your bathroom and medicine cabinets, cleaning and clearing.

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This one was not too terrible. Since we recently moved from Germany I recently did a big purge so there really wasn’t anything too much excess in the medicine cabinet. I did find a few things that had accumulated in the last few months that could be thrown out but mostly I needed to do some organizing and figure a better way to store things. We don’t have an actually medicine cabinet, just under counter storage so I installed some door mounted shelves like you might use for spices in the kitchen to better store the small bottled for vitamins and prescriptions. Much better than digging through a basket for all these little things.

Assignment 15: Go through your linens

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Take time today to go through:

  • Towels & Washcloths
  • Sheets & Pillowcases
  • Duvet Covers, Comforters & Blankets
  • Dishcloths & Tea Towels

Pare them down as needed by sorting into three piles:

  • good ones that you actually use
  • ones in decent shape that you have not used in a year or more
  • ones that are worn out

This one was similar to my medicine cabinet issues. There was not a lot of purging to be done but the organization still needed work. We have a nice big linen closet but for the most part I had just been filling it up to get things out-of-the-way. This week I actually sorted through and got things organized, with a few purges…

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Okay so there was more purging required than I actually thought!

Assignment 16:

Deep Clean the Bathroom

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Is it okay that I outsourced this one? I paid my fifteen year old daughter to give the bathrooms a good cleaning on Saturday while my husband and I were out hunting a new mattress. Once I got home all I had left to do was mop the floors and do some final touch ups, and of course have a nice hot bath in the fresh clean bathtub.

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Because everyone loves a “before and after,” and so you see how far we’ve come, here is what the bathroom looked like when we moved in. FYI I didn’t do all this work this week, I just hadn’t shared the “before and after” and since the bathrooms are all sparkly clean what better time than now?

Oh yeah and the kids bathroom is also looking a whole lot better these days.

Flowers!

As long as the bathrooms are nice and clean I decided this week’s flowers would go there. I opted for an orchid because who doesn’t love orchids?

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It’s Friday, High Five!

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Do you ever have so many projects you want to get done that it is paralyzing because you can’t decide which to start first. Since the holidays are over I’ve had that feeling a lot. I have a whole slew of projects that still need to get completed but it is sometimes overwhelming when I think I have to fit them in between the carpool drop off, the grocery store, cleaning the toilet and all those other not so fun everyday chores. So I’m making a very detailed list. At the top of the list – time sensitive items that have a deadline., then projects I need to do for the store, followed by a break down of small, medium, and large projects. Hopefully this will help me choose which projects are most important or do-able in time I have available and keep me from feeling so overwhelmed. High-five to getting some projects done!

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

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1.The High Point Market Spring 2012 Oly showroom by Kate McIntyre and Brad Huntzinger is everything I want in a bedroom, beautiful, serene, and a little bit of fun!

2. I don’t know where this video has been all my life but if you own a duvet cover you MUST watch. Am I the only one who never knew about the “Burrito Method” of putting on a duvet cover? It is total genius!

3. Another one to add to the library Decorating Fearlessly by Susanna Salk.

4. These city skyline rings by Ola Shekhtman available on Etsy at Shekhtwoman.  Wonder if I could commission a New Orleans version? The Superdome would look pretty rocking on a ring.

5. My Instagram friend Dani4816ed home for sale in Breda, Netherlands I want to move in, especially if it comes with the amazing collection of mid-century ceramics and West German pottery.

Have a great weekend,

Maggie