It’s Friday, High Five!

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Does the year seem like it’s speeding by? I simply can’t believe it’s just one month (or 19 school days as my son reminds me) until summer vacation. I’m not sure if that is a high-five or not. I am looking forward to not having to get everyone up and off to school everyday but sometimes keeping everyone entertained all summer can be just as hard. Plus this year will be even tougher since my husband just left for a six month deployment and I won’t have any back up. Fortunately we have a few trips planned and lots of family to visit and I have a whole list of projects I want to complete. That means summer will probably speed by just a quickly as the first part of this year and so will this deployment. High-five to that!

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

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1.Domino recently featured the photo above in a tour of LA based interior designer Francis Merrill’s West Coast home  which is eclectic, colorful and totally beautiful. If you want to see even more spaces like these you can also check out her portfolio at Reath Design.

2. Check out this video of the Microsculpture insect photography of Levon Biss, the results are beautiful even if you are not a fan of bugs.

3.These very literal bookends from Dot and Bo are the cutest thing ever and it doesn’t hurt that they double as a planter.

4.Corrie Beth a multimedia-DIYer at Apple of My DIY makes intricate paper plants like this Peruvian Maidenhair Fern that are simply amazing. If you love this as much as I do consider following her on Instagram as well.

5.Claire Armstrong blogger at Pillar Box Blue shared how to make a large-scale paint by number of your pet (or anything else) that I just adore. I so want to try this!

 

Have a great weekend,

Maggie

 

Thrift Score Thursday No. 109

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Happy #ThriftScoreThursday my friends! It has been a busy week for me but that doesn’t mean I didn’t get in a few thrift finds along the way. This weeks finds seem to have a real bohemian feel and I love it! But what I.m even more excited about is the fact that I scored a few items I’ve been hunting for a while.

My first find was this colorful patchwork Kantha Quilt. I have been looking for something like this to make pillow covers out of for a while so when I found a huge pile of these at a salvage store I knew I needed one for myself. This one is 60″x90″ so I will be able to get a lot of covers out of just one. In this photo you’ll also see a tiny brass table I scored for $10 that will be perfect as a plant stand.

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I also brought home this great purse made from what looks like woven pine needles. I spotted this a while back at the antique mall where I have my shop and loved the delicate weave. When I saw this week that it was on sale for 30% off I decided it had to be mine, lets call it an early Mother’s Day gift to myself.

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And this little guy, let’s just say I saw him and couldn’t say no. (You know I have weakness for brass.) The tag says it is a llama but I kind of think it looks like a silly donkey. Either way I think he’s really cute.DSC00911

Now for your finds…

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But first, 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 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.

My favorite finds:

thehomemakingmomma shared one of her favorite thrifted pieces that she scored for $38 at an antique market. So cool, a little pun intended…

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linnyjanevintage  stopped at a Thursday garage sale and snagged these on way to a meeting and wearing heels. I love her dedication!

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househomemade Just finished painting this garage sale find for her parents’ new house. I am always a sucker for bamboo.

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melissasantiques One of her favorite auction buys, love the aqua blue canisters.

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dravenmade found the EXACT coffee table she’d been wanting for her living room at an auction for just $15, what a deal!

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erin_coleen a chair hunter after my own heart spotted this pink velvet slipper chair. If only she had room for it. If only I had room for it!

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melissabrandman  scored her best Goodwill find EVER, Brass Unicorn Bookends. The unicorn is my thrift charm so hopefully it brings her luck too.

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biggerthanthethreeofus got a crazy good deal on this headboard, $15! I’d have taken this one home with me at that price too.

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Such great finds this week, I couldn’t help but include a few extras.

 

 

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 especially this weeks guest host Jessica from House Homemade

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Would you like to be a guest host? If re you an avid blogger + Instagrammer who also loves thrifty finds? We’d love to have you join us for a week of Thrift Score Thursday! If you’re interested, you can apply right here!

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One Room Challenge Master Bedroom – Week Four

Holy cow, it’s week four of my six-week master bedroom update and time is running out. If you were not here last week let me remind you what’s up. Twice a year Linda of Calling It Home hosts the  One Room Challenge, during this event twenty design bloggers take on the challenge to transform one space in just six weeks. Every Wednesday, the designers document their progress while sharing their sources and professional advice. In addition to following along, everyone with a blog, (that’s me!) is welcome to join the fun as a guest participant by linking their own room transformations to Calling It Home.

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 If you missed the progress so far you can have a look back at  WEEK 1, WEEK 2, and WEEK 3.

So this is week four and I’ve finally installed my nightstand DIY into the master bedroom. I scored these cuties at Indigo Market in Charleston and with a little DIY magic made them the perfect night stands for my new space.

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With the night stands in place it was time to choose some lighting. My fist decisions was on bedside lighting which I originally thought I had all planned out, but I decided to try a few different options anyway.

1.The existing lamps are a pair of crystal lamps I bought years ago at Target and have been all around the house since then.

2.These vintage lamps I purchased with this makeover in mind and were originally the lamps I planned.

3.While looking for lampshades for lamp 2. I found a pair of beautiful black lampshades that were a steal. I couldn’t pass them up and when I got home I found that looked great on a pair of taller vintage lamps I had upstairs in my sewing room (actually from the last ORC.)

When I tried number three out in the master bedroom and I loved how dramatic they looked (my husband even voted for them) so plans changed and number two-headed to my sewing room so these could stay in the master.

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Now for my dirty little secret, this not so lovely 1990’s ceiling fan with shiny brass, high gloss blades (yes you can see your face in them) and those terrible tulips shades that expose the light bulbs, yuck. I didn’t even mention/show you this in my original plan because I wasn’t sure replacing it was going to make the budget. I just planned on ignoring it for a while, maybe crop it out of any photos and pretend it wasn’t there.

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But now thanks to our sponsor Lamps Plus who will be providing a new ceiling fan I can finally get this monstrosity out of here!

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I know a beautiful chandelier would be amazing in this space but let’s get real. I live in South Carolina (you got the South part of that right?) It’s hot in the summer and sometimes even in the winter and a ceiling fan is kind of required. (Plus my husband might divorce me if I get rid of the fan entirely.) Instead of ditching the fan I decided to choose a more attractive option. Even though a ceiling fan is not going to have as much impact as a chandelier, one with clean lines and a simple design can at least be elegant and unobtrusive. Have a look at these simply styled fans from Lamps Plus I am considering.

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You can see all the fans I am looking at have clean lines and no frills. I liked a few in the chrome finish but with all the brass accents in this room I decided to go with a darker fan that I thought might compliment the black shades on the lamps. In the end I chose the 52″ Minka Aire Aluma Oil-Rubbed Bronze because it had a timeless look with a low profile.

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Now I’m just waiting for this beauty to arrive. Maybe next week I can show it to you all installed.

If you want to see what everyone else is working on be sure to stop by and check out all the linking participants and featured designers.

DIY Metal Base Night Stand

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I have been on the hunt for night stands for my master bedroom for a while now. I was originally looking at a few night stands that had a combination of wood and metal but I found most of them seemed far to small to go with our new king size bed. After months of hunting I finally realized if I wanted something just right I was going to have to make it myself.

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 I started with a pair vintage Dixie nightstand I bought from Indigo Market in Charleston. (If you are ever in Charleston stop by to check out their amazing vintage finds.) When I spotted these guys I loved the lines and campaign details even if the finish did need a little work. The size was good with plenty of storage and since my plan was to paint them, they were almost perfect. The only major problem was the height which was rather low for a modern bed.

I brought them home and pondered how to raise them up a bit until I finally came up with a plan to turn this…

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Into this!

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I started by removing the wood base and hardware and giving the night stands a new paint job in Krylon CoverMaxx, Hunter Green.

Next I taped off everything except the edge molding of  the drawers and nightstand body.

Using Design Master® Premium Metals Spray from Micheal’s I painted these areas.

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Once the masking was removed I had perfect gold edging.

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My solution to raising the height was to add a new base and since I had dreamed of a metal based nightstand I found the perfect solution. Using a metal framed slide under sofa table turned on it’s side I could add just the right amount of height. I found this one at TJMaxx where they had all different sizes and finished. I picked a few I thought would work and brought them home to see which one looked best. I chose one that was almost a perfect fit to the bottom of my night stand and added 10″ of height. I removed the wood top and filled any holes with wood filler, sanded, and painted it with the same gold paint I used on the nightstand.

To attach the base I added some blocking to even out the bottom of the nightstand, then drilled holes through the metal base, and screwed it into the bottom of the nightstand.

Attached the whole thing looks like this.

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Add in the hardware and drawers and I now have the perfect size night stands I was dreaming of.

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It’s Friday, High Five!

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Thank God it’s Friday, lets just put the high-five right there. It has been a rough week. Not a terrible week because things worked out in the end, but a rough one. It started when my loyal 2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid started making a strange noise. I have continued driving this beater because it has been a very dependable car and since my daughter gets her license in just a few weeks I figured I would pass it to her and by myself something new in the fall. In less than a week my husband will also deploy for six months so over that time I will also have his Mini Clubman to drive when needed. We have a plan!

Sometimes God laughs at your plans. On Tuesday I took my Highlander to the mechanic who initially recommended a tune-up and injection system cleaning, a total of about $700 worth of maintenance, suckie but doable. The next morning I get a call that while they have already done $700 worth of maintenance they have also found that the transmission is going and needs to be replace, are you sitting down? The total cost, over $6,000! Apparently the transmission on a Hybrid is double the cost. I was floored, the car is barely worth $6,000. Arrrgh!

This is not what I wanted to deal with this week. I want to rest and relax and spend time with my husband. But instead we ended up haggling with over the price of a new Highlander and worrying if it would fit into the budget. In the end we decided to go ahead buy the new car now since I need something large I can move furniture in for business and the Mini was not going to cut it. Plus Toyota gave us a decent trade in on the junker and forgave the cost of the maintenance already done. Now I have a brand new 2016 Toyota Highlander with all the bells and whistles, my first new car in 10 years.

I am glad to have a good traveling vehicle while my husband is gone so we can visit family without worrying over a breakdown. While this whole thing was a mess in the end he can leave knowing I’m driving a dependable car and I can enjoy driving it. Another plus the new Highlander is much larger than the old one so I can haul lots more stuff, Hmm when is the next estate sale…. High five to that!

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

friday1.Did you happen to stop by Chairish to check out Emily Henderson’s vintage sale? She was selling the beauties in the photo above, I’ll take it all please! If you missed you it don’t worry, you can still learn all about her vintage style in this interview at My Domaine.

2. Want to check out my new car? I got it in Alumina Jade Metallic, sounds fancy right!

3. Love Encuastic Cement Tiles abut can’t afford the price? Try this Antique Floor Tile Hacking Kit

4. Who doesn’t want to find a Baby Nessy in their tea? I love creative design!

5. Looking for a smile? Check out these miniature mid-century hotel models by Anna Carey.

Have a great weekend,

Maggie

 

Thrift Score Thursday No. 108

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Happy almost Earth Day guys, and what better way to celebrate than with some great thrift scores for #ThriftScoreThursday. Reduce, re-use, recycle! We thrifters are good at that.  How’s your thrifting going this week? I have been taking it a bit easy but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been out hunting. I actually scored this coffee table at the Habitat Restore for just $15. Okay maybe I should clarify I actually scored 4 hairpin legs for $15 because the top of the table is made out of an old hollow core door that is completely falling apart. The top is not really the right size for my space anyway so I was okay with salvaging just the legs since they are easily removable and heavy gauge legs like these would have cost me at least $15 per leg had I bought them new.

I haven’t started on the new table top yet (because I’m neck-deep in the One Room Challenge) but through the magic of photo editing I created a mock-up of what I am considering.

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Not bad, if only this could magically become reality.

Now for your #ThriftScoreThursday finds.

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For 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 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.

My favorite finds: 

JessicadWolf shared her collection of vintage tins, each one is so unique.

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I am unbelievably jealous of PartyOfNine who scored these beauties off the side of the road , for FREE. What a pair!

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GreenSpruceDesigns scored this vintage brass boot for $6 at my local thrift store, she thinks it might be an umbrella stand but is using it as a vase/planter for spring. 

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HeavyThreads found this kid sized chair that matches her house perfectly, and it doesn’t hurt that it is pretty dang cool!


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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

Would you like to be a guest host? If re you an avid blogger + Instagrammer who also loves thrifty finds? We’d love to have you join us for a week of Thrift Score Thursday! If you’re interested, you can apply right here!

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One Room Challenge Master Bedroom – Week Three

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It’s week three of my six week master bedroom update and it has been one of both success and failures. If you were not here last week let me remind you what’s up. Twice a year Linda of Calling It Home hosts the  One Room Challenge, during this event twenty design bloggers take on the challenge to transform one space in just six weeks. Every Wednesday, the designers document their progress while sharing their sources and professional advice. In addition to following along, everyone with a blog, (that’s me!) is welcome to join the fun as a guest participant by linking their own room transformations to Calling It Home.

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 If you missed the progress so far you can have a look back at  WEEK 1 and WEEK 2.

So here’s what I have been up to in week three…

This week our new king size mattress arrived and I finally got to put my new/vintage faux bamboo headboard from Spring Valley Antiques to use. (It sleeps amazing by the way.) The mattress delivery service was super nice and attached the headboard to the bed frame but I knew all along at this height it was going to be way too low.

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So instead of leaving the headboard attached to the bed frame I decided to attach it to the wall. Using a bit of blocking and large screws going directly into the studs I was able to raise the head-board an additional 10″

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Have a look at the height now, even with euro shams the headboard is still visible. Which takes me to this weeks next event, bedding. The photo below shows the new Pottery Barn Lyla Garden shams along with white basics and the quilt and euro shams from our old bed. my original thought was to use the Lyla duvet as well but it was overwhelming in combination with the Persian rug.

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The old bedding matched the Layla shams but looked a little dingy so I thought, what if I died them darker? With the help of photo shop I made a little mock up and I liked what I saw.

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I started with the drab quilt and shams.

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and gave them a long hot bath in a half and half mix of Fuchsia and Tangerine Rit dye (per the package instructions.)

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my hands got a bath too.

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This was the end result.

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I love the color that came out but I really didn’t have a lot of control over the final result. I left the bedding in the dye a full sixty minutes because I was trying to get the dye to even out. I could see fabric wasn’t dying evenly (possibly due to my own error) so I kept waiting and agitating it hoping over time it would even out. The quilt was very heavy once wet so I probably should have used a larger dye bath so I would not have had to flip and agitate it as often. The euro shams dyed well but in the end the quilt looks a little tie dyed.

Here it is on the bed along with my DIY bench I made from an old coffee table a few weeks back with this room in mind. The cat seems to approve but I don’t really take much stock in his opinion, his eyes are usually closed.

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Have a look up close, you can see how well the colors work together but if I am not able to salvage the dye job I am considering using a patterned fabric in the same hue on the shams instead and possible opt for a forest green quilt to replace the coral.

What will I decide? Oh, the suspense!

One thing that did turn out successfully this week is my new dust ruffle.

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I scored the fabric a while back for just $5 (not per yard guys, for the whole bolt.) At the time I didn’t have a plan for it but I liked the fabric and it was a good deal. Lucky for me it works perfectly in this scenario. With a little sewing action on my part and I got a thick, lush, king size dust ruffle for only $5.

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Okay guys, got to get back to work now, only three weeks left to square this room away…

If you want to see what everyone else is working on be sure to stop by and check out all the linking participants and guest bloggers.

It’s Friday, High Five!

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It’s Friday guys and me that means time to rest. Yesterday I had an injection to promote healing in my tennis/blogger’s elbow so instead of sitting here hunting and pecking on the keyboard with only my left hand I am going to give the typing a rest for a few days. Hopefully in the next few weeks my arm will be miraculously healed so I can go back to typing and texting to my little heart content. High-five to that, I need my Instagram. So today I hope you don’t mind that I keep this short and sweet so I can get the resting started.

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

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1.The Gentleman’s Bath by Evars + Anderson in the 2015 San Francisco Decorator Showcase house, that shower door is to die for!

2. If you love a good documentary check out Barkley Marathon and impressive tale of just what you may be able to accomplish if you choose to push yourself and the marathon that “eats it’s young.”

3. Pom-Poms galore on this MYK Berlin Pom Pom chair, look close each pom-pom is actually a flower.

4. If you love design books I have a book recommendation for your collection. Last week I picked up The Shopkeeper’s Home by Caroline Rowland and it is full of amazing photos of shops along side the shopkeepers home’s.

5. The Anna New York by RabLabs knobs and pulls are beautiful, luxurious, and one of a kind, unfortunately they are  pricey but they do give me inspiration to consider some new materials for my next DIY.

Have a great weekend guys,

Maggie

Thrift Score Thursday No. 107

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Happy #ThriftScoreThursday everybody, who’s ready for another round? I am!

Let me start with a confession, I have a terrible habit of buying things because I love the way they look or I love the price but I admit sometimes I overlook their function. For example I have a delicate vintage Chiavari chair that is absolutely beautiful but not very practical for any heavy-duty sitting, actually we don’t sit in it at all, but it looks really pretty in the corner. In our living room my poor husband just wants one comfy practical chair to sit in so over the years there have been a string of chairs, too small, too hard, too bouncy most of them fit my idea of form but not his idea function.

But recently I finally found a chair that fit the bill for both!

You may remember this chair I shared a while back on Instagram only then it had quite a different look. The chair looks mid-century but actually is a rather new chair produced by Sam Moore. It retailed for about $1,000 but I bought this one at my local thrift store for $125 in pretty great condition. The bonus for my husband, it is also a recliner.

The only problem was the upholstery which was not bad but didn’t go with the rest of the space. So the chair hung out looking a little awkward (but comfortable) until I ran across the perfect fabric. As luck would have it I found a 6 yard end of bolt deal at a flea market for just $40. I loved the tweed but I wasn’t sure if my husband would love that is was pink. for once I called and asked if pink was okay.  Fortunately he is secure in his manhood and said pink was fine.

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Off my chair went to the upholsterer and when it returned it was just right for me and my hubby!
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Now for your #ThriftScoreThursday finds.

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For 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 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.

My favorite finds: I think I might be feeling a little Chinoiserie this week have a look,

steadyfeelinirie shared this cute vignette of goodies heading to her 8-year-old son’s room (vintage tin tiger tray – $1 • pink asian ceramic – $3)

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thriftcandy found these two campaign style end tables which are exactly what I was hunting a while back.


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thebeauideal  found the chinoiserie version of Destinys Child, pretty hip gal’s I’d say.

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and mariaski63 shared this orchid painting. I’m always a fan of thrifted art.

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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.

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

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

Thrift-Score-Thursday-CassieBlog //  Instagram

Would you like to be a guest host? If re you an avid blogger + Instagrammer who also loves thrifty finds? We’d love to have you join us for a week of Thrift Score Thursday! If you’re interested, you can apply right here!

Thrift Score Thursday Guest Host Call 2

One Room Challenge Master Bedroom – Week Two

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It’s week two and I’m ready with a plan and making progress. If you were not here last week let me remind you what’s. Twice a year Linda of Calling It Home hosts the  One Room Challenge, during this event twenty design bloggers take on the challenge to transform one space in just six weeks. Every Wednesday, the designers document their progress while sharing their sources and professional advice. In addition to following along, everyone with a blog, (that’s me!) is welcome to join the fun as a guest participant by linking their own room transformations to Calling It Home.ORC

So here’s the plan, I have been dreaming of a faux bamboo bed for a while now so when we decided to upgrade to a king bed I immediately thought of this vintage Henredon bed I had seen at one of my local antiques stores, Spring Valley Antiques. The dealer was able to sell it to me for $225, a bargain compared to the bed I was originally considering, plus I think a bed with a foot-board may have been too much for the room once we went going king size.

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Here is a reminder of my inspiration room by Oly Studios, I love the way the green and coral complement each other but because I am living in a rental I can’t use a bold wall paper like this one.

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Instead I am looking to the bedding to bring in most of these colors, thankfully I found this Pottery Barn Lyla Garden bedding 

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and several other fabrics and notions I think will pull the look together.

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I’d like to use the ribbon to create a dramatic banded curtain and valance set design  like one of these.

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So now that you know the plan let me share what I have actually accomplished…

This week I was dealing with wall paper border that had not been properly hung and was bonded to the paint (yes the same wallpaper border I was dealing with way back in September.) After hours of scraping, pealing, sanding and mostly destroying the top eight inches of drywall I had to go back and make repairs.

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I spackled the holes and gouges with a joint compound that included primer and sanded the wall back to its original self.

Pulling the pale blue grey from the bedding I decided on a bright new coat of  Valspar Morning Lake applied with my awesome Purdy painting tools I received from our One Room Challenge sponsors (thank you, thank you, thank you!)

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With a little hard work and these super tools magically my master bedroom is no longer horrific!

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I can’t tell you how happy having the wallpaper border and the ugly brown paint gone makes me feel.

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So good in fact that I couldn’t help but test out the new/old headboard against the new paint.

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Oh yes, I think I’m gonna like it here!

Want to see what everyone else is working one? Be sure to stop by and check out the linking participants and guest bloggers.