Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sweet Nursery

I'm loving this vintage inspired nursery from Sara, who authors the gorgeous photography blog Sadie Olive.  It was recently featured on the front page of etsy and I can't stop thinking about all of the beautiful details that make up this space.  It has a peaceful,  lived in feeling to it, as everything has been collected over time with much thought.  When I read that Sara has just begun her journey to adopt a precious baby that will someday occupy this nursery, that made me love it even more.  You see, my husband and I are on that same journey, we have already gone through the home study process and are certified to adopt.  We are now in the 'waiting' stage, hoping that someday soon our dream to become parents will come true.  However, our 'nursery' looks more like an empty bedroom with a rocking chair and stacks of my husband's books covering the floor.  I think it's time for me to get crack a' lackin on my own nursery design...

I recently found this vintage printer's drawer at an estate sale.  I'm not sure if I'll end up using it in the nursery, but I do love how Sara filled hers with tiny treasures for her future tiny treasure:)

Isn't this nursery just precious?  You can check out the rest of the photos here.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Dollar Days

Who says a dollar can't get you anything these days?  Last week I bought each of these for a just one dollar on Goodwill's dollar day.  Can't beat that!

I see a lot of these tables on my thrifting adventures and usually pass them by, but this one was in great shape and had lots of cool details so I thought I'd give it a try.

I even styled it for my craigslist photo...I couldn't help myself

This wicker table doesn't look like much now, but once it gets a coat of black paint it will look brand new with a hollywood regency vibe.

This ottoman is a nice size but the fabric could use some sprucing up.

Parker doesn't seem to mind, this is his favorite new place to chill.

I'm hoping to sell all of these on craigslist, but I wouldn't mind too much if I had to keep the ottoman.  I could always make a simple slipcover for it for a quick fix.  I've been having good luck on my thrifting days lately, so I'll try to share some of my other finds throughout the week.  Happy Monday everyone! 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Progress...or lack thereof

We're still working on painting the new night stands...and by 'we' I mean my husband with no help from me whatsoever.  So sorry that I can't show any after photos yet, but I promise they're coming.  In the meantime, I keep seeing photos of stylish wicker throne chairs around blogworld which is making me want to keep the chair I found last week rather than selling it on craigslist.  Aren't these adorable?

Maybe I need to keep it for future children's rooms???

*via my chic abode, elements of style

Monday, November 15, 2010

Treasure Hunting

Last week I found a few great treasures while making my rounds, these being my favorites:

I found these chests at an estate sale, $45 for all three.  I've been looking for a new console for my back hall entry and the top chest is perfect for the space.  I'm going to use the other two pieces as my nightstands.  I can't wait to have all of the extra storage space, as my current ones are actually end tables with no storage.  I'm thinking of painting them classic Dorothy Draper style like this set from Pieces that sells for $3800...

My steal of the week was this wicker throne chair that I picked up for only $1!
Not sure what I'm going to do with it, but for a dollar, I'll figure something out.

We've started sanding and priming the drawers, hopefully I'll be able to share some "after" photos by the end of the week.  I can't wait to see how they turn out!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Black and White Friday

Fab  chair.

That is all.  

Happy weekend!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Lonny Faves

I know I'm a little late to the game, but I finally got a chance to flip through the latest issue of Lonny.  As usual, it did not disappoint.  
Some faves...notice the color theme

What girl wouldn't want this dressing room?  The purse hooks are pure genius.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

I'm Still Here...

Hello, I'm still here...are you????  Please excuse my absence, I've had a busy couple of months with traveling, work, and just life in general and my blog kind of fell by the wayside.  I didn't mean to be so neglectful, but once I got out of my grove, it was hard to get back on.  In my time away, I was able to do some reflecting and decided while I do enjoy blogging, I don't necessarily have the time to do it everyday.  Plus, I want to be excited and passionate about what I do share here, rather than just showing up and posting something just for the sake of posting.  So I'm going to shoot for at least two entries a week, and if I happen to find something great to share on top of that, well then that will just be a bonus!  Sound good?

Today I'll just share a bit of my Halloween decor with you.  I normally don't do too much for this spooky holiday, but I guess I was feeling a bit festive (and crafty) this year.

Some vignettes around the house...

I bought the glass owl last year at TJ Maxx (for $2) and had no idea what I was going to do with it so it's been hidden away in my closet.  This year I decided to break out my trusty metallic spray paint and give him a shiny new coat.  Now he's perfect for Halloween!

I didn't change my entry console set up too much.  Basically I just added the glittery skull under the dome instead of my coral and changed the white candlesticks to black.

I whipped up the pillow in the background from an old Ikea curtain panel & appliqued a felt raven on it. 

I love making these fabric pumpkins, I've been scavenging through every pumpkin bin I see to find broken stems so I can add to my collection.  Plus I can keep these guys around until Thanksgiving!

Do you decorate for Fall, or do you hold out for Christmas to switch things up?  That's right, I said's going to be here before we know it!

Also, I discovered that the e-mail address attached to this blog,, has some sort of virus that's caused me not to receive any e-mails in quite some time.  I'm so sorry if you tried to contact me this way, I hope you don't think I ignored you.  If you need to contact me, you can e-mail me at

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Have you checked out Fancify {my etsy shop} lately?  I've been adding some fun new things...

{gala necklace}

{pink gala necklace}

Here I am modeling the pink gala necklace in my new $1.99 clearance dress from Ross.  That's right I said $1.99!  They were having a crazy sale and I picked up 4 summer dresses for under $2.49 each.

And I've added more fancy headbands like this one...the classy gal

You can visit my shop {here}

Friday, August 13, 2010

Black and White Friday

Today's theme is shiny...

Nicky Hilton turned this vintage Chanel tray into a chic side table

I bet you could see your reflection in these super glossy black walls

Love the pattern of this floor

Have a great weekend everyone, I hope you have something fun planned!

*via instyle, decorpad, coco & kelly

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Some faves from the new Lonny...

I seriously loved these glasses... unfortunately they're not available in the U.S.
Maybe I'll get lucky and find something similar at goodwill?

Friday, August 6, 2010

Black and White Friday

Clean & simple, Domino style.

Sometimes you just need to get rid of the clutter and let the design speak for itself.  Here, a little goes a long way.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Budget Friendly Bridal Bouquet

On Sunday night I got a call from a friend saying that her daughter was getting married the NEXT day and wondered if I could put together a bouquet for her.  Basically they had less than 24 hours to throw a wedding together and somehow everything turned out beautifully.  The bride was able to find a dress the morning of, I took care of the bouquet, another friend took pictures, another brought the cake and everything else just fell into place.

I was a little nervous about making the bouquet because I don't consider myself the best at flower arranging, but I figured I could make something work.  For the colors, the bride requested something dark purple with white daisies.  The dark purple was a bit hard to find, so after a trip to several different grocery store floral departments, I ended up with the following flowers to pluck from:

And here is the final result:

I also put together a little bouttonniere for the groom:

And here is the beautiful bride with her bouquet, she was very happy with how it turned out:

I meant to take more photos during the bouquet making process, but since I was a little stressed about getting it done in time, I didn't get a chance to.  Basically I just perused a few wedding blogs to gather inspiration and winged it.  I used floral wire and floral tape to secure the stems, keeping the flowers tightly packed in the center and used a little greenery for accent on the outer edges.  I then covered the stems with a satin cream colored ribbon and secured it with straight pins.  Together with the flowers, ribbon, and supplies, this bouquet cost about $20 and I even had some flowers left over to display in my home!

Congratulations Carrie & Johnny!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Country Girl

Today I'm dreaming of packing it up and moving out to the country to live EmersonMade- style.  Ok, most days I dream about living in the country, but this renovated home featured in this month's Country Living magazine makes me want to even more .  There's just something about a big white house with a wrap around porch surrounded by nothing but green as far as the eye can see...

Cozy, huh?

*via country living