Wednesday, June 30, 2010


I'm so excited to announce my first giveaway here on Design Actually! To celebrate the opening of my new etsy shop, Fancify, I will be giving away {one} of the following Fancy Bands:

You may choose either the {Sorbet} with an adult-sized band:

Or the {Cotton Candy} with a baby/child sized band:

So how do you enter? It's easy...just head over to my facebook page and become a fan, then come back here & leave me a comment saying which fancy band you would like if you win. ***You will receive an extra entry if you are a follower of this blog*** If you're already a follower, leave another comment saying you're a follower too. If not, become a follower & leave another comment. Easy peasy!

This contest will end on Sunday {the 4th} at 9 pm, and the winner will be announced first thing Monday morning. Good luck!

***This giveaway is now closed***

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Retro Cool

This local Scottsdale house was featured in this month's issue of Sunset. The light-filled interior and gorgeous landscaping almost give the illusion that it's not 1000 degrees out here in the desert. Seriously, it's been close to 110 for the last couple of weeks, I'm so done with summer. And yes, I do know it just started. On the bright side, I have no desire to do anything outdoors, so I'm getting a lot of indoor projects completed. But back to this cool ranch home, a lot of the furniture and accessories are from HomeGoods, eBay, and Craigslist (minus the hanging bubble chairs) so it was very budget-friendly. Love it!

*via sunset

Monday, June 28, 2010

Weekend Highlights

{in no particular order}

1. toenails painted peacock blue + sparkles

2. made my favorite new healthy dessert, peanut butter cups from this amazing book

3. opened my new etsy shop, Fancify

Could anything be more precious than this little angel modeling one of my new Fancy Bands? I think not. So yes, I now have 3 etsy shops, but I felt it was time to move my statement jewelry & accessories to their own home instead of being mixed in with the vintage stuff on junktrunk. I will be adding more to Fancify throughout the week...headbands for adults & kids alike, flower pins, and necklaces so be sure to check it out. I'm thinking a giveaway will be in order to kick off the new shop, stay tuned mid-week for details!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Love Emersonmade?

I know I do! Here's a chance to win one of these beautiful clutches:

Flourish Design is doing 11 days of giveaways, be sure to check out their site to enter. I've always been a fan of Emersonmade's paper flower designs. They are fun, yet sophisticated and their product shots are amazing. This is one giveaway that I would really like to win!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Inspired by...

pops of punchy coral...

new Soft Flora Necklace {here}

I hope everyone had a nice & relaxing weekend and is ready to get back into the weekly swing of things. Last week was a busy one, but over the weekend I got to spend some time with my bff for some much needed girl time, then yesterday my husband and I got out of the heat for the day and took a little trip up north to Prescott. We had a nice picnic in the town square and strolled through antique shops all afternoon. It was the perfect day!

*via decorpad, canadian h&h, decorpad, junktrunk

Monday, June 14, 2010

Estate Tales

Last week I attended an estate sale at what I'm guessing was a very interesting & cultured woman's home. She had all sorts of modern art & furnishings, unfinished sketches of her own, craft projects, and two entire bookcases full of old French novels.

I loved this huge canvas that was hanging in the living room, but it had already sold (not that I have any place to put it). It looks totally modern but was probably done 50 years ago.

I don't normally look through the clothing at estate sales, but I happened to notice the sleeve of this tunic sticking out of the closet so I decided to take a closer look. I'm glad I did, because it is beautiful, the quality is excellent, and it was my size. And did I mention it was $2?

Another interesting feature of this home were the huge fuscia custom rugs that covered the master bedroom & living room floors. The lighting was horrible in there so I wasn't able to photograph them, but I loved that someone had made such a bold choice for flooring. It's rare to go into an estate sale and actually like the overall decor. Usually it's just a lamp here or a dresser there, but this was a nice surprise!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Black and White Friday

Here's a little black & white inspiration from the latest issue of Lonny. I'm so happy this online magazine came around, they seem to capture what is missing from many shelter publications...affordable, personal, unique, livable style.

I'm loving the pattern on this table...

The Ikea light fixture looks fabulous in this space. Wouldn't it be nice to have ceilings this high?

So this isn't really a black & white image, but I had to mention that I used to have a metal owl just like the one sitting on the mantel. It kind of makes me wish I had held on to it (or at least tried to sell it) instead of donating back to Goodwill.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

And another thing...

I'm guest blogging over at Scottsdale Moms Blog again today. Be sure to head over there and check out some of my estate sale shopping tips!

Junk trunk

It's Thursday, estate sale day, which makes this my favorite day of the week. I've been scoring some excellent treasures lately, which makes me all the more excited to see what I'll find this week. I just added some new necklaces & flower pins to my etsy shop, junktrunk. I've been incorporating some of my vintage jewelry finds into the new pieces for a truly one of a kind look. Here's a sample of some of the new things...

View the other items in my shop here.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


I always love when the back of a bookcase or cabinet is painted with a contrasting color or pattern. I've seen bold colors and wallpapers done, but never stripes until now. I must say, I'm a fan.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Goodwill Finds

Have I mentioned how much I love Goodwill? I know I probably have a million times, but here are the latest reasons why...

It was 50% off day on Saturday and I found a few really great things. I was over the moon when I found this ceramic bird lamp. It was marked $17.99, so I only paid $9 for it! It didn't have a shade, but I already had this one at home (a previous $1 Goodwill find) and I think it's the perfect size. I think these little birds will go live on my bamboo dresser once it gets refinished. The oil painting was $1.50, it's probably going to go in my guest bath with my other waterscape oil painting. In fact, I think I'm going to start collecting these and "wallpaper" my bathroom walls with them.

I also found this framed map drawing for $5.

It was going to go on my living room gallery wall, but it looks kind of nice above my bedroom chair. What do you think?

I found a few other things but didn't have a chance to photograph them yet. They include another lamp (I seriously have a problem), some milk glass cups, and some great sparkly vintage jewelry. I love Goodwill!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Black and White Friday

This week's black & white post is a local Phoenix home owned by Berkley Vallone, head designer at Vallone Design. Featured in this month's Phoenix Home & Garden, this spread is a breath of fresh air compared to the typical bastardized Tuscan style shown in most local publications. I have to give a big thank you to Full House for scanning these images in (I never would have looked in the mag otherwise). You can check out the rest of the house on her blog.

LOVE the black wood floors & the eclectic mix of decor

I seriously need to have a tub like this in my next house

I'd probably spend more time doing laundry if my room was as fun as this

Love this seating area and the black & white stripes!

I hope Phoenix Home & Garden (and other local mags) will start featuring more inspiring homes like this. What I love most about this house is that you get a glimpse of the owner's personality and it's not just decorated to fit a certain style. Let's put an end to the dark, overdone, Tuscan nonsense that everyone seems so stuck on in the valley. C'mon, who's with me?

Happy Weekend!

*via full house, via phoenix home & garden

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Blue & White

I still love me a good plate wall...

I think these would be a fabulous addition to any of the collections above.
{available in my etsy shop}

*via remodelista, living etc., black & spiro, junktrunk

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

New dresser

This might be my best estate sale find yet. I've been looking for a new dresser for our guest room and finally stumbled upon this one last week for only $50 (including the mirror). Needless to say, I was knocking down old ladies as I pushed my way to the cashier to buy it before someone else saw it. Ok, not really, but I totally would have if one of those broads got in the way:) A coat of shiny white paint and it will be looking fabulous!

I think I'll be sharing more great finds the rest of the week, there have been a few lately...