New Goodies!

My hubby was out of town last weekend, so I needed something to do. I mean, taking care of two littles on the weekend alone with no hubby coming home to look forward to at the end of the day can be rather long. So, I headed to the thrift store with my parents.

And let me just say, it was a good day. We made a GREAT haul.

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I found this darling little girl’s quilt for Abigail. I mean, isn’t that the cutest thing ever? It was rather worn on the back, but I couldn’t pass it up.

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I also found this beautiful quilt, which was in great condition. I’m saving it for Abigail for when she moves into a big girl bed. Which, sadly, really isn’t that far away…

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And this, well, this is just so colorful and fun and vintage. I haven’t decided where I’ll put it, but it’s definitely going to be a prominent display somewhere when the time comes to decorate for Christmas. That’s only 2 weeks away, folks. And let me tell you, I am excited for Christmas this year. I’m already planning on getting two trees, and am dreaming of a lawn display, and lights along the roof…. we’ll see if I can manage to convince Joseph to do any of those things.

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Having said that, I haven’t really found a home for this yet. It’ll probably make it onto the dining table at some point, but until then, I’ve tucked it into my linen drawer.

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I also found this fun rug, which I’m guessing is made of hemp. I had to wash it since it was quite dirty, and it got all lumpy. I managed to flatten it out most of the way, but if any of you know how to get it completely flat, I’d appreciate it if you’d let me know how!

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And this cushion. I mean, how fun is that? The colors are perfect for the couch too.

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This bowl, is beautiful. I’m not quite sure what I’ll use it for (salsa? candy?) but it will be used, trust me.

My favorite find of the day, however, was this:

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A vintage school desk. I got this for $5 folks. Five Dollars. As you can see, the shelf has warped, so it does need a little work, but isn’t it a beauty? I’d love to find out more about it too; there’s an engraving on the side that has the company’s name on it, as well as the seat number:

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It would be fun to know what school this desk was used in.

We also found a few toys (go figure) for the kids, but this was most of it. And the best part? All of the above (as well as a few miscellaneous items) cost me a total of $24.80. Yup. You read that right. Twenty four dollars and eighty cents.

Told you it was a haul.

So when are we going thrift shopping?

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Room Reveal – All Set for Living

I hope you’ll forgive me for the lack of posts the last few days. While I am good at most forms of technology, photo editing is something I have yet to dive into. All of the gorgeous photos you’ve seen so far have been graciously edited by my amazing husband, and with a few other major events going on this week, it took him a few days to get around to editing the most recent set of photos. Eventually I hope to have him teach me some of his tricks in regards to editing the perfect photo.

Anyway, I hope you’ve been anticipating this post as much as I’ve been anticipating posting it! I’m so excited to share our newly set up living room. It has been such a joy to finally be able to use this space! Our past home had one living space, so when we moved into this house, we only have enough furniture to fill, you guessed it, ONE living space. We decided the family room was more important to fill and utilize, so it all went there. For about 5 months, the living room sat empty. Then, slowly, gradually, we started adding pieces: first an end table we got at an auction for $25, then the coffee table ($5 at a thrift store), then the splurge on the couch from some friends ($150), a couple of lamps from my parents ($10), and finally, those thrift store finds I told you about in my last post, a rocking chair for $15 and an arm chair for $10. All in all, combined with the piano and floor lamp we already owned, we outfitted this living room for the wonderful price of $215. Not bad, in my estimation.

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We’re still looking for a few more pieces to add (a few more end tables, as well as a bench seat along the window), but I am SO pleased with how this space is looking! I’ve always wanted a formal living space that was dignified but relaxed, and I feel like I’ve managed to do that.

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It took me forever to figure out what theme I wanted to go with in the living space. Most of my husband’s furniture and décor that he’d purchased had that modern feel to it, which was fine, since he tempered it with the one theme/style we both love: the Tuscany feel. He had a BEAUTIFUL painting of a landscape on the wall that was great (it’s gracing the family room now), but it wasn’t the regal, old fashioned living space I’d envisioned. As I pondered on how to recreate the space in our past home, I bought items slowly, and only the things that I fell in love with. If it wasn’t unique and something I absolutely loved, it didn’t come home with me.

Finally, towards the end of our time there (which was 5 years), it dawned on me as I was looking around the space. I had filled it with paintings, plates, and statuettes of different kinds of animals, mostly birds. I had my theme: nature.

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So, as you can see, when we moved in here, it was easy for me to think about items and styles that I wanted to look for in new items for this space. Furniture pieces that would exemplify my love of nature, all while embodying the traditional living room. The couch was perfect, since it had a leafy pattern that was visible, but subtle enough to blend with everything else. The lamps were also perfect (although I ended up splitting them up with another pair of lamps I already owned). In an attempt to unify them, I swapped the lampshades so that they matched: the living room has the more rounded lampshades, to go with the round shade on the floor lamp, while the family room ended up with the square shades, to go with the rectangular shade on the floor lamp in there. This is an easy way to unify pieces in a room, but still have some differences.

 

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It also helps to have talented family members. Two of the paintings in here were done by two of my very talented and artistic sisters-in-law, and the photo on the coffee table was a picture of my wedding bouquet by one of the same aforementioned sister-in-law. And what’s easier than throwing all the leaves and pinecones that your kids pick up on walks into a bowl? Instant centerpiece. The doily was made by me, myself, using a pattern my mother-in-law loaned me. I love doilies, and I LOVE making them even more.

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Anyway, I think I’ve talked enough about this space. It’s still a work in progress, and I have dreams of putting wood flooring in here, so that it’s even more formal, but even as it is, I love it. It’s probably my favorite space in the house (although I also love the dining room, and the kitchen, and the master bath, and Abigail’s room, and….you get the picture).

What would you like to see next?

To Casserole and Serve, ’til Breakage do Us Part

I warned you that I would be posting whenever something new came into my house. I just can’t help it; when I get a good deal on something that’s truly beautiful, I get this urge to, well, share.

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I found this beautiful casserole dish while grocery shopping at Winco the other day. My first thought? “Oooh, pretty!!” My second? “Nice price!” And so this dish came home with me at the cost of $9.98. Which I must say is a pretty good price for a serving dish you can bake in.

Isn’t she a beaut? And of course I couldn’t wait to use it (although I did wait one whole day, since my hubby wasn’t home that night). He made a wonderful chicken sausage and roasted veggie dish that looked perfect in it.

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Yes, he’s pretty amazing like that. He also made a very tasty side involving roasting broccoli and olives (YUM!). If you ever want the recipes for them, they’re both from Better Homes and Gardens; you should be able to find them pretty easily there.

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That’s my daughter, Abigail, waiting very patiently to partake of the food that was set before her. She couldn’t care less what it came on. As long as it tastes good she’s happy.

Anyway, I’ll stop yammering about the casserole dish. Next time maybe I’ll show you more of the dining room. Or I might show you my finds for the living room that I got at the thrift store today. Which would you prefer?