Thursday, April 29, 2010


One trend I haven't jumped all over is chalkboard paint. And that's saying something because I am an unabashed bandwagon-jumper! Most of my house is "inspired" by stuff I see online or in shelter mags. I'm not a terribly creative person, I'll admit it.

But, these images actually are great ideas and uses for chalkboard paint. I don't know how I'd ever get my chicken scratch to look this cool but I like this:

And the great Martha always makes her projects just look just so. This would prbably start to look really messy IRL but here it is charming!

image: Martha Stewart

Monday, April 26, 2010

Dwell @ Joann

Joann has some great and not so great fabrics. Their 50% off fabric sale is going on right now so I hopped over to check out their selection. I have a chair to recover so I am in the market for some home decor fabric.

I was pleased to learn they carry some DwellStudio for Robert Allen fabrics, which are an oasis of modernity in a sea of toile, plaid and fugly florals. Here are my picks:

I picked up 3 yards of the green scroll for a window treatment project I am plotting.

I hear tell of some amazing outlets up in the Burlington area and down near Charlotte where upholstery can be had for $3/yard. I will have to get out there to check things out shortly.

Monday, April 19, 2010

A few thrift bargains...

Framed Asian (Japanese?) bird print from church rummage sale. Marked $5, paid $2

Cool industrial adjustable metal stool. Church rummage sale - a different one - $2

Yellow polka dot tray, church rummage sale $1. Rose is from the climbing rose bush in our backyard that's already chock full of blooms.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

A small update

I painted the risers that lead from the entry way to the top floor (our house is a split level). They were an ugly beigy color that showed every scuff. Flat black is a bit more modern and will hide the wear and tear a little better. Eventually I want to get some kind of runner rug installed here for a little more coziness.

Burt's acting foreman on this job. My work passed inspection, I think.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


What a difference a week makes! Our azaleas just burst out in color this weekend due to the 80+ degree temps.

I love living in an older neighborhood filled with mature landscaping and tall trees. With the afternoon light filtering through the leaves, it's really a gorgeous place to be in the spring.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Care for a Cocktail?

I picked up this sweet little bar cart at the flea market yesterday. It's certainly not the sturdies item I've ever bought but for $15 and a couple coats of spray paint, I think it might be cute!

Bar carts seem to be having a renaissance right now. And I love it! I'm not a big drinker but I do like me a cocktail so I think this will actually get used in my house.

Friday, April 9, 2010


image: Graham + Brown

Ok, I think this *might* be the wallpaper for the entry way. I can't freaking make a decision to save my life on this.

It just rained a little -- hopefully washing away the thick layer of pollen that's covering everything.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Glory of the South

This is when our little split level starts to look almost charming - spring! Our azaleas are blooming, the lawn is green, the trees are leafed. And everything's covered in a thick layer of greenish/yellow pollen. Ah, lovely. As an allergy-prone person, I'm suprisingly NOT having a total histamine freak-out. Sure, a few sneezes here are there but I haven't had to hit up the Zyrtec at all.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

This tree in my neighbor's yard is just so. pretty.

Monday, April 5, 2010

I put up my prints a few weeks ago and I love them! My living area is yellow/blue so they fit right in. I think they class up the joint a tad, no?

Saturday, April 3, 2010


My thrift score for the week from Dorcas. This charming little chair reminds me of something that might be pulled up to a vanity or in a boudoir. Not sure what a boudoir even is but this strikes me as the right little piece of furniture. It's covered in a strange 50's or 60's neutral with metallic flecks that has seen better days, for sure. For $8, I figured it would be worth recovering. It will be nice in the small guest room.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Spied these great bookcases/etageres over on this designers site. I wish I knew where to find something similar - they are what I have been envisioning for the living room for a year!