We had a great (and hot) getaway to Topsail Beach over the weekend. It was a delight to introduce Burt to the Atlantic Ocean. He had fun, though wasn't quite sure what to make of this jellyfish. At least he knew to keep his distance!
Candyfreak, a witty take on the candies of today and yesteryear, the people that eat them and the folks that make them. Picked it up at a yardsale a couple of week ago. A fun, light read. I'm packin' it to Topsail Island this weekend.
Last week I talked about a great source for frameable prints - oversize calendars! The Taschen parrot 2010 is awesome and less than $6 on Amazon. Not kidding! It's printed on heavy, textured stock and is even perfed so you can tear off the calendar-y parts easily.
Here are my results:
The print's a bit of an awkward size - 13.5" x 16" so I went with a 16" x 20" floating frame from Target. No custom frame or mat required!
Hanging below is a framed piece of gift wrap (the flat sheets hanging on racks) from Paper Source. I've been hanging onto for years. It's a vintage map of Paris in an IKEA frame. I have another snippet of the same map hanging in the bedroom.
I'm 3 hours away from an IKEA, my usual source for affordable frames. But Target has some excellent options, too. Why pay more?
My DIY art is hung. Initially I wanted to place it in hallway, but I moved it into the guest room on a whim and I kinda like it here.
Lookit that sad lampshade! Wrong size, I know. I borrowed it from a living room lamp for this shoot to deflect the light from the lamp. Finding a good lampshade is hard--and pricey. How can a wire frame stretched with cotton or polyester be so expensive?
I also realized today that I have 4+ sets of lamps that are all green. What does that mean?
Ok, I know flash photos are a no-no but I had to show off my latest CL score! Here in NC, pickins can be slim when it comes to furniture that's not straight out of 1989. Or particleboard stuff from Walmart. Another hot design style is country clutter. So I was happy to have randomly clicked on a listing for a set of campaign-style dressers. I swear, when I have the patience to dig, CL almost always delivers!
There was a short dresser and a nightstand, too, but they were spoken for. So I settled for this tall chest. Getting it home in my compact sedan was a bit of an adventure but with the station wagon rolling out to KY this weekend to see The Dude, I had no choice.
Did you know that campaign furniture was always made in separate parts to make it more portable? Clever!
Back to my find - I may repaint but I'm going to live with it for a bit. it's in the guest BR, which is in cream, green and brown so it actually kinda coordinates as-it!
My wallpaper is here! Sorry for the cruddy iPhone image but I was excited to get it. It's going to take three rolls to do a small foyer - talk about pricey! And this print from Graham & Brown, isn't even close to the top-end of what some wallpaper can be. I mean, it can go for hundreds a roll, vs. the 48ish I paid for these.
Hoping to fit the hanging of this into the budget for next month - no way I am going to attempt to DIY this; I know my limits :)
I'm in the market for a small dresser for the guest bedroom. I only need something about 30" wide, so my options are limited. Also, I am cheep! Walmart has some surprisingly great options (though I personally choose not to shop there).
I'll probably default to the IKEA option, unless something at the thrift or on CL comes into my life. I like the Overstock one, too, but it has questionable reviews online.
Here are a few great choices, all well under $400 (save for the z gallerie item).
We bowled Friday night - I handily beat Jake in both games. Booyah.
I repainted the inside of my faux bamboo china cabinet. Color is Winter Flannel by Valspar from Lowes in satin. Definitely has a bluish/purplish tone to it. I had a sample can of it lying around and wanted to use it up.
Filled back up with our collection of 'nice' dinnerware and our owls.
There was also eating, hammocking, yard work, more painting, cleaning, bike riding, movie watching and the like. But no fireworks! We are bad Americans.