Sunday, January 31, 2010

Without Further Adieu

I finally got my act together to take pictures of my flea market finds. Now, before I get any hopes up - I unfortunately did not find any amazing pieces of furniture that I just couldn't live without. And I was so in awe of my first (well really second - but the first time I went, it was pouring rain, and many of the vendors ended up packing up early) flea market trip, that I completely forgot to take pictures while we were there!

My favorite booths were the guys that had a bunch of old doors and windows with all of the original chippy paint. I was threatening of circling back around and snagging one before I left, but my mom and I decided that this was only our first trip, to check out how everything works, and that we would definitely go back.

I didn't go home completely empty handed - in the last section, there was a guy with a table full of a bunch of odds and ends - or "chachkee's" as they are better known in our house. Nestled in the middle of all the "chachkee's" were a bunch of blue and white pots, for DIRT cheap!

I love the classic look of blue and white pottery - so Ralph Lauren! (cue the sophisticated voice)
{image from William Sonoma Home}

{image found via Name is Grace}
{image found via Name is Grace}

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Can you tell I'm procrastinating on posting my flea market finds?? I think photos look so much better with morning light or daylight for that matter. A typical morning for me consists of me reluctantly rolling out of bed (I'm a night owl - not a morning bird!) scrambling to get in the shower, scrambling to get ready, (I unfortunately do not usually eat breakfast, so there's no actual scrambling happening) and scrambling out of the door. By the time I get home from work it is more often than not, dark. I've begun to notice that when I take pictures at night, all of my pictures come out with a yellow hue that nighttime light gives. Long story short - I'm hoping to wake up early enough to take photos of my finds in the morning, and promise to post soon - I promise!

In the meantime I'm in serious need of some inspiration for my master bedroom re-do

{I know this is more in the guest room department - but I'm loving the idea of an old pine dresser for a nightstand}

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


.....(Ball) Jars that is! I found an absolute score on Craigslist. Remember my recent mountain vacation? Well, the combination of me catching a cold and us getting snowed in, resulted in me spending a ridiculous amount of time blogging and Craisglist-ing (the best place to buy furniture no?) Well, my persistent searching led me to these beauties.
A woman had them posted for dirt cheap. She had a collection of 600, and was looking to get rid of them - fast!

Our wedding is going to have a vintage, garden theme, and we wanted to have vintage, Ball jars for flowers and votives. We bought 75 jars on our first visit to the Craislist woman's house. However, upon returning home and doing some math, as far as how many jars we would have per table as well as prices on vintage Ball jars, we decided to go back and purchase 75 more!

{So, what am I doing with 150 vintage Ball jars in the mean time you ask?}

....we have lot's and lot's of flowers in jars, my pens and pencils now live in jars, my make-up brushes now live in get the idea.

I would have posted the whole, 150 sea of them - it is quite a sight - but they are on rotation through the dishwasher.

{PS - pictures on Flea Market finds coming soon!}

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Guess Who's Working on Their New Years Resolutions....

ME!!!! I feel like today is Christmas Eve all over again! But instead of tomorrow being Christmas, tomorrow is...........................Long Beach Flea Market Day!!!!!!!! I can't wait - I'm so excited!!

The master bedroom re-do may be temporarily put on hold. It all depends on if I find anything tomorrow. Number one on my list is an old pine dining table.
I'll post pictures soon!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


I feel like just yesterday David was standing in the park over looking the beach (sweating) and proposing! I cannot believe that it's already January and my ring is actually beginning to feel like it belongs on my finger. I have another announcement - not a big one to you maybe - but a momentous one to me. Besides addresses (which I realize is a very large task but I'm trying not to think about that) my Save-the-Date cards are complete!! If you are beginning to get the hang of me - I have a huge disease that my mom and I like to call the "I-can-make-that-disease." It is very serious and time consuming, but very rewarding at the same time. I pretty much knew I wouldn't be able to justify the cost of invitations from the very beginning - so I started designing (using Illustrator) and enlisted some much appreciated grunt work from my mom! So - after a lot of time and sweat (proud to say there was no blood or tears) here they are!

{this was too cute not to add in - I had to order my paper because I was doing it all in bulk - and this sweet note from a Paper Source employee was tucked into my order. Cody, if you're out there, thank you for your sweet note. It was just the push I needed to get through all 150 envelopes!}

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Master Bed Re-Do Part2

I'm on a roll with our master bedroom re-do. For the last few months I've been searching for fabric for a new duvet cover. Unfortunately, the fabric I really had my eye on was WAY to pricey for my small to non-existing budget.

{I would have done any of these from Thomas Paul - in a heartbeat!}
{Same Thomas Paul print in a Marigold}
{Another Thomas Paul - in more of the green I was going for}

Santa knew about this project that I had been working on and brought me Pottery Barn's pick-stitch quilt and Euro shams in cream on Christmas morning!
Here's our old duvet cover - I really like it but I've had for a few years now. It was my one and only purchase from Pottery Barn with my employee discount when I worked there one summer during college.
That's all for Part 2 of the Master Bedroom Re-Do. Stay tuned for more - I'm thinking my next project is going to be slipcovering our headboard in a white linen!

I know this is completely NOT relevant to this post but I just had to share these pics. We had the most incredible sunset last night! I was walking down my stairs and looked out the window to this incredible sight!

Not only was the sunset gorgeous but the lighting was fantastic. I think this is one of the first outside shots of our house I've posted!
{That's our little outdoor shower - I'm sure it looks a bit odd not knowing what it is!}

Monday, January 4, 2010

Mountains, Master Bedrooms, and Vanities OH MY!

We had such a fun week in the mountains this last week....I think we both needed a week away to recoop and relax. I read a TON of blogs - some new (beginning to end might I add) and some old. I came home SO inspired and ready to re-vamp our entire house! HA! I don't think I'll ever be done "re-vamping" our house. For a while now I've been wanting to work on our bedroom - I know a lot of people tend to wait to finish their master bedrooms until every other room in the house is complete. Call me selfish, but I spend a lot of time in there!!! Besides that - living room and dining room furniture tends to be pricey, our guest bedroom I'm completely stumped on and don't know what to do with it, and Trevor's room is, well Trevor's room (Trevor is our roommate - not sure if I've mentioned that yet - we're like Three's Company over here!.) So that leaves the master bedroom (which is not really a master bedroom, but you'll see why later...) I came home very ready to tackle project # 1 in the Master Bed Re-Do. A while back I bought a vanity on CL and re-painted it - it was a cute vanity but too dainty in our room. And if you know either of us....we're not dainty people. : ) In between reading blogs last week, I hunted through CL (craigslist) for furniture. I found a woman in the Del Mar area who was selling a white desk - so I called and told her to please please please not sell it until Saturday when I would be returning. Picking this desk up could be a post in itself - let's just say at one point she told us if we didn't have a car big enough, we could just take her car...if we promised to bring it back of course. And before we left, we had an invitation to stay in her beach cottage if we ever wanted to since she's out of town quite often - oh my! The desk did need a lot of work (I spent the afternoon cleaning, scrubbing, de-drawer-lining, and fixing hardware)

{Here she is after a good cleaning - I do think a new coat of paint is in her future though}
{The scary, original state - sorry for the awful Craigslist picture}
{Here's the old, too dainty vanity - cute, but just didn't work in our space}

I realized I never posted pictures from our trip

{Here's the cabin in all its' 60's glory!}
{Is that not one of the best snowmen?? I can say that because I had no part in making it!}
{Our visitor in the mornings}