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The most amazing painted walls I have ever seen

Now there’s a blanket statement if there ever was one. But I was perusing Aubrey+Lindsay’s blog today during naptime and I swear my eyeballs nearly popped out of my head, and my heart started pounding, and my hands started itching for a paintbrush, and then I’m sure somewhere Simon started sweating. Because these, my friends, are the most amazing painted walls EVAH. Lindsay linked to Lucy & Company, which is an interior design service in North Carolina. All the rooms are fantastically, colorfully decorated, and I am totally in love.

Have you ever seen such a great gingham pattern? I love the subtlety of the color – it’s not too bold or gender-specific. It could be quirky or chic or even (ugh) country. And while in this particular instance I’m not wild about the furniture, etc., I am totally in love with the pattern. Gorgeous.

The pale blue is so soothing, too.

Zigzags into stripes!

I’ll bet this one was extremely difficult and time-consuming, but the result is showstopping.

Don’t even get me started on the girls’ rooms. I’m over the moon.
This is wallpaper, but that enormous-scale mirror is so over-the-top chic.

Untraditional colors but so soothing and feminine.


The roman shade? Yes please.

So Dorothy Draper. This could be at my parents’ house.

Is it just me, or could this be our upstairs bonus room?

WOW – this ceiling is amazing.

A perfect way to highlight a niche that might otherwise be awkward.

Lucky twins!

Oops, wallpaper again – but so so chic.

Wow. I am totally in love. Hop over to Lucy & Company. Their entire portfolio is so inspiring.  If you love color like I do, you’ll be over the moon!


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Scoping out the Britton Street Mall

Last week I was perusing Craigslist, as I tend to do, and found a handful of listings from the Britton Street Mall, a large antique shop not far from us. I’ve driven by it hundreds of times, probably, but hadn’t yet ventured in. I finally found the time, and thought there was some good stuff. Definitely some great values, that’s for sure, especially if you’ve got an upholsterer (is that a real word?) at your beck and call.

How ’bout a giant upholstered ottoman? It just needs fresh fabric to make it work.

This midcentury buffet was gorgeous. It was next to an equally gorgeous midcentury dining room set. I can’t remember the price on this one, but it wasn’t ridiculous.

I love love LOVE this little red desk. It was repainted from the original beige (actually, I HAD this desk when I was a kid!) and really well-done. Sometimes when things get repainted, they don’t look too hot. Not so on this one. I really wish I had somewhere to put this little beauty, because I loved it. $195.

A pretty wood dining room set. It would be lovely painted in dove grey, non?

This big mirror? $25.

WOW. A seagrass chair? Yes, please! At $290, it’s not dirt cheap, but it’s got great potential. You can’t tell from this photo, but it even had nailhead trim. Just switch out the fabric on that cushion (maybe a heavy linen).

If only Jude were smaller! This vintage child’s rocker would be perfect in any nursery. Somewhere around $35, I think.

A Drexel campaign sidetable. This was a STEAL at $45.

There was also an X-bench that needed reupholstery, and I didn’t get a photo of that.

Well, so, there you go. I’ll definitely be heading back. If you’re in the OKC area, you should check it out! OKCers, anywhere you like to go to find some great steals?

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Chic TV Stand

Ooh, wowza! I am loving how chic this dresser looks as a TV stand! The new-to-me blog Get It Girl Style is too cute, and has a ton of great ideas.

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I’ve loved books ever since I was a little girl. A good book is like an old friend – it’s so easy to pick up where you left off. However, the problem is with what to do with all of them. I have this fantasy of having a gorgeous library someday, complete with rolling ladders! In the meantime, though, I need to do something a little more pulled-together with what I’ve got.

This is my rolling tower from Target. I got it 9 years ago when I moved into my first place, in college.

It’s seen better days, though. At one point, it stored dozens tank tops for my first job out of college at Pink Sugar (may it RIP). Anyway, I don’t really know what to do with it now, so it’s been storing my book collection. We’re thinking that we’re going to retire it to our college, where it can once again store tank tops. And maybe some sweaters, too. So what to do with this leftover space in the bonus room? And what of all the books?

Here’s what the space looks like — it’s up in our bonus room, at the far end. THis photo was from when we had first moved in. It’s such an awkward little triangle. And it’s the FIRST thing I notice when I come up the stairs, so visually, I really want it to be pulled-together. Because right now it looks like a mess.
The bonus room as of now

So what I’m thinking is that we need something not-so-vertical, but rather, more horizontal. Nothing higher than where the ceiling starts to slope upwards – something console-ish, but with storage. That got my wheels turning, and I started looking around on the internet.

This little number is pretty from Ballard. But not really enough storage, and because of its pretty little details, I’d want it more out on display. I think that what I’m needing is going to be more of a workhorse than this.

I also like this collection from Ballard, but I’m concerned it’s going to be more than I really can spend at this point.

I love beadboard, and this shelf from Pottery Barn Teen is cute. Once again, though, it would take multiples, and the price point isn’t exactly right.

So I guess this leaves us with your friend and mine, Ikea.

The Expedit may be my favorite choice of all and the price point is excellent; I would put this horizontally instead of how it’s shown vertically in this photo.

Other good Ikea picks —
Granemo Bookcase

LACK – because I adore the fun colors it comes in (but it doesn’t come in the right size. Boo.)

Any thoughts from you, dear reader? I’m accepting any and all suggestions for what I should do with this awkward little nook.

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Found on the side of the road

I’m not ashamed. I am now a dumpster diver. Kind of. Is there a term for someone who picks up stuff that people have put out for Big Junk Cleanup? Because that’s now me.

On the way to pick Jude up from MDO the other day, I was thinking about how I really wanted one of those cheapo Lack side tables for $8 from IKEA so I could have a little table-and-chairs setup in the playroom. I thought it would be cute w/ Jude’s kitchen. I’d really been crushing on those darling “real” tables from Pottery Barn Kids, but just hadn’t ever found one at the right price. They’re pretty high in demand on craigslist, so I’ve always struck out on that one.

So I couldn’t believe my eyes when I was driving through the Village (yes, that’s the technical title for an actual city here in OKC) and saw this on the side of the road, kicked to the curb.Say wha?! Yup, a real live kids table, just sitting there. Covered in mud. And needing a new home. I did a complete 180 in the street and drove back. I looked around, assessed the state of the table, and then threw it in the hatch of the car.

Simon asked if anyone saw me when I took it — hahaha. I admit to feeling a little… funny. Like I was stealing or something. But I’m telling you, it was meant to be! It was meant for me! I brought it home and sprayed it down with the power sprayer — I got all the mud off, and even managed to power spray off a layer of scrapbook paper that someone had glued down onto the original linoleum top. I think I might redo the top somehow. And it has a cute vintage feel to it with that aluminum edging. The wood is in good condition overall — I also might paint it at some point, but for now, it’s good as is. Cleaned up and ready to be played with! I cannot believe my luck.

I jokingly told Simon that I just saved us $8 — now he doesn’t have to pick me up a table at Ikea! 🙂

Should I paint my little chairs? I keep wavering back and forth — keep ’em natural or paint them a color or maybe just plain white. Take my poll here and let me know what you think.

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Pier 1 Imports – Josette Chair

This cute little chair from Pier 1 looks very Anthro, n’est-ce pas? But at a mere fraction of an Anthropologie price tag!

Pier 1 Imports – Josette Chair .

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Craigslist, you were good to me

Timing is everything in life, n’est-ce pas? Wednesday night, Simon and I were laying on the couch, watching TV, and I was surfing Craigslist. I happened to get really lucky and found a listing for a gorgeous bergere chair for (get this) $65. I mean, that is sick. I’ve looked at them in furniture shops, identical to these, for $400 and up. Even if the fabric was totally crappy, I couldn’t pass up $65. I emailed the seller immediately and got a very quick response and we planned to meet Thursday afternoon.

I took one look at it, and said, “Sold!” The girl who was selling it said she had gotten 14 phone calls after my email from various people, so I didn’t even bother to talk her down. I think I felt bad that she was selling it for so dirt cheap! The fabric is really soft, and in a nice creamy basketweave. The cushions are soft and pillowy. Oh, that navy pillow in the photo is one we already had — I just stuck it on there to see what it would look like. Right now, it’s sitting in our bedroom, but we’ll see where it ends up. it’s such a versatile piece, I think I could make it work in almost any room.

Oh, did I show you my $10 lamps? I don’t know if I did or not – they’re in that photo on the nightstand above. I got a pair for $10. Total. The fabulous, connected Dr.Erin told me and Dr. Christa to go check out this place called the Rink. It’s an antique store, basically, that’s housed in an old ice skating rink. I found those lamps in $10 Corner, where everything was $10. I thought about painting them, but decided to leave them as is. I also considered buying up another pair that was poop-brown and redoing them and then selling them. Would anybody buy them if I made them cool? Those lampshades came from the Pottery Barn on clearance. They cost more than the stinkin’ lamps!

If I could have it any way I liked, I think I would like to find a really fantastic fabric for it, and do a makeover that turned out similar to this:

HomeshootBlue2Or maybe this one:

gorgeoustrellischairOr, bien sur, this:

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Couldn’t you just die at this gorgeous fabric? Amy Butler, below.

From Anthro:

Guess I need to get my bargain-hunting game on for cool fabric. I’ll know it when I see it.

Internet, I need to tell you something. I harbor a tiny dream of having a furniture shop. Where I sell not only new fabulous things, but also old pieces that I’ve found and put my own spin on. I would do lamps, chairs, tables, whatever. A girl can dream, non? Would you shop at my store?

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