Thursday, July 17, 2014

You Say It's Your Birthday...

Not only am I getting married on Saturday, it's also my birthday. I feel a teensy bit like Molly Ringwald in 16 Candles... :) 

One of my gifts to myself is that I'm signing out for the next few days. Here are a few of my favorites from the week, a day early:


1. On the Veranda
Just about everything that Veranda posts I swoon over, which makes me think I really ought to get a subscription to that magazine. How about this absolutely gorgeous Southampton garden? Check out the link for even more beautiful photos (hint: I always select "view thumbnails" to see everything at once).


2. Tie-Dye Treats
I could seriously eat an entire pan of Rice Krispie treats by myself. And with no oven currently in our disaster of a kitchen, it's one dessert I can still manage. This colorful recipe from In Katrina's Kitchen looks like fun for everyone!

3. Navy Seal Training
I just saw this commencement speech from May and love the advice in it. My favorite tips:
  • "Be your very best in the darkest moment" by finding inner strength to never lose hope or give up. 
  • "Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that the little things in life matter. If you can't do the little things right, you'll never be able to do the big things right. And if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made — that you made. And a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better."
4. ENFJ + INFP 4ever
This site has great info about Myers-Briggs personality types, and I just discovered that my fiance's type and mine are a perfect match! 


5. Whatever is lovely...
My birthday is always a time to reflect and I have been thinking a lot about what it means to be a good person. The Catholic church lists these seven virtues which seem to be a good guide. The bible quote above, from Etsy seller RachelCarl, is adapted from a reading that is part of our wedding ceremony. 

Have a great weekend and eat lots of cake!!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Word of the Day Wednesday

And the word is antimacassar

It's what you call that apron of extra fabric on the arm or back of a chair or sofa. To learn more about the history of these things check out this blog post.

When I bought this vintage chair for my one room challenge, the antimacassars on the arms were dirty and threadbare. Which is exactly why they serve such a good purpose: without them, the fabric on the arms would have been damaged, requiring re-upholstery. Instead, I was able to fix up the chair by simply removing the antimacassars.

In the store, I had figured that these were affixed to the chair with thread, as most antimacassars seem to be. However, once I got the chair home, I realized the antimacassars were held on with a metal spring! I didn't need wire cutters, though. I was able to sort of unscrew the spring from the chair and gently pull it out without damaging the fabric. 

Antimacassars. Something to keep in mind when you find a great chair for cheap! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

MCM on Amazon

I know what you're thinking: why in the world is this chica blogging when she has such a busy week? But it's like that saying "if you want something done, ask a busy person." And it helps keep me calm. 

Yesterday I followed an ad from Facebook to Amazon for this mid-century modern (MCM) classic chair. The spindly legs make it known as an Eiffel like the tower in Paris. The sellers of our house had a multi-colored set of vintage Eiffels in their dining area. My preference, though, is just white. And this is a great price for the pair at $156.99 plus free shipping. To compare, Staples also sells a pair for $176.09. 

Besides the great price, what was super exciting to me was the "Customers who bought this item also bought..." section! Like this rocking chair for $93.09 plus $7.90 for shipping. 

Dot & Bo

On Dot & Bo, my regular go-to shop for mid-century modern decor, you have more color options including fun colors like pop yellow and fuschia, but the chair is more expensive at $159.99 and is currently sold out in all the colors I like. 

IKEA via Amazon
You can also order this IKEA faux fur throw through Amazon. Even with a small shipping fee, it costs just under $20.00, which is great for those of us without an IKEA store nearby.

There is also this pillow which adds such great warmth and texture to a room. The faux fur is only on one side of the pillow, but for $15.74 plus free shipping it is a less expensive alternative to Pottery Barn's faux sheepskin pillows, available in two sizes, and which I have in my house (and LOVE).


I also like these yellow Tabouret stools, set of two, for less than $100. Bright yellow has been appealing to me lately and I think it has to do with a need to balance out the watery elements (learn more about Feng shui and your decor from my friend Dana here).  

 I also cannot stop thinking about these inexpensive Lucite nesting tables. They cost $122.37 with free shipping. The rounded edges are perfect for a house with kids or clumsy adults. The clearness of the Lucite makes them visually disappear, which is also perfect in a small space.

Despite what Elle Decor has to say on the subject, I really dig this futon. The sides can be lowered separately, the reviews are positive, and the price is right. I am a "use what you have" designer and I'm positive that you can create a chic looking room, even with the 15 items they say are taboo. In fact, that sounds like a fun challenge that I might have to try!

And as long as we're talking about things designers hate to decorate with, here's a ceiling fan. I like its more modern look and it costs less than $100 with 42" blades (good for a room sized 12x12). I would prefer skylights that automatically open when the temperature in the house gets above a certain number, which is a feature of one of the homes in  Dreaming Green, but I'm not a multi-millionaire so we'll just have to cool off with a ceiling fan.

All these items would look appropriate in our house, built in 1957, but also could be used in moderation in another style of home to create a "collected over time" look. 

What do you think? Any MCM classics appeal to you? Do you agree that everyone over age 30 must burn their futon??

Monday, July 14, 2014

Wedding Week Begins!

Holy smokes, people. THIS is it. I get married again--and for the final time--on Saturday. 

There are still items on the TO DO list, but everything truly feels as if it is falling into place. 

To keep myself calm, I am practicing lots of grounding meditations. Which basically means that I am paying attention to my feet on the floor. Which translates into me moving rugs around our house and thinking about new flooring options. 

from Dreaming Green: Eco-Fabulous Homes Designed to Inspire
My thoughts on a polished concrete floor in our ground level rooms got a boost from this book over the weekend. I love the mix of wood cabinetry and stainless, pro-quality appliances with the smooth dark floor. Even the counter stools are fitting with my latest crush.

Polished concrete will work best with lots of sumptuous area rugs to keep it warm in the winter months (which can be half the year in Michigan). I like this one for under our dining table. It's an 8x10 and I think the khaki, red, and navy will hide spills like a champ. It's also fairly inexpensive. I found it at Home Depot.

Of course, not as inexpensive as this free one that someone in my community was giving away last fall. Isn't it lovely? But it only measured 5x7, which is still a bit small for the area I want to cover.

The rug in this photo moved from its spot under our dining table. It was the wrong color to coordinate with the other rugs on that level (which are all shades of blue). It, too, was only a 5x7. I like how it pulls together the office, but its absence means we need to get something for under the table. 

And this one peeking out from under all of the cardboard? It is part of the re-designed keep but last night rather than sleeping I started thinking about moving it to my daughter's bedroom. I'll post a picture on Instagram if that's what I end up doing (and that's where most of these photos are from).

As the yogis say, "om"!


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