I have a passion for decorating, shopping flea markets, garage sales, and crafting. I have browsed and "creeped" many blogs and discover that I have something to share. So after weeks of trying to decide how to get a blog started I am finally here. I'm still learning about the technololgy part (not my strong suit)but I hope to post many pictures of my house before and after, my antique booth, and my ideas on decorating and crafting. I believe everyone deserves to live in a beautiful space and not break the budget to get it!! Looking forward to your feedback, talk to you soon.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Before and Afters

Here a few pictures of some projects that I worked on this summer.  I love Before and After's hope you do too. 

This is the big wall in my son and daughter-in-laws house.  I bought the clock about a year ago, and although its really huge it just wasn't enough.  Sherree asked for my opinion, (that's all I needed) I always want to decorate but would never push my style on her.  She has good tastes and likes the mix and match mod podge decorations more than just one big painting or something traditional like that. so here is what we came up with together.


These were very inexpensive items that mostly are connected by color.  She went with the black/white/red color sceme.  The frames are very inexpensive at Wal Mart and inside we used decorative craft papers and old wall paper. 

Now all we have to do is find a cover for that 25 year old recliner that my son treasures!! :)

 I love chairs, especially "singles" I found this one at a garage sale.  It's in great condition but I wanted to spruce it up a bit. 

 This is a paper mache' letter that I bought to decorate my daughter's dorm room. (it reminds me of Lavergne and Shirley tee hee)  I painted it and then decoupaged tissue paper and drew on designs that complimented her bedding. It was very easy and cheap!

 This is a piece that I bought from Goodwill a few years ago.  I painted it then but it needed more so I added a few swirlies.

 This vintage rocker is just like the one my grandmother had.  I think this one was in a barn for the last 20 years though! Gross!! My husband reupolstered it and I gave it a fresh coat of paint.  Looks so cute if I do say so myself. :)  This is for sale in my booth "Nell Rose Place" in the Mid Cities Antique Mall in Hurst.

Just a cute picture of my son and his wife. 
Everyone have a great week!!

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Help

Hi don't be shocked, I'm blogging for the second time in one week!!  My husband and I went to the movies the other night, yes in the middle of the week, (this empty nesting might be ok). :)  anyway we saw "The Help" it was a great movie with an awesome message but I couldn't help being distracted the whole time by the vintage decor shown in every scene.  I love that mid century period, maybe because I grew up in the sixties/seventies and my Mom never threw anything away: had the same stuff until 2000!! When I go to flea markets or garage sales I always look for these items.  After you collect a few similar things you should display them in your home like art.  I have a few examples of how to display your collectibles.

This is my bedroom.  I have a thing for old plates and have been collecting for years.  I especially like the plain white ironstone platters.  I wanted to hang them over my bed but didn't want the usual semetrical layout.  I played around with different layouts and this is what I came up with.  It's off centered and curls onto the side walls.  Different and I love it.

Here are vintage suitcases and a trunck that I had in my spare bedroom in a closet.  I decided to display them all stacked on each other for a bold statement. They also are great for storage.  I have one filled with all of Lindsey's dance shoes from 3 years old.  Another has gobs of pictures in it.  I love the look.

This is my sitting room off the kitchen.  I have many old hankies from my Moma and didn't want to keep them in a drawer.  I bought these frames at Wal mart for $2.  Easy as pie, the hard part is hanging them straight. :)  Oh that's Roxy my lab in the recliner, that's her chair. 

I mentioned before that I love mirrors, here are a few of them in my entry hall.  I hung them all together to make an impact and to brighten the dark hall.  Now that I see this picture, I may have room for a couple more hmmm....time to shop!

Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

My House

Busy Busy Busy!!!  Everyone is, I know, but I just can't seem to sit down to blog more often.  I think after school starts it will get quieter around here.  I KNOW it will get quieter! I thought it would be nice to show you around my house.  This will give you an idea of my style and my stuff.  (Yes I'm selling alot of similar things in my booth at the Mid Cities Antique Mall )

Here is my living room. It's a big room so
when we decided to buy a new leather sectional I thought BIG.  Well it's really big but we love it, so comfy.

This is the dining room. Not so big! But we are very informal and so it works. I love that nothing matches. The table was purchased in Forney about 15 years ago from the place that has since burned down.  The wood chairs have had about 4 colors of paint now, I've had them for 20 years.  Yikes I'm too young to have funiture 20 years old! 

I love decorating with plates and mirrors. I bought the light fixtures circa 1920's from Old Home Supply in Ft. Worth.  Awesome place.

This is the nook in the living room near the front door in the bay window.  It's one of those places that you think "what goes here?"  I have had many things there over the years but it's best at Christmas because the tree fits perfectly there and you can see it from outside!

This is Sophie, my little 10 year old Papillion.  This is her place in the house.  I made the throw from vintage fabric that I found a long time ago.  It was a remnant only 2 yards, I just sewed the hems and added fringe.  It looks so vintage and is very soft.  Sophie loves it!!!

Here are only a couple of rooms, more to come, stay tuned if you want. :)  Hopefully I'll post again before next month.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Open for Business!!!

Hi guys, I am now officially open for business in my new space at the Mid Cities Antique Mall in Hurst. I wasn't supposed to move in until August but the space was available so I took advantage and moved in over the weekend.  I still have a lot to do but I got a great start on loading everything in.
Notice the walls are made of old wooden doors that my husband found.  It really adds a touch of
"shabby chic" and serves as a space divider.  He's very handy like that.
The old farm table and matching 4 chairs is real find.  Perfect for a breakfast nook.  It looks wonderful with the cabinet. Take them both home.
I bought the 2 slipper chairs at a garage sale and my husband reupolstered them. I think they go perfectly with the barrel shaded lamp.
There's "Dolly" in the corner.  I have searched everywhere for an antique dress form that I can afford.  She's not an antique but I love her anyway. (she is for sale too)  The old kitchen cabinet and hutch was kept in a barn for the last 50 years, it cleaned up real nicely.  Notice the built in flour sifter on the left. 

This is a repurposed end table.  I painted and distressed it first.  Changed the knobs and added fabric and stenciling to make it unique.  The picture doesn't do it justice, you must see it.

So if you get a chance, get out of the sizzling oven that is our weather, come by and browse the Mall.