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My Secondhand Finds

I don’t believe I’ve shared with you any finds in quite some time and they are starting to add up so I’ll share just a few as to not overwhelm you (or make me look like I need a shopping intervention)!

Forgive me if I’ve shared my chair before  – although, I don’t think I have.  I bought this sturdy chair last summer for my computer desk (I gave up on the Mod one) and just loved it.  I went to a sample sale a few weeks ago and bought fabric for $1 each.  I used one of the fabrics (normally priced at $155 per yard – that was on the tag) to reupholster my chair.  The fabric is a charcoal  tweed with some wool made by  Pollack.  Here is how it came out…

Next, I came across some little finds, but nevertheless just made me happy!  I’m trying to decide which photo to put in the frame (the one in the photo is stock).  But I did find a spot for it – right on my nightstand.

You may feel that my next find is a little more on the pricey side (comparing to the one’s above).  BUT, I could not walk away from this one (actually, I did and then ran back the next morning).  It’s as close to brand new as can be and when I found out that this velvety chair normally retails online for almost $400, the asking price seemed reasonable.

I’ve spent a few Saturday mornings sitting here with kids as I read a story book.  Oh, and get this, the seat cushion lifts up and has built in storage!

BTW, I’m working on my newsletter publication and plan to send it out in the next few weeks.  If  you’ve never received one and are interested, sign up with your email address (top right side of the site).  Have a great evening!

Images:  House of Many Hues

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February 14, 2012   No Comments

Belle Notte Linens

A few weeks ago I went shopping at a strip mall that I have visited on numerous times.  They were having a sidewalk sale and so I couldn’t resist and had to stop on by.  While shopping, I came across a little shop that I had never seen before.  As I walked through the doors of the store, the first display to greet me was a Belle Notte bedding set.  Sooo gorgeous!  I wanted to throw myself on the bed and wallow in the velvety softness but the sign stating, “Please do not sit on” stopped me.  My intent must have been obvious because within seconds the shop owner came over to discuss the beauty of the bedding.  “It’s all machine washable too“, she said.  This could not get any better!

So what else did this shop have to offer?  Beyond the Belle Notte display were other designer fabrics and clothing.  How could I have missed this specialty shop before?  Unfortunately, the shop lacks any store front appeal and the organization inside is less than desirable.  It’s such a shame because the products carried are so beautiful.  But it goes to show that no matter how “high end” a product is, without visual merchandising (retail decorating), shoppers may be inclined to leave for something brighter and better organized.  I wish to nominate this shop for Style Networks business makeover show Peter Perfect (if they ever bring it back!).

Images:  Bella Notte Linens

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August 9, 2010   No Comments

Anna French

Anna French has a marvelous collection of fabrics and wallpaper.  She uses classic designs with bold and vibrant colors to achieve a modern feel.  Take a look…

Regal – Ritz Collection.  I love the turquoise color and how it gives this fabric dimension.

Cocktail Fabric – Ritz Collection and Regal Wallpaper from Glamour

Damask Wallpaper from Wild Flora Collection

Velvet Jacquard Wallpaper from Wild Flora Collection

Images:  Anna French


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May 27, 2010   1 Comment

Hospitality + Shine by S.H.O

In continuing with yesterday’s topic, the question of what I consider as good hospitality was asked.  Many experts have written numerous books on this very subject.  So, for me to completely answer this question in one post would be impossible (not to mention I’m not an expert!).  However, I do have an opinion on a few simple practices.

1.  Personally greet each guest.  I don’t care if your having 100 people over at your house, as the host/hostess it is your responsibility to make sure you welcome each person to your home.  It doesn’t have to be a lengthy greeting, but acknowledging and welcoming your guests is probably one of the most important practices. These people took time out to come to your party – take time out to say hello and thank them for coming out.  And no, just a hand wave across the room is not acceptable.

2.  Always have a snack and drink available.  I know that the norm for most parties today is to bring your own drink and sometimes snack.  However, it may happen that your guest didn’t get the memo.  Don’t leave your guest empty handed!  Always have at least a small snack sitting out and along with something to drink.  It doesn’t have to be an alcoholic beverage – bottles of water are just fine.  If you can’t afford a few bags of chips and a couple cases of water, maybe having a party is not the best idea.

3.  Make your social rounds.  I can’t tell you how many times I have been to a party where the host/hostess sits in the same spot with the same people all night long.  It can give a strange “clicky” and uninviting vibe to your guests .  Get up and talk to people!  With a large party you may not be able to have a full blown conversation with every single individual (this is why practice #1 is so important), but this creates a comfortable atmosphere for guests to come up and say hi.

4.  Always have a gift ready.  I started this practice years ago and it has served me well on a number of occasions.  I always try to keep on hand a few gifts in the event someone decides to bring an unexpected guest during Christmas (this has happened to me) or I’m headed to a party where it just so happens to be someones birthday.  The gifts don’t have to be expensive.  If I come across a great sale, that’s when I tend think about it and buy what I call “universal” gifts.  Universal gifts for chicas can include lotions, soaps, perfumes, decorative notebooks, oil diffusers, cute bags – basically things that the majority of us girls love.  Guys are even simpler.  Almost every guy I know loves booze.  Even if they get a bottle of something they don’t particularly like, they generally don’t care because it was free!

And there you have what I think are a few hospitable practices.  Before signing off, I leave you with furniture in shades of blue by Shine by S.H.O.  Love the blue velvet couch below…

Manhattan Sofa

Lola Sofa

Marbella Buffet

Images:  Shine by S.H.O

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May 18, 2010   No Comments

Weekend Happenings + Cox & Cox

Our town has a popular craft show that comes a few times a year.  If I haven’t mentioned before, I love craft shows.  I go to buy unique items, get inspirational ideas for myself, and generally be surrounded with wonderfully creative people.  On Saturday, I packed up my oldest daughter and off the craft show we went.  It was very cold and windy, so once I had my daughter in the stroller I jogged to the front doors.  After walking around the show for a half hour, I was a bit disappointed.

I’ve been contemplating if I should write about my experience at the craft show because it may be a bit negative.  However, I’ve decided to move forward because I learned something that I wanted to share.  Ok, here it goes… I really hope that if anyone from the craft show is reading this, please, please do not get offended.  After perusing the show, the first thing that came to mind is that a good deal of the show was handmade jewelry – which I love.  The issue I had was pricing that seemed to be all over the map.  I saw very similar necklaces ranging from $12 to $115.  I know what you may be thinking – the $115 necklace used better material and semi-precious stones.  Maybe, but nothing told me that.  Not a sign, not a person, nothing was telling me why it was different than the rest.

Finally, I was surprised as to how many crafts were simply outdated.  These were craft items that did extremely well – 15 years ago.  Are people still buying these items?  By the low or no traffic at these booths, I think the answer was clear.  At $95 for an 8′x10′ spot, I’m not sure that some crafters made that in profits for the day.   I walked out of the show with swirls of thinking.  I don’t ever want to be stagnant in life.  I never want to stop learning, trying new things or discontinue my quest of beauty.  All this from a craft show.  But I’m sure I already knew these things…

On a  positive note, when I got home, I was excited to see that my Cox & Cox catalog from the UK had arrived!  So many beautiful things that I decided to showcase just a few of my favorites.

Craft Collage Cox and Cox

From left to right, top to bottom:  Velvet RibbonBox of Gorgeous RibbonsColored Pencils in a Felt Bag, and Childrens Art Frame.

Crystal Glass Collage Cox and Cox

From left to right, top to bottom:  Seedling Paper Pot PressNumber Candle VasesSilver Scatter Flowers,  and Crystal Light Garland.

Pillow Purse Collage Cox and Cox

From left to right, top to bottom:  Kiss Tapestry KitJack CushionVelvet Pencil Case, and  Velvet Beauty Bags.

Images:  Cox & Cox

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May 10, 2010   No Comments

Graham and Green

I get so excited when I see beautiful furniture – especially sofas!  I don’t know why, but I almost get giddy like a kid in a toy store.  But unfortunately, I get to only “look” at them.  My husband and I have decided (well, mostly my husband) to hold off from buying a new sofa.  With two kids under two, it most likely would not survive even a year.   However, nothing has been said about any other type of furniture.    And so I ooh and ahhed over at the Graham and Green furniture website.  They are a contemporary furniture store in the UK that sells all sorts of furniture including home accessories.  These are some of the items that I got excited over…

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Kitchen Rack – I think they even sell some of the dishes!

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Rustic Wooden Table – I want this for my bedroom.

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Chatsworth Library Armchair

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Ok, so I had to throw in a picture of the sofa I want – just in case my husband is reading this post.  I love its simple and clean lines.  It would go great by the tv…wouldn’t it?  The name of this sofa, and I’m not making this up, is Dream Velvet Sofa.  I guess that’s where it stands right now…just a dream.

Images:  Graham and Green

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April 15, 2010   No Comments