Monday, April 29, 2013

{Browser Window Shopping}: Summer Avenue Antique Warehouse.

Here I am, back again with another {browser window shopping}. The other day I had a bit of time to kill before meeting up with my mom and so I stopped into my favorite antique store close to me, Summer Avenue Antique Warehouse. As usual, I found some good things - and this time I didn't even take anything home with me (besides some gifts for friends...). I'm sure Jake appreciates that!

Here's what I spied..

Some fun retro chairs that just needed a little cleaning and love:

A fabulous chair for an office or retro living room:

A mid-century modern chest of drawers {love those legs}:

A club chair and ottoman for a steal at $85 - some damage and wet areas but you'd reupholster it anyway...

An enamel top cabinet - I could see this painted some fun color on the bottom and used as a side table.

Loved this mid-century modern buffet/hutch:

A retro kitchen table with four chairs:

Some fun retro canisters:

Fun pyrex and mugs:

A great sofa table:

Hidden under there is a spunky bar cart:

And a fabulous polka-dotted casserole dish:

Browsing antiques is one of my favorite things to do in my spare time - hope you enjoyed!

In antiques and eye-candy,

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

{Life}: Lately.

Spring has been good to us around here. Despite a string of bad luck (stolen debit card number, dead car battery, a new AC compressor for same car, and finally Jake backing into a fire hydrant), the past month has been overwhelmingly positive. Great news at work, fun times with family and friends, and quality time with my guy - can't complain.

{the fire hydrant won that round} :

A few weeks ago I went shopping with a pal. I'm a frugalista by nature and out of necessity (I get it honestly from my mom...) and so I have to share this - Burlington Coat Factory has super cute necklaces. You've got to dig through some trash and it won't be the best quality but for someone who can't stomach paying a ton for a statement necklace you'll wear with only a few outfits, it is definitely worth it. Here are two of the four I got:

I also got to spend some time eating lunch with my cousin and her PRECIOUS baby girl, Layla. This girl is growing up (as children do, I suppose) and every time I see her I am reminded about the importance of making time for family.

I spent some time shopping with my mom at a new antique place...

There was LOTS of pet time this spring...

And a little video to see what I deal with on a daily basis - Beamer is hilarious.

Jake also worked a lot of night shifts this month - so one night Beamer and I took him dinner.

Then Jake and I celebrated being off a long shift with Central BBQ...

Spring hit our neighborhood suddenly, after a string of cold weather and then a lot of rain. We finally got blooms on our azaleas out front and oh do I love them!

We also finally met with our contractor to get a quote for the porch posts...

Jake has been studying a lot for his test next week. Tyson tried to help but he was no help...

More pet pics... dinner time at our house:

Tyson has been very cuddly lately. Who knew he could be nice?

Jake and I also finally tried out the hot fudge pie at Westy's in the Pinch district downtown. I officially have found the thing that I crave most in life. It was ridiculously delicious.

We've been cheering on the Grizz from our couch...

Taking walks around the neighborhood, enjoying the beautiful weather.

Even school has gotten into the spring times - our geese have hatched their goslings. Aren't they precious?

{Note: I'm such a city girl that I didn't know they were called goslings. Thanks to GG for that info}

We have this awful untended bed that is technically our neighbors (a rental) but it is jungle-esque. And yet these beautiful plants seem to persevere through the lack of attention, the weeds and drought. This week our irises have been blooming.

And with that, I leave you with a picture of Sebastian - this one is special because whenever I try to take pictures of him, he gets so excited to get attention that he comes towards you... meaning I never get good pictures unless he is sleeping.

In loving spring,

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

{House}: A Fabric Project for Mom.

My mom is redoing her master bedroom, including {finally} painting the bedroom and adding in roman shades and some other details. They had two club chairs that they moved downstairs in favor of smaller, different chairs. My mom found a pair of chairs at our favorite antique mall (Antique Warehouse on Summer) and wanted to have them recovered.

And now you see why they are repainting the room- the red was classy but its time has come. This painting is one of three my parents have at their house by the artist Greg Gustafson. She wants to use the tons of this painting to guide the room's decor.

As you can see, she's looking at turquoise, olive, and brown as her tones. So we headed out to Johnson's Fabric in Bartlett (off Bartlett Blvd by the athletic fields) to check out upholstery fabric on the cheap cheap. I had never been to Johnson's Fabric so I was in for a treat!

Johnson's Fabric doesn't look huge but once you get inside you see that they have a great selection and their prices are really reasonable. We walked around and snapped pictures of the ones we liked (the best part is the pictures were in order so we could remember where they were based on when we took it).

This was the first fabric we saw - we loved the colors (they were perfect) but the shimmer of it was a bit too feminine.

The stripes were next. Ideal colors, but too masculine.

This dot was one of our favorites.

This tweed wasn't my favorite but my mom liked it - it was similar to one her designer had picked.

Another dot type:

My absolute favorite fabric:

This picture came out kind of weird but it was olive with brown dots.

And of course I snapped a few pictures of things I loved just for myself...

In the end we got samples for a few of the fabrics to try in the actual room.

It is always a good idea to take the fabric into the actual room to look at lighting in situ. Turns out that most of our green in the fabrics were too yellow-green to match the existing headboard and the blue was too bright. The one that looked perfect? The brown dot on the left. It was the winner!

My mom has also decided to use the swirly fabric (below) that I fell in love with for the guest bedroom redo that she's doing next. Good choice.

Now she's got the chairs off at the re-upholsterer's shop - can't wait to share the finished product!

In fabric and fun,
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