Thursday, July 30, 2009

Pretty Purple Wildflowers

On the way home from the store yesterday I saw a ton of beautiful wildflowers on the side of the road. I stopped and cut a bunch, sticking to white and purple, using the scissors I always keep in my purse (you never know when you'll need them!). After putting them in an existing vase, I made a little vignette on our coffee table. I like the balance the flowers give to the lodge-like metal deer and hand carved wooden candle holder. The deer is actually a candle holder itself, but I don't like the look of it with a taper candle in it. I think I might try to use my boyfriends Dremel tool to take it off in the future. That's a project for another day!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Vintage Palmolive Ad

A couple of weeks ago I found this darling framed ad at a garage sale for only 50 cents! Frame and all! All I had to do was put a coat of gloss black paint on the frame to freshen it up.

The ad is a vintage Palmolive ad, most likely from Good Housekeeping Magazine. I'm unable to find the exact ad online though. Most of the ads that I have found that are similar are from the early 30's. This one has a small '27' in pencil in the corner, so I'm wondering if that is the year this one is from? The ad itself measures about 10.5" x 13.5".

The print says "-charm of youth 'that schoolgirl complexion' The simple rule in daily skin care to follow if you seek it". I'm going to be hanging it in my bathroom-to-be!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Apartment Prep

This chair was $5 at Goodwill, originally in brass. A quick coat of white Rustoleum gave it a new life. It will go in my hot pink bathroom next to the shower. I plan on putting some great baskets under it to store toiletries, slippers and the like. I think the green floral retro fabric will really work with the hot pink, but it shouldn't be too tough to reupholster should I change my mind!

In about three weeks: pics of it in place!

Filing Cabinet Freshen Up

This ugly (though in good shape) filing cabinet was a steal at a garage sale for $5. Its for my boyfriend's 'office' so I chose a black gloss to paint it. After sanding and washing I used a small roller on most of it, finishing it up with a brush. I polished up the aluminum handles with some metal polish to take off some rust and make them extra bright. Its not perfect by any means, but its a lot better than rusty and gray! The final step is making cute labels for the drawers once my honey figures out what he wants them to say!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Adorable Aprons

My inbox gave me the gift of new Anthropologie the other day, including the beautiful Spring Mix Apron on the right, below. I've been wanting a cute apron for a long time since I love baking, and who wouldn't want to look cute while making treats? These three are my favorites on their site right now. Running about $25-$40, they are a pretty good buy, even not on sale!

Top: Lulea $32, Left: Twittering Teatime $28, Right: Spring Mix $38

Sunday, July 26, 2009

First Post, First Project!

My biggest project at the moment is getting ready to move into a new apartment in August. It will be the first time in a while that I will be able to paint, decorate, and arrange as I wish! I have a bedroom, office and bathroom to myself and I am so excited to make them my own spaces. The plan is for a lime green bedroom with black, white, dark wood and silver accents, a bright yellow office with dark wood, black and white accents, and a BRIGHT pink bathroom with aqua, yellow, green and white accents.

My first find was this $8 mirror from Goodwill. The frame is actually not wood but plastic that looks like wood. I masked the center and gave it a nice coat of black gloss spray paint. Its home will be above my bed as a pseudo headboard that will hopefully make the room bright and look bigger!

In a month or so I'll have a picture of it in place!