Sunday, January 31, 2010

Wire Frame & Antique Advertising Mirror in Master Bedroom

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n the last post, I mentioned that I had won a giveaway from Layla@The Lettered Cottage. My super fabulous prizes include the bag, wire frame, and stone candle holders at the left. Today's posts features that wire frame and one of the junking finds I showed you a few posts antique gesso advertising mirror. They have come together into a vignette in the newly renovated master bedroom (I still cringe at the before photos!!).

You can see that I've changed the white bedding out for some green and ivory for the winter months. it adds a bit of warmth to the room. With that change, the antique gesso advertising mirror seemed like it found a home above the desk. It replaced the shell mirror that was previously there.

Here is the morning sun as it says hello...

I love catching the sun flare in my photos...

Here is that fabulous wire frame that Layla sent me. It is the perfect place to feature the artistic endeavors of a favorite princess of mine. I love the pop of color! The wool from Home Goods, the other from TJMaxx...are actually (Are you ready for this?) toys. Ha! Yes, it's true! I absolutely adore them.

I love the texture and patina of the frame on this mirror. Even the mirror itself has so much character! The soft blue of the hydrangeas seems to work well in the vignette.

The lamp is another TJMaxx find from years ago. The lampshade is a recent purchase...from Target.

A view from the master bath...

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Schoolhouse Light

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eady for another simple light change? You saw how the star light in the photo above transformed my kitchen by changing out the builder's brass fixture. Well,...see that other light above? The one that looks like it belongs in an old schoolhouse? I found it the same day as the star light and the other items you see there. Where was that? The outstanding occasional sale at Second Hand Rose in Buffalo, MN.

For the next photo, move your mouse over the image to see the before and after!
(NOTE: If you are viewing this in a reader, you'll have to visit the post to view the effect.)

From grim to prim in 5 minutes. So much better, right? This is in the master of two rooms in the house that has received zero attention (except for this light) since we moved in. I hope that we will be working on this room this summer.

Important to note: There is only one more of those icky little brass lights left in the house...I think. We're picking them off one by one!!

P.S. Shout out to Britt@A Penny Saved who made her own schoolhouse light fixture for $9! Have you seen it? Amazing!!

Coming up...

If you are a fan of The Lettered Cottage (that should cover pretty much every blogger I know), you saw that I was the lucky duck New Year's Day winner of their True Value Giveaway. I won the hand-picked goodies in the photo at left.

My first project with them involves that fabulous wire frame. It has a home near that glorious antique gesso advertising mirror in the master bedroom makeover.

You'll get to see it in the next post!

(photo credit: The Lettered Cottage)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Star Light, Star Bright, First My Kitchen Light

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 quick little change in the kitchen changed this builder's over-the-sink brass lighting nightmare....

into a dreamy night under the stars (well, at least one star)....

It casts a great glow and interesting pattern on the walls....

It even looks cool in the daytime...

It makes doing dishes a dream.




Okay, you know me too well. Totally kidding! Dishes...blech.

Beyond The Picket Fence

Monday, January 25, 2010

Happy Just Because Day!

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I had to share my "Just Because" gift with you. You know that holiday...Just Because Day. That's okay...I hadn't heard of either...but I like it!! What a surprise I had this weekend when RJNJ showed up with this striped bag after a trip to "the big city" for an event.

Picture RJNJ and his the mall (a rare feat in itself)...but actually shopping. That image alone makes me smile. When his buddy asked him what the gift was for,...
he answered, "Just because." 
"Just because?" his buddy asked incredulously? 
"That's right," responded RJNJ. "Just because."
That was the official beginning of Just Because Day.

RJNJ picked out this fabulous wristlet for me (Penelope Signature silver and black...if anyone wants to know). Oddly enough, I've been trying to find a wristlet for a while. The funny part is that he didn't know anything about it. He certainly did not know what a wristlet was, but somehow he picked out THE perfect gift!!

This new scarf (Multi Button Ponytail Scarf) can be worn in the hair, around the neck, or to embellish a handbag. That's accessory for an accessory. Necessary? No. But oh so beautiful!

The best part about Just Because Day is that it is totally unexpected! Who doesn't love to be surprised by the one you love? Thanks, RJNJ!!

Do you have a Just Because Day story? Do tell!!

Friday, January 22, 2010

American Railway Sign, Depot Chalkboard, & Gesso Advertising Mirror

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t's been a while since I've shown you some junking finds. These were found last fall...from two of my favorite Minnesota occasional sale vendors!! The sand-casted American Railway sign, the depot chalkboard, and the gesso advertising mirror...each of these three pieces is too fabulous for words.

This sign dates between 1917 (when the American Railway Express was formed) and 1929 (when the company changed names). The sign is sand-painted. I'm not sure of the process, but it has a fabulous texture. The edges above and below the words are angled in, and the black and gold is very striking. I'm completely smitten with it!!

The warmth and patina of this chalkboard is yummy! I was told it was from some kind of depot in Fessenden, ND...train depot maybe? I don't remember what she said!! (UPDATE: I did a web search and learned that the Soo Line Depot in Fessenden closed in 1969. Perhaps it is from that depot!) The chalkboard part is an actual piece of slate. Heavy!!

Here are a couple close-ups of the gesso advertising mirror. It has a different advertiser on each side of the frame. The floral and textural details on this piece make it extra special.

The mirror has found a home in the master bedroom redo. I'll be sure to take some photos soon! The placement of the railway sign and chalkboard are still being debated. I haven't narrowed down the best options yet. They will find their way to the perfect spot eventually!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Kickin' it Into 4th Gear

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love when RJNJ comes in from the garage and says, "I've been working on a lamp." I know that I am in for a treat when I set my eyes upon what he has created. This is his latest (his fourth) red-hot lighting creation. He used Ford motor parts to put this beauty of a lamp together.

I love getting out the camera to capture the shapes and textures of his lamps! This is my favorite shot from this round...

The lamp is set upon a metal display case that I found in Texas about five years ago. On display are some fun pieces I've picked up here and there...a brass compass, a small magnifying glass, and a vintage bell collection.

If you want to see any more of the "gear" lamps, here are lamp 1, lamp 2, and lamp 3When you start seeing these lamps mass produced with fake auto parts, please remember you saw the original, one-of-a-kind RJNJ creations here first!! 

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

So, Tell Me...

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hich of these signs do you like the best? The Nester is having a giveaway and surprise linky party featuring customized items from DaySpring-Danielson Design Studio. I thought I'd pop over to DaySpring to see what I could come up with...

Option 1: Warm tones, walnut frame.

Option 2: Neutral with pop of chili pepper red, black frame.

Option 3: "Lago" blue title with neutrals, black frame.

Option 4: All neutrals, black frame.

Now, if I win the $50 gift certificate, which sign do you think I should get?

For more fun, check out some more fun ideas I did for Junkologie here!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Cottage Elements: New Year, New Giveaway!

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Head on over to Cottage Elements to win a prize pack from JunkMarket Style!...

  • 2 books
  • 1 magazine
  • 1 DVD

...all about junking!!

There is also a great interview with Sue Whitney, owner of JunkMarket Style, provided in that post! Learn about the benefits of junking and how JunkMarket Style is a leader in the creating fabulous style on a low budget!!

Why I am NOT entering this giveaway...
Because I already own all the JunkMarket publications! That leaves more chances for you to win!! They are fabulous!! Yes, you want them for your very own. Not kidding. They are "must-haves" for junkers, thrifters, budget-conscious decorators, style mavens, and eco-friendly people. Get on over to Cottage Elements to enter!!