Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Big News Coming! Plus 3 Events to Check Out!

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Yes, it affects you!
Too bad! Come back tomorrow!

In the meantime, check out these events...

Win a personalized pillow valued at $100 from Comfort Works!
Giveaway open March 1-14.
Enter at The DIY Club.
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Do you have DIY projects to this month's DIY Project Party?
Win a great prize package.
Open March 1-21.
Link up at The DIY Club.

Project Pinterest at the DIY Club

The new Project Pinterest theme to be announced March 5.
Learn more at The DIY Club.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Upcoming Projects: March is Going to Rock!

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Are you ready for some projects this March?

They are colorful!

They are vintage!

They are shiny!

They are crafty!

They are industrial!

And they are coming to a blog near you!

{That means THIS blog!}

Monday, February 27, 2012

Vintage Medical Cabinet Used as a Jewelry Organizer and Vanity

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No, Miss Bliss, Ron and I are NOT playing doctor and nurse, though I did get a chuckle out of your comment! Sarah got it right when she suggested I was using the vintage medical cabinet in the bedroom nook as a jewelry holder and vanity area!

If you open the doors, you can see a mirror, which is very helpful for putting in earrings, etc.

A vintage bunsen burner stand is used to hold necklaces, bracelets, etc. This is the same stand I used for my whimsical bird's nest display last year.

The brackets are movable and allow for hanging different length jewelry.

A hand-crafted bowl nestles perfectly to hold rings and other baubles.

This "listen" necklace above was crafted by jewelry designer Gretchen at Mimi Toria's Designs. She and Lani at Cottage Elements gifted it to me for my birthday a few years ago.

Some other fun necklaces on display.

The vintage tin box was a junk find. I love it's colors and patterns.

This is the drawer before. It shows the original green color of the desk. No, I didn't paint the desk. It was white when I found it. I think the green is the same as the pair of vintage medical cabinets I have in the studio/office. Don't you think?

I lined the drawer with cork and then sorted jewelry using the vintage milk glass dental trays I showed you a couple weeks ago...

Instead having everything tangled and jumbled up, everything is easily visible. It saves so much time getting ready in the morning! It's also easier to put things away!

Alright! So spill it! How do you organize your jewelry? Is it piled in a drawer? Hanging on something? Did you DIY a special jewelry display piece? Did you get rid of all your jewelry just so you didn't have to organize it?

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Nook Goes Vintage Medical Chic

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In the last post, I teased you with the photo above. I also showed you how this nook was created when we added a closet (see before and after in photos below) during our master bedroom renovation a couple years ago.

BEFORE                                                                            AFTER

With the addition of the second closet, we now had this nook. Since 2009, it has seen plenty of action as it was transformed season after season. I put together a timeline of the nook so that you could see what I mean...

Left: Master Bedroom Makeover Tour November 2009
Center: Sunshiny Mornings & Moody Afternoons February 2010

Left: Simplifying December 2010
Right: Simplified Summer Look July 2011

What does it look like now?

With a vintage medical cabinet and coordinating medical stool,
the nook now has what I'm calling a "vintage medical chic" appeal...

{okay, I'm not so sure about the chic, but vintage and medical are accurate!}

Oddly enough, this cabinet has seen it's own series of transformations. It started off like this...


then to the living room with some decor...

then the wood cabinet base was changed out for a metal desk...

Now, it is in the master bedroom nook

and being use for a whole new purpose!

Can you guess what that purpose is?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ever-Changing Master Bedroom Nook

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Do you have one of those spaces that always keeps changing? I know Roeshel does! You'll have to ask her which space that is! Tell her Amy sent you!

Well, one space is my home that has seen plenty of styling is this nook in the master bedroom. Actually, there used to NOT be a nook. The master bedroom used to look like this...

After realizing that sharing a closet with my husband was NOT ideal, and that we had enough room for a second closet, we built in this bad boy during our master bedroom makeover in Fall 2009...

With the addition of the second closet, we now had this nook. Since 2009, it has seen plenty of action as it was transformed season after season. I put together a timeline of the nook so that you could see what I mean...

Here's a sneak peek...

More to come in the next post!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Antique Display Cabinet

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I must say...I had a pretty good junking weekend last weekend. First, I found that campaign dresser, which has a new home in the dining room. I also scored that set of Anne of Green Gables books. THEN I picked up this bad boy. 

It was at a local antique shop. It had been there for quite a long while...we're talking years. I've always admired it and had an idea for it, but the price was a bit prohibitive. The vendor was actually in the store, so I asked if the "firm" price was actually firm. Turns out that it wasn't! :)

Which means that this beauty came home with me. What is it, you ask? Well...

It's an antique bathroom ware display from the SAN-O-LA line from Art Brass Co. of New York. In the photo below, it's sitting behind the sofa. That should give you an idea of it's size.

It would have displayed bathroom accessories such as soap holders, tumbler holders, toothbrush holders, etc. I found the ad below that shows some of the antique accessories.

We are building up to a long-overdue master bath reno this spring/summer. The display cabinet will be incorporated into the design. There are a couple options I'm still considering as far as placement and use in the master bath, so I'll keep you posted as decisions get made!! :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Garage Sale Books

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Along with the vintage campaign dresser, I picked up this collection of Anne of Green Gables Books at a garage sale last weekend. I was told that it does not represent the complete collection, but it seems like a good start! I've watched some of the Anne of Green Gables movies, but I have never read any of the books. I'm looking forward to digging into them!

From Little House on the Prairie, to Pride and Prejudice, to the complete Janette Oke series, I love any stories that take place in the "olden days." I grew up reading every night before bed. I still enjoy that, though sometimes I partake in some non-fiction and self-help books these days. When it comes to reading books, I prefer the old fashioned paper book, too, unless I'm traveling. Since I am on the computer so much for work and blogging, my eyes need the luxury of some paper!

I'm starting a new pinboard, called Favorite Books & Movies, to capture all the books and movies I've read/watched or that I want to read/watch. It will be a kind of recommended books/movies page. I'd better get pinning!

What kinds of books are you into? Fiction or non-fiction? Paper or e-book? Favorite authors? Favorite series? Do you have any recommendations?

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Campaign Dresser and the Driftwood Whale

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Did you enjoy the Campaign Furniture pinboard from yesterday? Didn't those girls do amazing things with their campaign dressers

I anticipate a future makeover on this campaign dresser I found last weekend, but I had to find a home for it until that time comes. Right now, it's moved into the dining room as a sideboard! I rambled around the house grabbing things to add to the vignette. Here's what I came up with:

The brass on the dresser ties into the gold in the antique sand-painted American Railway sign that was already above the doorway. I pulled the salvaged convex mirror from the guest room. The Ralph Lauren lamps had been in the dining room previously, but most recently had been in the living room. With their gold/brass tones, I pulled them back into the dining room for this vignette.

Taking center stage is this driftwood whale from, of course, TJMaxx. I loved it the instant I saw it!

So ready for spring/summer!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Vintage Campaign Dresser Comes to the Cottage

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Lookie what I found this weekend! Isn't she a beaut? I've been drooling over campaign furniture for a couple years now. Finally, I found a vintage campaign dresser for the cottage!

Why would I want a campaign dresser? Check out my Campaign Furniture pinboard on Pinterest...

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 Here are some of my favorites from the Campaign Furniture pinboard...

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Aren't they gorgeous? They are the perfect inspirations for figuring out what I'll be doing with my beautiful dresser. It definitely needs some freshening up! It might not get painted until the spring/summer, but that doesn't mean I can plan ahead!

If this were your dresser, what room would you use it in and what color would you paint it? 

P.S. Tomorrow, I'll show you where I currently have it!

P.P.S. Do any of you have a campaign dresser pinboard? If so, please let me know! I'd love to follow it!