Friday, June 13, 2014

St Louis Gypsy Caravan

On Memorial Day, my friends, Kelly and Susan and I went to the annual Gypsy Caravan.  The caravan is an annual event that takes place every year on Memorial Day and is put on by the St Louis Symphony.  It is a large flea market with lots of goodies, food trucks and lemonade shake ups, what’s not to love?!?  This was my first time going to the market so I didn’t know what to expect.  We had a great time and left hot, sweaty and sunburnt.

I really wasn’t looking for items for the shop but I found a few things that I couldn’t leave behind.  So I will share what came home with me.

First up is this awesome arrow bookend.  I love this thing, it’s so cool.  I added it to the shop and then shared a picture of it on Instagram and within a day it was gone.  Nancy over at Powell Brower at Home bought it for a client.  I hope that she shares a picture of the bookend in it’s forever home. Winking smile


I saw these from a distance and quickly made my way to them.  They weren’t priced so I figured that they would be too much.  I asked the man how much and when he told me the price I couldn’t say “I’ll take them” fast enough!  I think that these decanters would be so chic on a barcart.


I wasn’t sure about this one.  I am not a fashion blogger, but this little gold purse is so cute.  It metal and in great shape.  It is a vintage Koret clutch.  Again, I know nothing about vintage handbags but I just thought this was stunning.



Next up is this brass letter opener.  I have a hard time leaving any brass object behind…so it came home with me.


Know anyone that smokes a pipe?  Yeah, me either but because I am a brass hoarder I now have one!


So that was my haul from the Gypsy Caravan!  We had a great time and I am sure that we will brave the crowds again next year.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Thrift report–planters!

Hey guys!  Sorry for the radio silence…I will do better, promise!  Anyway, today’s thrift report is all about some pretty awesome planters that I have picked up lately.  Indoor plants are all the rage these days…succulents, we can’t get enough of them.  I think that any of these planters would look fantastic with your favorite little green friend in them.

Here is what I picked up…


This dark green one is marked USA 75 on the bottom.


This one has USA on the side towards the bottom, but nothing on the bottom.


This one marked Norton USA 312.


And this little guy is my favorite of them all.  There are no markings but I think he would look awesome with a little green plant.

The first three planters were all found in one trip to Value Village.  The bird planter was found at an antique mall…I can’t remember with one.  Have ya’ll found anything good this week?  And have ya’ll jumped on the succulent trend?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Thrift Report

Hi Friends!

We here is StL survived yet another snow/ice/sleet storm over the weekend.  I am praying that it was our last.  I am so ready for warmer weather!  I am sure that I am not the only one dreaming of the tropics, this winter has been ruthless.  I did manage to get a little thrifting in while the kids were at school (they seem to have a snow day at least once a week!).  So here is what I got…

This ginger jar is just so pretty.  I picked it up in a neighboring city at a shop that is only open one weekend a month.  I try to get there every month but sometimes I miss out.  I usually shop for myself when I go there, so I am keeping this one!


I found this set of Culver glasses at Goodwill.  The gold banding is flawless and just so pretty.


I also found this pair of vintage wire floral frogs at the same Goodwill as the Culver glasses.  I thought these were just so cool.  I love that the paint is all chippy and I really like the metal tag with 61 on it.


And then there is this very regal looking pup.  I picked up this Staffordshire dog at a local consignment shop that I don’t normally frequent because it is packed to the gills and taking a 2.5 year old in there is out of the question!  I got a few hours to myself and made my way there to wander around.


And finally, I found this set of glasses on a different adventure to Goodwill.  I was drawn to the color on these glasses.  The red flowers are fun and happy!  They are by Tastesetter.


That’s what I picked up this week, did you find anything awesome?

Peace out!


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Dining Room

Okay, so I am back with another room to share!  I am afraid that this room is kind of boring…as in, Oh my gosh, there is nothing in this room!  We just recently purchased the table and chairs from Craigslist.  It is originally from World Market but buying it secondhand we got it for way cheaper!  I don’t think that the bench is available any longer.  So we have only had furniture in this room for a short time and like all rooms in our house, it is a work in progress.  The color of the walls is Wrought Iron by Behr (Home Depot).


The doorway over there with the 1980s intercom/radio system leads to the kitchen.  Seriously, the intercom system has a cassette tape player in it and the black box above it is a cd player…it’s old.  But I have surprised myself with how often I use that thing!!  I can turn on the radio and have it play all throughout the house (used a lot when I am cleaning) and I use it nearly everyday to call the kids down to dinner.  I love that I  1) don’t have to walk upstairs to tell Caroline to come down and eat and 2) I don’t have to yell for Caroline to come to eat when I am too lazy to walk upstairs. Ha!


I need curtains, like yesterday!  I think I am just going to do white…simple.


I want to get a hutch for the long wall that I will probably paint white.  I have been on the look out for something perfect.  I hope that I find it soon.


I really don’t like that there is carpet in the dining room, but it’s there and we will live with it until we replace all of the carpet/flooring in the lower level.


I just recently stained the handrails a darker color.  They were honey oak.  I really like how they turned out.  I also need to hang something on the wall to hide the outlet…not sure what though.


The plate wall that I told you about here.


I really love the crown molding in this room.  When we moved it all of the moldings were honey oak (ugh, I hate it so much) including the crown moldings.  We painted it all white and boy oh boy did it make a huge difference.


I think that I need to change the chandelier too.  I’m not loving this one…it feels really dated to me and I don’t love it.

So that is the dining room, in all of its glory!!  Thanks for stopping by today!!

Peace out,


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Pendleton Market on Hunters Alley

Hi everyone!  I hope that you are all having a great week.  It is ridiculously cold here, like –8 degrees cold.  The little one has a cold…runny nose and cough, so we have been stuck at home.  Which I am not really sad about because it is just too cold to get out.  The weather guy says that there is a warm up coming next week…lets all pray his is correct.

Anyway, have you all checked out Hunters Alley?  It is all kinds of awesomeness.  And you can now find some of Pendleton Market on there too!!  I only have a few things listed on there right now but I am planning to add more soon.


Go check it out!!

Peace out…


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Foyer

Lets start this house tour with the foyer.  It only seems right since it is what you see when stepping in our front door.  And let me also say that it was really hard getting photos of this space…like really hard.  So the photos suck, just saying.


There is a small wall that you look at just as you enter the door.  I did a navy and white chevron pattern on the wall.  Some say chevron is done and I have to agree that it is EVERYWHERE but I love my little wall.


My Mom gave me the antique dresser.  I painted it SW Lucky.  I kinda of love it.  It’s fun and I love the color against the navy and white.


The mirror is from Hobby Lobby.  I used antique gold Rub n’ Buff on it.  It was a pain in the you know what to paint but it was worth it.



The lamp, milk glass, brass bowl and picture frame were all thrift finds.  The polar bear was a HomeGoods find a few years ago.


The bench I found at an estate sale.  It was nasty.  I reupholstered the seat and made it pretty again.  The vintage owl umbrella stand was a Craigslist score.  I never have good luck with Craigslist, but this was an exception.

There is one overhead light in the foyer and lets just say that it is bad.  I haven’t decided what would look awesome in its place so this is how it will stay until I decide.  Any suggestions?


I also need a rug.  I can’t decide on that either.  Should I get a small rug for just in front of the door or should I get a larger area rug?  I need your help!


The navy wall over there is the dining room.  It’s up next!


So that’s the foyer.  Got any rug or lighting suggestions?

Monday, January 27, 2014

How we do things ‘round here.

Honestly, I am feeling a bit intimidated by this whole blogging gig.  I am feeling as though I’m not good enough or my house isn’t magazine worthy and why would anyone want to see my little projects.  I feel like I always have to show the amazingly awesome photos with the styling just perfect and that is why I haven’t really done any of that…I am scared of not being good enough. 

My house isn’t perfect. I am not perfect and I need to except that my house will not be perfect.  For instance, I am sitting at the kitchen table writing this blog post and my elbow is sticky from the syrup the two year old dripped from her breakfast.  Yep.   I have three kids people, if shit isn't ruined in 6 months we are doing good. 

I want to keep things real around this joint.  I want to chronicle the process of making our house a home.   I will work on a room for a few weeks and then lose my mojo or get distracted by another project or worse yet, look at what I have done so far and say “what was I thinking”.  So it can be months or years until a room is ever “done”.  But I want to share the steps on the blog so that I can remember where our house started and also to show all of you what is going on. 

I am not sure how some bloggers are able to pull off spending all of the money that they do in order to have things to blog about.  I am not the type of decide to re-do a room in my house and go out and buy all new things at one time.  I just can’t…I won’t.   We are a no debt family.  We don’t use credit cards or take out loans.  We are debt free expect for our mortgage.  If I want to buy something for the house it has to be put into the budget and saved for.  Depending on how expensive the item, it could be months before we are able to make the purchase.  I’m not saying that I don’t impulse buy at Target like everyone else, I just don’t impulse buy anything over $20.  Yes, sometimes this is a total pain.  But there are times when it works out in our favor, either the item goes on sale or I change my mind because it wouldn’t work for our house.  We have lived in our house for 4 years.  Just until recently we had no furniture in our dining room, no furniture in the very first room people see when they enter our house.  Why??  Because we knew what we wanted, what we wanted was kind of expensive and we didn’t want to waste money on “filler” furniture that we didn’t like for the sake of filling a room.  A few months ago we found the perfect table and chairs on Craigslist for half the price that it sold for in the store.  Did I hate having an empty dining room?  You bet.  Am I glad that we waited and got what we wanted?  Absolutely.

So here is what I am thinking…over the next few weeks I will share each room in our house.  Even if the room is not “finished”.  I will also share our plans for each of the rooms and maybe where the room started when we moved in.  I am really excited for ya’ll to see my honey-oak kitchen cabinets with teal countertops…NOT!!  Ha!  Oh, and let’s not forget the carpet in our master bathroom (why do people still put carpet in bathrooms?!?!?!)! 

I hope that ya’ll are okay with not so perfect photos and rooms that aren’t magazine worthy all of the time…Shitz about to get real!!!


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