Tuesday, July 16, 2013

SLOWLY, BUT SURELY COMING TOGETHER

Hey, hey, hey...how are ya?   Long time no bloggy.

With the onset of summer we have been super busy which takes away from my blogging time.  Sorry for that, but it's a good busy...we are finally getting some things done.  We put a new roof and built an addition onto the garage this past weekend.  I will share some pics of that with you another day.  We are scheduled to have a new roof put on the house later this month too...can't wait!!  It's going to look great with the new paint job we put on her last fall.   Yes, I know you have not seen that yet.  Be patient I have a few more things to finish before the final reveal.  I think you will be amazed at the transformation.

In other news, I have been working on putting the living room and dining room together after our purchase of red furniture a few months ago.  I'm telling ya, I have had a devil of a time trying to find some of the items I used in my Olioboard design.


























I have been scouring the internet, thrift stores and other places looking for just the right stuff.  Most of my hunting trips have been unsuccessful to say the least.  Z Gallerie no longer has the green Mimosa curtains and I could not find any other green curtains similar to them.  Buying enough fabric in the right color and similar design would cost a fortune so...I settled and bought plain green curtains.  Even then I couldn't find anything in the shade of green I was looking for; however, the ones I bought will be good enough and they were inexpensive at $15.00 a panel.  I am planning on hand stenciling the quatrefoil design onto them soon.

In the dining room, we got rid of the Duncan Phyfe style table and chairs (it's for sale at a local consignment shop for anyone in the area whose interested), and brought in a make shift round table until I find the one I want.  We brought up some parsons chairs from the basement that I bought last year at a local thrift store which need to be slipcovered.  I hope to have that done soon too...or at least before the holidays.

The biggest change is over the buffet.  I finally took down the old french provincial style mirror (of which I discovered I have never taken a full picture of.



I really love the look of the three mirrors in my Olioboard design. However those Arteriors Nakita mirrors are $516.00 each.  OUCH!!!


I knew for sure that I would not be purchasing even one of those...let alone three.  So the search was on to find similar mirrors at a cheaper price.  I scoured the internet for well over a month and found ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!  I even thought about buying three plain ol' mirrors and DIYing some kind of geometric design to them myself...but I couldn't even find plain mirrors in the right size with the right frame.   I was about to give up, throw the design boards away and start over.  REALLY!!!  Then I stopped by Bed, Bath & Beyond online one more time.  Look what they had...

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I just don't know how in the world I missed this the first hundred trips to their online store.  I guess I was too busy looking for the right curtains.   Anyway, this mirror is almost identical to the Arteriors mirror and at a price I could afford....only $29.99 each.  I did the happy dance and then bought three before they sold out or something.  They arrived yesterday...




Ha, don't they look GREAT!!!  I also found the wooden bowl at a price I couldn't refuse...$5.00.  Now I know it's not a "real" vintage dough bowl like the one in my design but it works and it didn't cost upwards of $75.00.  Now I just have to fill it up with shells.

I'm still on the lookout for a matching pair of lamps similar to the ones in my design board that don't cost and arm and a leg.   So far I have had no luck finding just the right thing, but somehow with the find of those gorgeous mirrors and my wooden bowl, I feel my luck is changing!!!  I am so glad things are finally starting to take shape and come together.  With that said, I still have several more things to find and do before I can say this room is done.  Wish me luck!!!






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