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Closet Turnover

June 9, 2011

I love spring cleaning!  Nothing makes me feel better than to totally change things over and eliminate anything that is unnecessary from my space.  This past week, that has meant starting a closet makeover.  I have limited amount of closet space and have to share it, so that has involved some thinking ahead and prioritizing on my part.  I’ve found a lot of success in keeping a “Fall/Winter” closet and and “Spring/Summer” closet.  When I first moved to Norfolk in January, I kept all of my spring and summer clothes packed away in underbed storage boxes and hung up my fall and winter clothes where they would be easily accessible.  Though I had gradually started taking some items out, this week I decided it was definitely time to flip everything at get a Spring/Summer closet moving along.

The great thing about this process is that it allows you to eliminate the items that you do not use or have grown tired of.  I wound up filling up one and a half garbage bags with clothes that just don’t fill a purpose in my closet/life and donated them.  The other great thing is that when your seasonal clothes have been put away for so long, it almost feels like shopping when you can pull them out again.  For example, I had forgotten all about some items that I love, like my white cotton, ribbon-striped maxi dress or my vintage green gingham dress.

In keeping with the excitement of seeing old items as new again, I made a little art print and put it in a custom frame to keep in my closet.

This is a quote from the fabulous teacher I was lucky to work with during student teaching.  Despite having a full schedule, a full time job, two kids, and a husband, she somehow managed to always fit in workouts and looked super duper freaking cute all the time.  Her explanation was, “There’s always time for foxy.”  I think this will definitely be the cute pick-me-up I need every once in a while!  The frame for this was easy to make; I’m planning to do another example and will post a step by step for the project sometime this week.


Recently Thrifted

June 6, 2011

Hello all!

I hope everyone had an excellent weekend.  I know I did- a date out with my guy, going out for drinks and tapas with friends, and then a day of thrifting topped off with a dinner party.  Definitely busy, but well worth it.  I’ve been meaning to do a post on some of the thrifted items I’ve been picking up here and there, and I found a great deal of items while out and about yesterday that now a few posts on these things is required.  I’m going to start with some of the things that I found to cute up my bathroom.

First, while at an auction with my friend, Cate, a few weeks ago, we found a large bin of vintage tobacco tins that we snagged for $5.  Altogether, there were probably about 15 of them, which we split 50-50.  I haven’t found a great place for all of them yet, but this one was perfect for my bathroom windowsill and now houses cotton balls.

This swan container and the glass bucket container I found while out thrifting this week.  Both were under $1.50 each and now hold some of my everday getting ready items- q-tips and bobby pins.  The swan was originally a very weather beaten brass, so I touched it up with some glossy white spray paint.

I always take my engagement ring off before I shower, dry my hair, put on lotion, etc.  It’s so special to me and I really try to keep it safe.  I had been using the ring box to store it wasn’t being worn, but when I was out at Thrift Store USA yesterday (a MUST go to if you are in Southern Virginia, by the way), I found this little ceramic hand with some gold metallic designs.  I absolutely love it.  Initially I was thinking that I would spray paint it, but I wound up loving it just as it was

Altogether, these, along with my old bottle of flowers (love alstromeria!) make up a really cute vignette, which makes getting ready for work way, way better.

Wall Compromises

June 2, 2011

When it comes to living and decorating a home that I share with Jon, I make all the major decisions about furniture and big things, with a few colors or fabrics  being off limits.  However, our walls are where you can see a lot of compromise in our decor.  I love that he has things up around the apartment that show his tastes and personality coexisting peacefully with mine.

Jon is one of those guys who has spent an insane amount of money on comic books and while I’m happy that the majority of them stay in long boxes on the bookshelves, I’m happy to frame some of the really wonderful vintage ones.  Also, that vintage notice about street girls is REAL!  We found it in an antique market in Virginia Beach.  I guess that’s to be expected when you live in a Navy town?

And the beer sign… here’s the thing.  I know that many, many, many guys LOVE neon beer signs.  You have NO idea how many neon beer signs I have kept out of my home.  Until we have a man cave room, they’re not allowed.  Vintage tin signs, we decided, were the appropriate compromise.  This one I can deal with… we’ll see how many of them I can allow, though.  A girl has her limits.

As much as I love making my dream apartment and finding chairs, art pieces, and redoing pieces, I really love that as we go along, our home is becoming more and more a reflection of the two of us, and not just me.  It’s a very rewarding challenge.


$20 Armchair!

June 1, 2011

Hello all!

Here’s my promised second post of the day!  Armed with a new memory card reader, I can now share pictures of this Craigslist find.

Let me start by saying that I am a huge, huge, huge believer in Craigslist, auctions, thrifting, and the like.  You just never know what you’re going to find after you sift through the junk and weirdness.  Last week I snagged this armchair for a mere $20!

It’s definitely used, but in great shape!  And a big armchair for $20?!  Hard to beat.  And super comfortable.  The photo above shows it against a wall in the front room, but it has since moved to a corner in my bedroom.  I love how it makes a pretty bare room feel more like a quiet retreat area than just a room for sleeping.

Handmade Shades

June 1, 2011

Hello all!

I hope everyone had a great first day back at work/class/normal life after the long weekend!  I started my day out completely sunburned to a hot pink crisp on my back and shoulders- the body parts that somehow were missed by my SPF 50 and stayed above the ocean waves yesterday.  Right now I am totally useless at anything that requires me to lift my arms above a 45 degree angle!

I’ll be posting again later on in the day as well.  I have a great Craigslist find to share and had a post good to go yesterday when I discovered that my card reader for my camera’s memory card decided that it was done with me!  I’ll be replacing that this morning and can then update you properly.  It’s not much a find share without pictures!

As always, I started my morning off with a little design blog reading and found this gorgeous interior shot on desire to inspire, one of my go-to’s for fabulous room images.  First, take a minute to appreciate the full shot, because it’s truly, truly awesome (and note the legs of the desk, do those not look like giant fish sculptures??!  If so, I’m in love.), and then second, take a look at the windowshade.

Isn’t that shade just wonderful? And could easily be done by yourself.  I’ve been looking for idea for window treatments for my front room; I loathe the bad vertical blinds that came with the place but feel like there’s already too much going on in the room for long, billowy drapes.  This is a perfect solution- the wispy, luxurious material in a simple drape.  I’m thinking about doing those tie-ups in antique leather strips as well, maybe a coffee color?

Take a look at the full post here, there are other pictures of this home as well as a great article.  Happy Wednesday!

Things I Love About My Home

May 30, 2011

Hello all!

With today being Memorial Day, it’s only fitting that I share this post.  The thing I love most about my home is who I share it with.  While this blog is all about my decorating, projects, and finds, I would be happy to tolerate the most awful couch, bad rugs, and boring walls to be with my fiance.  So proud of you and your service, babe!

*Presh engagement photo, credit Rebecca Ornelas

Happy Memorial Day everybody!

– Elizabeth

Painted Rugs- Found!

May 30, 2011

Hello all!

I hope everyone has had a relaxing holiday weekend!  I am back to the grind tomorrow, unfortunately, as I’m spending my summer nannying while hunting for a permanent teaching job.  However, the family I nanny for is going to the beach tomorrow, so it’s hard to complain about that!

I have a new idea in the works that I would like to share.  I’ve seen several posts on Design*Sponge about painted rugs (see herehere, and here) and have been wanting to try something like this for a long, long, long time.  As it is with most things, I rarely find rugs that I like in my price range.  If it were up to me, I would have something ultra-luxe from Madeline Weinrib or Anthropologie, but those are not at all in my price range and will not be for quite a long time.  I had been thinking of buying a large, plain rug from Ikea recently, and lo and behold, today someone moved in down the street and was casting off their “extras” that didn’t make the cut in the new place.  One such item was a 7′ by 5′ rug in fabulous condition, which of course I snagged!  Right now it’s a dark forest green, which doesn’t match my bedroom decor at all.  I’m thinking of painting it using tan, grey, white, and maybe a few touches of eggplant or an ocean blue.  I won’t be pursuing this project for a few weeks, as each layer of paint on the rug takes a full day to dry.  That’s something that I have patience with, but my fiance most certainly does not, so this project will wait until he has a week long work trip in the middle of June.  Right now, I’m combing through Anthro, Urban, and Madeline Weinrib for inspiration.  I’m thinking of using these as inspiration:

*Credit, Anthropologie

*Credit, Urban Outfitters

*Credit, all four, Madeline Weinrib

All gorgeous!  Which ones do you like?

– Elizabeth