Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Corkboard Vanity Push-pin Make-Over

I am so thankful that both of my young daughters share a love for my chippy, 
old-made-new furniture style.  
My sweet 11 year-old has loved this vintage desk-vanity 
as long as she could remember.  

And that is because I acquired it before she was born.  
It was my "first" freebie find--it was about to be thrown out

Thursday, May 23, 2013

An Affaire to Remember-Flea Affaire

This past weekend I had the fortunate opportunity to attend the "Flea Affaire" held annually on a gorgeous estate in Granite Bay, CA.  The event is sponsored by the Patrons of Sierra College.

This was the 11th annual Flea Affaire and proved to be an amazing way to combine a charitable cause with style and beauty for all involved.  To have the opportunity to stroll through the private gardens of this Granite Bay estate while searching for treasures from purveyors of antiques, furniture, collectibles, and garden accents under azure blue skies accented by cool breezes--could one ask for anything more on a lovely Saturday?

Here is a slice of what I saw during my visit.  
If you are in the area, plan to attend next year for certain.

A chance to stroll through the gorgeous property AND browse some delightful booths!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Stylish Window Treatments for under $150

Design Delimma:   
Seven large windows in need of coverings in rooms with nine and ten foot ceilings.

 The house we moved into has many "big" projects waiting for funds to get started, so affording treatments for the windows in the house was not a part of the overall budget plan in the first year.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A Yearning for Urns

I remember when the attraction began....when my husband's job moved us from California to the South.  It was there that I was exposed to the beauty and character of older, Southern architecture and garden decor...and the classic urn stole my heart.

Urns like this beautiful 5 foot tall one in Jackson Square in New Orleans

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Flowers from a friend

Often it is the smallest gestures that make your day...
A warm hug, a smile...
Or a sweet bouquet that feels like an extended version of both. :)