Saturday, March 29, 2014

Balustrade Lamps

I mentioned a week or so back that I had found some new Balustrade Lamps. I don't really have a place for them in our current house, but I have an idea where they will be in the upcoming place. This definitely falls into the category of "good things come to those who wait"

Lamps like everything else in decor follow trends, and awhile back I realized all my lamps were really needing an update. Shade shapes are a big way to update, but my living room lamps were so tall that finding new shades that didn't break the bank just weren't happening. Over here at the new house I'm going with a slightly different look, so I've been keeping my eyes open for a pair of these.

Which by the way tend to be sort of pricey. In cleaning out my stash of "stuff" in the garage I located two actual vintage porch balusters that are very similar to these lamps, they just require the work to put them together and with everything else that's going on, that just isn't happening right now.

Anyway, I saw this pair back last fall, but couldn't justify them at full price. I just happened to come back for a visit and saw one of them with a half price tag. "Do you still have the other one?" Well, yippee, they did. So now they are waiting patiently in the studio for a more permanent spot.

Perfectly sized and with a wonderful burlap shade, 
they have just the right amount of distressing.

Since I only have a place for one, 
it's at home here in the studio on my little Italianate desk.

A few subtle touches of Spring are here. My white antique birdcage, a  vintage glove box, and one of my little lambs. I do love the warm glow that this lamp gives off in the evening; perfect for a little task lighting here at the computer.

And on a completely different note, you all know we are downsizing, and I'm having to let go of some of my furniture. My red floral sofa and the matching "chair and a half" and ottoman are going to have to find a new home. I have a Pottery Barn slipcover that you can see in the lower pic. It's not a custom fit, but does give a neutral option. (I'm hoping I can find it in all the packing confusion). The chair and ottoman also have slipcovers in a neutral twill. I hesitate to even advertise them on the blog, but thought someone might, just might, be interested before they go on Craig's List.

They are in perfect condition as we hardly ever used them. The quilt and pillows aren't included but a set of fabric matching pillows are. These would have to be picked up locally,(SW Missouri) because I'm not in a place to arrange shipping. 

Here is the chair. The sofa and chair are super comfy, but the set is pretty large. I can get measurements this weekend if anyone is interested. Remember, you would have to pick these up yourselves, as we're in the middle of this massive move. 

OK, email me if you're interested, with the tag SOFA SET.
 The set with slipcovers is very reasonable. 
REALLY reasonable. 
REALLY really reasonable.

(all the rest of the furniture is sold, sorry)

Linking with:
Sunday at Home with Thoughts from Alice
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Mod Mix Monday at Mod Vintage Life
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Thru Life
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

Hope you're having a great weekend, 
tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and 70!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Be Inspired #182

Well, it's a gray and rainy day here in the Midwest. Spring is taking it's time to arrive, but it's the  Perfect Time to grab a warm cup of something and drink in some Springy inspiration! Here are a few wonderful links from last week that will get your mojo going!

Painted Hutch Transformation
from Cristina at Remodelando de Casa.
(hard to believe what she started with!)

Take a Spring stroll Garden Walk at Bella's Rose Cottage
It will feel like you're there!

Whites and green textures create a lovely Spring Mantel 
from Doreen at Hymns and Verses

from Tammy at One More Time Events

from Confessions of a Plate Addict
(she's the master of the PB knockoff!)

A Vintage Strawberry Carrier styled for Spring
 from Patti at Old Things New

shares her laundry room to drool over!
The lantern is the perfect touch!

thanks so much gals!

 And if you missed a post last week, here's what I've been up to. 
Just click on the thumbnail photo links at the top of this post.

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    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    A Spring Frame-Up

    Each day that I pack, I find things that I haven't seen for a while. I mentally try to take notes on where they were found and try to remember which box they are being packed into. Last weekend I was opening cabinet doors that hadn't been opened for a bit, and I said "Hello" to an old friend that had been on my kitchen wall several years ago.

    I'm a sheep lover from way back. If you look on my blog list I have several sheep blogs that I keep up with on a daily basis. This fellow is just one of many sheep and lambs in my flock. He's really a chalk wall pocket, but I like him plain. He looks like a pretty serious fellow to me, so no sprigs of Ivy or trailing foliage for him.

    I've been wanting a little more inspiration in my studio, so when I found him I went searching for an oval to frame him in. But there needed to be a little pattern and color...something for Spring that was easy to work with; maybe something that could be changed with the seasons. I thought a wallpaper sample would work, just a little small, but it gives the right background.

    A few years ago I had the chance to grab a few discontinued wallpaper books, so I had a few options. I settled on something "Spring Green", but can change it out when the mood strikes.




    I thought of pitching all these sample books, but slapped myself right afterward. I've used these papers for so many projects. Since it's close to Easter, a few vintage Easter Postcards were tucked in for display.

    don't you love this patina?

    So glad he's baaaaaack...

    Joining in with these parties:

    Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
    Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
    Swing into Spring at DIY by Design
    Blissful Whites at Timewashed
    Creative Friday at Jennifer Rizzo
    Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
    Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
    Simple and Sweet Friday at Rooted in Thyme
    Shabbilicious Friday at Shabby Art Boutique
    Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush


    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

    The Marketplace: Etsy and Boutique Showcase

    Hi Everyone, Happy Tuesday
    and Welcome to 
    The Marketplace!
    Hope you had a great weekend
     and are ready to check out some fun shopping items.
    Here we go with a few from last week.

    Rebecca Vintage Living

    Wren Elizabeth

    Spring Printable

    The Gift Garden Shoppe

    Sweet Magnolias Farm

    Papered Soiree

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