My "pink for spring" theme is certainly coming along in the house. I love how simply changing a few things can make a big difference. I mentioned wanting to use the antique Chinese silk I inherited this spring again, but I wanted to play up the bold pink color instead of going with the softer shades I have in the past. I decided to add a modern/retro print in a large floral pattern, and oh how I love it:-)
Friday, March 27, 2015
Saturday, March 21, 2015
I rarely have the opportunities others get to work with sponsors and companies, and with my ridiculously low budget, it means that I *really* have to pound the pavement and do lots of research to find a good deal that is also good quality. Y'all know how I love my Turkish rugs, and you also know how expensive a real one can be, so finding the right one has been a bear -- to say the least. Let me say, if I had the budget, I would message my friend Gokay at Yellowstar Carpets in Adana, Turkey where I purchased my two Yahyali rugs, and be done with it, but we are in ministry now, and we don't work for Joel Osteen:-) All kidding aside, Gokay has supplied gorgeous handmade carpets to the highest ranking U.S. dignitaries, defense personnel, celebrities and designers for years, and if you have the budget for the real thing, there is no better.
But back to my reality, I was really excited when I found ecarpetgallery on ebay. They have gorgeous handmade rugs and had some unbelievable deals on their ebay site that were not listed on their regular website.
As for ebay, the way I shop there, generally, is to "watch" what I like, but not purchase until the price goes down, which it invariably does. Not so at ecarpetgallery. After buying one rug from them, then missing out on another one I wanted, I messaged them about relisting that rug, but when they relisted it, the price, which had originally been $278 marked down to $180, suddenly jumped to $363. They did reduce it to $235, but it's hard to buy something that you could have gotten for $55 less.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Monday, March 9, 2015
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Thursday, February 5, 2015
gray 1 |grā| ( Brit. grey)
adjective1. of a color intermediate between black and white, as of ashes or anovercast sky : gray flannel trousers.• (of hair) turning gray or white with age : a gray beard.• (of a person) having gray hair : a gray, fatherly gentleman.• informal relating to old people, esp. when seen as an oppressed group: gray power.• (of the weather) cloudy and dull; without sun : a cold, gray November day.• (of a person's face) pale, as through tiredness, age, or illness : a few people, their faces gray and bitter.2. dull and nondescript; without interest or character : gray, faceless men |the gray daily routine.3. (of financial or trading activity) not accounted for in official statistics :the gray economy.Looking at the definition of "gray" one would think it's the most boring color ever, but the color gray could not be hotter in decor these days.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
When I share my house, I always try and make things look as good as possible. I will spend a lot of time just setting up a shot and making sure everything is perfect because I don't think anyone reads this blog to see laundry baskets sitting around or my dirty dishes on the counters.
Monday, February 2, 2015
I really don't do any decorating for Valentine's Day, so I had a hard time coming up with something to do to celebrate the holiday. Then I started to think back to my childhood and to those construction paper pouches we made and decorated at school, which were always filled with valentines from classmates. I think that sweet, child-like spirit is what really epitomizes Valentine's Day for me, so I decided I would do something for my three children. Instead of a paper pouch filled with cards, I made heart-shaped french toast, and I'm sure they will appreciate that a lot more! And since this was a trial run, hubby got to eat this batch:-)
Monday, January 26, 2015
If you have been here with me for very long, you will remember me frequently mentioning my dad's relative who passed down many of our family heirlooms. So much of my furniture, art, china, etc., came from our "Cousin Ruth," and each piece is treasured.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Monday, January 12, 2015
Finally, all the Christmas decor is down and I have enjoyed a blank slate to play with. As much as I love Christmas decor and hate to take it down, I always look forward to something a little less cluttered for winter.
Monday, December 29, 2014
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Friday, December 19, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
The music "room" in our home also serves as the front entry. It used to be the dining area, but because it got high traffic, I ended up putting the piano there and moving the dining area to the living area, which was long enough to accommodate it. It has worked much better this way, and I enjoy having the piano in a more open spot.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Thanks so much for the comments you all have left:-) They really make my day and confirm that we can make do with what we have, and still have something pretty, which is what this blog is all about.
Today, I'm sharing the living area and my quirky tree...
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
I don't know what it is this year, but it sure seems Christmas is creeping up -- at warp speed, so I need to share my Christmas posts before it's too late!
Our kitchen definitely has a different look this Christmas thanks to the fabric I used for curtains and the sink skirt. It's merry, bright, kid friendly and we are loving it:-)