Little by Little

Have you ever had an item you bought years ago and stuck it back somewhere for it to get lost in the pile so you don’t have to look at it? (somebody please say YES! So I know I’m not the only one out here-lol)… Well that’s how I was with this Victorian antique brass coat rack.  As we were pulling things out for the yard sale, I re-discovered this buried treasure – and decided.. well.. I mind as well start with this draining, grueling, tedious project – this year – stop procrastinating – roll up the sleeves and get ready for HARDWORK !!  ( I hope you enjoy the snazzy upbeat tune – music always seem to make it a bit easier)

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Since the hubs can’t seem to make it inside the closet (he comes home like Ralph Kramden after a long days work..lol – oh brother)… and the convenient door knob becomes the hang all.  So I figure hmmmm.. a coat rack.. it can’t get simpler, after all it’s got knobs…

Uggghhhhh… why must I cause myself agony over an item.  Sure I could have just washed it  and given it a quick coat of metallic gold paint, but why.. when the real natural brass could be shined and brought back to it’s natural beauty… Right???  Besides when I saw how much they’re going for (click here) – I wouldn’t dare devalue it with paint.

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Do you see what I see???? (as in the Christmas Carol song..chuckles)…Ok.. As you see here..how dull and rusted this has gotten over the years.  Again — WWHHHHHHHYYYYYEEEE!!!  am I doing this to myself?????  Because it’s a beautiful piece.. that’s why… (insert finger pointing gun to the head)

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Yea, it appears to be about a 1,000 years of rust …Insert deep breath and sigh.. but then I met a new friend, BarkeepersFriend- open up heavenly gates…

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Say hello to my little friend!  Hug, hug, nice to meet you!

I wet an old rag, dabbed some powder on it and began to wipe.  I couldn’t believe my eyes… WOWWWW!!!

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Scrub, scrub. scrub..

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Little by little – I was beginning to see the light

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I can’t emphasize enough how hard this was.. but as I was beginning to see the beauty coming through – I was getting more excited.  I persevered many nights taking my time. My goal was to have it finished before the official coat/hat doorknob hanging season – aka Fall.

To clean it, had to keep dampening cloth and adding the powder substance (it would have a pastey feeling).  After cleaning each section, have another cloth to buff it for a shine.  This step is crucial, because it helps bring the shine through.  For this project I had to continue this process over and over and over and over..etc..on & on & on & on…etc…

***Oh- and please.. wear rubber or latex gloves while using this product. When I first started I didn’t wear them and it took several washes for me to get that funny feeling off my hands..(in fact I had to use a scrub) – so please don’t forget to use them***

Until low & behold.. as Bruce Willis says in “Death Becomes Her”

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Isn’t she a shining glory!!

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Halllllejuah!  Her curvy legs are gleaming with joy

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Girl is shining brightly

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This is why I love antiques.. because you just don’t find stuff like this at any given store.

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I kept this little section dark to maintain a bit of an aged look.. (besides to remind me to never let it get that way again)

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Standing tall and and looking brassilicious (my new made-up word)

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So come on Fall it’ll be no more coat/hat doorknob hanging season again at the Wallaces –  (it better not be..insert angry face)

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And until next time -as always-  Happy Hunting while you thrift your house into a home!

Smooches!!!

Jamala

 

Bedroom Retreat Reveal

 

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When Bernadine retired and decide to move south, it was wonderful news to hear. When she commissioned me to help her decorate her home,  I jumped at the opportunity.  Not only was I excited about working with her, but also because it gave me another reason to shop.  The room started with basically a clean slate. The home had been vacant for a couple of years and was left unattended.   No color on the walls and there were some antique pieces left behind.  This Duncan-Phyfe loveseat was purchased from the home’s estate sale and she wanted to have it reupholstered to use in her bedroom retreat.   Lavender was her favorite color and it became the color of choice for the walls and the rest is history.

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This was the room at the time of her purchasing the home

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I can’t tell you how exciting this project was.  I love working with fabrics and new designs so this provided the opportunity to be creative.  Bernadine loves antiques  but also wanted something new, so we scoured the antique shops, thrift stores and furniture outlets to find the right pieces to blend together.  Hours were spent at the fabric outlet picking and choosing the right fabrics for her the loveseat, window treatments and bedspread.  Her desire was to have an elegant, yet, functional bedroom – one fit for a “retired queen”.   The loveseat has been transformed and the new look is fabulous

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The cornice boards were perfect

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All fears were put to rest when the installment was complete.  Not only was the desired look accomplished, but she is completely happy and satisfied with her new bedroom.  Step into Bernadine’s retired new suite!

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New bedroom furniture was purchased from Merinos Home Furnishing Outlet.  For fabrics, I chose a brocade paisley print along with a green & lavender stripe fabric to accent the wall color.  The custom made bedspread and cornice boards were trimmed with the striped fabric that was used to reupholster the loveseat.

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To give the loveseat a richer look, it was given a darker stain. The artwork above the sofa (originally hers) is a signed serigraph by artist Alonzo Adams.  It is one of her most treasured pieces because it reminds her of her beloved mother who was a quilter.

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The richness of these two fabrics together blended perfectly

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She loves crystal, so some thrifted crystal dishes and lamps were used in the room

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The antique crystal lamps flanking the mirror were scored at one of the Metrolina antique sale dealers.

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They originally had a hunter green faux marble base (but a bit of silver spray paint gave them a new look)

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After retiring from working in an office the last thing she didn’t want in her home was the word “office”..but wanted a computer station.  To solve that dilemna and to keep with the elegance of the room, an antique Duncan-Phyfe drop leaf table (scored at the Metrolina) paired with a ghost chair gave her the perfect look.

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Above the chest of drawers is her set of decorative art plates and her Daddy’s Long Legs Angel doll

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One more close look at the gorgeous brocade fabric.

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The room is a true example of how mixing old and new, blending different patterns (paisley and stripes) you can create a beautiful look without breaking the bank.    The owner  couldn’t be more pleased with her elegant new budoir – perfect fit for a retired “queen”

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I hope you enjoy the new look and if you’re ready for a makeover, let me help you create it..and until next time – always remember – it’s not how much it costs but how you style it.  Happy hunting and enjoy thrifting your house into a home!

Smooches!

Jamala

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Light Up My Life

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Hey! Hey!!  I know it’s been a while but I’ve been trying to catch up with myself.. The heat is on and the thrifting scene is HOT!!!!  I’ve been on the go and I still found time and energy to hit a few thrift stores.  I hope you’ve been staying cool.  What I first like to say is Atlanta is one big thrifter’s paradise…Oh my goodness!!!! I can’t wait to go back and hit the scene.  I thought Charlotte was booming —- but chile, let me tell you– Charlotte ain’t got sugardity on Atlanta.  I want to recap with you all the wonderful items I found in the past few weeks from going to Atlanta, to Charlotte and then Jersey.  My lamp fettish has gotten off the chain.. Lamps galore.. and the best thing about lamps is- there’s a ba-zillion out there in thrift stores. In this post I’m going to feature a round-up of the favorite lamps I came across.  All didn’t make it home with me, but I snagged a couple.  Look at these beauties I found…This pair of classic ginger jar chinoiserie lamps would look awesome in a living room and at $17.00 ea.. they were a steal

I found these beauties – perfect for a garden inspired sunroom (or if you love birds).. they are an excellent accent.    I love the iridescent sheen and soft glow on the glass

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and here’s another pair that I came across – do you see that price.. $20.00 ea.  My brain was on lamp overload – I kept wishing I had a place to put them (I’ll regret leaving them later).  They’ll look excellent with your Fall decor.. the rich earthy tones will accentuate the rooms’s accessories.

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This brass beauty was only $10.00 at Goodwill in Atlanta – perfect behind a reading chair

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I simply adored the pineapple leaf inspired top

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I came across this pair of mint green & brass beauties at Palmetto Thrift Store in Columbia, SC.  They were marked $15.00 for the pair and the store was having a 20% off  sale so that made them $12.00 for the pair (yes – these came home with me)

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Retro cool!

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This modern mother of pearl lamp was  a mere $28.00

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A little brass table lamp for $6.00 was another bargain.  I loved the black/gold lamp shade.

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I got this modern wood/pewter lamp for $2.99 at Goodwill in Maryland. It’ll be perfect for my son’s new place (and he liked it -wooohoooo!).   It didn’t have a shade – but I’m not worried about that.. One will turn up.  If you follow me on Instagram then you know recently introduced my son’s brick cottage house he bought. He took a step towards freedom from rent to owning his home.  It’s a fixer-upper but it’s most definitely worth it.  You can follow along with us and the new hashtag for his home #brickcottageproject in which we’ll be showing the re-hab journey.

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And last but not least…. I snagged this retro chandelier for $25.00 for his new place as well – (he wasn’t too much a fan of this but I assured him once he gets it hung in his kitchen – it’ll look fantastic)

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One thing for sure.. it won’t go to waste… !  I hope you enjoyed my luscious lamp finds.  It’s so much fun when the thrifting scene is good.  At prices like these – you can play switcheroo anytime and not feel the pinch in your purse.  Remember as always- Happy Hunting and enjoy Thrifting Your House into a Home!!

Smooches!!

Jamala

 

 

 

Charlotte Tastemaker Summit

 

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On July 27th, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a topnotch premier event, The Charlotte Tastemaker Summit, hosted by Black Southern Belle.  It was a panel of creative professional women ranging from interior decorators/designers, event planners, publishers, entrepreneurs, DIY crafters, stylists and bloggers who  joined forces for an inspiring display of influential women.   Black Southern Belle/Black Southern Belle Collective was founded by Editor in Chief, Michiel Perry, who noticed while she was planning her wedding and decorating her home, women of color were not represented enough in the media, so she decided to create a platform to showcase the collective group of African-American women who are achieving their goals in this field.

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I was so excited as I took the drive up to Charlotte, (aka Queen City) ready to meet the Belle behind the brand Black Southern Belle. The event took place in one of Charlotte’s upscale design showrooms called TUFT.  Upon walking into Danielle’s beautifully eclectic designed boutique we were greeted with warm hugs, smiles and sweet treats and swag bags.

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This was definitely my kind of welcoming station!  Michiel and her staff not only planned one of the best events, but left no stone unturned as for creating style and grace.  The simple mere use of all vintage glassware was the complete pièce de ré·sis·tance for me.  The delectable sweet treats were the baked goods of Grey Ghost Bakery

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The buffet table was equally appeasing with catered dishes from Gravy Waltz Catering Services

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The bar cart was refreshingly stocked with Pure Leaf iced tea (looking just as sweet as she could be)

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To start the program, Michiel presented her opening remarks on how she started BSB, her goals, objectives and along with her future vision.

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Next were guest speakers talking to the attendees about their businesses, blogs, and designs.  We all listened attentively as they spoke of testimonies on starting their businesses, the ups&downs, highs&lows and gratifications of being an entrepreneur and how it affects their lives and livelihoods.

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All of the ladies were graciously answering any and all questions that were posed.

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In addition, we also were shown demonstrations on tablescaping and along with how to create flower arrangements

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And this lovely belle (along with some of the other photos) was photographed by Michelle Flowers

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No classy event is complete without a swag gift bag…

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Michiel and her staff created the most tasteful, elegant, and informative affair and I look forward to attending more.  Learn more about Black Southern Belle/Black Southern Belle Collective and their chica-power upcoming Atlanta and Charleston events by clicking here.

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Thanks to Michiel for creating this hub for women to connect and inspire one another.  As always… until next time…happy hunting and continue thrifting your house into a home!

Smooches!!

Jamala