Leopard Binge

When I found the fabric for this chair makeover, who knew I would love it so much I’d want it around the house!! I used it to cover some vintage books to display on the etagere I made a pillow for … Continue reading

Guest Room Quick Refresh

We are into our new year and I’ve gotten a jump on one of the room’s refresh.  Although I technically didn’t plan on doing anything to this room, however, a mishap caused it.  When I made the curtains for this room, … Continue reading

Friday Finds

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Every wander in a store and find an item at a great price and then see “why” it was a great price?  Well that was the case with this 9″ brass pineapple.  It was a misfit, but for $6.00 I had no problem bringing it home with me. I guess someone thought it’d be useless because it’s missing a couple of tips.  Well given the fact I know I’m not perfect and got a few broken wings myself, I figured it’ll be fine for me.. who am I to judge right?? One thing about me.. I’m not the perfectionist type (and please know, by no means, I’m not knocking anyone who is).  My home is filled with vintage items, so I’m used to things not being “perfect”.     I’ve been looking for a bigger one (without paying $80 to $120 for it) and they’re extremely hard to come by.  Even though it was badly tarnished,  I knew my trusty “Barkeepers Friend” could handle that part, especially after seeing how it brought the coat rack back to life.   However, the broken stems.. oh well.. can’t do anything about that.

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After polishing it and setting it out.. I think it’ll do just fine

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With it being shiny and clean, the two broken stems aren’t so noticeable

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The brass crab was another find at a yard sale for $3.00.  Ever since I saw this one I’ve been wanting one.  The only difference, mine is a trinket box (which is larger) instead of a bottle opener.

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When I created my Antler tray I knew I’d have fun styling it.  My motto “patience is a virtue” (plus the mere fact of re-directing my spending habits) really pays off.

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I’m definitely satisfied  🙂 with the style of the tray.

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I also found this brass candle holder for $5.00 at RestoreHabitat

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Which looked great on my Thanksgiving table (I wish I had polished it before – but again it was a last minute decision)

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Another find – which I showed on Instagram (because I couldn’t wait).. and was also excited about was a black panther planter.  I saw this during our Mountain trip, but it was actually a light, and it was $60.00 – I was very tempted, however, I really didn’t need it as a light fixture, but it sure was fierce!  It was the first I’ve ever seen.

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And then this cat crept in my life… for $4.99

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I haven’t picked a plant to use in it just yet, or I may not put one in at all and use if for something else, but one thing for sure is I’m glad I found it!

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That’s all I have to share for now.. I’m sure you’re out there shopping for holiday gifts, but in your travels and hunts – if you score a terrific find – don’t forget to share using hashtag #urthriftygirlfinds to be featured on the next FridayFinds.  As always – Happy Hunting while you thrift your house into a home!

Smooches!!

Jamala

 

 

 

 

Being Thankful

On this day, we reflect on the many blessings we have and continue to be thankful.  As I prepared dinner for my loved ones I thought about how there are many who don’t have a family to prepare a meal for, … Continue reading

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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