Here Comes 2017!

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As I’m winding down from 2016 and getting ready for a new year, I thought I’d get a jump start on the table setting for a New Year’s day brunch.  Last year I did a New Year’s Eve get-together and I thought I’d do a brunch this year.  I pulled a few items I already had around the house to set a delightful table without spending hardly any money.  I wanted to use different plates but didn’t want to buy any, but then I came across these decorative plastic plates in At Home Store and they were perfect! I was able to have a new setting that gave me an semi-elegant look without breaking the bank.  I pulled out my Royal Copley BlackAmoor head vases and instead of flowers I used plume feathers which added a bit of drama to them.

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This was the perfect opportunity to use a few yard sale items I bought this past summer, so I chose gold and ivory as my color scheme.  The vintage King’s Crown candy dish  was $5.00

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The crystal dish with the gold pedestal and utensils was $10.00.  This bowl set is simply beautiful.  I actually bought it from my neighbor who was selling it because she had no use for it.  She was happy to know I would make use of it because it belonged to her mother.

 

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I lucked up and found a matching bowl to my vintage Georges Briard bowl for $2.00 at Goodwill and paired it with another $2.00 vintage pressed glass cake stand flipped over to use as a pedestal for the punch bowl since it’s a small group.  With all this elegance on the table, it’s hard to believe the plates are plastic.. (chuckles)

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The wine glasses were found at an antique store and I’ve had them well over 15 years.  The confetti glasses were from Goodwill and they were $1.00/set of 2.

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This may be a bit of gold overload, but hey- it’s New Years! I’m looking forward to having the brunch and partaking in girltalk.  I haven’t planed the menu yet, but I’ll put something nice together and have a new recipe to share with you (I’m sure).  Tomorrow, I’ll add the name tags, napkins and utensils later to complete the look.  But for now I’m happy I did a jump start instead of waiting like did for Thanksgiving :-).   Are you planning an NYE event at your home this year?  If so, I’d love to hear about it.  I’ll check back with you tomorrow or Saturday for my finished look and to wish you a happy.  Until then, happy hunting while your thrift your house into a home.

As always – Smooches!!

Jamala

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Friday Finds

You remember my post Right Time Right Moment when I found the perfect barware while in Florida.  This past weekend I needed to go to Chester and decided to go their indoor flea market.  I came across this sweet elderly lady selling some items.  I couldn’t believe my luck.  She was actually selling another set of  the Culver glasses that I snagged back in Florida.

She had the rock glasses, which I didn’t have with my set.  You know my eyes lit up.. (more for my collection – yaaayyyy!!) When I asked her how much.. she said $1.00 a piece.   Mind you if this was Goodwill, I’d be jumping joy happy, but for this woman, I felt bad that’s all she asked, but I was glad because I had $5.00 left on me and just gave it to her (I honestly am one of those people who don’t carry much cash on me, but if I go somewhere on a whim, I’ll grab a few bucks – just in case) She told me how she had them for a long time and needed to clear out somethings.  She had them marked for $2.00 for a while but no one bought them (I’m starting to really believe they were meant for me).  She could see how happy I was to have them and said she was glad they were going to a good home.  I told her about my other set and this completes it.  After getting them home and seeing them with my set, I can’t be more pleased with my set.

As I reflect back on what Ginene, who blogs at Fox and Finch Antiques, wrote about “When They Can’t Take it with Them”, I was disgusted at the conversation she overheard about a woman haggling.  Although I was estatic about my find and the price, I still felt I cheated her out of what she really wanted.  This weekend I’m headed back to Chester and I hope this woman is still there to give her $5.00 more for her set.. They are clearly worth her asking $2.00 for, because if I had $10.00 on me I’d given her that for the four glasses.

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Sometimes in flea markets, people love haggling because it’s fun, but in some cases it’s not worth haggling.. I know a great deal when I see it.  So Ginene, you’re not the only crazy lady who feels the way you do.   Here’s wishing you all a wonderful weekend.  This find was featured on A Designer At Home blog as a ThriftScore Thursday.  Don’t forget you can be featured on my blog using hashtag #urthriftygirlfinds ..    Tah-tah for now!

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Guests Are Coming

The holidays are approaching and I’m sure you’re going to have guests.  Today I’d like to share a few tips to prepare for their arrival.  Aside from the usual dusting.(lol).. it’s always good to refresh the sheets.  I always give them a quick spray with  a favorite linen spray.

Have a welcoming station nearby to show them how happy you are to have them.   I created this with two unused items I had lying around the house.  This little project cost me $3.50 to make – you can view how to here

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I leave a spare key for them to use (just in case I’m not home and they need to get back in)

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Utilize the dresser drawer space for spare toiletries.

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(don’t think I’m crazy, but yes, that’s a burned out candle) I keep that tucked in there, because even though I can no longer use it, the smell is still strong, so it acts a freshener ( I remove it prior to the guest arrive and place it back in there when they’re gone).  That one candle keeps all the drawers smelling fresh.

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One special touch is to get a photo of who’s coming (if you have one) and place it in frame, it’ll make them smile when they see a photograph of themselves in your home.

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Have ample room for them to place their luggage.  A trunk at the foot of the bed is always good to have to stow the pillows and for guests to place the suitcase on.

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A small bedside lamp or overhead lighting with a low watt bulb is always good at night when the ceiling light is too bright.

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A soft bedskirt placed across the end of the bed can also be a foot-warmer for additional comfort.

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Keep a trinket dish on the nightstand to hold small jewelry items (i.e rings, necklace)

Of course having magazines or books are also good to have for late night reading materials.  I really enjoy having guests come and truly cherish the moments while they’re here. Making guests as comfortable as possible and providing that home-away-from home feeling not only gives me joy, but knowing I made their stay a pleasurable experience,which ensures they’ll be happy to come back.

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I hope I offered some wonderful tips that will help you make your guest’s stay with you all the better.  If you have any other tips, please share – I’d love to hear them.

Sending smooches..

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Monday Makeover

While most bloggers are gearing up for fall new looks and colors… I’m still holding on to summer like a kid kicking and screaming “Don’t go” – grabbing on his mommy’s leg when she’s leaving…lol..

I can’t help it.. I love summer..  So I’m sharing, I guess, my final makeover for the garden.  I found these mirrors at a yard sale for $5.00ea.  I had no idea what I was going to use them for when I bought them, but I figure, at $10.00 bucks – I’ll find something.  They were sturdy mirrors made of some type of hard plastic and quite heavy.  I left them outside for a few days (not intentionally – during heavy rainstorms and saw they withheld it) so that’s when it hit me… They could be my outdoor mirrors.  I’ve been wanting a mirror in the garden, but outdoor mirrors are so expensive (WHY?????)  Here are the pair of mirrors – I really liked the scrolling on top but the color…YIKES!! talk about ugly… blah….

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So with my trusty paint can in hand.. I gave them a new look…

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I know it’s not a fall color – but I don’t care.. I love the summer look.. and besides.. it’s still 90’s here and I’m loving it.. even though the leaves are beginning to fall.. (I’m dreading it..)… but anyway, I’m just going to enjoy my mirrors in the garden for the next few weeks..

For a whimsical touch, I used Martha Stewart’s gold paint to outline the scroll detail.

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I may not keep it here, but I do like how it goes with the bistro set (and it blocks the view of the dead tree). I’ll worry more about that next summer, but at least I have my outdoor mirrors. ☺️

To see other mirrors in the garden inspiration .. Check out my Pinterest board and remember to follow along with me pinning away!  Until next time… Tah-tah.. Smooches

Eclectic Seating Area

As you all may know – I’ve been fiending over the Mad Men series.. loving the mid-century designs.  I’m a 60’s child and growing up around some of those items I didn’t pay too much attention but I clearly remember seeing them.  Now that I’m much older I realize the beauty of those pieces.  Makes me want to re-design my home, and since I want to stay alive (the hubby would kill me – lol) .. I’ll just create a dream board.. (until I finally make up  my mind – that is).  I don’t have an full office so I decided to start with a seating area.  I imagine having this space with floor to ceiling windows and a great view.

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Everything you see here is from a website called Chairish.  I love this site because it offers so many different items to choose from.  It’s truly their motto – “Where Design Lovers Buy & Sell”   I had so much fun putting this look together that I believe I’ll be doing more.  I love playing around with different looks, textures, styles and designs.  With the plethora of items Chairish offers, you could really go design-happy-crazy.  I even incorporated a couple of items sold through our Pieces of Time Shop.  To view more of their items, click here to their Mid-Century Modern Collection.  This collection features clean design, beautiful woods like teak, and graphic patterns all combine to make Mid-Century Modern pieces forever classics. With iconic makers such as Adrian Pearsall, Herman Miller and Milo Baughman, fans of this style can easily find vintage couches, used lounge chairs and pre-loved artwork to enhance their interiors.

Let’s look at the items I chose..   I chose this chair because I love the shape and two-tone fabric.  It looks so comfy, makes me want to plop down in them and cross a leg.

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Who doesn’t remember the tension rod lighting… Isn’t this a sweetie with bit of a bohemian flair.  This item is currently listed in Pieces of Time through Chairish.

 

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Next is the credenza.. The sleekness of this piece has a timeless style of appeal.  Perfect for a flat stand TV or

 

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Hang a vintage painting, like this hand painted bridge, over it. Also, sold by Pieces of Time through Chairish

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What home seating area  wouldn’t be complete without a bar area.  I truly like how this can double as space for your bar set and yet you can hide either books, papers (or the good stuff – lol), etc… in the other compartment

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And of course you have to have a complete bar set.. !

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A stylish space also has to have a stylish clock.. And these are making a great comeback (I clearly remember my parents had one of these in their bedroom.. ugggghhhh where is it!!???)

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A sleek coffee table with a few accessories

 

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So with all these simple pieces – I created an eclectic seating area for myself.

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I hope you enjoyed my imaginary design I created through Chairish.  Hop over to the site, create one and share it with me.. I’d love to see what you create.  Have fun, go forth and create.. Smooches!