Sorry it has been so long since I last posted. I fell ill with a super bad cold that is now making its way through our house. Sophie is in bed with it today and home from school. Anyway, before I came down with this nasty bug, I went out to the thrift store and I have been waiting to share my find with you all – my “new” lamp.
I WAS GIVEN FREE PRODUCT TO TRY IN EXCHANGE FOR THIS POST. ALL STATEMENTS AND OPINIONS ARE 100% MY OWN.
Have any of you heard of a fantastic site called Uncommon Goods? It is full of, well, uncommon goods! Browsing through their site is akin to walking through a high end craft show. From home decor, art, jewelry, items for woman, men and kids, each piece has a story where you can read all about the artisan that creates and sells the product. If you are looking for a beautiful gift for someone special (and that includes yourself!) then you should head on over and peruse the gorgeous items.
Over the weekend, I was busy putting together the “My House” tab for the blog. It is full of pics of each of the main rooms in our home. I realized how I have literally decorated almost my entire house from the thrift store. This wasn’t a choice by the way – I mean, with three kids and expenses, we have yet to shop for all of our furnishings at Ethan Allen or Storehouse! I bet that would be pretty fun but it is not in the cards for me. By necessity, my home is clearly “collected, not decorated”! I do think that it shows that with some vision and diy skills, any house can be made a home even on the tiniest of budgets. When I say DIY, in my case it is really true. I have done it all myself.
I am finished with my family room Christmas decor! I scored a few vintage sleds last year at a thrift store and added them to the hearth. On the mantle, I added our little nutcrackers and other decorations. It is a tad busy, not very “designery” (I know that is not a word) but it fits my family and hey, it’s our family room! It’s comfy and cheery.
Last week I decided to (once again) paint and restyle my family room. I had painted it in Benjamin Moore Passion Fruit but honestly, the color was starting to become irritating. For some reason, whenever I paint a room in a bright or deep color, I tend to tire of it easily. I prefer the calmer, more relaxed colors that are soothing. They also allow more flexibility in styling the room, such as with art and decor.
I love painted paneling. All of my homes have been older in years and each has had old dark wood paneling in at least one room. Painting it is the easiest trick to create an almost cottage feel and eradicate the 70’s vibe.
Our family room had dark paneling on top of the mantel. When I whitewashed my brick, I painted the paneling in an off-white color.I recently painted the room in Benjamin Moore Passion Fruit and the creamy white just doesn’t look great against it. Last week, I took out my brush and applied a coat of General Finishes Persian Blue milk paint on the paneling and love it. The color goes well with my whitewashed brick and looks great from the kitchen.
However, it makes for a pretty bright transition with the bright Passion Fruit walls (that I only just painted!). Should I paint the whole room again in the blue? Any thoughts?
You may have noticed Archie the Bear in my family room pics over the past year or so. He deserves a quick blog feature. His story is quite special…
If Archie could speak, it would be in a Scottish brogue. He is, in fact, from Scotland. He was found by my father’s Scottish cousin in an antiques store outside Edinburgh about 40 years ago. She bought him for my mother. You see, my mother used to have a little business called Noble Bears. She spent hours constructing beautiful, fully jointed teddy bears out of mohair and sold them at craft shows. I grew up surrounded by bears. They were literally in every room of our house and had names like Cuthburt and Edward. Oh, and she collected Steiff bears and they also stared at us from every corner. My sister and I would tag along and help at the shows. Sorry, I digress from Archie’s story!
What a title! A Passion Fruit family room – you just have to love the name of this paint color!
My family room has really been a work in progress since we purchased our home 8 years ago. We replaced the floors and I whitewashed the brick and that really brightened and opened it up. I originally painted the room in a subtle, light yellowy/cream but it wasn’t doing it for me any longer. The room has one wall that is entirely fireplace, one wall that has a large window and french doors, and one wall that opens into the kitchen. It really only leaves one large wall of pure color. This makes it the perfect room to add a true pop of color that won’t overwhelm the space as it is so broken up.
I have to first confess that my favorite find Monday is actually a find from a long time ago. Why am I sharing an old thrift store score today? Because of the beauty that we awoke to this morning…Yes, more ice and snow and yet another day off for the kids. I have not been able to get out and about and am really getting antsy! This is how Lucky feels about the weather.