Front porch renovation!

…Well, I don’t know if you can call it a renovation, but this weekend I started picking at the mangled/torn screens on the lower part of the porch and after I ripped them out I just couldn’t stop there! I told myself I wasn’t going to take the screens down until October but I just couldn’t help myself! I got out my hammer and went to town on the those boards!

It was easy for the most part, but the outermost frame was nailed into the bricks with some crazy looking spikes, so I did have help for that. All that is left to do is clean up the foam, patch and paint the stone (do you think it cracked when they drove in the nails or was cracked before due to time/age?). The 2 pillars’ stone is painted white so I think the rest of the stone would look good white as well? Shouldn’t it all match!???

I wish I could get rid of the poopoo siding! But, alas, I cannot (renting).


Before with all the screens, and my freshly potted Cape Jasmine. I have since nearly killed one of them, and removed those patches of useless shrubbery and weeds. Unfortunately, in doing so, I am left with ugly dried up dead patches. Oh well.

Now Chloe can escape! Uh oh! 😛



Almost done!




IMG_7484Completely open! And loving it 🙂


The marble top

I don’t know what I was doing when I first discovered the Miller House, but that’s probably where I first fell in love with the Eero Saarinen tulip table. To see it in person in 2013 was truly amazing, decked out in Girard folksy sculptures, needlepoint monogrammed seat cushions (for each member of the family), lit up atop a Girard rug.

The architecture of Eero Saarinen and the interior design of Alexander Girard create a mid-century work of art. Every lover of the period really must go! Columbus, Indiana is a gem. And, thanks to the family’s donation to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, you can tour the home and the grounds! I wasn’t one of the sneaky lots who took photos when you’re not allowed to on tour, so I have no interior shots. But you can pay the photography tour price and take pictures inside, which I’m assuming is how internet world has so many…not because they’re all rule breakers 😛

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Isn’t it amazing how clean it all is after all these years? I love all the patterns and colors! AH!saarineen4

They don’t light up like they used to! 😉  1,2, 3 (peruse these 2 blogs for more beautiful Miller shots!! The floor pit is my all time favorite. And Xenia Miller loved plants. They’re everywhere!)

Anyway, the point being when I was thinking up what sort of dining table I wanted and I recalled the tulip, of course I can’t afford an original. You know, I’ve been looking at all the fiberglass top ones and reading how they scuff. But then! earlier this week, I found a marble top for only $700! You GUYS!!!!  I am set. Ready to make the purchase.


And, I found 4! of my dream chairs on Etsy for only $500, with blue upholstery. The reproductions are like $200 a piece so that’s $800 in chairs! Yeesh! …Of course, they may not exist come purchasing time but I know they’re out there…waiting for me.


I’ll leave you with this Girard swatch/design plan. All these colors are present in my plan! I love them! saarineen3

White town

I’ve been thinking a lot about all my upcoming projects. There are so many and I have had to put them all on hold to save for my September LA trip. So frustrating not having an endless supply of money to pump into this little house (and my life, doh!)

One Kings Lane gets me so much. They’re always posting images of interiors that speak to me (remember Hacienda Style?)  Well, here’s an entire shop curated for “small bungalow living”. This is the only image I could find on the internet that closely resembles my set up. Pretty exact, right! And shows exactly what I’ve been thinking about:

White walls, white fireplace.

At first I was thinking I’d just leave it black but ….why? I don’t like it black? Let’s go all the way! I really like the windows accented in this navy color as well. Something to consider! But I don’t want to go hogwild considering this is a rental + budget.

Now, I don’t know what color the inside of that fireplace is but for a time I had considered painting the black fireplace something fun like bright green or orange. It then occurred to me once it’s white, I could paint it the pop of color inside! I was thinking perhaps green! …you know, to help bring in that plant life feel I’m crazing. Yahhhh.
bungalow 8426aSo, perhaps it’ll look something like this. This was my mock up before moving in so I just ran with it. Of course, I don’t have some of this stuff…but the basics are there!

As soon as I’m back from my trip, it’s full steam ahead on this place! Of course, I’m continuing to tinker about in the yard! More on that later.

For the love of chairs

You know I love chairs. LOVE CHAIRS.

Last week, I found these 2 chairs on craigslist for just $150 and have emailed the seller TWICE. But they won’t email me back. What is their deal? Have they sold the chairs? How about a reply, bubby?


I don’t know what the state of the wood is, but the seller claims they are in “excellent condition.” I want. I need. Talk to me!! They remind me a lot of the crushed velvet tufted high back chairs I already own, also scored off craigslist for a solid $80 for the pair (HECK YEAH). But these are wooden!

These Broyhill in comparison on chairish are $1,500! Really makes you appreciate your craigslists finds.

broyhillHere’s another chairish find, in orange velvet for $1,000.


This mid-century high back style really is one of my favorites. I refer to mine as the “thrones”.  I’m still eagerly awaiting the day they become blue instead of mustard yellow. Yeah!

His Dream Nook

My friend texted me saying Apartment Therapy had instagrammed his “dream nook.” ….I got nothing new going on except yard stuff. Let’s make a post about it!

Here’s the image from Apartment Therapy:


And here’s my recreation:


Right off the bat, I knew that was the Ava sofa from Urban Outfitters. A few years ago, I too was into these ceramic taxidermy heads so I knew Mahzer and Vee was the perfect Etsy go to. They’re a family owned business, love kooky design (COLOR) and you can order custom colors for animal heads if they don’t have what you want already created. Winner! The AT image shows a moose and an antelop (or is that a gazelle?). M&V has an antelop but I didn’t like it, so here we have the moose, a deer, and a wolf. Woodland animals. I assume there would be a third one if the image wasn’t cut off. The power of three!

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Since my friend lives in Seattle, and we need a vintage item, I thought it only appropriate to peruse the Seattle craigslist side table options. Um, wow. Slim pickens!! Gosh, I thought Seattle would have antiques galore! Guess not…. This little diddy is being offered up for $140. That seems high to me.

Lamps are so expensive! Why is that! It floors me…. but here’s a cheapish version to the white lamp pictured from Lamps Plus. Currently $80. Wayfair has a simpler alternative for half that price. And here’s our little vintage cobalt candy dish.

Now, the AT image shows no rug, but a rug is a must! This pink 8×11 kilim from wayfair is only $419. Amazing. Color, texture, and value all in one! And the kilim pillows (1, 2) are all less that $20 on etsy (and there are pages and pages of them!)

Of course, no home is complete without a plant and I do love a fiddle fig. I nabbed this one off google images….

So, there we have it. Some pieces exact, some pieces with my own spin (you gotta have some vintage mixed in there for good balance).

Friend also mentioned he loves the exposed brick, but like so many of us, lives in an apartment where there is none. Solution: faux brick wallpaper!  This is $44 a bolt but they do have some $.99 stuff, though I bet that doesn’t look so hot. Where there’s a will for brick, there is a way! 🙂

So, what would the total for this room be?

With the sofa, the pricier lamp, the 3 heads, the dish, the craigslist table, the 2 pillows and the rug: $1650 (ish) not counting shipping on anything. All in all, that’s not too shabby. Way cheaper than the price of most sofas!!!


Mid-century buffet search

After I nixed the idea of a console table (how generic), and a piano (that would be fun!), I decided, and am sold on, getting a mid-century buffet for the living room. Initially though I was on the hunt for a credenza.

But did you know those low, long little buggers are expensive! $1,200-$3,000+.  If we could stay in the $700 range, I’m much for comfortable with that. There are no credenzas in the $700 range (unless you want some mdf piece of white trash) so I began looking at buffets. Oh the buffet! Now that is a cute piece of furniture, with plenty of storage options.

Now, these buffets don’t come cheap either and they are hard to find in our antique stores. I did come across 3 on Saturday but they were just a bit too plain.

Here is the dream:


This baby is being sold on Etsy for $750. Perfect!! But of course you have to arrange a shipper and that’s like $300. Geez louise. Isn’t it beautiful! The perfect amount of detail and character. Those skinny little legs. The drawer pulls. Ah. Perfect. Love it. Want it. Let’s save those dollars.

On the attainable side there is this Marcel buffet from Pier 1 for $699. Shipping is free to the store or just $40 to your home.


But she ain’t a beaut. So plain! :\ My heart does not go pitter pat.

We also have the West Elm buffet. Who do they think they are…$999. Pfft.


Again, it is plain. It’s definitely better than the Marcel. It’s closer to our dream. I’m just not “gaga” as Jerry would say.

Now, my last idea is this: I’m going to LA in September. What if I go to one of those vintage stores that seem to be everywhere and just greyhound one back to me!?!? I would be able to see it first hand instead of buying off Etsy.

For instance, Mod Crib LA has a dresser for $650 that could fit the buffet bill.


Isn’t that cute! Look at those adorable drawer pulls! The character! Can’t you just picture Painted Lady hanging above? Oh yes. Oh yes.

So, the search is on. New is definitely out of the question. The detail just isn’t there.

Mom’s house/ Living Room Update

Your childhood home…did your mom have good taste or was it all tacky plaid curtains and Kirkland’s fake fruit in a decorative bowl on the coffee table like at my house?

My mom has so graciously agreed to let me redo her living room. It’s very dated and a hodgepodge of looks: english country, asian something, southern this, awful that. I don’t know man!

Like many, Mom has an overall good sense of taste but lacks any and all knack for putting together a cohesive room. Like many Southerners, and something that she has instilled in me, she loves antiques. Let’s just jump right into the room. Here’s a couple mobile phone shots she sent me.

IMG_7360When you walk through the front door, you are greeted by the back of the sofa and a sofa table, which creates a sort of entry hall effect I’m not exactly sure I like. Her sofa was new in like 2007? and the colors are dark and poopy. To me, it’s very dated. The shape must still work for us though because I cannot afford to buy her a brand new sofa. The solution: a slip cover.

She also requests a new oriental rug in the same colors as the sofa. No Mom. We must get away from these drab colors and into bright Southern charm! There’s a lot of wood in here. And most of it has been chewed on by her 2 Boston Terriers. The primo piece is the armoire. Is that not a beauty! You can see the built-ins in the reflection. It will remain in that location (I think). We’ll get rid of the faux flowers and all those wall shelves.
IMG_7361Here you can see the entry to the kitchen and hallway. The clock is nice. That we’ll keep. I hate that fireplace hearth glass thing. I don’t know what you call it. Get that out of there! Along with that tacky candle holder. The mantle is full of nails. We’ll patch those up. Leave the mirror (on 2nd thought, that might be going as well. I’m thinking we need to go vertical), but dress up the mantle. I hate those eggs and the plates on the wall.. That’s more of that Asian crap mom likes. Maybe we could just pop those on the built-ins when we restyle them.

Here’s my super quick idea from just doing a quick search of affordable furniture.


We’ll orient the furniture to run in front of the armoire and the fire place, with the 2 new modern chairs flanking the fireplace. The pink chairs, white slip cover, and green rug will brighten up the space from the drab wood and reds and blues Mom has been used to. She already has the round double shelved side table and the blue and white vase (seen up on the wall). She also has an antique side table (half of it is seen in picture 1, by the window) that can go between the new chairs.

As for the antique chaise…that would be amazing but may have to end up being a chair with an ottoman. Whatever we find. I want it to be vintage. The main goal is to create more seating, with the sofa, new chairs, and the chaise. Currently, she has a sofa and a chair. When company comes, there’s no where to sit and she starts pulling out dining chairs!

Mom also has her beloved crystal lamps, but I’d like to introduce a modern lamp, thus the tripod. Actually, 2 crystal lamps are her only modes of light. There is no overhead lighting in the living room. So maybe 3 lamps will properly light the space? I’m not sure yet. It’s always so dang dark in there! And we’ll get rid of the chewed up coffee table and bring in something off the wall like the acrylic! Her sisters won’t know what to think 😉

Lastly, mom loves her tv so I’ll need to figure out what to do about that. She currently has a GIANT gray plastic eyesore that sits in the corner (I didn’t want to post this because it’s so blurry. Gosh Mom!). You can see that she has oriented her sofa to face the television. TV is front and center in this room. I hate that. Tv should not be the focal point of any room. DID YOU READ THAT. NO TV FOCAL POINT. NO TV ABOVE THE MANTLE. PLEASE!!!


My first idea was to use the little cabinet under the English countryside painting (which now in this new room might actually look good) and get her a new flat screen. We shall see. Ugh, more plates!

I think for money sake, this could work fine in the yellow room but I’m not loving it. I think we could do better. But I’ll save that for another day. I do know I’d like to paint the walls of the built-ins to make them pop. That’s something she’s never had before!

Chairs/ rug/ slipcover/ gold side table /floral cabinet/ tripod/ acrylic table

The round table is but I cannot for the life of me find it!

And you know what I’m thinking…and I just noticed it last weekend when I was home visiting (it only took 25 years of looking at those walls). This house was built in 1941 and it has 0 architectural details aside from bookshelves and a couple interesting closets and shelves in the kitchen. So maybe we ought to throw up some crown moulding? Hmm…