Bringing Color into the Playroom with a New Rug

If you’ve been following me for a while, you might remember two years ago when I revamped our playroom.  I loved it, but we’ve since had a couple of incidents which left it in a less than desirable state.  Less than a year after it was finished, we had plumbin issues with our kitchen drain, which lead to flooding in the playroom.  We had to have it recarpeted, new drywall hung, and it got repainted.  We put it back together as best we could and then 4 months later, the same exact thing happened.  On Christmas morning, of all times.  I walked into the playroom to get something and felt the mushing of water between my toes in the carpeting…. I knew what it meant.  So once again, everything was ripped out and apart and all redone.  And this last time I looked at it once it was put back together, and it all felt so very black and white and blah.  To be honest, it was black and white and blah.  This space is for the kids, so why would I remove all color for them???  Why???  I can’t answer as to what I was thinking, but I’ve come around and realized the error of my ways.  I’ve decided it’s time to add color into that space and breathe new life into it.  I’ve started bringing color into the playroom with a new rug from Plush Rugs.Modern-Playroom-Black-White-Colorful

How amazing is this rug?  When I was searching my criteria were as follows:

  • Work with our charcoal sectional (By West Elm.  Similar here.)
  • Shag style as Sawyer and friends use this area for video games which is why there’s no coffee table.
  • Work layered over gray carpeting.
  • Available in 8×10

When it came down to it Plush Rugs had several options that met my criteria, but I ended up choosing the Margaretta Shaggy which had an array of bright and bold colors.Affordable-Colorful-Moroccan-Style-RugThis rug really will allow me to bring in any color I wish.  And I don’t even know what I will ever do with that ceiling, so just pretend you don’t see it… it’s the weirdest thing.Eclectic-Modern-Kids-Playroom

Colorful-Rug-Eclectic-PlayroomThe kids have had this rug in place now for a couple of months and absolutely love how comfortable it is and how nice it feels under their feet.  As you can see, there’s plenty of room for them to sprawl out and play.  I often find them with pillows propped up against the bottom of the sofa, laying on the floor and leaning back on the pillows.Plush-Rugs-Moroccan-Rug-Perfect-For-Playroom

Those two lights above the sofa are the only source of natural light in this space, so having a nice bright rug like this truly opens up the room.Eclectic-Playroom-Black-White-Gallery-WallI am excited about making more changes to the playroom and bring in more color in the form of pillows, and possibly some art, but that gallery wall will remain. I still love those animal prints as well as the printables I created with special quotes.Plush-Rugs-Moroccan-Style-Colorful-Rug-PlayroomI also think I may change the space behind the TV somewhat though not sure how yet.  I love that the black blends that TV right in, but it also sort of sucks light out of the room.  Any ideas out there?Modern-Credenza-TV-Gaming-Console-PlayroomThe kids are also thrilled about more vibrant color coming into their play space!  At the rate I have been moving lately, I should have this room brightened up and ready for them as soon as they are packed up for college. 😉

The Margarette Shaggy rug from Plush Rugs has given me a great jumping off point, so now it’s just up to me to jump!

*Thank you to Plush Rugs for providing me with this rug.  I was not otherwise compensated and all photos and opinions are mine.

How to Make Aged Brass Look New Again

Happy Friday!  I don’t know about you, but I am really excited about this weekend.  We don’t even have any major plans but this first week back to school was pretty busy and I am just excited about reconnecting with the family unit.  With our August Sweet Clover sale over already, the kids back in school, and Chris having a busy work week, I felt sort of like a deer in headlights this week.  There were plenty of things I could do, but I was just frozen, unsure of what my next move should be.  Have you ever been there?  So I just remained pretty aimless, and worked in all sorts of directions- organizing cabinets, shuffling furniture, painting a dresser, restyling my kitchen shelves for Fall.  That last one let me to today’s post because I have this cute little wooden box shaped like an apple with a brass lid.  The lid was tarnished and speckled, so I decided to reach for Barkeeper’s Friend, a product I always have on hand to clean my stainless steel sink as well as my glass cooktop.  It worked so well that I wanted to share with you how to make aged brass look new again, and with very little investment, time, or effort.How-to-Polish-BrassThis little apple box stores all of our chalk, and I love that it keeps it out of sight, stowed away in a cute accessory.  And of course, with Fall around the corner, an apple is a great seasonal touch.  It’s lid was a mess though, tarnished and mottled.  Next to the lovely warm wood it looked terrible.How to Make Aged Brass Look New Again

I pulled out Barkeeper’s Friend and tested a small area to see how it would work.  I dampened a paper towel (any rag or cloth will work), and sprinkled some Barkeeper’s Friend, a powdery substance, into a little dish.  (When I am cleaning my stovetop or sink I sprinkle it right onto the surface, but with the shape and size of this apple box lid, this method worked better.)  I dipped the damp towel into the powder and then ran it in little circles on the brass lid.  Here is a look at what happened after just about 5 seconds.Barkeeper's Friend for shining aged brassAmazing, right? I finished the entire lid, repeating the dampen, dip, rub method.  When I was finished, I took a clean cloth and wiped off any residue and film. I had never seen brass so shiny- or at least since the late 1980’s brass fixture movement.  That leaf really catches the light now.How-to-Polish-Brass-Easily


The apple looks right at home on my Fall shelves, which I will be sharing in a couple of weeks.  For now here’s a little peek at that.Styling-Kitchen-Open-Shelving-Fall

Of course, I couldn’t stop there.  If you know me, you know that there are so many other brass pieces in my house that were just waiting to be revitalized.  Recently I had contemplated selling my precious brass deer… They’ve been happily living on my hearth for quite some time now.  To refresh your memory, here they are just a couple months ago.Black Fireplace and Modern Boho Mantle with Fringe, Cacti, white peonies

I repeated the same method I used on the apple lid on these guys, and now I am so glad I hadn’t brought myself to sell them.  They’re striking, thanks to Barkeeper’s Friend.  Also, as you can see, I haven’t changed my mantle at all; at least I still have fresh flowers.Brass-Deer-Eclectic-Boho-Fireplace-MantleNow that I see these two photos together, the difference is dramatic! I can’t tell who’s shinier- the deer or the disco ball?DIY-Brass-ShiningThey’ve literally got a glint in their eyes now.  And ears.  And tails.Make-Brass-Look-New-AgainThere are still a couple of little spots I need to spend more time in, but overall this was a ridiculously easy way to make my vintage brass look new again.  And little brass candlestick on my shelf, I am looking at you next.  Nothing is safe from Barkeeper’s Friend.  The moral here is that with a little bit of love and sometimes help from a friend, we can all find our sparkle again, right?  I know I’ve been looking for my own, so maybe this easy little task was a great reminder to me.

Hope you shine brightly and have a fantastic weekend!


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Thrift Score Thursday: Bamboo Dresser

Happy Thrift Score Thursday!

\thrift score thursday12If you are new here, let me explain just what #thriftscorethursday is.  We want you to participate! Hit up your local thrift stores, craigslist, yard sales, estate sales, side of the road, anything! Thrifty doesn’t necessarily mean from a thrift store. We want to see your good deals, wacky finds and treasures.

Don’t feel like you need to save those finds for Thursdays! Yes, features are shared on our blogs and Instagram on Thursdays, but we’re all checking in on (and using!) the hashtag all week long. So, when you see/find it, feel free to share it!  And we love it when you tag your friends to play along, too!

Each week Brynne from The Gathered Home, Cassie from Primitive and Proper, Corinna from For A Designer at Home,  Maggie from Maggie Overby Studios, and  once monthly a guest co-host will pick a favorite thrift score or two to feature! So please note that by linking up with#thriftscorethursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.

This week I want to share a piece I found and really wanted to keep.  I tried to make it work in my dining room as a sideboard, but it just never felt right to me.  So I kept it there only until I found something to replace it with…. cliffhanger!

I found this dresser as part of a set on craigslist, and this is the one piece that just really spoke to me.  I love the style and hardware, and of course the material.

Unfortunately, as I mentioned, it just wasn’t working for me in my home.  So I will be hauling it over to Sweet Clover for our September sale.Bamboo Dresser with Nautical SeascapeI do love how it looks on this wall, but alas, this wall gets no furniture or the space feels too crowded.  I just placed it here for photos.Vintage Campaign Bamboo Dresser with Nautical Gallery WallOf course, I am somewhat biased, but pretty much any piece of furniture looks good under a nautical seascape wall.Bamboo Dresser with Nautical Seascape WallSo now let me share with you my favorites from the #thriftscorethursday tag this week.

Ashley is so close to revealing her entire kitchen which has been amazing thus far.  She scored these little pottery pieces which fit in perfectly with the modern organic vibe she has going on with her kitchen shelfie.tst biggerthanthethreeofusYou can find Ashley’s beautiful shelves on instagram here.

You guys might know that I have a weakness for adorable miniatures, and this vintage doll furniture set that Lindsey scored made my heart skip a beat.tst linnyjanevintage

You can find this cute set on instagram here.

Now head on over to see what my lovely cohosts have found and featured.

Thrift Score Thursday Brynne color (1)

Thrift Score Thursday Corinna ADAH

Thrift Score Thursday Maggie

Until next week, happy hunting!

MilkShop Finds Giveaway

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I had planned on getting you a post together for yesterday, but then Sunday came and I was busy getting my kids ready for the first day of school, and making sure Sawyer had everything he needed for middle school.  Yes, I said middle school.  Yesterday I sent them on their way to 4th & 6th grades, headed back to the house, sat down with my coffee, and just stared off into space for a bit unsure of what to do with myself.  This is not even an exaggeration of actual events.  Once I gathered my wits about me, I started working on some furniture for our next sale, and put together this MilkShop Finds giveaway that I have been planning for a while!  So let’s celebrate back to school with a fun $50 giveaway to one of my favorite etsy shops!

I worked with MilkShop Finds this past Spring with Dollhouse Therapy, and they revamped the coolest vintage fireplace and upcycled art for me.Dollhouse outside fireplaceDon’t mind the glue string at the top of the art…. that was from me hanging it and not realizing it was there until of course I sat down to edit photos.Upcycled Vintage Dollhouse Art from The Milkshop

Today my friends at MilkShop Finds are back after a summer vacation and giving one lucky reader a $50 credit to their etsy shop!

The girls of MilkShop Finds, Jen and Laura, scour the flea markets of Chicago together to bring you a curated etsy shop filled with unique vintage finds.  They have an eye for art, and find some of the neatest pieces.  They also recently started an instagram account where you can get glimpses at the hunt as well as sneak peeks of items coming to the shop.

I wanted to highlight some of my current available favorites.milkshop carved figure

Hand-carved folk art figure

milkshop vintage indian club

Vintage Indian club

milkshop oil painting mill

Vintage oil painting of mill by Bute

milkshop quilt pattern milk glass

Quilt-patterned milk glass plate

As I mentioned, you should check out MilkShop Finds on instagram as well to get a glimpse of incoming shop goods, like these vintage sock stretchers which are always a hot item around Christmas time.milkshopfinds sock stretchers

Instagram is also a great way to make a personal connection with shop owners.  You just can’t post these little life scenes on etsy, ya know?milkshop people

So now, if you want to win a $50 credit to MilkShop Finds, just follow the rafflecopter prompts below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This contest is open for one week, and only open to US residents. Thank you and good luck!

In My Amazon Cart: Domestic Goddess Wannabe

Sometime over the last year a good friend convinced me that Amazon Prime was the way to go…. We would go for walks and she would tell me about all of the things she ordered on Amazon.  I mean, I had shopped there before, but some of the things were items I never would have thought to check for.  I decided to sign myself up for prime and over the course of my membership, I’ve ordered many things and also developed a real friendship with my UPS man.  He knows all about my work at Sweet Clover, as often times he pulls up our driveway to find me out there painting.  He drives by me running and waves and beeps at me.  One day I was driving on my way to work and he flashed his lights and pulled over because he had a next day package he was about to deliver to my house so he figured it was important.  You guys, he’s pretty much one of my best friends at this point. 😉 I have Amazon Prime to thank for this friendship.  The past couple of weeks I’ve been honing in on my domestic side and ordered a bunch of items from Amazon to help me.  Today I wanted to show you what I put in my Amazon cart and give you my thoughts on it all. (And yes, this post does contain affiliate links, but these are all items I purchased and just wanted to share with you!)

After attending Haven in Atlanta, we spent a couple days with my brother’s family.  My sister in law Viri had a couple of great cookbooks that caught my eye.  I thumbed through them and took note of the names so I could order when I arrived home.

When we arrived at their house, this cookbook was sitting on the island, and I have to admit I picked it up to say, “Really, Viri?  You bought this one?”  But then I flipped through and read some of the excerpts and it was actually quite humorous and the recipes looked delicious.  Chrissy Teigen, the glamorous model and wife of John Legend has compiled a beautiful book filled with images of tasty goods as well as photos that poke fun at her own life. Viri and Dana (my brother) had made the dutch oven pancakes, and have since made a couple other recipes from the book and have been thrilled with all of them.  We have yet to try anything from it, but the recipes that are calling my name are sweet chili and mustard-glazed salmon fillets, roasted tomato soup, and yellow cake baked oatmeal (totally healthy, right?  I mean, it’s oatmeal, people!).  We’re also growing our own Brussels sprouts this year, so this shaved Brussels sprouts with grapes and almonds is calling my name!Chrissy-Tiegen-Cookbook-ReviewI’ll be sure to let you know how the recipes pan out over here, but on Amazon it’s gotten great reviews. And one thing I know fur sure is that you can almost always “trust the people.”  If I am on the fence about anything, I read the reviews.

Viri also had a book about canning, which is something I was planning to do as soon as we returned home from Atlanta.  Our garden produced a great amount of tomatoes this year and I wanted to save those babies!  Food in Jars is a great book for the beginner (me!) because it’s got lots of ways to can in smaller batches, which I find less intimidating and more likely to happen over here anyhow.  I used the salsa recipe in this book, to jar our first salsa- only varying it by omitting the sugar, and using whatever tomatoes we had on hand.  Our salsa combined sky reacher, green zebras, and regular garden variety tomatoes.  In the past I’ve made fresh salsa, but now we’ll get to enjoy it months from now.  Food-in-Jars-Cookbook-Review-And-CanningAs you can see from my collection of jars, I’ve been canning tomatoes to save for soups and sauces this winter as well.  A friend of mine passed on his mother’s technique, so I followed the directions he sent me and didn’t use the book for that.  (The green jars aren’t relish, but are our green zebras- my absolute favorite tomato variety.)  Aside from recipes to be preserved and canned, this book offers some other items that can be saved in jars that would make great Christmas gifts, such as flavored sea salts, baking mixes, and more!  I am headed to the farmer’s market this weekend and hope to find peaches and other goodies because I am on a roll and want to can all the things!

Last year I made the easiest applesauce with a food mill I purchased from Amazon as well.  I had borrowed all of the other supplies from a friend but this year decided that I needed my own if this was going to become a habit.

I purchased this granite ware set for less than $40 and it has pretty much everything you need for simple canning.  I’ve owned it for one week so far, and it’s already been used and abused several times.
Canning-Essentials-What-You-Need-To-CanHere it is being used in my kitchen earlier this week!  The towels are there to set the scalding hot jars on, and in my case I needed another towel because homegirl filled up her pot too much which lead to water boiling over onto the stovetop.  Whoops.  Did I mention this was all new to me and I am learning as I go?

This year was the first year that we truly had a legitimate herb garden, and I wanted to make the most of it, and have fresh organic herbs straight from our own garden all year round.  A dehydrator is the most efficient way to dry herbs hygienically and quickly.  The Excalibur is the one that I really wanted and is supposed to be the “mac daddy” of all dehydrators.  However, it wasn’t in my budget.  I took to the amazon reviews, and also googled reviews online, and eventually settled on the Nesco Dehydrator which is a fraction of the cost.  We  had an abundance of basil, which is our favorite, so I spent time this week harvesting it, and trimming it to dry.  I set the leaves on the trays and let the machine do its thing and dehydrate.

It took a little longer than anticipated but I think that’s because I had washed my basil leaves and they were still a little damp when I laid them down.  I have so many more herbs to harvest and dry and will be working on that over the next few weeks!  Once dry, they should be stored in a cool dark place and in a solid jar if possible.  I had some clear glass jars available, so am using those, but storing them in a closed drawer.

And in exciting chicken news over here, all 5 of our hens are now laying!  We collect 5 eggs each day, and were in need of somewhere to store them.  Eggs that are fresh from the chicken do not need to be refrigerated and will stay fresh for a while, so I wanted something that would look nice in our kitchen.  I love the ceramic egg storage containers and wanted one in aqua, but I know that in all practicality, an egg basket would be much easier to use. Emmy loves to check for eggs each day, so I needed something she could carry.  I ordered this fun green egg basket and it sits on our island showing off our bounty.  Amazon-Green-Egg-BasketAnd I can’t even begin to tell you how delicious eggs from our own chickens are!  Yum!  My mother in law suggested I serve some of our homemade salsa on scrambled eggs, and I am thinking that just may be the Saturday breakfast menu over here this weekend.

And finally, just because I can’t have you thinking I am just a nerdy homemaker these days, I have to share some good reads with you, too.  When I placed my order for all of these items, I also added a smutty young adult read, The Selection.I had just finished reading Red Queen, which I adored (SERIOUSLY- go get it!), and the sequel to that was only out in hardcover.  I decided to wait for the paperback version and whet my appetite with something else.  So this weekend I hope to dive into The Selection, all while my herbs are drying, of course. 😉

So while I am over here reading cheesy young adult books, shopping at the farmer’s market, canning, and drying herbs, what will you be up to this weekend?  Just try to top my level of excitement if you can.  (Pun intended… womp womp womp).

Thrift Score Thursday: Midcentury Dressers

Hi guys!  It’s time for Thrift Score Thursday!thrift score thursday12If you are new here, let me explain just what #thriftscorethursday is.  We want you to participate! Hit up your local thrift stores, craigslist, yard sales, estate sales, side of the road, anything! Thrifty doesn’t necessarily mean from a thrift store. We want to see your good deals, wacky finds and treasures.

Don’t feel like you need to save those finds for Thursdays! Yes, features are shared on our blogs and Instagram on Thursdays, but we’re all checking in on (and using!) the hashtag all week long. So, when you see/find it, feel free to share it!  And we love it when you tag your friends to play along, too!

Each week Brynne from The Gathered Home, Cassie from Primitive and Proper, Corinna from For A Designer at Home,  Maggie from Maggie Overby Studios, and  once monthly a guest co-host will pick a favorite thrift score or two to feature! So please note that by linking up with#thriftscorethursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.

This week, I thought it would be fun to carry out a theme… plus I needed a way to help me narrow down my choices!  I’ve decided that each week moving forward I am going to be featuring 2-3 finds from instagram participants, so it’s a tougher decision now.  I saw one piece that I adored, realized I had a midcentury dresser to share, too, and the theme this week sort of selected itself.

My find is a large midcentury chest I found on craigslist.  The top was laminate so it was a perfect contender for paint on the body.  I loved the pattern on the top drawer, so keeping the drawers wood was the right choice, too.  I wanted to keep it masculine so I went with General Finishes coastal blue, and touched up the drawers with my trusty restor-a-finish.  And then it was ready to head to Sweet Clover!IMG_0083Check out the details on that top drawer!IMG_0084I really loved this piece, but no one in July loved it enough to take it home, so we’ve got it all set to go for this weekend’s even at the store.  I figured I’d show you a variation in staging just for fun.  TST Midcentury Dresser 1And if it still doesn’t sell, I might be sizing up some spaces in my own home.

So now, here’s the first midcentury piece I saw that set me off on this theme.  Bre has such great style and she found this $40 dresser and gave it a little refreshing.tst breFind it here on instagram.

Jo almost missed the bus to work because she saw this dresser curbside with a big fat “FREE” sign on it!  I would have found a way to take it on the bus with me… I mean, it’s glorious!  And should we talk about all of her other thrifted finds in this photo?tst jmwearingFind it here on instagram.

Now make sure you hop over to see what my cohosts found and featured this week!Thrift Score Thursday Brynne color (1)

Thrift Score Thursday Corinna ADAH

Thrift Score Thursday Maggie

Have a great day, and happy hunting to you!

Blog Pondering: Reflection, Changes, and a Bonus Laugh at Me

Hi guys!  Did you miss me last week?  Don’t answer that… I had a crazy whirlwind week including a trip to Knoxville, Atlanta and a celebration of Sawyer’s 11th birthday as well as my 38th, but who’s counting?  Ok, so obviously I am, so maybe I should have said, “but who’s denying?” During my time in Atlanta, I attended the Haven conference for the third time.  It’s always refreshing to hang out with my blog friends, put real life faces to blogs I love, and learn some new skills as well.  The best parts of these events for me are always the small group conversations I have with my colleagues, these people who truly “get it;” several of us have continued the conversations after leaving, which has lead me to some serious blog pondering.  Basically, you guys, I’ve been digging deep and thinking about my direction.  I’ve been not only looking forward to where I’m going, but I’ve looked back to see how far I’ve come.go your own way

Go Your Own Way Dresser Tutorial

Yesterday a group of us decided for kicks to share our old posts with each other.  I’ve been officially blogging for over 7 years and in the beginning I had no idea what I was doing.  My photos were terrible, I used my camera flash religiously, and I didn’t even think about styling photos.  I keep these posts and photos live on my blog because to the reader thinking about starting a blog, it shows that anyone can do it, and anyone can learn, improve, and grow.  Just like life, blogging is a  journey full of constant inspiration and education.  And let me just also take a moment to let you know that I was a pioneer in the “people in room” photos that have made a sudden surge.  I mean, in 2009, I was already doing it.  Just to prove it to you, here is a great example… sawyer's room 2009

Sawyer’s Room 2009

And then there was the “place the shoes casually next to the bed” movement.  I was part of that, too. Pi. O. Neer, my friends.master bedroom 2009

Master Bedroom Circa 2009

Should we even mention that the shoes placed next to the bed casually are freaking sneakers?!?!  Not even cute shoes.  What on earth?  And please note the overhead light turned on, the low hanging curtain rod, the blinds pulled so no natural light ruins my bedroom lighting and flash combo.  There are a million things wrong here… You could print this photo out, put it in Highlights magazine, and circle all the “what’s wrong in this picture” items.Lamps Plus Ceiling Fan in Modern Boho Master Bedroom

And just because I can’t leave you with poorly shot and designed spaces, here’s my current master bedroom.  I still have so much I can improve on, but now you can truly see how far I’ve come.

My point in sharing them today is that I have grown, changed, improved with age.  And I figured that we may as well all get a good laugh at my expense.  I mean, I remember posting these and being so proud of my spaces and photos.  Even though I know so much more now, and my style has changed, these photos still make me proud because they were the start of something really special for me.  My romance with design and DIY was just beginning and I was discovering new ways to express my creativity every day.

Now here we are 7.5 years after that first time I nervously pressed publish.  Some of you have been here from the very beginning, and I love the relationships we’ve formed.  (Hi, Allison!)  It’s been a fun ride together, hasn’t it?

Gosh, I sound like I am quitting, don’t I?  Well, put away the tissues party hats- I am not going anywhere.  Over the course of the last few years things in the blogging industry have changed so much and I haven’t done my best to change with them.  I’ve been stuck in my ways, comfortable with what I know.  Many times, I’ve talked to friends and said, “I think this time I am really quitting. I am not finding the joy in it anymore. I’m not happy with my blog. I’m not inspired to write anything. I want more time with my kids.”  All of those seem like great reasons, but the truth is that I just can’t quit you. I love writing and I love connecting with you. So it’s time for me to make some changes that I’ve been contemplating.

Over the course of time, I’ve been slowly switching gears.  My life has been changing and with that so has my content.  These days I have less time and drive for furniture makeovers. I still love design and I always will (though my style has changed- it clearly needed to!), but I also love the life that I am living.    I believe in following your heart and dreams, and I believe in the hard work and dedication that takes.  I share with you the highs and the lows of owning a shop, raising chickens, as well as creating a happy home.sweet clover officeSo with all of this in mind, I plan to change some things around here within the next month or so.  I’ve purchased a new domain name,, and the blog will simply be renamed Cassie Bustamante.  My life will continue to change and evolve and blog topics may shift, but the thing that remains the same is my name, assuming that Chris doesn’t tire of me.  My current tag line has been really special to me: life, paint and the pursuit of happiness.  But these days, I don’t paint as often as I used to and I wanted to broaden it.  I want to convey that we are average people, working hard and on a tight budget, but that we are striving to truly get the most we can out of this one life we have.  I want to inspire people to live their lives fully, and always make the best of it, no matter what their circumstances.  So my new tagline will read….

living an ordinary life extraordinarily

I am grateful for everything I’ve learned over the last 7.5 years, and am excited to continue to learn and grow.  I hope you will continue to follow along!

PS- I was honored to be featured at Ciburbanity yesterday for Charlotte’s Sunday Seven series, which was a fun interview that contributed to my post today.

Thrift Score Thursday: Straw Sunburst

It’s time for Thrift Score Thursday!thrift score thursday12If you are new here, let me explain just what #thriftscorethursday is.  We want you to participate! Hit up your local thrift stores, craigslist, yard sales, estate sales, side of the road, anything! Thrifty doesn’t necessarily mean from a thrift store. We want to see your good deals, wacky finds and treasures.

Don’t feel like you need to save those finds for Thursdays! Yes, features are shared on our blogs and Instagram on Thursdays, but we’re all checking in on (and using!) the hashtag all week long. So, when you see/find it, feel free to share it!  And we love it when you tag your friends to play along, too!

Each week Brynne from The Gathered Home, Cassie from Primitive and Proper, Corinna from For A Designer at Home,  Maggie from Maggie Overby Studios, and  once monthly a guest co-host will pick a favorite thrift score or two to feature! So please note that by linking up with#thriftscorethursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.

My find is a fun summery find for my porch.  I may end up hanging them inside somewhere, but I am not sure where.  When I was out shopping and finding Mexican inspired textiles, I came across these fun straw sunbursts and had to take them home.  I decided to add them to my porch for Summer & Fall.  I thought they’d be great for the seasonal transition.Straw Sunbursts on Boho PorchAgainst the brick they look rather bland, and you may be wondering if I will paint them.  Nope… I prefer the natural look and one day I dream of painting the whole house, so then they’d look better.  (If I still have them at that time, of course!)Straw SunburstsAnd they would also look fan turned into mirrors, so that’s a future possibility as well.Straw Sunbursts on Boho PorchNow let me show you what caught my eye this week!

I always love a great vintage rug find, but Bess won me over because the colors in her rug are just beautiful  And it’s cat approved.tst besstrotterNicole found this candy cart which is going to be used as wedding decor for her upcoming nuptials.  I love that idea!  And I actually think it would make a great dining or kitchen statement piece after…. Style as a bar cart and hang some plants from those hooks!tst design_it_vintageClaire found a new to her dining table and chairs through craigslist.  It’s a great find and fits perfectly in her beautiful space.  Can we talk about those shelves?  tst instaclaire1Janel scored a deal on this 10×14 vintage rug simply because she is kind and respectful and smiles… seriously.  Head over to read her tips on that post!tst mesavintageOh I can’t help myself when you guys share seascape art.  Shelby found this awesome paint by number and is keeping it for herself.  However, should she decide to part with it, perhaps you’ll find it in her etsy shop one day.  Unless I have inside dibs… 😉 (I don’t, just so you know!)tst shelby goodmanAnd last but not least, Whitney recently moved this thrifted dresser into her son Stetson’s room and isn’t it just the most perfect piece?  And that wallpaper is beautiful!tst heavythreadsNow head on over to see what goodness my cohosts found and are featuring!
Thrift Score Thursday Corinna ADAH

Thrift Score Thursday Brynne color (1)

Thrift Score Thursday MaggieHead’s up that I am taking next week off from the blog to spend a little time with the family before Summer’s over, head back to the poultry swap, and fill up that henhouse, and celebrate Sawyer’s 11th birthday (on the same day that I’ll be toasting 38 magical years, the last 11 as my role of mom being the best!)  See you back in a couple of weeks!

#FearlessHome July Features

Can you guys believe it’s already August?  I mean it’s day 3, but I still can’t believe it’s here.  Before I get into my post, a little shout out to my big brother who turns 40 today!  I am so happy you are my brother, and that I got to make the last 38 the best of all 40. 😉 Anyhow, last month along with Arielle, Kimberly, Brittany, and Jenna, I introduced the new #FearlessHome tag and we invited you all to share your bold spaces.  I was blown away by not only how the tag took off, but also the absolutely amazing spaces you all shared.  Today, we’re each sharing our #FearlessHome July features on our blogs.

I had a really hard time narrowing it down, and when you see my picks you will understand.  People brought their A+++++ game.  Killer style.  Daring walls.  Bold colors. Flashy mixes.

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Jen from Blissfully Eclectic has been one of my favorite instagrammers to follow for a while.  Her mix is always eclectic, boho, free spirited and full of love.  This mural is above and beyond with the color and pattern.  I am in love!fh blissfully eclecticAnother awesome wall comes from another instagrammer I adore, Kara.  First, she painted that bold emerald green beauty, and then the wallpaper went up…. A winning fearless combo!fh kara evansLiz’s home is an epic house of thriftiness, and she knows how to make all of those finds work in a bold unique way.  I love her dining nook…. I mean, fringe on a table?  Yes, please.  And she just painted the walls a stunning moody color called “Jasper.”fh liz kamarulMegan did something I would love to do in our home, but I don’t think I will ever get fearful Chris to get on board with this fearless idea.  She painted her wood floors with a fantastic modern pattern.  It works beautifully with everything in her space.fh mepflugAnd last but not least, Sara’s spaces always wow me.  She’s got such a great mix going on here and it all works well to create a cohesive, cozy space full of personality.  Doesn’t it make you want to come over and get to know her, because you know that she’ll just be full of creativity?fh sadieNow head on over to see what all of my cohosts decided to show off on their blogs… I know with so many choices out there, these posts are gonna be full of inspiration:

Arielle, Kimberly, BrittanyJenna

And don’t forget to share the bold spaces in your home by using #fearlesshome!

DIY Vintage Book Kindle Cover

I am so excited to be joining Restless Arrow and a great team of creative bloggers for a three day Back To School Guide series!  Amber kicked it off yesterday so if you’d like to start at the beginning start there!  Last year I participated as well and created a tassel pencil pouch for Emmy.  This year, I am once again creating something for Emmy.  I should tell you that Sawyer’s just not into creative projects and ideas like Emmy is; it has nothing to do with me wanting to make her things more than him! 😉 Last year for Christmas Emmy got her first Kindle, and she’s allowed to bring it on the bus with her to read.  I thought it would be great if we made her a DIY vintage book kindle cover, something to help hide her electronic device a bit when it’s in use and protect it when it’s in her backpack.DIY Vintage Book Kindle Cover

A couple of weeks back I actually wasn’t feeling too well and had to cancel some plans to go check out Luray Caverns with some friends.  I felt badly about that, so I took the time instead to do some fun creative projects with Emmy.  Sawyer wasn’t too interested and went to a friend’s instead.  Emmy really wanted to make a kindle cover so that she could bring her kindle back to school with her.  The evening before we had sewn together and created a fun emoji pillow, and she thought we could sew the cover.  She has so much more faith in my sewing skills than I do, and I knew that a kindle cover was slightly beyond my skills (or possibly not skills but patience).  I found a secondary option… A vintage book!

I let Emmy select a vintage book from several I had at home and she chose this one, naturally.Vintage Fairy Tale Book Kindle Cover

I used an exacto knife to cut out all of the pages, and we selected a wide grosgrain ribbon to glue down (with fabric glue) the center to hide the naked binding. We had planned to use a fabric to actually cover everything, including the inside covers, but we loved the original artwork inside the book and wanted to preserve it. Ribbon was an easy solution.  As you can see it was not a perfect glue job and lifted at the edges a bit.  I should go back and re-glue it; just wanted to point that out in case you try to make one.Ribbon down centerOn the back cover is where we planned to have the kindle held.  Emmy selected a fun and colorful elastic at the craft store.  We laid the kindle down and made 4 marks where our holes for our elastic would need to be placed.  Using scissors, I bore 4 holes through the back cover on those marks.  We pulled the elastic through one end, tied a knot which shows on the back cover, and cut the right length to reach the next hole and tie a knot.  From the inside, it looks like this, and there is another strip of elastic at the top.Elastic inside kindle cover

And on the backside it looks like this…4 knots from Elastic

Knot from elasticIf it’s just sitting on a table, unless you really look it just looks like an old book.DIY Kindle Cover from Vintage BookAnd when she’s reading it, you have to really look closely to be able to tell.DIY Kindle Cover from Vintage Book

DIY Kindle Cover from Vintage BookWe had fun working on this project together and I love that it will be useful to her as she heads back to school soon.  I also think it’s easier for smaller hands to hold a book like this to read, as opposed to holding a rectangular small tablet.DIY Vintage Book Kindle Cover

Thank you so much for stopping by today on this Back to School Style Guide blog hop!  Next head on over to Place of My Taste to see what my girl Aniko has for you!

You can find last year’s pencil pouch post here.DIY Tassel & Painted Pencil Pouch

And if you want to check out the whole three day lineup, here it is for you!


Restless Arrow

11 Magnolia Lane

Bless’er House

Maison de Pax

Eleven Gables

The Southern Style Guide


Life on Virginia Street

Primitive & Proper (You are here!)

Place of My Taste

The Happy Housie


DIY Playbook

Simple Stylings

designPOST Interiors

The White Buffalo Styling Co.

Zevy Joy