January 27, 2009

Some Architectural Inspiration

I came home last week from a hair appointment and hubby had FINALLY got some of my Scott's treasures hung, nailed, whatever..... I was happy but since I had not been here when he got out his trusty hammer and nails, I didn't have the heart to tell him that one or two of the pieces would have to be moved.....

Like this pair of corbels at the kitchen window....

....there's so much going on at the window -- shutters and the mini-chandy, that I just didn't like the way the corbels looked here. Your thoughts? I'll have to pick the right time to ask him (sweetly of course!) to move them to another location....I'll save that for another day

Here's another little piece I picked up at a flea market recently

Now here's what I've been waiting for! Those heavy but gorgeous wrought iron pieces I found when flea marketing with Eddie Ross at Scott's in Atlanta a few weekends ago are prominently hung at the entrance to the dining room.....couldn't you just die?

This is another find from shopping the house....we have a storage facility in the country (actually David's old house) and when we were there recently, I was digging through some boxes and found this little girl. She's quite large and I haven't decided where to put her yet but isn't she something? It's amazing what you forget you have and always such a surprise to come across something you still love and can use

Here's the chandy in our bedroom....love the crystal dangly things

He also got the faux plantation blinds hung in our bedroom

When we went to look at them, I wanted the ones straight across the top like the ones in my bathroom but when he went back to get them, he got the ones with the little curve across the top.....his reasoning? Keep reading, it's sweet!

He wanted them to "match" the arch on our new doors. Who knew he paid attention to such details? Anyway, we made enough money off our yard sale that we had all our interior doors replaced with these babies.

Recently I had the great idea to bring in an outdoor bench to place under the window to hold all the pillows we toss off the bed at night. It had been outside at least two seasons and was in need of a good scraping and painting but then I decided I liked that crackled look so.....I just dry brushed it with some white paint and brought it in the house

Ohhhh, I'm loving that bench now!

Also found a new round drum shade for the floor lamp in the bedroom

I put this piece and another like it at my bathroom window and over the door leading into my bathroom. They are new pieces but look old (please ignore the holes from previous hardware...haven't got around to filling those in yet)

Here's the one over the bathroom door

When I visited my friend Linda, she had such a pretty display of crystal candlesticks on her dining room table so I've been picking these up here and there. I got most of these at a Goodwill type store and most of them were between .50 and $2.00 -- not bad! Added some mirror place mats and chunky candles....it's really pretty when they are all lit

Here are just a few of the platters and/or plates I'm accumulating. I pick up these plates whenever I find them at a good price (read: cheap!) and eventually I hope to have quite a collection of white "ironstone" to display

And how about this huge lantern? It was on clearance at Hobby Lobby because it was missing the glass sides. I'm going to put some shells in it soon

Well, that's all for now. I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the architectural pieces I've put around my home. Hubby has even joined in the hunt. He came home today after seeing an old house being demolished all excited about what treasures we might find inside. He asked one of the workers if the house was being remodeled or torn down and they said it was being torn down.....so he went back and got two gorgeous old doors with the most beautiful door knobs and hardware still attached! Not sure where they will end up but right now they are "airing out" because they have a real musty smell. Does anyone have a suggestion on how to get the smell out of old things like that? He even saw some kind of glass front cabinet attached to a wall that he's going to try and get if he can figure out how to get it down. Yipee!
EDITED TO ADD: Barb at Grits and Glamour is hosting "What's On Your Wall Wednesday". She has kindly added me to her list of participants. Please visit her blog to see all the great wall ideas!

January 26, 2009

Second Metamorphosis Monday

Please don't forget to check out Susan's 2nd Metamorphosis Monday for some great and inspirational before's and after's. I decided to share my "before and after" kitchen grout painting project that I blogged about last summer. Enjoy!

January 21, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday

Susan at asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com is hosting an Outdoor Wednesday. You can go here to see some of my outdoor pictures I posted last spring.

January 19, 2009

1st Metamorphosis Monday

Susan at Between Naps on the Porch is hosting the first Metamorphosis Monday. Please be sure to visit her blog to see all the fabulous befores and afters, including mine!

January 12, 2009

Treasures from Scotts

Here are just a very few pictures that I took at Scotts Antique Market on Saturday. You can see a lot more from my trip in August here.

Here is a wonderful booth that had the most unusual chairs...lots of cowhide, zebra and animal prints

Wonderful little white table and chairs

Most of the furniture pieces were just covered with burlap or a cotton/linen type fabric so that the purchaser could select their own fabric to reupholster the piece. But I thought some of the "unfinished" pieces were lovely in their "raw" stage

Let me show ya'll what I picked up. I had an idea of what I was looking for and fortunately found just about everything I needed on this trip.....just a few architectural pieces to finish off some of the rooms I've been working on in my new cottage look

I've grouped them together here on the floor so you can see what I picked up. The wood piece you see in this picture will go in my foyer....I haven't decided whether or not to paint it (white) and age it yet....I'll have to decide on that later

This long white chippy piece will be hung over the bay window in my kitchen....it fits perfectly!

This is the first piece I spotted outside.....two white wrought iron corner brackets that I will hang at the entrance to my dining room (that room along with my foyer are next on my agenda to re-do....but hubby doesn't know that yet!)

How about this pair of chippy white wooden brackets? I just love them!

These babies will be hung at my kitchen window

We had a lot of fun at Scotts. For more inspiration and ideas on all the eye candy, check out Rhoda's post on our trip there. She took a lot more pictures than I did!

Have a safe and happy Monday!

January 11, 2009

Scotts Antiques + Atlanta = Eddie Ross!

Okay, girls, picture this.....up at 3:00 a.m., out the door at 5:00 a.m. 2 hour ride to Atlanta (Rhoda and I talking all the way).....and finally......we all meet.....

....Jaithan (I love him!)

....and EDDIE ROSS!!!!!
Here's Eddie sitting next to me at lunch.

Me and Eddie outside the antique market. We had s-o-o-o much fun with these guys (and all the girls too!)

Come back later to see all the goodies I found and hear more about our wonderful visit with the wonderful Mr. Ross!

January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone enjoyed a very relaxing wonderful day on this the first day of 2009. Between cooking lunch and enjoying my daughter and her family's visit, I have been checking out several blogs today. It seems a lot of you are re-evaluating the direction your blog will go this year and some of you are setting personal goals you hope to achieve. As for myself, I am hoping to "grow" my blog a little more but I feel a strong pull to work on my spiritual growth. I want to live each day to the fullest and never take anything or anyone for granted. At the end of the day, I don't want any regrets for anything I may have done or said that would not be pleasing to God, who has seen fit to bless me more that I deserve.

Now, two little announcements: First of all, one of my all time favorite blog friends (Rhoda) and I are heading to Atlanta on Saturday, January 10th to do a little shopping and flea marketing with Eddie Ross! Yea, can you believe it? Of course, Rhoda and I will have many, many pictures and stories to tell ya'll!

Secondly, my friend Linda, whose home is featured here, may try her hand at blogging. We are going to get together real soon and I'm going to help her get started. Once that happens, I will be sure to tell ya'll so you can visit her blog and welcome her as I know all of you will!

Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

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