Friday, February 3, 2017

An Entry Way Update

 Early this year I decided my entry way desperately needed a change. I had actually been feeling that way for quite a while, but it never found its way to my priority list until recently. I wish I had a photo of the before, but I'm not very good at remembering to do that before I start a project!

Basically it simply consisted of the singer table you see in this pic, and a large landscape painting. The painting was lovely, but it just wasn't what I wanted there any more.

I had the little cabinet in my studio for quite a long time. It needed painting and I just wasn't inspired to do anything with it until I realized how perfect it would be in the entry!

 I used a baby bed spring that I had found somewhere and wired or tied the items onto it.
The crate in the lower right corner is perfect for keeping things like sunglasses in it.

On the table sits an old typewriter that I got in California when my sweetie and I went the Rose Bowl flea market many years ago. In it is a piece of paper with one of my favorite quotes...

"When you follow your bliss, doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors" 

I see evidence of that in my life all the time. :)  I hope you are following your own bliss!!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Yeah!!! A new sofa for me!!!

Happy New Year my friends!!! It's gonna be a great one don't you think???

Last October I made the plea to my hubby that we needed a new sofa. The one had was more than 20 years old, and although it had a slipcover, it had seen better days. The cushions were shot and it hurt my back to sit in for any length of time. To my extreme amazement, he said yes!! (Even after I told him approximately what it would cost.)

You see... I knew exactly what I wanted. I had already done the research and really,  the Pottery Barn Comfort Sofa with the rolled arms was the only sofa that fulfilled my wish list. (almost)
I knew I absolutely had to have a slipcovered sofa. With a husband a two dogs living in the house, there was just no other option. I also wanted a sleeper sofa because we do not have a guest bedroom and I got tired of making guests sleep on a blow up mattress. I also wanted a shape that was very similar to what we had.

My next decision was what fabric to choose. I dreamt of a lovely white denim sofa, but unless I wanted to wash it every week (not!) that wasn't going to work. My choice was this lovely grey cotton twill. It looks fabulous in the room and so far shows no signs of dirt.

That brings me to why the sofa was almost perfect. Pottery Barn does not make ruffled slipcovered skirts (Only straight skirts) So... I improvised!! I cut a dowel the width of the seat opening. I then sewed a pocket for the dowel and gathered the hemmed fabric onto it. Then all I had to do is tuck that dowel right under the front cushions!

It serves 2 purposes beautifully.  
1. I get my ruffled look without actually having a ruffled slipcover.
2. Its easy to take off and wash frequently as my dogs like to lie right at the base of the sofa.

 To top off the look I made this patchwork pillow. I used the fabric from an old linen tablecloth as the base. It is so soft and perfect for hugging while I'm sitting on the sofa.

 I also bought 2 pillows from a wonderful seller on Etsy. Her business name is artanlei.
The quality of the pillows was excellent. Clear crisp graphics and sewn to perfection. Plus she has a huge variety of patterns to choose from!

I love the way all the pillows look of the sofa. :)

Since almost every single piece of furniture in my home is second hand, it was wonderful to start out the New Year with a new sofa designed just for me!!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas Home Tour 2016

Well after many, many computer problems... I am finally able to share with you my 2016 Christmas home! (Sorry it took so long)
This is in the dining area of my kitchen. This vintage rocking horse is one of my favorite Christmas decorations but this is the first time he has been in the kitchen. He usually sits under my tree.
The saloon doors are a new acquisition and perfect for blocking some of the morning sun that beats into the windows.

 This is the family room. There is no tree in here this year. We got rid of the flocked one last year because the flocking had turned yellow with age. Normally I like a little natural patina, but not in this case!

 The mantle is different this year than in years past and I am loving its simplicity.

 No simplicity in my garlands though!!  I fill them with handmade ornaments and love to see them dripping with beads and crystals.
Thisphoto was in my last post, but I am so in love with my angel, I'm showing her again!!

I love my collection of ironstone and every year and Christmas it gets dressed up with real greens. They don't last very long because the air is so dry here, but enjoy them while I can.

This is the family room looking into the dining room. There is a sneak peak of my new sofa, which I will share in another post. :)

The dining room all dressed up for Christmas.

 I love these little preserved boxwood wreaths. I bought them at Target. They are Smith and Hawken and after all the discounts, were only about $15.00 each. That's a really good price for boxwood!

I have a new centerpiece this year. The dome is the top of a vintage birdcage. I just love it.

 This is the living room. It is is the brightest room in the house during the day, and where I sit every morning for breakfast and coffee. In fact this is pretty much my view as I sit in my chair.

This is my tree. Most of the ornaments are handmade. I tried to get a good shot of it, but this was was the best I could do. It may be time to up my photography skills!!

 My bedroom is one of my favorite rooms in the house. 

 These angel wings come out every year for Christmas and often stay for several months before I put them away.

 This fireplace surround is new. It was made my Bruce and Debbie Bjorna from Use-2 bee's Creations here in Phoenix. When I heard they were making them, I immediately put more order in! I have wanted a fireplace surround for this fireplace for about 15 years! (You can see what the mantle used to look in this post from May of last year. ) I needed the mantle done right away, (I'll tell you why in a minute) and they came through for me like champions! I love it. It adds so much drama to the room and looks great with the old doors headboard.

So... why did I need the mantle right away?? Because Staci Dumoski (the editor of Romantic Homes Magazine) and her photographer were coming out to shoot my home for next years Christmas issue!!
I was blown away and so honored to be asked. So, needless to say... the pressure was on this year for sure! Thankfully, the shoot went wonderfully and I could not be happier. I cant believe I have to wait almost a whole year for it to be published! (Patience is not one of my virtues!)

I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah. May you all be blessed with loved one around you this holiday season.

See you in 2017!!!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Found Object Angels

 Perhaps some of you are wondering... "where the heck has she been???" (or maybe not)
In any case, I feel bad that I have neglected my precious blog for so long.  My New Years resolution is to be better. :)  I think I put too much pressure on myself to have fabulous pictures and/or wonderful things to say, and just need to let that go and enjoy sharing things with you all.

And so on that note... I would like to share with you the talent of my wonderful hubby. He got an idea on Pinterest, (Yes, I am happy to say he has become a Pinterest junkie!!! LOL!) and decided to create his own version from found objects.  Aren't they fabulous??? 

I kept the top angel because she was just too wonderful to part with...
This one is just as fabulous, but really... who has room for 2 giant angels??? LOL! So she is hanging in my space at the Tattered Nest waiting for someone to bring her home.

Now I know why hubby saves all kinds of things that I look at and think, "Great... more junk to store in the backyard." But he always finds uses for the things he collects. 

Here is my angel hanging in the family room. She makes me happy every time I look at her.

Very soon I will share my holiday home tour and some really cool news as well.
I promise not to be gone so long next time.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

How my $5.00 Thrift store find cost me $150.00!!!

If you know me, you know that I love to go junkin. It doesn't matter if it's a thrift store, a garage or estate sale, or an awesome flea market. I am a junkin junky! 
Last week I was at my local thrift store when I spied some delicious linen ruffles hanging amongst all the other polyester shower curtains. I ran over and grabbed it up so fast it would have made your head spin! (Thankfully, no one was injured in that epic "yoink!")

I looked at the label. Yep, Pottery Barn. Not that labels matter, but it does show a certain amount of quality. Then I looked at the price. My heart was pounding! $4.99!!! What???? That shower curtain is a hundred bucks at

I brought it home, washed it and hung it. Heavenly. That is the only word I could use. There was only one problem... The wall color. I wish I had a "before "pic to show you.  The walls werent terrible, they just werent "me".

You see, we have this peach tile all over the bathroom. When it was my sons bathroom, we did everything we could to counter balance all the peach. We settled on blue because there is a tiny bit of blue in the design in the sink. After my son moved out I decided not to fight the color anymore and painted the walls a peach color thinking that if I just embraced the color, I would grow to love it... NOT!

So the shower curtain was the catalyst to finally paint the walls again and go back to one of my never fail  and beloved whites. The beige color of the shower curtain actually looks really pretty with the peach tile.
 I love this room now. It doesn't get used much except as a guest bathroom, but I see it every time I walk down the hallway.

And that brings me to why the $5 shower curtain cost me $150....

You see.... I loved that hall bathroom so much I decided to redo my master bathroom, which I have hated since we moved into our home almost 20 years ago! It is tiny and has a very ugly step down shower in it. What was necessary for me to love this room too?? You got it... another Pottery Barn shower curtain. Unfortunately, this one was NOT $5.00!!!

Once again I tried to embrace the color of the tile that I was stuck with and went with a creamy yellow, grey and white color scheme. It actually matched my bedroom quite nicely!

 In addition to the new curtain, I painted the wood cabinets and added door casing around the mirror. And of course... I have to add pretty vintage details and architectural salvage to every room in  the house!

I am beyond thrilled with the results and still get a smile on my face when I walk into either room!
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