Monday, September 1, 2014

Our Home {Entryway Update}

  Hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend! We spent a lot of time watching football (Boomer Sooner) and relaxing with friends.  I also completed our entryway... isn't it amazing how accomplished you feel when you get a project done that has been in the works for months?

  I really had no plans for this space until I came across a chippy, industrial cart at an antique store and couldn't pass it up.  I put it in our entry just to get it out of the way and kind of fell in love with how well it fit the space.  Once I decided to try it out there, I went out shopping  for some accessories to compliment it's industrial vibe.  I didn't want to over-power it with a lot of accessories, so I stuck with some simple, natural elements!

  Once I got it styled, I went searching for the perfect wall decor to hang behind it.  Again, I needed something fun and interesting but nothing that was going to be heavy and too much for the space.  I found these three wicker nesting baskets and immediately knew they would do the job!


After that side was complete, the right side of the door was looking sad and bare. I had purchased 2 antique printer's drawers a few months ago and thought they might be perfect.  I am pretty happy with the way they balanced out the space and the element of surprise they add to the other side of the door.




I really like the vintage, industrial feel the space has now.  The natural elements add some texture and the neutral colors flow well with the rest of the house.



A little close up of what I styled the printer's drawers with....



Scrabble tiles, letter Hs (for our last name), cast iron numbers that represent our wedding anniversary, old door plates and a few metal arrows.  I plan on adding more fun items as I collect them!

The view from our living room, the pieces work well with my old card catalog!



I love the way it looks and am glad I came across that little, chippy cart!  It is amazing what happens when you aren't really shopping for something specific but come across something that you just have to have! My biggest advice to people when it comes to decorating is not to shop for a something to go in a specific spot but to buy things you really love...you will always find a spot for them!

Check back later this week for a "Shop the Look" post where I give you some ideas on how to create the same look in your home!

Have a great week!



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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Break the Bank vs. Cheapskate {Leather Barstools}

Long time, no chat!  I took the summer off from blogging but have enjoyed keeping up with everyone via Instagram!  I hope you had a great summer!  We enjoyed ours, but it always goes so fast!  Regardless, my girls are back in school and I am excited to get back to work!  

So...let me jump right in and show you some fun finds I came across while sourcing bar stools for a client.  She liked the leather look and she knew she wanted to keep things budget friendly.  Easy enough....here is what I came up with:

Break the Bank:
Link:  Crate and Barrel Lowe Barstool
$299


Cheapskate:
Link: Kirkland's Faux Leather Barstool
$149.99



Another style we considered:

Break the Bank:
Link: Pottery Barn Manchester Barstool
$399


Cheapskate:
Link: Kirkland's Everitt Leather Barstool
$129.99
I just love that Kirkland's has some affordable, yet stylish, options! I think my favorite is the Everitt...I am a sucker for the nailhead trim!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Tuesday Morning {Take Your Kids Shopping Contest}

It is no secret that I am sucker for a good deal and that I have been shopping at Tuesday Morning for years...so you can imagine my excitement when Tuesday Morning asked me to team up with them for a fun giveaway!  When I learned that it involved me and my daughter (aka: my mini-me) going to Tuesday Morning to shop I could not wait to get started! 

The details:
Tuesday Morning decided to put a fun spin on "take your kids to work day"...I mean what kid really wants to go to work when they could go shopping instead?

The best part? Tuesday Morning is giving away a $100 gift card and a Waterford crystal frame to one lucky shopper! Don't take your kids to work with you, take them shopping! Simply post a picture of you shopping with your kids or parents on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag #TAMfutureshopper and @tuesdaymorning to be entered to win a $100 gift card and a Waterford crystal digital frame!



How fun is that? Quality time spent with your darling children, shopping at a fabulous store that has something for everyone and a chance to win an awesome prize...yes, please!

The truth is I go to Tuesday Morning at least 4 times a week to shop for clients (and myself, who am I kidding?).  They get new stuff in all the time and I have several locations within an hour from my house so I stop in and see what goodies I can find! I never leave empty handed.  My 6 year old daughter is usually in school when I am on my shopping trips but she was so excited to get to come with me this time!  So off we went....


First stop...super cute cozy heart blanket...and looks at all those other fun patterns and colors!

While we didn't end up with that one, I did end up finding this fluffy, white throw blanket that finished off my master sitting area...my daughter approves!

Next stop, the furniture and home decor sections...my favorite!  Yes, I avoided the toy section at first because I knew once we hit the toys, there was no turning back!

Loving all these industrial seating options for around $35/each.  You will not find a better deal for the quality of these pieces! My daughter liked the bright yellow stool!
 

They also had a great selection of accent furniture...
Chevron Bench: $79.99 (total steal)

My daughter loved this chair because it matched her outfit and it was "super comfy"!

Some more great finds...

Dining chair with nail head trim: $99.99

Charcoal Ikat Accent Chair: $99.99

Mirrored Accent Chest...would be great as nightstands!

My daughter loved everything about this display....pink, pink, pink!

They have lots of sweet shabby chic decor. This would be great in a girl's bedroom!
Distressed frames, galvanized buckets, Parisian inspired accents and an over-sized clock...such fun pieces!

I couldn't resist these bird cages pictured below! Love the way the add a touch of spring to my mantle!


I was also excited to find these options for a more coastal look.  The striped poufs were only $24.99 (wow!!)! And those linen and jute pillows...only $9.99.  The cute shutter mirror was a bargain for $99.99. The blue storage boxes ranged for $7.99-$9.99.  Awesome deals for such cute decor!  We came home with a few of the linen pillows!

Rugs were up next and they had some great options!  My daughter and I agreed that these were our favorites! These were around $100/each and the quality was great!

 
We just so happen to have two rugs from Tuesday Morning in our home already.  Here is one in our dining room.  Can you believe I only paid $79.99 for this?  


Love the way it ties the room together:
 
Here is the other one...a gorgeous woven jute rug in our living room, also under $80 for a 6 x 9!
 


We stopped by the garden/seasonal area next and found some great stuff...

These buckets reminded me of the vintage olive buckets that are so popular right now!  At under $20, these are a great alternative to the expensive version.  They are super cute when used as a planter on the porch!

These bright, colorful lanterns would be the perfect pop of color to a patio for under $13!

By this time I had used up all my "be really good and we will go look in the toy section" pep talks so I had to act fast! Last stop before toys was the housewares section where I found some cute and functional kitchen decor!

How fun are these retro kitchen canisters?  Prices ranged from $7.99-$12.99 and the colors were amazing!

I also adore these numbered dishes....the pitcher made it's way into my cart!




And then it was time for toys....and they have a great selection for every age!

She was all smiles searching through the goodies!


She loved this little dog/dog house set.  It came with paint to decorate the wooden dog house...we HAD to have it!

They have a lot of great beach/pool toys.  We are heading to the beach this summer so we will be going back to get some of this fun stuff!  She loved this bubble set!


A few other goodies...and cart number 2!

Thank goodness Daddy was with us to carry the rest of the bags, we had our hands full!

And home! She worked on her new dog house while I unloaded our treasures...

A few of our finds:
New linen and jute pillow for the amazing price of just $9.99.
And see that fabulous basket? You can read about it HERE!

I love the dried boxwood wreath we picked up for $19.99...it finished off the spring porch perfectly!

I adore this pitcher and it looks perfect on my kitchen shelf....


And last but not least, we freshened up our bathrooms with new white towels!  Tuesday Morning has a huge selection of towels...all different styles and all different colors!  I love the name brands for such a great price!


How is that for a fun day of shopping? We had a blast!

Now it is your turn!
Click HERE to find a Tuesday Morning near you and follow these easy steps:
-Visit a store near you and snap a picture of you and your kids or parents shopping
-Post it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag @tuesdaymorning and #TAMfutureshopper
-You will be entered to win a $100 gift card and a Waterford digital frame
-Contest ends May 8th at 11:59 PM CST

Visit Tuesday Morning's blog for more details about the contest: Tuesday Morning Blog

GOOD LUCK!

Don't forget to follow Tuesday Morning's Take Your Kids Shopping Board on Pinterest: Click here!

*Disclosure: I partnered up with Tuesday Morning and was compensated for this post.  All opinions and reviews are mine.  I have been a customer of Tuesday Morning for many years and have always loved the selection and quality of the products as well as their reasonable prices.  It was a pleasure working with them!  



 
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