Home Decor Online "Window Shopping"

1/31/2013

I've been having a lot of fun lately "window shopping" on the web! It's nice to be able to sit in your footie pajamas (yes, I am serious) on the couch while looking at really pretty goodies for your house! I always check out my go-to favorites: West Elm, CB2, Land of Nod, Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, and Restoration Hardware; however, lately I've also really been digging flash sale sites like Joss and Main and One King's Lane. These sites are perfect for snatching up a great deal -- only downfall is that you have to act fast! 

I thought it would be fun to spend a few minutes "window shopping," and choose a few things that I would love to have in my home! :)
I also would love your suggestions for your favorite home decor sites, because I am sure there are tons of hidden gems out there that I don't even know of! :)

So here goes! :)

PB Classic Pendant - Metal Flared



Anthropologie Rug -- I LOVE THIS!!

Ceramic Fox Speaker

Lamp_Clip_Metal_YE_OFF

Glass Terrariums

Safe to say I like yellow, right? Haha! 
Ahhh! I love all these things! :) Hint hint Aaron. 0:)

What are your favorite sites to "window shop" online? Do you have any favorites that you always find yourself drooling over? Any recommendations on sites I should check out?

xx, Shannon

Long Overdue Master Bathroom Accessory Update!

1/30/2013

We semi-finished our master bathroom remodel back in November (just in time for Thanksgiving at our house!). We were SO happy with the transformation that was made in the bathroom, but there were still a few missing touches that we needed to finish! I purchased a cream waffle-weave shower curtain and hung that almost immediately after all the big projects were done, but I'm kind of embarrassed to admit that our mirror, towel racks, toilet paper holder, etc weren't installed until a couple weeks ago! Oops!! :) Guess life got in the way! Seriously use this excuse 3 times a week... at least. 0:)

There are still lots of little things to do in the space -- install new vanity light, towel bar in shower, prep and paint moldings, add some decor; and big things too --  install the vanity outside of the bathroom in our hallway/closet area, new mirrors and lights out there too. We'll be getting to these things soon, hopefully, but as of right now I'm very happy with the progress we have made. :) The bathroom is functional and definitely pleasing to my little eyes. :)

Alright, time for some pics!

As a recap, here's the photos (sorry for the poor iPhone quality) of the space before any work was done:



And back in November after the big renovation!





And now with some new accessories (ugh, sorry for the yellow tint & the lack of natural light)!





My favorite thing in the room has to be the pivot mirror! I saw one in the pottery barn catalog for like $400 (are they outta they minds?!) but found mine online (Amazon!) for about $60 -- and my awesome brother bought it for me as a Christmas gift, woo!!! Thanks Richie!

I found the countertop goodies at Home Goods on clearance. :)
The toilet paper holder and towel rack are from Amazon, too. Richie bought these for my birthday. :)
And the waffle weave shower curtain is from Target (similar). :)

So that's my little (and long overdue) update. :) What do you guys think?! I think it's poifect! :) Anyone else remodeling a bathroom lately? If you are, hang in there!! It may seem extra scary when it looks like this...



but with a little bit of this...



there will be a light at the end of the tunnel! I promise! :) :)

xx, Shannon

Guest Room Updates & New Desk!

1/29/2013

My new desk arrived on Friday so this weekend I was determined to get my multi-use guest room in order, remember my second bedroom serves many purposes -- guest room, office, craft room/storage! :) It literally took me about 20 minutes to unpack the desk and put it together on Saturday morning -- all I had to do was attach the legs to the top! Easy peasy!


Seeing it all put together was just the motivation I needed to get upstairs and start breaking down the old desk! As a refresher to those who may be new around here, the guest room was looking like this prior to this weekend:




The room was functional but I just couldn't take much more of the big, overpowering dark brown (almost black) ikea expedit desk that I shoved in the corner when we moved in. The desk was great for storage, but it really made the room feel much smaller than it was and the dark brown color just wasn't flowing with my light and airy feel. Plus the behemoth was blocking my window and seriously, that was the last straw! I have a love affair with natural light. :)

I had decided that all the vintage clothing that was hanging in the closet and on a garment rack in front of the closet would be moved down to the garage, and housed on two garment racks. Not only would this free up some space in the guest room, but I also have a lot of people interested in coming to take a peek at my vintage collection (to purchase a few items) and I would rather them not have to come in the house to look -- what can I say, I'm paranoid! 0:) 

Once the closet was cleared and the vintage clothes were relocated, the room already started to feel 10x bigger. I rehung some of the wire shelves that were hanging in the closet when we bought the house; I figured the extra shelves would serve as great craft/fabric storage space! I also slid the dresser into the closet under the shelves to clear up some floor space in the room. The dresser holds some fabric as well as some rarely worn clothing overflow from our dresser in the master, so it really isn't used much. Once the closet was situated, I started unloading the desk and organizing my various craft supplies on the closet shelves. Everything fit just fine! I think I may want to get a few more boxes to corral all of my similar craft supplies together -- just for ease of access. Right now rubber stamps are thrown in with things like buttons and glue sticks all in one box. It would be nice to really organize things and label them appropriately! :)


The shoe boxes at the top are all Aaron's, safe to say he likes shoes -- at least he's organized. :)

Aaron helped me I helped Aaron lug the huge desk down the stairs -- this was actually pretty funny because I really couldn't carry the thing (instead I just giggled about how awkward and heavy it was) and Aaron was basically dragging it down all by himself -- seriously.. he has the heart of an angel for putting up with me and my quirkiness. :)

As soon as we got it downstairs, I posted that baby on Craigslist with hopes of a quick sale -- we really didn't have a place to store this thing so I was praying the Craigslist gods were looking down upon me! To my luck, it sold bright and early the next morning, and for $100 (only $20 less than what I paid for it a few years ago!)  :)

After getting the desk out of the room, we brought in the new desk and then I did a little "shopping" around the house. Pulling things from here and there and seeing how they looked in the room! :) My fav kind of shopping since it's F-R-E-E, Free!!!!!


I ended up bringing the ottoman that I made from an old coffee table up into the room to serve as a little bench by the window.



Then I grabbed the Anthropologie calendar I bought a couple months ago and hung it right by the computer.  I still hadn't found a good spot for it so I was so happy to finally put it on display! :)



This new desk doesn't make the room feel crowded or cramped! The room seriously feels so much bigger! Moving the dresser and craft supplies to the closet was the best move I could have made in the space! Look how spacious it looks!


There's still a lot that I want to do to this room:

 buy a new chair
bring in a rug
organize the closet contents
hang a picture gallery (or two) on the wall
DIY a file cabinet
maybe some textured wallpaper as an accent wall?!

A little mock-up with some ideas!

Even with my little list, the changes that have been made so far are seriously incredible, and all it cost was time and a little bit of money! :)

New desk from Overstock -- $135
Sale of old Desk on Craigslist -- $100
Out of Pocket -- $35!!!

I am so happy with this house lately! We have come such a long way from when we moved into this place! :)

Check back tomorrow for a long overdue master bathroom update!!

xx, Shannon

Young House Love -- Macklemore Thrift Shop Challenge

1/28/2013

Update! Want to see how I made over my awesome mid century modern desk?! Click here! Want to see the updates desk in my town home living room? Click here!

When my favorite bloggers, John and Sherry of Young House Love, invited their readers to join in on an unofficial Macklemore thrift shop challenge, I was MORE than excited!!! :) I mean seriously.. 1. I love YHL. 2. I love thrift shops and 3. I love a good adventure! :) This challenge was pretty much made for me. John and Sherdog deserve a virtual fist bump.

As far as I was concerned, my Sunday afternoon was set. I had a date with the dusty, a date with the dingy, and a date with hunting for those hidden treasures that I can't seem to get enough of -- with my main squeeze at my side and $20 in my pocket, of course! :)


For those readers who are like "what the heck is a Macklemore?!", please enjoy 3 minutes and 53 seconds of pure music to your ears (literally). Macklemore is the musician who sings the newly famous song entitled Thrift Shop. This song is SO catchy! Seriously, it gets stuck in my head on a daily basis.


Okay so now that your ears are smiling (yes, this is possible) let me share with you how my thrift shop adventure unfolded.

Aaron and I woke up bright and early and got ready to head over to St. Pete (about a 45 minute drive from the house towards the beach). The thrift shops are about 100x better in St. Pete than the ones around our house so the drive was definitely worth it.

The drive over the bridge was absolutely gorgeous! It was a high of 80 degrees and such a nice day out! Once we made it over to St. Pete, we hopped around a few different places, and while we did find some cool things, we couldn't really find what we were looking for!

We were on the hunt for:
Vintage Desk Fan
Mid Century Dresser/Credenza for TV
Desk Lamp
Side/End Table for Living Room

I seriously was getting so discouraged! I didn't want to buy something just to buy it, so I kept leaving every store empty handed. :( We were just about to head back over the bridge towards home when we came across a yard sale! Couldn't hurt to stop and check it out, right?! I love a good yard sale!! :)

I am SO glad we stopped!! This yard sale was loaded with vintage & retro goodies! And the best part about it was that the asking prices were extremely fair! My fav. :)

I ended up spending $11 and bringing home with me 3 fun items!

Mid Century Desk -- $10
Vintage 1982 Disney Pennant -- $1
Vintage Desk Lamp -- Thrown in for free!


So the day totally wasn't a waste, which was how I was feeling as we started to head home.

Okay, enough from me! Here's my treasures!


The desk isn't in perfect condition, but I think with a little love, it could really shine! :) I absolutely LOVE the tapered legs and bronze accents! :) I really think that this piece may look great next to the couch; especially since the options for it's use are endless! I could use it as a side table, desk area, bar, etc! :)





The couple hosting the yard sale were so sweet! They told me to take the desk lamp to go with the desk! How awesome is that?! I love how it looks and am totally thinking about spraypainting the grey pieces a fun, bright color! :)

The lamp must have been used in an office in California! This sticker was an electrical inspection sign-off from LA! :) 

Overall I had a great day with Aaron and I came home with some fun finds. :) Thanks for the motivation Sherry & John!! :)

I can't wait to refinish the items and show you where I use them in the house! :) I also have so much to update you on house-wise! So much has changed around here!! :) Let me know if you have any ideas for the desk or lamp!

Update! Want to see how I made over my awesome mid century modern desk?! Click here!
Want to see the updates desk in my town home living room? Click here!

So what did you do this weekend? Did you embark on any thrift shop adventures, or did you just lay low and spend the weekend at home? Are you loving the Thrift Shop song too? :)

xx, Shannon

Linking up:
Frugal Crafty Home

Chalkboard Wall & "China" Cabinet Styling

1/24/2013

Thanks everyone for all the positive feedback on the chalkboard wall I painted in my kitchen! :)
I wanted to share today the few things I've added to the wall (I've already added a few more things, too but will need to photograph this weekend when I can take advantage of the natural light!) I also have so many updates to share with you guys around the house! I need to quit slackin' and get to typin'! :)

Okay back to my new fav wall in the house. :)The first thing I wanted to add to the chalk wall was an industrial looking magazine rack. Can you tell I'm really digging the industrial look lately. 0:)

Sorry about my Hello Kitty bday balloon creeping in the reflection, lol!

I love this rack that I found at Home Goods (it was like $16?), and I especially love where I hung it since right below it on the counter is our "mail station." It will be so easy to throw new magazines up on the rack without them collecting dust on the counter! :)

Photo credit: Chris Loves Julia

The second thing I added was a lovely print from Chris Loves Julia! I just couldn't get over how fun this print was, so I just had to have it!! :) I have quite a sunglasses obsession collection, so this print really just fit me so well! I even used the magazine rack as a place to hang my awesome shades! They not only look cute, but they're in a great spot for me to grab as I'm running out the door!! I used an Ikea Ribba frame to house the print and I love how it really pops off the black wall. :)


While I was at it, I also switched out the items I had on display in my "China" Cabinet (remember when I bought it on mega clearance back in October?!)  :) I picked up some cheap plates and ceramic cups from Ikea in fun white, light teal, and pink colors! :) I love how the plates all look paired together. :) I also found this awesome Piggie cookie jar at Goodwill a few days ago for only $3. :) I LOVE HIM!! He's a Fitz and Floyd from 1976 and he is just so stinkin' cute! :)




The brass pieces have all been thrift store finds, along with the decanters and milk glass. :)


I ended up putting my new terrarium up on top of the cabinet. :) I think it looks nice there!

So what do you think? Looks cute, right?

I'll be back next week with so much to share -- can't wait!! :)
Enjoy your weekend!

xx, Shannon

Kitchen Upgrade -- DIY Chalkboard Wall

1/23/2013

I've been dreaming of a chalkboard wall for quite some time now. I just love the WOW feeling that a black wall creates and of course the never-ending options for decorating the wall with chalk designs -- I was always the kid in elementary school volunteering to be the scribe or to clap the chalkboard erasers outside HA! I finally realized what the heck am I waiting for?! So, I took the plunge this weekend!! What would be the worst that could happen, I hate it and decide to paint it back? I'm not afraid of a little painting :)! So paint I did, and Oh.Em.Gee!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!! It's crazy how a black wall can make such a difference but oh baby it did! P.S. Aaron likes it too, hallelujah!! :)

I still have some fun decor items to hang up, and of course some chalk designs to draw (I have been lying awake at night thinking about these chalk designs haha!), but I figured I'd show you the before and after now, and then I'll show you how I style the space in a few days! :)

Okay enough from me, I'll let the photos do the talking! :)

Here's some befores (notice where my DIY terrarium found it's home?!) :)
I swear the yellow in our house isn't this bright.. I mean it's def bright, but it really doesn't photograph well.





And now the Afters :)




So what do you think!? Makes a statement, huh? I LOVE it!! The best part about it was that it only took 2 coats at 30 min per coat, and I used less than 1 quart of paint. The project only cost $9 -- WOOO!! :)

I used a foam roller like the lady in the paint section at home depot recommended (to avoid any brush strokes). I also made sure to follow the directions on the can, waiting 4 hours between coats, and then 3 days before writing on the wall (make sure you prime it first by covering the entire wall with chalk).

I'll be sharing how I style the wall later this week! :) I guess I can't surprise you with the new rug in front of the sink. 0:) I loved it so much I couldn't resist putting it out. :)

How do you like my little upgrade? Anyone else have a chalkboard wall in their house?! :) I'd love to hear about it!

Oh yeah! How do you guys feel about the window curtains? Those were just thrown up there a few months back so we'd have something, and now that the wall is black I'm thinking they'd look awesome in the teal color thats in the rug!! Yes, No, Ho ho ho?? I need opinions!

xx, Shannon

Psst.. see the wall styled here! :)
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