Wednesday, August 27, 2014

~Transitioning Into Fall~

Every year, around this time, I get a little itch to start some Fall decorating. However, it's really hard to get in the mood, when the temp is still in the triple digits! Dear Hubby went out to gather some of the veggies from the garden; and it immediately made me think of Fall harvests! The veggies were so pretty that I wanted to create a simple little vignette, on the coffee table.

I placed a lantern in the center of a tray...

Then, I went out back and snipped some fresh greenery to use as a backdrop...

I added a couple of mercury glass votives...

And, my simple little vignette was done!

As Fall approaches, I can simply let the greenery dry out and mix in my Fall accents...pinecones, pumpkins, etc.
Easy, peasy!

Are you getting ready for Fall?

Thanks, so much, for stopping by today!
Happy Decorating!

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Dimples and Tangles-Best of the Nest
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French Country Cottage-Feathered Nest Friday
Imparting Grace-Grace At Home
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RowHouse Events and Interiors-Wake Up Wednesday
DIY by Design-Sizzle Into Summer
Savvy Southern Style-Wow Us Wednesday
Dwellings-The Heart Of Your Home-Amaze Me Monday
Our Home Away From Home-Tuesdays At Our Home

Thursday, August 21, 2014

~Awesome Vintage Chair~

One of the great things about working on the vintage house has been rediscovering some great family pieces, that have been tucked away in storage. One such piece is this mid-century wingback chair...

Isn't the style awesome? The tag, on the bottom, says that it is by Statesville Furniture Company, in Statesville, NC. I remember this chair being in my grandmother's living room...the room where no one was allowed to live! Then, my mother kept it in a seldom used guest room. Structurally, it is in great condition. The fabric needs some cleaning; but, overall, it's in great shape; and the legs just need a little scratch filler. The only repair needed is to the fabric/lining, in the front. It just needs to be stapled down, underneath. While I would love to leave it with the girls, I think this one belongs with me! The shape is classic, yet modern; and it would be a great addition to my decor. My big dilemma now is what to do about the color? Should I keep it, as is? Should I try painting the fabric (I've seen some great tutorials online)? Or, should I just have it reupholstered? Should it be a new, solid color? A funky leopard print? A pattern?

What would you do? Suggestions...thoughts...ideas? Please share!!

Linking to:
Knick Of Time-Vintage Inspiration Party
Ivy and Elephants-What's It Wednesday

Monday, August 18, 2014

~Choosing A Color Scheme for the Vintage Living Room~

In my last post, I shared with you the reveal of the vintage kitchen in our girls' new "home away from home". One of the hardest decisions that we had to make was choosing a color scheme for the girls' new living area. Coming off of the kitchen, with its gray cabinets, doors and trim, we knew that we would be using grays and soft blues, with mercury glass accents. However, we needed to add a pop of color, to keep things from becoming too bland, for a couple of trendy fashionistas. When I received the Early Fall 2014 edition of Pottery Barn's Bed and Bath catalog, the inspiration struck! We needed a pop of yellow! The first couple of pages showed a beautiful blend of the colors.

The palette is coming together. Last week, I showed you a snippet of the fireplace and coffee table, in the living room. The girls are just getting settled, so the room still needs some decor. We purchased the mercury glass apothecary jar, soft blue fabric and blue lantern, from Hobby Lobby, last fall, during one of their 50% off sales. I brought the frosted glass bowl from my stash and filled it with lemons for that pop of yellow.

 As fate would have it, my mother had a coffee table and two end tables that were VERY similar to the Benchwright Coffee/End Tables that I had seen on the Pottery Barn website. So, of course, we put them to use! At Pottery Barn, the coffee table retails for $899...the end tables are $599 each. Ours were FREE!

(I am still looking for the perfect piece to place beneath the niche, on the right.)

For the shelf, underneath the coffee table, we purchased a large, wide wicker basket from Hobby Lobby at 50% off. It is a great place to keep a neat stash of magazines! The swirly area rug is from Home Depot.

Last week, Hobby Lobby had canvas art on sale at 50% off. So, we thought that this large 36x36 canvas print would look great in the space to the left of the fireplace...

To the right of the fireplace is a niche, perfect for displaying some of the girls' mercury glass accents and some photos. This niche originally held an A/C unit, before the house got central air, many years ago. When the unit was removed, my mother had it framed out and shelves built in. I brought several antique gold frames from home, that I wasn't using; and we spray painted them with Rustoleum's 'Sun Yellow'. The girls can fill them with some of their favorite photos.

On a side wall, we used a candelabra and some sconces that we found in the garage. We have seen these in several stores and catalogs, in various colors, for a pretty hefty price. For us, they were FREE! They were an antique gold resin; and we gave them a coat of Rustoleum's 'Sun Yellow', as well...

We decided to start a gallery wall and added some soft blue metallic candles. The little signs were 50% off at Hobby Lobby. We will be able to add to the wall over time.

We also found these pillows, sold in sets of two, at Ross, for $14.99.

I also ordered a couple of lush, blue/gray throws from Pottery Barn, for the sofas...

Finally, I found these silky, soft blue curtains at Home Depot, in the Martha Stewart Home Collection. They finish off the windows beautifully.

I hope to have this room all pulled together soon. I would love to add some plants...probably succulents, that the girls can maintain easily. We also have a large mirror, that was once above a sofa, that I plan to turn into a large chalkboard. With both of the girls being nursing majors, it will be a fun spot to do test reviews or just have friends leave messages.

So, that's it for today! I hope you enjoyed your visit! Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

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Imparting Grace-Grace At Home
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

~The "Vintage" College Crash Pad~

Wow! I can't believe it has been over a month since my last post. Time has really flown by! We are busy, this week, getting our girls settled into their college 'crash pad'. As you may recall, last Fall, we took on the task of making some updates to my childhood home, (a 1950's rancher), stuck in a 70's time warp. It has been a labor of love, as our girls are now calling it home, for the remainder of their college years. They moved in back in January, even though we still had projects to be finished. There are three bedrooms and two baths. This was not intended to be a "dream home" by any means. It was a budget makeover, with only cosmetic changes, and a good! The girls just wanted a cozy place to call home, while they are away at school. We wanted to retain the vintage feel; and we have affectionately called our style, "Vintage Chic". Today, I wanted to share where we are with the kitchen/dining area and the girls' bedrooms. 

When we started this project, the kitchen looked something like this...

I was so ready to get started that I forgot to take a 'before' pic. However, I found this one on the internet; and it's eerily similar to what we were dealing with...harvest gold laminate countertops, dark cabinets, and vinyl floors. Even the wall color was drab. The first thing that we did was prime and paint the cabinets, doors and trim in Benjamin Moore's 'London Fog'. All of the walls were painted in Benjamin Moore's 'Simply White'. 

(Here, the old appliances had been removed; and the cabinets and walls had been primed. Notice the harvest gold laminate countertops and vinyl floor?)

We also purchased new 16x16 floor tiles, on sale, from Home Depot. They were installed by my cousin, who lives right next door! (His father is a home builder...SCORE!)

And here is our vintage kitchen now, with a fresh paint job and new appliances! We are just moving in, for the semester, this week; so, we have not put up curtains or wall decor. But, the kitchen still looks a whole lot better! 

Other savings in the kitchen: The clock on the wall was a $4 find at the Salvation Army thrift store. The stainless steel mircrowave came from one of the girls' dorm rooms. The cheese domes at the end of the counter were all found in storage. The utensil crock came from Walmart; and the stainless steel tea kettle was already here. Daugther #1 brought the apothecary jars, from her room, at home. I also brought the paper towel holder from my home stash; and the cake plate belonged to my mother. 

When the girls were given the option of black or white appliances, (stainless steel was not an, they chose black. Dear Hubby got all of the appliances as closeouts last fall, since it was close to the end of the year. (The Bosch dishwasher is so quiet that we can't tell that it's on!) Finally, we installed new granite countertops, purchased from a wholesaler, at an unbelieveable price. Dear Hubby also installed the glass tile backsplash with tiles that we found, on sale, at Lowe's. We wanted to replace the ceiling fans with updated light fixtures; but, we quickly realized that fans are a necessity in this house! So, these will probably get replaced with updated models.

The dining area is adjacent to the kitchen. This space was originally a small living area open to the kitchen. (We decided to take the formal living/dining combo, on the opposite side of the house, and make it one large living area.) Furnished with my mother's old dining room furniture, the table seats six. The chair cushions were recovered and topped with white cushions from Pottery Barn. In the event of spills or stains, the cushions can easily be removed and washed. The girls have already had several dinner parties with their sorority sisters here. For everyday dining, the girls purchased a couple of sets of modern, square dinnerware, from Walmart, in the Better Homes and Gardens collection. 

The coordinating hutch is filled with one of my mother's china sets. We found many sets of china, silverware and crystal, all packed away in storage.

The vintage scales and candlesticks belonged to my mother, as well. 

The bedrooms were the easiest rooms to complete. They only required fresh paint, new berber carpet, and blinds. The girls chose the same comforter set for each of their rooms. We got the bedding from Anna's Linens for only $29.99 each! They are reusing all of the accents from their dorm rooms. So, no expense there!
You may remember that Daughter #1 chose my mother's French Provencial-style furniture, and painted it with Valspar's "Ivory Lace"...



Daughter #2 refinished my grandmother's 1970's furniture...



We purchased queen sized beds for all of the bedrooms. That's a far cry from the XL twin beds in the dorm!

 Most of the furnishings and accessories are family heirlooms. It is so nice to see the girls using pieces that have such sentimental value.

So, that's where we are right now. I am so ready to add all of the window treatments, wall decor and accessories! Overall, we think that it is a great home for a couple of college kids! It sure beats being cramped in a dorm room or paying rent for an apartment!

Hopefully, I will be ready to share the living room in the next few days. Here is a sneak peek...

(We used my grandmother's faux fireplace to add a little character to the room.)

Hope you're having a great day! Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Decorating!

Grace at Home No. 91

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Our Home Away From Home-Tuesdays At Our Home
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Monday, July 7, 2014

~A Citrus Tablescape~

Hi everyone! I hope that you're having a great Fourth of July holiday weekend! This weekend, we are having such pretty, sunny days that I couldn't pass up the opportunity to do a new tablescape in the dining room!

A couple of months ago, I shared some of the things that were inspiring me for Spring/Summer. One of the things that I loved was this set of "Botanical Citrus" salad/dessert plates from Williams-Sonoma...

New Arrivals

Sold in sets of four, I promptly made my purchase. I love that each plate is different. This room gets such great light around mid-morning, that I thought it would be fun to set a brunch table for the family...

With all of the bright sunlight, it was such a pretty time to just sit back and enjoy the atmosphere. These citrus plates just make me happy! The white dinner plates are "Quadra" from ZGallerie, the wicker chargers are from Cost Plus World Market, and the beverage server is from the "Grape" collection by Arthur Court.

In lieu of a floral arrangement, I just dropped my peace lily into a large urn. It has about 5 blooms on it right now...

The grapes and lemons bring out the colors beautifully...

On the other side of the table, I used oranges and peaches...

The coordinating napkins are also from Williams-Sonoma; and the sunburst napkin rings are from ZGallerie. The fleur de lis salt and pepper shakers were part of a recent gift bag from Dear Hubby. 

There is just something so refreshing about citrus colors in the Summer! They are so bright and cheery!

I hope that you've enjoyed your visit today! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, June 16, 2014

~Design Inspiration~

Have you ever come across a photo of a room and immediately felt as if you could live there? While spending some time on Pinterest this weekend, I came across several pins of a home that just spoke to me. They were from Southern Lady's website and an article that featured the home of Interior Designer, Anita Rankin. 

 I was drawn to the rich colors and the mix of fabrics and patterns...not to mention the pops of leopard print, in each room. 

Rankin Design Bedroom

Through her design philosophy, this lovely lady felt like a kindred spirit. She believes in surrounding herself with beautiful things; and actually using them as a part of everyday living.

Rankin Design

There is something very elegant and gracious about her home; yet, it's still very warm and inviting. It exudes that Southern charm. I love the ferns and lanterns at the front entry.

Rankin Design Kitchen

I know the trend has been leaning to light and bright; but, I still love my persimmon red kitchen, the light, natural maple cabinets (rustic and unfinished), and the pot rack with the copper pots. When I saw this kitchen, I knew I would not be painting any time soon. Each time I've tried moving toward a more neutral palette, my family nixes the plan. I guess we just love color! In fact, when we have guests, the first thing that we are complimented on is the warm color palette.

What about you? Have you ever seen a photo of a home or room that just captured your attention? I'd love to hear from you!

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by; and have a great day!

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Monday, June 9, 2014

~The Fifi O'Neill Photoshoot Has Happened!!~

Happy Sunday, everyone!! Hope you've had a great weekend! I've been keeping a little secret; and I am so excited to finally be able to share it with you! 


Author, Editor, and "Stylist Extraordinaire", Fifi O'Neill
was here to shoot our home yesterday!!

Check out her blog..."Chez Fifi"

You may be familiar with Fifi's publications and books such as 
French Country Style Magazine...

Dream Come True

(The latest publication features Kim's lovely home, of Savvy Southern Style, on the cover.)

Romantic Prairie Style...

and Romantic Country Magazine...


The week that I got the notification from Fifi, her crew had just wrapped a shoot with my sweet friend, Shirley of Housepitality Designs...


 Imagine my surprise when I got word that Fifi wanted to come here...
to shoot our home! 
"But, my style is more of a 'gumbo'!
"I'm not sure it's what she's looking for." 

Well, as it turns out, Fifi was shooting for a new publication, due out this fall! So, I guess, 'gumbo' filled the bill.

On Friday morning, I knew it was real when this box arrived, via FedEx, at my front door...

It contained FiFi's signature flowers, ready for the shoot on Saturday...

As requested, I removed them from the box and placed them in buckets and vases. The house smelled amazing!

Fifi arrived at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning, in all of her "Frenchy fabulousness", carrying bags of fruit for props... 

accompanied by her AMAZING photographer, 
the famous Mark Lohman!
Mark was assisted by his handsome son, Taylor.

(I'm intentionally blurring these photos...don't wanna reveal too!)
(Fifi and Mark reviewing shots on the computer.)

Check out Mark's GORGEOUS website here.

We toured the house; and Fifi and Mark decided where they would begin. The lighting in each room had to be just right! 

(Prepping and Tweaking...)

Mark is quite the comedian; and he and Fifi played off of each other all day! You can tell that these two have worked together for years. They can practically read each other's minds!

(Fifi, at the kitchen sink, creating her gorgeous arrangements.)

Around midday, we gathered around the kitchen table and had one of THE funniest lunches that I have ever prepared ok...catered. 
And sweet tea was a's a Southern thing!
(The entire time, I was thinking to myself, "Is this for real? Is this famous duo really sitting at my kitchen table right now?!" Lol!)

Very few of my items were moved for the photos...with Fifi and Mark giving me the "ultimate compliment" of making their jobs easy! (So, we're all best buddies now, ya know? Lol!)

(Our 'retro' shot...Yep! Hair slicked back in a makeup! Hey, it was 96 degrees outside; and it's hard work watching other people do all the!)

(See? I can clean up pretty well!)

This dynamic duo was such a joy to work with; and made the process so easy. It was so interesting to see how they style the rooms that we see in those gorgeous magazines. They were here well into the evening hours.

Even though it is only June; I am eagerly waiting for Fall! Lol! I will let you know as soon as the publication becomes available.

I also want to give Shirley (Housepitality Designs), a very special "THANK YOU". She was such a sweetheart throughout the entire process; and we enjoyed many phone calls, emails and text messages back and forth.

Just goes to never know what your blog may lead to!

Thanks so much for visiting; and have a great day!