Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Dining Room Chairs

I'm so excited. I purchased a new car on Saturday. I've been driving my 2001 Saturn since the summer of 2000. It only had 105,000 miles but was starting to have maintenance and reliability issues. It was time.

I'm thrilled with the car (not so thrilled with having a car payment again). It's a 2014 Ford Focus Hatchback. Yippie! A Hatchback!! I can now more easily buy/sell furniture. I put it to the test on Sunday when I purchased six large dining chairs.

5 fit into the car. I was very pleased with all the cargo room.

These have tall backs and wide seats. Very comfortable. They need some work. They are filthy and the finish requires some scratch cover. Obviously the upholstery needs to be replaced. I love the scale and the design on the back. I brought one chair upstairs from the basement so I could see how it looked in the dining room and they really make a statement - which is what I wanted. I can't wait to have the time to bring these beauties back to life. I've already got the fabric for the upholstery, Tommy Bahama Home Ebb & Flow Peninsula from Fabric.com

I love how it has all the blues and greens in my house in one fabric. I am a little concerned that its too busy with the detailed back of the chairs. Of course I bought the fabric prior to purchasing the chairs (why do I do that?) so it is what it is.  So even though I hadn't really planned on working on my dining room this year, in the last few months I purchased a new china cabinet, new rug, new decor for the bar cart, new drapes and have picked out a new light fixture. The only "old" thing left is the table (which I love and will be keeping), the wall color (which I want to repaint - maybe white) and the art work (which needs help). Maybe in the next couple weeks I can show off the completed chairs in their new room.

How was your weekend? Buy anything new?

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Happy Birthday to Me!

It was my birthday Saturday. 46 years old. I don't feel that old. Seems like yesterday I was 32. Life was pretty good at 32. Life isn't bad now. Just not maybe 32 good. Does that make sense?

Anyway I bought myself some birthday presents. First off this beautiful 5"x7" painting by Kerry Steele. Isn't it pretty? My friendly UPS man delivered it today. It was packaged very nicely. It has wonderful texture to it. And I love the pink and orange. I am still trying to find the right place for it so this is the picture from Kerry's website and not in my home. I'll update you when it lands somewhere. I'm trying it out in several rooms and it looks great everywhere I put it!

I also bought myself a new watch. There are so many pretty reasonable priced watches out there it was hard to choose. I got this one from Overstock.com but in a navy blue color. It was a cheap $12.00 (but looks more expensive) watch but I liked its big face and the bling on the bezel. It's rubber band is kinda fun. So much better than the boring men's Timex I've been wearing.

My Brother and Sister-in-Law took me out for dinner on Sunday. It was so Yummy! We spent 3.5 hours in the restaurant just chatting and enjoying the delicious food. Such a nice present.  

All in all it was a very good birthday indeed.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Craigslist Wallpaper

I don't think its any secret that I absolutely love Craigslist. Look at what I found! OK, its a great little table and chair set for $300. But LOOK at that wallpaper in the background!! Foil Tigers! The ad references an estate sale on Sunday. I might go check it out. Because if they have this great table/chair set and fablous wallpaper I wonder what other goodies they have.

Sorry for the blurry picture. This is how it was on Craigslist but I think you can still see the awesome wallpaper.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Master Bedroom Bedding

Have you seen this Emily + Meritt Metallic Dottie Duvet from Pottery Barn Teen? I'm in love and would happily have it for my bedroom (even though its not meant for a middle aged women). However it's pretty expensive just to have something that my cat will throw up on. The queen duvet is $109 and the bed skirt is $109 plus pillows, shams, sheets, oh my!

My sheets were so old that the elastic was dead and they would no longer stay on the bed. So I purchased new ones. I found a new duvet and sheet set on Amazon the other day and ordered them.  They fit my super deep mattress and my existing duvet insert. They are dark and will show cat hair but not vomit stains. Ugh what a glamorous life I lead. Why does my cat ALWAYS throw up on my bed? I ordered the Clara Clark Premier 1800 Collection sheet set and duvet cover in eggplant. The sheets were $22 and the duvet cover was $32. They arrived the other day and are so soft and silky feeling.

And you'll notice I purchased purple, now the official color (along with black with gold accents) for the master bedroom. I've tried a sample of a purple paint on the walls but it is too dark and too Barney-ish. I was going for something more grayed purple and this didn't show that way on the walls. I have about a million sample chips to pick from. Back to the drawing board.

Do you have to decorate around your pets?