Local Craiglist Finds and How to Use Them

Hi all.  I have been perusing Craiglist lately looking for nightstands for our master bedroom.  That’s the thing about Craigslist; you can find the most amazing finds, but sometimes it can take FOREVER to find the right piece.  So, while looking at my local Craigslist, I found a few steals that would sooo make the perfect look for less.  I also included inspiration pictures to help you visualize these treasures in the making.

First up is this this amazing burl wood table.  Doesn’t look like much in the photo, but take one look at the inspiration photo and your heart will skip a beat.

If anyone local buys the table, let me tell you, I am officially jealous.

Up next is this this vintage secretary.  Since we are doing master bedroom makeover, I have been looking for ways to minimize the clutter caused by my home office (which currently resides in my bedroom!!).  I have been eyeing secretaries as there is a desk, but also ample storage.

Here is the inspiration photo.  I love how Kristin at the Hunted Interior and Cassie from Hi Sugarplum who collaborated on this space, used such a traditional piece around bold color and modern touches.

A search on Craigslist wouldn’t be complete without a search for faux bamboo goodies.This nightstand would be fun kept red or painted.

 

 

 

Last but not least, is this campaign dresser that to be honest, looks pretty blah!  You have to envision it with polished brass hardware and a shiny coat of paint like in the photo below.

 

Have you found anything good on Craigslist lately?  The key is to look every day and have saved searches that automatically email you when it finds a match.  Hopefully, my nightstands will turn up soon 🙂

xoxo,

 

Favorites from Ikea’s 2017 Catalog

Hi all!  The  new Ikea catalog hit my front step a few weeks ago and there are a few new noteworthy items.  You can definitely find design gems at Ikea, you just have to know what to look for.  My mother is the type who goes in to a place like Ikea and gets so overwhelmed she wanders aimlessly and then leaves. I get it!  Let me be your guide.  Here are my top 8 affordable picks!

OB-Ikea 2017 Chaise / Pendant /  Bamboo Pendant / Basket / Chair / Side Table / Cloche /  Rocking Chair

What do you think?  Are you a fan of the Swedish retailer?  A ton of their stuff is too modern for my taste, but every once in a while they surprise me!

I have been busy with back to school shenanigans, sick kids, and decorating for my fall home tour, which will be on the blog soon.  Stay tuned!

xoxo,

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The 5 Best Places to Shop for Antiques

Hi friends!  I have been lucky to decorate my home with a lot of vintage finds that I found various places. The key to having a collected home is to mix the old with the new.  As tempting as it is to order an entire room from Ballard Designs or Pottery Barn, such rooms look off and lack character and charm. Adding a few vintage elements to a space help to tell your story and give the space a collected feel. Here are my top 5 sources for finding those unique finds.

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Craigslist:  If you are willing to wait, search hard for what you want, and even travel, Craigslist is a great source for decor and antiques for a steal.  First, ensure you are using the proper search terms to find what you are looking for.  Also, if it is a very general category, such as a rug, you may want to specify a color or country of origin, or use the term “vintage” to help you narrow the search results.  Second, always use the “gallery” mode when viewing your search results. Craigslist gives you the option of a list, thumb or gallery in the top left hand corner of your results. The gallery mode lets you see the pictures before you click on the item, so you can easily scroll and eliminate items that you are not interested. Third, in the top right hand corner you can “save search.”  If you select this, Craigslist will email you every time a new item that meets your search criteria is posted. It is important that your search is as specific as possible because if you just search for “rug” you are going to get 100 emails from Craigslist every day.  Finally, be willing to travel.  I create my Craigslist searches so that it also searches areas nearby my city.  One of my favorite finds to date is this vintage Hollywood Regency faux bamboo mirror that I traveled to San Francisco to pick up.

Gold Faux Bamboo Mirror Ebay:  Ebay is a wonderful source for vintage items and antiques.  The selection is unparalleled. I found a brass planter at an antique faire a few months ago.  I decided I would love a matching set to plant some snake plants in.  Ebay to the rescue.  I searched for “round brass planter” and found a match.  You can save searches and favorite sellers.  For most items you can bid auction style or “buy it now.”  Ebay is especially great if you are shopping for a collection.  For instance, if you want to start a collection of Majolica ceramics, Ebay would be a great source, due to the sheer volume and selection on the site.

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Chairish:  Chairish is like Ebay for the design lover.  Since larger furniture items can be very expensive to ship, I like to narrow my search results by city so that I can opt for local pickup which costs you nada! You can search by category or design style, so there is something for everyone. I also follow a couple of local dealers and I am sent email updates when they have new items.  I was recently able to score a set of mongolian fur pillows that were in like-new condition for about half the price.

Estate Sales:  In my local neighborhood, estate sales can be a gold mine.  One of my main tips is to get on the email list for the various estate sale companies in your neighborhood.  Most send out e-mails about dates, times, locations, and photos of the items.  Seeing the items in advance can help you decide if it is worth your while and if you want to show up super early to snag a certain item.  Next, be prepared to wait in line.  At some of the sales in my neighborhood, a line starts to form hours before the sale starts.  I am starting to find that many of the local thrift and vintage boutiques shop these sales and arrive the night before to ensure they get the items on their list.  Also, get a babysitter and leave the kids behind. Many sales do not allow children and even if they do, you want to take your time going through the items.  You don’t want to feel rushed or distracted.  You can also try local garage sales, but to be honest, I have rarely found anything good at these sales.

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Antique Faires:  These can be such a wonderful source for treasured antiques.  They also make the perfect Sunday date or girls day.  I am fortunate that here in Sacramento, we have a large Antique faire the second Sunday of every month.  I usually go every month, except if it is really cold!  The key to going to these, similar to estate sales, is to not have anything specific in mind. Also, while some vendors accept credit cards, it is best to have cash.  Finally, prepare to negotiate. Most vendors will accept fair offers, so bust out those negotiation skills.

I am always trying to add new sources for antiques to my source book.  I recently stumbled upon a site called Invaluable.  They are an online auction platform that connects people anywhere in the world to auctions occurring in real-time.  Apparently, they do this by partnering with thousands of auction houses globally.  So, if you don’t have a large selection for antiques locally, Invaluable might be a great resource. They have a blog where they just posed about the best U.S towns for summer antiquing, so head on over to see if your town is on the list.

Right now, I am looking for a vintage crystal chandelier like this one.

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They are so beautiful and make such an impact.  It is the perfect piece to try and mix in with more modern elements or to top off a traditional room.  The key to shopping for antiques and vintage items is to be patient.  Always have the items in the back your mind and if you are patient and keep searching, your treasure will eventually turn up.  That is part of the fun, right?

Where are your favorite places to shop for antiques and vintage items?  Please share your sources in the comments!!

xoxo,

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Home Decor from Minted

Hi friends!  I have long been a fan of the online retailer Minted for their paper products, invitations and art work.  I recently discovered that they are now selling one-of-a-kind home decor items, such as pillows, curtains and lampshades.  The designs are created by independent artists so you are sure to find something you won’t find anything else.  The other nice feature is that each design comes in each type of decor so you can match your curtains to your pillows if you want no fail decorating or want to be super matchy-matchy.  On top of it all, the pieces are affordable!

Here are a few of my favorites:

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I love the idea of creating a custom look!  Kind of like finding a prom dress that not everyone else will have, right?

Later in the week, I hope to show you a fun paint project I did on some thrifted mirrors.  The best news is I hired a handyman to hang them, so they did not sit propped up against the wall like so many mirrors before them 🙂

Hope you are having a great week.

xoxo,

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Lutyens Love

Hi friends!!  Over the weekend I made a fun purchase and it is a knockoff of the bench in the image below.  This style of bench is called a Lutyens bench in honor of Sir Edwin Lutyens.  He was a famous British architect who created the style of the bench.  My best friend growing up had them at her home, and I have loved them ever since.  They just scream elegant English garden, right?

They can be very pricey from places like Restoration Hardware, but as you will see below, I found a smaller version for a very reasonable price.  The lines are so beautiful, it looks great in black, white, or even natural teak.  It is so pretty you could even use it indoors.

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If you need one more reason to love the Lutyens bench, I think I found one!  This must be from a Polo ad, right?  I will take it!

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I purchased this one from Hayneedle and it was on sale for only $250!  Such a great price.  I heard about it from my blogging friend Pam over at Simple Details (that girl knows how to find a deal!)  It is the perfect size for this small covered spot I have on my porch.

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This beauty is from Walmart and it is only $129.  Talk about getting the look for less.

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What do you think?  Timeless or too traditional?  As soon as mine arrives, I will snap some shots to share with you.

Stay tuned because later in the week, I have an awesome giveaway for you.  You won’t want to miss it.

xo,

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Got 20 Minutes? Try This DIY!

Hi friends!  I just had to pop in today and share this quick and easy DIY.

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So, I was in Target buying Qtips and of course I get lulled into the home decor section because why not??  Unfortunately, for my wallet Target was getting in Christmas items and had their fall decor on clearance for 50% off.  (I really need to use Amazon or Jet subscriptions for household items.  It would save me hundreds of dollars by avoiding Target!!)  I found these fun graphic art prints for only $12.00, but the frames were kind of blah.

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I thought they would look great above my television in my bedroom and the colors would work great!  When I got them home, I realized I had some gold Rub ‘N Buff from this project left over.  I thought it would be fun to tape off the corners and make a statement in gold.

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So, I marked off my corners with painters tape.  I used 2 3/4 inches all around as my measurement.  I made a pencil mark where the tape would need to end.  Finally, I rubbed a bit or Rub ‘N Buff on, waited a few minutes and buffed it out with a rag so it was all shiny!  If you have never used Rub ‘N Buff before I highly recommend it.  It is so easy to use and instantly adds a brass touch to whatever you are working on.  It also comes in a variety of finishes.

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Here is the frame before.  Nice, but nothing special.

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Here is the after.  I think it adds contrast and interest.  I think this would look really nice on black frames as well.

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So, if you have a few extra minutes this weekend, why not waken up some boring old frames.  It is an easy way to freshen up you existing decor for next to nothing!

Have a wonderful weekend!  I am going to work on getting my Christmas decor out-eek!  The life of a design blogger  . . .

xoxo

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Target Has Done It Again!!

Hi my lovely readers!  So, I was shopping at Target yesterday when I ran across the most amazing gold bamboo accent table.  It looked so high-end!  I think it might actually outdo the Target brass and wood bar cart I raved about here.  After seeing it, I went online and found tons of other gold goodies I am swooning over.

Try not to go out and buy it all!!

OB-Target gold Pillow / Mirror / Bowl / Accent Table/ Flatware / End Table

I have the gold flatware and it is gorgeous in person.  The gold bamboo mirror would cost you a small fortune if you bought it vintage!  I am stalking Target’s site because it is currently sold out online. Apparently, I am not the only lusting after it!

What do you think?  Are you still a fan of the gold trend?

xoxo

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Sources for Outdoor Fabric

Happy Friday everyone! I cannot believe it is Friday already. I am putting the final touches on my patio for the Patio Style Challenge this weekend.

I posted the other day about my favorite outdoor pillows. Today, I wanted to share with you my favorite sources for outdoor fabric. If you can sew, you can save a ton of money by making your own pillows. Sewing a basic pillow is very easy and there are a ton of easy tutorials on You Tube and Pinterest.

I used to think I could not learn to sew, but I am living proof that even a novice can learn. I had a really bad experience taking sewing lessons from this mean, Tiger mom instructor that totally turned me off. It was not until my sweet mother-in-law took me under her wing, that I realized how simple it can be.

So, without further ado, here are my favorite sources for outdoor fabric. Most of the selections are around $9 a yard, which is so affordable!!

My first go to is Fabric Guru.   They have an amazing selection and you can sort by color.  Their shipping is also only $4.99 for any size order.  Here are some of my favorites:

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Next up is Fabric.com.  They also have a great selection and shipping is free on orders over $35.  My sweet friend Tamara over at Provident Home Design, had a great tip for shopping with them.  If her order is under $35, she will search on Amazon because Fabric.com also sells many of their fabrics there and the shipping is only $2.00.  Here are some of my favorite picks from Fabric.com

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Joann is one of my go-to sources.  They have a really good selection both in store and online, but I really like the fact I can go into the store and see the fabric for myself.  One of my tips for buying fabric online is to Google the fabric name.  Often times you can find a product or photo where the fabric is used in a home, so you can get a better feel for the pattern and actual color.  Here are my favorite picks from Joann (pretty nice for a craft store!)

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Finally, here are my picks for outdoor fabric with orange incorporated.  My sweet aunt is wanting to add some outdoor pillows to her lovely outdoor living space and she is a big fan of orange.  All of these patterns are from Fabric Guru!

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Do you have a go-to source for fabric or outdoor fabric?  Do tell in the comments.  I am always on the lookout for new sources.  With a little DIY prowess you can really score big and make affordable pillows for your outdoor living areas.

Happy Friday!!

xoxo

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Favorite Outdoor Pillows

Hi loves!  I have major spring fever and after putting together my Patio Style Challenge for Home Depot, I have scoured sources for outdoor pillows.  I love it that there are so many options these days, and these pillows look high-end and almost good enough to use indoors.  The range of patterns and colors has really expanded in recent years.  Gone are the days of boring beige canvas!

Here is a selection of my favorite outdoor pillows.  They range in price from low to high and can be found at all different sorts of retailers.  Do you think I have blue and green on the brain or what???

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Aren’t these fabulous? Can you tell which ones are from a big box store and which are super high-end? See, you can get the look for less!  Stay tuned as I am going to do a round-up of the best outdoor fabric you can buy and use to make your own fabulous pillows.

Until next time  . . . .

xoxo,

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Treasure Hunting Finds

Hi everyone!

Over the weekend, I spent the most enjoyable day searching for treasures at the Alameda Antique Faire.  It was a gorgeous day with beautiful views of San Francisco across the bay!  I went with Shavonda from SG Style and Katrina from Chic Little House and we had the best day! It is the first Sunday of every month and I will definitely be going back again.

Here is my loot.

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I think my favorite find was the pink rattan stool.  It was only $15 and I think I am going to use it as a foot stool in my little one’s big girl room.  I picked up some books for $2.00 each in pink colorways to go in her room as well.  I also added another ginger jar to my collection.  I can’t get enough blue and white ceramics.  I found some prints in bamboo frames that I will probably use just for the frame and maybe frame some Chinoiserie wallpaper.  Finally, I found a fun gold planter with lion head pulls that I thought would be a perfect fit for the fiddle leaf fig plant I FINALLY found at Home Depot.  You can read about my fondness and search for this plant here. I think it looks great!

Overall, the day was a total success.  Only bummer was getting up at 4:30 a.m. to get to Alameda by 6:30, but it was totally worth it!!

Have you found any good treasures or thrift store finds lately?

Happy Monday y’all!

xoxo

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