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 🙂



Sacred Heart School Holiday Home Tour 2015

Hi friends!!  I couldn’t let the weekend go by without telling you about a fun event coming up for you who live in Northern California.  If you are a local reader, you must check out the Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour.  If you are not familiar with the tour, it features 5 elegantly decorated homes in East Sacramento’s historic Fabulous 40’s neighborhood.  It is a fundraiser for the Sacred Heart Parish School.  The tour runs from December 4th through the 6th and tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

I am telling you the homes this year are amazing and have something to please any design aesthetic.  Here are the homes on the tour this year.

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Illustrations by Patt Illouli

You can find all of the information on the tour and purchase tickets by going here.  Tickets are also available at many local retailers.  I am so excited to see what the designers have come up with for the tour this year.  Each year gets better and better.  Which house is your favorite??

Have a great Sunday friends!



Sacred Heart School Holiday Home Tour

Hello everyone!  Today I wanted to share about an amazing local holiday event.  Sacred Heart School in East Sacramento is holding its annual Holiday Home Tour this year from December 6th through December 8th.

If you are local to the Sacramento Area, this event is a must!!  The event, which is organized by and benefits Sacred Heart Parish School features five elegantly decorated homes in East Sacramento’s Fabulous Forties neighborhood.  Homes on the tour this year range from a stately Tudor to a Plantation home.  The homes are beautifully decorated for the holidays!

You can purchase tickets at the school, at local retailers, and online here.  They are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event.

Below are illustrations of the five homes on the tour this year.

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I have gone on this tour every year for many years and I always find tons of inspiration, especially for the holidays!

If you are near the Sacramento area the first weekend in December, please check it out.  I promise you won’t be disappointed!

For more information, you can see the home tour’s official site here.